Matchbox - Cathedral Commons

4.5
62 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 62 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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vipDavidR
Washington DC
1 review
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
1 review
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
3 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
45 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.

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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.

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JoeD
Washington DC
46 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!

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MildredWHolmes
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

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vipDorothyJ
Washington DC
7 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!

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

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

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vipPeter
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Food is fine and service is very good. Decor in the restaurant is just awful though. Feels like a chain pizza restaurant in suburbia... the 14th Street location was so cool on the inside. Capitol Hill too. This really should be addressed.

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rose
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

the server was excellent but the prices does not match with the quality of the food. too pricey....

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margaretc
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The service was a little disjointed and the food is just okay.

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JudithO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the crabcake sandwich with a small side caesar salad. Good crabcake--made from lump crab--served on a brioche bun. Messy to eat because the crab didn't hold together well, though it was delicious, and also because there was butter on top of the bun. I'd suggest they do away with that, as it's not necessary. The salad was fresh and a sizable portion--a nice alternative to French fries.

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JenniferL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktails! Food was delicious and the service was excellent. There is a lot of outdoor seating and good pandemic protocols inside - highly recommend.

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viputuathail
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific pizza at a reasonable price accompanied by professional and polite service. For lunch with an old friend this was the perfect setting.

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Kenneth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Great food and service. Great food and service.

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Barbara
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food is way over priced for the quality. Adding a happy hour might entice more people to come to try it out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, attentive service. Great food. Ate outside on the patio.

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Scorpio8
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

50th Birthday

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Nick
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The first time we have been - was very nice, very good food and excellent service.

Issue: your booths were made for short, 75-00 pound people. Very uncomfortable - had to move to a four chair table. Your interior designers must not have read about the physically larger US population.

Outside tables nice; umbrellas unfortunately didn't provide shade for the tables - time was 3PM. Maybe bigger umbrellas? Maybe more attention to how umbrellas are placed vis-a-vis the tables.

Finally, inside all hard surfaces - noise was apparent - and the restaurant was half -empty on Friday. If all tables taken I would imagine no one could hear their table mates. But of course, I have been told more than once, the restaurants want the 'buzz.'
For the younger generations

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Susie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific pizza, outstanding and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was really nice and professional in service.

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JanetW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal outside with a wonderful draft beer. Service very responsive.

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Erika
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time at the newest Matchbox location. Particularly loved our waiter Gabriel!

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ChristopherS
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just what we needed. Perfect mix of old favorites and new choices on the not overly complicated menu. Service was on point, friendly and fast but not rushed. Our waiter Chuck was super efficient and ready to assist whenever we needed something. The manager stopped over to ask how things were and we chatting for a few minutes too. All in all a very nice evening out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Circa 2005 suburbs-style food. Pleasant surroundings and service.

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vipMeleDC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great addition to the neighborhood! Great patio space with good food and friendly service. The cauliflower pizza crust is great.

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vipCooterDuPont
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food is uninspiring! No taste and too expensive for what you get per item.

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Jani
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great ambiance in a convenient location. Entrees and pizza are good quality and sizeable. The drinks are just so-so. They sound amazing, but are a little flat. I was disappointed in the "jumbo" wings - 6 for $14. I expected large wings at that price, but they are standard size, so way overpriced. The only other warning is the tuna poke bowl - delicious, but there's a lot of chopped slaw to cut the warm grain/rice. Still tasty, just know what you're going in for at $24.

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vipKKLuna
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It's a good neighborhood place. The beer and wine list are pretty lame, but the food is good and the service is friendly.

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CharmayneL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outing for Mother's Day. Staff and server was outstanding.

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 4.5 stars by 62 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.