Matchbox Palm Springs
Matchbox Palm Springs

Matchbox Palm Springs

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.matchboxpalmsprings.com/
  • Phone: 7607786000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Sunday- 11:30am - 10:00pm
    Happy Hour 4pm - 6:30pm everyday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Ignacio Zayas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: matchbox was designed to offer a number of different choices in planning your event. Toast your guests with a delicious infused martini on our outside patio or spread out in our spacious and inviting dining room with communal tables and booth seating! Want more privacy? Not only is balcony seating available, but we are also two semi-private rooms from which to choose!

    Our menu is equally divided into two parts, the first features incomparable thin crust pizza. The second, our bistro menu, consists of a wide selection of chef-driven entrées.
  • Private Party Facilities: No matter what the occasion, matchbox is the perfect venue for your special gathering or celebration! Winner of the prestigious 2004 RAMMY Award for Best New Restaurant in Washington, DC, our second location in Downtown Palm Springs is an exciting restaurant with a decidedly hip and urban feel.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Estrada 7607786000x
  • Special Events: From June 1st - the 10th Matchbox will be featuring our 3 course $24 per person Restaurant week menu. In addition to our restaurant week menu which can be viewed at www.palmspringsrestaurantweek.com we will also be offering our full pizza menu.

    Matchbox was designed to offer a number of different choices in planning your event. Toast your guests with a delicious infused martini on our outside patio or spread out in our spacious and inviting dining room with communal tables and booth seating!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taquitz Canyon / Arenas Road
  • Public Transit: There is one transit stop 50 yards from our building on the main strip of Palm Canyon Drive, in down town Palm Springs.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are many parking facilities in and around matchbox, the closest being the parking lot behind matchbox but if this is full then there are many others you can choose from just a short walk away, these may charge a nominal fee due to not being public parking.
A word from Matchbox Palm Springs
Voted “Best Pizza in the Desert” 4 years running,
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 700 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 the desert!
In the mood for something a little fancier? Our famous mini-burgers, Pan seared atlantic salmon, 16 oz grilled Rib Eye steak or matchbox fish and chips? Our chef's dishes are simply and classically prepared! You’ll find our appetizers and entrees well seasoned & hearty, never bland. The challenge? Build an interesting restaurant in an expansive second floor space that includes outdoor seating in historic Downtown Palm Springs! The matchbox experience takes place in an engaging atmosphere designed & custom-built.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Matchbox Palm Springs reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (42)scenic view (26)good for groups (23)fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (18)hot spot (17)kid-friendly (14)great for lunch (14)romantic (13)special occasion (11)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and I were seated on one of the front balconies, so we had a great view of the weekend downtown scene. Our server, Brian, provided us with outstanding service and saw to our every need. We had pizza and a cucumber-tomato salad and both were delicious! Will definitely recommend Matchbox to others looking for a pleasant dining experience, great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Hidden on the second floor of the city center plaza, right in the touristy part of PS I rarely go...walked by it 50 times on numerous trips over 7 years...finally on the recommendation of a PS resident, we decided to climb to the second floor to check it out. Excellent salad, pasta, pizza, etc. it is now in out top 5 of PS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My go to
    DesireeinpsVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    First let me say Valerie our server was fantastic! So friendly and helpful with the menu. There is really something for everyone at matchbox. We had salads and added salmon and shrimp for a nice light lunch. Fresh ingredients and well put together ! Thanks for the great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Got the large pizza, half chicken pesto, half matchbox meat. Best crust I've had in a long time!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was very good and waiter attentive. "Inside" areas were not cool. On a less warm night pleasant ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Outdoor Dining
    CP66
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Vast menu, great beverage selection, good service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Throwing it Down
    MilliwoodVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Always love MB. Always make reservations, love the location and pizza. Usually the service is great, and I have never had a complaint about the server. But on this trip, the person delivering the food was rude and just short of slammed our plates down on the table, and walked off as if it were a complete nuisance to be delivering our order. Really out of character for this fun place, and I'm a little sad that my out of town guest (our son) wasn't able to see you in the best light. I hope this was the person's last day on the job because you'll lose repeat diners if that continues.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ehhh
    dhartVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Pizza had really no flavor, chopped salad had absolutely no flavor (basically romaine lettuce with soggy chopped noodles), and our table's pork chop was undercooked. The manager said they were going to throw it back on to cook it more, which would have then just dried out the chop so we ordered a pizza instead. They took the pork chop off the bill but then charged us for a pizza which we thought was really tacky.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Services was excellent!!!!
