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Matchbox Palm Springs

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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 - 10:45 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 199
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    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
OK Pizza joint, well located

Average food in an indoor-outdoor second floor spot. Would have enjoyed it more if they did not let people smoke.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Dennis T
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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486 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Average food in an indoor-outdoor second floor spot. Would have enjoyed it more if they did not let people smoke.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Easy to assume from the exterior of the restaurant that this is a good place to dine. NOT! Other reviews have mentioned the great balcony tables and the view they offer so that is the reservation we made (8 days in advance) only to be told when we arrived it was not available and we were told we could have... More 

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Washington
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67 reviews 67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Get a bird's eye view of Palm Canyon Drive and enjoy good food and drink at the same time. Wait staff was very friendly and accomodating. Ask for outside table for more quite dining!

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Edmonton, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We had planned to try Bill's pizza but the locals told us otherwise and we weren't disappointed. It's not the best pizza you'll ever have but the ambience and price tag will make you glad to with the choice. Service was great and always fun to people watch from any balcony and this one doesn't disappoint. Might be worth a... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food service ambiance all very good. I would recommend it to anybody grazing Palm Springs. Enjoy downtown.

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Rancho Mirage, California
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149 reviews 149 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

If you want to be on top of the busy Palm Canyon Drive with all the sights and sounds around you, then this is a fun place. It can be very busy and noisy. Ask for a balcony table for more quiet. The roasted chicken is really delicious. The pizzas are great Our waitress was so over the top perky... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Crisp, thin crust pizza and unusual salads. We ate here twice when we were visiting Palm Springs. Try to sit at the tables overlooking the courtyard - great people watching.

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Fernie, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

we went early so that we could then go to the street fair. The service was quick and efficient. All of us we quite happy with the food. The scallops we perfectly cooked though the risotto could have stood a few more minutes of cooking time. The crab cake was delicious and the fish tacos were awesome. All in all... More 

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california
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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Sausage and onion pizza was good but the ones with more "white" or pesto based sauces were mediocre. Bar drinks were mediocre - either too sweet or barely any alcohol. Servers are nice though

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Long Beach, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I went for lunch, the view on the second floor is great. Sit by a window or on the balconey. The food was good but not AMAZING. I had a steak with blue cheese wedge salad. The steak could have used more seasoning and the salad was a bit stingy with dressing and blue cheese crumbles and it took me... More 

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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  >  Greater Palm Springs  >  Palm Springs
  • Phone Number: 760778600

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?