Matchbox - Pentagon City

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American
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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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.0
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4.2
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4.0
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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent we had the Pizza, Chicken, and Burgers..Great customer service

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best brunch in the DC area! I took my teenage niece and nephew. We all loved it!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day date with my partner. Good drinks and good food.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Everything was great . Server just forgot utensils had to chase someone down to get it . On Valentine’s Day

PA
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual but the pizza was really really slow in arriving.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly service and the pizza was very good. We had a chicken pesto pizza and a margarita pizza.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

My server was amazing and very attentive seating was quick and good music selection.

r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It took us 2 hours to finish our meal and get our check. It was pretty busy when we got there on Wednesday night, but it slowed down to nothing and we still didn't have good service. food wasn't bad.

DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken sandwich was very good. My friend had the beyond burger and sweet potato fries and really enjoyed it.

RT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

This was our second trip to this Matchbox in a week. The prior visit was very nice, however the service and noise levels for this visit were substandard. The server was inattentive, difficult to hear due to the loud music, slow to bring the drink orders, slow to take the food orders, the food came to the table close to cold, the check was delivered well after our table had been cleared. The host counter also seemed to lack a sense of urgency even after our party made several trips to express our desire to have better service. The music in the restaurant was far too loud, making conversation difficult. This is not the level of service we have experienced on prior visits to Matchbox, but another visit with service at this declining level may cause it to be our last.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We alerted the staff that one of our party found a piece of plastic in her pasta. It was a busy time for the restaurant and unfortunately the server wasn’t able to return to the table until after everyone was finished eating his and her food.

The manager only offered to replace the pasta instead of to remove the item from the bill. She had already eaten around the plastic at that point and wasn’t hungry for an additional meal.

They brought a dessert to go which was surprisingly a dessert with ice cream — in the to go bag!

This restaurant is one of our favorites and our normal weekly go to — so we were very surprised this was how they handled the situation. It’ll be awhile before we’re ready to return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decent wings! Loud, but it was during a super bowl.

J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Sadly we won’t be returning here. We picked this to celebrate a kid birthday because it checked a lot of boxes - pizzas, adult entrees, salads, etc and the one downtown has always been reliable. Service was terrible... this location suffers from an awful layout with the kitchen two floors up and not enough staff so your food is guaranteed to take forever and come out cold. We were there twice as long as we should have been and spent most of the time trying to catch sight of our well meaning but infrequently seem waiter who was running between the kitchen 2 floors up and the bar and pizza kitchen in all different areas.

B
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going here for happy hour. The food is good and the service has always been great.

FF
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always good food and great service despite there being a number of large parties for the Friday lunch rush!

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all ! Highly recommend !

OT
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Stephanie provided fantastic service! My friend and I each had a cocktail, and Stephenie offered recommendations. We then split the salad with salmon (large portion) and split a small pizza, half fig/prosciutto and half of the very spicy pizza. Splitting the pizza was Stephanie’s suggestion, and a good one, since we could not choose between sweet and spicy. I preferred the fig/prosciutto, but it was all tasty. The noise level was high, but I knew to expect that from other reviews, and the restaurant was also quite crowded (especially for a Wednesday night).

J
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Ordered online and grabbed takeout. The pizzas were ready but They told me my salad “had been stolen” so I had to wait 25 mins for them to make one. Cherry on top was the gastric issues I had 3 times the next day. I think it may have been from the pizzas sitting out for so long.

R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Hostess refused to seat me upstairs, pointed and told me to goto a table on the left ...

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun for families with teens.

NL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great server, lots of fresh, delicious food and a wonderful brunch experience for my son's birthday. Very pleased and would definitely go back!

AW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints and with a restaurant week menu for lunch...it’s a great value! Def recommend!

PT
San Francisco
434 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I've always liked Matchbox and the food remains good. It's pizza, though, so if you're looking for high-end food, this isn't the place. Service was exceptionally good.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food waiter was fabulous. Hostess was awful. Mean and condescending. Our reservations were for 6:30 she said well they say on my form 5:30. I showed her the text that opentable sent and she said well it isn’t right. But we can seat you. I was not happy

SL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious; service provided by Hector was amazing!

g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We have had dinner here twice and will not be returning. The food was lukewarm, just average and not necessarily what the menu depicted. We had to return an entrée which they had to recook because it was not like the description on the menu. One of the entrees was served way ahead of the others with one of our group almost finished with dinner before the rest of the entrees arrived. The waiter was just ok, and did not seem to understand some of the very basic requests we had. It was quite a disappointment!

MR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Best pizza in town but LOUD and at busy times it is hard to get served. We had to wait 15 minutes after being seated to be served, after one of our party got up to find a server. Still, my favorite pizza.

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had an incredible wait to even see a server. It ruined the whole meal. Also, when the food came out it was mediocre at best. It was worse quality than a TGI Fridays.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience4

Open table allowed me to get a table at 10:15 p.m.. The restaurant and kitchen closes at 10:30. The service and food was great.

SR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food drinks and service! Love this place and we will be back soon!

DK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My sons first date

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unable to order from the happy hour menu during happy hour when seated in the upper level even though 2 weeks prior to this reservation, the happy hour menu was available when dining on the upper level.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

BW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I enjoy my visits to Matchbox because of the food and atmosphere. It’s the go-to spot for one of my friends and I for our annual post-Christmas lunch. Service is on point. I tried the Beyond Burger and it was delicious! My only complaint is that they do not serve hot tea. Coffee but not tea. What’s that about?

CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I gave Matchbox a low rating for this visit only. Usually, their food is great and service is very friendly. They were having an off night this time, though. Extremely poor service and the food was only so-so. I'll come back, but hopefully they fix their service issues.

NH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was actually there with family for brunch. There was 8 of us and it was our first time doing brunch at Match Box. The food and the service was EXCELLENT. Our waitress was phenomenal and I wish I could remember her name. We are all looking forward to the next time.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed brunch

NS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoy matchbox, the food is always fresh, hot and tasty.

K
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Over the brunch box wasn’t bad some items in the menu were great others just meh