About Matchbox - Pentagon City

thin crust, wood-fired brick oven pizzas. grilled angus miniburgers. craft beer. all in an industrial, yet rustic space with an urban feel. join family + friends on an outdoor patio or by the fire with chef-driven bistro fare. always casual, cool + contemporary.
matchbox transforms and builds spaces to create effortlessly warm + modern delicious dining experiences. wood burning ovens ignite from the day we open. guest favorites include the matchbox meat pizza, layered with thick cut pepperoni, house roasted spicy italian sausage + crumbled bacon on top of zesty tomato sauce. while pizza is a passion, the supporting cast – our bistro menu is what sets us apart. sip on value-driven wine, or a craft cocktail and join us.

1100 S Hayes St
Arlington, VA 22202
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Dining style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of operation:
Monday - Thurday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Friday: 11:00 - 11:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm

Dress code:
Business Casual

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(703) 340-3884

Website:
http://www.matchboxrestaurants.com/locations/pentagon-city/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Matchbox - Pentagon City Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.3

Service

3.8

Ambience

4.0

Value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (21)
Lunch (19)
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Good for a Date (16)
Fun (13)
Outdoor Eating (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Happy Hour (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Cosy (9)
Comfort Food (9)
People Watching (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Business Meals (7)
Great Beer (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Child Friendly (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Special Occasions (5)
Healthy (4)
Neighbourhood Gem (4)
Live Sports (4)
Brunch (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Romance (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
High Tea (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The food at this restaurant is great and the food servers are very friendly. The problem is that it is extraordinarily loud. When I made my reservation, I requested the quietest table in the place. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were shown to the loudest table in the place--right near the bar, just underneath the ceiling-installed speakers with a booming bass. When I mentioned that I had made this request, the person who showed us to the table said in a very rude and condescending tone that they routinely fill up the restaurant and that this was the one table they had available. I saw other tables, further from the bar area that were empty, and there is an entire second level that is not as loud. What was the point of making a reservation if they were purposefully not going to reserve a table? I wasn't expecting a low-noise experience, since I've been at this restaurant before. However, I suggest that if diners put in a request like this, the management should at least have the courtesy to respond to say that this is NOT something they can accommodate. Then it would be the diner's decision whether to cancel the reservation or go with what they can get. Again--wasn't expecting a silence. But I also wasn't expecting a rude response after the reservation form specifically asks diners if they have special requests. Although this is a very convenient location to meet people, the food is great, and the wait staff (not the front desk staff) are terrific, it will be a while before I suggest going to dinner here. Very disappointing.

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·Dined on 13 October 2017

Giving one star because unfortunately, the restaurant called me about a half hour before my reservation to tell me that a pipe had burst in the restaurant and the entire facility was closed. I understand these things happen, but this event I booked was a going-away party that I had to quickly find an alternative for, and Matchbox didn’t offer any kind of resolution (rain check, coupon, etc). Oh well!

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Food4
Ambience4
Service2
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 October 2017

Service was slow and sometimes completely missing. Our food came out At drastically different times. The experience was abnormal compared to other match box meals.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 October 2017

This is nothing like the other matchboxes. They ran out of Bloody Mary mix and beer. We understood the pizza might not come out with the other food but everything was cold or wrong or came out not even close to the same time. The poor waitress tried to keep up but was in the weeds the entire time and forgot drinks and sides. The manager was alerted to the problem and offered no excuses and took off of our bill at the end. Just a comedy of errors.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on 7 October 2017

We had a group of 11 - both adults and kids. The atmosphere was great, the food was fantastic (especially the "simple" salad) and the service was fantastic with such a large group. Things were a little pricey, but overall everyone was very pleased with our dinner and we had a great time.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Great salads. The only problem was we were seated on the upper level and were told the elevator was not working. It was, in actuality, working. Quite disappointing since we had three elderly, disabled people with us.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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Food5
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Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Excellent find. Perfect outside seating for a beautiful fall day. The food was delicious and the service attentive without being disruptive. Lovely atmosphere and seating was far enough apart so that you could talk without having to rise above the next table's conversation. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Casual
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Food5
Ambience5
Service3
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 September 2017

This restaurant is quite busy due to being attached to the mall. A reservation is required isto do not want to wait long. The calamari is amazing! Best I ever had - must have ocupou visit.

