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 Dining, 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
Matchbox is always so reliable. Excelle ...
Matchbox is always so reliable. Excellent reasonably priced pizzas and salads, efficient servers, and full bar. The Palm Springs restaurant, perched on the second floor, offers a variety of outdoor spaces that are great for people watching.
Put on hold for 15 minutes trying to mak ...
Put on hold for 15 minutes trying to make a phone reservation. Gave up, used Open Table instead, got an email confirmation, but they couldn't find my name when I got there. Was then seated in a weird location then sat there with no one tending to me for anorther 15 ministers before I got up and walked around looking for a server. Food? It was fantastic. But this place is extremely disorganized, laid out weirdly, and it all ruined the experience for me. Oh, and then I got the email from Open Table accusing me of not honoring my reservation. Cannot recommend the food due to the brain damage required to endure it.
Matchbox Palm Springs appears to be a pl ...
Matchbox Palm Springs appears to be a pleasant sandwich/pizza type restaurant. Unfortunately, the menu provided on OpenTable is NOT the menu for this restaurant. Instead, according to the staff there, is the menu for an entirely different Matchbox, not in Palm Springs and possible not in California. So, do not use the OpenTable-provided menu as a criterion. The staff there was friendly and the facilities OK, but don't pay any attention to my food ratings since we left and had dinner elsewhere. Not their fault and the place looked perfectly fine, but not what we wanted. Beware in this case. Never experienced this before over many years and dozens of restaurants using OpenTable. It's a mystery.
Unfortunately we went to Matchbox specif ...
Unfortunately we went to Matchbox specifically for Fish and Chips only to find out after we ordered... they were out! Also, there is a 16oz. PBR can listed on the beer menu... we were told, they don't carry that anymore. It would have been nice to know these things upfront. Food we had was very good. Great pizza!
Great upstairs restaurant on the main dr ...
Great upstairs restaurant on the main drag of Palm Canyon in downtown Palm Springs, with both indoor and outdoor dining. Balcony tables overlook the boulevard. Great American menu with meat and fish dishes, wonderful pizza, and a wide variety of salads and sandwiches. We shared a wedge salad, chicken pizza and divine calamari, all of which the restaurant split into separate plates for us in advance. Exceptionally gracious service. Loved it.
Don't dare try to go here during a long ...
Don't dare try to go here during a long weekend or holiday. We waited almost 2 hours to get our food. We should have just left, but we kept thinking, "well it's been this long, it shouldn't be much longer, right?" Waitress never checked up on us, we had to flag her down to get refills. I wondered if they forgot to put our orders in. Food was NOT worth that wait. It seems like the service industry in Palm Springs can't handle large/holiday crowds. Every where else we went, the service was terrible too. But Matchbox Palm Springs, we all agreed, was the WORST experience we have ever had at a dining establishment.
The service and ambiance was great! I or ...
The service and ambiance was great! I ordered the chicken, and it was not at all what I expected. It was like a fancy version on Kentucky Fried chicken. Definitely will stick to ordering pizza, since it is the specialty for this place.
The appetizer was not to our liking and ...
The appetizer was not to our liking and after returning it we still were charged for it. The pizza was brunt black around edges but we tried to eat it. We were still charged for the entire meal. No I will never go back again.
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.
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