Matchbox - Merrifield
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.
Shrimp + Grits
cheddar grits, andouille sausage, white wine butter sauce
romaine, grana padano, garlic butter, croutons
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.
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.
Food is excellent. We got there at 1130 so it’s quiet. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s the area.
Great food, okay service.
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.
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)
Apps took about 30 min to come out but after that everything was great
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had great service and very tasty food! Shrimp and grits, chicken Cobb salads, burger sliders were all good and gone!
The pizza was almost bare. Very few toppings.
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.
We had the most delicious salads and pizza, accompanied by good beer and cocktails.
The Matchbox offers superb food, great service, and a great atmosphere. When you eat here, you can't go wrong.
Service was very good! My wife had the shrimp and grits and I swear it was an appetizer as it was so small. We even had to check with the waiter. Pizza was very good, but was just barely warm when it arrived. Calamari was good, but again a very small portion. Probably would not return.
Service was awful. Never got our pizza order right and the server didn’t seem to care. Will not return to this Matchbox.
Great tasting food for a great price!!
Birthday party for my 10-year-old twins. Second year in a row! Staff is so wonderful! Thank you!
Food was good, as was everything else. A simple meal. Coffee a bit watery. Waiter attentive. Overall a pleasant experience. 😋
It was good catching up with over dinner!!
Food was great. Service was very slow.
Always great food and service .
Good place to eat before a movie at the Angelika Cinema.....But very noisy....
Great food, great atmosphere and great service! We will definitely return next time we are in town!
We had a 7 PM reservation for 5 and were seated promptly at 7. Unfortunately we didn't get our menus for about 15 minutes and weren't served until 7:45. We felt that was a little slow given that it was a Sunday night and the restaurant was only about half full. We would have appreciated closer attention to filling our water glasses. Everyone enjoyed their meal and I was very happy with my Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich. 3 stars, good not great...but what do you expect from Matchbox? Pretty much exactly that.
Our friends picked Matchbox for our couples’ dinner. We hadn’t been there for a few years, so we thought, « Why not? » It also turned out to be Restaurant Week, which made the prospect of dinner at Matchbox even better. Making a reservation through OpenTable proved to be a great move; when we arrived, the hostess said the staff were cleaning off our table. It still took a while to get seated, even though the text messages we were receiving seemed to indicate otherwise. And then there was the food... Three of us opted for the fixed prix dinner, each getting a different set, while our other friend went for pizza. The pizza looked the best out of all of our meals, which were mediocre tasting at best. Since we’ve had better meals at Matchbox, we hope this was a one-off. But we won’t be back anytime soon to find out.
Hostess stand at this place is
Great food and drinks! My friends and I had an awesome time celebrating my bday!
First timers - we were quite impressed. An awesome evening. Our waiter, Andre was spectacular- extremely personable and attentive with great menu suggestions. The food was superb, highest praise to the chefs! Fun environs. Highly recommend - we’ll be back soon!
Mid afternoon lunch so not overly crowded
Drinks and food order was taken quickly. The server was friendly. Food took awhile to come out, but was good. No one checked on us to see if everything tasted ok. Had to grab someone passing by to get our check.
Service was terrible. Very disappointing experience. Ordered from the Restaurant Week menu - three courses. Second course (entree) arrived before the first course (salad) and third course (dessert) arrived before second course was finished. Restaurant was not even busy. Portions were very small - not a good value for $35 -- and the short rib rigatoni was mostly rigatoni and not much short rib. Dessert was a brownie the size of Triscuit. Not the first time I've had issues here. After three bad experiences, I won't be going back. Also, sent an email to them describing bad experience and received no reply.
Beyond Burger was the best! Wish they have more vegetarian options in their menu.
Mostly good although our waitress left in the middle of our service and our new one was fabulous but the transition wasn’t very smooth
Matchbox - Merrifield does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Matchbox - Merrifield also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 395-4869.
Matchbox - Merrifield is rated 4.4 stars by 1201 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.