Matchbox - Charlottesville

4.4
65 Reviews
$30 and under
American
From its prime perch in The Shops at Stonefield, matchbox will delight neighborhood workers, visitors, and residents with a casual, welcoming spot for a quick weekday lunch, lively happy hour, bottomless weekend brunch, and dinner for both date nights and groups. Owned by Maurice Kelly, a technologist and former Navy Intelligence Officer turned restaurateur, Matchbox Charlottesville opens this winter, boasting artisanal pizzas, creative American bistro fare, and a come-as-you-are vibe.

A definitive element of the Matchbox dining experience is the custom pizza oven that fires up signature thin-crust pizzas within minutes, and its surrounding pizza bar that offers a front-row view of the action. The bar at Matchbox is a focal point of the dining experience.. Hand-painted murals from local artists add further context to the neighborhood, and bring in a touch of personality as well.
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vipJamieA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pizza and desserts. Really nice servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Family friendly and great food!

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vipLaurenH
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a must when in Charlottesville

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vipSunny
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Cobb salad
They need to read the definition!
Lettuce was crisp, lots of corn ? Some tomato, bacon a little, 1/4 of a hard cooked egg mine had no avocado. Barely discernible bits of blue cheese in the dressing, chicken was extra, for $15, expected more. Mentioned missing avocado to server, he was sure he had seen it, as other person in the party stirred through the greens one minute piece located. We determined no point in mentioning our disappointment again, we simply will not return.

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CatherineC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were good. Food prices were a little steep.

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Valerie
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service at the Charlottesville Matchbox before the football game. Highly recommend!

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vipcherieee
New England
139 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only thing bad about this restaurant is that it is so hard to choose. Everything on the menu looks great and the food we ordered was wonderful. We had the margarita pizza and Caesar salads, a burger, wine and dessert. Hope to go back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal great service high recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was in a mall area. I did not know that when I made my reservation.
The food was average. Service was good.

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PAHEVI
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a nice place, with convenient parking, good food, great service and reasonable prices

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PinkAlligator
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent, drinks were delicious but the best part was the service. Our server Anna was amazing: very attentive despite it being very busy, friendly and seemed to really enjoy working there. Sat outside as inside was extremely loud. Front of house overwhelmed with reservations and crowd.

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RobertH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Martchox provided nice food in an informal setting. Enjoyed it

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CynthiaN
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Matchbox has become one of my go-to favorite restaurants! Food is very good and menu extensive while offering tremendous service. DEFINITELY WORTH A VISIT!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Matchbox and we had the Matchbox All American burger and the Crispy chicken sandwich. We both enjoyed our meals. I had the house made lemonade, which was delicious. I love a real lemonade. We like that we could make a reservation, service was good, college football was on the TV and we left with full bellies. We will come back to try other menu items. The guy next to us said his pizza was good.

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cooperfam
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the outdoor patio! Reliably good food and service.

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cooperfam
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliably good and we like being able to sit outdoors.

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BethanyN
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were surprised how wonderful the food and drinks were and the staff was amazing as well. The Parmesan Potato Appetizer was incredible! We will definatly go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE dining here!

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SandyE
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great meal at Matchbox. There were 5 of us and we all tried different dishes. The Buffalo wings were really meaty and tasty, the ribs were a little dry but nice flavors, the fettuccine Alfredo was delicious, crab cake was a hit, and the burger was perfect. Great service. Definitely will return.

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SamiR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was helpful and was able to handle our rowdy group of 10 flawlessly. The food and drinks were fantastic too.

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AnnaS
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the experience was excellent. Well done matchbox! Thank you for your service today!

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evanhu
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at Matchbox....I had the meat pizza and hubs had the sliders with onion straws. All was good and Marnae was a great server.
My only wish is that the decor was more like the Matchbox at Mosaic. The decor at the one in Charlottesville just feels a bit spartan......but no complaints.

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vipMACme
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great looking pizza, great burger and amazing meatball appetizer. Nice indoor and outdoor space and convenient parking. A good place for dinner!

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Hummingbarb
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The various pizzas were terrific! I had the pork and fig which was scrumptious. The miso salmon was perfectly cooked!
Will be back.

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vipbruce
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had reserved an outside “standard” table. When we arrived only high top tables were available. As there were elderly people in our group, high top tables did not work. This is why I had specifically requested standard table. Disappointing to say the least, and no attempt was made to rearrange available tables to accommodate 5 people. Not happy

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome server! Food was good. Will definitely return.

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vipTraceyF
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Poke bowl was fantastic!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok, service wasn’t the greatest. Stick to the appetizers and drinks

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JeffreyF
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible customer service. Was seated and no one even came to the table for over 20 minutes. Not even a glass of water on a hot day. After asking the host where our server was they told us there was a communication issue with the person who was to be our server. There were plenty of other servers walking around and none of them cared to ask if we needed anything. Finally our server came and apologized and took our order. Food was decent but we only saw our server one time after she took our order. No one refilled our water asked if everything was ok or asked if we wanted anything else. The kicker was that as we were leaving we told the host that it was not a great experience and that the service was horrible. He laughed at us as if he thought we were joking. Really? Do yourself a favor - do not go here to eat.

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vipTLeev
Miami
61 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an impromptu lunch during UVA graduation weekend and were delighted to have found such a lovely place during such a busy time. The pizzas and cocktails we ordered were wonderful and our server was delightful. We will be coming back again.

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AmyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely mixed green salad. A little too much salad dressing, but delicious. Grilled chicken was cooked perfectly.

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MichaelM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived earlier than our reservation and were seated anyway. Very nice host and server and we thought the food was well prepared.

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vipGreatexperience
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We sat outside. Everything was a little spicy. The pizza was not crispy enough for me but the my made a new one when I complained. So service abs management good but everything had a spicy zing to it.

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ktdt
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great brunch on a Saturday morning. Skillet was excellent and the Bloody Mary was excellent.

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HungryAtRVA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

If I went back (which I probably won't) I would stay away from the entrees and stick with hand-helds and pizza. The crispy half chicken tasted like they took a plain piece of chicken, dropped in a deep fryer and put it over a serving of plain couscous. There was almost no spice or salt. Ordered bread and it didn't come out till we were almost done with our entrées. I will say the bread was good. It was in fact the highlight of the meal.

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CynthiaS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The ambiance and service were great. Food is average for the higher price. Need to expand the menu as well.

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vipMarkusG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matchbox Charlottesville is awesome. We were quickly seated outside, at our request, even though we showed up slightly early for our reservation. The outdoor seating area is lovely -- covered, but still with enough open air to be quiet, with a nice breeze and comfortable. The staff was unexpectedly shorthanded on the busy Saturday night, but the service was excellent and attentive nevertheless. The manager brought over our spinach artichoke dip appetizer himself, noting that he had sent the first batch back. It was excellent, as was our pizza main course. Definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, small selection.

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WilliamB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit in as many weeks. Great atmosphere and food with amazing service. We were outside on both occasions. Nicely and appropriately spaced.

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You can order delivery directly from Matchbox - Charlottesville using the Order Online button. Matchbox - Charlottesville also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (434) 284-8874.

Matchbox - Charlottesville is rated 4.4 stars by 65 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.