Matchbox - Merrifield
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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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.
The food was superb and the service was excellent. It's our favorite pizza!
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.
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.
Finding parking can be difficult. The food was good. Cocktails were good.
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.
Food and drinks arrived late
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!
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.
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.
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!
Great brunch and great service !!
Best pizza sausage and sauce.
Pear salad w/walnuts and blue cheese and terrific vinaigrette dressing
Brunch at Matchbox is awesome
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.
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.
The downtown location is far better in terms of food quality
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.
Server was super nice, very very slow to get drinks, however not his fault, he was running around crazy. Good was good though!
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.
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.
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.
Good service st the bar. Friendly staff who were interested in connecting with their patrons.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Nice atmosphere, relatively slow service, not many veg/dietary options
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.
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.
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
Always reliable and tasty.pizzas and other stuff. One of our often visited places in Mosaic.
Everything was fine but the service was inattentive and slow, even when the restaurant had become less busy.
Best time to go is a weekday. It's packed on weekends and noisy, but food is great.
Great service from the waiter on Sunday on the patio. Avocado toast was good.
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.
Good place, slightly pricey but it is good for a night out