Matchbox - Charlottesville

4.5
36 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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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
29 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
2 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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WilliamB
Richmond
2 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Saw some bad reviews but we had a wonderful experience. Food and service were excellent. My three children loved it as much as my husband and I did!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Manager/host was a jerk. He was hot-headed and rude.

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MiriamM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were terrific. We had dinner at an early hour, when there were very few other patrons; so, the indoor dining noise level was very low.

MR
vipMistyRiverLady
Richmond
55 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice authentic setting. Lovely service - well-trained waitress. Delicious wood grilled pizza and out in a flash!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Salmon spinach salad was delicious

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Linda
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was actually the best thin crust pizza that I’ve ever had! The mozzarella was amazing! I took one star off because I had requested standard inside seating and they put us outside in a corner around back.

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vipChrisG
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice menu with something for everyone. Great staff, and the ability to be on patio with some heat and distance is a plus. Easy parking as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Matchbox has swanky decor and gives a cool vibe. Too bad the food doesn’t Match. We ordered 6 wings for $12. They were presented well on a plate with plenty of carrots and celery. The wings were tiny and dry. Our $17 burger wasn’t anything special, served with frozen fries. Our meal was definitely not worth the price. But I have to say our service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, very friendly. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the beyond pizza

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so very nice and we appreciated his service so thank you very much!

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VictoriaD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Festive and fun - even during Covid. Great cocktails, too. You can tell a lot about a place by the quality of their Margaritas😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite in Charlottesville— great food & service!

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VictoriaD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun atmosphere and lots of energy - even though it's at partial capacity due to COVID. Can't wait to sit at the bar once all this craziness is past us. Great place.

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vipGordon
West Virginia
26 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The room could use some sound absorbing material,it’s very noisy.Everything else was as it should be.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Mediocre food quality and absurdly small portions

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nance
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ordered the fried shrimp and mashed potatoes and both were excellent. Our waiter was outstanding. The prices were on the steep side, though, so it's not a place I would frequent. Overall, a good experience and would definitely go back.

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vipBrian
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Service was pleasant. Food was awful. Calamari and fried shrimp were so heavily breaded that you couldn't even taste the calamari and shrimp - truly terrible.

MD
MilesD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a high quality meal in a unique, casual environment, Matchbox is tough to beat in this part of town. The chosen ingredients add dimension to the dishes and the experience is enhanced by attentive wait staff.

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JoeA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Pizza (we ordered a small pepperoni and a large specialty) was extremely poor quality (frozen pizza would have been better) and absolutely overpriced for what you get. Thin, small and overcooked (burned) at the edges. Service was fine - friendly although we kept having to ask for water glasses to be refilled. Extremely disappointed with the pizzas. Also ordered mini burgers which came w/ onion strings which were undercooked and cold. Not going back.

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MAR92
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during the soft opening, so only a partial menu. Several of us had pizzas, all of which were spectacular. I had a “Light the Fire”, a fantastic blend of ginger, jalapeno, citrus, vodka and bubbles. Our servers were pleasant and attentive. We will definitely return.

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lindam
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten there twice, great experience each time!

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KaraR
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during a pre-opening event so it was a mock menu but still a lot of choices and the food was delicious!!!! Will be going back!

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megholt
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were doing a soft opening but the food was fantastic and the staff was so friendly.

FAQs

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 4.5 stars by 36 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.