Matchbox - Pentagon City
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our classic bloody, hand-pulled mozz, pepperoni, basil pesto
Braised Short Rib Rigatoni
caramelized onions, cremini mushrooms, spinach, tomato, marsala creme sauce
Sweet Potato Fries
Not good experience - by a long shot.
We arrived on time and were seated promptly, but the service ended there. We were seated in the bar (the restaurant’s choice, not ours); we had reservations through Open Table. We waited at our table for over 20 minutes without anyone coming by. Another table of two had to get up and ask a server to come over. After seeing this, and giving them some time to “notice” us, I had to do the same. When a waiter finally came by, I asked what the problem was and he assured us we would be cared for…so we ordered a bottle of wine. When it was delivered, we ordered our food, and we never saw him again.
Our food, salads to be followed by entrees and side dishes, was delivered all at once by two giggling women who we never saw before or after. I queried them about the sudden delivery of all our food order, but they just left without comment.
We ate our food with NO ONE stopping by to ask anything about the meal, such as if we needed anything (salt, pepper, and extra napkins would have been nice). When we finished, we sat for 20ish minutes before I decided to go get someone. I stood at the host/hostess podium for several minutes before I was “noticed.” I asked that my bill be delivered by the manager.
A male came to our table (presumably the manager) with our bill and explained that a bartender had not shown up for work. Since we did not make reservations at the bar, this make little difference to me.
In short, the only way to get service at this restaurant is if you physically chase down a “server.” The food was passable, but given the grief suffered to get it, I recommend finding another place. COVID-19 was not the issue - this is just a poorly managed restaurant.
Menu is limited and took a while for us to get any attention but it wasn’t as terrible as TGIF experience that I had previously
Overall pretty good good beer, had a salad with chicken which was ok
We initially were seated waiting about 15 mins then moved to the bar and were served instantly.
Our server this particular evening was horrible. Love the restaurant, don’t like the server we had. He got an attitude when we pointed out that he kept bringing us the wrong drinks and food. This happened multiple times, mind you.
I go to Matchbox for the food not the service. They are my go to restaurant for pizza (Matchbox Meat). If you go there keeping that in mind you will be happy.
No carbonation for the soft drinks. Ordered a grilled chicken salad received a salad with no chicken.
Was brought out a piece of dry unflavored piece of chicken which I had to cut up my own self
Crab cakes were amazing!
Service and food were excellent. All staff were wearing masks, and customers were seated away from each other. I will definitely go back.
Great place for lunch staff is great!! And the food and cocktails are awesome!
A bit pricey for a casual dining experience with drinks.
Great food and service. Hard to decide what to get!
Tables were not thoroughly sanitized between guests sitting outside. We ended up helping the hostess wipe down table and chairs. We had to submit our order twice due to system issues and then one guest’s food (chicken pasta) came 15 min after all other guests.
Fabulous brunch date.
Matchbox has not updated their menus on Open Table. So when we got to the restaurant thinking we were about to enjoy their traditional brunch menu, we found out they do not do it anymore. The new brunch menu is HORRIBLE compared to the new.
Great drinks. The food was average.
this place is my go to in Pentagon city area. Absolutely love the food and drinks offered here.
It was excellent, I always go to that matchbox, and they never let me down.
Our food was taken to the wrong table twice. The waitress barely checked on us.
Great service and great food. Cocktails were fantastic.
Food is very good and service is great. Also they do a great job of spacing people away from each other.
Our server Stephan was awesome and very attentive. Food was awesome and the drinks were even better. We will be back to visit Stephan and try a new dish very soon!
We must have hit them on a bad day. It was very unpleasant experience with service. I
Never received the salad or drink I ordered.
Today my daughter and I went to Matchbox. I ordered a Hibiscus Margarita it had a refreshing citrus taste would definitely recommend. Gerso (our waiter)was very nice about my allergy and went out of his way to find out all of the ingredients. Then I ordered the shrimp and my daughter ordered the mini burgers and it was delicious and piping hot. Then unlike other waiters/waitresses he didn’t ask us how the food was until after we ate the food which my daughter really loved. The bathrooms were actually surprisingly clean. Also my daughter and I loved the music choice.
