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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
Perfect for a quick stop

My family and I stopped here for a quick ice cream fix. There were a lot of flavors to choose from but they didn't have Rocky Road - my favorite. Still, the ice cream was delicious and it smells like heaven in there!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The ice cream and dessert selections were very good. There are lines, but the wait is worth it. I would go back again.

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Imperial Beach, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Had our dessert here both nights we were in Avalon. Wide range of choices of ice cream and a choice of cones or cup. Lots of business, small place but well worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My family and I stopped here for a quick ice cream fix. There were a lot of flavors to choose from but they didn't have Rocky Road - my favorite. Still, the ice cream was delicious and it smells like heaven in there!

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Malibu, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

On site made cones and great ice-cream their Big Olaf Cones can be made into whatever mode you want three tipes of icecream, nuts, pineapple or chocolate, Make your own sundae.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Delicious ice cream, had some both days! Very efficient employees. I recommend the pistachio nut! I wanted fudge tracks for my second day, but they had run out, so I had Rocky Road, also delicious!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The ice cream was good. Unfortunately, then staff would seem to prefer you just leave your money and not inconvenience them by asking for basic courtesy in return.

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South Pasadena, California, United States
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Dreyers ice cream………..it appears the entirety of Catalina is somehow controlled by this company. You can't get any other ice cream ( at least we didnt find any )…………it was ok. It sort of hit the spot.

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

A landmark and family tradition. We have gone to this place over the past 25 years. Never has disappointed.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Big Olafs always has a line out the door. Single scoop in a waffle cone is about $5 Cones were fresh. Whipped cream canned . A Catalina tradition .

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Superb waffle and ice cream, no wonder there are queues heading down the street. The waffle is made by a lovely Mexican lady and it's superb. Great service from a very efficient lady who I believe hails from Chicago and a most pleasant Irish guy who surely plays basketball!!! An institution in Avalon, not to be missed.

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

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

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