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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, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, 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
Good Happy Hour Spot

Selection of appetizers and the prices are very reasonable. Can be challenging to get a seat though as it's a popular spot. Ambiance is great - overlooking the street, with the fire

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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Vancouver, Canada
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113 reviews 113 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Went for late lunch and had the sliders. Not good period. However the service was excellent. We sat out on the balcony on the second floor overlooking the street. Great place to view all the street action. They probably have good wood fired pizza as we saw all the cut wood.

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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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189 reviews 189 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Sometimes, you just want to step back from the action, but still see it. This balcony restaurant offers you a nice vantage point with just enough of a 'remove' that you can hear yourself think. Great beer selections, interesting food. Don't miss the meatballs - either on the pizza or as an app. It's redolent with flavor and very spicy.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Selection of appetizers and the prices are very reasonable. Can be challenging to get a seat though as it's a popular spot. Ambiance is great - overlooking the street, with the fire

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Torrance, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Moderately priced and good for the kids. Great happy hour with drink and food specials. Do not miss the wood-fired oven pizzas, definitely the high light.

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San Jose, California, Usa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Really great food and service. We sat out on one of the decks on a really pretty night so out visit was really nice.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Good food - reasonably priced. The pork chop with veggies is excellent. Good flatbread pizzas. Busy place - try to get there early or plan on a long wait to get in.

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Murrieta, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Surprisingly, I thought this wasn't going to be too kid friendly. It was very kid friendly. Great menu for kids - Mac n cheese, build your own pizza or healthy dish which was cheese, meat, celery, apples, carrots and peanut butter. We had a great waitress but they were pretty busy so it seemed a little slow to get their... More 

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Green Oak Township
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Matchbox is a trendy restaurant located downtown Palm Springs in a perfect location to people watch and enjoy a delicious meal with outdoor seating. This place fills up fast, so get there early or prepare to wait. The menu has interesting and creative selections. We had the best waiter, Sean, who was delightful and attentive. We would definitely return to... More 

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Sidney, Iowa USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We happened upon Matchbox our first night in Palm Springs for a late dinner. Our waiter Brian suggested a local IPA which was excellent! The salads were amazing. I would suggest the meatball pizza. Best pizza in Palm Springs. Brian did an excellent job serving us! A must try in Palm Springs.

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

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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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: American, Pizza, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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