Matchbox - Merrifield
Matchbox - Merrifield

Matchbox - Merrifield

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://matchboxmerrifield.com/
  • Phone: 5713954869
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10:30pm, Friday: 11am - 11:30pm, Saturday: 10am - 11:30pm Sunday: 10am - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Strawberry Lane & District Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Matchbox - Merrifield
Matchbox offers fresh American inspired food and drink in a modern and eco-friendly setting. Our menu includes brick oven pizza, miniburgers, fresh seafood, and a fantastic brunch. Guests can dine on our outdoor patio in nice weather. Matchbox takes brick oven pizzas to a new level!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Matchbox - Merrifield reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (81)neighborhood gem (64)great for brunch (61)good for groups (53)great for outdoor dining (50)fit for foodies (46)kid-friendly (46)hot spot (29)vibrant bar scene (26)special occasion (24)notable wine list (18)late-night find (12)romantic (8)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Good food, Good servicd and your able to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty!
    foodie4lifeVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They add a twist to their dishes like Frittata with pesto, pizza with spicy chipotle sauce. Their breakfast veggie burger was one for the books. I was in foodie heaven! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Choice in Mosaic
    ellekaseyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were delighted to try out Matchbox in the Mosaic district. The menu, setting, and food were all of the quality we've grown to expect from this restaurant group. I especially appreciated that they had brunch and luncheon menus available on Sunday. It allowed everyone in our party to find something that was just right. We had a toddler and preschooler with us and the restaurant was accessible and accommodating for children without being a "kid's place" in any way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I had the Coppa pizza (pesto, prosciutto and arugula) and loved it. Have yet to try something I don't like, here. My companion received something other than what she ordered but that got rectified quickly. It's become one of my favorite spots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for a noon business lunch
    TM6782
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Service was excellent. New menu was varied, interesting. My guest and I had salads and both were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I order the apple/pear salad with grilled salmon. When the salad was delivered, the salmon was seared. This was a business lunch and I didn't have the time nor the inclination to send it back. The waiter offered a sorbet at the end of the meal but there wasn't time. I'll try Matchbox again and hope they get it right next time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Food
    REL1VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The pizza and other items I've had here are all delicious. The restaurant is always willing to take a big group which is great for work lunches. Service could be improved- we had to flag our waitress down several times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    NonFoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We're boring and always get the sliders because they're the best. Those with a side salad to share and draft beers is seriously delicious. We have never left disappointed. Our 2-year old loves the place, too (no beer for her though). Love to get the 9 sliders so that we'll have some for "later." I'm sure the pizza is good but haven't had it there in forever so can't speak to it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Date
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I've been to Matchbox a few times and it depends on the time you go and who your server is. I love the food! Sometimes it's really loud, but it's worth giving it a try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    NYRepeat
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had lunch at Matchbox. We had the chicken sandwich and the meat pizza. Both were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cinnamon rolls sub par
    LessThanImpressed
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Matchbox's special brunch item was great - chicken and potatoes with waffles (even if the waffles were overdone) - the jam/jelly really makes every entree. The crabcake Benedict was also delicious. I expected more from their signature cinnamon rolls - they were over cooked and not as flavorful as expected. But the service was great. Will definitely be back to try the pizza.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken & Waffles!!
