Matchbox - Capitol Hill

4.4
807 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 Capitol Hill’s 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.

Located on the bustling 8th Street corridor of Barracks Row, our second location in Washington, D.C. was built out of love for the revered Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Our lofty mezzanine mezzanine accommodates 44 guests seated, or 30 guests standing, so there’s plenty of space for intimate dinners, private parties and get-togethers.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 807 People Are Saying
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BrynnK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and the service was great. 10/10 will go back again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matchbox is one of my favorite places to dine. The food and service is always good.

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FoodCritic
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent as always. Service was quite slow, which hasn't happened in the past.

GB
GregoryB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Meal before a concert

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor was our waiter and he was amazing ! The pina colada was my favorite !

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our experience was ruined by our waitress.

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vipJenelle
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great atmosphere! Great customer service!

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vipSukki10
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

My lunch combo of pizza and half salad did the trick. I have always had a good meal at Matchbox.

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KarenC
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Service and great food! Loved that the place hires teenagers for the summer months……teaching them how money grows! By working!

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Natalie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I like this restaurant. I have been coming here off and on for at least the past 5-6 years. Sometimes there is a miss, but tonight, everything was on point.

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vipLauraS
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great!

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CarlC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have been to other Matchboxes and have had good pizza. The pizza at this location was pedestrian at best. The crust was not Neapolitan; not even Neapolitan style. The toppings were average. Unless things were to improve, I would never return. One of my guests' pizza was supposed to be a specialty; however, if was almost not edible. My guest was too much of a diplomat to say anything, until we left, or I would have returned it. It was some kind of Chipotle concoction and it was terrible.

Management needs to start eating its products and IF management can’t determine what is not working, new management should be brought in. Send the staff to TWO AMY’S to take some lessons on how to make good pizza.

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BirthdayGirl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always going to Matchbox because the menu is interesting (something for everyone).

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vipAndyE
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was sub-par. Dynamite shrimp appetizer not worthy. Salmon and ribs were good.

JD
JuanDeeZee
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my time at Matchbox. Our waitress was very attentive to our table and my daughter especially.

Juan De Cruz

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Natalie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service is what keeps me coming back. To me the menu is meh. My meal was the bbq salmon salad, salmon was perfect, salad was over saturated w/dressing. Someone's heavy hand was showing in the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The servers and staff at Matchbox were top notch! We will go again.

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VictoriaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff and the food always lives up to the Matchbox standard. Everyone loved what they ordered.

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vipNeCee
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

As walked up to the door, I almost slipped and fell on the floor panel. When I walked in, the host laughed (I’m not totally sure if it was at me), but my instinct was she laughed at me….not very good customer. Seems like the appropriate response should have been, “Are you okay. I will have someone look at the area so that no one else trip.”

When my guess and I ordered our food, my guess had hair in it so it had to be recooked. A manager did come to the table to apologize which was great.

The service was not too great, the waitress didn’t ask for water refills …. When the returned the food, there was no silverware with it so after 10 minutes I tracked down someone from the bar to get silverware. The restaurant wasn’t too crowded.

This review should only be used for TRAINING purposes. Don’t want to see anyone loose their job because we all need jobs. Just thought this experience would be a good training opportunity for the staff.

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vipConnieT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice selection on the menu and e setons enjoyed their meal!

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Tony
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for brunch. The bartender was very personable and friendly. The food was prepared perfectly and was delicious. Will definitely do brunch there again.

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vipMarshaF
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I each had pizza and salad. The food was really tasty. The service is excellent.

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vipPeter
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The fried shrimp is very good, but only getting 5-6 pieces of fried shrimp (along with fries) for an entrée that cost $23 was a little disappointing. The cocktails and draft beers are great. The artichoke and spinach dip is outstanding.

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EbonyF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I think it's overpriced and overhyped. The pizza was just OK...nothing spectacular. I expected more because that's what they're known for. But at least the service was great!

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PatrickS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It's been more than a year since I've visited Matchbox and last night's dinner was good but a slight step down in service and selection than the last time. I was disappointed that the local beers I loved are no longer on tap and our server was nice, but not very attentive. He was probably new and seemed to be spending a lot more attention on the group of 10 next to us compared to my son and I. We enjoyed ourselves, but left a little disappointed.

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vipPeter
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a good experience overall. Our waiter (who was being trained) did a good job, our appetizer (the artichoke spinach dip) was excellent, and our cocktails were superb. I didn't love that they changed the recipe for their chicken pesto pizza, but I still enjoyed it and it's still my favorite dinner item on the menu. 4/5 experience this time. I will be going back with my family this next weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Eggs were disgusting!! Very soft and mushy. I asked for them cooked hard and it came back the same way whist a tab bit burnt. Also, they don’t even have a turkey bacon or turkey sausage selection just the nasty uncooked looking chicken sausage (super disgusting)

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Natalie
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Matchbox @CapHill has always been a good place for great food. There are other nice restaurants but the food sucks. The only reason why I gave the food 4 stars is because they use to have a selection of sides to choose from. The only side I noticed on the menu to choose from were between two different salads. Its disappointing and I hope they bring back the selection of sides for folks like me that like options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was nonexistent... Had to ask several different staff members to please grab our waitress.

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MarandaE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great for a family occasion. Good food and nice ambiance. Could’ve had better seating but I understand it was busy. Server was great.

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The reason for the 4 star for overall experience instead of 5 star is because your entire host(ess) staff left something to be desired. The young lady that was there when we arrived was lackluster at best. And when exiting, there were at least 3 at the host desk and no one thanked us for coming or said goodbye. I guess their personal conversation was more important.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service
Our waitress was the BOMB

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

They forgot my order and my order only somehow out of everyone at my table. Then told me that my order was served to another table, and then charged me for it when I told them
“Don’t worry about it”. But y’all don’t have AC so I guess I should give y’all a break huh?

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food in a fun location. Excellent service. AC was out.

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vipBrandonK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

First time at a Matchbox since they closed their 14th Street location. The food was great and the service was good, but the restaurant had to be at least 80 degrees. We were sweating while eating! Hopefully that's a temporary issue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I don’t like that the tables are not dressed when seated. We had to ask for EVERYTHING. I need a napkin, I need a saucer. Ridiculous. Before seating guests, please properly dress the table.

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vipCoco
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza was excellent as ever. The fried shrimp and french fries were tasty.

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MarionH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpectedly good! Brunch is hard to mess up but Matchbox did a really great job providing value for money. The bacon was delicious! Most places give you half a slice of burnt bacon but here I got several chewy full-size slices! The pound cake french toast was also really good. I thought it would be too heavy having pound cake and then egg and then fried but it was still light AND the syrup didn't absorb too much so it stayed moist.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was amazing, as always! This is one of the first visits I have had here where the service was terrible. At one point, it took almost 25/30 minutes between visits to our table from our server. We saw her wait on other tables and she didn’t even glance in our direction so we could get her attention. We were trying to ask for more water as it was a 90° day but were unsuccessful. If this was my first visit here, I would never be back. Fortunately, I’ve been here enough to know (believe) it was a fluke so I will be back.

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StaceyT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great. I love that they are still being cautions with COVID-19 Our meals were served hot and just delicious

FAQs

Matchbox - Capitol Hill does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Matchbox - Capitol Hill is rated 4.4 stars by 807 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 bookings at the moment.