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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Matchbox Palm Springs reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 25, 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
  • Love the Matchbox!
    2BuckChuck
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Sat out on a balcony seat and just relaxed and dined... and people watched! Great evening! Enjoyed every appetizer we tried! But have to say the Ahi Tuna Tempura roll is an absolute must!! Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was poor - we had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Service was poor - we had to ask 4 times before they lit the outdoor heaters. Bread came after our main course was served. We waited 20 minutes before we saw a waiter. They complained they were short of staff, but it was a Sunday night in season???
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pizza! Lots of kids.
    Blujewel8353
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great pizza! Lots of kids. Because I checked the "first time eating here" box we were given a bad table. When I asked for a better table we were told they are reserved for more frequent diners and since this was are first time we could not change tables. Stupid management.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great selection of food, sandwiches
    samdeeVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great selection of food, sandwiches and pizzas. The sliders were enjoyed by all. Specialty cocktails are great; however, service was lackluster. Would return as we enjoyed the food and hope the service will be more attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Wiltse
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I have been twice, first time great service pleasant server and staff. Last visit, server was flustered, short tempered and forgetful. The place was very busy but not an excuse! Still we enjoyed our food, was excellent! We just kind of laughed to see what he would do next....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The garlic, arugula and fig
    edyakVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    The garlic, arugula and fig pizza was very tasty with a nice thin crust.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good time
    Great
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    2 of my party shared a Pizza which was excellent. I had the salmon which was also excellent. Even though I made a reservation on Tuesday there was a question if they had a table for us. Busy place. I will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Evening Dining
    JKLC
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Perfect for semi-relaxed but with friendly crowd...open dining areas of chose...private balcony (limited in peak hours)...spacious dining room with open air doors windows...bar area has high top table seating and fire line single bar type seating...good place to bring and hang with friends and shoot the breeze...if you will... Great Wood fired pizza...!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    weezer7612VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We were running late for the show at the Palm Springs Follies across the street and needed quick service. Our waitress was amazing...she got food to us in very quick time and was super attentive to our needs. We shared beef sliders, charcuterie platter and pizza. Everything was excellent . We will definitely go back when we have more time to enjoy the atmosphere, good and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst. Service. Ever.
    Jhorocks
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Booked this place for a happy hour with some co-workers. We arrived early (4pm), there was 1 other couple there with drinks- NOT busy. We also showed up amongst another couple. Both my party and the other couple decided to seat ourselves. At least 5 minutes later, a bus boy came by with water. A waitress came to bring food to the couple that was already there, passed both my party and the other couple, again, didn't say a word. I should also mention 2 bartenders and 2 staff were leisurely chatting by the bar, still, no service. Finally, the other couple yelled to get service, which was met with attitude. Despite the fact the couple was sitting right next to us, waiter again passed without taking out order. We walked. Never again, stay away.
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  • Varied menu well done
    Foodforthought
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    A pleasant surprise. Very good food and service. Nice space. Good drinks. Flat iron steak sandwich was tender and flavorful. A good restaurant to try in the heart of Palm Springs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • something for everyone
    ConnieVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We enjoyed Matchbox because the menu is varied enough for hearty and light appetites, vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The crab soup is delicious as was the beet salad and the 4 cheese pizza. Good beer and wine selections, too. Our waiter was terrific; attentive, cheerful, welcoming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you want a quiet place
    queenbee
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    If you want a quiet place for dinner this is not it; lots of loud and/or crying kids. Service was very rushed; we had just rec'd a cocktail and the waiter was impatient for our food order. My husband had the crab soup which was very good, and the fig & prosciutto pizza which was also good. I had the ribeye, about 1/3 was gristle the rest of the food was mediocre. Food came very quickly, so not the place if you want to relax and enjoy dinner. The place was far from full, so don't know what the rush was all about! Wine list is so-so; we took our own bottle;corkage is only $15 but the waiter tried to get us to sign up for a membership which would waive future corkage fees. We did not sign up as there is a very slim chance we'd ever go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downtown Palm Springs Eatery
    MrsDocMac
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The experience was wonderful the evening we visited Match Box. Our server Henry was attentive, friendly & knowledgeable ~ an over all great server. The food was really good & the prices can't be beat during happy hour. A nice variety to choose from both the wine & food menus.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always...
