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Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

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Thu, 01/17

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Italian, American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene

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3 $12
6 $18
9 $23
mini burgers
hand-pattied certified angus beef | toasted brioche | pickles | onion straws | gouda, mozzarella or gorgonzola
ginormous meatball
angus beef, veal + pork | pepperoni sauce | wood-fired bread | pecorino romano
wood-oven mussels
nueske bacon | tomatoes | gorgonzola | garlic bread | white wine herb broth
tomato mozzarella arancini
crispy fried risotto | fresh mozzarella | pecorino romano | zesty tomato sauce
mango shrimp
mango-lime sauce‏ | ginger + vegetable rice | honey glaze
crab + avocado tower
crab meat‏ | mango salsa | avocado relish | basil oil | crostini
tuna tartare
fresh tuna | crispy malanga chips | honey-garlic sauce | wasabi oil
mini trio
2 pan-seared scallops | 2 mini crab cakes | 2 bun-less mini burgers topped with gorgonzola and sautéed mushrooms
lumpia spring rolls
shrimp | beef | garlicky vinaigrette
shrimp + grits
tillamook cheddar grits | andouille butter sauce
simple salad
mixed greens‏ | tomatoes | red onions | dried cherries | pecorino romano | parmesan crisp | balsamic vinaigrette
apple + pear salad
mixed greens | candied pecans | gorgonzola | honey-balsamic vinaigrette
ahi tuna salad
romaine |‏ spring mix | red onions | carrots | red peppers | peanuts | wonton strips | soba noodles | daikon sprouts | sesame seeds | ginger-soy vinaigrette
sweet + tangy calamari salad
roasted red peppers | kalamata olives | banana peppers | crispy calamari | ginger-miso vinaigrette
wedge salad
artisan romaine | nueske bacon | red onions | tomatoes | red wine vinaigrette | gorgonzola dressing
ty’s chopped salad
romaine | radicchio | chickpeas | soppressata | fennel salami | roasted red peppers | tomatoes | pepperoncini | aged provolone | oregano vinaigrette
bistro burger
certified angus beef | gorgonzola | cremini mushrooms | applewood smoked bacon | beer-battered onion rings
crabcake sandwich
crab meat | tangy roasted red pepper remoulade | toasted brioche roll | house-cut fries
mb chicken sandwich
crispy fried or grilled | toasted brioche roll | house-made buttermilk dressing | house-cut fries
wood-fired lamb sandwich
charred scallion yogurt | crispy artichokes | feta | chickpea fries | grilled naan
black bean veggie burger
house-made veggie patty | avocados | chipotle mayonnaise | crispy corn tortillas | shredded cheddar | house-cut fries
corned beef sandwich
house-made corned beef | cajun cole slaw | smoked gouda | sourdough roll | house-cut fries with cajun seasoning
capitol hill club
toasted brioche bread | turkey | avocados | applewood smoked bacon | arugula | tomatoes | dijon aioli | house-made potato chips
the bloody mary burger
certified angus beef | fried egg | bloody mary mayo | cheddar | gouda | applewood smoked bacon | mixed greens | mustard vinaigrette
crispy half chicken
grilled asparagus | garlic mashed potatoes | fresno pepper vinegar
seared sea scallops
trumpet mushrooms | spinach | creamed corn
spicy cajun tuna
asparagus risotto | ginger soy butter | wasabi aioli
porcini rubbed ribeye
house-cut ribeye | potato croutons | mini wedge salad
italian sausage rigatoni
zesty tomato sauce | romano | peas | garlic bread
pan seared salmon
carrots | zucchini | yellow squash | citrus butter
braised short ribs
rapini | tomatoes | onions | egg noodles | braising jus
Sponsored by: Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Pizza never had it so good
1. Pizza never had it so good
"There was a spontaneous and fun vibe about the place"
Peter R
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2. Matchbox Pizza
2. Matchbox Pizza
"Great thin crust pizza, good beer selection and wonderful service."
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3. All your favorites
3. All your favorites
"A great Pizza, what more to say."
Tony G
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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,
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Italian, American, Pizza
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a lot bigger than it looks from the street! My family and I came here for dinner two different times while in DC because we enjoyed the food and excellent service. Everything we tried during our two visits (3 pizzas, pasta dish,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mamooSanFrancisco
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to sync up before a Caps game. Although the entrance is narrow, this place is surprisingly large with the various rooms they have on different levels. They are known for their Wood Fired Pizzas (which are very good). But do not hesitate...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sakellariosv
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent venue. Waitress couldn’t be more helpful. Food was cooked to perfection but a little cold.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jaygam88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice warm place on a cold evening and is bigger than it looks from the outside so don't be put off that there might be a wait. We enjoyed the pizza and the service was very good. The prices are high but...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank SwedebyMarriage529
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us shared a simple salad, matchbox meat pizza and the artichoke pesto pizza. Great atmosphere and the food and service were great. I can see why the locals hang out here!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 760cherylo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time eating here. It was a very cozy and dem lit enviornment on a raining day. The layout is multi-level with adeqate spacing. I felt the menu was a little limited but still had good options. The portion of cheesecake I ordered was good...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank chocalanta
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Very easy place to be comfortable in. Excellent thin crust pizza, great sliders, nice atmosphere, inexpensive...

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank chris1959DC
Reviewed 10 December 2018

The 4 of us were staying at the Ritz so we decided since Matchbox was located 20 seconds away, we decided to go for their happy hour. Place was crowded and had a fun atmosphere. Our appetizers were very good which included spinach dip, buffalo...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank andrea
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Mini burguers with fried onion are good entree, but not great. What I loved were their thin stone baked pizzas with cracked chili !

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Mariela B
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

I was a solo traveller and sat at the bar. The service was speedy and pleasant. Liquor menu reasonably priced. The have a bigger food menu then I was expecting. I had the Pesto Artichoke pizza (small) and it was very good. It was enough...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DubStub
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17 August 2018|
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5 October 2015|
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Response from RJWTP49 | Reviewed this property |
Not too sure we only had dinner there twice. Best to email them direct and ask.
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14 July 2015|
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Response from Vijay R | Reviewed this property |
I had a friend who I think suffered from similar allergies - they were able to work up something for him. But they don't have an separate menu for allergies, and your choices are bound to be limited.
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