About Matchbox - Chinatown

It was here in Chinatown that the Matchbox story began. This narrow, rectangular building was three stories tall, fifteen feet wide, and looked like a matchbox. It stood vacant for so long, a tree grew inside of it, like kindling waiting to start a new fire.

Walk past the torch that lights our front door and smell the hot, crackling fire from two brick ovens. Have a seat inside, where we built the reclaimed timber and steel finishes with our own hands, or relax in the sunny atrium that was once an alleyway. Wherever you choose, there’s plenty of space for intimate dinners, large parties and get-togethers.

We’re neighborhood gathering place for fun, upscale casual dining, with local, award-winning 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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (33)
Good for a Date (25)
Great for Lunch (23)
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Good for Groups (18)
Fun (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Quick Bite (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Cozy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Business Meals (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
People Watching (6)
Romantic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great Beer (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Authentic (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Pizza was very good. Ribs okay. It shouldn't take 15 minutes for a bottle of wine to be brought to the table. Wine finally arrived with our meal, then we had to chug a lug it, so that we could finish the bottle and not feel cheated. Constant apologies from servers to the table beside us too. Not sure for what but shouldn't be necessary if you just take care of the customer.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Apple and pear salad was excellent. Took a while to get the Pizza. We requested extra crispy but pizza bottom was still soft. Regardless, the pizza was good.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

We celebrated an early Valentine’s Day and the food was delicious and worth every penny.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 12, 2018

We were “ welcomed “ with a “what are you doing here attitude!” We were seated and the waiter finally showed up at our table. He obviously did not want to be there and it shows! We told him what we wanted and he got it wrong. Made a snide remark about what we ordered even though he brought the wrong thing! Noise was loud and music was too loud for people to enjoy a normal conversation. I usually don’t say anything about a restaurant and service but we ate here twice while in DC and both times we got the same waiter and he was the same both times!!!!! Probably won’t go back!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Loved their burgers and there service was great. The hockey game had just ended so there were a lot of people in there but that didn't matter. They still did great

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Server got order wron the made snid remark when we got ready to leave. He acted like he really didn't want to be there!!! It really showed! Probably won't go back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I love this place and had a chance to share his place with friends. The food was excellent Thanks for making it nice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great Caps pre-game spot. Fun atmosphere, good selection of beers. Came for the pizza and mini burgers, never disappotined!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great spot for dinner and beers before a Caps game, highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Jesus T. was the best server we’ve ever had at Matchbox, and we’ve been there so many times the hostesses know us by name. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Seems like the quality of the food has gone down with the menu change for the lunch hour. Hopefully they get some feedback to go back to how it was. Still not a bad lunch spot.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food wasn’t great; hoping it was just a bad day. Shells in the grab soup; salad was overdressed; bad coffee

Service was great

Lots of booths; so not great for business lunch, but fab for friends

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I had requested a table in the downstairs area as one of our friends meeting us recently had knee surgery. I was a little surprised but very happy when we arrived and they had in fact saved us a downstairs booth.
Our friends got misdirected and we’re late, but the staff was very patient.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

This restaurant is a go-to place for me to meet colleagues from out of town. I was shocked at how indifferent the waitstaff was. Wen asking for ketchup and salt is an imposition to go with a sandwich and fries there is a problem. The same for asking for the check when your waitress walks by. I’ve had friendlier and better service at Five Guys.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

This visit will now have made my third or fourth, simply because their three meat (pepperoni, sausage, bacon) pizza is just too good. Good spot to go to before a game at Capital One

