Matchbox - Pentagon City

4.5
683 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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BrooklynB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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.

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Ashara
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipCalebN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great sheltered/covered patio area that still has good air flow as a truly outdoor dining space.

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Kenya
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was my first visit. Overall it’s Above average. I enjoyed the service together with my friends; very prompt. I will visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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DebbieB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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!

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GregW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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.

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hbmortster
Boise
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hector our waiter was the star of the show. He was extremely attentive. Food was good, drinks were great.

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ShaDiamondS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MatthewH
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good was good, service was decent. Had a great restaurant week menu

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Goede plek voor een voedzame lunch. Menukaart is tamelijk standaard maar kwaliteit van het eten is prima.

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vipFeedMeSemore
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating there and the serve was great. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience.

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DavidA
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Matchbox multiple times per year. We find the food to be consistent and good, especially for the money. Always a good ambiance and certainly very few people dining in during COVID restrictions. This was our first time at this location and the service was awesome and the food also good. We will continue to come back - love the pizzas.

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vipJaywest
Washington DC
231 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Nothing special. Service was good, food just ok, pricey for what you get.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went for brunch and it was only one other person eating so that was a big plus for me, especially with everything going on. Order the American skillet and it was amazing. Definitely enjoyed myself.

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LatoyaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! Diners were safely spaced out.

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vipMahidevran
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to when I come for shopping at the Pentagon city mall. Love the food and the atmosphere. The staff is very polite and helpful.

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vipMichaelS
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to there on the spur of the moment. The food and drinks did not disappoint. Definitely enjoyed the pizza and heard compliments from our guests on the tuna tacos

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The service overall was ok . Waiter disappeared several time for long periods of time but over all it was decent.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter went in her soccer jersey and we didn’t feel crazy under dressed. Great food!

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DeniseR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience. There celebrating a family event and had a wonderful time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first experience at a Matchbox and the service was excellent. Our server was overly kind and accommodating. I ordered the Salmon spinach salad and the fish was cooked perfectly and I got their special Watermelon cocktail it was delish! Highly recommend

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vipKarenL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing server, I just wish I could remember his name and the staff were very accommodating. 🙂

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SueB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was professional and attentive, the manager was also polite.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe great food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance, not loud at all. The server kept forgetting about us though and we saw him chatting with the bartender instead of coming to help us more than once.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The food was terrible. I don’t see what people like about this place. The location is great but the food is mediocre. I had the shrimp with old bay fries. You can get the shrimp at the grocery store (Seapak) and the old bay fries needed way more seasoning and they were hard.

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Outdoor dining was great - weather was perfect and the heaters were on since it was a bit chilly! I remember the days pre-COVID when this place was so crowded inside, so it's kind of sad now to see it completely empty! I believe inside is opened up, but no one chooses to eat inside. I'm sure it's safe, given the guidelines. The only "off" thing was our server had his mask down a bit below his nose.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Customer service was terrible.

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ChristineJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This was really disappointing. We LOVE matchbox, but this was our first time going to the Pentagon City location. We got in early for our reservation and were seated relatively quickly, but then we didn't get seen for about 15 minutes even to get waters. The place is operating at half capacity for COVID but they weren't crowded by any means. By the time someone came to see us, it wasn't our waitress but someone she asked to take our order for her. He took our full order - drinks, appetizers, and dinner - wrote nothing down. We got our appetizers about 15 minutes after that. Everything was great, but we still hadn't been seen by our original waitress, and no one else came to our table for the next 30 minutes. So we'd been there an hour already and still hadn't gotten our meals, our waitress walked by our table, my husband got her attention and asked about the status of our food. She was so surprised and said "OMG you haven't gotten your food yet? What did you order?" So she hadn't even checked before then to make sure our order had been put in by the guy she called in for help, and even while walking by our table serving others in our section, she never came to even check that everything was good or if we needed anything, let alone notice that we sat at an empty table without food for a good half hour after we finished our appetizers. We told her what we ordered, she went and checked the computer AND STARTED PUTTING IN THE ORDER. Our order had never even been entered before then, and by now we'd been there for over an hour. So we just asked for the check to leave since we didn't feel like waiting longer, and she gave us a little discount which was fine but honestly, we ordered two soups and a dip - the whole thing probably should've been comped. Once she gave us the check she offered a drink "on the house" to make up for everything, I'm 7 months (blatantly) pregnant, so not really a consolation prize there. Needless to say, and sadly, we won't be going back there.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went for brunch and was saddened to find there was no Brunch Box or Avocado toast. The waitress was nice enough but her memory was not that great. The restaurant was not crowded at all so I am not sure why she would disappear for long periods of time.

The food was good and I enjoyed the patio.

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BriR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good time. The food and drinks was good. The food didn’t taker long to come. We were spaced out from other tables. I had aaa good birthday.

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vipBrittney4177
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my friend and I’s favorite place to meet up and catch up. Food is always good!

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vipHector
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The food was tasty and came out quickly. The server had a very nice attitude but overall service was slow. The drinks took a long time and came out at the same time as all the food. Once the food arrived we had no plates and had to wait before starting to eat. I understand they are probably short staffed due to COVID, but staff seems stretched too thin and it is impacting service.

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Bigghoya
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service Was Excellent!

FAQs

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

Matchbox - Pentagon City is rated 4.5 stars by 683 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.