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Norman's Ice Cream and Freezes

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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2801 Leavenworth St, Ste 40, San Francisco, CA 94133-1117
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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    4 of 5 stars
Better than Ghirardelli ice cream

Hidden gem between the Cannery buildings on the wharf. All local homemade ice cream. A treat! We especially liked the mock chip.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hidden gem between the Cannery buildings on the wharf. All local homemade ice cream. A treat! We especially liked the mock chip.

1 Thank StaceyAN
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Support you local businesses. Try Normans out. It was recommended to us by a service worker at a restaurant we enjoyed while in SF. Worth the trip. Awesome hot fudge sundaes made w/Belgian chocolate prepared in the shop. Prices more reasonable than the competition down the street.

1 Thank MrPat53188
Mexico City, Mexico
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

We had the Oreo and the Chocolate Caramel. Both were terrific. The couple that owns the place and runs it is amazing, welcoming and friendly. Make you feel right at home! Great spot to make a stop and enjoy a cup of ice cream!!!

1 Thank Santiago L
Southern California
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56 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Stopped by here and enjoyed the tasty tropical ice cream flavors. They use really tropical fruits to make the ice creams. No artificial flavors here. The ice cream was yummy and the Filipino couple that runs it are very nice. It is kind of hidden from the street, but we were glad we walked by and tried their ice creams.

1 Thank tempdragon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This was our 2nd trip to S.F in the last 3 yrs.And ever since our last visit,I wanted a Norman's Ice Cream.When your on Fisherman's Wharf,or at Pier 39 you have plenty of options if your in the mood for ice cream.Options like Ben and Jerry's,Dryers etc.But take a short walk west on Jefferson Street(take a right at the BIG... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Went to see Norman based on his awesome reviews. The shop looked like something from the 80s and had a really genuine feel to it. It was spotlessly clean and Norman greeted us with his friendly smile and welcoming voice. I had the Oreo ice cream with a little hot fudge sauce and it was out of this world. I... More 

1 Thank Daniel O
Norwich, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

A little hidden gem right here, thanks to trip advisor we found it! It's so nice to see somewhere serving local ice creams, in a little but welcoming shop with SO MUCH PASSION! We had a man serve us, he was so kind and there was no rush at all, he put so much passion into making the ice creams,... More 

1 Thank ADX92
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

The ice cream was nice but I'm not sure if I'd say "the best ice cream in San Francisco". It is more expensive here and I'm not sure why. I cost $5.95 for a small cone. Norman's use Mitchell's ice cream which we believe that it's local.

1 Thank Phil-Youd
Vancouver, Washington
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This is a small Ma & Pa ice cream store. The owners are very friendly. Because the store is small you don't have 31 flavor options but what they do have is excellent and reasonably priced. The area has a small courtyard to sit in and enjoy your dessert. Drinks are available and other ice cream items as well.

1 Thank Jo T
Chesterfield, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

My wife and daughter had a craving for a milkshake after dinner on Fisherman's Wharf in the Ghirardelli Square area, and Ghirardelli's is the obvious choice. But with a line out the door and down the sidewalk, we quickly decided against that. So we wandered around the wharf, and just happened to stumble upon Norman's. What a find! It's a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2801 Leavenworth St, Ste 40, San Francisco, CA 94133-1117
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Phone Number: 415-346-3046

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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