About Matchbox - Chinatown

Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro brings bistro chic and modern American fare to D.C.'s Chinatown neighborhood.

Hot, bubbling, thin-crust pizzas, juicy mini-burgers, and local beers have made us the neighborhood gathering place for a friendly, casual dining experience any night of the week. We use only the freshest ingredients in an approachable way, and we work with local partners to bring you a fun, unique selection of beers, broad spectrum wines, and handcrafted signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else.

713 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Pizzeria, Pizza Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Friday: 11:00am - 11:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
7th and H Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 289-4441

Website:
http://matchboxchinatown.com/

Parking Details:
Many parking garages are available in area. We offer a discount rate for parking at the 9th and I street garage. It is located at the TechWorld building. Please bring your ticket to the restaurant for validation.

Public Transit:
Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, Yellow);Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange

Executive Chef:
Cliff Wharton

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Matchbox - Chinatown Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (32)
Good for a Date (24)
Great for Lunch (22)
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Comfort Food (20)
Good for Groups (18)
Quick Bite (16)
Fun (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Healthy (6)
People Watching (6)
Great Beer (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Authentic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Great service!! Excellent food. A fantastic choice for any occasion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

We were a diverse group young and old. One grumpy. All left happily after Delicious meals.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, People Watching, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Hostess was a little aloof - seemed like it was a bother to walk us up two flights of stairs to seat us. However, our server DeSean was wonderful. Super nice, knowledgeable and attentive. I had the chopped salad, which was fabulous. We were there before a Caps game and they got us in and out quickly to make it to the game.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Matchbox is always a good go-to for a lunch during the work week. Ahi Tuna salad is great!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent as always! Will be back for sure as very quick for a lunch time event

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Went for dinner pre-theater, ordered an appetizer & 2 entrees (pizza & sandwiches are their specialties). Food was quite tasty, but high stools are hard for short people to get on & off. Waiter seemed to be quite busy. Portions were generous but not excessive, & prices moderate for downtown DC.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food. Great service. Helped with food allergies

Tags: Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Casual
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

To be honest, I like Matchbox and go to several other locations in Rockville, Richmond and Capital Hill. This experience was very disappointing. The room we were seated in was unappealing (in the very back by a bar type set up with uncomfortable lighting) and the service was spotty. The food was unusually poor....burgers were overdone and cold. The pizza was ok but again not special. Very surprised.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. My family and I especially love the mini burgers and onion straws. Best ever.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Delicious cocktails and friendly, efficient service from Barbara at the bar. Our appetizers were so disappointing, however, that we decided to skip the main course and go elsewhere. Calamari was very tasty, but the portion miniscule. The scallops/mini crab cake/slider trio was shockingly poor, especially given the $21 price tag. The scallops were gritty, the crab cakes flavorless and the sliders dry and overcooked. Both the crab cakes and sliders were room temperature, though the scallops were hot, suggesting the kitchen needs to work on their timing.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a 5:15 reservation on a Capitals game night so the restaurant became crowded as we waited for our food. Our waiter was excellent; however, we had to ask for our appetizer when we saw the next table who came in after us get their appetizers. I must say, though, that the lumpia spring roll was worth waiting for. And we were double charged which the waiter apologized for and quickly rectified.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Love Matchbox! Every time I’m in DC I eat at this place

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I have been to Matchbox a few times and always enjoy the food and drinks. This last visit was rough in particular due to the high volume in advance of a concert at Capital One Arena (old Verizon Ctr) and what seemed to be understaffed in the bar and kitchen. However, despite the long wait for our drinks from the bar 30+ minutes, our appetizers came out swiftly and were great (spring rolls and risotto balls), especially the risotto balls. Dinner for our party of four came out in stages, with one person's dinner getting lost in the shuffle altogether. The management staff quickly recognized the issue, owned up to it, and immediately offered resolution to our party. Despite the rough night, the food was great and I would return again. Thank you to the two managers who intervened without being asked. That goes a long way with me!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Love our visit.. Our waitress Sparkle, was very attentive to our needs and request. The manager Michael, was very personable and vibrant and engaged with the customers and staff very well.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The twins, who are hostesses, were extremely pleasant & set the tone for our dining experience. CG provided excellent customer service through the night. Her recommendations on food/wine selections were perfect!! Thanks ladies you rock!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was pretty good, but the service was slow, especially for drinks.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

So salty to me.. except that, tast was good

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service. Very loud

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service. Food was good. Nice spot before Caps game.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This was my first time to Matchbox, and it was a great experience! Very enjoyable pizza, fast service, clean and well lit facility in a convenient location. Two little nits: I made a reservation on OpenTable, there were empty tables and booths all over, but my party was shown to a booth right next to the stoves/kitchen, which was noisy and very smoky at times. And a little pricey, too. That all being noted, it was good food. I will definitely return (but will insist on a seat away from the kitchen if available).

