chinatown

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. For nights when the call of the couch is just too strong, bring home the matchbox experience by pick-up or delivery through Amazon, Caviar, and DoorDash.

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 handcrafted signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else.

 
 
 

713 h street nw
washington, dc 20001

202.289.4441

Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown (Green/Yellow/Red Lines)

m-th: 11a - 10:30p
f: 11a - 11:30p
sat: 10a - 11:30p
sun: 10a - 10:30p
sat-sun brunch: 10a - 3p
happy hour: 3p - 7p mon - fri

 
 

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