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Big Olaf's

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220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0798
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Big Olaf's is always a highlights of our visits to Catalina. Great service, myriad of options, and the best ice cream around. Don't miss this stop on your island visit!!!

Thank Dan S
Ridgecrest, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I love getting ice cream here and I'm not even a big ice cream person. It's almost impossible to walk past this place and smell the sugar without going inside. The last time I checked it was cash only though so make sure you come prepared.

Thank skylarlisa6899
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262 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I was disappointed after getting my dessert and with the taste of it. I had read quite good reviews so we tried this place but dont think will be going back for the desserts there again. I ordered the chocolate frozen yogurt and it was ok...it didnt tasted anywhere close to the flavor. My wife had the coffee and after... More 

Thank Traveller_4m_Krypton
Santa Clarita, California
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227 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

There is always a line out the door. They have ice cream only. Two types of cones or in a cup. The ice cream is Bryer's. Lots of choices. There is a large patio next to Big Olafs that offers great views of the harbor and Avalon. Remember cash only!!!!!

Thank XK140NUT
Payson, Arizona, United States
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65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

After our golf-cart tour of Avalon, we stopped mid-afternoon for ice cream. Many delicious flavors of Breyer's ice cream.

Thank Herman M
Redlands, California
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77 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I visited this ice cream parlor this weekend and it was delicious! I ended up having ice cream for dinner our first night in town - totally worth it. My friends and I spent the weekend in Catalina and had the most delicious ice cream treats! I also got the cool opportunity to meet big Olaf! He was super nice!

Thank CaseyTheTomcat
Salida, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Still tastes good, but nothing like the old days. No idea why they ever sold out to Dryer's, but so disappointing. And, they don't take credit cards, which is ridiculous.

Thank Catalina_Lifer
Lakeside, California
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58 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Any trip to Catalina has to include an ice cream at Big Olaf's...this place has been there a long time...

Thank Meg48_12
Fullerton, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 September 2016

A great place to get ice cream! The waffle cones were fresh and delicious. The line wasn't too long either.

Thank stacieaw
Bronx, New York
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The ice cream was delicious. Must have ice cream on waffle cone if you are going to cheat on your diet should go all out. Service was great.

Thank elw966

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-0798

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?