Matchbox - Penn Quarter

4.3
215 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.

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Eat, drink, and celebrate with matchbox this new year. A pre fixe dinner for two includes a four-course meal, party favors, live music, raffle prizes, and a Tiamo prosecco toast at midnight. Reservations are required starting at 10 pm in order to guarantee a table during our midnight toast.

What 215 People Are Saying
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ElizabethM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Traffic was terrible because of Christmas tree lighting, called and friendly staff held the reservation. The front staff greeted us warmly and same when we left. Server was hardworking and checked on our drinks order which was a bit slow in coming as the bar was packed. Pizza came in record time and was so delicious that i really would like to have it again tonight (pepperoni). We were able to make our 8pm show time down the street despite our late arrival at the restaurant. Definitely will come again.

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vipFoodieChuck
Columbus
105 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was top notch bar food. The pizzas were much better than average. The restaurant is suffering from staffing issues and had difficulty getting patrons seated. Once seated the bartender also served as our server. She was excellent as both. The drinks were particularly good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Way understaffed resulting in poor service. We had to get our own silverware, napkins, drinks… our order wasn’t correct. Wouldn’t recommend

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SamK
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Reservation was for 11, at 11 the restaurant was closed and I, along with a staff member were locked outside. They not only didn't open for me, but for their own staff.

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vipGeeGee
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gabby was outstanding!

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PeteO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great!

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CuriousDiner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Didn't know Matchbox - Penn Quarter was Black-owned; very glad to support during DMV Black Restaurant Week!

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vipDcling
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food, good service! So glad Matchbox is in the neighborhood!

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NancyH
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Chicken an waffles were excellent. Tortilla soup was mostly broth. Excellent service and drinks by the server

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MJ38
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and service was great, but it was cold in the restaurant! Almost like the heat wasn't turned on. We had to keep our jackets on.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Our drinks took over 40 mins to get to the table. Our food was over an hour, after waiting an hour we were told that they did not have several items we ordered. When we did receive the food the chicken sandwiches were burnt, instead of dynamite shrimp I received breaded shrimp with a sauce too dip in that tasted like it was sour. Price of the food did not match the quality.

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vipLadyCTO
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was not as expected. Server who also greeted us upon arrival needs retraining. He was unprofessional!!

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vipGeeGee
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Maya was OUTSTANDING!

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JMSIG
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Matchbox is always a steady choice. Good food. Something on the menu to satisfy the various desires of our family members. Our server was very attentive. This was our first time at the “new” Penn Quarter location. It’s a little dark and not the most inviting inside. It’s also not very lively downtown, in general, these days. So - not sure if the ambiance was due to that.

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Lynne
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My only complaint was the Poki bowl was way beyond my taste for “spicey”…I wish I would have known beforehand that it was soooo spicey. My eyes were watering!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Beer was good. Pizza was made incorrectly but were able to make a new one quickly. Tasted good once received.

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Matchbox is great for a casual, laid back place to meet up with friends had have a drink or two and some appetizers, sliders, pizza, etc. The service is always friendly and top notch, the variety of cocktails never gets old as well. It can get a bit loud with the kitchen right near some of the booths - that would be the only downside - other than that, it's great!

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Brooks
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eric made our Anniversary perfect!🥰. He was amazing, kind and attentive. Everything you would expect from and A+++ employee. The food was delicious...no complaints
Thank you! Until next time. Can't wait to go back.

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KamalM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great game night. Food/service was excellent!

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vipMarthaT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

The high top table service was not frequent enough - our waiter didn't have time to check on us. However food and ambience were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

The restaurant was VERY hot and the server said that the AC was on but that the kitchen was just very warm and that made the entire restaurant hot. The service was also a little slow, and the host attended to all of the delivery drivers before even acknowledging that I was there (on crutches) waiting.

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JakeN
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We loveeeee going to Matchbox, we’re from Richmond Virginia and our Matchbox location closed unfortunately. I will note it took our server a longer time to greet us than I would’ve liked and the host/manager on duty ended up taking our food and drink order. BUT the food was great as always, this place has some of the best pizza!

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Twensj
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time visiting the matchbox penn quarter and I loved the experience. The ambiance, food, and service were excellent. I certainly will frequent this location.

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pabafree95
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was good definitely was busy I wish they kept the temperature cooler and had more air circulation. They must be short on staff which is OK after we had our dinner server gave us a check did not ask if we were done or if we want to desert so probably just need to retrain staff
But it is in a good location

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vipDcling
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the variety of offerings at Matchbox. My favorite is the tuna poke salad, but also like chicken and meat balls.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

I had the Spicy Tuna Poke bowl and it was delicious. Definitely spicy so be prepared - but so good.

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vipR2d2
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Opted for an outdoor table as inside was a full. Hostess was nice and let us know that outside service could be delayed due to staffing shortages, but service was great. All good and drinks came out pretty quick and with no issues. The manager jumped in and was helping with tables and service which kept things running smoothly. Will def visit again

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DeniseG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience1

It is very small inside. We stopped in for lunch yesterday but it was so so hot in there that we just got an appetizer and left.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I miss the original Matchbox!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience as always at Matchbox!

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Benjamin
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Food was overpriced, over salted and cold. Crab bisque came out luke warm. Medium rare steak was tan all the way through. Salad came out after the entree, it was also warm. Would not recommend.

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vipPapaZ
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Over priced dessert! $17 for this! Meals were on point but this dessert for takeout ruined the experience!

What are they thinking?

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vipDiningindmv
Washington DC
172 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Service was very slow. Dirty dishes at the bar and at tables were never cleared while we were dining. Pizza arrived lukewarm, but didn't want to send back because of the wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Worst service I ever rcvd in dc in over 10 years at Sunday brunch. Server took or order, someone else delivered the food. Server never once came back to table to ask how we were doong. After waiting once we were finished, had to finally call him over for the check. Shrimp app was great. Chicken was dry, waffles ok, sausage gravy was so small in a condiment ramekin that it was a joke, eggs were tasty and partner loves the breakfast potatoes. Crab cakes were good, but fishy. I wouldn’t go back to this location.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience5

Great food, but I think the bartender and the manager were the only ones working the front of the house. The Bartender and the Manager worked their buts off and we're very nice but overwhelmed.

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vipspatzdo
Washington DC
142 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food and service but compared to years past the menu was quite limited.

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KEM63
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service.

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Lingdc
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Matchbox has good food, good service and good value. I love the tuna poke bowl as well as the burgers, crispy chicken and several other things. Also very good Arnold Palmers!

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Jb101
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great meal with great service. The ambiance was good but the light level was way too low.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Just ok. Food good but service was slow and spotty

FAQs

Matchbox - Penn Quarter does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Matchbox - Penn Quarter is rated 4.3 stars by 215 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.