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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 #91 of 4,093 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

We shared a sundae between two of us, which was easily big enough to share. It was lovely, but possibly not worth the price for a dish that essentially was mostly ice-cream. The shop has a large area of tables, which was empty when we visited so it easy to get somewhere to eat and it arrived quickly.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The deserts were outrageous. I cannot eat dairy and I was able to find desert! The chocolates also come in small sample sizes so everyone can choose what they like.

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New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Great for the kids. Large sundaes, service is excellent and very fast. Plus lots of unique Ghirardelli chocolates.

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Cairo, Egypt
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377 reviews 377 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

After dining at the Grant Grill and then attending the San Diego Gay Men's presentation of Madonna, it was late, but not too late, to mosey down to Ghirardelli on 5th Ave - "Restaurant Row." My wife, Daughter # 2 and SIL (the Navy's Pride) couldn't wait to have an ice cream treat! The only thing missing were my two... More 

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Annapolis
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158 reviews 158 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you love ice cream like we do, this is a must. It has the old time soda fountain atmosphere. You order at the counter and they bring your ice cream to you in no time. Clean, friendly, excellent sundaes with any flavor ice cream you want in it. Yes it is a little pricey for ice cream but I... More 

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Commack, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Just finished our delicious ice cream in Gaslamp District. Best ice cream of our trip - each of us enjoyed this the most of the 5 places we've had. A must do in San Diego.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Arrived at the ice cream shop quite late in the evening. We purposely skipped desert in the restuarant to try this place. Glad we did because it didn't disappoint! It can't be missed with the large neon sign lighting up the street. Can't recall the flavours of ice icream we got but they were both amazing and extremely filling. Would... More 

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Oxnard, California
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140 reviews 140 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Came here w my kids. We ordered the strawberry sundae, and it didnt dissapoint! It was rich decadent, big sized, and quality! The wait was about 10 min to orderand we did find a table for 3. They have a nice water fountain to drink, and restrooms. The service was good and quick! I didnt get a change to eat... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our ice cream sundaes here were terrific. The place is pleasant and well lit. There is an excellent assortment of ice cream dishes and chocolates.

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Vista, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Their ice cream desserts never disappoint. Their prices do. After paying over $10 for a ice cream sundae you expect it to be of decent size.

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Additional Information about Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

Address: 643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
Phone Number: 619-234-2449
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Dessert

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