    CERM75VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My diner was super!!! Service was excellent!!!! I always have a good time!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinoVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Matchbox has remained a favorite dining spot & point-center position for people-watching. It is upstairs in the center-of-town, aloft the Sonny Bono Monument. All their Italian inspired dishes - wood-fired thin-crusted pizzas; savory salads ( sampling Apple/Pear; Steak & Wedge; & Burrata & Roasted Tomato) are delicious. Their Porcini-rubbed Rib Eye is a good steak at a good price ($29). The food is good and the service can be so-so. Be certain to be-seated in the front of restaurant or out-doors on the very-popular balcony. Tables in-the-rear, referred to area as The Cellar - may as well be? Service suffers in this impasse of an area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matchbox
    veeeeee06VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was good. The appetizer mozzi carrozzi was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    RuthlasVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I made the reservation in advance and even though the restaurant does not guarantee you will get the private table on the private balcony it was ready and waiting for us. As usual the service was excellent and the custom Pizza we ordered was the best ever!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matt D
    Golfdrake
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was very good. The restaurant has several areas to wine and dine so it makes it a bit unique to the Palm Cayon scene. We had fish dishes a some wood fired pizzas that were top shelf. We will returning many times to Matchbox.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant
    ragetsVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Love this place. Food is good, prices are great, and our service is always good. If the weather is good, sit outside on a balcony and watch everyone down below.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Was AMAZING!! Between 3 of us we ordered 2 small pizzas and a small salad and it was plenty! We loved the idea of being able to do 1/2 and 1/2 because it felt like we were eating 4 different pizzas! Everything we had was amazing! We got the veggie pizza, and half the fire and smoke. Another was 1/2 fig and 1/2 wild mushroom.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JimmyG
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Matchbox is our favorite spot for Q Special pizza and apple pear salad and of course a nice bottle of Chard. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. We try to stop by at least once a week.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit All The Right Notes
    MikeL
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    On a hot summer night we wanted inside seating - everyone wanted something different to eat. Matchbox came through for us with a great meal - one pizza, one fish and chips and a crispy salmon. Everyone was happy and the food was perfectly prepared. The Service was efficient and friendly and the noise level was very manageable. Will go back for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paul
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food and Bryan, our server, was awesome! Always a great place to eat directly downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    5 in our group everyone raved about their meal. Service was great server very nice,fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food an, service & atmosphere
    reviewerrobertVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    In resort destinations many restaurants are satisfied to be as only as good as they have to be to, but, Matchbox exceeds all expectations. The crab bisque was one of best soups I have had anywhere! As new residents of Palm Springs, we are looking for the places where we will be regulars and as ex- New Yorkers we know and demand both superior food and service and here was both. Our server, Henry was helpful, attentive and knowledable and we will ask for him when we return VERY soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great.
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We always go back to this place. The only thing I noticed, they changed the Manager, Troy and we were wondering what happened to my $50.00 reward that was given to be previously. They can't even find it in their computer. He said, we have to show the email they sent me. We'll look for it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza and beer!
    blueingreenVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Had another great dinner at Matchbox. We went after sundown, and it was cool enough to sit outside under the misters. We love the thin-crust pepperoni pizza and the Chimay on tap. Great views, great service... always a welcome treat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service needs improvement
    RossVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Our waitress did not know about the vintage club and did not know how to open out bottle of wine. How do you get hired if you cant operate a corkscrew?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Variety, Attentive Staff
    DawnSanDiego
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Busy restaurant, but good service. We were promptly seated with our reservation, our order taken and food came quickly. The menu was varied an reasonably priced. Not gourmet food, but solid food for groups and families.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining: ask for Errol
    Southpas61VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our waiter, Errol, was the highlight of this place. The food is passable but what really sold us is the exclusive outdoor area (we had our own balcony) and the friendly service from Errol. When it comes to food in Palm Springs, expectations aren't high so it's really about the ambiance and service and Matchbox provided it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Night Out!
