Matchbox - Merrifield

4.3
1324 reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1324 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
Ambience
4.0
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RachaelD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Decided to try this place for the first time for Sunday Brunch; it’s not at all what we expected. The brunch deal of an appetizer and entree for $29/person is fair for the amount of food, but it felt like too much for two people. On top of that, the “bottomless mimosas” is confusing, marked as “+25/person” on the menu, and given other brunch places with similar menus it would suggest 25¢/person; no, it’s $25 a person. They anticipate you getting more than one bottle to make it worth it, but for two people that is ridiculous. Upon looking up the bottle of champagne brought to us, it’s AT MOST $10 for a bottle… over all very displeased. The food was presented well, but wasn’t even brought out warm. Would not recommend nor go here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The food at this location was not like others. The pizza was dry and lukewarm. The cocktails were good.

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KyleT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service by Karla and great food! Highly recommend!

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vipVaylo
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My go to place for a business or personal lunch near my residence. Never disappoints

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vipRhondaC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience. Server was very attentive.

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JudithC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was quite chilly inside considering we are in winter on the East Coast. The heater was blowing cold air instead of heat or warm air. It was uncomfortable dining under this situation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Matchbox is always solid. It is a well-run restaurant chain, and the food and drink are solid. We had some delicious shrimp appetizers. It was great to be out and meet friends.

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JasonK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place. Always good for brunch lunch or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Was given a booth that was near open kitchen. Wait staff seemed to stand around just next to table in kitchen area and talk. Was noisy with just kitchenI but even worse with staff chatting it up among themselves. Pork tenderloin with pasta dish had to be returned - pork was pounded so thin and cooked way too long - was brittle and dry. Dish was terrible. It’s been a long time since I’ve rated at Matchbox. Remembered it being much better. So sorry it’s lost what it had. I will not be eating there again.

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vipChristineC
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was okay. Table of 2 adults and 10 kids next to us had kids running up and down the aisle screaming. So it was very annoying. No discipline from parents or a word from staff.

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PatPatL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Last minute holiday errands

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The food was okay, but the service wasn’t great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience2

Food is overpriced

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MaryT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience3

Busy, noisy, but convenient spot. Unfortunately, the chicken avo sandwich left a lot to be desired, especially at the price. Very good service and will likely return, but try something else.

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RicardoR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Great flavor, well priced. Good service in a very cute area.

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BridgetF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have an allergy and the waitress did such a great job informing the kitchen. The kitchen even cleared everything and made sure to keep my meal separate. Food and price was great.

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vipBeckyC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service by Liz. We will definitely dine again soon! Thank you!

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tahv
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Went for weekend brunch. Most of our meal was very good. Chicken and waffles recommended. Kids pizza was tasty.

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vipLWalter
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Music was much too loud for normal conversation. The waiter and guests shouted to be heard. Restaurant closes earlier than anticipated

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vipBobM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Many uncleared dirty tables after diners left. Service too thin and lacked training, piled silverware on table and forgot salad order.

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TedC
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great location and ambiance. The quality of the food was a tad low for the price.

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vipShane
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

The service was slow, food overcooked and we had miserable time. I have been a fan since they first opened in Chinatown 20 years ago.

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Patricia
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Matchbox offers a varied menu with something good and fresh for all appetites. Service is great and everyone is pleasant ans professional.

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vipjisforJoe
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat in the Mosaic District.

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vipFCROB
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service were great. No complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

18 dollars for a Cobb salad alone is insane. Plus another $7 to add chicken??? No thank you!! Food wasn’t great either. Very poor service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and Food was excellent!

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MarkS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Overpriced. $19 for six wings?? $6 for a lemonade?? Ridiculous. Will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was en pointe!

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Nikki
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

The miso salmon was superb ! However we were shocked when we got the bill showing the tempura shrimp appetizer was $18 !!! YIKES and we ordered two ! Which cost $38.00 . Service was a bit slow but overall we enjoyed our friends birthday celebration!

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MaryF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We’ve been to Matchbox a few times (pre-pandemic); always thought the food was great. Chose it for a rare dinner outing with friends. Soft drink machine was out of order (no carbonated beverages available). Server was *funny* but didn’t know when to stop with the jokes. Food was served lukewarm. Onion straws are nothing to write home about unless that letter is all about menu choice regrets. Food quality has definitely gone downhill since pandemic. While getting ready to leave, observed a dinner knife that had been dropped on the floor and was clearly noticeable in the middle of a walk area (definite “a$$-over-teakettle” fall waiting to happen if someone stepped on it the wrong way). Two different wait staff walked over it and a third stepped directly on it but did not stop to pick it up. Won’t be going back.

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vipElizabeth
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was good, but the service was slower than we hoped. Our appetizer came out and our regular order around the same time resulting in little time between courses.

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JulieT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Nice 80's music playing in background. TV's if interested in sports.

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very noisy due to sitting next to a large loud table. Diminished experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Champagne needs some work. Other than that food was delicious. It was during brunch time and we were seated and and forgotten about. A server came by accidentally just to ask us if we been helped… that was like a good 15-20 mins after we were seated.

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ChrisL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Our waitress, who admitted when we sat down, that today was her, "first day back in two weeks" decided to leave and go home because of a family emergency-right after taking our drink orders-Hey things happen, but management apparently never assigned our table to another server, leaving us waiting with menu's for an hour. The place was busy, so I understand a there's going to be a delay and scramble to fill, but to forget about a table entirely and make us late for our movie and cause the 7 year old with us to have a meltdown because she was starving is a bit much....No manager came over to the table to apologize, even though we asked to see one. We have been to Matchbox several times over the years, to this location and the one downtown and never had a bad time....Restaurants are struggling right now- we will def give them another chance, but be fore-warned, if your server says it's her first day back, and you ask her how it's going and all you get is a shrug in return, order everything RIGHT AWAY......otherwise it's gonna be a while....

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was great

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AmyD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

We loved being outside and felt safe there.
Waitress was asked for Mayo and ketchup but didn’t bring until burger was 75% eaten.
Tuna poke bowl was disappointing because there wasn’t much there and it was expensive. I don’t mind paying for the tuna but give me some more veggies.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and service!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience1

We frequent this Matchbox location often & have never been disappointed, until tonight that is. We ordered the chicken tortilla soup & pork belly lentil soup to start and both soups were room temperature. We didn’t say anything and just let it go. Then our main dishes came out. I got the chicken fettuccine Alfredo which I have had twice before and enjoyed in the past. Tonight the sauce was super watery and had zero taste. This time I let the waiter know and he took it back and I ordered a different dish. In addition to the food being subpar tonight, one staff member was obnoxiously loud. Her name was Asia or Haysia, and I know this because she loudly corrected another employee who got her name wrong. She was loud the entire time we were there and we couldn’t help but hear all her conversations. We were seated near the kitchen and that’s where we could hear her. I would also mention our server was fine but I would’ve expected a manager to at least stop by and acknowledge that the fact we had to send back a meal. I’ll definitely think twice before going back. There are so many other good restaurants in the area.

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You can order delivery directly from Matchbox - Merrifield using the Order Online button. Matchbox - Merrifield also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Matchbox - Merrifield also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 395-4869.

Matchbox - Merrifield is rated 4.3 stars by 1324 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.