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The Penny Ice Creamery

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913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
831-204-2523
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Late Night
Description: Ice Cream

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Ice Cream in Santa Cruz

This amazing ice cream shop looks like a tiny "hole in the wall", tastes like the ice cream of your dreams. Unique flavors constantly change; recent offerings included chocolate caramel sea salt, strawberry shortcake, basil, bitter caramel, bacon bourbon chocolate, caramel corn,blackberry sweet... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

This amazing ice cream shop looks like a tiny "hole in the wall", tastes like the ice cream of your dreams. Unique flavors constantly change; recent offerings included chocolate caramel sea salt, strawberry shortcake, basil, bitter caramel, bacon bourbon chocolate, caramel corn,blackberry sweet corn. If nothing from the few flavors I just listed appeals to you, there will be more... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Most fun Delicious Ice Cream Place in the Santa Cruz Area! Unusual and Delicious Ice Cream!! This is a great family Experience! And YES! There is a line! And Yes! It's worth the wait!

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San Francisco, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Very good ice cream! We were able to make it in time for the discount price. Was a nice treat for all to enjoy.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This place is a "must try" if you're in Santa Cruz and you love ice cream. I was with a group that had both a vegan as well as a person with a number of allergies, and we were all able to find something delicious here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place is great. They make everything on-site and use local ingredients. The only reason I didn't give 5 out of five is sometimes their flavors are a little out there. It's definitely a place to try if you're in the area---favorites? Chocolate sorbet, Salted Caramel, and their seasonal fruit flavors are awesome.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

very unique flavors- high quality ingredients, reasonable prices, considering. My daughter and I have gone several times, a bit of a cramped space, though, and not as cheap as other places, and don't expect to depend on ice cream standard chocolate/vanilla/strawberry flavors, but so much better than your typical ice cream spot. Def worth visiting and being adventurous and trying... More 

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Santa Cruz
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I love that these guys have a constant rotation of unique flavors that makes it a new experience every time I go in. They're flavors can be on the strange side and there's always at least something I like.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The waiting line should be around 10 or 15 minutes in a Saturday night, but deserves the waiting time! You can park in a public garage one block away of the creamery. They had a list of nine flavors that was available for the day outside. I love the Tahitian Vanilla Bean flavor and the Meyer lemon Sorbet. The employees... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

While visiting our good friend in Santa Cruz, she recommended we get the "best ice cream in Santa Cruz". We are always up for good ice cream so we jumped in. We just happened to be there during "Happy Hour" which meant two scoops for the price of one. WOO-HOO!!! Their flavors are not your typical ice cream flavors. I... More 

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Central Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

“A classic sundae” I tried the Tahitian Vanilla Sundae, a true “triple treat”. It was fabulous. Try the sorbets or the creamsicle flavored ice cream. The flavors change often. The Irish coffee is very good too. The folks there are great, as is the music which ranges from Billy Holiday to the Shins.

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Additional Information about The Penny Ice Creamery

Address: 913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
Phone Number: 831-204-2523
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-204-2523

Description

Ice Cream
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?