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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 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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San Diego, California
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127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Camano Island, Washington
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227 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Ghiradelli a San Francisco Chocolate tradition with a location in San Diego! My husband was really in the mood for dessert so we stopped here....he had dessert ordered before i could even blink my eye. He ordered a Ocean Beach Sea Salt Caramel Sundae (11.95) for us to share..."vanilla ice cream smothered with creamy caramel, handmade hot fudge and sea... More 

Thank Wklstoywife
Mesa, Arizona, United States
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92 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We went there late one night looking for a treat. Ghirardelli did not disappoint. The treats were great and the service was very good. The shop is on the edge of the gas light district. In this area at night , I would only go in a group. There is a large homeless problem in the area next to the... More 

Thank Delbert B
Columbus, Ohio
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129 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

I had one scoop of chocolate ice cream and a big warm chocolate chip cookie. It was just amazing. I did not want too large a portion but wanted something chocolate. It was not cheap but worth every penny. Absolutely delicious!

Thank Kathy G
Paris, France
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Really good ice cream in a place which makes you feel as if you're in the fifties. Portions were very big and chocolate fudge sauce is to die for.

Thank Sophie T
Fenton, Michigan
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84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We love ice cream and dessert! Stopping in this Specialty Store was great fun as well as a delicious break. The portions are huge and match the price tag that goes along with it. All our expectations were met for a fun experience

Thank deanjp2015
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Shakes and stuff in the cafeteria are very good, but the chocolates in the store are more expensive than in general stores, don't understand how that can happen! Well, at least if you go in they always give you a free chocolate ;) and their quality is top notch

Thank JackSchnauzer
Holland, Michigan
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121 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This Ghirardelli felt a bit small. The front of the store was cramped but once you got your ice cream it seemed like there was plenty of seating. Overall, the brownie sundae was delicious, which was expected. Always a great treat, it simply lacked some of the atmosphere of other Ghiardelli's around the country.

Thank Pete4vol

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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
Child-friendly, Kids
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?