Matchbox - Pentagon City

4.5
711 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.
What 711 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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court
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 5 days ago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mother’s Day

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KevinF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

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

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AJAA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 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
92 reviews
Dined on 1 May 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 1 May 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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Crab cakes were amazing!

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CarlaM
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on 14 April 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 13 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipAngelaB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A bit pricey for a casual dining experience with drinks.

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BrianS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience1

Tables were not thoroughly sanitized between guests sitting outside. We ended up helping the hostess wipe down table and chairs. We had to submit our order twice due to system issues and then one guest’s food (chicken pasta) came 15 min after all other guests.

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Miya
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous brunch date.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Matchbox has not updated their menus on Open Table. So when we got to the restaurant thinking we were about to enjoy their traditional brunch menu, we found out they do not do it anymore. The new brunch menu is HORRIBLE compared to the new.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Great drinks. The food was average.

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vipMahidevran
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this place is my go to in Pentagon city area. Absolutely love the food and drinks offered here.

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CourtneiM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was excellent, I always go to that matchbox, and they never let me down.

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Lailah
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Our food was taken to the wrong table twice. The waitress barely checked on us.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and great food. Cocktails were fantastic.

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vipJohn
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food is very good and service is great. Also they do a great job of spacing people away from each other.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server Stephan was awesome and very attentive. Food was awesome and the drinks were even better. We will be back to visit Stephan and try a new dish very soon!

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vipAlexfan
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

We must have hit them on a bad day. It was very unpleasant experience with service. I
Never received the salad or drink I ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Today my daughter and I went to Matchbox. I ordered a Hibiscus Margarita it had a refreshing citrus taste would definitely recommend. Gerso (our waiter)was very nice about my allergy and went out of his way to find out all of the ingredients. Then I ordered the shrimp and my daughter ordered the mini burgers and it was delicious and piping hot. Then unlike other waiters/waitresses he didn’t ask us how the food was until after we ate the food which my daughter really loved. The bathrooms were actually surprisingly clean. Also my daughter and I loved the music choice.

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ClaudiaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone was exceptionally nice! The blackened chicken bowl was delicious.

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Snacki
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

The welcome wasn’t as friendly as it should have been, food (taste wise) was bland. I’ve been to other locations (which made me excited to bring a friend this time who is from out of town) but I’m highly disappointed, I probably will not go back to Matchbox in general from the visit. It was a beautiful venue though. Minimum attentive service from the server

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BrooklynB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 February 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
6 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

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

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Kenya
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 February 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 20 February 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 14 February 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 14 February 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
15 reviews
Dined on 11 February 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 1 February 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 30 January 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 19 January 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

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

Matchbox - Pentagon City is rated 4.5 stars by 711 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.