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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915 (Downtown)
619-234-2449
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Ranked #110 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Dessert
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
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México
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169 reviews 169 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is a great place for chocolate and ice cream. It may be crowded, but they manage to keep the lines moving. Always ask for your chocolate free sample at the entrance. If you go for ice cream, you may want to have it at the restaurant, to concentrate on the flavour and enjoy. There is always room to sit,... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

We had planned to share a dessert and eat in. When we got to the counter we were asked if we had a table. We said no, so we had to change our choice to two cones and to go. Waiting in line to collect our cones, we saw other people pick up their 'to go' choices and find a... More

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Columbus, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

We had iced caramel and white chocolate lattes and a warmed up chocolate chip cookie. They were so yummy and the perfect pick me up to continue our night of bar hopping in the gas lamp district. But they were way expensive, and my drink was pretty small for what we payed.

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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Layered, hot fudge & caramel, 3 scoop Sunday. What more is there to say!!!! A must try for 1001 choices. Good coffee too.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

If you count yourself as a true dessert aficionado, this you MUST stop at Ghirardelli Ice Cream, a short walk from Petco Park, you can taste the chocolate within 90 feet from the door.

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Mex
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My kids and I had chocolate ice cream, cookie dough ice cream and mocha ice cream in chocolate diped cones, and it was the best chocolate ice cream we've ever had! (I am a chocolate lover) I recommend it very much, the decoration and staff uniforms are like the 50's, and they are very friendly, so we enjoyed our visit.

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New York
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195 reviews 195 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

After finding out that my wife got a private tour of Petco Park as part of her corporate event, I immediately headed for Ghiradelli for something sweet that would also incite the deep jealousy that I was feeling at the moment. Hello Black Cherry Hot Fudge Sunday! OK, so it was 9 bucks. Every penny was well spent. Ice cream... More

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Staten Island, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is one of the things we DON'T have in New York.. so it was definitely cool to try while we were away vacationing in San Diego. Went twice. The ice cream is quite good! I tried both the chocolate chip and the Ghirardelli chocolate flavors.. preferred the chocolate. Although busy, we had no problem finding a seat. The staff... More

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Santa Paula, California, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Typical Ghirardelli Ice Cream shop, kids always want to stop and get a treat when we're here. Prices are spendy, but if you order it to go, they seem to be a couple dollars less my husband noticed, probably because the items are a bit smaller in the to-go cups. We always share a Mint Bliss and it's wonderful, sometimes... More

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Fontenay-le-Comte, France
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66 reviews 66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Ghirardelli is a fun place. The icecream is pretty good too, though suspect I detected the presences of which is primly called "non-milk fat" (palm oil) and corn syrup, and the portion sizes are just ludicrous. Good icecream comes in balls about the size of a golf ball. It's really enough, particularly if you decide (like I did) that two... More

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