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Marianne's Ice Cream

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1020 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2817
831-458-1447
Today
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Coffee & Tea, Late Night

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  • 132
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great ice cream!

I would guess the place is packed with long lines in the summer, as we were there in late March and there was a line. The ice cream is creamy and great flavors. Plenty of staff to help you. The store is crammed with other goodies, so you can buy other candies as well; although again must be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
DrSharonGreenfieldMA
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Greenfield MA
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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English first
San Jose, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The title says it all. The woman at the counter did everything but say 'f*** off' when we were there. The selection was tiny and uninteresting. Go to Lourd's down the street instead. Friendly and way nicer workers.

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Petaluma
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Given all the gourmet ice creams available in today's world, and given all the lofty reviews for Marianne's, I was expecting a lot. I did stick with my all time favorite of chocolate, and perhaps had I ventured into some of the more exotic flavors I would have had a different experience. But, the texture of the ice cream was... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Ok, no ice cream is really that bad, but I ordered a scoop of mango, which is normally a great treat at cute places like this. The ice cream I got was bright orange; end of description. Zero mango flavor. This was was merely cream plus orange food color. But it was ice cream so who cares, right? Judging by... More 

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Greenfield MA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I would guess the place is packed with long lines in the summer, as we were there in late March and there was a line. The ice cream is creamy and great flavors. Plenty of staff to help you. The store is crammed with other goodies, so you can buy other candies as well; although again must be packed during... More 

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Elk Grove, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We stopped by at 8:30 on a week night and the place was packed! There were about 20 people waiting before us, but there was enough staff that the line moved pretty fast. The ice cream was rich and creamy and they had a great variety to choose from.

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Everett, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This was a sweet little place, tucked in a little strip mall we didn't understand why all the people were hanging out on the sidewalk on a Saturday night. It's because they were waiting to get inside. They have a wall full of flavors. I tried Lavendar flavor for the first time, very refreshing. They also had Green Tea flavor.... More 

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Mojave California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I understand this is a old Santa Cruz ice creamery and this was reflected by the out-of-the-door wait. Go in, grab a number and then you have time to study the overwhelming variety of flavours on offer. Some very unusual ones (I liked the lavender and the cardamon pistachio). Only complaint are how crowded the counter area is that made... More 

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Chatham, NY
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

What a selection of flavors - all the standards, and such specialties as Mexican Chocolate, baby coconut (not called that - something beginning with M..), something else beginning with H..., Haripoca?, and so many others. I had lemon custard and ginger (2 different scoop/flavors). Long line Friday early evening, but they go by numbers (like a supermarket deli) and the... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Made on the premises Marianne's has produced great candies and ice cream for over 50 years. This is a don't miss location.

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Tulsa, OK
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I got ice cream at the Marianne's in Aptos but had tried to get it in Santa Cruz the night before. Both times the ice cream shops were busy, so I figured that had to be a good sign. Santa Cruz had a line on a Friday night at 9 about 30-40 people long. In Aptos, I had to wait... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1020 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2817
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-458-1447

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Ice Cream

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?