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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

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643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
619-234-2449
Website
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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  • 31
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  • 4
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  • 1
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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
Fabulous ice cream

Have visited Ghirardellis in several states But this was first visit to San Diego . As always ice cream is first class . Premises very fresh and bright and staff pleasant . Minor grumble is that I don't think menu has as big a variety as before , although still enough choice

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
suziewong101
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Glasgow
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Atlanta, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We split a sundae which consisted of one scoop of ice cream and some fudge sauce. While good, it was grossly overpriced.

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Glasgow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

Have visited Ghirardellis in several states But this was first visit to San Diego . As always ice cream is first class . Premises very fresh and bright and staff pleasant . Minor grumble is that I don't think menu has as big a variety as before , although still enough choice

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

First time we've been to this particular Ghirardelli's and it did not disappoint. It was just as good as the one we've visited many times in Disney World/Downtown Disney. Staff was friendly and restaurant (as well as restrooms) was clean.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We're big fans of the Ghirardelli ice cream locations. We visited the most famous one in San Francisco last year (beyond amazing!) plus the one in Orlando. This location wasn't quite as fabulous as San Fran, but mustn't be too bad as we visited TWICE this week! (My husband and son both LOVE ice cream.) Our favorite is a chocolate... More 

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Pune, India
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

It's Ghirardelli! What's not to love? 😃 Had the hot chocolate which was sinfully choclatey! They had quite a few deals on the chocolates - so purchased enough to take back home!

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I always try to visit a Ghirardelli shop when I see it. I love that they offer a sample when you walk in the door! I asked if they had any samples of the new cherry almond dark, and the cashier just gave me one to try right off the shelf. Of course I bought some!

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Gainesville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

My husband and I arrived in San Diego in the afternoon, a few hours before I had to present a poster at conference. Knowing we had plans for an early dinner, but having skipped lunch, knew I needed something to tide me over before I had to present. We were strolling through the Gaslamp District and we spied Ghiradelli –... More 

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Nice, France
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

If your looking for a cool break in a calm casual environment with slightly old world feel. Head here, chocolates a plenty but tea and coffee are also perfectly fine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A sugarholics dream! My kids were in heaven. The line was a bit long, but they were so well run that it went VERY fast. They even handed out samples as we were in line. The portions are large to give your kid that extra sugar high :-) DELICIOUS

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Stopped here on walk around the Gaslamp area, attracted by the signage and warm welcome by the staff. Good selection of ice creams. Settled on the mint choice chip, black cherry and cookie-dough and marshmallow fluff. All excellent. Only small complaint would be price - shade on the expensive side.

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