Matchbox - Merrifield

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Bubbling, thin crust pizzas, mini burgers, crisp salads, and craft cocktails...four great reasons to visit matchbox today. We’re the 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.

New at matchbox: Chef's Brunch Table, our unlimited buffet-style brunch + woo-fired pizzas.

Overlooking Strawberry Park in the vibrant Mosaic District, our 40-seat patio with fire pit offers outdoor dining and front row seats to Angelika Film Center’s outdoor screen and prime people-watching.

Inside, exposed pipes and warm brick line the walls surrounding 220 seats, all with views of the glowing wood wall, reclaimed from barn-wood from Rochester, New York. The private Barrel Room accommodates 50 guests and comes with plush booths, a wood-burning fireplace and private wine coolers to store your favorite vintages.
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AL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Took parents there for brunch, all entries were very good. However we were disappointed with the new unlimited brunch menu, we did feel it was that great of a value. Therefor, we ordered lunch meals. We preferred the old brunch menu where you could order individual brunch items.

DB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and the service was excellent. It's our favorite pizza!

MA
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Noticeably smaller portions, but same prices as in past on mini burgers (smaller burgers) and pizza. Still great food, and they didn’t shrink my drink.

CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Our waiter didn't bring the bread that we requested until after our meals were on the table and we followed up. He also brought the wrong salad out, didn't apologize or hurry to get the correct one (which needed nothing to be cooked) back out to us. I was almost done with my pizza by the time my friend got her Apple and Pear salad. We asked for our bill and finally got up and went to the hostess stand because he didn't come back soon enough.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Finding parking can be difficult. The food was good. Cocktails were good.

JC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was happy that our table was in the back (near the rest room) to get away from the crowded noise. Come to find out, a party of about 40-50 ppl were seated next to us and it took a while to get the waiters attention because several staff was catering to the party. Had to ask for the check twice. Also, food was great except swordfish and sides were very salty. Waiter brought out new sides to make up for salty food.

JS
South Korea
74 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food and drinks arrived late

NG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was ready when we arrived, service was quick and friendly and food was delicious. Went at lunch time on a Friday and restaurant was busy, but not obnoxiously loud. Would definitely recommend!

TM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Ordered 2 of the 1/2 roasted chicken. Both were so under cooked there was even blood on the plates, under the veggies, everywhere. We sent them back to the kitchen. The waiter came back & told us the manager said that is normal! I mean the meat was even still rubbery. NI it is not. After a long time the brought more that this time was so overcooked it had holes clear through the thigh that you could see through. Terrible. Spent WAY to long getting terrible food. And they didn’t even offer to adjust the bill or do anything else about it. Except try to tell us that is how you cook chicken.

SB
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The pizza was not as good as usual and had to be sent back once because it was wrong. The waiter was slow. And the ambiance was unpleasant - loud, crowded and chaotic. To be fair, we sat outside thinking it would be quieter (inside is always noisy). It was movie night at Mosaic and it was a loud movie but we should have been warned about it. All in all not a pleasant experience.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I take my autistic son here regularly as all the staff are very welcoming and friendly. It is one of the few restaurants where he is totally comfortable and there are no surprises (his favorite table is always available with our reservation and the food is consistently excellent and the waiters, esp Paul and Jaime, remember exactly what food he likes and how they are done !!) Grateful to all the staff who make our regular weekend lunch date an awesome experience!

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch and great service !!

OT
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best pizza sausage and sauce.
Pear salad w/walnuts and blue cheese and terrific vinaigrette dressing

F
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Matchbox is awesome

TD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food is definitely good, especially the pizza and burger. The service this time was actually quite poor. The old bay chicken wings were raw. I pointed out to one of the host and the only thing she could say was "sorry" and left me holding the plate with raw chicken on it. It could just be a bad day for the staff, but still as someone in customer service for 30 years, it was just unacceptable.

MP
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Both entrees, mine and my dates, were very good and I was especially pleased with the blackened chicken I ordered for my salad. Service was attentive without being intrusive.

MC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The downtown location is far better in terms of food quality

TA
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Thought the cremini pizza was really good. The Salmon was kind of bland. Staff was really friendly. Noise level was just about right for a Friday night.

