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
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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 (30)
Good for a Date (24)
Great for Lunch (22)
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Comfort Food (19)
Good for Groups (17)
Fun (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Quick Bite (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Kid-friendly (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Cozy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great Beer (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
People Watching (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Notable Wine List (2)
Romantic (2)
Authentic (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 21, 2017

There was nothing about the overall menu that I found exciting. In fact, I ended up settling for a pizza because there was nothing else that appealed. I tried the veggie one but found it very heavy on the garlic. I have eaten at this Matchbox and the one in Rockville. I'm likely going to pass this one by when looking to just grab a quick bite. Nothing special here at all.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food and atmosphere, we absolutely loved the mini burgers and pizza. We will be back again when we are back in DC.

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great lunch place. Good service. Good food. We were able to get in and out with leftovers for the next day

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

A great location right near the Gallery Place Metro station. The food service and atmosphere is totally fantastic

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Our teenage daughter had been here before and encouraged us to take her back. We weren't disappointed. In a city so full of restaurants, this bar/restaurant surprised us with a varied menu and great food. The only quirk was that my husband ordered a ginger ale and the waitress said they didn't have ginger ale. What bar doesn't have ginger ale?

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The service we received on a Saturday afternoon was some of the worst I've experienced in the city. We waited for nearly 30 minutes before our waiter appeared and took our orders. He was nowhere to be found most of the meal. At some point the mananger started serving some of the tables in our section but it was insufficient.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great place! Was traveling and went there for dinner with the family. Great pizza, sliders, onion straws and fried dough!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Our waitress was amazing. Very friendly great service!

Tags: Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Had high hopes based on reviews but must have caught them on a bad night. Have had better pizza at the ballpark. Cardboardlike, chewy crust and uninspiring cheese. Small slivers of prosciutto on the pie. Inattentive service...after 20 minutes had to chase down the beer I'd never gotten, and empty water glasses. Disappointing for the price. Lovely building though.

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·Dined on August 3, 2017

When we arrived at the restaurant and were standing outside waiting for our third party, three ladies exiting the restaurant stopped to tell us how wonderful their meal was and that we really should go in and eat there. They were right, food was awesome and service was perfect!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 30, 2017

When we arrived, the restaurant wasn't very busy. Despite that fact, the server brought out the wrong drink while someone else continued to approach our table to ask who our server was. We didn't have a clue because he didn't introduce himself. We finally got a chance to order food and after we received it, he never bothered to check back. I would have actually liked to have ordered another drink but never had the opportunity to. Really inexcuseable that the service was that awful considering the place was pretty empty. The food is way overpriced for the quality as well. I normally frequent the Arlington location which is 10x worse so I wasn't expecting this.

They should hire people that actually know how to provide service not that roll into work on Sunday smelling like weed after a night of partying on Saturday night. They'll never see another dime from me.

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Overall experience was great our server Fred was PHENOMENAL but the food was not as great as I remember unfortunatley.My mimosa wa very weak,and the rum in the maple syrup for my waffles was not good at all.I would suggest offering the option of not having liquour in the syrup.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

A member of our party was treated very rudely by a host. The host stated there was no reservation for my friend, under my name, when he requested to be sat, yet the host did not check the computer. When I requested to be sat using the same name, the host was very polite and guided us to our table. There are differences between how my friend and I look, which I believe to be why he was treated this way.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Good pizza as usual. A bit over-cooked this time around, but you can expect some variability with a brick oven. Prices seem to have crept up, but that's DC for you . . . .

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

The food was great but service was lacking. The server had to be asked several times for condiments and my entrée came out before my appetizer which was forgotten about. Friendly guy though, but I've had more attentive service. I would still go back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Came up here with a friend today for a quick lunch. Great food, great service! I come here all the time and I've never left reviews, but a great spot!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

We were seated at 6pm and left at 7:30 after ordering 1 giant meatball and 4 entrees. For the quality of the food, it shouldn't take that long. Everything was too salty.

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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Good food and drinks! The service was very professional and Barbara was great!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

No one ever came by to take our order even after we flagged someone down and they told us they'd find our waiter. We had a 5pm reservation, got there about 7-10 minutes early noted a group of servers just hanging out and talking not too far away. I had company visiting and at first we were busy catching up and it wasn't until after 15 minutes we realized no one stopped by to bring us water or introduce themselves. We flagged a passing server and he said he thought he knew who was our waiter but no one showed up. After almost another ten minutes we decided to leave. I worked in restaurants for over 5 years. The hostess and other servers should have been more aware of the fact no one picked up our table. They seemed to be socializing and not really into having a team work ethic or considerate of customers.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food was excellent (as always) and the service was friendly and attentive. If you're looking for a casual DC dining experience that won't disappoint, check out Matchbox (any location).

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 15, 2017

great food and awesome service. Even though this was a pizza place, the best thing was the wedge salad -- which mixed gorgonzola (not bleu) cheese with a red wine vinaigrette dressing. Very tasty!! even our daughter liked it!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food, cool atmosphere and good location. The hostess left a lot to be desired, but our waiter was great!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I had a great meal and personnel very personable and welcoming.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Not as good as usual. Corned beef was very salty, and the bun was just ok. Will stick to pizza next time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Not the best experience I've had at Matchbox

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This place had the chance to be a great experience and it was a bit of a letdown. The building is beautiful. The food is pretty good. The service leaves a lot to be desired. The center enclosed courtyard area is beautiful but very reverberant and loud. The air conditioning must have been set at 60-65 degrees. It was frigid. They ran out of the app we ordered and didn't have a substitute. I ordered a second drink when the entree arrived and it never came. The bill still had the app on it that never arrived. The staff was aloof and fairly inattentive. I would not recommend this restaurant, nor will I return. Very disappointing.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Totally disappointed, very rude hostess service. Was as if it was an inconvenience that we were there. Not a simple hello to greet us and was met with attitude when we asked to be seated at a different table. Since we weren't welcome, we took our business elsewhere.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Went with a group of 7 and everyone liked it a lot. The tuna was surprisingly good .

Tags: Good for Groups
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