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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great food and Bryan, our server, was awesome! Always a great place to eat directly downtown."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "5 in our group everyone raved about their meal. Service was great server very nice,fun."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I love Matchbox. Great place to eat with a date. I've been going here for years."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great Birthday Celebration outside table overlooking Street Fair "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I should have known better than to go to a chain restaurant in the center of a tourist area."
    Dined on 4/9/2014