RB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Server was super nice, very very slow to get drinks, however not his fault, he was running around crazy. Good was good though!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Pizza and drinks were delicious and the staff took care of us very well! I only wish we could have ordered single plates of the brunch items. I would have loved some lemon pound cake French toast, but not $31.50 worth.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Huge place. Was loud as was a busy Friday night. High ceilings so noise carries. Food was okay. Wines were very good. Wine Happy hour specials were also very good. Service was eh. The hostess tried to seat my friends with the wrong already seated party and did the same thing with me 20 minutes later. Would think a first name only was not good enough when it didn’t work just a 20 minutes before. Eh.

YB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

There were only two downsides to the evening:
1. It took a while before we had our order taken.
2. We sat outside and noticed that there were far too many people smoking right around the outside area/tables. That made it a bit unpleasant.

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service st the bar. Friendly staff who were interested in connecting with their patrons.

OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

They got the order wrong but made it up to us by giving us an extra helping of kids meal.
Pizza was a little too spicy for my son.

PR
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I had the chicken al Freda that was supposed to have cremini mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. It had neither. I asked for Parmesan cheese and was handed a shaker with Kraft dried cheese from 1960. All around horrid.

Plus we were warned when we arrived that they were short of staff. That was readily apparent. Not a great night to eat at Matchbox.

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Matchbox! I brought my family here from out of town (including a picky teenager) and everyone enjoyed the food. They brought us a free appetizer (arancini, delicious!) because it was our first time visiting. We ordered a cheeseburger that was cooked less than we had requested, and they quickly replaced the entire plate with sincere apologies. We'll definitely return!

n
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was okay. The crab cake was good but the jumbo shrimp was meh...! Service was slow and the waiter didn’t come back to fill our water glasses! Not a great experience!

BM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Usually a superb experience but this time things were off. Fries and onion crisps were cold and a salad was delivered without dressing. Something was was amiss in the kitchen. But again, this was unusual.

AR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, relatively slow service, not many veg/dietary options

KE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty good.

LH
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing is bad but it would take so little to make it 100 X better. Shrimp and grits were fine but what does it take to add a little cream and cheese to the grits and season it? This is corporate chain food and I guess it’s hey want a non cook to be able to make it. It takes little to make fries frites. You fry them twice and toss with paprika and salt. We asked for mayo with the fries and it took me war too little like long to get because the waiter is overworked. The place is fine but it could be so much better with so little effort and imagination, it’s a less greasy McDonalds with more choices and table service but it could be a cheap eats gem. Too bad.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!

p
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I used to love Matchbox and was thrilled there was one in Mosaic when I moved into the area. However, this location is uneven in its food quality. I get the same thing almost every time (usually weekly basis), and I am served varying amounts of food. Not only is it not the same portion size on a week to week basis, the quality varies as well. With that quality downturn, and given the number of great restaurants in the area, I haven't been as often -- so it was disappointing to finally return after a month and end up with a spinach artichoke dip bowl that was half full and dry and under baked bread.

BV
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Matchbox is a great place for lunch or weekend brunch: There's something for everyone. The new Brunchbox Unlimited Brunch was appealing, with its $3 cocktails (choice of mimosa, peach bellini, or bloody mary), but it was a bit confusing--and way too much food for us. We stuck to the lunch menu instead, and I enjoyed my go-to personal pizza: prosciutto & fig with roasted garlic purée, blue cheese, black pepper honey, mozzarella, and arugula, a terrific flavor combination. Our server was responsive and on top of things, always knowing when we needed refills of water or iced tea. My only complaint about the restaurant is that when they're busy, it can get VERY loud. Aside from that, it's not fine dining, but for what it is--a casual place for a good meal--it's just about perfect

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliable and tasty.pizzas and other stuff. One of our often visited places in Mosaic.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Everything was fine but the service was inattentive and slow, even when the restaurant had become less busy.

F
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Best time to go is a weekday. It's packed on weekends and noisy, but food is great.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from the waiter on Sunday on the patio. Avocado toast was good.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Normally this place is great, but on this particular visit we had to wait 30-45 minutes for refills on drinks, brunch items, etc. The server was very overwhelmed and the kitchen was very behind. However, the food was excellent as usual and I would still recommend this place. A bad day isn't going to ruin my overall love of Matchbox.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good place, slightly pricey but it is good for a night out

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