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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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Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 126
    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
A yummy treat!

We were pleased to find that this location seemed to lack the long lines that the San Francisco and Disney World stores seem to have. The ice cream is just as good! You'll be treated to a sample of Ghiradelli chocolate as you walk in the store, and there is a wide variety of chocolates that you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Cynthia H
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West Jordan, Utah
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Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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West Jordan, Utah
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100 reviews 100 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were pleased to find that this location seemed to lack the long lines that the San Francisco and Disney World stores seem to have. The ice cream is just as good! You'll be treated to a sample of Ghiradelli chocolate as you walk in the store, and there is a wide variety of chocolates that you can choose to... More 

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Darnestown, Maryland
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17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Love this location. Very fun atmosphere, great sundaes and shakes. Really enjoyed the variations they offered. Great service!!

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New York City, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

You can't go wrong with stopping by the Ghirardelli shop for dessert. The espresso sundae with hot fudge was exquisite. Also a great place to get gifts for any chocolate lovers.

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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Today or family of five the children's age is 9, 11 and 14, stopped at this wonderful ice cream shop. I had something that I never had before, in an ice cream sundae with salted caramel and homemade dark chocolate hot fudge! I am a dark chocolate lover so this was a first for me and definitely worth the calories!... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Huge yummy portions of cool ice cream and chocolate heaven!! We had sundaes and banana splits and ice cream cones and even their house coffee and everyone at the table was thrilled with all the goodies!!! May seem a lit expensive to some people, but, if you compare to other establishments for what you get and the quality, it is... More 

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Becker, Minnesota
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116 reviews 116 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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
162 helpful votes 162 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
132 helpful votes 132 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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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

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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?