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Matchbox Palm Springs

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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, Drinks, Lunch, Dessert, 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good Gourmet Pizzas

Don't expect NY style pizza. The pizza combinations are fresh and inspired. The apple/pear salad is always good. Good wine list. It's best to sit outside and look at the mountains.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Kelley C
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Don't expect NY style pizza. The pizza combinations are fresh and inspired. The apple/pear salad is always good. Good wine list. It's best to sit outside and look at the mountains.

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We eat here from time to time. The food and the service are great! With views of the plaza below or out on a private balcony, you can't beat this place! They have a nice variety of menu items and changing seasonal specials. Personally, we have not had any disappointments at Matchbox!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is the kind of place one can go to enjoy food and beer. Since I was there for lunch it was a bit hot, sat outdoors. Overall the ambiance was nice and the staff was awesome.

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Santa Clarita, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My husband and I ate dinner here and we enjoyed it. It is a nice setting but it gets really crowded so make a reservation (we didn't have one so we sat at a hightop table outside- which got pretty hot in the summer). I had a great veggie pizza and he had pasta which was really good. I would... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We found this walking down palm canyon near arenas. While the restaurant was upstairs we thought we'd take a chance. So glad we did. Their happy hour was great and I highly recommend the calamari. What sliders and a delicious fig pizza. The service was phenomenal even during the off season. Had a private balcony to ourselves and enjoyed out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Checked the Internet while just staying overnight in Palm Dessert, found matchbox. Got the car and drove to Palm Springs, it was worth the 15 min drive. We hade Pizza and salads, and yes we liked. Thin pizza. Price is okey for a dinner, when avoiding standard fast food places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I came here for dinner when on a vacation with my partner. I was pleasantly surprised when we were greeted at the front and told that it was happy hour. We got to choose our seats (we chose a view). Then, our waitress, Elizabeth, came over and recommended the small pizzas and appetizers from the happy hour menu. We were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

I have returned to Matchbox several times and it is always great food. Service is on point. Wood fired pizzas are amazing. They do some greats salads. The steak and wedge has a amazing blue cheese dressing. Will always bring my friends and family back again and again

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Great food. We enjoyed the wine, pizza and dessert. Very good bread pudding. Service was very slow at the beginning, though they did apologize and ended up not charging us for our salads.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

What a nice meal, the pork chops were the best ever, and Nancy was so friendly, and attentive! Great view, too! Lots of choices in Palm Springs, try this one...

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Additional Information about Matchbox Palm Springs

Address: 155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Mercado Plaza. (Upstairs), Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone Number: 760778600
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Springs
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
Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
Cuisine: American, Pizza, Bistro

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?