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Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on 7 September 2017

Great location, excellent pizza and craft beer selection. If the weather allows, sit on the 2nd floor patio!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Scenic View, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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Food5
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Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on 4 September 2017

Great ambience and service. Brick oven pizza delicious!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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Food5
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·Dined on 4 September 2017

Love the service at anytime, food is outstanding.
Thanks

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 September 2017

Heading out to the VT vs West Virginia game. Since we had to catch the pentagon metro to get to the game we decided to come here for a bite and pre-game before we headed out to the game.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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Food5
Ambience3
Service4

 
 (Richmond)·Dined on 1 September 2017

Chicken and pizza were awesome. The service was ok but nothing to brag about.

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Food3
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·Dined on 26 August 2017

The service at this restaurant is awful. The waiter didn't seem to know what he was doing. It took half the meal to get water for the whole table. One entree was brought out 15 mins before the rest. The bottle of wine that was ordered was just put on the table and then the waiter was like "oh do you want me to pour it for you?"! There are better Matchbox's throughout DC, don't waste your time at this one.

Tags: Casual
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 August 2017

The location was very busy and noisy. We had 8 people and were seated in a booth... very crowded and inconvenient when using restroom. My champagne split served in a large wine glass... not our usual excellent service.

Tags: Casual, Healthy
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Food1
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Service3
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 August 2017

This Matchbox does not have it together yet. Our waiter tried his best, but the kitchen and food runners butchered him all night. Appetizers were coming out at the same time as entrees. The bar was messing up drink orders.

Not just at our table, either. It happened to at least two tables near us. One ordered the Ginormous Meatball and received at the exact same time as their entrees. We ordered six mini-burgers. They brought three, took them back, then brought six.

The entrees came out at almost the same time as our miniburers *and* we were overcharged because we were charged for two orders of 3 burgers ($12 each) rather than 1 order of 6 ($18 total.

When all was said and done, we paid nearly $200 after tip for a meal that was mediocre at best and poorly served.

Go to Matchbox in Chinatown or any of the other locations. This one is not ready for prime time.

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Food5
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Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on 15 August 2017

We are in the Happy Hour area and Our server, Kevin was extremely good. Great personality, demeanor and kept checking on us.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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Food5
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Value5

 
·Dined on 13 August 2017

Held my 26th birthday dinner here. The restaurant is really nice and spacious. The server sat us upstairs and provided more than enough seats. The food was great and we had a good time. I would definitely go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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Food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 August 2017

Food was good. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Casual
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Food4
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·Dined on 10 August 2017

I was treating my son and his wife and family to an anniversary dinner so they brought their children , four and six and the pizza was great for them! It took awhile, ( about twenty minutes) for a jalepeno margarita to arrive to the table, but the other drinks came pretty promptly, including the milk and apple juice. Overall, the service was great. Pricey pizza but the kids enjoyed looking down from the upstairs so it was worth it.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 August 2017

Great place! Also the ability to get 2 varieties of pizza on one pie is perfect for those who don't want to pick just one.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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Food1
Ambience2
Service1
Value3

 
 (Northern MI)·Dined on 8 August 2017

Food was nasty and not worth the price. Limited options. Service was slow. I was traveling in D.C. Good thing I don't have one where I live would not go there again.

Tags: People Watching
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Food5
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Service3
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 August 2017

Food was good. Our server seemed to have forgotten about us mid-meal.

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Food5
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·Dined on 5 August 2017

My guest, visiting from out of town, said, "This is my new favorite restaurant!" We agreed. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The server was knowledgeable of their menu and gave us good suggestions. Their crafted cocktails are wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun
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Food3
Ambience2
Service3
Value2

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on 2 August 2017

The Fashion Centre's newest culinary addition is certainly busy. The Matchbox is an energetic restaurant that offers its well known pizzas as well as dinner items. If you go in early evening, there is a large crowd for "happy hour." A more quiet experience may be had upstairs. Make reservations to obtain seating in this area.

The food, other than pizza isn't bad, but tends to be a bit on the salty side. If you are sensitive to salt, you may want to ask the waiter about this.

