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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: Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 120
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Good cookies!

My wife and I stopped here after dinner for cookies. While we were waiting in line a worker gave of each a sample of chocolate caramel. The cookies were baked earlier that day, but they heated them up for us. The cookies were very good. Chocolate chip, presumably with Ghirardelli chocolate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
curioustravelor2010
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Becker, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Becker, Minnesota
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112 reviews 112 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and I stopped here after dinner for cookies. While we were waiting in line a worker gave of each a sample of chocolate caramel. The cookies were baked earlier that day, but they heated them up for us. The cookies were very good. Chocolate chip, presumably with Ghirardelli chocolate. Most people were eating ice cream and we will... More 

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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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76 reviews 76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Four of us walk in here for dessert prior to heading to the airport. As we walk in the door, a nice young lady hands us some caramel filled chocolate bites...nice. Now we order: quick and easy, but here is where it gets surprising: I literally take one step away from the counter after paying and there is a nice... More 

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Colorado
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226 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This a typical (meaning fabulous) Ghirardelli chocolate and ice cream shoppe. It's not the cheapest ice cream shop around, but you definitely get what you pay for. Very good and very enjoyable.

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Glendale, Arizona
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22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

These places are becoming more rare. Fun to take the kids and let them share a big fountain style sundae.

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

If you are looking for that old time ice cream parlor atmosphere, this is the place. Watch out for the menu the choices make deciding very difficult

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Columbia, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Ice cream was good in flavor but the toppings are the star. Was quite pricey ($10 for a sundae) and wish they offered smaller servings.

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We stumbled upon this ice cream and chocolate shop while returning from airport and I am glad we did !! the ice-cream was great. Ambience was perfect and the staff was very friendly. Not to mention, it was not very heavy on pocket ;)

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Atlanta
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This place is always packed, but it also is run pretty tightly. We didn't have to wait long. Everyone loves a free chocolate sample, so FYI if you want to "look around" but really just want a little something sweet to top off the night.

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Visiting Ghirardelli is one of my favorite spots in San Fran so you can imagine how happy I am that we have one in San Diego. Nice size place with plenty of seating. Ice cream is amazing of course.

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New York
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17 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Saw this place in Hollywood and the line was wrapped around the door, so I was curious when I saw it in San Diego. I am happy that I visited, great atmosphere and customer service.

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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
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

Questions & Answers

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