Matchbox - Chinatown
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Situated in what is DCs Chinatown or more like DCs China "corner" (there really isn't a Chinatown anymore) is Matchbox pizza.
Inside is a fairly decent looking space with large loft ceilings of a typical DC rowhouse, and tables with glass displays filled with what else matchboxes and other displayed advertising pieces.
Service is young fairly friendly as well without too much misgivings, pizza is alright fairly good better than most places, not exactly the best pizza you'll ever have mind you. The 3-6-9 sliders are popular and the menu is a bit more varied than most pizza places.
Beer selection is small for craft but a good listing of solid and varied styles. You will easily find a good list consisting of a decent pilsner, witbier, American IPA, brown ale, and a few Belgian styles. It's enough to keep any picky beer person happy and find something they will enjoy.
Prices are reasonable and fine for what the DC area offers. One quick note, outside there are often big lineups for what looks like the restaurant, but often this is the lineup to catch the NYC to DC Chinatown buses. These folks are going to NY not the restaurant so don't be deterred all the time if there are a lot of people hanging outside, go in and ask how long the wait will be.
08-08-2011 19:00:26 | More by smakawhat
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere- Great. Not too loud, you can still carry on a conversation. The place is so spread out that it helps w/ the noise. Always get a good vibe from this place.
Q/S/S/F- The pizza rocks. I've never gotten anything else there! It's really tasty. The service has always been great. The waitstaff has always been polite, helpful, and knowledgeable. The beer selection is fairly limited w/ drafts, but they usually have some pretty good stuff. Prices are fairly reasonable for Washington DC. Great place to go- other places have a better beer selection, but this is a cool place to mix it up with.
05-12-2011 04:03:22 | More by jayhawk73
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located right around the corner from RFD, Matchbox Pizza is an impressive looking building with a very modern, urban feel applied to the typical stone and metal look of a wood-fired pizza joint. Through the front door and into a high-ceiling but skinny bar (long and narrow), I'm met by a small but cramped crowd of mohito and Stella drinking urbanites, but in little time I find a seat at the bar. Draft list includes Allagash White, a Rogue, Sierra Nevada and Bells seasonal, Chimay, Delirium Tremens and a few other US craft choices. Food wise it's everything from salad and sandwiches to the wood-fired pizza that everyone is so crazy about. I personally found the pizza mediocore at best. I'd recommend going with the burger sliders here! Service was great, the crowd was fun, but it definitely is not a beer geek only place. Most people were drinking Stella or Delirium, no doubt for the status, but I will recommend this place for people visiting Downtown/Chinatown as an alternative to RFD, where the food is downright awful. However, if you have the chance to visit Pizza Paradiso, skip Matchbox and go there instead, where the beer selection and quality of food is better. Another option would be Ella's Wood Fired Pizza, only a few blocks away. They have a few good beers on tap as well, and are always less crowded than Matchbox.
02-18-2011 21:35:34 | More by CuriousMonk
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A: its a great place. Good lighting, cool fire urn out front, matchboxes in the tables. Fun atmosphere but it is always crowded.
Q: Great pizzas and they have a decent beer selection to offer from delirium to craft beers from bells and san francisco breweries.
S: Good, the wait staff is always able to help you figure out what to get and give you options. They are as quick as possible because they are always packed.
Selection: Its a shorter tap list, but they do put some big beers in and don't fall into the macro brewing mold. Very good beer overall.
Food: Sliders and custom pizzas. I can't complain. Very good and there are a lot of good local options.
Value: A bit pricey but its always worth it in the end.
09-06-2010 20:09:19 | More by pzrhsau
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I haven't been to this place in a while, but everytime that I go - I really enjoy it. The bar is small and cosy, but right behind it is the waiting area for those trying to get a table. It can get a little hectic on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. And actually, one of the best times to go is Sunday morning for brunch. The have an excellent a Bloody Mary menu, and some great brunch "pizzas" made mostly with egg. (Think: pizza as an omlet.) The beer list is steady, but they do rotate in a rew good seasonal brews accordingly. Oh and the pizza is some of the best in the city!
04-18-2010 20:21:56 | More by alysmith4
Matchbox - Chinatown in Washington, DC
90 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.