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Ici Ice Cream Shop

2948 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705-2204
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Ranked #65 of 604 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $1 - $20
Mon 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Dessert, Ice Cream
Most recent review
- Sep 10, 2014
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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

There is a line out the door all through the year. There is nowhere to sit, except for a couple of benches. However, despite having to wait for 15 to 30 minutes to reach the counter, people flock to Ici. It must be the ice cream, always imaginatively created from fresh fruits and spices, in amazing combinations. Once the customer... More

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Great White North
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My friend insisted I try this place as she kept raving about the ice cream. We were lucky enough to find street parking around the corner from the place and when we walked up the first thing I noticed was the velvet rope in front and my friend told me there are usually line-ups. Thankfully there wasn't one when we... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The line for this place can be super long. It is not really worth the wait. But it is definitely an interesting place to try at least once (only if the line is short). Some of the flavors are just strange

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McAllen Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Long line but that was entertaining Met some neat souls while waiting my turn. I got honey lavender and it was worth the wait I'll try another one before I leave the area

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From Here to There
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Why in the world would anyone choose to wait in a line on the sidewalk next to a velvet rope for a scoop of ice cream?! I suppose curiosity killed the cat, and this place sees a lot of cats. The ice cream is average, at best...too sugary sweet without much flavor. The faux froufrou decor is neither comfortable nor... More

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I honestly do not understand the appeal of this place. I've now tried Ici twice, joining the ever-present line which moves pretty slowly, but that's ok, as it does give you the opportunity to peruse that day's selection of flavors. And the flavor combinations are very interesting and unique which is, I suppose, one thing that keeps people coming back.... More

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Wilder, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

You'll find Ici Ice Cream by following the line down the block! The shop is tiny, but the staff is friendly. They have some bizarre-sounding flavors that are sure to bring a memorable ending note to any evening. And since you're probably not familiar with their flavors they are very accommodating and offer lots of free samples. I wish I... More

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Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The proprietors let you taste test any flavor(s) before you purchase. All organic, local frsh ingredients. I grew up on a diary farm in Ohio and we made homemade ice cream in an electric crank ice cream freezer using slat / ice and whole fat raw milk. This ice cream is just as good (almost!). Yes, you'll probably have to... More

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Cambridge UK
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I am very picky about ice cream, and even make my own sometimes, but the ice cream here is unbeatable and unforgettable. Sometimes these gourmet shops have flavors that are just trying to be different, but don't taste all that good-- quite the opposite here. Every flavor we tried (party of 9) was delicious, different, memorable.

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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The servings at Ici may be small, but they're so worth it. Alice Waters' flavors are lovely and unique but not overbearingly crazy. (Not that crazy is bad. I'll have Humphrey Slocombe's Secret Breakfast any day.) I had Honey Sunflower Brittle and Orange Rosemary Toffee, and eating it was something like soaking up a warm ray of sunshine or sitting... More

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