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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 #108 of 4,041 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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San Diego, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW via mobile

Love the desserts and Coffee, so rich you have to drink tons of water, which they offer for free. Only reason why I did not give 5 stars is because it's very small and always crowded, no elbow room, have to wait to sit down.

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Texas City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Really great ice cream and lots of great things to choose from. I had the sundae with the caramel and sea salt topping, fantastic combination. So rich and creamy. Service was really good, too, and fast.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Great for dessert! So many different options - you are sure to find one or more that you'd love! Half cookie with ice cream and hot fudge was amazing!!

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New Jersey
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4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I was disappointed of the Ice cream quality. The hot fudge amount was less than I have received at San Francisco,CA or Orlando (downtown disney) locations. It just was a disappointment. The tables were small and the water from the tap was WARM. Yuck! Would not recommend.

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We decided to try this ice cream after a couple of days in San Francisco. The shop was close to the hotel and very busy during the day. We went for an evening dessert, and the shop although busy wasn't over crowded and we got served very quickly. We both had the sea salt and caramel sundae, and it was... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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19 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We hadn't planned on getting dessert, but saw this shop when we were out walking and decided to indulge. The place was crowded but the line moved quickly. The ice cream was good, but there were only a few flavors to choose from (I guess I expected more). We each got single scoop cones but I noticed there were a... More

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New York City, New York
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19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

who doesn't like dessert… but nothing spectacular. I was excited to try this out and waited in quite a long line, but wouldn't do it again. I would indulge if there was no line!

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San Diego
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70 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Everything here is sweet -- from the smile of the person taking your order to the sicky sweet carmel sauce to the not-that-great ice cream. I had butter pecan ice cream, but couldn't taste any flavor but SWEET. I tried a bite of my young guest's salted caramel sauce - no flavor but SWEET. At least the hot fudge sauce... More

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México
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86 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is a great place for chocolate and ice cream. It may be crowded, but they manage to keep the lines moving. Always ask for your chocolate free sample at the entrance. If you go for ice cream, you may want to have it at the restaurant, to concentrate on the flavour and enjoy. There is always room to sit,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

We had planned to share a dessert and eat in. When we got to the counter we were asked if we had a table. We said no, so we had to change our choice to two cones and to go. Waiting in line to collect our cones, we saw other people pick up their 'to go' choices and find a... More

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