    LetsAskScott
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Matchbox is one of my favorite spots for a nice relaxed delicious meal… I recommend it to all my clients and their guests especially for a great spot on Thursday evenings to overlook the street fair. If you are looking for awesome Pizzas and salads with a great wine list and full bar this will become one of your favorites as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    dine4five
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Each time myself and family visit Palm Springs we make sure we save time to visit Matchbox. The service is wonderful and they tried very hard to accommodate to your reservation, I was surprised when I asked for a possible outside seating it was offered to us. Way to go!. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    DHEdesign
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Without a doubt, Matchbox has the BEST "Sliders" of any restaurant I've ever been to! The restaurant itself was very busy (it was the holidays) and there were way more noisy kids in the restaurant than I remember seeing in the past - certainly no fault of the restaurant, and maybe it was because it was the holiday season.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Balcony
    OldiebutGoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    One of my favorite places to eat in Palm Springs. Be sure to order the Beet Salad!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Service was lacking
    DinnerGuest
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    The food was great! Unfortunately, service was lacking. It was difficult to get the waiter's attention. We had a hard time getting water throughout our visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The way they treated me that night for my birthday, I will always go back for more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ordered 3 pizzas . 1 was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    We ordered 3 pizzas . 1 was made wrong, 1 was burnt on the side and was not eatable, the other was good . Have eaten there a lot and this is the first time we have had this trouble.Hope it is the last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good as
    BobM
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The food was very good as usual. The pizza was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Patio Affair
    HappyZoni
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    My husband and I rarely get an opportunity to get away and are so grateful that we were able to go to Matchbox for his birthday:) The food, prices, service and ambiance is excellent! We enjoyed the lights below from a beautiful patio seat and loved the street fair gala. Have highly recommended Matchbox to our friends! Overall, an A plus!:) ~Happy Zoni's
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night
    imalrght
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    We get together so infrequently, so we have a lot to talk about. After drinks, the food came and we were all impressed with presentation and quality. Our initial plan was to have a bite and go to the Street Fair but the company, conversation, and atmosphere were so great that we sat and talked way longer that we had planned. Thank goodness it was not a busy night for the restaurant. We were not rushed or bothered in any way - but left alone to enjoy the evening. I'm sure all walked away with a very positive impression.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    GreightbritVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Have eaten at Matchbox on many occasions and the service was not up to par this time. We were a group of four and ordered our favorite white prosciutto pizza and salads. Our server delivered the wrong pizza and when questioned just said she must have put it in wrong. The extended wait for our food was blamed upon the salads taking so long to prepare. We had to physically hunt her down to get our check and she then tried to charge my card without letting me see the bill. We will return in the hopes that this was an isolated experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    beepem
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Great food... great service. It's always on our list of places to eat when visiting Palm Springs. The crab cake sandwich does not disappoint, and the small pizza is the just right amount for one person. Don't even think about dinner on the weekends without a reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent gourmet pizza
    sisters
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We shared the Q Special with chicken, roasted peppers and portobello mushrooms. DELICIOUS!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizzas and good service
    Smitty
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Great pizzas and good service makes this a perfect spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't judge by the cover
    Clover88VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    We were here on a conference and chose it based on some local reviews. We arrived and were put off by the run down look of the outdoor bar, but the service and drinks were fine. When we were taken inside for our meal, the ambiance was much better. The food was very good: everyone at the table, vegetarians, ominivores, and even a restaurant professional enjoyed the pizzas and salads. The desserts were good; the mudpie better than the lemon tart. The noise level allowed our table of six to hear and speak to each other. The service was attentive and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay....
    DeejayofSouthBay
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    The restaurant is in the heart of Palm Springs so it can be a bit touristy, but at least you're in the middle of all the action. We went on a busy Friday night, so while the waitress was friendly enough the service was on the slow side. We weren't in any big rush, so we didn't mind too much. The food itself was just okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't memorable either. I will say the shrimp & grits from the appetizer menu was delicious. Kinda wish it was my entree and not just an appetizer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fish and chips in a long time
    PSFood
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Great food, excellent and attentive service. Portions are substantial so don't over order. You will want to eat everything.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Palm Springs
    Steddy
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    This was a gem, recommended to us by a local person. We sat in a private balcony overlooking Palm Canyon Drive and watched the vendors set up for the regular Thursday night festival. When the festival started, this was the perfect vantage point for people watching. Meanwhile, the cocktails and wine list were great. We took full advantage of happy hour. Two appetizers were noteworthy: shrimp wrapped in bacon and served on cheese grits, and a melted mozzarella-bruchetta ball with spicy tomato sauce. Half price fire roasted pizza (with fig and prosciutto) got a rave review from our guest. Wife and I had big salads, hers was topped with scallops and mine was topped with salmon. Definitely a great spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On our recent visit to Palm
    rogerVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    On our recent visit to Palm Springs, we visited Matchbox. We sat at a table on the outdoor balcony. A musician was in the street right below us and provided wonderful music. The food was excellent at a very reasonable price. Would definitely return on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening
    JoeyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    As always, we loved this restaurant ever since it was introduced to us by our old friends. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot to eat
    CP66
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Good food along with great service. Nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PS, this is a chain
    hoyhoyhoy
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Welp, we took a gamble on a restaurant in the heart of downtown Palm Springs and we lost. The food was subpar, the service was slow, and the ambience felt contrived and manufactured. We each had a salad and split the roasted tomato and mozzarella pizza, the crust of which was tasteless and unappealing. I drank a Mango Mango cocktail as recommended by our server. Personally, I hold Palm Springs to the highest standards in cocktails as I have had many a delicious drink poolside, and this one did not make the grade. Boring. Tasted like pineapple juice with a shot of vodka slapped on top. We did enjoy sitting on the balcony overlooking Palm Canyon Drive but that was about it. Don't think they'll be a next time for us at Matchbox.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding servive
    PSFood
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Staff was genuinly friendly but not overbearing. Service was prompt and pfofessional. Made for a very enjoyable evening. Food was very good as well. The best fish and chips we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    anon419
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Unfortunately, we had a bad experience at every other restaurant we went to. Waiters where arrogant and rude. So at matchbox we where expecting the same. We where proven wrong. The service was excellent, the waiters where courteous and friendly. Thumbs up
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Matchbox!!!
    dawnbabyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Second time we have eaten there...first time, we were delighted. The second time was even better than the first!! The pizza with chicken and pesto is killer...beats any other in town! Service was great, and the outdoor seating is wonderful if weather permits. I would highly recommend it if you are strolling around downtown Palm Springs and want to relax with some good food that won't great your bank account!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really enjoyed our dinner.The
    Aggie
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    We really enjoyed our dinner.The food was excellent & the presentation beautiful. We will definetely be back.The service could not have been better.Thank you for a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet