Matchbox - Pentagon City

4.2
753 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.
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Londongirl2
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was delicious. I wish our server was more attentive - they weren't busy - he was hanging out with others. I watched someone at the hostess stand yell at a server for not using a tray when carrying a beer - wish management was more attentive to the more important things for customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had a great time.

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vipvinoooooo
Chicago
181 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a great pizza wine and beer. More upscale than most

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vipTraceyB
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Goog good food ! Great service!

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vipMICHAEL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The service was extremely slow. The server could not hear us due to the music being too loud. Servers stood around while tables needed tended to. The manager walked around but never stopped at any table which is not normal for this location. One group was seated next to us but were not greeted by a server after ten minutes the group left.

The internet system went down so we either had to wait for it to be restored or go get cash. We opted to go get cash. There was no apology from anyone. The couple sitting near us were also very upset at the lack of service and lack of apology. If we did not have morals, we would have just walked out without paying.

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vipFoodie
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food and service was good, as always. Some of the food was a bit pricey for casual dining but given the rising cost of most meats and seafoods, it is understandable.

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vipAdamJ
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The service was terrible, there was a hair in my drink. We did not get plates for apps or our pizza. It was like the waitress was trained to ignore people.

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lovegoodfreshfood
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Our waitress kept forgetting that she was to wait on us. We had our food but no drinks. We only were served 1 round of drinks and that was it. We kept having to ask her for refills to which she would forget. It wasn't until we said we were ready for the check did we get a refill. Must say worse server we have had in a long time.

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Sherri
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Don't eat here. Go to another location.

The general manager maintains an environment that is unprofessional and that ultimately lowers the quality of food and service. Wait staff expected to wait, serve and bus tables in their sections.

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TAHLISAK
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Server was slow and the pasta wasn't good the salad great the bread was delicious however they have great pizza

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TravelFreaks
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The large booths are fantastic for a leisurely dinner with friends. Our party of four were seated near a window and had plenty of room for handbags, etc. the hostess was excellent and accommodating. The waiter was good, but not good at keeping water glasses full, clearing empty appetizer plates, etc. Martini’s were ordered, only to learn they were completely out of olives. Fig old fashioned’s were ordered instead, but they were out of figs as well. I could see figs being a challenge to keep in stock, but olives?? There is Harris Teeter within a short walk, where management could have easily bought a jar or two to tide them over until the regular shipment arrives. We ordered the spicy shrimp, which were fresh and flavorful, though they were brought with an inadequate amount of sauce and the dish pales in comparison to the bang bang shrimp at another chain. Pizza, which should have been the star on the menu lacked flavor and the crust tasted like thick cardboard. They could Lear a LOT from Puppatella. I want to like this place…it has an inviting vibe but the whole experience was just “meh”. There are too many better options in the area…I won’t be back.

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DouglasG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

The food was not good. The AC was working so well that the food became cold quickly. As a result, everything was tasteless . The service was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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RachnaR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the bartenders! They’re so attentive (and good looking)

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JemJ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I have eaten at this Matchbox location several times over the years. The service and food left much to be desired. First, there was confusion over the brunch deal. We had an expectant mother in our group with dietary restrictions who could not eat anything on the Bottomless Brunch. Apparently everyone at the table to eat the Bottomless Brunch regardless of dietary restrictions even though the other person was going to order separately. Honestly, our win. The business lost $35 pp plus the amount we were going to pay for bottomless mimosas.

When we inquired as to why and why it wasn't cited anywhere on the menu, then manager insinuated that we would steal food...that the person with the dietary restrictions would eat from the Bottomless Brunch. Yeah. This is exactly how you don't treat a group of hardworking women of color.

We ordered off the menu because we were beyond frustrated and hungry. We repeatedly had to ask for syrup for the chicken and waffles; it arrived more than 10 minutes after the actual entree. I ordered a cup of cream of crab that never appeared, yet appeared on my bill.

