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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: Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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  • 133
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  • 74
    Very good
  • 30
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  • 4
    Poor
  • 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
Perfect Ice Cream Stop

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... read more

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

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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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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Buffalo, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were visiting the gaslamp quarter in san diego and decided to stop there for dessert. We gave our order and sat outside. The order came out wrong and when we told them it was wrong the server grabbed it without saying anything and returned a few minutes later with the same ice cream but just dumped it in a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Ghiradelli is always worth it. It's pricey, but it's the flavor AND the experience. We went on a Saturday night with our young teens and that was probably a mistake because it's along a very busy adult party strip at night, plus parking is a bear (we had to pay $10 for a spot in a parking structure a couple... More 

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Lutterworth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Delicious ice cream and chocolate. We could have eaten our way through the menu. Looking forward to visiting the San Fransisco shop next week!

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Apple Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We stopped by for dessert and was not disappointed! The Brownie Sundae was delicious and the brownie was soft and chocolaty - just what I would expect from Ghirardelli.

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Northville, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

A special ice cream sundae was just under $10. I got the Midnight Rev and split it with someone. I was glad I did as it was a large sundae. It was very good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

By no means the best ice team around but much better than any other mass produced brand. Good flavor, abundant chips of very good chocolate and very large scoops for a very reasonable price. Clearly a repeat player when I need an ice cream fix.

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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
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?