About Matchbox - Merrifield

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. Watch the action at the pizza bar, as cozy brick ovens fire up thin-crust pizzas in minutes, or be the center of attention in “the box” that seats six.

The private Barrel Room, named for its vaulted ceiling that resembles barrel rings, easily accommodates 50 hungry guests and comes with plush booths, a wood-burning fireplace and private wine coolers to store your favorite vintages.

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (39)
Fun (26)
Great for Lunch (24)
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Good for a Date (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Quick Bite (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Kid-friendly (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Great Beer (8)
Live Sports (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
People Watching (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Authentic (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Horrible. From hostess to server to quality of food to overall experience. We were seated over 30 min after our reservation time and it was clearly due to a hostess blunder and boy did she have attitude. Salads were way overdressed, pizza was tasteless and one pizza was severely delayed due to a “quality” issue. No manager visited us to ask us about or apologize for the bad experience after it was made clear to the server that it was far from off to a good start. Will not return to this Matchbox, or any others for that matter.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Dined here as part of a group of five adults celebrating a birthday. First time at this restaurant. Waiter was nice, but not particularly good (couple of times brought only half the food and took too long to bring the other half). Food was okay, nothing to write home about. Overall, not very impressed and unlikely to visit this restaurant again in any location.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I loved this restaurant. Perfect for dates or any special occasion. It is also great for regular get togethers with friends or family. Tasty food for an affordable price.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines date night with the hubby!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We came out of the movie theater next door, so ready for a yummy brunch. The place was very busy, clearly a popular choice amongst quite a few dining options close by. Started with a blackberry bellini. Delicious and a generous pour. Hubby had the “walk of shame” breakfast burrito which he really enjoyed. I had the cinnamon roll french toast, It tastes like it sounds, tasty but me too dense and heavy. Should have thought about that, I’m a brioche french toast gal. Service was prompt and friendly. We were seated next to a lively group that kept standing up, coming and going , and we could barely hear each other. But we have enjoyed eating here other times, many great options on the menu, attractive decor.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I wanted to try this place for awhile.
Luckily my son was going to a sleepover at a friends so- I booked on Opentable 2 days ahead- if try to book anything last minute for get it.

Walk in- hostess stated 10 mins to be seated- it was a full house.
Our server was very nice and helpful with the menu.
Apps- D ordered the simple salad yum but would loved some veggies but overall yum and myself Crab soup with Sherry- I could only finish half.
Entrees- We had shared a herb roasted chicken & margherita pizza- excellent & clean— but I would love have options for your sauce?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were there because our daughter was celebrating her birthday with a large group of teenagers. My husband and I were seated separately in another area of the restaurant. Both servers were excellent and everyone enjoyed the food. For our purposes noise wasn’t a factor but would be if we had come for a quiet dinner or with our friends hoping to talk.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Not impressed...with service or food. Alta Strada has them beat by a lot!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Enjoyed seating in the much quieter back dining room. Lovely fireplace and great atmosphere. Great service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Matchbox continues to be my favorite pizza restaurant in DC. It features wonderful pizza, especially the pepperoni. The burgers were a bit overdone. Service was terrific.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was prepared well but main course arrived within two minutes of the appetizer so it was warm-to-cold by the time we were ready for it. Poor timing by kitchen.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Bit noisy, with advance reservation we had to wait for 15 min in a cold and crowded entryway, then seated in a hallway leading to the back (kitchen?) and restrooms. Still, our waiter tried to make us comfortable and the food was good!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Customer service was great. I really liked the atmosphere as well. Pizza was delicious!!

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Lovely and attentive staff from beginning to end.
Very enthusiastic, cheerful and truly wanting to make our experience be positive and memorable.
Would like to see a few lighter, healthier gluten/free options in the future.
Thank you!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A great meal , everyone loved the food . My boys are extremely picky eaters and they are all of their food ( cheese pizza, pasta with cheese sauce, chicken tenders) , we had the rice balls which were amazing and a ricotta pizza with olives banana peppers and arugula . It was so good .

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Too loud and tables are too close together. Food is decent but over priced. Seems to be the spot for families in Mosaic. Lots of young children at tables around us. Bouncing on booth seats and bumping into everything because the tables are packed in too tight. Not really the relaxing Friday evening meal I was hoping for...

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

You cannot beat the apple pear salad, table bread. Wait staff are competent and lovely.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food and service. 35 minute wait despite reservation. Would be nice if seating was closer to reservation time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Got a 32 dollar steak and fries that was over cooked, it was ok but I have had better and paid less. They have just changed their menu and lacked some of the cooler beer selection that I was looking forward to. Not that impressed with the menu change, but our server was fantastic and the wine he suggested was good. Not bad but not overly impressed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We've eaten a number of times at Matchbox and as long as you don't need anything extra from your servers, it's fine. The food is always tasty, but I need some pepper and little salt for my salad and couldn't get my server to come back to us after we received our meal, in fact he didn't finish the service with us, another young woman came and cleaned up and presented our check to us. So the servers are good upon the first 5 minutes, but really fail and fade after the initial drink order and that has been the case for a few meals now, unfortunately. I'll still go and I do still enjoy the food, but might not tip quite so readily anymore.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent service great ambience and delicious food

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

On January 18, Matchbox specifically sent an email ( through Open Table) promoting Restaurant Week. When we arrived to Matchbox on January 26, our server informed us they had a new menu so the Restaurant Week promotion was not applicable.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Liz was attentive and friendly. We Enjoyed the meal

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Glad we made a reservation as it was packed. Our server was excellent! We explained that we were trying to catch a movie in 1hour & our food was expedited and the timing was perfect. Everything was fresh & delicious. We will definitely be back to dine there.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful experience! Great food, beautiful atmosphere
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was quick and responsive. The bellinis (black cherry and peach) were very tasty. Usually restaurants don't put enough alcohol - but this was the perfect mixture. The breakfast burrito had a lot of flavor! Wasn't bland at all. The restaurant is really well decorated. Love the wood.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great beer selection.Excellent pizza, if you like thin crust.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We visit this location a few times a year. It was packed so I'm glad we had reservations. The server mentioned that the menu had changed. I tried the ribs. The flavor was good, but they weren't very meaty and were a bit dry and tough. The coleslaw was very good, but the huge chunk of cornbread that came with it was the by far the best cornbread I ever had. I had to ask the server for wet wipes (because ribs are messy) and she brought me a full sized napkin in a hot bowl of water with a lemon. It would be easier and less cumbersome if the server could just leave a few wet wipes when the ribs are served.

We were seated in one of the booths right by the entrance to the kitchen. If you're concerned about noise and a lot of activity around you then you might want to request a table in another section. We'll be back. Please don't ever take that cornbread off the menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Sad to see the mini trio starter removed from the menu, team favorite. Great food, great experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (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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