Matchbox - Silver Spring

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$30 and under
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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 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.

Try 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
For parties of eight or more, please contact the restaurant directly for availability.
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TM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff, great location! Can’t think how they could improve. So glad they moved in to the neighborhood

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was a good experience

JL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I love Matchbox but have continued to have poor experiences at the Silver Spring location. I typically go back for the food and hope that the service will be better, but last night not even the food was good. We got ribs and the half chicken. Typically my boyfriend loves the ribs, but last night he thought they were less flavorful and poor quality. The half chicken was unseasoned and the mashed potatoes were bland and over whipped. I don’t see going back to this location again, which sucks because it’s across from the movie theater we frequent.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tonic water versus club soda??? Ordered tonic water twice got club soda. Let it go!!

Appetizers were a long wait. Kitchen tanked!! It was the end of HH so folks were perhaps pushing in last minute orders. Got it. However they did not wait for us to finish before they bring out and put down the entrees. Table was crowded.

Server was lovely attentive and always apologized.

JO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Yes, but, I found the music too loud and the server kept interrupting our conversation which was annoying. He checked on us way too many times!

AB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food for brunch was great—lots of tapas type choices, and server was lovely!

L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Daniel provided excellent service, engaging with kids. He gave them dough to play with and then baked it. Food was great. Fries were plentiful. I asked for light on salt and food was perfect. My only complaint is that temperature was warm inside — more A/C!

M
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Went for my husband’s birthday. The service was abysmal (which hints very strongly at poor management), our food wasn’t fired on time between courses, sliders were dry, my food order was wrong and was so garlicky I couldn’t finish it and found myself only eating it to be polite, we had to ask for napkins and silverware 5 minutes into having receiving our appetizers when tables around us were pre-set with them, my husband’s second drink order took 15 minutes for a glass of wine, and when it finally arrived it was the wrong wine. Needless to say we didn’t bother trying to correct the mistake fearing it would take another 15 to receive the correct order. AND no mention from staff about my husband’s birthday at all. We will not be returning. What a waste of a restaurant taking up a great real estate spot in Silver Spring. We couldn’t wait to pay our tab and get out of there.

MT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Marta,was EXCELLENT! She was very attentive to our needs. Excellent customer service. We will be back.

L
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Kyle was a great server. Food was good though a little salty. My only gripe is that we had a reservation and still had to wait 20 minutes.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place- especially for brunch...and Isiah is everything! He takes care of us even when we’re not assigned to him. Will be back.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really enjoyed our dinner here. We came for a small family party. Drinks were great. Food came out pretty quickly. Good variety on the menu. Pizza was awesome

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience, the great service and ambiance. The food was awesome and the unlimited brunch was great value for the money! Only $28 and the mimosa was also tasty. I’ll definitely do this brunch again, and try new dishes!

I
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall a great experience!

AE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They have an unlimited brunch option, which is fantastic - if you do this, there are three breakfast cocktails that are $3/each. I wish they also did unlimited bloodys/mimosas. Lots of good options on the brunch menu.

JS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good, but the service was nonexistent. We got there right when it opened, with only a few customers there, and waited 15 minutes to see a waiter and 25 minutes to get drinks. I never received one of the food items I ordered, asked the waiter again 15 or so minutes after receiving my other selections, and still didn’t receive it. Only after asking the manager when he came to check on our table, did I finally receive the item I had ordered initially, probably 45 minutes after ordering. We had to ask twice for an item my wife had ordered too. The brunch was overpriced given that it was difficult to actually get the items we ordered. It would be nice to have more food selections for the brunch as well. Literally half the menu is taken up with expensive specialty drinks, so it looks like a large menu but really is not. Beware that the pizzas on the brunch menu are huge (albeit delicious), so you’ll be hard pressed to eat more than a couple other selections along with a pizza, so it’s hard to get your $28 worth if you order a pizza. I’d rather have the pizza be smaller to allow trying more items and making it a better value.

AJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time out, good clean and tasty food, attentive service.

N
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The spinach artichoke appetizer was not distinctive at all. I would take it off the menu. It was just fine, not exceptional, and the portion of dip wasn’t enough for all the chips — wasn’t enough period for the price

The scallops dish had great flavor but the scallops were too small for the $30+ price tag, and they were a bit over cooked. $24 price point would be better IMO

Meatball pizza and kids meals were great, and loved getting dough for the kids to play with. Waiter was great.

LP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday bunch is worth the money

B
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed a pallet jack to get us out of there. The food was delicious.

MD
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed happy hour drinks, appetizers and prices; our wait staff Carla was fantastic. Quick, efficient and pleasant service.

DR
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waiter was awesome! We received a free appetizer for being time customers. Thanks for the fried risotto balls.

AB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Matchbox's food is always delish!! The half chicken dish is my favorite. Tuna Tare tare yummy!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food (sliders, calamari, pizza) arrived cold. Didn’t eat most of it.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

it was an amazing experience, my first time at this location for Matchbox. Silver Spring easily became my favorite location with shops close by and adequate parking.

Our waiter, Demetrius was very attentive to the party of 5 who all had a million questions.

TB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Crispy Chicken Sandwich with Devil Egg and Shredded Cabbage was Outstanding. Lemon Cake dessert was a pleasant treat.

C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

There was a mouse running around!!! Totally unacceptable. Children were sitting on the floor and a mouse was running around

JG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

I've eaten at various matchbox locations multiple times and normally enjoy the pizza but the pizza on Saturday night was not good. I had the spicy meatball pizza which I normally love. The meatballs had no flavor or spice and were rubbery - didn't even seem like meat - and even when I removed the meatballs from the pizza the rest of the pizza just did not taste good. It was very disappointing.

D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, and good ambiance. Can't beat their brunch.

OT
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On a Saturday afternoon, we could choose between a lunch or a brunch menu, unusual but delightful! Food was great, service attentive, and we will be back!

K
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great. No issues. The food was delicious and served hot. Great service. Friendly staff.

S
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Matchbox and the Silver Spring location is no exception

LS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was very disappointing, not what I was expecting because I've been to the Matchbox on Rockville Pike. I had a glass of the mixed grape Happy Hour red wine special, which was too sweet. Ordered fig/prosciutto/blue cheese pizza, which was so salty it was almost inedible. Surprising, because pizza is the Matchbox 'specialty' -- oven baked, etc.-- but it was simply blah, cooked too-salty dough. I would not return.

IM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

This is my second time to eat at this location. The food was great, the service was terrible this time. Slow service, didn’t get my order correct, it took over 20 minutes to receive my incorrect order.

C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This was my second time here for brunch and the service was horrid. They sent the Manager over and he didn’t do anything either. They also don’t have a standard recipe for the peach bellini’s as every time it was ordered it tasted different. They should also inform you there is pulp in the mimosa.

I basically will not be going back to this location any longer. I cannot take bad service and a waiter who just doesn’t listen.

MP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Matchbox for a late lunch Saturday and had a great time! The food is great and the open air vibes were perfect for a trendy but casual spot. We ended up ordering several pizzas and splitting them, as well as the spinach dip to start. All the food was delicious and perfect serving sizes. Our waitress was attention and very sweet. We will absolutely dine here again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service and great food! Our servers were very attentive and respectful. We will definitely be returning!

DD
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

GC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Celebrating a birthday! The only complaint was that the air conditioning could have been better

LA
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took our older teenage kids to dinner before a movie. We were all excited about Matchbox coming to downtown Silver Spring. Not sure why folks were complaining about service in other reviews— our service was excellent as was the food. I had rigatoni with short ribs and they accommodated my lactose allergy by switching out the sauce. Others had pizza and salmon and it was all delicious. We will be back!