About 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.
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
Taquitz Canyon / Arenas Road
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
There is one transit stop 50 yards from our building on the main strip of Palm Canyon Drive, in down town Palm Springs.
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
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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!
Matchbox Palm Springs Ratings and Reviews
Fun Place! Its located in a super great ...
Fun Place! Its located in a super great location above the heart of downtown palm springs and has tables on the balcony overlooking the action down below. The service was great. Started with calamari which was very tasty. I had salmon that had rice, sausage & tomatoes under it. Each component was bland by itself, but when eaten together it was uniquely good. The salmon was cooked perfectly. My husband had the pork chop & was underwhelmed. It was a bit dry & boring, but the brussel sprouts & cauliflower mash that came with it were good. We will definitely return.
For some reason I was underwhelmed. The ...
For some reason I was underwhelmed. The setting was nice and we had a view of the street below. The service was very friendly, professional and attentive. What was lacking was the food, it was just pedestrian at best. The pear/Apple salad lacked pears and apples, and the chicken was dry...tasting like it was nuked right before it came out. My dinner companion was equally underwhelmed with the pizza. Maybe it was just a bad night in the kitchen.
Fun restaurant with a good vibe. The pi ...
Fun restaurant with a good vibe. The pizzas are very good. I especially like the fire and smoke pizza. For the most part, well worth the price. The single exception is the meatball appetizer which, while it tastes good, is not worth $14..
The burger and fries are better at Ruby' ...
The burger and fries are better at Ruby's across the courtyard, and the full size salad portion is skimpy for the price. Overall, not a good value and we won't return. Very sorry to report this because our server and the manager obviously cared to try to give us a good experience. They get an 'A' for effort but the food preppers and quantity policy makers at Corporate get a 'C' at best.
Delicious pizza with crisp, thin crust. ...
Delicious pizza with crisp, thin crust. We were pleased to find that Happy Hour prices included our pizzas, as well as our tasty house margaritas! Service was prompt and friendly, and our food came to table very quickly. Entire staff was welcoming, polite, and helpful.
Drinks, pizza, and calamari were great. ...
Drinks, pizza, and calamari were great. Burger came out waaay overcooked, came out well done when asked for medium. As soon as we told our server, she took it and had a new one made. Inconvenient, but handled well. It would've been nice if they had bread or chips or something to munch on while we waited for our apps.
Not a good experience at all. They were ...
Not a good experience at all. They were out of a lot of items on the menu, the food took over 40 minutes to arrive, and ironically was cold when we did receive it. All of the tables around us had the same problem, and no one seemed very happy. The staff was fairly apologetic and did seem to care, but I don't think we'll be back.
I love Matchbox, unfortunately, when we ...
I love Matchbox, unfortunately, when we arrived and were given seats at the bar as requested,
(NBA finals were on TV), we were not advised that the air conditioner in bar area was not working, and it was only 122 in Palm Springs on Sunday- however in just over an hour, the A/C
was fixed and working.
Great cocktails and beers to choose from ...
Great cocktails and beers to choose from. Excellent pizza's with variety of flavor profiles. Decor is unique and fitting for the ambiance of this foodie spot. Be expected to spend a little extra $$ for the experience; worth the extra couple bucks for the nice quality of foods and services.
Frankly, one of our worst dining experiences for a long time.
Everything was marinated in pepper. The starter, pizza(s). Starters looked liked they were bought in, then covered in a marinated tomato sauce.
We all felt a little rough after, as a result.
Did not disappoint !
We went for our sons birthday. They gave us a great table on the balcony! The view of downtown Palm Springs was amazing. Especially the people watching. The food and drinks were delicious !! The pizza will not disappoint. We also had the kale salad with the seared ahi tuna. We loved it. The wait staff was beyond great. We had an awesome server, funny, attentive and polite. It made for a perfect dinner. Thanks Matchbox, we will be back again.
The food was absolutely amazing.
My neighbor and I have been trying different restaurants. She wanted a good martini and Matchbox came up on Yelp as the best Martini's near by. They were correct, the Lemon Blueberry was so amazing we had 2 of them. The apple salad was so delicious. I most definitely recommend the bread pudding, we actually fought over the last bite. The server could have been a little more attentive, as we wanted water and another drink and had to track her down for drinks and to check on our food as it took a little longer then it should have we think.
A very pleasing dining experience. Loved the "private balcony" table above S Palm Canyon Dr. Cream of Crab soup was outstanding. Followed that with 3 hamburger sliders plus the onion rings. Great meal. Definitely a place we will return to on future trips to Palm Springs. Stacey was great. Spot on with her recommendations and very attentive.
A happy hour hit!
Hungry for some pizza pie on our way out of Palm Springs, we decided to try this locally recommended sensation. My only complaint is parking in the area can be a pain at certain hours, but the inconvenience was well worth it. We happened to hit happy hour when all the pies on the menu are $5-8. My kids split a 10" and my husband and I each got our own. Even with alcohol, our bill was barely over $35. Not to mention, the pizza was fantastic. Service was great and the decor was warm and welcoming.
We will return!
The food was very good. We had pizzas and they were great! Even our oldest daughter who doesn't like pizza sauce, loved the piece she had. Our server was very attentive and kind. We look forward to our next trip to Palm Spring for more great food. Thank you!
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