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Big Olaf's

220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310 510-0798
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Ranked #16 of 46 Restaurants in Avalon
Cuisines: Ice Cream
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Phoenix, Arizona
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123 reviews 123 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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 

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85 reviews 85 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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Cathedral City, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We came here twice, not because it's great but because my husband loves ice cream. The first time the line was long (that's ok, we weren't in a hurry) but it was very hot inside the store! The store was run by teenagers (again, ok. I was a working teen once too) however the girl working was texting on her... More 

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Simi Valley, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The ice cream here was very good the only thing was trying to figure out when they were open. It seemed hit and miss. A few times we were in the mood for ice cream, but alas Olaf's was closed. I did hit the right time finally and had Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream-great!

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California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Their ice cream is not homemade on site, like I'd hoped, but it was Dreyer's and the portions are pretty big. All the ice cream places on the Island seem to be the same price, but the location here can't be beat. Give it a try.

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Long Beach, California
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218 reviews 218 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
550 helpful votes 550 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

We had wonderful ice cream here and they make a special cone every day. This is a fun experience. They also have one on Siesta Key Island off of Sarasota Florida which I have been going to for years. Give it a whirl!

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Riverside, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The smell drew us in, the Fresh Waffle cones were heavenly! The prices compare to anywhere we get Ice cream in LA.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Ice cream was delicious ...totally recommend buying one and driving around the island on a golf cart true paradise... reasonably priced .. lots of flavors ...mmmmm mmmm good

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Carlsbad, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Every time we go to Avalon we have to go say hi to the Buffalo/Bison at Olafs and have an ice crean. Yried macadamia nut this time and went back for a second one the next day.

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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
Cuisine: Ice Cream

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