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Big Olaf's

Ice Cream
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220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310 510-0798
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
ICE CREAM

great selection of Dreyers ice cream...too many flavors to choose from, had a hard time deciding on just one lol very generous serving sizes...whe we are on trips our favorite saying is "O give us this day our daily ice cream"

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Ginny R
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Manteca, California, United States
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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This place is so overrated. This was some of the surliest service I received during my stay on Catalina. The women behind the counter were not friendly, they were not even nice. They tried to serve us burnt waffle cones and gave us attitude when we asked for ones that weren't burnt. It didn't matter anyway as the waffle cones... More 

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Manteca, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

great selection of Dreyers ice cream...too many flavors to choose from, had a hard time deciding on just one lol very generous serving sizes...whe we are on trips our favorite saying is "O give us this day our daily ice cream"

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Had an ice-cream cone here. It's Dreyers for the most part, just ice cream... The service however was good, and remember, it's cash only.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Best place to get a tasty treat on the go. Although crowded at certain times of the day, i.e., after dinner, etc. the service was quick and friendly.

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Long Beach, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Big Olaf always puts a smile on our faces! Try the double scoop in a waffle cone, dipped in chocolate and peanuts. Drop in some hot fudge and top it off with whipped cream and peanuts!

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Pasadena, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

You can't miss Big Olaf's if you are walking down Crescent Avenue in Avalon. The aroma of the waffle cones being made on site will lure you to the place. Now all you have to decide is how many scoops of ice cream to put into the cone and whether to have whipped cream and topping on top. Go for... More 

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La Canada, California
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274 restaurant reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Don't be fooled by the name and think that their ice cream is special...it's merely Dryers (a good ice cream, nevertheless). When we saw the shop we thought we were going to get ice cream that was unique to the island. This ice cream shop is very average and nothing special...even their soft serve ice cream was nothing to write... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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130 reviews 130 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

We had heard a lot of great things about this place, so we decided to go give it a try. You can smell the waffle cones from across the street, and they smell great. Unfortunately they only serve Dreyer's ice cream, which was very disappointing.

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IslandItalian, Owner at Big Olaf's, responded to this review

Okay...let's be clear. Big Olaf's is a 360 square foot ice cream parlor that features Dryer's Premium Ice Cream. We make our own delicious waffle cones and have fun dressing them up with toppings and whipped cream for a reasonable price. We make great shakes, malts and floats with Dryer's Premium Ice Cream. We don't claim to do anything else.... More 

Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We had heard a lot about Olaf's and were really looking forward to visiting. I knew we were getting close because i could smell the fresh baked cones in the air. We finally spotted it and walked in ready to experience ice cream deliciousness, only to discover the ice cream is made by Dreyer's. We can get Dreyer's anywhere, such... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I would assume that if we told you we were there several time during our three day visit you would get the idea that their Ice Cream was top notch.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: 310 510-0798

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Ice Cream

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