Everyone was exceptionally nice! The blackened chicken bowl was delicious.
The welcome wasn’t as friendly as it should have been, food (taste wise) was bland. I’ve been to other locations (which made me excited to bring a friend this time who is from out of town) but I’m highly disappointed, I probably will not go back to Matchbox in general from the visit. It was a beautiful venue though. Minimum attentive service from the server
The food was amazing. I give him some slack, since it was busy, but my friend and I were waiting around 30 min. for the check.
I dined here with me and my sister. The service was spectacular, the waiter was amazing, his recommendations where out of this world. Definitely a go to once a week.
Great sheltered/covered patio area that still has good air flow as a truly outdoor dining space.
It was my first visit. Overall it’s Above average. I enjoyed the service together with my friends; very prompt. I will visit again
Excellent dinner experience! Heading home after a daylong road trip, we were looking for a spot to stop for dinner and were able to reserve a table for 2 on Open Table. Upon arrival, we were seated immediately, noticing COVID safety precautions in place, including masks worn by staff and socially distanced seating. Service was prompt and friendly. We ordered burgers, wine and beer. Burgers were perfectly well done, yet still juicy and tasty. We also requested ranch dressing, which was as good as we remembered, and an excellent condiment for the fries. While a patron seated across the way chose to speak in an elevated tone so everyone could hear his conversation, the volume in the restaurant was otherwise mellow. We fully enjoyed our meal and hope that future visits will be as great!
Valentines dinner. Overall it was good, our server was very sweet even though she was noticeably busy. Entrees came out before app, no problem. It was taken care of. My bf and I are human so we understand the occasion/holiday reflected our experience but we left happy. Thanks!
Please note, Match Box has a limited menu compared to the menu found on websites such as Yelp or OpenTable. Quite naturally, the impact of the pandemic has affected how businesses are operating. That being said, there is still no excuse for the poor execution of a menu item. My significant other ordered a Salmon dish and the rice was hard and my Ceasar salad was cold and wilted. Our drinks were bland. Also, Match Box has "little" to "no" vegetarian options. Our dessert was the most satisfying part of our meal. The expresso brownie was delicious. Given the cost of Match Box's menu items, the quality and execution should be significantly better.
Hector our waiter was the star of the show. He was extremely attentive. Food was good, drinks were great.
Excellent Service!! Host was Awesome Waiter was Outstanding Thanks Eric for you had alot of the tables at once but never showed you were overwhelmed you treated My Family Outstanding and I know you did the same for All your Customers. Keep up the tremidous Job
Good was good, service was decent. Had a great restaurant week menu
Everything was great! Came in for a 12pm reservation at 11:58am on a Tuesday and was seated upstairs immediately. There was someone waiting at the top of the steps to sit us and my server came to the table a couple of minutes later. The area is set up to be seated socially distant but there was only one other table being occupied on the other side of the upstairs section. I was slightly disappointed because of the limited menu, I had my mind set on something I’d had several times before COVID, but I quickly found joy in the pound cake French toast and all was well! The service was great and so was the leftovers later in the day lol.
Goede plek voor een voedzame lunch. Menukaart is tamelijk standaard maar kwaliteit van het eten is prima.
We come here often because it has never failed us...till today. Even though they changed the sides for their famous chicken breast they have let us change back to the normal sides. Today they wanted to charge $10 more to get the potatoes & vegetables. I got the pepperoni pizza that was burnt and my wife got a steak that was so over cooked it was tuff and cold fries. Our waitress was the bartender and she was terrible! I had to get up and walk to the bar for a drink refill because she was too busy joking with the rest of the staff. Never checked on the food and only brought the tab when she saw us put out coats on. I understand COVID-19 has been tuff on restaurants but this is how you loose your favorite clients. Hopefully they get it right soon or they will be off this repeat customers favorites list.
Matchbox - Pentagon City does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.
Matchbox - Pentagon City is rated 4.5 stars by 710 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.