Matchbox - Short Pump

4.2
195 reviews
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Bubbling, thin crust pizzas, mini burgers, crisp salads, and craft cocktails...four great reasons to visit matchbox today. We’re the 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.

New at matchbox: brunchbox, our new unlimited brunch with small plates and drinks. Think: an endless selection of dishes like our avocado toast, breakfast nachos, chicken + grits and, of course, any of our small pizzas.

The jewel of Short Pump Town Center, our two-story, light-filled refuge offers fuel for shopping, with an indoor/outdoor bar that brings the warm weather in.

Two soaring levels mean there’s plenty of space for intimate dinners, large parties and get-togethers. Every seat in the house has a unique experience, but everyone is treated to outdoor, panoramic views of the lake and bustling streets of Short Pump.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

They changed their brunch options, so if you want brunch food you have to do the unlimited brunch. You have to choose if you want only brunch or only lunch food and can’t mix across the two sides.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a family dinner

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RP
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch at Matchbox. Have been to a few locations in northern VA / DC area but first time to the RVA location. Great atmosphere. Excellent service (thanks, Tyler). Food was great. Great pizzas! Will be back for sure.

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AT
Seattle
55 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service, friendly staff, good portion size for the price of the meal. The efforts by the service staff member to ensure we had a pleasant dining experience were greatly appreciated.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good but food could’ve be warmer and service was good but not great

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DN
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice atmosphere, staff was nice, thinking of having my bday dinner here

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MB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the country. We first ate at a Matchbox in D.C. over a year ago and the experience was so memorable. Fast forward to this past weekend and we were os pleasantly surprised to find one on a weekend away to Richmond. There were SO many choices around the hotel but after we spotted Matxhbox we knew there was only one choice. Our server the first evening was exceptional... so much so that we decided to ask (beg) the Manager to help us accommodate our soccer team (40 people, kids and adults) the following evening. Unanimously voted a success by our group. Great servers, & management. This place is a MUST TRY!

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DT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Will go again!!

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KR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice choices, reasonable prices, good service. Dependable for a lunch or dinner with friends or family.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was amazing and attentive.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wish they had a lunch menu. $ for lunch.

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NC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried Matchbox because we saw they had wood fired pizza. The pizza was good. My husband had the ribs and he said they were delicious. The corn bread was out of this world and the arancini were also delicious. Definitely will be going back!

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B
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Very fresh tasting.

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c
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had a great time with friends. While our server was very good, I was surprise was that she never mentioned Happy Hour and we arrived at 5:30. I like that the restaurant serves Happy Hour drinks and food at tables, not just at the bar, but I think both menus should be offered when seated.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great but service really lacked. Our waitress was not very observant to the table and we had to ask several times for refills on waters. I ordered a Southern Charm drink and it was more Jim Beam watered down but none of the other flavors were present in the drink. I think we would come back in the future when I am in town again but just hope to have better service.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for quick dinner before a 7:00 movie on a Friday night. We arrived at 5:30 and had the choice of many different sizes of tables. We were only 5 people but they have 3 round type booths that can each fit a dozen people. Going to remember that for larger gatherings! The wait staff were all delightfully attentive, just enough chatting and checking -perfect. The cocktails were made well and they didn’t skimp on the booze. The fig and Prosciutto pizza is amazing! Calamari was tender on the inside crunchy light batter on the outside. We were out with plenty of time to get to our movie. The place was packed and loud on our way out. We will be back for sure!

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LW
Richmond
273 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed dining here with a good friend. Happy hour specials are a deal if you go between 4-7 weekdays. Must ask for happy hour menu, not told about unless u ask. Prices are much cheaper. Good quality food and drinks. Highly recommend 😊

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Made it for happy hour. Great deals.

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DM
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was very nice

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GC
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was okay . Nothing great, nothing poor.
Service was fine although my 85 year old mother got her meal last,5
Minutes after everyone else.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

New Year Brunch

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is very expensive for what you get.

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c
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Matchbox is hit or miss sometimes. Generally everyone is nice. Our sliders where overcooked as the option is pink or no-pink. We selected pink and got ones that I think were past well done. It wasn’t super busy which sometimes effects service in my opinion as our server was nice but wasn’t super attentive to our table as there wasn’t much going on in her section. The food is generally good and we will be back again however we just don’t go as often because of the inconsistency of service and food.

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SK
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great start to a Christmas light tour night. Happy Hour we a great start to a very nice dinner Service was great.

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D
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 1

I've eaten at Matchbox several times and thought it was very good, but based on my dinner experience two nights ago I doubt that I will be back. My date's salmon was overcooked and my shrimp and grits was very soupy. But worst of all was the noise. They had a singer performing who had his amp and microphone turned up so loud that he drowned out all possibility of conversation. We asked if he could be a little quieter and the manager came to our table to say she had spoken to him about it. But the volume level never changed. I don't understand why some restaurants think it's a good idea to provide live music. If you want music, go to a club. When you are in a restaurant you want conversation.

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TC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Service was fine. Food was not. One pizza was undercooked and the other was burned (crust and pepperoni were black). It was my daughters birthday, so I didn’t complain, but I think the waitress was surprised that I didn’t. She looked apologetic when she put the pizzas on the table. Frankly, she should have taken them back to the kitchen. Dessert was fine, but no candle or anything to make my daughter feel special. (I had requested a candle and was told they didn’t have any, not even a happy birthday).

Won’t go back.

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OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great venue upstairs for a large group dinner. Our waitress was wonderful! And quick delivery of foods.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Shrimp and Grits. The appetizer size was a good size for an entree. My husband had a BBQ bacon burger, and he said it was terrific. Great beer and wine selection. We'll definitely be back.

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PC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun evening, loved the music! Food, service and atmosphere was enjoyable. Appreciated being able to order from happy hour menu without sitting in the bar. More places need to be able to do that. Will go again.

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MH
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This visit was our first, and we can’t wait to come back. We’ve been to many of the restaurants close by a lot so it was nice to try something different. The food and the service were great. Both the salmon salad and the chicken pesto pizza were delish.

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OT
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Matchbox their pizza is awesome! Everything we get there is very good.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Happy Hour and the appitizers especially the spinach and artichoke dip with the bread.

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s
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! The wedge salad was great and my friend’s burger sliders were terrific, especially with all the divine onion straws!
Can’t wait to go back!

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JN
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easy to schedule - this was the second of consecutive "day after Thanksgiving" family lunches last year and this - 13 of our family enjoyed our 2 hour stay -- the brunch menu and regular lunch were both available this year -- the brunch menu is extensive and, all you can eat, but initially struck me as too pricy - overall quality was good and enjoyed by our family

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c
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and good food! Give it a try, something for everyone on the menu.

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G
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very expensive for the size and quantity of food.

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JH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was very good and ambiance was also nice. The food was just ok, I had the crab cake sandwich and it left a lot to be desired. There are a lot of restaurants so while there was nothing “wrong” or particularly negative about my experience I’ll probably go somewhere else in the future.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

1 Star

Had a very unfortunate experience here which makes me question current management, who made no effort to correct the situation.

When making reservations in advance you should be able to assume that these tables will be indoors when the tables are wet, the reservation time is after dark, and the outdoor temp is 60 or below.

I recommend you avoid.

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Food came out at different times and some of it was cold. Coffee was also cold. Ambiance is nice. Menu had slot of options.

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JM
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Points off for service as our child want given silverware and a napkin despite requests. Also all 3 of us had very sweaty beverages and only given one cocktail napkin after asking for paper napkins.

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