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Matchbox Palm Springs

155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Mercado Plaza. (Upstairs), Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Ranked #45 of 265 restaurants in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $12 - $30
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American, Pizza, Bistro
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Tahquitz Canyon & Arenas
Transit: There is one transit stop 50 yards from our building on the main strip of Palm Canyon Drive, in down town Palm Springs.
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!
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397 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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English first
Provost, Alberta, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Love this place, overlooks main street on one side and the mountains on other side. Balcony seating, private table, hanging above all that is going on the main drag. Food and service is very good, prices moderate.

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Big Bear Lake, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Attend the street fair every Thursday night and Matchbox is one of my regular stops. The Fire & Smoke pizza is a little spicy - but provides a unique flavor I love every time. Also, they offer a dry Rose wine that is refreshing during the HOT summer months. The service is not consistent. I've had great service and very... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
367 reviews 367 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The service in they restaurant has a lot to improve. The staff here didn´t seem to care for their clients. Our waiter was not bad, but just forgot one dish we order as an appetizer for the table and then we have to had the appetizer after our main dishes. It came out as delicious. The other dishes were good.... More

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Yucaipa, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Last week when we were staying in Palm Springs my wife and I decided to go to happy hour to one of our favorite local restaurants, matchbox. Since I previously reviewed matchbox for the dinner menu this review only deals with the cocktail lounge and happy hour. In the past we've had great cocktails at matchbox the bloody Mary and... More

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Oceanside, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

On our first night in Palm Springs my wife and I were looking for a light meal and a nice atmosphere. We found both at Matchbox and received great service from our waiter Errol. We both enjoyed drinks to start and shared a chef special Caesar salad - probably not big enough to truly share but our meal portions were... More

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Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is one of the best places for Happy Hour in downtown Palm Springs. The food, especially pizza, is fantastic and the service very friendly. I strongly recommend trying the appetizers, especially sushi rolls.

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Palm Springs, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great place on 2nd story. Extensive menu. They're famous for their pizza and some really great dishes. I had the salmon over cheese grit and they were sinfully delicious! The bar area is great for romance and on cool evening, there's a fire in long bar overlooking the downtown. Also "individual table balcony" is great, too.

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San Diego, California, Usa
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Service was good, but the food was a littler over priced for what is was. If you go during happy hour you would be better off.

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Forest Falls, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Everything was delicious and service was excellent. Turned out the waiter was the trainee but we were impressed with our service. Fresh hot Bread was requested and brought at no charge. The apple/pear salad, roasted chicken, and pork chops were all prepared and served hot and creatively presented. Window seat allowed us to view the street and people.

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Palm Springs, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Service was nothing great. Pizza is mediocre. Staff didn't seem to care what was going on at all. Not the best restaurant in Palm Springs.

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