Matchbox - Merrifield

4.3
1201 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Overlooking Strawberry Park in the vibrant Mosaic District, our 40-seat patio 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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.1
ambience
3.9
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vipjmp537
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was unfortunately slow due to global issues but the servers were going above and beyond for the customers they did have. We have been many times for brunch and are never disappointed by the food or value.

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vipScott
Richmond
105 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. The bar area is a great place to eat and watch a game and the happy hour there is a great deal. Wine is on the pricey side, but the drinks are well done and well priced.

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TrevaR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is excellent. We got there at 1130 so it’s quiet. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Great food, okay service.

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Sharry
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. The noise level was a bit higher than comfortable as a kid was screaming and crying at a nearby table for most of my visit.

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RobSmith
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I got to the Mosaic about 11:30am, and parking was easy. CERTAINLY better than Reston! Very short walk over to Matchbox, and it was pretty empty (Wednesday lunch time), and even after an hour, never really got crowded.
I had a lunch meeting, and needed to talk, so the regular dining area, though appealing - had a little too much speaker volume going on for normal conversation. I got a table near the front windows at the bar, and this was manageable. The menu was pretty varied for lunches, and I got a pepperoni 10” pizza. my colleague got an Ahi salad that looked really good (and she said it was). The pizza was tasty, had lots of pepperonis on it, and was hot. The crust could have been a little crustier near the middle. It kind of dogged out, and had to be eaten with a fork.

All in all, a nice lunch. Maybe not for every day though, as the whole thing cost $41 (with a 20% tip, and nothing to drink but waters)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Apps took about 30 min to come out but after that everything was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Love the fried chicken Cobb salad. Shrimp and grits entree was very small and left my husband hungry. Son loved his "buttered noodles". I asked for fruit instead of fries for him and they were very accommodating. I wish they had a better dessert menu.

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foodie
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wow! the brunch box was amazing! All you can eat and everything was delicious. Our server was amazing because we were a big party and she had many tables but we always felt taken care of. The pizzas as always are amazing but the chicken and waffles was outstanding. We definitely will be back!

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twinkert
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We have been to Matchbox in the past and everything was outstanding. This time the pizza was somewhat mediocre and the chicken on my salad was extremely salty. The ambiance was quite nice and the servers were very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All was well on this visit. I wish Matchbox had more quiet sections, but we got a quiet booth and were pleased. Good waiter, good food, good company.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nice manager but, even so, my pizza was not cooked evenly and the waiter was not attentive. Matchbox changed their rewards system after I had completed the purchases required for a reward. It was very difficult to redeem Matchbox gift card; I would not recommend buying any Machbox gift cards for any occasions.

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vipShanghai1999
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Always a good time here - great menu with multi price points, and the ambience, if a bit loud, is nice with high ceilings and interesting brickwork. I’ve not been disappointed here. Service could be a little better but it’s not bad.

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Spider
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a large group (9 total with 3 children (2, 4, 7 years old) and they were able to accommodate us in the back of house where there was a long table rather than one of the enormous U shaped booths at the front. They were very accommodating and helpful. Will go here again.

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DonaldB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Valentine’s Day. Salad was not presented well—boring for $15
Wanted a wedge salad but no longer available.
Short rib was good but had a huge center of fat so 1/4 of the portion was inedible.

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LucyS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service and very tasty food! Shrimp and grits, chicken Cobb salads, burger sliders were all good and gone!

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vipMeganR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The pizza was almost bare. Very few toppings.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The food was the worst I have had there. I have been at this particular location many times throughout the years and I am sad to write that the food has declined to a level that I will not return. There was no salt on many of the dishes, I specifically asked a question to the server about my dish and when it came out it was incorrect ( I said nothing). The calamari were over fried as was the chicken in my salad. Just plain mediocre food for a night that totaled close to $300. We did not skimp on the tip because our server was very nice and all of the people we dealt with approached customer service with pride. I am sad to be so harsh, but with the long list of options this one is out.

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vipPeteKappie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delicious salads and pizza, accompanied by good beer and cocktails.

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Anonymous
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Matchbox offers superb food, great service, and a great atmosphere. When you eat here, you can't go wrong.

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Bucs
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was very good! My wife had the shrimp and grits and I swear it was an appetizer as it was so small. We even had to check with the waiter. Pizza was very good, but was just barely warm when it arrived. Calamari was good, but again a very small portion. Probably would not return.

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vipAudiA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was awful. Never got our pizza order right and the server didn’t seem to care. Will not return to this Matchbox.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great tasting food for a great price!!

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SharonB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party for my 10-year-old twins. Second year in a row! Staff is so wonderful! Thank you!

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vipTrishandMikeS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good, as was everything else. A simple meal. Coffee a bit watery. Waiter attentive. Overall a pleasant experience. 😋

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good catching up with over dinner!!

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vipPhilM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Service was very slow.

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1djraw
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service .

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Lucia
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place to eat before a movie at the Angelika Cinema.....But very noisy....

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DonnaR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and great service! We will definitely return next time we are in town!

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vipshipdriver
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a 7 PM reservation for 5 and were seated promptly at 7. Unfortunately we didn't get our menus for about 15 minutes and weren't served until 7:45. We felt that was a little slow given that it was a Sunday night and the restaurant was only about half full. We would have appreciated closer attention to filling our water glasses. Everyone enjoyed their meal and I was very happy with my Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich. 3 stars, good not great...but what do you expect from Matchbox? Pretty much exactly that.

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CarolineInTheCity
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Our friends picked Matchbox for our couples’ dinner. We hadn’t been there for a few years, so we thought, « Why not? » It also turned out to be Restaurant Week, which made the prospect of dinner at Matchbox even better. Making a reservation through OpenTable proved to be a great move; when we arrived, the hostess said the staff were cleaning off our table. It still took a while to get seated, even though the text messages we were receiving seemed to indicate otherwise. And then there was the food... Three of us opted for the fixed prix dinner, each getting a different set, while our other friend went for pizza. The pizza looked the best out of all of our meals, which were mediocre tasting at best. Since we’ve had better meals at Matchbox, we hope this was a one-off. But we won’t be back anytime soon to find out.

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vipBelmontParent
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Hostess stand at this place is

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NicoleM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! My friends and I had an awesome time celebrating my bday!

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vipJohnB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timers - we were quite impressed. An awesome evening. Our waiter, Andre was spectacular- extremely personable and attentive with great menu suggestions. The food was superb, highest praise to the chefs! Fun environs. Highly recommend - we’ll be back soon!

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vipHarns
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Mid afternoon lunch so not overly crowded

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Sharon
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Drinks and food order was taken quickly. The server was friendly. Food took awhile to come out, but was good. No one checked on us to see if everything tasted ok. Had to grab someone passing by to get our check.

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JaneB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Very disappointing experience. Ordered from the Restaurant Week menu - three courses. Second course (entree) arrived before the first course (salad) and third course (dessert) arrived before second course was finished. Restaurant was not even busy. Portions were very small - not a good value for $35 -- and the short rib rigatoni was mostly rigatoni and not much short rib. Dessert was a brownie the size of Triscuit. Not the first time I've had issues here. After three bad experiences, I won't be going back. Also, sent an email to them describing bad experience and received no reply.

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Ritu
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Beyond Burger was the best! Wish they have more vegetarian options in their menu.

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KristineL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Mostly good although our waitress left in the middle of our service and our new one was fabulous but the transition wasn’t very smooth

FAQs

Matchbox - Merrifield does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Matchbox - Merrifield also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 395-4869.

Matchbox - Merrifield is rated 4.3 stars by 1201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.