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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, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating

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  • 35
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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
Great old fashioned sodas and sundaes.

We go there to order my favorite hot chocolate mix, I can't find it in any supermarket anymore. When we are there I buy five or six cans of it the best hot chocolate I have ever had. After making that purchase my husband and I go to the soda fountain and order a chocolate soda with chocolate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Laurel727
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San Diego
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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We go there to order my favorite hot chocolate mix, I can't find it in any supermarket anymore. When we are there I buy five or six cans of it the best hot chocolate I have ever had. After making that purchase my husband and I go to the soda fountain and order a chocolate soda with chocolate ice cream... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

After a exquisite dinner or bar hopping yes there is Chocolate AT Ghirardelli. Place is clean, staff friendly and of course chocolate.

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Camarillo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Chocolates are good but expensive. Their dessert is expensive as well. We ordered crissy field with 3 scoops of ice cream for about $11 and all 3 of us shared it and it was enough. I like their chocolates but for ice cream, I prefer cold stone or Baskin Robbins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Yum! We stopped here after a movie just a block away. We had the salted caramel chocolate shake and it was delicious. We stopped by again after dinner for a hot chocolate. They give little samples away while waiting in line and the service is good.

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This place was a chocolate lovers dream. Great selection, great ice cream served in old fashioned soda cups. Servers wore old fashioned uniforms. Good place to take your date. They have a huge selection of sweets for the road.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The menu was incredible and we had a delicious ice-cream (to share as they are generous portions)! However I did feel slightly like just-another-customer to them compared to the service I've experienced elsewhere in the U.S. The waiters didn't smile at all even when we ordered or walked in. I would go back for the food but would expect to... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

If you're in the Gaslamp district, make sure to have this place be one of your stops whether it's the afternoon or after finishing dinner at one of the restaurants close by. Just note this place is crazy busy. Seating inside or outside will probably be difficult, so if you can do it i would recommend to get your order... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Stopped here after eating at a place across the road. Good selection of ice creams, big queues, simple seating area, bad bathrooms, great servers and helpful American people........ and too much for my stomach.

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

this is a nice place to take a break from heat and crazy bustling hectic shopping at Gaslamp District since the place got central A/C, ample seatings and you can sit as long as you want to enjoy that cold creamy treat. We ordered the salted caramel sundae to share. Glad we did because it was right amount for two... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Although you can't compare this to the flagship store in San Franciso's wharf area, we enjoyed sharing sundaes after dinner in the Gaslamp district on a hot summer day. We purchased some unique chocolates that we couldn't find at home - for handy gifts, and enjoyed the eclectic and diverse crowd enjoying their ice cream. You can't compare the actual... More 

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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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?