    Pixciegirl1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    From the time the friendly hostess greeted us at the door to the time the friendly staff told us to have a great evening, my husband and I had the best time ever. The food was amazing from the chopped salad to the fantastic fish and chips! Our server Brian was fabulous! We will go back and ask for him again. We asked to get our food out quick due to a show we were going to and we were in and out without a hitch! Thanks Matchbox for a wonderful date night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Flex
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I love Matchbox. Great place to eat with a date. I've been going here for years.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Excellent service!!! Food was great, as were the drinks.The kids loved it and so did the adults.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Matchbox
    KelvinVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I went on a Tues night and it wasn't that crowded. I took an outdoor table under the misters overlooking the main drag of PS. The scallops were delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious
    blueingreenVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Another great night at Matchbox. We got there right after sundown, and it was cool enough to sit outside (under the misters). We love the pepperoni pizza and Chimay (so hard to find anywhere on tap). Always delicious--one of our favorite local spots.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    luv2travelndine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    ​After we ordered, it took an hour to get served. No bread for the table. Appetizers, salad and main entrees were all served at once, not spread throughout our dining experience. We barely saw our waiter and when we did, he would just pass by with a quick apology about it being so busy that night. ​I was disappointed in service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 499 reviews are from the Matchbox Palm Springs reviews archive.
  • A great place to dine
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    It was great to dine with friends but on our half way dinner, a group was seated near us and they were noisy and load. I hope when you have group like that, they will be seated in a private section inside the restaurant. Sad but I think thiis restaurant is just after money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Palm Springs Fave
    a95bruin
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've made 3 visits, and have had a great experience each time. The food is terrific - but even better because we were able to order off the $5 happy hour menu. Everything on that menu is tasty, well-prepared and of a decent portion. Each time we've dined there, our experience was enhanced by the excellent service. Every server that helped us was attentive and friendly, even when I was with a party of 8 chatty, indecisive dining companions. This is on our 9yo's top 5 restaurants, and it's definitely our must-go stop in Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Pizza; Great Views
    blueingreenVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We love coming here to sit outside and enjoy a thinner-crust pizza and beer (Chimay on tap, which isn't easy to find). There are great views of the mountains and plaza; during the colder months the fire pit is fun. When we're in the mood for a casual night out, this is one of our top choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food vs service
    DonatoVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Go for the food but prepare to wait. Attentive service is lacking. Outside seating is less to be desired if you can't see your food because there's no proper lighting. Also hard to waive down any server when you feel like you've waited long enough.
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  • Restaurant Week Dinner
    barbs1224
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We enjoyed dinner at Matchbox earlier this week and had a wonderful experience. The wait staff was attentive, friendly, and honest in their recommendations about various entrees. The food was superb and did NOT disappoint. The Manager stopped by to introduce himself and ensure that everything was to our satisfaction. He was knowledgeable and very friendly. Matchbox will definitely be a Palm Springs favorite for us going forward!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was a little above average
    Mpatrick
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Our server Santiago was superb. We ordered fish and chips and a pizza. Both were just average.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Kickoff
    Desertron
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We kickoff PS restaurant week at our favorite place. The murasaki calamari
 with jalapeño jelly is a must. Menu is spiced up for the annual restaurant week, so we started with heirloom tomato and lump crab gazpacho (so-so); whole roasted sea bass with fennel and kalamata olives (open face, literally- this was a great dish, roasted perfectly); and strawberry shortcake with lemon curd and mascarpone for dessert (top-heavy because of the mascarpone was a bit too cold thick and stiff, causing the sliced strawberry to slide out and crumble the dry short bread). Did not drink as we were commuting. The service was great (thank you Henry!) Overall, a wonderful experience to sample items not usually on the menu!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great time
    3ricf
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Service starts with a friendly hello. We received one from a great hostess, our server was excellent, knowledgeable, and accommodated all of our requests. Great find for myself and some co-workers for the next time we are in town. (which will be soon!)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded Expectations
    BryanVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Expected this to be a tourist trap but was pleasantly surprised. Plenty of outdoor seating areas, nice salads, incredible gourmet pizzas, good drinks, friendly service, reasonable prices. What more could you want on a lazy holiday weekend? Will definitely go back often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.