Overall Resturant was great.
Overall Resturant was great. Recommend the Shrimp and grits / crispy half chicken.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The omelette specials with
The omelette specials with shrimp and andoille sausage was deliciious. The wattress was attentive but not annoyingly so, and consistent in refreshing coffee. It was nice siting outside.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Welcome to Virginia!
When in DC Matchbox was my go to casual restaurant in which to dine. I was thrilled to see the owner's decided to open a new restaurant in my neck of the woods. The mini burgers are tops. I love the flatbread pizzas and they are here too, although I think the types of flatbreads are not as inventive in the new location. There's a small outdoor seating area with a view of the courtyard area. Inside dining is noisy but that's my only drawback.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time here, didn't seem quite as busy as it's other locations, though this one is still relatively new. Great view of the small park and right next to the movie theater!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed dinner couple nights ago. Opentable had no reservation times between 530 pm till 9 pm so went with the 515 slot early dinner, no biggie. Once I arrived, there were so many tables empty??? Its not like it got full all of sudden but I just didn't see the reason why they didn't have later times fr reservation on opentable. Next time I think walk in should be fine and much later time for dinner instead of 515. Other than that everything was OK.
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Food, Friendly Service
I'm so glad they take reservations, as getting into the one in Chinatown was always such an effort. Very glad to have this addition so close to my office.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunched here with a girlfriend. We were seated at a hightop in the bar area. It wasn't what I was expecting, especially since I had reservations through OpenTable. I was surprised that I wasn't asked where I wanted to sit. It turned out to be fine as our lunch was a casual one, and the atmosphere near the bar was fun and airy -- exactly what we wanted. The service was friendly and prompt. The crabcake sandwich was delicious. The fries were crispy. This is a solid restaurant for lunch. I would say it's the best restaurant in Merrifield.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went earlier than normal and on a slower night so it was quieter than normal. Service was quick because it was earlier. Food was outstanding as always.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Matchbox in VA!!!
So happy that one of our favorite DC haunts has made its way to VA. Great location for dinner and a movie (same building as the Angelika), and our first VA Matchbox experience did not disappoint. I didn't note it as kid friendly above only because there is no children's menu. That said, it is our 13 and 11 year old son's favorite restaurant because they love the sliders and pizza.
Craig G was our server and he was WONDERFUL - we will request him next time we go. Tried the dessert donuts for the first time and they were amazing. Sad that the beet salad in DC did not make the VA menu but here's hoping...
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Maria our waittress was very
Maria our waittress was very helpful and efficient in dealing with our larger group.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excited to have Matchbox in
Excited to have Matchbox in the suburbs! Food was great and staff was very cordial. Also no problem getting a seat.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great pizza, but very noisy
Food quality is very good and service attentive. However, when the background music noise level is added to the crowd's noise, it is almost impossible to hear the person sitting across the table....and no, I'm not hard of hearing.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saw a nice review for this place and realized it was nearby so we tried the brunch. I had the crabcake benedict. It was light and delightfully sauced, with a side of a spicy potatoe and veg disk that complimented it well. My companions had the steak and egg, which was generous and well prepared, and the waffle with fresh fruit. The fresh fruit was particularly nice, just in-season blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. I also had a spicy bloody mary, but it had the hot sauce around the rim. I thought the drink itself wasn't spicy enough for my taste. I like a bloody mary thick with tomato and with a little burn on the tongue. Service was friendly and fast. All in all a very nice place and I'm glad it's in the neighborhood.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salad with added Grilled Chicken
My friend and I had lunch the other day. The food here was good, as always, but I ordered a salad with an added piece of grilled chicken for an additional cost. It came and it was delicious but I received only 4 or 5 pieces of chicken for $8 more. My friend ordered salmon and received a large fillet on her salad for an additional cost. I was expecting a chicken breast instead.
We still enjoyed our lunch but I wouldn't order this again for that price.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday lunch enjoyed by all
Only one of the 6 of us had ever been there before. We all enjoyed our food choices, we shared a pizza as an appetizer and each had salads. They had a wonderful lunch salad special using locally grown produce! Good prices,good service, nice atmosphere & good food ! We all agreed we would go there again.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for lunch on a Friday.
