About Matchbox - Rockville

For a modern twist on American fare, look no further than the warm and modern eatery known as Matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit. Starter options include shrimp and grits with cheddar cheese and andouille-spiced butter sauce, and the crab and avocado appetizer, both of which may be too good to share. Unique entrees include the braised short ribs with smashed yukon potatoes and corn bread, as well as wood-fired grinders baked inside pizza dough. You also can't go wrong with our 8oz Certified Angus Beef bistro burger topped with our famous onion straws or our wood-fired pizzas that will leave you looking forward to your next visit. Signature cocktails such as the jalapeño-cucumber margarita and the matchbox mule are refreshing and well-crafted.



Join us for Matchbox brunch, Saturday + Sunday from 10am-3pm.



Enjoy Happy Hour, Monday-Friday from 3-7pm. #MBHappyHour offers include specials on beers, wines, cocktails and tasty bites.


1699 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Friday: 11:00am - 11:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 816-0369

Website:
http://www.matchboxrockville.com/

Parking Details:
Ample parking in adjacent lot

Public Transit:
Located across the street from the Twinbrook Metro (red line)

Executive Chef:
Al Nappo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Matchbox was designed to offer a number of different choices in planning your event. Toast your guests with a delicious infused martini or spread out in our spacious and inviting dining room.

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Matchbox - Rockville Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (30)
Good for Groups (26)
Great for Lunch (26)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Good for a Date (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Kid-friendly (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Business Meals (12)
Fun (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Quick Bite (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Cozy (4)
Great Beer (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Romantic (4)
Authentic (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2011

Went for a birthday dinner. This place is very popular, book early and don't bother walking in on Friday or Saturday. The ambiance is very nice but not refined, a relaxed feel. Service was very attentive and our waitress was super friendly and made the evening enjoyable. The food is out of this world, they have quite possibly one of the most well-conceived burgers I've ever had, and I know burgers. They do have french fries-not on the menu? -which I ordered on a friend's suggestion, but they were nothing to write home about. They have some creative daily specials and appetizers, but the sliders were small for the price if you don't like onion straws. The drinks were tasty and well balanced, and the Trio dessert was amazing! Family-friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2011

never had a bad experience here!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2011

A client and I enjoyed wonderful salads in a corner booth where we could hold a business converation while dining. The portions were between "more than adequate" and "extravagant" considering the quality of the salads (Apple Pear and Tuna. The presentation of each dish was superb more in keeping with a fine 5 star restaurant.

We did not experience the bar area or outside dining but the restaurant was full. Still, we were given prompt attention and taken to our booth quickly and efficiently. (Reservations are very important here!)

The service was impeccable. No thoughtless interruptions or questions by wait staff which happens in so many restaurants today. A definite "return many times" for me.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Excellent in all aspects BUT no elevator for those with walking handicapps. Very disappointed. Next thought to ask. But really loved the upstairs dining area for our private party of 11.

Thank you.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2011

Great place to take clients for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2011

Our pizza was not very good ! It was cold and dry.Our onion rings were wonderful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2011

I love the wood burning pizza and chicken sandwich.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2011

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary over lunch (outside). However, after I mentioned that it was our anniversary to the hostess, nothing was said to us at our table. We did not receive a complimentary dessert/appetizer for example. This was disappointing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2011

Service was not up to normal, actually bad.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2011

Becca, my waitress, was great! The food was wonderful as always :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2011

The pizza and salad was great, also had the donuts and creme which were equally yummy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2011

Wonderful. Both staff and food were excellent!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2011

Than goodness for reservations. Place was packed. Tried a little of everything. Good food. Although the beat music they played in the background became annoying..

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2011

Dissapointing for foodies. Do not accept seating in the extremely loud inside bar on Friday night. (We were told that if we rejected the table there would be a wait. Our reservation for 2 was at 8pm. ). We did not get adequate attention from servers because we could not be seen or heard through the crowded, noisy bar. No offer of condiments for sliders until 1/3 of the way through the appetizer. Sliders and brioche werena bit dry. No offer of water refills with a spicy pizza entree. We rushed to get out quickly because we could not hear ourselves speak.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2011

Excellent pizzas,soups, and salads. The crab pizza was great for their oyster recovery efforts.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2011

I have been hearing about Matchbox from my friend who works in DC and then from my many friends who had already been to the new Rockville location. It was everything I had heard. The food was very good, service good, atmosphere pleasant. A tad pricey for soup and a salad, so don't think I'll be a "regular" but I enjoyed it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2011

the pest pizza I've had in a long time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 5, 2011

