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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

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643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
619-234-2449
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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This place is a fantastic place to split a desert with your loved one or get the kids something sweet. Best to sit on the patio at night during holidays, primarily during Halloween to see all the costumes

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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San Diego, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

In our mind, nothing beats Ghirardelli's ice cream after dinner in the Gas Lamp. However, we've gone three times and struck out each one. If you can find a table, it's sticky and impossible to get cleaned; and good luck getting any water to drink. Then there was my favorite tonight, where they tried to explain to me that what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This place is a fantastic place to split a desert with your loved one or get the kids something sweet. Best to sit on the patio at night during holidays, primarily during Halloween to see all the costumes

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Del Mar, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Hey, it's ice cream! All four food groups (salt, sugar, fat and caffeine) so what could be better? The sundae's were great and there is a decent variety of flavors for everyone. I eat here regularly when we spend the evening downtown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Our first time visiting this shop, it also came recommended and we can honestly say it was well worth it. So much so, we went back more than once. The sundae's (Strike It Rich & The Presidio), were sooo good. We enjoyed it so much, we had to see if one was located near us...lol.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

As always Ghirardelli does not disappoint. Candy or ice cream, get your treats here. The service is FAST. If you go on the weekend there is a line and the seating area is crowded. Worth the wait. Pick up some chocolate to take to family & friends. We always enjoy a stop here. When people claim it is overpriced, what... More 

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Came in for a routine visit while in town on business. Got a huge chocolate sundae with extra chocolate. It came out super fast and was super good. But, it was too much for just me. Next time, I'm coming with someone else to share

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We had just finished a full dinner, complete with appetizers when we walked past. We saw some people on their outdoor patio eating little cones, which looked like the perfect amount. So we ordered double scoop cones. Turns out the people we saw must have had mini cones or samples, because our cones were huge! And because we ordered double... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We split a sundae which consisted of one scoop of ice cream and some fudge sauce. While good, it was grossly overpriced.

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Glasgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

Have visited Ghirardellis in several states But this was first visit to San Diego . As always ice cream is first class . Premises very fresh and bright and staff pleasant . Minor grumble is that I don't think menu has as big a variety as before , although still enough choice

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

First time we've been to this particular Ghirardelli's and it did not disappoint. It was just as good as the one we've visited many times in Disney World/Downtown Disney. Staff was friendly and restaurant (as well as restrooms) was clean.

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Additional Information about Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

Address: 643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
Phone Number: 619-234-2449
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Dessert

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-234-2449

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Dessert
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?