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Matchbox - Chinatown

4.4
1162 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Great for Lunch
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.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Pizzeria, Pizza Bar
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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
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Phone number
(202) 289-4441
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cliff Wharton
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th and H Street
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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.
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Public transit
Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, Yellow);Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange
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Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Whether you’re celebrating a personal milestone or planning a business meeting, matchbox has the perfect private space for your next lunch, dinner or cocktail reception.

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What 1162 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

They were able to handle a group of 14 the same day with a phone call. Great location and space and got us seated right away. We had multiple items along with some nice looking pizzas. Melvin did a great job getting us all taken care of with drinks and his suggestions were spot on. Would like to explore more of the menu myself next trip.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Service was exceptional - atmosphere is friendly and inviting. Crabcakes are wonderful. Cannot wait to go back again.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Perfect location for a bite before event at Capital One Arena. Food was quick and they were super busy. Lots to choose from, everyone was happy! Really good speciality drinks too! Reservations highly recommended!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

It was our first visit to Matchbox. We made reservations which was great because it was very crowded. Our waiter was great although our salads, soups, and pizzas came out in a timely fashion but our one order which was a burger took quite a bit longer. I think possibly our waiter forgot to bring it. But all in all, it was a good experience and I would go back there. It was very convenient location to the Capital One Arena.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Good for preconcert bite to eat!

Burger bites were excellent and so were pizzas. Nice atmosphere good service. Dessert doughnuts just okay. Sauce had bitter aftertaste. Kids didn’t like them.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The Food is great well done. Neat and hot😋 and the drink with the cinnamon was great and tasty😩😍 I still can’t stop thinking about the amazing experience I can’t wait to go back‼️

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The noise level was fine outside. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Service was very good. Beer was cold and tasty. But, pizza was lacking somewhat. Have had sandwiches and burgers there and they both rate Great. So, I would go back but not for pizza. And I would recommend Matchbox - for burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I’ve been many times. And, as always, the experience was marvelous.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great pizza, definitely worth a stop!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food is a delicious choice for a reasonable budget. Great fancy pizza for a very reasonable price. Love their cocktails. Hostesses didn't seem to like their job, or were all having bad days, BUT our server was very friendly. We went to celebrate a birthday and put it on the open table reservation. Matchbox didn't do anything for it, which was fine, we still had a great time, but just don't want people to expect anything when they include it in their reservation.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Went after theater, 8:45 pm, had great service and food was well prepared, and very reasonable price. Varied menu, with salads, pizza and other good choices.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Good food, attentive server, pleasant experience. Quick but not rushed. Recommended.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was yummy but our rotating servers didn't allow us to really have the best guest experience

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I didn’t enjoy my visit to this location. The upstairs area feels over crowded. My server told me he’d be with us 5 times before he actually came over 10 minutes later. He brought us carbonated water instead of ginger ales twice. Our order took a long time to come out. We could barely get the attention of our server and none of the others were helpful. The pizza was good but the overall service and cramped space makes this a NO for future visits.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

I will always love Matchbox for their Fire and Smoke pizza. The rest of the menu is wonderful as well and their cocktails are different but delicious, but it is the fire and smoke pizza that keeps bringing me back. Nothing like it with the chipotle flavor and smoked gouda. Worth a trip just for that alone.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

A little mouse was running around the floor near our table . We asked to be moved. Manager was very accommodating and apologized. My pizza was ok... was not warm when it arrived. Could have been due to the fact where we were seated felt like it was 40 degrees. My son and I had to eat our dinner with our winter coats on Would not go back nor would I recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Spring break trip to DC.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I love this restaurant! I've eaten here so many times. We love the fire and spice pizza. It's pricey (for pizza) but I don't mind it because the food is seriously phenomenal and always fresh. Would go back! I wish this was a chain and I could eat it in NJ.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food! Location is very nice and servicers were cheerful!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It was overall a good experience and I would recommend it! It was really loud and busy for a Thursday. We got salads and I think if we went back we’d get their pizza.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We had a wonderful salad but it would have been nice to have some bread with it. Bread should be included with all meals.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The plan was to meet with friends to grab dinner before a hockey game. We ran late (more than the 15 minute grace period) and they held our reservation, which was much appreciated. We ordered drinks and dinner immediately and then the server disappeared. After about 15 minutes, we found her and asked her about the drinks. Instead of being apologetic, she gave us grief over following up on our late drinks. After that, servers brought out our food, but she did not check up on us. I was trying to make excuses for her, as it was busy, but our friends, both of whom have worked at restaurants, said it was just bad service. It got even worse, when we tried to use an Open Table gift certificate to pay and she sort of complained that she needed to find a manager. I think she was having a bad day and was super-busy, but we shouldn't have paid the price.

The food was good. Pizzas were very tasty. Great stone hearth pizza that beats the fast casual places. The salads ($17) were a little overpriced for what we got.

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1.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Slow service, mediocre food, noisy and staff seem indifferent. Not what we expect from Matchbox

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Good food. Took a long time but it was peak time. Overall, I would go back.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Quality has been declining for years. I wouldn’t recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great vibe I love the pizza we always stop when we are in dc

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Service was poor. Our drinks were forgotten about once, and then very slow to arrive on the next order. One member of our party’s food was completely forgotten about and delivered 15 minutes after the rest.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had 6 pm reservations but were running late due to traffic. I called to let them know and we pushed our reservation back to 6:15. Service and food were great as always. Had 3 sliders for appetizer and a chicken pesto pizza for our meal.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Awful in every way. Poor service, overpriced, flavorless food.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Ask for Fred he was a great server!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We went on a snow day, it got busy just after we got seated at 5:30 pm. It was busy, but still not too noisy. Our server was great, recommended food and was there in a timely manner. We tried the mini burgers, different pizzas and chicken Alfredo, everything was great! My favorite was the fire and smoke pizza! Loved being able to make a reservation online!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I have been to the Crystal City location several times and decided to give Chinatown a shot. Same excellent food and great ambience. Location seems a little smaller and service was decent but it did take us longer that I would have liked to get our check.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was delicious and the server was great! The only issue was it took forever to get our drinks that we ordered.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great service and food! Pizza came out very fast!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Went here on a recommendation from a local and wasn't disappointed. Definitely make reservations though, as it gets crowded during the weekend dinner rush.

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1.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Terribly accommodated handicap party member, would not go back to this location

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Matchbox is consistently good. The Chinatown location is our restaurant of choice before Capital One events.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food and great atmosphere! Everyone in the family (ages 68 to 8) enjoyed dining here!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great pizza with fresh authentic ingredients in a casual atmosphere. The clear glass ceiling provides wonderful natural light.

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