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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating

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  • 35
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  • 4
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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
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If you're on a diet this is a dangerous place. My wife couldn't walk past without a stop - I only stole two bites of her Sea Salt Caramel sundae and it was hard to stop at that.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We got a chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone. I felt that the product was pricey. $4.25 for one scoop. The ice cream tasted very chocolatey, but had solid, icy chunks all the way through.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

If you're on a diet this is a dangerous place. My wife couldn't walk past without a stop - I only stole two bites of her Sea Salt Caramel sundae and it was hard to stop at that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Excellent Ice Cream, very efficient service, nice touch when you enter store, hostesses are handing out candy samples.

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Hadddonfield NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Years ago, in San Francisco, we discovered Ghirardelli. Now, each trip to California has to include at least one visit to Ghirardelli for their scrumptious hot fudge sundae. We're hooked on it. On this trip to San Diego, I tried the butterscotch fudge sundae, which was delicious, but nothing is as good as the hot fudge sundae. For those who... More 

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

In our mind, nothing beats Ghirardelli's ice cream after dinner in the Gas Lamp. However, we've gone three times and struck out each one. If you can find a table, it's sticky and impossible to get cleaned; and good luck getting any water to drink. Then there was my favorite tonight, where they tried to explain to me that what... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This place is a fantastic place to split a desert with your loved one or get the kids something sweet. Best to sit on the patio at night during holidays, primarily during Halloween to see all the costumes

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Del Mar, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Hey, it's ice cream! All four food groups (salt, sugar, fat and caffeine) so what could be better? The sundae's were great and there is a decent variety of flavors for everyone. I eat here regularly when we spend the evening downtown.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Our first time visiting this shop, it also came recommended and we can honestly say it was well worth it. So much so, we went back more than once. The sundae's (Strike It Rich & The Presidio), were sooo good. We enjoyed it so much, we had to see if one was located near us...lol.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

As always Ghirardelli does not disappoint. Candy or ice cream, get your treats here. The service is FAST. If you go on the weekend there is a line and the seating area is crowded. Worth the wait. Pick up some chocolate to take to family & friends. We always enjoy a stop here. When people claim it is overpriced, what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Came in for a routine visit while in town on business. Got a huge chocolate sundae with extra chocolate. It came out super fast and was super good. But, it was too much for just me. Next time, I'm coming with someone else to share

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