Matchbox - Pentagon City

4.4
370 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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DV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The server was not friendly or engaging. The food arrived warm at best if not cold, over several courses. We mentioned our dissatisfaction to the manager who responded positively and it was appreciated but the damage was done. We were very disappointed and will not be returning any time soon.

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

Good food small plates but unlimited

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was poor, the food ok- some things were much better than others. Ribs not so good. Spinach artichoke dip very good. It took a long time for drink order to arrive, appetizers and entrees.

We lost our server mid meal and our bill came with items on it from another table. The servers were pleasant but it just seemed that overall management was not great.

I don’t need to come back here again.

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D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our waitress Lindsey went above and beyond. I can’t wait to go back.

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

Ordinarily, I rank Matchbox as one of my favorite places to eat and plan to return. Service can somewhat be a mixed bag however, so definitely pay attention (especially to the bill).

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LS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We tried their bottomless brunch for the first time and really enjoyed it. $30 a person was a very good deal. The service could have been a bit more prompt but overall we had a good experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Would come here everyday. Waiter was great and patient gave us excellent service.

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JR
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is always good after several attempts to get the correct order delivered to the table. I am a regular and experience the same service every visit, regardless of the server. They also regularly experience trouble splitting checks. I hear this from many of my neighbors who also frequent this restaurant. Management may want to clarify a split checks policy to patrons and servers; e.g. institute a streamline process or inform patrons that checks will not be split.

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KM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and so was the server. Always a cool atmosphere and the warm winter day made sitting on the balcony amazing. Definitely a favorite restaurant and will be back in the future.

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Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was very slow, and the wait staff was not attentive. My frustration level increased the longer we were there. We sat at the table a full 45 minutes before our drinks arrived. Overall, this was a very disappointing experience. The last time I ate here, three weeks ago, I wasn’t sure that I would return due to the slow service. Now, there is almost no way that I would return.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I’ve been there before and it was fine but on this night the service was terrible. Waiter left us at least 25 minutes until we wrangled another waiter to take our order. .We had to ask another staff member to bring our bill. And then when we were leaving he finally brought the beer we ordered a long time before. The beer that never came was on the check but they kindly removed it. The calamari salad was disappointing. Literally some calamari on top of a pile of spinach, not much else to it. This was the first time my guest was there and they were not impressed.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. My children enjoyed it and I loved it.

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MO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was wonderful! The service is amazing! Megan is awesome!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ribs and great beer selection!

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

This particular Matchbox certainly thrives and survives on the strength of tourism.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Menu selection - young, friendly, empowered staff

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y
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was wonderful thank you Michelle, our food was not even warm, had to wait for new fries, crab cake was very sloppy. It’s a great disappointment this to around because it was a xo worker leaving and I spoke highly of this place. Do better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What can go wrong at Matchbox with such awesome food! I love this location as it is well laid out with plenty of seating. I strongly recommend this place to anyone visiting DC!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attentive staff. First time there and waitress was so enthusiastic and helpful! High Quality food at a decent price. Perfect for casual yet nice date, and great for a nice sit down lunch break!

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant was slow and at least half of our food was incorrect. I've been there three times and it's happened twice with very simple things. The noise level was much better this time. The food is good. The atmosphere, when the music isn't so loud, is great. The service stinks.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Mediocre food, really nothing special. But had slow but attentive service.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Parking is difficult. Good location. Our waiter was friendly (Gerson?) mumbled a little. Nice feel. Helps having a reservation. I had to move to three times, concierge was super friendly.

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was great except for my friend’s pizza. It was soggy and cold. Our server wasn’t great. Then one of the food runners brought us a plate of food we said wasn’t ours. She left it at our table then left. A couple of minutes later, she said it was for another table. She took the dish from us and gave it to another table. Lucky for the other table we didn’t touch the food. The food runner shouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t want a dish that was left with another table. We could have touched the food. Gross!!!

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Birthday!!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wanted to try March Box. I was very happy with my visit and my meal. I had the chicken Pesto pizza which was delicious. I will be going back soon.

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A
Anchorage
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Slow service

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter wAs awesome

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Brunch is several orders of small plate servings. Price did not match food. Waitress was not attentive, I can't remember her name. Overall taste of food once we received it was good. Not a fan of their concept of brunch, not a good experience

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Matchbox PC has so much potential. We went there for brunch, and though the Open Table site lists a brunch menu, it is now prix fixe. I don't mind this approach as long as the food lives up to the price. Our first order of small plates came out quickly, but disturbingly the food was cold by the time it arrived at the table. The chicken and waffle could have been great if it was even warm. After our first order, it seemed there was a 10-15 minute delay on receiving the next set of dishes. I understand that it's a tactic so one does not consume as many dishes, but after paying $33 per person, I would expect quicker service.

The one thing that was a bit confusing is that after being told it was a prix fixe menu, as we were getting ready to leave, we saw other tables with large plates of some of the brunch items.

Matchbox PC should still offer the option of large plates for brunch, as quality of the food served does not justify the cost of the prix fixe.

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Q
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was in town for a debate convention. Waiter did a great job waiting all 8 of us. Don’t know his name, but the reservation was February 16th, at 6:15. Give that guy a good word from us! Thanks again!!!!!

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DH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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ZW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was awesome, and the ambience and food were great. The one problem I have is the brunch menu. Recently they switched over to a $31 all you can eat style brunch, but I’m not a fan. I would really prefer to just order a couple of small things and pay per item. We were able to request this from our waiter, and he was able to work with us to get us what we needed, but it made me feel guilty...like I was being a bit of a burden. Anyway, I’ll probably go back for lunch or dinner, but will not return for brunch unless they alter the menu.

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was a very pleasant experience overall, just would have been nice if the woodfire oven was working so that we could have eaten pizza, which was the reason Matchbox was chosen in the first place. Food was tasty, just not the food we were hoping to eat

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ME
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service!

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Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was phenomenal enjoyed the special appetizer at recommendation

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food took a little long. It was delicious. Will be back.

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