Matchbox - Pentagon City

4.4
336 reviews
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Bubbling, thin crust pizzas, mini burgers, crisp salads, and craft cocktails...four great reasons to visit matchbox today. We’re the 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.

The jewel of Fashion Centre, our 12,000 square-foot refuge offers fuel for shopping, including a breezy terrace that overlooks the bustling streets of Pentagon City.

Spanning two levels, with a mezzanine that accommodates up to 150 guests, there’s plenty of space for intimate dinners, large parties and get-togethers. Have a seat at the airy 8-seat pizza bar where bubbling, thin-crust pizzas make their debut, or wave to the people below from a private booth in the sky. It’s hard to ignore the industrial glass and steel elevator, or feel the warm, primal fires from two wood-burning ovens.
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DH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris our waiter was amazing! And the food was even better! We will be back!

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ME
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

They really need to train staff. He was slow kept having for things (silverware and others) and would keep apologizing when had to ask again. Didn't know how app worked, just horrible. Too bad the brunch we had there today couldn't be reviewed as well, it 2as worse and brunch food was bad.

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DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ty is the best server we’ve ever had at Matchbox. So fortunate to have her to make the experience what it was. The food was wonderful, but Ty’s attention to detail and care made the evening superb.

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NB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great option for casual eatery at Pentagon City. Service was excellent and the food was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service!

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was phenomenal enjoyed the special appetizer at recommendation

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NH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was great and suggested a great dish. My meal was delicious and the portions were more than enough.

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JS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service was good and the food good...except for the pesto pizza which was REALLY good.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Waiter was friendly, but delivery of the food took over 30mins. The restaurant wasn’t even crowded, as it usually is. I don’t think I can return there on a workday lunch break because the service is so unpredictable. I do also remember the service at the bar (lunch) was unsatisfactory the last time I was there. What a shame because the food is great!

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AS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

I've been to Matchbox PC probably 12 times. This time was particularly horrible. It took over an hour for 1 pizza and 2 chicken sandwiches. The pizza that was originally ordered was actually unavailable, but the server didn't tell us for 40 minutes. One of the chicken sandwiches was ordered as Nashville Hot, but came out as regular. At that point it was already an hour into our work lunch, so we didn't want to extend things out more. It took an extra 15 minutes for the server to cash us out and bring us to-go boxes. The whole meal took 2 hours.

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Z
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Waitstaff are wonderful, very knowledgeable, great sense of humor. Food is delish! Fast. You can always have a business lunch there in under an hour. Great variety on the menu.

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JL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was outstanding, noise wasn’t bad at all, and the drink menu was great. Service was a little slow but I’ll be back again.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great job!

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EM
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service at Sunday brunch was unbelievably slow, and no explanation for it. We liked our server, and the manager helped out, but it was still odd that we waited so long for food. The donuts seemed stale as well.

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DC
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is amazing. It is always an easy, convenient crowd pleasing restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the server was very attentive

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ask to be seated upstairs. The vibe and noise levels are much better. I love their pizza and great happy hour!

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PP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was good, service was good. Matchbox IPA was ehh. Noise level was ridiculous....next time I’ll request to be seated away from the bar/gathering area.

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CC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Matchbox food is great! Unfortunately for our party of 10 the pizzas came out cold, salads came out long after the cold pizza, and the service was spotty given the half-filled dining area. It use to be packed at lunch, but it was awfully quiet. It made me thing that we weren't the first to experience an inconsistent meal. That said, who doesn't like cold pizza.

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FD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I have entered this restaurant three times. I left the first two times because I did not want to sit in bar or kitchen area. Despite my request on my reservation, I was again offered seating in that area. I declined. Of course, the very next thing said (in all three cases) is how long the wait will be for another table. What is the point of a reservation requesting to sit in the dining area and not the kitchen or bar? Eventually we sat upstairs. The waiter was ok. The food was ok. Nothing screamed... this place is great, I have got to come back.

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PR
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would recommend Matchbox, but for regular lunch and not for brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The waitress was very accommodating when we wanted something specific for our meals. She made it happen and we were satisfied with our food.

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HG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal!

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I was there to meet a business associate. We were seated upstairs and it was perfect! We were able to talk freely without distraction or disturbance. The meal was tasty and our server was attentive.

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ES
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for working lunch. Service is always exceptional as is the food. Highly recommend the proscuitto fig pizza.

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TP
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Calvin, our server, was fantastic! Food was delivered as ordered in a timely manner and tasted great! Recommend making reservations as the restaurant fills up quickly during dinner hours.

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LR
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Great pizza, including GF options! The service was okay, but it wasn't very crowded and things still seemed to be a bit slow. Definitely a solid option for a spontaneous lunch out.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great but service wasn’t.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We were seated at around 1:45 and received our drinks shortly their after. The server took our order a short while later about 2:10. We didn't receive our food until an hour and a half later. It wasn't crowded or anything. We had to ask our server if the salad was ready and finally we receive that. We proceeded to contact the manager and they were able to expedite our meals. We were taken care of in that regard so I'm pleased with how management handled the oversight. I do believe this is an isolated incident and doesn't happen often. We are thankful for the accommodations the manager made to make it right.

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Service was strange, they brought out our desserts right after we began our main course which m ant my ice cream was melted by the time I got to my dessert 40 minutes later. It also made me feel like they wanted us to leave even though it was only 8:30 and they were still open for 2 hours

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NB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was not busy when we got there but service was really slow. We had reservations and were dining with a toddler. She ran out of room on the coloring sheets from waiting so long. The food was really good but I was disappointed with how much time we had to spend there.

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RM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good as always, good beer and wine selection. Had the ribs, good sauce.

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AP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised with our entire experience. We were immediately greeted by our friendly host, our server was great. Our food was very good from the salad, soup and pizza. I will be going back next time I’m in town!

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s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good. We were seated in an extremely dark corner under the stairs, so we had to use cell phone lights to read the menu, and given that we were next to two walls of windows and it was 35degrees outside, it was extremely cold. Our food (two pizzas and a burger) were ice cold very quickly. The restaurant is dark overall and very loud, so not a great option for good conversation. Also, the tables, while roomy, and great for groups, are spacious, which may explain why the restaurant is so loud - everyone has to yell to their tablemates to be heard.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, but the temperature in the restaurant was too cold.

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LT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 4

I was taking a good friend to lunch celebrating his birthday on that day and his retirement and leaving the area, to no avail. I had indicated it on the open table reservation along with reminding the hostess upon arrival. I informed Matchbox about the error and I am pleased to their response and quick apology and our server was great.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service, but even though it is 'energetic' the music is way too loud. we had a table of 6 and could only hear the person seated next to you and had to yell at them to hear each other. Just a few decimals lower would have helped.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My friends and I came to Matchbox and ordered a caesar salad to split, the fettuccine alfredo, and the prosciutto white pizza. All of our food was exquisite. The prosciutto white pizza is delicious - you MUST get it when you come to Matchbox. We also ordered a carafe of draft pinot noir which was lovely though it was served chilled and the carafe seemed smaller than a normal bottle of wine. Our service was good though only returned to our table once every 30 or so minutes. I will surely be returning to Matchbox!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were very good. Does tend to be a loud environment though.

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JR
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Courteous and timely service by Chris; exquisitely prepared salmon with a side of arugula-fennel salad. The chef accommodated my allergy without question and with aplomb.

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