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Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor

4005 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-4424 (Downtown Scottsdale)
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Ranked #170 of 1,010 restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $8
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown Scottsdale
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263 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Has been there since the 1950's and is charming. Like the old time ice cream parlors of long ago. There was even a separate room for the kids and the young at heart . To play old time pi ball and many other games. The staff were mostly teenagers and 20's. They were efficient and friendly!

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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Went here as this place has so much history and thought it would be a great treat on a hot day during our vacation. Instead I regret even going at all. The whole place smelled terrible like old dish rags and hot trash. The staff was lazily standing around chatting - no warm hello's, no offer to seat you, no... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was a decent place. We went because of the history of the area and the novelty of saying, "I've been there!" Our server was great and cared for our son's Red40 allergy very cautiously. The ice cream is the Breyer's Restaurant Blend, so it is creamy and good but it's still just ice cream. There are a few arcade-type... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My wife and I have been here several times, generally early evening. We have always had great service and enjoy people watching in the diner. Yes, it is called the Sugar Bowl and their main fair is ice cream but they also sell diner type food. With that said, we have never seen anyone getting anything but ice cream or... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Dirty, had to constantly find service, old and sad....needs renovation. Games in back lacked tickets...again had to chase someone down. WHY BOTHER! There are so many other places that make fantastic ice cream, are clean and are up to date!

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Denver, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Between the Golden Nugget and the Buster Brownie, there was a lot of sighs of happiness coming from our table. The Golden Nugget was a light orangesicle in a shake and the Buster Brownie was just...scrumptious.

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Mars, PA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We all had sundaes and enjoyed them very much. I am sure this place looked very much the same in the 50's or 60's and it seems pretty well kept given its age. We had a wonderful waitress.

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Portland, Oregon
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109 reviews 109 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stopped in for ice cream before heading back to our hotel. Nice and friendly service and good ice cream. It could have been a little cleaner is the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5. Prices are very reasonable and it's an old fashioned ice cream parlor which is fun.

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Marietta, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This little pink shop sits on one of the busy corners in Old Town Scottsdale. It is easy to spot and even easier to find your ice cream heaven inside. When the grandkids saw that we were headed toward the "Pink Store" (their name for it), they immediately started calling out their orders to us...."Green ice cream" (mint chocolate chip)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We are on vacation in Scottsdale in May. Temperature is 105°. We checked out the menu and decided to split a walnut - fudge Sundae with Vanilla ice cream. We weren't disappointed. We were very pleased with our Sundae. Great service! They brought us about 4 glasses of water as we must have looked a little dehydrated from walking around... More

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