Matchbox - Pentagon City

4.4
738 Reviews
$30 and under
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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JemJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have eaten at this Matchbox location several times over the years. The service and food left much to be desired. First, there was confusion over the brunch deal. We had an expectant mother in our group with dietary restrictions who could not eat anything on the Bottomless Brunch. Apparently everyone at the table to eat the Bottomless Brunch regardless of dietary restrictions even though the other person was going to order separately. Honestly, our win. The business lost $35 pp plus the amount we were going to pay for bottomless mimosas.

When we inquired as to why and why it wasn't cited anywhere on the menu, then manager insinuated that we would steal food...that the person with the dietary restrictions would eat from the Bottomless Brunch. Yeah. This is exactly how you don't treat a group of hardworking women of color.

We ordered off the menu because we were beyond frustrated and hungry. We repeatedly had to ask for syrup for the chicken and waffles; it arrived more than 10 minutes after the actual entree. I ordered a cup of cream of crab that never appeared, yet appeared on my bill.

The experience was lacking. I won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was delicious
They accommodated my entire family even with a short notice in a busy weekend
Everyone was nice and professional
We will be back!

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vipKarenL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good and we had a great server! : ) I will hopefully be going back soon.

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BryttniG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

The hostess told me that my reservation was for 6:30pm, in which I produced 3 emails with confirmation for 6:45. I was then told that they were not accepting walk-ins and after 10 mins, they cancel the reservation if you are not present. I was not made aware of that ten minute time frame, as I arrived at 7:01 for my 6:45 appointment. I received an email 3 minutes before walking in with a “thank you” from open table for using my reservation which I hadn’t arrived for just yet. Me and my family were finally accommodated with a reservation for 7:40 pm. When we arrived for the second time, we were not greeted and the table we were shown was still dirty. Our server provided excellent service and the food and drinks were great. However, the front desk staff were less than inviting and accommodating.

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Helen
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and food. It would help if the music would be turned a bit lower since its hard to have a business conversation.

DJ
DoniceJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful time was had by all. Love this location and the food was excellent

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MikeG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

we waited about 1 hour and 15 min for our food. the waitress kept apologizing but indicate dit was a common problem with the kitchen

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vipTeamPL
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have to come to Matchbox every time we are in the DC area. It's our favorite pizza. The staff was friendly and fast even with our crowd of 6 being a little overwhelming due to not having seen each other in over 18 months. The experience was all we have come to expect from Matchbox!

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ChrisB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Had dinner there with friends. Beer list pretty good. Wine list good but they were out of all Chardonnay. Wife had a pizza kid had a pizza very good. Chimichurri steak is phenomenal. Too bad the staff isn’t more on their game early and get five stars. Pretty much have to make a big deal to get service. Still plan on going back

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Koko
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The food wasn’t that good it’s usually good but at the penn quarter location. Service was ok our server was new so I understand but she was really nice. We got bottomless brunch and the way it worked was extremely confusing and you pay $25 for bottomless mimosas but they charge you a penny for each glass after the first bottle which is weird if you already paid the base price

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vipDisappointed
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant- food was good. I did call ahead and ask for a birthday dessert for my mom’s birthday. Unfortunately, that did not happen.

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KevinF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good experience good place to meet with friends

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dcmsufan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We live Matchbox. Like all restaurants they have been impacted by covid. Staffing is tough for them. Our waiter was very nice and helpful in spite of having difficult customers in her section. She did a great job!!!!!

JB
vipJB123
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service would definitely return

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Aline
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the ambiance. Will come again. The waiter Cameron was fantastic. Took care of us and had even to give warm coffee and warm milk which I appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Father’s Day was the occasion, our server was lacking for sure, she had no apron on, her shirt wasn’t tucked in, she wasn’t attentive, she lacked a sense of urgency. The manager also was the same, we had to flag him down just to pay our check. He also wasn’t attentive.

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SHEMICA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Team Team meet and great

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vipPBBKEC1
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I will be back. My family and I totally enjoyed the food and the experience. We looking forward to trying their all day brunch.

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vipFCROB
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

As I said before, go for the food not the service. Service at this location. Is non-existent.

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mfrazervicenty
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good for brunch time, service, ambient and food excellent.

JR
vipJetRed
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

45 minutes to get a basic on-the-menu cocktail.
That said, the host, and server were attentive while I waited, and acted quickly when I ordered my remaining items to go.

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SDaice
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I typically love Matchbox at Pentagon City but yesterday the food was off and our waitress appeared to have a hangover.

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Teewee
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was just ok. The menu has changed a lot of the years some of the favorite things aren't there any more

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, I’m just not a fan of the new bread they’re using for their French toast it is wayyyy to hard other than that I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and food!!

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ZFrog
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very nice time at Matchbox. The pizza is the best!

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court
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

This place was good but super overpriced. They discontinued their happy hour and small cocktails were $14. They also didn’t honor our request from our reservation to be seated outside.

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vipGeorgeT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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KevinF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall pretty good good beer, had a salad with chicken which was ok

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We initially were seated waiting about 15 mins then moved to the bar and were served instantly.

AJ
AJAA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

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.

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vipFCROB
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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SabrinaL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes were amazing!

CM
CarlaM
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. All staff were wearing masks, and customers were seated away from each other. I will definitely go back.

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vipAnni2223
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch staff is great!! And the food and cocktails are awesome!

AB
vipAngelaB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A bit pricey for a casual dining experience with drinks.

BS
BrianS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Hard to decide what to get!

FAQs

Matchbox - Pentagon City does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Matchbox - Pentagon City is rated 4.4 stars by 738 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.