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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (33)
Great for Lunch (28)
Good for a Date (26)
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Comfort Food (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Fun (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Quick Bite (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Kid-friendly (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great Beer (7)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
People Watching (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (3)
Authentic (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Spicy (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were first placed in a drafty seat but they were very helpful in getting us a new table on a very busy night. Pizza was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Matchbox's manager, Mike, SAVED my birthday celebration. We had just purchased concert tickets via cellphone that we thought were e-tickets but actually had to be printed in order to be valid. The concert was starting in 30 minutes and we were stuck needing a huge favor. Our waiter retrieved Mike on a very busy Saturday night. Mike got the tickets' files from us and printed them. He was awesome and we are forever grateful to him for going above and beyond to help out a customer. And our pizza, salad, and beverages were perfection too! THANK YOU MIKE for everything! We are forever Matchbox customers and this sealed the deal for us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

What can I say, Matchbox is my favorite DC dining spot. I'm casual so fancy isn't my thing...Matchbox is perfect all around! Don't forget to make a reservation because they stay busy!

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Matchbox is one of our favorite restaurants to go to before a game at the Verizon Center. Definitely, a must try!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food great.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was quite good. We had a meat lover's pizza and shrimp and grits. Both were excellent. Server was among the best I've ever had. It's a loud place. Lots of energy and people having a good time.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The arancini appetizer was very good. My short ribs entree was good, but the meat was fatty. My daughter enjoyed her pepperoni pizza. For dessert we shared chocolate chip bread pudding and fruit pizza. Both were very good. Service was slow, but a concert was that evening sdo they were busy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The place used to be a hot spot. I think it lost some of its luster.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Are reservation was at 8:45, and they were able to accommodate our early arrival.

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

I was disappointed with Matchbox overall after hearing good things. Perhaps we should have stuck to the pizza. My husband and I ordered entrée salads and both tasted like a prepackaged corporate product, all too common in the DC area. The service was ok. I like our server but she clearly stuck to a script, which again felt mechanical and determined-by-committee rather than natural. Two beers, two salads, and a small shared appetizer added up to just over $50. Sorry, but I can't recommend Matchbox.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Went to celebrate a friend's birthday. Food was good and the waiter was really kind to provide a birthday brownie at no cost. Yummy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Never got to taste the food because we left after waiting 25 minutes without seeing our waiter and not getting the drinks we ordered. Seemed like a nice menu but when no one is willing to take your order....kinda defeats the purpose.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 27, 2017

In DC with family. We really enjoyed the Matchbox near Capital Hill on a previous night so we thought we would try this Matchbox... unfortunately food, service and ambience was below average.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Outstanding wood fired pizzas as well as salads, sandwiches and entrees. All healthy and appealing. Friendly service with good wine and beer list. We had 6 people and a great booth and were able to have conversation without difficulty. Good value and great location. A winner

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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