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Went for lunch. Waiter was exceptionally good. Had the 3 beef sliders. They were delicious made with quality ingredients. Also split the meat lovers pizza. Execellent crust and again, top notch ingredients.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was very good. We had an appointment, but due to traffic were a few minutes late. We thought that we would have a very long wait, since we missed our appointment time, but that was not the case. Within 10 minutes we had a table and could still eat in time to catch our show later. Our waiter was nice and made sure we were taken care of. Our food did not take long to arrive. Everything was great! Definately will visit a matchbox location soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We have eaten at this location several times. Each time we do, we say we won't come back. The food is always good, but the service is always just ok. There aren't usually any major mishaps, but the servers seem like they would rather be anywhere but there. They either act as if they can't be bothered or have no personality at all.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was poor. The hostess and the waiter were both rude. Very disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our food was tasty and the restaurant ambiance was upbeat and positive. We had a waitress who bordered on being rude and needed an attitude adjustment - this changes everything about our impression of the restaurant. It may be an isolated case.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My husband and I went to dinner here before the Washington Car Show. Our waiter Benjamin was very nice and patient. He suggested a drink called the Patio Pounder. It was so good! I had 2! We ordered an All American hamburger w/sides, Simple Salad and a small pizza w/ mozzarella, meatballs, and pepperoni. Everything was great! We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, People Watching, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Had a great meal at Matchbox. Was visiting from out of town for work and had a hankering for pizza. I’m a self-aware pizza snob and this pizza passed the test! Thin crust brick oven style - yum! I had the Margherita pizza and a salad and really enjoyed my meal. Reccomend!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Service was inconsistent. Some of fellow diners were served before others.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was good and the service was very good. We enjoyed the brunch and they were able to give us everything we wanted and the server was exceptional. When you get good service it worth the cost of the food🐶.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We often eat at Matchbox before Washington Capitals games. Our OpenTable reservation ensures that we are seated promptly. Our server always understands the time we need to leave to get to the arena in time for the start of the game. Sandy was our server at our last visit and she was prompt and cordial. (We have had this same experience with all our servers in the past and this is one reason we continue to return.) They also have a great selection of entrees and the best pizzas in the area. One of my wife's favorites is the braised short ribs that are very tender.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great restaurant but disappointed in some of the old menu items that have been dropped, especially the sausage and rigatoni pasta.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

As usual the food was great as was the service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 17, 2018

They just released new menus and that caused major kitchen delays. They had to remake my dish. While the long wait was an issue, the staff did a good job communicating and the manager comped our entire meal and that of the next table. We have ban a customer there many times and based on how they handled this problem, I will continue to be a customer.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Waiter/service/food was all excellent. Only complaint (which we did not voice at the time) is that the it is freezing cold outside with a windchill in the teens but there was cold air blowing through the vents. Our waiter was so accommodating I bet he could have done something about it if we had notified him.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Started out ok but the staff seemed to loose interest by the end of the evening. Food was tasty. Think the staff just wanted to go home.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had an exceptional experience. As first time diners, we received special treatment which we really appreciated. The service was excellent! The food was delicious and the servings were ample. Highly recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great Beer, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Cozy, People Watching, Quick Bite
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Matchbox has some unique menu items like a pear salad that we like to share. There pizzas are among the best in the Washington DC area!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Overall this was a disappointing experience at Matchbox. Service was slow at times, wine glass wasn’t totally clean, and food was just ok. It wasn’t horrible but Considering for years Matchbox was amazing and always packed, we were disappointed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great spot one block from the Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center). The service was great. The manager was awesome. The hostess sat me (a "fluffy"woman I'll say at a two person table next to the railing and the other seat backed to a caged off vent. Even though my husband is skinny, clearly we weren't going to fit. The manager quickly got us another table, our drinks, and was super nice. Our waiter was attentive as well. My only complaint was it's not as an extensive menu as the other locations. So not as many choices. My 3 burger appetizers that I asked for well done were pretty pink in the middle. I took one bite and that was it. It ruined it. I can't eat pink burger meat. My husband got the got the double pepperoni pizza which was good but way too greasy and he later got sick from it. The regular salad was very good! Wish I got the large. Knowing what I do know, I think I wouldn't eat at this location again. I'd go for a beer, salad and dessert, but there are many other options for dinner close by.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Of our six orders everything was very good and we believed to be well prepared and priced. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I always have a great time at this location. For a place known for great pizza, they have delicious salads.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very good it had great food. Thank you.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Spicy, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Love it! Faves are the mini burgers and the pizzas!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

My husband and I love this spot. We had a great time talking in a cool atmosphere and enjoying delicious food. This last trip we went without the kiddos for a date, but it's great with the brood in tow as well. 😊

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Casual, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Cozy, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite
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