    DM12
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Love Matchbox for lunch & dinner; came with a friend to check out brunch for the first time. The server told us they had chicken & waffles available for brunch as a special so we decided to split it with an appetizer. We may have died & gone to food heaven that day. It was the most amazing dish EVER. We asked for the egg scrambled on the bottom of the skillet. The waffle, chicken & crispy potato salsa were served on top with syrup baked in. It was a huge portion & we loved every bite. Alas, we sadly learned not only is this not coming to the lunch or dinner menu, it's not even a regular on the brunch menu. What a tragedy I may not be able to come back and enjoy this again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Pizza
    Carto
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to Matchbox to celebrate my daughter's birthday. We all got pizza with different toppings. Everyone seem to enjoy them. The beer selection was very good, I had a good brown ale and my wife had a dark and stormy. The waiter was good, although it would have been good if he had mopped up the spilled water earlier.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch at Matchbox
    partyof4
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went for brunch on a Saturday morning and had a very pleasant time sitting outside on their patio watching children and families playing in the fountains at Mosaic District in Merrifield. Food was nice albeit
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Visit
    CiaoBellaVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We were looking for a fun and friendly place to take our 12 yo grandson. Matchbox fit the bill. Good burgers and pizzas that offer unique taste treats. I had the fig and prosciutto and it was even more delicious the next day. Crab soup was good but a bit salty. We enjoyed sat in a booth in the back and that was preferred over the highboy tables. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time visit
    Khloe
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The burgers were great. Juicy, cooked just right and the flavor with the Gorgonzola cheese and mushrooms was exceptional. Fun atmosphere. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    JeremyD
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Make group of 8, including one child, had a fantastic Sunday brunch. Great food, friendly service and a very F-U-N atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch!
    Kimmi
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went for Saturday brunch. The breakfast pizza is delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pizza
    SugarDanny
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    All of their pizza is awesome. If you're having trouble deciding, just go with the spicy meatball. Wins EVERY TIME!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food so-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Gave this place a second try, and can't say I'll try again. Ordered the baby kale salad and the flavors just weren't right. More than once the waiter interrupted conversation to ask me to hand over my water glass.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Up To Standard
    JWinMerrifield
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Seated at 11:50, food didn't come until after 12:30. Drinks wrong after clear discussion with server, 2 of 4 waited a long time for drinks (no coffee ready for Sunday brunch?). Food was wrong - waffles cold, Shrimp and Grits came out at Shrimp and Mashed Potatoes. Management handled it well, apologetic, credit on bill; server couldn't have cared less; never checked in as we waited. Not what I had experienced in past. Very disappointing.
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  • Matchbox Brunch is Legit
    jburksva
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were looking for a new place for brunch for my wife's birthday and decided to give Matchbox a try. Smart decision! The ambience was great, the service was impeccable and best of all, the food was delicious. The steak and eggs and huevos racheros were great, and the cinnamon rolls were too, but the breakfast pizza was by far the best item. A complete home run. We'll definitely be heading back there again soon
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a group, including kids
    dcdiner
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had five adults and four kids under the age of 6 in our group. Everything went off without a hitch. Service was top-notch. Food was quite good. Lots of variety and super vegetarian options (which is, oddly, rare in the DC area). They even bring pizza/bread dough to the kids who can shape it into something and then it goes into the brick oven. Kids really enjoyed that. Hats off to Matchbox-Merrifield. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Deeb
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Food was excellent and while they are known for their pizza the menu has a nice range of options. Our waiter was outstanding, one of the best I've experienced in quite some time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food per usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I loved the food. I always do at Matchbox. However, for it not being too busy, I do not know why we were seated in a crammed area. Service could have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off night
    txngrlVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I have been to the Merrifield location many times. It was a Monday and it just seemed to be an off night. I was dining with my kids that night, shoved to the back of the restaurant, which I get if it was busy, but it wasn't. The food was good as usual, but our server seemed unavailable for most of the evening. I'll be back, but I know what to request next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matchbox Mosaic Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Not happy with my experience at the Mosaic Matchbox on Sat., 6/28/14, and treatment received. Not sure I'll be returning any time soon. I had a reservation and had to wait twice after I refused to sit in the back room at a table in the middle surrounded by a lot of children. From there was brought back up to the front only to wait again before being seated at the last booth by the restroom and kitchen. Very noisy - Not happy!! This, while there were plenty of vacant tables up front and other people seated there. When I asked about those tables, I was told, "They're blocked off." I'll be reluctant to visit Matchbox any time in the near future.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Matchbox lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We all split the spicy meatball pizza, pear salad and simple salad. All of it was delicious! The dressings were much lighter than others I have tried on similar salads. The kids had the two kids meal pastas. Would like the option of fruit or veggies with their meals instead of fries. They liked the pasta but other kids might find the seasoning too grown up. I was actually surprised my kids ate it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    incaiside
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Booked a table Matchbox in Merrifield for a lunch business meeting. They found us a nice quiet table in the back. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    It took our waiter an hour to ask what we wanted to order. He kept walking past our table while we were starving. Then it took him 15 mins to give us our split checks when the register was right behind is. Food was good but a service that night by that waiter was horrible.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • upscale casual dining
    eph835
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Matchbox was a step up from a casual dining experience. With a good wine list and some unique versions of favorites this is a great place to go to. Overall affordable, thoughtful menu with great outdoor seating and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Love it but the ac in the back room, where we were, wasn't working, so we sweated through dinner a bit. The server gave my son a birthday dessert of his choice on the house. One big gripe is that the address was deceiving to our family who hadn't been there before. It is actually Strawberry Ln--not District Ave, as the website says. So my brother was driving around for half an hour trying to find the place before I was able to direct him there on my cell phone. Our server said that happens a lot. That can't be good for business. I hope they'll correct that on their website and with google maps soon!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch food and service!