We went for lunch on a Friday. I was glad to have had a reservation, since by 12:15 the place was filling up quickly. My date and I shared a pizza; the large was just right for the two of us. We had a white pizza with olives; the menu states that the edges of the crust will be blackened - they're right, and that's ok, it was very tasty. For the record, my decaf coffee was also quite good.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was good, service seemed a little confused I guess they just opened and were still working the kinks out. I would go back there again, for lunch or dinner
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved it! We had the best service we've had in a long time. He was so intuitive and perfect with his timing. The food was incredible too. My husband ordered the crab cake sandwich which was a little fishier than normal but still reall good. I had the pesto chicken pizza and it was incredible. It was so great my husband devoured it too! We had the the treat of castiron skillet cinnamon rolls as an appetizer and they were phenomenal. A little too sweet for an appetizer but it worked great. Why not have dessert first when celebrating a special birthday! And the best part was that it was in Merrifield!!!!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I go to Matchbox a lot and I especially love the one in Merrifield. The atmosphere is great and the wine on tap is delicious. Our most recent visit was awesome. The food was perfect, as always, but what made this particular experience somewhat better than others was our server Chris. He was very friendly and on point with everything. He made us laugh and made sure our drink glasses were never empty. I would specifically request him as a waiter again! I'm a vegetarian and there are plenty of choices for me. Also the bread pudding is to die for. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the area!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall Experience was Pleasant
I really enjoyed the service at the restaurant and how the staff was so attentive. The atmosphere in the restaurant was nice and friendly. The noise level was just right. The staff was also so gracious and helpful. The items on the menu were priced well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends and would come back.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wasn't familiar with the Matchbox chain, and I assumed it was a typical carry-out. My first hint came when I discovered I could make an online reservation. Stepping into the restaurant, I was surprised at how large it is; I also realized how noisy it is! We asked to be seated on the small patio, and although an umbrella would have been nice on a bright, sunny day, it was otherwise pleasant, and our server was enthusiastic and attentive. We shared the crab and avocado appetizer and the lamb sandwich--a perfect lunch. The chickpea fries are delicious and addictive--and I don't even like chickpeas!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great addition to Merrifield!
I tried out Matchbox because I had heard a lot about it. I had the Pesto Chicken pizza and my friend the fish special they had that night. We had the mozzarella cheese appetizer and it was very good! The pesto chicken pizza was ok, I didn't quite find it that special. I tried some of the fish special and that was really good. For dessert we had the coffee and donuts and the chocolate chip bread pudding. Both were delicious! We actually enjoyed dessert more than the dinner. I would go back again just to try something else on the menu.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
had heard lots of good things about matchbox restaurants, but only for lunch/dinner. had an opportunity to try the new location in virginia and was a little unsure how they would do for brunch. i had no reason for concern - the restaurant had a great welcoming feel inside and the menu was small but good. between our party of 4 and 2 kids, we had the steak and eggs, huevos rancheros, breakfast pizza, vegetable fritatta and yogurt with granola. everyone was very pleased with their meals, and not a complaint was made. portions were very healthy and most of us had left-overs. looking forward to trying their lunch/dinner offerings - the pizzas sounded delicious.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my first visit to Matchbox Pizza. I will definitely return many times and have already told friends and family about this little gem....although many were already familiar with the incredible food...and libations!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
we had a group of 9 and were
we had a group of 9 and were treated like a small group. It was great the service was impecable.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hello Left Hand, meet Right Hand
First let me say I love Matchbox. I've been to the 8th street location many times. Here's the thing...we've tried since it opened to get a reservation and finally got a 5:15 on a Saturday. When we arrived, they had no knowledge of said reservation. Does it mean something that their website says "the best way to make a reservation is to call the restaurant"? Aside from that, love the beer and the food is fine. Bottom line...I guess you should just call or better yet just go and sit at the bar.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great staff, service and food! :)
Our waitress took such good care of us and really made our first experience at Matchbox a pleasant one. The food was delicious, and came our not too soon after we ordered. I had the mini sliders for dinner (6 sliders are a lot, I couldn't even finish 2!) and the cinnamon donuts and coffee for dessert. My meal was HUGE! I could have just shared with my friend and we both would have been full. It was also my friend's birthday, but the topic didn't come up until after we ordered everything and the waitress was so kind, that she surprised my friend with a treat for her birthday. It was a great night and we will definitely be going back in the future to try a few of their other dishes that I had my eye on.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Matchbox Meat was a good mixture of pepperoni, spicy italian sausage and crispy bacon. The crust is thin like flatbread. It was tasty, not overly oily. The sausage wasn't spicy at all - but then, spiciness is subjective. The mini burgers were pretty good, but we enjoyed the onion straws more. We also tried the donuts. They're somewhat dense, covered in cinnamon and sugar. The one thing we didn't care for was the lemon zest on them. We don't think the zest added anything to the donuts - but the espresso creme was a really good 'dipping sauce.' Service wasn't too bad, it teetered on the slow slide, but we never lost sight of our server. Great place for before or after a movie. Be sure you get a reservation, it can get crazy.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ate in bar area. Ashley was