Having made a reservation via Open Table, we were seated immediately, bypassing dozens of customers on a wait list. Our server may have been fairly new -- while he had a good grasp of specials, he forgot to put in one of our entree orders, and was a little slow about keeping drinks refilled. By way of apology, we enjoyed a complimentary dessert. We tried some of the "bistro" entrees and they were good, but it seems that Matchbox is definitely more of a casual pizza & sliders kind of place. I'd return there, for pizza or other fun food, but probably will spend my "nice dinner" dollars elsewhere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2011

They rock. Love this restaurant. Consistent and excellent

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2011

Enjoy certain items, but the Salads are AWFUL SKIMPY in comparison to Cheesecake Factory and quite expensive.This time the Pizza was very HARD as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2011

I love this place! Everything from the pizza to the burgers are awesome. I absolutely love going there for dates. They have an outdoor area which is great in the summer/warmer months. Good beer menu. Overall, great food, great ambiance and great price!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2011

One of the busiest and most popular places in town, we would probably never get in without Open Table! Truly some of the best pizza you'll ever have. Add meatballs to the Fire & Smoke pizza if you like spicy food. It's excellent!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 2, 2011

Shrimp and grits was not on the Brunch menu but was available and very good! Also tried the home fried pototoes which very spicy and very tasty!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2011

Service was very good here,especially considering how big a place it is. I loved the simple salad and the doughnuts were awesome. I definitely recommend getting a reservtion since there was a 45 - 60 minute wait otherwise.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2011

I decided to take a friend to celebrate her birthday at the Matchbox in Rockville. We were both "first timers" at the establishment and had a very positive experience! The ambiance was wonderful, the food was "delish" and the service was great!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2011

Tina was our waitress and she was very knowledgeable and helpful. She knew the menu and could recommend based on our requests. She was very attentive as well.

Drinks were weak at best - but the beer was good!

Expensive for pizza but a pleasant dining experience overall.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2011

This was my first time visiting Matchbox in Rockville, and it was delicious!! A coworker and I decided to go for lunch and had a great time. I can't wait to go back at night to enjoy all of the outside fire pits.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2011

Going early means lots of little kids, most of them uncontrolled. Have never asked for a kid free table area, but will in the future. Certainly not a fine dining experience, but when you want to talk to your family, it's nice to be able to hear what they have to say.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2011

Busy,bustling,energetic place. Showy presentations but the food can disappoint. Service is friendly and prompt.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2011

it will be great if they have lunch menu.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2011

Delicious rockfish with crab on top over veggies. Fresh and light and a healthy portion that made me comfortably full. Will definitely come back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2011

Overall, Matchbox Rockville was good but not awesome, especially given the long period one had to plan ahead to reserve a decent table for Sunday night prime time. The dining room was OK. Three of the 4 walls and the floor were bare. Some additional decorations like tapistries or rugs on the walls would help dampen the sound and give diners something besides wood and bricks to look at. The pizza was very good but not fabulous. The toppings were very fresh and nice but the crust, especially the outer rim, lacked the yeasty, chewy character that I really love. More like eating a flatbread. The sliders, on the other hand, were to die for. Next time -- and there will be a next time -- we'll go for burgers.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2011

As usual, the food was great, but the service was average at best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2011

We've been four times now and I have to say that it's a disappointment. Great menu, but the food is often overloaded with salt and dishes are as good as they sound on paper. It's been excellent once and okay the other times. The worst part, though, is the NOISE. Go with a small group only or you won't be able to hear anyone else at your table. (DO NOT sit at the large round tables for that reason.) Upstairs is a tad better, but overall, it's deafening in there. Especially on a busy weekend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2011

The service was good. We got there 15 minutes before our reservation and we were seated within 5 minutes of our arrival. The service was friendly and expedient. Although the food was very good, I wondered how they could get it to us so quickly and keep it fresh and good. We were not constantly hassled with "how is everything?" questions. I would definitely go back. My kids want to go back as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2011

always great service and good food

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2011

great setting/ambiance. reception desk staff, so far friendly.
waiters , some new, have done their best to please the consumers.
will definitely make this restaurant a place to go to-in rockville.
convenient parking, close to shopping areas.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2011

I met a friend that I had not seen in awhile and it was a perfect spot to meet and catch up. We took awhile to order and there was no pressure from our waiter. I had the hanger steak salad. It was good, but at $12, a bit overpriced in my opinion. I will probably return to try a full meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2011

I made 3 trips to the restaurant. In one visit the rockfish was dry and in the second visit the mini hamburgers were dry. In the third visit the pizza was great. In the future I will only order pizza

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2011

Took my mother there for lunch which was very good. We had the spinach salad , shrimp&grits, and sliders all were very very tasty. However our waiter knocked over all our beverages all over my mother and she absolutely soaked. I had to call the manager over and request a complimentary lunch. Needless to say they lacked customer service!

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