Matchbox - Cathedral Commons

4.1
85 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the center of Cathedral Commons, our newest matchbox restaurant adds an upbeat energy to Newark Street. Sunlight pours in through our windows that open wide to our street-side patio. Whether you're indoors or outside, you’ll feel like you’re dining al fresco.

All are welcome to gather and join our community. Come and enjoy our 3.6.9 mini burgers, blazing hot pizzas, or any one of our chef-crafted dishes. Quench your thirst with a cocktail or cold beer. We have something for everyone. Our casual, warm ambiance and friendly staff will make matchbox feel like your home away from home.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 85 people are saying
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JaneB
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

you need to seat your guests in the windows inn small groupings for now so that people 0n the outside see that you are serving

i think "fish and chips" should stay on the specials!!!! They were good

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Ellen
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The waitress disappeared for most of the meal. One of the entres was not edible and had to be returned.

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JohnP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

I visited Matchbox with friends for a Christmas season get together. Unfortunately I left without my umbrella. A few days later I went back to Matchbox hoping to pick up my umbrella. Our original server happened to be working and indicated he left my umbrella with the host. He went to retrieve my umbrella but returned to let me know it was gone, most likely stolen by a Matchbox employee. While it's just an umbrella, this episode left a really bad impression with me and I won't be returning nor will I recommend this particular Matchbox to anyone.

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viplilley
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner served by a new employee, Diego. He's a natural and took good care of us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Second time I’ve been here with poor service. I really like the food but every time we come the servers talk to one another while we are waiting for water or menus and i have to get up and walk over for service. Rude servers that clearly don’t care about customer service.

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RobetH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was absolutely amazing probably one of the best I’ve had in a long time the food was very good but the price of a pizza for $25 it’s a bit expensive I had a salmon salad that ended up costing $30 I know we’re in a time where everything is going up but I probably won’t be back

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Janice
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Matchbox has become my neighborhood go to. The server was excellent, the steak and frites delicious.

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vipTerryP
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy Matchbox! And the food is very good!

MW
vipMildredWHolmes
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

I am usually very pleased with Matchbox but my friend ordered the Fig and Prosciutto pizza with blue cheese. We got the pizza without the ham and without the blue cheese. She did not realize until we got it home. I asked her how her pizza was and she said not very good and not very tasty and then we looked at the leftovers and realized why it was.

DJ
vipDorothyJ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The Food was not good, neither taste nor quality. The matter was brought to the attention of the manager and he took care of it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and service for big family

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Simplerfood70
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Easy to get to and park, simple food, good service, friendly and prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous manager. Very service oriented. Only setback was a table issue. Tried to seat 7 people at a table for 5. But finally resolved.

RJ
RJDI
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Mathbox is always a must visit for us when we are in DC

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Samz
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Service was good and timely. Food took quite a bit on a relatively non-busy time. My father’s happy hour mini burgers were cooked well done when he asked for medium. My bistro burger was cooked medium rare when I asked for it medium well. I should have sent it back but didn’t want to wait again.
My moms pizza was good

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vipDiner
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently professional and delicious.

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viptedman
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun informal restaurant, multiple locations
Good simple food, reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was really great, the food is good with something for everyone. Surprisingly good selection of interesting cocktails and wines. The fries are solid. A strong neighborhood restaurant option or maybe for a post shopping lunch or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great but the service even better. Our server was very sensitive about not rushing us and even brought a nice complimentary dessert out for my friend who was celebrating her birthday. I will be coming back!

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vipflobowcavs
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food not very good. Few breakfast options. Overpriced. Will not return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience2

The quality was there but the food was not flavorful , all basic fried and no complexity or any defining taste

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vipDahliaN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow even though we were only people
In restaurant with plenty of people doing nothing - our server seemed to have a million other responsibilities. That’s not a way to run a business. If a server is busy helping out every one else do their job everyone needs to pitch in. Food is fine. Im not running back though

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ChristineC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent menu items if you are following Weight Watchers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Got charged for every iced tea without being told, resulting in about $35 of iced tea (absolutely ridiculous for leaf water). The service was poor. The food was not as good as the amount we were charged for it. The only good thing was the meatball. Will not return.

DR
vipDavidR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible service and so-so food. Place has really gone downhill over the years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Food took over an hour to arrive. Clearly there is a massive staffing shortage at this location, but they continued to seat table after table after table.

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ReginaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Matchbox is one our favorite restaurants. Good food,a bit prcey, but not exceptionally so. Service is always excellent. Management eagerly attentive.

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SadeP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Pretty average experience. The ambiance is nice; however the menu is limited and the happy hour specials could be better.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating 21st Birthday! Manager snd servers were excellent. They did a great job.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Matchbox is always great! You never can go wrong eating the mini burgers!!

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jakestarr
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matchbox always delivers a fantastic dining experience. Great food and service!

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viputuathail
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food well-plated and served by friendly and professional staff, at a reasonable price.

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OliviaS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for my date and we were seated immediately. The food and our waiter was perfect.

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BarbaraM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margaret, our server, was delightful. She anticipated our needs and was polight and friendly. The American breakfast was delicious.

Look forward to my next visit.

BR
BethR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lovely lunch with a chance to linger. Very enjoyable!

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SharonA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mohamed was a great waiter; and the sliders were delicious! This was my first visit but I'll be back.

JD
vipJoeD
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A comfortable , welcoming place to have a decent meal at fair prices. The outdoor dining area is inviting and there are plenty of spaced tables inside. Worth a visit!

MW
vipMildredWHolmes
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

DJ
vipDorothyJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I would be remiss if I did not mention the outstanding service of my Server, Marlene (7576). she was awesome!

DC
vipDCfoodie
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server, Gabriel, very attentive and beautiful setting outside on a nice night.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Matchbox - Cathedral Commons using the Order Online button. Matchbox - Cathedral Commons also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 661-0161.

Matchbox - Cathedral Commons is rated 4.1 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.