Matchbox - Pentagon City

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609 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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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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NL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great server, lots of fresh, delicious food and a wonderful brunch experience for my son's birthday. Very pleased and would definitely go back!

AW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints and with a restaurant week menu for lunch...it’s a great value! Def recommend!

PT
San Francisco
434 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I've always liked Matchbox and the food remains good. It's pizza, though, so if you're looking for high-end food, this isn't the place. Service was exceptionally good.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food waiter was fabulous. Hostess was awful. Mean and condescending. Our reservations were for 6:30 she said well they say on my form 5:30. I showed her the text that opentable sent and she said well it isn’t right. But we can seat you. I was not happy

SL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious; service provided by Hector was amazing!

g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We have had dinner here twice and will not be returning. The food was lukewarm, just average and not necessarily what the menu depicted. We had to return an entrée which they had to recook because it was not like the description on the menu. One of the entrees was served way ahead of the others with one of our group almost finished with dinner before the rest of the entrees arrived. The waiter was just ok, and did not seem to understand some of the very basic requests we had. It was quite a disappointment!

MR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Best pizza in town but LOUD and at busy times it is hard to get served. We had to wait 15 minutes after being seated to be served, after one of our party got up to find a server. Still, my favorite pizza.

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had an incredible wait to even see a server. It ruined the whole meal. Also, when the food came out it was mediocre at best. It was worse quality than a TGI Fridays.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience4

Open table allowed me to get a table at 10:15 p.m.. The restaurant and kitchen closes at 10:30. The service and food was great.

SR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food drinks and service! Love this place and we will be back soon!

DK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

My sons first date

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Unable to order from the happy hour menu during happy hour when seated in the upper level even though 2 weeks prior to this reservation, the happy hour menu was available when dining on the upper level.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

BW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I enjoy my visits to Matchbox because of the food and atmosphere. It’s the go-to spot for one of my friends and I for our annual post-Christmas lunch. Service is on point. I tried the Beyond Burger and it was delicious! My only complaint is that they do not serve hot tea. Coffee but not tea. What’s that about?

CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I gave Matchbox a low rating for this visit only. Usually, their food is great and service is very friendly. They were having an off night this time, though. Extremely poor service and the food was only so-so. I'll come back, but hopefully they fix their service issues.

NH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was actually there with family for brunch. There was 8 of us and it was our first time doing brunch at Match Box. The food and the service was EXCELLENT. Our waitress was phenomenal and I wish I could remember her name. We are all looking forward to the next time.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed brunch

NS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoy matchbox, the food is always fresh, hot and tasty.

K
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Over the brunch box wasn’t bad some items in the menu were great others just meh

h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was what I expected. However, I do wish the server had periodically checked in on us after our meals came out. We had to wait for 20-30 minutes after we were finished to ask for the check.

C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The place was packed (I prefer that) still we got a table after a short wait. Happy hour beers specially the IPA is excellent. Ordered two pizzas. The spicy one was the best. Only problem we had was that I took a while to get a second round of drinks.

JM
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing, friendly, helpful and personable. Great food-green salad w salmon-yum!

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was very slow. Very good overall.

S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were disappointed in this restaurant. As longtime fans is the Matchbox chain, we always look forward to coming for a meal. But this time, the drinks we ordered were not “available” so we had to go to second choice, and then one of or entrees priced $16 was so skimpy it looked like a small appetizer! The manager came over and tried to make amends but we pointed out that we have had that exact dish at another Matchbox in the area and it was a great entree, delicious and more than enough to eat. This looked like a poor relation. So the standards are not being upheld and I have to say, we will likely not be back to a Matchbox. I think they’ve over expanded and hurt their brand. This one didn’t even have the cute vintage matchbooks enameled into each diner’s table!! That was a signature touch, and not present here. Too bad. I hope they can get back to their original quality.

FT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great unlimited brunch. The staff was very friendly and the Pentagon City location is nice!

KG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service,nice ambience and the food is great!

BI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Service was slow as there was an unusual long wait given the lunch time rush. There was no promptness on getting an order of sandwiches, salad, and a pizza to my table during my visit with coworkers at this location. My pizza was over cooked and underwhelming. Our waiter was pleasant, but don’t think you’ll get in and out if you’re on your lunch hour.

AJ
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great people.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

They were out of straws, which they didn’t tell us until we asked for them. Food took a long time to come out, but we didn’t get anything complicated, three of us actually requested the exact same thing. The food, when it came, was messed up. Someone had asked for a vinegar based salad dressing since she was lactose intolerant. They brought the dressing on the side but the salad was still covered in ranch. Someone else had pickles on their burger when they requested no pickles. Three of us sat with empty glasses even though the waiter passed us several times. Finally he stopped to check on us and we had to point out or empty glasses to him. The restaurant was not especially busy and there seemed to be plenty of staff. The food is overpriced AND portions are small compared to other restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Waited for 45 mins for soup and salad before our food came out on a bit terribly busy evening. Server only checked on our food when I repeatedly prompted him. Terrible service. Will avoid this restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very Awesome service! Very patient and food was great!

BW
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was Meh, definitely not worth the price. Onion strings on my burger were refrigerator cold. My wife had he crab soup, and was barely edible and very salty as well. Nice ambiance but other than that not worth it.

A
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I’m pretty sure two of our servers were confused on who had our table . Waited about 45-60 min for our food . Slow service over all .
Wasn’t too impressed so I’ll consider other options in the future.

e
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was cold the server was not good far cry from my first experience at your downtown DC location to put plain it was terrible.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence service and food. We were tucked away in a quieter part of the restaurant which made it easier to talk. The server Kalvin and the manager were both very friendly and attentive. We got to take advantage of the happy hour menu which saved us some money. The small pizza and salad were perfect for 2 to share. The Meyer lemon cake was a great end to a relaxing meal.

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Suprisingly poor service on recent visit. Has been much better at other times.

SV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This place is fine, nothing special, and a bit overpriced. Servers were pleasant but seemed to lack training. Food kinda got slammed down, waiter seemed unfamiliar with wine list. Caesar dressing tasted like mayo. Our Open Table reservation wasn't acknowledged and I got a message afterwards that we were a no show.

BN
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everything I've had has been great. But the winners in my book would definitely be the pizza and the cornbread. Mmm Mmm Good!

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. It was a perfect brunch experience.