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Swensen's Ice Cream

1999 Hyde St, First Swensen's, San Francisco, CA 94109-2040
+1 415-775-6818
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  • Average6%
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1999 Hyde St, First Swensen's, San Francisco, CA 94109-2040
Neighbourhood: Russian Hill
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Reviewed 3 days ago

"Watch us freeze!" That's what the sign says. And if you go early any day but Monday (they're closed) you can see them make ice cream. There are Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas specials. Nothing beats Swiss Chocolate Chip, or Caramel Turtle Fudge. They even have...More

Thank Dianne T
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Based on the reviews, I thought I was going to come away amazed. I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong. They do make good ice cream. However, it is not among the best I’ve ever had.

Thank SuperTed19
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Don't let the decor fool you - they have great ice cream with plenty of flavors to choose from. In addition, their staff is funny and friendly. Caution: You may get addicted to their flavors!

Thank Gary2425
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Two things to keep in mind: Swensen's doesn't open until noon, and there is no seating. I guess previous reviewers who enjoyed watching the cable cars go by must have seen them while standing on the street eating their cones or waiting in line. Arriving...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We came across Swensen's by chance after jumping off the cable car for the Lombard Street and then walking down the hill a bit. I think this is the best ice cream in San Francisco and is certainly better value for money than Ghirradellis which...More

Thank Sand82014
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Always busy. Great service. Excellent ice cream. No seating so just grab & go. Greta selection of flavors.

Thank Doubleeagle
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Experience for real taste of Swensen'S ice cream at San Francisco. Better than I Thailand 🇹🇭 Recommend !!

Thank Theerawut K
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Just great nice cream !I had the cookies and cream it was very good . There is no place to sit its just ice cream and go . The line can be long but it moves quick

Thank tbkberg
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Five minutes walk from Lombard Street! Good value for money. helpful staff. Visited numerous times and always the same high quality service!

Thank R H
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I got the single peanut butter and my wife got the sticky chocolate. Fantastic ice cream - just what we were looking for having pizza a few doors down at Za. Single size was plenty - no need to go for the double. Cash only...More

Thank Casey F
Russian Hill
Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential
neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner.
Combined with several great cafes, restaurants,
antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any
visitor would gladly leave their heart in San
Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down
Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world,
and make the slow creep downhill past charming period
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Can it be shipped? Swiss Orange Chip!!!! Yum-live in NC
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1999 Hyde St, First Swensen's, San Francisco, CA 94109-2040
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Russian Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Russian Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-775-6818
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