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Matchbox Palm Springs

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155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262-8303 (Tahquitz Canyon & Arenas)
+1 760-778-6000
16:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Brewer, Maine
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived with a family of 8. No small task, however the server did her best. She seemed to be, "in the weeds" most of the night and commented that the bartender had favorite serving staff (which certainly seemed so to me having worked in a restaurant in the past). The water glasses and tiny, and with ice probably hold... More 

Thank farfromhome2003
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Slow service and mediocre food. Menu is fairly uninteresting. The balcony is great though. Maybe have drinks here and crowd watch, then have dinner somewhere else.

Thank Michele T
Paris, France
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a busy Thursday night during the holiday season and the restaurant was packed. Service was pleasant, but we waited more than an hour for our food pizzas. Appetizers and salad portions were small and we found the food underwhelming for the price.

Thank khicks612
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Requested a balcony. A touch of romance to set the mood right. (You get privacy and a great view) Started with the Giant Meatball which was amazing. The bread which I thought was perfection. Then came our entrees of pizza and a burger. Didn't disappoint ,bloody Mary burger, which was more than I can put my mouth around. Pizza was... More 

1 Thank Leodan A
Placerville, California
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A decent happy hour for fair prices on wine, beer and their happy hour menu. Margarita pizza is pretty good.

Thank bcwelsh
Beverly Hills, California
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170 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Name and ownership change December 1. Good pizza, salads and Cabernet wine RESTAURANT: A Food quality B Value A Ambiance A Location A People A Staff B Scene A Decor CLEAN OR DIRTY: A Utensils A Table A Glassware

2 Thank james90211
San Diego, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We called a few hours before to see if we could get a reservation for a party of 12. They couldn't accommodate us all at one table, but were able to have two adjacent tables. Worked out just fine. We all ordered different pizza's and salads and shared, so didn't ask about separate checks. Prices, service, and food were good,... More 

Thank 356benhere
Federal Way, Washington
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

My daughter and I weren't quite hungry enough for a full meal...but we wanted to enjoy our first night in Palm Springs. We decided to enjoy the basics...and Matchbox delivered. The Ginormous Meatball made from angus beef, veal + pork, pepperoni sauce, with wood-fired bread and pecorino romano was fabulous! More than enough for two people. The sauce had a... More 

Thank Want2TrvlMore_11
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16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Visited here on a Friday night with my husband. Had reserved seating on Open Table app prior to arrival. Can not reserve patio seating unless you are there in person, so ask when you arrive and if it's available they will seat you, which was the case for us. Was immediately seated on the patio. They have private balconies available... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We live in the desert and happened to be a bit hungry for a late lunch on a Wednesday, while in "Down Town P.S., just in time for happy hour at the Matchbox, what a great surprise! Half price wine and it was good, $5.plates, and great pizza, and sliders that were perfect and came with a Heep if toasted... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 30
Italian, American, Bar, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 155 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262-8303
    (Tahquitz Canyon & Arenas)
  • Public Transportation: There is one transit stop 50 yards from our building on the main strip of Palm Canyon Drive, in down town Palm Springs.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 760-778-6000
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?