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Matchbox - Merrifield
Matchbox - Merrifield

Matchbox - Merrifield Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://matchboxmerrifield.com
  • Phone: (571) 395-4869
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "We love the menu and that the ambiance is grown-up, while accommodating the kids. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "When I lived in DC it was always fun to sneak over to the first Matchbox with some friends. Now that I've settled down in the 'burbs, it was nice to have a little bit of DC make it's way out to us...coolest thing is that this new location utilized some of the steel that they removed from the old Chinese grocery store they replaced at the original location. The food is just as good, and somehow they make this new space feel like your in another part of the same restaurant. We took my brother-in-law (a Matchbox newbie) so of course we started with the mini burgers...he was in heaven. The salads and pizza were excellent as usual. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We have enjoyed the Matchbox locations in DC and this Matchbox is a great addition to the local neighborhood. Love the wood burning oven pizza and chopped salad!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is the third location I've been to and its quality is just as great as the others (I've been to Chinatown and eastern market). The blackberry pisco is quite tasty if you want a nice refreshing drink. Also had an Italian salami pizza-- love the arugula on top. My husband had the sliders-- love the onion straws. The parking is very convenient-- just park in a free garage if you can't find street parking. Give it a go!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Was planning on grabbing a Friday night movie and decided to hit this place first for a quick bite! Such a fun dinner! We both had a pizza ( veggie and the special - lamb) I tried a glass of wine from the "on tap" recommendation - it wa fantastic. We passed on dessert but I can only imagine how great they are! We will definitley make a trip back in order to check them out!!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great service, Great food. And they have top shelf wine. Pizza is a must-do!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Met a friend for lunch on Sunday. Waiter was patient when we stayed about 30 min after our meal (we left a 25% tip). Crab cake sandwich was delicious. My friend had the pizza of the day and said it was very good. Everyone (patrons and staff) seemed in a good mood. The place had a good buzz about it."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great selection of beer and wine. The Kale salad was delicious and so was our service!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Everyone likes the food. I will no longer go for lunch on a workday because the slow service makes us late returning to the office. When we sat down, our server learned -by way of asking if we wanted alcohol- we had to return to the office after eating. We were all done and waiting for the check. Our server asked if we wanted boxes for leftovers. A second server approached, asked if we wanted boxes, and was confused when told our server asked us that 15 mins ago and we were waiting. We waited a full 25 mins until we received the check. All told, we had to wait an additional 30 mins after we were finished eating to leave the restaurant. That does not work for professionals who have a standard 1-hour lunch in which to return to the office."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I had the Salmon it was good but would like it with potatoes or something simple. The crab soup was the best item for me. My husband had the pepperoni Pizza. Too spicy, not enough cheese, black spots on bottom of crust."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great beer, interesting menu, and active bar scene. Overall hip. Matchbox is a great place to eat and stop by either before or after the movies (next door to the new movie theater at Mosaic, formerly known as Merrifield). That said, the food is not highly rewarding. I hope that they find a way to have the food experience measure up to the interesting-sounding menu. Did I mention the beer?"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food and the service were terrific. Strongly recommend reservations, which we had, because there is usually a wait."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Coexistence throughout. Great service, fun food to share and perfect for a ladies lunch."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The wine and beer lists offer a nice variety both by glass and bottle. The menu, although not huge, meanders from bar food done extremely well to great dinner choices. The prosciutto and fig pizza was light, crispy and very good. The scallops with cauliflower mash were a definite keeper and the mini burgers satisfied even the red meat lovers in the group. Maybe next time we'll save enough room to try one of the desserts we saw carried through the room."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Matchbox offers a wide range of pizzas, all wonderful. What we were not expecting was the wonderful desserts! The staff was friendly and attentive. We will return!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Matchbox. The pizza and salad didn't disappoint, and of course we love the bread pudding. I took my parents and it was their first visit. They enjoyed it a lot. Chris, our waiter, was personable and made our experience even better."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I had a great brunch on a Saturday morning at Matchbox. We had outstanding freshly baked cinnamon rolls served in a cast iron skillet as a starter. More than enough cinnamon rolls for several people to share as a starter. I enjoyed some excellent French toast with caramel syrup which was much better than the usual maple syrup. The caramel gave it a nice rich taste without the heavy sweetness of most maple flavored syrups. My wife enjoyed the frittata which was so large she took a portion as a carryout. Convenient location next to the Angelica Theater allowing us to eat brunch at Matchbox just before an early Saturday film matinee at the Angelica."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Not as good as original Chinatown location but good for not having to drive into city. Watch out for the fire and smoke. MUCH hotter than I remember at dc location. My husband loves super spicy food and even he almost couldn't eat it. Loved the dark and stormy if you like ginger cocktails."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Third time we have been to a Matchbox Restaurant, twice near Eastern Market and once in Merrifield. No disappoints on any visit. We loved the food choices, the food was excellent, great wait staff and fun environment."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Good food, good service, can I say more? Sure. We had a 10:30 Open Table reservation for two for brunch. The restaurant was fairly empty but filled up while we were there. I ordered a tasty Mimosa and the special chicken and waffles. My wife had the huge crabcake. I'm not a chicken and waffle expert, but this was damn good. Our waitress was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We had a pleasant experience and the food was good and well prepared, though heavy on salt. Our table ordered different entrees and the only complaint I heard was that the spaghetti bolognese was spicy to the point of obscuring the flavor. The staff was very friendly, and appeared competent, but they were overextended when it came to the wait staff. We waited quite long for a server to take our order, deliver our drinks, and our food, and it was still early in the evening. Our server was accommodating and friendly, but was clearly taking care of too many tables at once and seemed rushed and a bit frazzled. Matchbox seems to be on the right track with a great location but needs to work at handling large numbers of guests smoothly."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Went for brunch,, the restaurant filled up quickly as there were a lot of parties. The cinnamon rolls were amazing! My son ordered the breakfast pizza, the sausage was a little spicy for him but I thought it was very good and a nice change from regular eggs and sausage. The chicken and waffles were very good. There was an issue with my order which the manager acknowledged and removed from our bill . Overall my family enjoyed the experience and we will go back."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This was our first time at Matchbox and we loved it! The food was unique and delicious! The service was great and the atmosphere was cozy and we were spread out making it more private. The specialty drinks were amazing but pretty expensive for VA. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Very friendly staff, great dinner. Our four year old was Very excited with the pizza dough."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I would recommend this restraunt to anyone who is looking to take someone on a first date or second or even third, great selection and good ambiance. Pick it with no turning back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I came here with a group of 6 for brunch on a pretty slow Saturday morning. Service was great, and we had the option of choosing from the lunch or brunch menu. The brunch menu was maybe 10 items long - fairly priced between 12 and 16 for most items. We went with the brunch pizza and steak and eggs. Both were underwhelming. The eggs (sunny side up) came out rubbery and way overcooked. Steak was decent, though it could have benefited from more seasoning. I've had the regular pizzas here and they are out of this world! The brunch pizza, not so much. Summary - great, great potential here! Awesome space, friendly service, good vibe, great location, and an excellent dinner menu. You could amp up the brunch menu with more options."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great food overall, just didn't enjoy the crab/avocado dip as it had too much tarragon in it and I couldn't taste the other ingredients."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We took our kids (7 & 9) for a family Valentine's dinner and had a great time! The service was fantastic - a very relaxed time with good food. It's always nice when children are welcomed, especially on such an occasion."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was perfect! I've been to Matchbox quite a few times before and it is always a pleasure. The pizza is beyond fantastic, great wine and beer list, great service.....will definitely be back many more times!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed lunch at Matchbox Merrifield. The back room makes conversation easier."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We (5 of us) went for brunch this past Sunday. The food was delicious with generous portions. Three of us ordered the special - Poutine - and we all really enjoyed. My mother ordered the crabcake benedict and a friend had the steak and eggs. Everything was well prepared and served nicely. Our server was great, very friendly and knew the menu well."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "What is the deal with having an Open Table reservation without offering points for the reservation?"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "I've been to Matchbox many times and have never really been impressed - food was good but not as good as I expected, given its popularity. This time was extremely different - my friend and I split the cinnamon rolls (first time trying them) and they were amazing. And there simply aren't words to describe how delicious the huevos rancheros were!! I will definitely be back for them again. All the staff was very friendly and accommodating; our waitress was very knowledgeable and gave very good advice on the huevos rancheros."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "One of the few nicer sit-down places in the new Mosaic district, Matchbox is frequently busy, but only has a few advance reservations slots available, saving most of their business for walk-ins and call-aheads due to their location next to the movie theater. Their food is delicious and reasonably priced for the quality and portion sizes. Though known primarily for their brick oven pizza, many of their other entrees are also well done and worth sampling. The restaurant is a bit loud and the tables a bit large for quiet conversation, but good spacing means you can still have a reasonably private chat, even if you have to do it somewhat loudly. Service is attentive but unobtrusive."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed it, although the food was very expensive and pretty mediocre. Food was visually pretty but lacked flavor . I had the hangar steak..it was served on a bed of thick green pea soup. I thought that was a bit odd. My husband had the thin crust pizza, it was fine if you like thin crust. Restaurant had a great atmosphere...is right next door to angelika theater..which made for a nice night. Not sure we would go back. Overall wasn't terribly impressed. Did have nice beer and wine selection."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Pizza is good but quite expensive for the amount you get."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Our server was particularly attentive to the point of always having a replacement beverage ready for our party of five before the current drink had been consumed in its entirety."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Dined here for the first time, great spot in an up and coming area. Attentive wait staff. Outstanding customer service when dining partner expressed a food allergy and kitchen staff made sure they understood the exact nature of the allergy to make appropriate food substitution. Definitely will return in the future."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I have been to several of the Matchboxes and now know to order Pizza and Burgers only . Salads, non burgers and entrees tend to be overpriced and band - Today , I had a cobb salad as an entree and is was terrible ! - Old lettuce and tomatoes and a rip off for $13.00, told the waitress and no help on that one. My son had a wonderful Burger and Onion rings - he loved it. A couple of days ago I had the Q pizza and it was terrific ! Great micro brew selection !"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I had changed my original reservation from 7PM to 7:30PM about 3 weeks before the rez however the restaurant still had it in their computer as 7PM. Being New Years Eve it could have been a serious problem if the restaurant had give away our table thinking we were no shows. Luckily they had not, they were very gracious about it and our table was waiting. There is a glich in the OT rez system that needs to be checked out?."
    Dined on 12/31/2013