Ate in bar area. Ashley was a personable bartender. Nice for a change.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. Service was right on and server was knowledgeable about all menu items. I had teenagers with me and they loved the food but I will say the tomato pizza sauce is quite spicy. It would be too much for little ones. My kids ordered the roasted tomato and mozzarella pizza so perhaps its just the tomatoes on that particular pizza. Overall, the food was wonderful. The avocado crab salad and mizzo cruzzi (spelling) app were great. I ordered the Wahoo special and my son's roasted chicken were great.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very, very good
I've eaten here 3 or 4 times and the food and service are consistently very high quality. Once had a special which was 3 different kinds of mini fish sliders that were seriously delicious - wish they'd bring that back as a regular item, but was told by our waiter that they generally don't repeat specials! Unless you love loud crowds, go for lunch or an early week-night dinner to avoid the crushing, loud crowd that seems to be a regular weekend evening thing.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must have pizza
Delicious. I enjoyed the prosciutto, fig and gorgonzola pizza. Thought about having one of their many other entree options, but decided to have pizza....when in Rome, do as the Romans do!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great location
I've been to Matchbox before, but this was my first time in Merrifield. I had a great experience - from the food to the service. I showed up expecting a guest, but it ended up just being me and the staff and servers were great at maintaining my reservation while I waited and still showing me great service as I dined solo :)
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went here as a work lunch. The food was great and served fast. I would love to go back at night for dinner and drinks.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at a matchbox Restaurant. Love the outdoor seating at the Merrifield site. Did not get the pizza that they are noted for, but got the special codfish sandwich instead. It was delicious and was accompanied by a side of roasted Brussle sprouts. I will definitely add it to my restaurant favorites.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Matchbox is great. Interesting menu - but not weird. Perfect for lunch or dinner or drinks! Great atmosphere and a great vibe.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upscale pizza place with unique appetizers and on this occasion great service.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed my dining experience! My only real issue was that it was just too loud. Also, as someone who drinks a lot of water, I feel like your water cups are too small. The wait staff were back at our table every 3 minutes refilling my glass- I felt bad for them. Just an observation.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A New Favorite for Lunch.
We recently enjoyed our first trip to Matchbox in VA. The service was very helpful and quick for our lunch there. The duck soup of the day was a savory surprise as was the crab soup. The flounder fish sandwich special was really terrific. The pizza had a wonderful crispy, thin, slightly charred crust and toppings that were just delicious. We will definitely return.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Matchbox Sliders - Made to Order
These are w/o question the best sliders in the DC metro. Made to order. We ordered 6 sliders medium rare and each one of them was perfect from the first bite on the first to the last bite. Not sure how the kitchen pulls this off, but they are as good as it gets. Pizzas also good - pepperoni or the meatball pizza. Solid appie restaurant.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Casual Dining Option
Like the other Matchbox properties I've dined in (Chinatown, Barracks Row), the food is very good, service quick and knowledgeable, and there is an energetic ambiance. Well done.
10/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place for any occasion.
Great place for any occasion. Nice and varied atmospheres. Food interesting and well prepared. Will be back for sure to try more of the intriguing items on the menu. In fact, maybe tonight!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Has the same atmosphere as
Has the same atmosphere as the 14th street location. Close to my office, so it is the Matchbox I go to regularly with friends and coworkers.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Options! Options! Options!
I had been to Matchbox before at one of the DC locations but at the time, wasn't in the mood for pizza. The menu is quite diverse so it was easy to think that one could get pizza elsewhere or another day. On this visit, I paid more attention to the chef's special pizzas and decided to try two kinds - thanks to the flexibility of the kitchen which allows for going "halfsies" in the event you want to try different combinations. The pizza (sausage, red pepper combo and the fig, prosciutto, arugula combo) did not disappoint! Very flavorful and difficult to resist eating the whole pie. I also enjoyed the "draft" wine - new to me - glad that our waiter suggested I give it a try. I'll be back - that much is certain!!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went with a small group of girlfriends for a Wednesday night dinner and catch up. The fig and proscuitto pizza definitely lived up to the hype. Salads and sandwiches were small but tasty. Great place for sharing a variety of small plates.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pizza as usual was excellent;
Pizza as usual was excellent; my friend had the appetizer 3 mini burgers and said they were just right and very good - very enjoyable time -
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the cream of crab soup, which was amazing with a huge pile of crab meat in the center and the calamari salad, which was the perfect blend of greens, perfectly fried and lightly battered calamari, roasted red peppers and kalamata olives.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good, but...
...we were there at 10 AM on a Saturday for brunch and there were no other customers for a while and even then only a few tables filled up, so it's difficult to judge what it's like to eat there other times of the day. We were very happy with everything, though, and our server was attentive and gracious.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Place for Pizza
Couple of us ordered fish and it was just okay, but this place is really known for their pizzas. YUM! At the end of the night, we all ordered the Espresso (a dip, not a drink) and Doughnuts; that was really worth having.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my sister and 9-year old niece there for a birthday celebration. We felt at home as soon as we walked in and that vibe continued throughout our meal. Great food, attentive servers (Liberty rocks) and never felt rushed. Order the Grilled Scallops for appetizer.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM