About Matchbox - Merrifield

Enjoy an evening out with co-workers or family at Matchbox in Merrifield. Opened by three friends, this inviting spot has a casual, contemporary setting with exposed brick walls and warm lighting. Matchbox features appetizers like mini burgers that are a favorite of many patrons, huge meatballs topped with pepperoni sauce and creamy crab soup. Tasty seared sea scallops, spicy Cajun tuna or a half of chicken with grilled asparagus makes a fulfilling entrée. Pizza made with various toppings cooked in a wood-fired oven, hearty sandwiches and dainty desserts are also on the menu.



Matchbox hosts private events for business luncheons, receptions, parties and more. It has a full bar that serves specialty cocktails like the bourbon crisp and southern charmer. This eatery has a comfortable outdoor patio and happy hour Monday through Friday. Reservations are welcome and take-out service is provided for guests.

2911 District Ave.
Merrifield, VA 22116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10:30pm, Friday: 11am - 11:30pm, Saturday: 10am - 11:30pm Sunday: 10am - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Strawberry Lane & District Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(571) 395-4869

Website:
http://matchboxmerrifield.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room

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Matchbox - Merrifield Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (37)
Fun (28)
Good for a Date (25)
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Bar Seating (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Comfort Food (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Kid-friendly (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Great Beer (8)
People Watching (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Live Sports (5)
Cozy (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (3)
Authentic (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great service. We were a large party today with babies and the restaurant was super accommodating!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Very enjoyable evening! Thank you, Matchbox!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Ate at matchbox yesterday for brunch with a group of eight and had a great time! The food, service, ambience and brunch cocktails were well received by all.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Mediocre at best
They lost our reservation and the three of us had to wait an hour to be seated. It was way too loud to be able to hear the waiter, and after only an hour there, my throat was raw from having to shout to my friends just across the table just to be heard.
Other than that, atmosphere was warm and cozy, and the pizza was good.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I was disappointed with our food - my daughter and I went for Brunch - I ordered the Eggs Benedict - the eggs were liquid, barely poached and the potatoes were cold - the breakfast pizza was bland - we wanted to order a Bellini or Mimosa but the lowest price was $20!
We’ve been to the London location and they were great! Had wonderful pizzas and margaritas - I will definitely go back to the Loudon location

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there for NYE dinner and our server made our evening. The food was excellent and we were able to enjoy a leisurely meal of several courses. We have been going since they opened and probably go twice a month. We love Matchbox!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve. Service was quick, really faster than we needed. Shortribs were disappointing though, very ordinary and not all that flavorful. New chef? Had them a while back with a Korean preparation that I remember as being very good. Friend's salmon also was plain, unmemorable. Generally like the place; might have been an off night.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

They did no honor our reservation they way they should have. We checked in and were issued a pager while they prepared the table. 20 minutes later I checked in with the hostess and found they had overlooked our name on the list. We were seated immediately. If we hadn’t checked, how long would we have waited? Maybe not a big deal in the big scheme of things, but it did put a damper on the evening.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We’ve eaten at Matchbox about a half dozen times. The first time we ate there, we knew we had discovered a find. Great atmosphere and outstanding casual food! Your apple and pear salad with a honey vinaigrette dressing is one of our favorite salads in Northern Virginia. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Fun, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My favorite place to eat at Mosaic District! We always go there for drinks and dinner after shopping. Love the bar and the menu is varied and the food is always good!

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This was my first happy hour experience at matchbox and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their food. Particularly loved their calamaris & their special sauce that goes with it. Great happy hour bite specials overall. Maybe it was due to it being on a holiday week, but they clearly did not have adequate staff for the amount of people that were there. Not only the service super slow, but my manhattan was done incorrectly & had to send it back twice to get it right. Although they were courteous to comp the drink, I was not too happy about the price of it being higher than what our server said it would be had I paid for it.

Again, I want to stress that perhaps this was due to me & my guest going on a busier, holiday weekday as opposed to any other weeks. I would still recommend this restaurant to foodies.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was not great. We didn't order pizza, so maybe that's the house specialty. Crab cake sandwich and attendant fries were bland, mustard salmon was cooked well, but the accompanying potatoes, leeks, and kale we're undercooked and drowned in a lemon sauce that tasted fine with the potatoes and veggies, but really awful with the mustard salmon. Artichoke dip starter was runny and way too salty. Service was commendable, but doesn't make up for overpriced boring-to-bad food.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Consistently good food. Great service. Only place that I have found for good gluten-free crust for their brick oven pizzas. The fig and prosciutto is my favorite. My daughter and husband loves the 3-6-9 sliders. We went with the family this time, but I love to meet my husband at the bar after work for apps and a beer.

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We have been to this restaurant twice and had a wonderful experience both times. The menu offers a nice variety of choices that satisfies our adult pallets as well as our kids. The short ribs are so good, even my kids loved them! The food and service was amazing. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always delicious! Tried the opposites attract drink and was very pleased!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

So so so LOUD. Conversation nearly impossible. Expensive for what is offered.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

always love matchbox; however the new steak salad was awful -- the steak was inedible and the tater tots awful

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food, good service but very noisy! I would definitely go again.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Gets busy later in evening but very open at 5pm. Food is great, came quickly, friendly staff. A go-to for us and our friends!

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Host and Waiter were pleasant and patient. Though we Can't order wings outside the bar and the fries were over fried and very hardened on the ends.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our server was not very friendly and kept walking away before we could order anything else. Not sure if she’s new or was mad about a 3 table section. The waiter that had the table next to us seemed great with his tables. Will definitely ask to switch servers if we get her again. Will return

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Good food. It was very busy and loud. We felt a bit rushed. But, will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

This was our first time dining at The Matchbox, and we had a wonderful time!
the servers were very good, we always appreciate great customer service, and these
two young men were on to of their game! The food was great!
Thank U

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Relaxed environment with a menu full of comfort food. Our party of 5 all had wood for pizza and we all loved it. The crust was not too thin out doughy. We also shared a spinach artichoke dip which was good and came with crunchy warm bread. I just wish there was more dip. It does get loud but all restaurants are loud it seems. Also it you want to catch a movie before or after, the Mosaic movie theatre is just next door.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fun, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Casual, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It's what you'd expect from a Matchbox (if you're. It familiar it's a brick oven pizza restaurant with a few other dishes they offer). This was probably my second time here and it's still a good place to meet up with friends, share some food and catch up. I reserved my table online with open table and am so glad I did. 7pm reservations on a Saturday with no fuss!! Thank you open table!!
We ended up waiting for about 15 mins for the rest of our party but the hostess had no problem seating my wife and I right away. We ended up reading and rereading the menu trying to figure out what we were going to get... not a great idea since i was already starving! I opted for an adult libation (patio pounder or whatever the lemonade watermelon vodka drink is called) it was quite tasty, but the watermelon wasn't very sweet (my own fault it is the end of November who gets watermelon?)
Our food order came out very quickly and everyone seemed to enjoy their food. The rest of the party got pizzas (pepperoni and sausage and chicken pesto respectively) I opted to try the fried chicken sand which (Nashville hot of course) and while the chicken was incredibly juicy, tender and delicious what it lacked was any Nashville heat -_-. I asked the waiter if the correct sandwich was ordered and he said it was but later brought out the Nashville hot seasoning (which was just a ton of oil with some Cajun seasoning?) I tried to dip a piece of chicken into it to see how it tasted... it was a terrible idea it was just oily and greasy.
Maybe next time I'll just stick with pizza or try the grinder.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everyone was pleased with their food, and I have some picky eaters! Excellent service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food at a reasonable price. Service was outstanding. Comfortable booth. Varied wine list. Only problem was loud party on other side of partion- not restaurant’s fault.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I was a bit disappointed that even though I had reservations, I was given a pager and asked to wait. Eventually, we were given a table in the crowded bar right by the front door.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Awesome server and Host!! Food was good!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

A cattlecall restaurant where they appear to be more interested in getting you in and out the door than in providing an enjoyable dining experience. Made a reservation but not only had to wait, but then they said that they didn't have a table for 5 but could put a chair at the end of our booth.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Awesomeness

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Made a reservation and got seated right away. Amazing food, cocktails, and exceptional service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We usually love Matchbox, but not on this night. We had reservations for 4, and specified it was a birthday dinner, yet we were seated at a table in the bar. Needless to say, it was loud. I’m all for loud bars if it’s a birthday happy hour, but it wasn’t.

The service was okay, but not great. As for the food, the salmon citrus butter was disgustingly sweet, and the rest of our party said the ribs were “just okay,” the burger was great, and the Caesar salad was delicious. I’ve now learned to stick with pizza, burgers, and salads. That’s what Matchbox does best.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our first time here and we loved it! Such a cute little spot, very cozy! Perfect for families too. We will be returning!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Live Sports
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our first visit to this location. Food was wonderful & restaurant was nicely laid outwith a young professional hip vibe. At the peak of the lunchtime crowd the noise level made it difficult to carry on a conversation with the person seated across the table from you. Did notice a back room nearer the restrooms where it would be quieter.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Had family members in from out of town, Enjoyed the food and the service was excellent!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Happy to be back there with a great meal experience. I have eaten there a number of times and last time was a bit of a falter, but this time more than made up for the issue. We were able to sit at a quite table and have a substantive meal and business discussion with excellent service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service ! Had the artichoke spinach app and the pepperoni pizza both very good!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Make sure you have a reservation on the weekend. Some patrons who had called ahead were frustrated with the wait as people with reservations bumped them. We waited about 15 minutes but were seated 5 minutes after our reservation time.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pizza is always great but my favorite item is the arancini. Delicious. Also a must try is the bloody mary. Make sure to get it with the bacon and old bay seasoning.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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