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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915 (Downtown)
619-234-2449
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Ranked #82 of 3,982 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Dessert
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Staten Island, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is one of the things we DON'T have in New York.. so it was definitely cool to try while we were away vacationing in San Diego. Went twice. The ice cream is quite good! I tried both the chocolate chip and the Ghirardelli chocolate flavors.. preferred the chocolate. Although busy, we had no problem finding a seat. The staff... More

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Santa Paula, California, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Typical Ghirardelli Ice Cream shop, kids always want to stop and get a treat when we're here. Prices are spendy, but if you order it to go, they seem to be a couple dollars less my husband noticed, probably because the items are a bit smaller in the to-go cups. We always share a Mint Bliss and it's wonderful, sometimes... More

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Fontenay-le-Comte, France
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65 reviews 65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Ghirardelli is a fun place. The icecream is pretty good too, though suspect I detected the presences of which is primly called "non-milk fat" (palm oil) and corn syrup, and the portion sizes are just ludicrous. Good icecream comes in balls about the size of a golf ball. It's really enough, particularly if you decide (like I did) that two... More

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nearnaples
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

A very good chocolate, also the ice cream and the dessert, but the service is not so good as the place.

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Cairo, Egypt
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254 reviews 254 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Having just had lunch at the Gaslamp Tavern up the street on Fifth Ave in downtown San Diego, I spied the Ghirardelli name down the street. Okay, so everyone knows what that means and I grabbed my daughter and two granddaughters and made a beeline for the place, taking care to ensure the girls (3 & 6) obeyed the walk... More

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Arlington, TX
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This place is great and my only regret is not getting more. It may be pricey - but it's good and if you don't want to pay for quality chocolate, then just go in, get your free sample and look and drool!

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Seattle, Washington
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

You MUST have dessert there. I definitely recommend their world famous - hot fudge with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream topped with almonds and a cherry. It is to die for! The salted caramel is also very good. Friendly staff and opened until 10 pm. Makes for a good sweet dessert run!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The dark chocolate espresso sundae- I've never had anything quite like it. Delicious and delivered with friendliness and cheer

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gilbert, az
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Having eaten at Ghirardelli in another city, this was a must try for us. And without any doubt, the ice cream is to die for. Our family shared a sundae and a banana split (made the way we wanted) and well, it was just blissful. The shop is very clean and nice as well. Ghirardelli Ice Cream in San Diego... More

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Independence, KY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Ok so I've eaten ice cream everywhere. Ghirardelli's is good but not as great as I was expecting. I've has Bruster's Ice Cream and it's just as good. Go to Cincinnati and eat Graeter's and it's as good or better. So all I'm saying is remember....it's ice cream. I haven't tasted too many that aren't good.

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