Matchbox - Charlottesville
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.
Food was ok, service wasn’t the greatest. Stick to the appetizers and drinks
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.
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.
Lovely mixed green salad. A little too much salad dressing, but delicious. Grilled chicken was cooked perfectly.
We arrived earlier than our reservation and were seated anyway. Very nice host and server and we thought the food was well prepared.
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.
Had a great brunch on a Saturday morning. Skillet was excellent and the Bloody Mary was excellent.
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.
The ambiance and service were great. Food is average for the higher price. Need to expand the menu as well.
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!
Our second visit in as many weeks. Great atmosphere and food with amazing service. We were outside on both occasions. Nicely and appropriately spaced.
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!
Manager/host was a jerk. He was hot-headed and rude.
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.
Nice authentic setting. Lovely service - well-trained waitress. Delicious wood grilled pizza and out in a flash!
Great food and service! Salmon spinach salad was delicious
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.
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.
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.
Service was great, very friendly. Food was good.
Love the beyond pizza
Our server was so very nice and we appreciated his service so thank you very much!
Festive and fun - even during Covid. Great cocktails, too. You can tell a lot about a place by the quality of their Margaritas😊
A favorite in Charlottesville— great food & service!
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.
The room could use some sound absorbing material,it’s very noisy.Everything else was as it should be.
Mediocre food quality and absurdly small portions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have eaten there twice, great experience each time!
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!
They were doing a soft opening but the food was fantastic and the staff was so friendly.
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.