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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 - 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: 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

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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
Great For Appetizers and Happy Hour

This is a terrific spot for Happy Hour! The have many choices of appetizers and pizzas. Pretty tasty food I must say at reasonable prices . We sat in the upper level bar overlooking Palm Canyon Drive and the courtyard great place to people watch. The bar has a fireplace that is the length of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
TamaraB52
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Mississauga
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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505 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We were loking for a pizza place with some atmosphere and we found Matchbox on an internet search. Great 2nd floor location in Palm Springs. Outdoor bar with great views but also seating available inside. We ordered the Calamari which was some of the best , if not the best, we had ever had. Then we ordered a couple of... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We fly out to Palm Springs two or three times a year and always try to eat out on the balcony at Matchbox. The last two times we got seated and served our drink and gave our orders and 45 minutes later noticed we still hadn't had and food or refills and all the tables around us that came after... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We ordered take out from this restaurant because they had a flyer in our hotel handbook. They made you prepay with a credit card, charged 5.00 gratuity for someone to walk the food across teh street and the girl on the phone wouldn't give me a total for my food and made me pay with a credit card. The menu... More 

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

My husband and i came here on a Tuesday night and we sat by the firepit overlooking Mercado Plaza. Great place to sit! Service was very attention. We really enjoyed our wine and food! Excellently scallops!

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Mississauga
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is a terrific spot for Happy Hour! The have many choices of appetizers and pizzas. Pretty tasty food I must say at reasonable prices . We sat in the upper level bar overlooking Palm Canyon Drive and the courtyard great place to people watch. The bar has a fireplace that is the length of the entire bar area pretty... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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91 reviews 91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My colleagues and I had dinner at Matchbox while in town for a convention. The restaurant is located on the second floor and offers wonderful views of the mountains and Downtown Palm Springs. The craft beers and the food were both delicious. Our server was friendly, fun and very helpful. I asked him which craft beer would be considered the... More 

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Upper level bar and restaurant with outdoor seating, overlooking the Jacinto Mountains. Staff is friendly too!!

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Seattle, Washington
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122 reviews 122 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

great variety of food – known for pizzas – we had fish and chips – generous portion of chips – fish was nice an light – above the street so you can people watch – fire pit outside to stay warm on chilly nights. Great happy hour menu! $5 snacks

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We sat at the front bar, nice view of the street activity and ordered dinner. Not long after our order was placed, waiter was nowhere to be seen. Half an hour later, no sign of waiter or our appetizers. We asked a busboy if our waiter was around, he found another waiter who tracked down our appetizers. Mains arrived a... More 

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Santa Barbara, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We were looking for a new place to try in Palm Springs and we found it! Great little restaurant in downtown Palm Springs! Even had easy public parking in the back. The food was just easy - great handmade pizza, appetizers and salads. Nice wine list too that was very reasonably priced!

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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?