The experience was lacking. I won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was delicious
They accommodated my entire family even with a short notice in a busy weekend
Everyone was nice and professional
We will be back!

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vipKarenL
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good and we had a great server! : ) I will hopefully be going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and the service of the food was great

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BryttniG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

The hostess told me that my reservation was for 6:30pm, in which I produced 3 emails with confirmation for 6:45. I was then told that they were not accepting walk-ins and after 10 mins, they cancel the reservation if you are not present. I was not made aware of that ten minute time frame, as I arrived at 7:01 for my 6:45 appointment. I received an email 3 minutes before walking in with a “thank you” from open table for using my reservation which I hadn’t arrived for just yet. Me and my family were finally accommodated with a reservation for 7:40 pm. When we arrived for the second time, we were not greeted and the table we were shown was still dirty. Our server provided excellent service and the food and drinks were great. However, the front desk staff were less than inviting and accommodating.

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Helen
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and food. It would help if the music would be turned a bit lower since its hard to have a business conversation.

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DoniceJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful time was had by all. Love this location and the food was excellent

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MikeG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

we waited about 1 hour and 15 min for our food. the waitress kept apologizing but indicate dit was a common problem with the kitchen

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vipTeamPL
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have to come to Matchbox every time we are in the DC area. It's our favorite pizza. The staff was friendly and fast even with our crowd of 6 being a little overwhelming due to not having seen each other in over 18 months. The experience was all we have come to expect from Matchbox!

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ChrisB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Had dinner there with friends. Beer list pretty good. Wine list good but they were out of all Chardonnay. Wife had a pizza kid had a pizza very good. Chimichurri steak is phenomenal. Too bad the staff isn’t more on their game early and get five stars. Pretty much have to make a big deal to get service. Still plan on going back

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Koko
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The food wasn’t that good it’s usually good but at the penn quarter location. Service was ok our server was new so I understand but she was really nice. We got bottomless brunch and the way it worked was extremely confusing and you pay $25 for bottomless mimosas but they charge you a penny for each glass after the first bottle which is weird if you already paid the base price

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vipDisappointed
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant- food was good. I did call ahead and ask for a birthday dessert for my mom’s birthday. Unfortunately, that did not happen.

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KevinF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good experience good place to meet with friends

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dcmsufan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We live Matchbox. Like all restaurants they have been impacted by covid. Staffing is tough for them. Our waiter was very nice and helpful in spite of having difficult customers in her section. She did a great job!!!!!

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vipJB123
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service would definitely return

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Aline
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the ambiance. Will come again. The waiter Cameron was fantastic. Took care of us and had even to give warm coffee and warm milk which I appreciated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Father’s Day was the occasion, our server was lacking for sure, she had no apron on, her shirt wasn’t tucked in, she wasn’t attentive, she lacked a sense of urgency. The manager also was the same, we had to flag him down just to pay our check. He also wasn’t attentive.

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SHEMICA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Team Team meet and great

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vipPBBKEC1
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I will be back. My family and I totally enjoyed the food and the experience. We looking forward to trying their all day brunch.

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vipFCROB
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

As I said before, go for the food not the service. Service at this location. Is non-existent.

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mfrazervicenty
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good for brunch time, service, ambient and food excellent.

JR
vipJetRed
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

45 minutes to get a basic on-the-menu cocktail.
That said, the host, and server were attentive while I waited, and acted quickly when I ordered my remaining items to go.

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SDaice
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I typically love Matchbox at Pentagon City but yesterday the food was off and our waitress appeared to have a hangover.

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Teewee
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was just ok. The menu has changed a lot of the years some of the favorite things aren't there any more

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, I’m just not a fan of the new bread they’re using for their French toast it is wayyyy to hard other than that I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and food!!

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ZFrog
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very nice time at Matchbox. The pizza is the best!

FAQs

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

Matchbox - Pentagon City is rated 4.2 stars by 753 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.