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matchbox Merrifield, Fairfax, VA

matchbox Merrifield

4.2
4.2
1527 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 23 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Pizzeria, Breakfast
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00–21:00 Fri 11:00–22:00 Sat 09:00–22:00 Sun 09:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    (571) 395-4869
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Vekys Rodriguez de Lopez
  • Catering
    From anniversaries to baby showers to corporate events to weddings, we have semi-private and private spaces to accommodate it all! The Barrel Room accommodates 50 guests seated, or 50 guests standing, reception-style. To start planning, please contact us at hello@matchbox369.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you’re celebrating a personal milestone or planning a business meeting, matchbox has the perfect private space for your next lunch, dinner or cocktail reception.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (866) 834-9869
  • Area
    Merrifield
  • Cross Street
    Strawberry Lane & District Avenue
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch

Offers

  • Social Hour Food + Drink Specials

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 15:00 - 20:45,Mon - Wed - 11:00 - 15:00, 15:00 - 20:45,Thu - 11:00 - 16:00, 16:00 - 20:45,Fri - 11:00 - 15:00, 15:00 - 21:45,Sat - 15:00 - 21:45
    Sip sip hooray! Enjoy a special social hour menu every Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 pm in the bar. Gather around and let's get social over sips + bites.

    Social Hour Food + Drink Specials photo
  • Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 15:00 - 20:45,Mon - Tue - 11:00 - 15:00, 15:00 - 20:45,Wed - 11:00 - 15:00
    Tuesdays are now the best day ever at matchbox! Kids 10 and under get a free 10" cheese pizza with the purchase of any adult entree when you dine in for lunch or dinner on Tuesdays. What a great way to enjoy a meal with your family! Limitations: Dine in only. One free kids' pizza per adult entree, 14" pizzas, burgers, or protein salads. There is a charge for additional pizza toppings.

What 1,527 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

1,518 Reviews
  1. DailyDiner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Becoming more of a sports bar. My hamburger was ok. I like my burgers medium rare, but this seemed to have a cold center as if it had been frozen earlier. Had crab soup which was ok. Heavy on the salt. Probably just should have had a pizza. Table next to me had one and it looked good. One side note, place was fairly empty yet they had everyone seated in one section. I get why they do that, but not great for ambiance score.

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  2. marybeth

    Atlanta Metro

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Santiago served us well along with the rest of the staff. We’ll be back the next time we visit our son in that area.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch. It was early and so very quiet. Our service was very attentive and our food was great!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant! Good food, good service, reasonable prices.

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  5. KayM

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food with many options available. Very good service.

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  6. Snickers

    Washington DC

    115 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was very confusing. We each (4) ordered very different dishes and all came out somewhat incorrectly. the Manager tried to make it right - free salad, etc - and I know the waitress got it right - but the kitchen didn't. some portions were skimpy - the mussels, some were cold, some ha sauce/dressing on the meal vs on the side. etc. Also the staff was very nice but spread thinly - we have eaten in Matchboxes before the the food is good - getting it is another issue.

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  7. AlexisP

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We've been going to matchbox for over 10 years at this point. We used to absolutely love everything - from the pizza (with two sizes) to their salads and entrees. The last two times we've gone have been very disappointing with insane costs for less food. We got maybe 10-15 calamari for 17 bucks. The server was not trained and clearly in over her head when it came to questions about the menu/drinks - she was very nice though. Recommend heading elsewhere for a $19 dollar burger.

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  8. SanjayJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a large party of 15 girls and 7 adults and we didn't expect to be seated together. The staff went above and beyond to get all the girls seated together and the adults within eye shot. The food was great too and arrived quickly.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The host, manager, and our young server were all very attentive during our visit. This review is really for the food, it’s dropped off significantly in the last year or so. I understand restaurants are trying everything they can to do more with less but I don’t remember Matchbox pizzas to be wafer think crusts akin to bar happy hour flatbreads. The pies can’t even hold the toppings so everything just flops off. They must’ve changed their recipes at some point and the value Matchbox used to have just seems gone now.

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  10. Auntietch

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered the donuts for dessert twice. Not because they were so good, but because the first order was raw on the inside. The second order was only a little more cooked but still raw.

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  11. Foodie

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful restaurant before or after the movies! Booths and tables or comfortable bar. Great pizza and salads and burgers. Friendly staff

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  12. JosephG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Matchbox was a disappointment. This was not our first time eating at a Matchbox but it was a disappointment from start to finish. It feels like a slightly upscale TGIF. The service was not great. Our entres came out 5 minutes apart. The food was not anything special. We ordered a pear and blue cheese salad with chicken. It was basically a mixed green salad with barely any pear slices and 2 tiny flakes of blue cheese. The dough of the pizza was so undercooked. There wasn't any golden color at all. The seating was another issue. There was a permanent ledge under our bunch seats which made the seats not comfortable. We will not be returning.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and service at this location. Noah was great!

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  14. Bibelot

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The server was very attentive and the food satisfactory. . The menu is limited, not as good as nearby Sweetwater Tavern. The pizza Margherita was only so-so with a very thin, unsubstantial crust. Friends’ burger and chicken Cobb salad were better. Matchbox has dependable food and is a good place to eat pre- or post-movie at the Angelika Cinema.

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  15. JimC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Much quieter and less hectic than right before Christmas!

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  16. CathyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Our New Years Eve dinner at Matchbox in Merrifield, Va was terrible. The service was awful, they closed the bar at 6pm, 30 minutes after being seated, on New Years Eve. It was overpriced and the booth we were seated in was extremely uncomfortable; we each sank a foot in the booth. We regret going. Will never go back to Matchbox in Merrifield, Va.