    DCFoodie
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My friend and I dined here for lunch to celebrate my birthday on 6/17/14 - our server, Chris, was absolutely amazing! He was very friendly and helped us with an enjoyable dining experience. We ordered the mini burgers from the appetizers section and Cobb salad as well - both items were made perfectly and was just delicious! Towards the end, Chris provided me with a birthday treat, which was a brownie with ice cream and it was so good. We will definitely return and recommend to our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good!
    FresserinVA
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went at 4:00 on Fathers Day for a late lunch/early dinner. Our server was cheerful and attentive; the food came in a timely manner; and it was delicious--fresh. If you are not a pizza-eater, there is a moderate amount of other options. Alot of alcohol options, though we didn't imbibe. The room is open and a bit loud, but you don't have to yell to be heard at your table. We have eaten at the 14th Street restaurant, which was equally pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Runner47
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I love this gem of a restaurant located in the Mosaic District! It was very hard to decide what I wanted since everything sounded delicious. I couldn't decide between the pizza or the crabcake sandwich. I went with the crabcake sandwich with the apple pear salad as a substitute for the fries. Absolutely delicious! Will be back to try other entrees. Friendly staff and very nice restaurant ambience and area in general.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lunch & Brunch
    Turtlebug0
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My family came here for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon and had a great time. We all ended up ordering off their brunch menu- which had a lot of variety! Their iron skillet cinnamon rolls were AMAZING. Their crabcake benedict is a GIANT crabcake wrapped in bacon topped with a poached egg. OMG. Their huevos rancheros had a little heat and were SO tasty. I had my 14 month old with us so I ordered her lunch early (can't have a hangry kid!) and our server brought it out super fast for her (huge helping too). They put us in the back where there were several other families with kids- who could blame them? But it made me feel less bad when she was noisy. Totally recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ForgotNamesIveUsed
    ForgtNamesIUsedVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Matchbox is the same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Same as it was when I went the day before. Good pizza, average salad. Little bit pricey but good place to eat if you have to be in the Mosaic District in Merrifield.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch essentials
    TISPenguin
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've always enjoyed the pizzas at Matchbox, last weekend I tried their brunch. Our table of four for the french toast, crab cakes and breakfast pizza. All were very delicious, plated beautifully and a filling portion. Liked that they had 4-5 options for mimosas and 4-5 options for bloody marys. Indoor had plenty of seating on a Saturday at 11am.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Inconsistent Customer Management
    QuestVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This restaurant always seems confused in handling reservations. I reserved a table for 4 and was seated. When the other couple arrived, they were told there was no reservation! The time before, Matchbox told Open Table that I did not honor the reservation (although I was there and checked in at the front desk). Matchbox needs to get its customer management act together!
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  • ForgtNamesIveUsed
    ForgtNamesIUsedVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Matchbox is the same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Good pizza, average salad. Little bit pricey but good place to eat if you have to be in the Mosaic District in Merrifield.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.