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Big Olaf's

220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310 510-0798
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Ranked #12 of 46 restaurants in Avalon
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Most recent review
- Jul 29, 2014
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Olaf's Giant Waffle Cone -- a must-have every time we make it to Avalon. Just don't try to eat one after a big dinner, you'll never make it :^)\

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Palmdale, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Open late into the night. Came by after a movie and found the staff lack luster. Only 3 types of ice cream available. Great tasting, just wished there had been more to choose from.

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Scottsdale
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268 reviews 268 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

When you have an ice cream shop at a touristy beach spot you are going to do well even though it is very ordinary Dreyers ice cream at outrageously high prices.

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Palos Verdes, CA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Want a great ice cream at a funky place in the Avalon cove? This is the place! Right along the main beach walk near the old pier.

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Carlsbad, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a nightly ritual in Avalon: stop for ice cream at Big Olaf's. But on our most recent visit, we believe Big O himself must have been double-dipping into his product. We were disappointed that seemingly half the flavors were empty. Nevertheless, we kept trying. It's just that sorta place.

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San Clemente, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

When visting Avalon our grandkids must have a Olaf's! They finish whatever they order and its all good!

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Oak Park, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Perfect dessert! Great flavors. Nothing beats an Olaf on a warm day in Avalon. Perfect location. A must have when in Avalon!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

They don't wear gloves. They grab the stuff n Ice Cream using their bear hands! It's disgusting. It's not good.

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Dana Point, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The kids always love the ice cream at this place. Heads up......CASH ONLY. Just get the single scoop. U will not be able to finish a double before it melts

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I decided to have ice cream in a cone instead of a cup to save a tree, but the ice cream was so extremely soft that they had to put the cone upside down in a cup! I could not even get out the door without the ice cream turning into a pool of liquid. I don't know if they... More

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