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“Best pizza in town ”

Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro
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Ranked #141 of 3,533 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Pizza
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Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 7th and H Street
Transit: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, Yellow);Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange
Description: It was here in Chinatown that the Matchbox story began. This narrow, rectangular building was three stories tall, fifteen feet wide, and looked like a matchbox. It stood vacant for so long, a tree grew inside of it, like kindling waiting to start a new fire. Walk past the torch that lights our front door, come in and smell the hot, crackling fire from two brick ovens. Have a seat inside, where we built the reclaimed timber and steel finishes with our own hands, or relax in the sunny atrium that was once an alleyway. Wherever you choose, there’s plenty of space for intimate dinners, large parties and get-togethers. Touch vintage matchboxes from our personal collections, inset on every table, or ask for a bottle of our Matchbox Blend, made with love and featuring that spunky tree that started it all. We’re Chinatown neighborhood gathering place for fun, upscale casual dining, with local, award-winning beers, broad spectrum wines, and signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else.
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Two years ago we were here and this year we finally came back. The pizza is good and the price is right. The staff was nice.

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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

First time here. Would visit again. Wasn’t like the Italian wood stove I was looking for but was good. Service was quick and good as well. Polite staff.

Thank TheMadDawg
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

In DC for work and fireworks show on the 4th of July and brought my wife and daughter along for the fun... We walked around the Pentagon Mall and decided to give the Matchbox a try...

After being seated we waited a few minutes to see a waitress come get a drink order... then she disappeared... 5 minutes, 10 minutes... then she came back with drinks and asked for our order... she seemed preoccupied with something other than her current customers, but took the order for two salads and two pizzas that we would all share...

About 20+ minutes later a salad for my daughter came out and she had completely finished it (another 10-15 minutes) when the 2 pizzas showed up...

About halfway thru our pizza I guess she remembered the Ahi Tuna Salad I ordered.... it was at this time I said, you can take it back as the entree's (Pizza's) had been halfway consumed...

I believe at this point my "Tip-O- Meter" was pushing negative as her attitude went from bad to worse... she cleared the table with aggression and stormed off and did her "Houdini Act" again not showing up for what seemed like 20+ minutes again...

When she did return she was very angry and was not afraid to show it actually blaming me for the Ahi Tuna salad not be delivered with my daughters salad at the beginning of the meal...

I asked her to wrap up the Ahi salad and I would take it with me, my fear is that she would do something to it when out of sight... I will toss in the trash can later...

My wife agreed to approach the manager and pay the tab as I would not have been nice in my interaction with him.

The manager removed the $18.00 Ahi Tuna salad from the bill and we left...

The food quality was excellent just the service left much to be desired...

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Thank Brian O
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

This place was one of my favorites in my week long stay in D.C. I ordered the pepperoni pizza and it is one of my favorite pizzas of all time. If we weren't leaving the next day I probably would have come back again. It's thin, has a great crust and a excellent taste. Very delicious. They also have a gluten free pizza too that my Dad ordered. The decor is nice inside, service was great and prices were good. Overall, this is one of D.C's best restaurants.

Thank Ricky J
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Went to this restaurant right after arriving in Washington by bus from NYC. It was warm and the service was pretty good! I had the crispy half chicken, was yummy but my favourite part was the spicy vinegar, it reminded me of what you put on escoveitched fish. So good! Next time I visit Washington I will definitely go here again!

Thank SunshineS88
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