Matchbox - Merrifield

4.5
1222 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was ok. Not the best dining experience, someone had an emergency and that delayed our service. Food was ok, not remarkable. I ordered the steak and potatoes, too much seasoning. Wife ordered Surf and Turf. I think the best thing on your menu now is the Pizza. Son loved that. Drinks too sweet.

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Lakesaan
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was good, if a little pricey for the casual setting. Service was friendly, though each delivery was brought to the wrong person/table. Would definitely go there again.

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SueS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Mother's Day brunch and chose a table outdoors. It was a little chilly, but there are patio heaters next to each table, so we were plenty warm. Service was great. We tried the brunch chicken and waffles, which was good. Also had a margareta pizza and the sliders with onion straws which we have had before and always a favorite. Overall fun atomosphere, good food, and it was a nice surprise that it wasn't over crowded on Mother's day.

JB
vipJenniferB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We normally love Matchbox pizza but the last two times things have been really off. Service hasn’t been great. They’ve gotten our order wrong the last two times, sodas came out and there was no syrup in them so they weren’t sweet and we had to send those back. Our appetizers were not correct and we ordered a pizza half basil/half pepperoni and got the whole pizza with basil and pepperoni all over it. Last time they even brought out our salads after we were done with our pizza. I would also say the crust seems different than it used to be. It used to be crispy and now it’s more bready....we’ll give it another try but it’s definitely not the same as it used to be.

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LILH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good pizza!! I would recommend to people that have a decent size party. There is a back room that is very nice!

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UDab
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is my second time at this location within a month. I LOVE the Matchbox franchise however, the Merrifield location has decline a bit. After making reservations for a specific time there was still a 15-30 minute wait. I was not the only party that experience this. I hope that they can fix whatever staffing issues they have. Merrifield is a great location and I would love to continue to come to this location.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liz was our server and was attentive and has a great personality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was great, but the service was lacking (slow) every step of the way. We felt like we waited more than we ate. Our table was not ready when we arrived, and we had reserved regular seating but were given high top seating near the end of the bar. The food order was correct but 2 courses didn’t arrive with utensils, and my steak was getting cold by the time a steak knife was brought to the table. I had to grab utensils from the hostess stand in order to eat dessert. Everything tasted delicious, but the lack of recognition of the repeated delays was difficult to swallow. Not sure we’ll return on a weekend night again. We’d previously only visited on weeknights or Sunday brunch and had wholly positive experiences.

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adriennej
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our lunch at the Merrifield location. The brick oven pizza was perfectly cooked, along with the chicken fettuccine Alfredo and old bay wings. The strawberry lemonade was perfectly sweet and tart. Will definitely go again!

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SteveC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience! Incredible service and food.

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GingerW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since the pandemic. I had the kale and blackened chicken salad which was delicious and the portion very generous. I brought half if it home and enjoyed it as much for lunch the next day. Our waiter was great and very attentive. Unfortunately I don't remember his name but he had black curly hair! Will definitely be going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service for Saturday brunch. First time at Matchbox but I’ll be back soon!

JB
vipJohnB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all-around! Our server, Nicole, gave us excellent service!

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vipeatingout
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the 1/2 chicken and my husband had the breakfast ultimate. Great taste!

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vipBrent
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was not as good as normal. Crab and avocado omelette had fishy smelling crab meat and little avocado.

Crispy chicken sandwich did not come out Nashville hot as requested.

I still like this spot but it was not as good as it typically is.

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KiaraC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour deals, which is why we scheduled for 6pm, but they changed their HH time from 3-7pm so it was slightly disappointing that we didn’t know until we were there. So if you go outside of those hours it can be a little pricey.

Other than that, we love going there because the food is delicious (especially their pizza) and plenty of TVs near the bar area for our favorite sporting events.

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vipCara
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Matchbox. This visit was no exception - a great lunch (chicken sandwich nashville hot and cobb salad with beers) was no exception. Great food, outstanding service

I just wish the chickpea fries would make a return!! Miss them so much.

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DerekDC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I've been here a number of times over the years. I don't recall service being so "cold" as it was this time. Devoid of personality, smiles, attentiveness. I presume management is not providing guidance/training in that regard. The food was salty but good. I will still visit once in awhile.

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vipGwenF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding and most of the food was delicious except my friend’s main course of the chicken sandwich was very disappointing. Otherwise enjoyed it as usually do!

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markb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around a great place to catch up with friends over lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Outdoor dining service was a nightmare. Had 3 different waiters but none of them were attentive. This location doesn’t have happy hour either.

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vipjmp537
Washington DC
92 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
112 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
16 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
22 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.

DB
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!

MR
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.

PK
vipPeteKappie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FAQs

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

Matchbox - Merrifield is rated 4.5 stars by 1222 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.