Personally, I was disappointed in both the presentation, the quality, and the overall price. For a group of 4, with no drinks or dessert, the bill was $108.00. I feel that we could have eaten at one of the restaurants in the district for this rate.

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Food5
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Value4

 
·Dined on 1 August 2017

Service needs improvement. The wait staff is not attentive nor responsive.
The floor manager jumped in and assisted. Appreciate her efforts!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 July 2017

My wife dined here a few years ago and could not stop raving about the Shrimp and grits. We were in Washington for the weekend on business; ate downstairs on Friday night(she had Fried Chicken salad and I had Crispy half chicken; we shared Shrimp&Grits for appetizer). Loved them so much we returned on Saturday(upstairs with reservation). She had Crispy half chicken and I had chicken and Pesto personal pizza. Loved every bite on both nights. On Saturday, we shared the seasonal, Red, White and Blue for dessert. We love the place and the food! Would recommend to any and all!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on 20 July 2017

Reservation was just before 7p.m. When we arrived we asked about Happy Hour. The hostess showed us the menu. What a great Happy Hour. Most of the appetizers are half off and the pizzas are were discounted. The hostess told us we had to be on the first floor in order to order off the Happy Hour menu. She found us a first floor table. The food was delicious. Best spinach dip I have had! The pizza's were delicious. We each ordered our own and it was just too much to eat after having the spinach dip. Great food. The prices are great... even better when getting the happy hour prices. We will definitely go back to this location or even this chain when we are in the area!

Tags: Great Beer, Late-night Find
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Food4
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Service4
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 July 2017

Great location, lots of choices, great service, and the price is right! Always reliable.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 10 July 2017

This place is always busy so I thought I would give it a try. Best time to go is during Happy Hour as selected menu items are substantially cheaper so it takes the sting out of some of the high prices. They don't skimp on the drinks. Ours didn't taste watered down and were among the best we've had anywhere. Whatever you do, don't get the BBQ Ribs, they are awful. Dry, chewy and overpriced. The sauce didn't help things either. The salad and cole slaw I chose as sides were very good. I especially liked the cole slaw as it was not runny as you might expect. You're probably safe with anything else on the menu, especially the sliders that were delicious. Service was very good and we were not rushed as I've read in other reviews. Our server was very pleasant. I will go back, I just won't select the BBQ Ribs next time.

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Food4
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 July 2017

My wife and I had brunch this past Sunday morning (around the time they opened). We were greeted promptly and asked if we wanted to sit outside (which we did).

We shared the cinnamon rolls and chicken and waffle brunch entree.
The cinnamon rolls served in the iron pan were very good but the icing was too much and overbearing. The waffles and chicken were good - especially the fried chicken - moist and crispy. The sausage gravy and maple syrup were flavorful and got the flavors of the entree just right.

My only complaint was the coffee. Matchbox would do well to invest in a Bunn coffee maker or equivalent product because the coffee - served to us from a carafe - was AWFUL.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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Food5
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Service5
Value4

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 July 2017

The food was delicious and our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Great place for casual dining with friends.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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Food2
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 June 2017

The food was blah. The service was poor. Wait staff standing around talking to each other. No manager presence observed. We weren't even given a happy hour menu.

Tags: People Watching
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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 28 June 2017

I've enjoy all of the Matchbox restaurants and this is my second time to this location and I will be back!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 June 2017

Great food! Great ambiance! Great service! Cannot wait to return!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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Food3
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Service2
Value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 June 2017

I dined at Matchbox - Pentagon City for brunch with a group and two small children. The space wasn't entirely accommodating for my active toddler, but the food was good.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on 21 June 2017

Matchbox never disappoints. We ordered salads, pizza, and sliders. All were delicious

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 June 2017

A terrible experience with poor service, a lack of food availability, unapproved substitutions, and sporadic food arrival. This was on Father's Day as well which made it unfortunately a poor experience for my entire family. The staff was polite (with the exception of the two women who checked me in yet couldn't even look at me in the face or acknowledge that I had arrived for my reservation) and apologetic for sure. But quite honestly, it never should have gotten to that point.

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Food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 June 2017

Excellent service and the food was very tasty. We will definitely be back. Compliments to the Chef. Thank you.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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Food4
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on 12 June 2017

I really like this place! Fun atmosphere,- our server, Errol was great- and the food consistently delivers!

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