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  17. LauraB

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server seemed distracted. She never checked if we needed a drink refresh. We did. Pizza was good but the quality seems to be slipping.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered a lot of food and one was the artichoke dip. The dip was not finished but the bread was. I asked for more bread. I was surprised to see that we were charged $3 for that when the bill came. Poorly done and we should have been told. It wasn’t the money, it was the way it was handled and honestly, we shouldn’t be charged for adding more bread when there should have been more in the first place. The server took it off the check after I brought it up. But again, we shouldn’t have been charged in the first place. It left a really really bad taste in my mouth, no pun intended.

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  19. Bibij

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great lunch. Only distraction was a short in the emergency alarm for the entire block and it went off immediately after we placed order. Not the fault of matchbox and unfortunate that it went off before we even started lunch and it went off for about 15 minutes and it took about 30 before manager could confirm nothing was wrong. We still had a great meal and an enjoyable lunch

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  20. Bibij

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn’t been to matchbox in years and was thrilled to find out the menu changed and was expanded. I loved my meal. Everything was perfectly cooked and tasted wonderful. I look forward to returning. The only negative was the restaurant was chilly and more heat would have encouraged us to stay a little longer, maybe have desert.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious pizza -- the fig and prosciutto with honey is amazing. Kept my water glass filled. Attentive service. Thank you!

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  22. LisaW

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My server Derek was awesome! His customer service and personality made our experience a great one! Thank you!

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  23. KarenB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service and food are good. It is just too noisy. It’s difficult to carry on a conversation

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  24. JanS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu could use a little variation. The pizza was excellent! Service was very good.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was just ok. Short staffed and our food took a long time to come out. Our server was good.

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  26. MahaM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Didn’t have everything on the menu, food came out late and cold. Waiter took forever to come back to us, so there were long waits in between drink orders, food orders, assistance, paying check, etc. Overall not a good way to start my day!

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  27. Barbara

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The quality of the food has declined over the years. It was good but not like it used to be. The seared tuna salad did not taste fresh. My friend ordered the pear and apple salad, and the server casually asked if she’d like Shrimp, meat or chicken on it as if it was a choice or topping, not a $10 add on. It’s a safe place to go but it used to be really good..not now (at least on this day). I’d stick with one of the Great American Restaurants for consistently good quality food and similar pricing.

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  28. CarolynS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The crab soup was really good and a must have We all got the thanksgiving special dinner to preview whether or not we would get the Thanksgiving Dinner package The turkey was dry with little to no flavor and the stuffing was bland. The green beans were terrible. The service was terrible. The server was rarely around and had difficulty understanding English This was not typical of our usual Matchbox experience. The food and service are usually very good

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  29. OliviaR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    the servers and hosts were very kind and helpful. the food, especially the pizza, was fantastic!!

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  30. LuisL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. The waiter was helpful and attentive. Well done
    matchbox MerrifieldResponded on 30 October 2023
    Thank you so much, we look forward to seeing you again!

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  31. JackieB

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    My complaint about our experience yesterday is that we were served the appetizer and then our food showed up. We hadn’t even gotten our bottle of wine yet. Our primary server was terrific and very efficient. When the food servers arrived with our meals we asked then to take it back, which they reluctantly did. We finished our appetizer and got our wine. Then the dinners came back and they had been apparently setting under heat. This made a mediocre meal even more so.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only thing good about this place is their service, food quality inconsistent with other locations. S.O Jose (bartender) great service!

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  33. GretchenA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Good service. Overall good vibes. Prices are relatively reasonable.

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  34. Eatingoutwell

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice evening and meal at Matchbox. Our server Diego was excellent. He went above and beyond to make our dining experience exceptional. We enjoyed the tuna tartare and calamari appetizers. The wine selections were great for our party of 3 with average prices for generous pours. Thank you for a wonderful time.

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  35. Hungry

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I guess we are still in the “it's hard to get good help” era. Also, about the value—I was really tempted to order the large beer (25% larger) for just 40% more money. In the end I decided against it.

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  36. HaniM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The food took forever, got the wrong items, the food was messed up, found hair on the plate, but the server was nice

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  37. Cathy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and service! Enjoyed the evening.

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  38. SBLunch

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This location has significantly declined in quality of food. Everyone in our party left displeased with the food. The cost to quality definitely is not reflective of expectations for this restaurant.

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  39. Diner

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at Matchbox for my daughter’s 13th birthday! She and her friends were sitting separate from us, and their server, Carlos, was so friendly and helped make her feel special with a birthday treat. We had a different server who was as equally attentive and friendly. Overall, the service, food, and atmosphere were fabulous. We plan to be back!

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  40. JorgeC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Brunch was so so. Mainly the food. The eggs Benedict was somewhat flat. Service was good.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 395-4869.

matchbox Merrifield is rated 4.2 stars by 1527 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for matchbox Merrifield

2911 District Ave suite 120, Fairfax, VA 22031

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Strawberry Lane & District Avenue
  • Area
    Merrifield
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00–21:00 Fri 11:00–22:00 Sat 09:00–22:00 Sun 09:00–21:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Pizzeria, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Vekys Rodriguez de Lopez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch
  • Phone number
    (571) 395-4869
  • Catering
    From anniversaries to baby showers to corporate events to weddings, we have semi-private and private spaces to accommodate it all! The Barrel Room accommodates 50 guests seated, or 50 guests standing, reception-style. To start planning, please contact us at hello@matchbox369.com.
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you’re celebrating a personal milestone or planning a business meeting, matchbox has the perfect private space for your next lunch, dinner or cocktail reception.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (866) 834-9869
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