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We enjoyed a casual dinner before an event. I ordered the turkey sandwich and would order again. My husband had the lamb. A little messy to eat as a sandwich, but he said it was delicious and stevall of it as well. Good selection of beer and wine. Very rare to find an $8.00 glass of wine in DC and onw that tastes good.
We had not been here in a while and would return.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A DC classic. My out-of-towner colleagues loved it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We selected Matchbox for a dinner with friends, all on our way to an event. The choice was pragmatic -- convenient location, etc. -- not a search for a culinary experience. Matchbox fit our needs perfectly. Our food -- no pizza but lamb sandwiches and pasta with sausage -- was tasty and satisfying. Our waitress, who knew we had a deadline, was super. And because we asked for a quiet spot, we had a table far from the bar and could comfortably carry on a conversation. Thanks, Matchbox, we'll be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Matchbox was convenient for a group of work colleagues. Everyone enjoyed their pizza, though one person said the tuna entree was good. The crab soup was scrumptious and the dessert pizza consumed even by those who don’t care for pizza. It had pieces of fruit over a thin crust and cheese and what appeared to be drizzled chocolate but was really balsamic vinegret. Our only issue was the noise level. With all the hard surfaces (metal, glass, etc) there is nothing to absorb the noise, even without music. Overall, we liked Matchbox and would return again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

As I have said in previous reviews the personal pizza is great for lunch. If there are two of you, it is nice to split a salad. The atmosphere is very energetic and loud.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our server was great, food was delicious (baked risotto and pizza—get the risotto!!!) and arrived quickly, but we took my parents (retired) and they sat us on the third floor (a lot of steps). It was very warm up there! Our server was so friendly and included our children in conversation and while checking in on the table—I appreciated that!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent value; truly reasonable prices for a non fast-food restaurant within walking distance from the Mall. Very good Italian-style pizza (and we are from Italy) with some unique ingredient combos. Friend had a good burger, have veggie burger too.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful evening here. The food and service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Just a very nice pizza in an interestingly different environment.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I eat at Matchbox frequently. I love their pizza and the service is excellent. I have never had a bad experience in either restaurant, Chinatown or on 14th Street.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We enjoyed the food at Matchbox, we would definitely return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Took the waiter 30 minutes to take our drink orders and bring our drinks. We ended up not ordering food until we had been seated for 45 minutes. When the food came over half the order was wrong. We ended up having to eat our meal in 12 minutes so we could make our showtime. The US government should use Matchbox’s meal service as a way to torture terrorists. A truly terrible dining experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

great specialty pizza. good variety of beer. would go again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

As always, Matchbox delivered on their delicious, thin-crust pizza and mini burgers. The shoestring onions on the mini burgers are highly addictive.

We did experience a less than satisfying performance from our waiter and had to beg for everything for the table. Our meal (two pizzas) took over an hour to come out!

However, we have enjoyed many meals at this Matchbox and others and can attest that the service from this night was the anomaly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great pizza in a comfortable location close to Verizon center.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The quality of the food has gone down quite a bit. The best part of our meal was the salad. The minis aren't as scrumptious and the onion straws no longer have the Parmesan cheese finish. Our server was having a terrible night, forgetting drinks, and simple stuff like silverware. I'll try another location, but Chinatown missed the mark for us.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food and great service, only thing missing was a few more tv screens for fans!!!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Q Special pizza that was to have herb roasted chicken was cold and flavorless

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food was delicious

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Restaurant was very crowded due to Bruno Mars concert. We had reservations but had to wait about 20 minutes. We got a nice, high-top table and waitress was quick to wait on us. We were a little concerned about the quality of the food, due to the amount of people, but everything was very good. In fact, my husband has told several people the Trio included the best scallops he ever had. Overall, very good.

Tags: Fun
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