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Matchbox Palm Springs
Matchbox Palm Springs

Matchbox Palm Springs Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.matchboxpalmsprings.com
  • Phone: (760) 778-6000
  • 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 (760) 778-6000
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent service!!! Food was great, as were the drinks.The kids loved it and so did the adults."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "​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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Will go back again and again. We usually invite friends to this restaurant. We love the foods and the manager who greeted us as usual."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Our server Santiago was superb. We ordered fish and chips and a pizza. Both were just average. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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!)"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We reserved with open table and arrived fifteen minutes early. The hostess was able to seat us early even though the restaurant was packed and the line was very long to be seated. Our server was amazing, always had a refill right when we ran out of our beverage. Food came out promptly and as ordered. Very delicious. We had the meat pizza and crab cake sandwich. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We have always been pleased with our dining experience at Matchbox. This time we went with friends and we all had a wonderful experience. Food is consistent and service does not disappoint. Value is present with their menu selections as well."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We arrived with a reservation for a party of 4 -- the restaurant was not even half full and our *rude* hostess refused to give us a table for 4 and insisted that all of the other tables for 4 were "reserved" (I guess our reservation didn't mean anything). The manager finally fixed the issue and we got a nice table for our party. Our waiter was Henry (recommend sitting in his section -- very helpful and insightful). Appetizers: Calamari & Ahi -- both very tasty (especially the ahi). Drinks: Me: Chimay (on tap!), wife: Strawberry Basil w/vodka. Dinner: Pepperoni & Sausage pizza (based on a recommendation from our waiter) and we loved it. Quality ingredients, great proportions, and cooked to perfection. Highly recommended! Enjoy"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Had pepperoni pizza, crust was heavenly! Pepperoni was thick and tasty, not greasy. Also had Apple pear salad, out of this world!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My wife and I stayed at Marquis Villas and received gift cards to Matchbox as part of our Amazon Local deal. Since it was hot outside, we asked for an inside booth. We met our server, Erroll. He is from England and seriously made our dinner wonderfully memorable! We ordered our Arnold Palmer (not that great) and Coca Cola (really tasty) and settled in with our appetizer - a spicy ahi tuna roll. For the main dish, we had a half pepperoni/half sun-dried tomato and fresh mozzarella pizza and a Cobb salad with one of the best tasting chicken breasts we've tasted! All in all, we will be back to try more! The service. The food. Excellent!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great Birthday Celebration outside table overlooking Street Fair "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Service tried to be good but we had too many people servicing us at the table. Food came very fast, drinks took by far too long. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Our hotel had recommended another restaurant and supposedly had made reservation for us there, but somehow didn't get made, so we opted for this restaurant after the Follies. I am so glad we didn't go to the other restaurant. This was a great dining experience. William, our server was excellent. He had recommendations for wine, beer, entree. He was friendly, even wrote down the local wine store's name and address and the wines I had so I could buy them. Great experience."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The Matchbox never disappoints! I've been here many times for happy hour, lunch and dinner. It is one of my fav go to restaurant for that great casual meal. Palm Springs street scene and the Mt View, great food, great service, what more is there!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Our server was amazing!!!!!! Very nice place to eat!!!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We love the food at this restaurant. Our last visit was our second experience and this time our table was outside on a small balcony. Sitting outside on a warm night made the food that much better!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My daughter 6 years old went during one of the busiest seasons and had no problems and loved the experience. The food was great and my daughter said it was the best pizza in the world."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great place to people watch from the balcony. Definitely request a private balcony table. Pizza is excellent!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I should have known better than to go to a chain restaurant in the center of a tourist area."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I haven't been to Matchbox for about three years....don't know why. I had almost forgot how much I do enjoy it. I went for lunch with a friend just this week and had a wonderful time. The food was absolutely scrumptious, waitress top notch and it was unusually quiet which was a nice treat. I enjoyed myself so much that my husband and another couple are coming back Sunday night for dinner. We had the crab soup with the delicious bread accompanying it along with the spinach salad that had fresh orange slices, candied walnuts and red onion. I ordered my favorite pizza which was the fig and prosciutto."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Went for happy hour mid-week. Most of the good was very good - I recommend the sliders. For $5 you get two sliders and a small pile of onion straws. We also really liked the calamari with a jalapeño jelly dipping sauce. We also ordered a tempura fried spicy Tina roll that was not good at all - skip it. Our server was fantastic! William had great knowledge of the menu, including the wine list and beer list which contained primarily micro-brews. He was really engaging and made our overall experience really fun."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Surprisingly good pizza. May be the thinnest crust I've even had, and yes, that's a good thing."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great Pizza! and good drinks. The place was happening and it seemed like quite the party zone. It was a Saturday night and there were a couple of big party groups (Bachelor Party and Bachelorette Party) so it got a bit roundy especiall considering we had two kids with us. We would certainly return"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable experience at Matchbox. The service and food were very good. It was a beautiful evening so we were able to enjoy the view and weather from our table. I would definitely return and try other items from the menu."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We had requested and received a private balcony seating, which was fantastic overlooking Palm Canyon Drive. We arrived at 5pm and restaurant was not busy at all; however, server was slow and we never received our calamari appetizer. Food was disappointing... steaks had lots of fat and vegetables were cold. We would not return for the food..."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Last week everything was great there. Not so this time.Asked for railing table, not available, five minutes after we are seated, perfect table opens up.We would have waited. Busser brought water immediately. Server took 15 minutes to come to table. Ordered. Got salads, go entree, (neither by server), still no sodas. Took 30 minutes for sodas. The medium hamburger thawas dry and well done. 20 minutes with an empty glass, I got up and asked the busser for a drink refill. I asked server to not take silverware with salad but she said she'd bring new. She forgot. Took from other table. No manager walking around asking how things were. It was very slow when we were there. Server needs training. Terrible service.Highlight, pizza was great."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was excellent as always. Service was a bit slow this time."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The thin-crust pizzas are wonderful. The iceberg wedge and sliced steak was not so good - both my husband and I had intestinal issues about 6-8 hours after eating it. Drinks are good. Finally a place in PS that has delicious and flavorful black stout. Very crowded on patio - inside is dark - wish they would tear down some of those walls and make more of it into patio space."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The food here is SO good (the tempura ahi role? Seriously, to die for), the staff is always energetic and friendly and the prices are totally reasonable. (Happy hour prices are downright cheap!) Even our REALLY picky kids love it (and our 11YO dubbed the sliders "the best she's ever had"). And get this: A server (not ours) dropped a booster seat sort of near our table at one point during dinner. It was NO BIG DEAL--she made a joke and we laughed. When our bill came our waiter had taken one of the entrees off for the "booster seat incident". We actually tried to fight him on it, but he insisted! This was our first time using OpenTable, too and it couldn't have been easier or more seamless. All around great experience."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Had no idea how wonderful Matchbox Palm Springs was. We chose to go there because it looked nice overlooking the street. I cannot even describe how delicious the best pizza was. It is definitely the best pizza I have ever had, and that is impressive because I am from Chicago and am familiar with good pizza. The salad that my server recommended was outstanding. Ridiculously cheap prices at happy hour. But food is well worth full price. The service was outstanding! Looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We were very pleased with our dining experience on their 2nd floor patio overlooking the happenings on the street and in the courtyard. Great service, tasty food, and a very reasonable and focused wine and beer list (we went with a bottle of wine). Will return again."
    Dined on 3/26/2014