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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

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$$ - $$$
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643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
+1 619-234-2449
11:00 - 23:00
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55 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Friendly people serving world famous chocolate. We ordered a scoop of ice cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone- probably the freshest cone ever. Also, we shared a specialty sundae- there is a coupon on a local map that grants a free chocolate bar with purchase of a sundae. You can enjoy your ice cream inside or just outside the... More 

Thank Jennifer R
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240 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We came upon this famous name while walking down Fifth Avenue so decided to try it. The first nice touch was being presented each with a toffee-filled chocolate. Not knowing too much about American ice cream cones, we opted for our single scoops in their 'waffle cone'. The cone measured at least 8 inches long and the open end must've... More 

Thank Jacqui M
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I am not an ice cream fan at all. I was told to try the Ghirardelli chocolate ice cream. They make it themselves and it was AMAZING! A must stop if you are in downtown San Diego. It is a cute little shop with chocolates for purchase and a place inside to sit and eat your sweet treats.

Thank Lisa C
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

If you like Ice cream and Chocolate then stop in. Had the salted caramel it was so good and they sneak salt in half way through the desert. You are presented a chocolate at door when you enter

Thank Todd M
Omaha, Nebraska
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We visited this ice cream shop a couple of times during our trip. The sweet treats are amazing and the service is good. We would definitely go back.

Thank JKD4
Lake Arrowhead, California
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped in to purchase some chocolate that my wife needs for her office. While there treated myself to a single scoop of the espresso chip ice cream. I have been here numerous times before but never did anything but buy chocolate. This time decided to treat myself to a single scoop of the espresso chip on a sugar cone. Glad... More 

Thank ZProf
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Had a very good banana split. Most sweet items are very, very sweet! Not a bad idea to get a cup of coffee to counter rich chocolat-ness. Had a small line on a Saturday night but got in and out in less than a half hour.

Thank Kris M
San Diego, California
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133 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

It's a candy store with ice cream too. It's in the heart of the Gaslamp and families often stop I with children. They handle volume well so lines move fast. Indoor and outdoor seating. We have stopped in at least a few times a year and always enjoy. After some questioning at counter, just learned it's possible to order a... More 

Thank Donna c
Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We paid over $15.00 for one 2 scoop specialty sundae. It was very average and nothing like the picture. All the toppings, including the brownie were half portions and the ice cream just average. Big regrets going here.

Thank crazybusymomof5
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Got severed quickly but was disappointed with the ice cream. Was expecting a whole lot more. Would not go back

Thank James G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-234-2449

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