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Matchbox Palm Springs

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French, American, Pizza, Bistro
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155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Mercado Plaza. (Upstairs), Palm Springs, CA 92262 (Tahquitz Canyon & Arenas)
There is one transit stop 50 yards from our building on the main strip of Palm Canyon Drive, in down town Palm Springs.
760778600
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11:30 am - 9:45 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 10:45 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: what makes a great pizza? It starts with a great oven! Ours is an...
what makes a great pizza? It starts with a great oven! Ours is an authentic wood- fired masonry oven where the fire has burned constantly since the day we opened. Modern gas and electric ovens cannot produce the intense heat needed – over 800 degrees – to achieve the crispy, smoky crust that our oven provides. With dough made fresh daily in-house, our goal is to make the best pizza in Palm Springs!the space. The challenge? How do you build distinctive restaurants in unique urban spaces? Our original location in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC was a Chinese grocery in a structure 15 feet wide and three stories tall. Our newest location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington was a 90 year old vending machine warehouse. matchbox Palm Springs was opened in 2005 in a second floor location with spectacular views of Mt St. Jacinto and Palm Canyon Drive. Our partnership group, with backgrounds in restaurant operations and construction simply have a great time designing and building all of our projects!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
California forno/bistro at its best

Great Cali bistro and pizzeria... even if you don't care for Pizzas, many dishes tantalize. This remains one of our favorite eateries in the desert. Nice cocktails too and great people watching from the upstairs verandas.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Marc K
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Idyllwild, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene

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Los Alamitos, California
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120 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Though it's a good location and decent menu we had a very bad experience with the service, quality of the food and overall experience, on two separate occasions. It's good for pizza, but there are also a lot of other, better places.

Idyllwild, California
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80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great Cali bistro and pizzeria... even if you don't care for Pizzas, many dishes tantalize. This remains one of our favorite eateries in the desert. Nice cocktails too and great people watching from the upstairs verandas.

Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had wonderful service, good food and great drinks. It is centrally located and cozy and comfortable.

Phoenix, Arizona
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267 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We always stop by here for a quick happy hour drink and appetizer. It might also be because they have Chimay on draft and on happy hour special and a small but tasty selection of appetizers. The fish tacos are tasty and a meal in themselves. Pizzas are 50% off too during this time. But even if you've missed happy... More 

Downey, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Two words "going back". This place is super delicious... The pizza was delish, The fish n chips ( the best my partner has ever had ), the sliders, the bomb. The strawberry cream pie dessert, The wine list.... Need I say more.. Oh yes, The Ty Cobb salad...My favorite.. .Was there for 3 nights.. had dinner there 2 nights...

Arnhem, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Very cosy restaurant. We had a table at the balcony which gives a nice view of the main road of Palm Springs. Very friendly and helpfull staff. The meal was very good. The pizza and salad were very tasty. A lot of nice wines on the wine list. We had a great evening!

Encinitas, California
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Love that they deliver to your hotel! Great, pasta, burgers, courteous and fast service! Will definitely partake in their food again!

Orange County, California
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Had a steak sandwich and the wife had fish and chips. Both dinners were great. The staff was friendly and fast. It is larger that you think inside but most everyone will want to sit outside and watch the people walking the main street. Great food and location equals going back with friends and family. A bit on the high... More 

Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I love to go here every time I go to Palm Springs! Gourmet pizza, Great appetizers and GREAT drinks! They have a good wine selection as well :) They had an amazing Sorbet last time I was there as well that was perfect for the hot summer night!

San Francisco
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288 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Ask for a balcony table to people watch...they dominate the main square of the town. The house salad is amazing and can be shared by two people. Then get a pizza which you can do one half of one preference and the other half something else.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Mercado Plaza. (Upstairs), Palm Springs, CA 92262
    (Tahquitz Canyon & Arenas)
  • Public Transportation: There is one transit stop 50 yards from our building on the main strip of Palm Canyon Drive, in down town Palm Springs.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Springs
  • Phone Number: 760778600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, American, Pizza, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene

Description

what makes a great pizza? It starts with a great oven! Ours is an authentic wood- fired masonry oven where the fire has burned constantly since the day we opened. Modern gas and electric ovens cannot produce the intense heat needed – over 800 degrees – to achieve the crispy, smoky crust that our oven provides. With dough made fresh daily in-house, our goal is to make the best pizza in Palm Springs!the space. The challenge? How do you build distinctive restaurants in unique urban spaces? Our original location in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC was a Chinese grocery in a structure 15 feet wide and three stories tall. Our newest location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington was a 90 year old vending machine warehouse. matchbox Palm Springs was opened in 2005 in a second floor location with spectacular views of Mt St. Jacinto and Palm Canyon Drive. Our partnership group, with backgrounds in restaurant operations and construction simply have a great time designing and building all of our projects!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:45 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:45 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:45 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:45 pm

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