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2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
Description: Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving....
Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only.
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  • 226
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  • 74
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Soft Serve Legends!

If you love soft serve ice cream this is definitely a hotspot to go to. Once you're in Fredericksburg this is a must go to place for a nice friendly dessert shake, malt, Sundae,or just a plain old ice cream cone. Be prepared to stand in line if you go in the summer especially in evening because... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
cpanther56
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Virginia
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Virginia
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you love soft serve ice cream this is definitely a hotspot to go to. Once you're in Fredericksburg this is a must go to place for a nice friendly dessert shake, malt, Sundae,or just a plain old ice cream cone. Be prepared to stand in line if you go in the summer especially in evening because everybody's there! Oh... More 

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Thank cpanther56
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visit Carl's once a week or more if I'm lucky, a long history a Fredericksburg Icon, Love it sorry when they close for winter

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Thank Melvin C
Spotsylvania, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Best custard around! A real icon in the Fredericksburg region! I highly recommend this restaurant for a quick ice cream fix.

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Thank hooshur1
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Having lived in Fredericksburg for over 25 years; the first place I take visitors is to Carl's. Their frozen custard is like a trip back in time, not to mention their neon lighting and antique ice cream machines. I've been fortunate enough to see the business handed down from one generation of the family to the next, while staying true... More 

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Thank Hallamander
Charleston, South Carolina
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Carl's is a local icon. I get it. And the soft serve is old school. I get it. Don't expect a lot of choices on the menu. The milkshakes are good but not great. The sundaes are so so. It's a novelty place really. I don't get all the hype. If you want to stand in line at an old... More 

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Thank Don1987
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

I am going to get some serious flack from my Wife for writing this (she grew up on Carl's and is from Fredericksburg) but each time I have gone to Carl's myself I haven't been left in the state of euphoria that most people from this part of the country find themselves in after eating there. Does it taste fresh?... More 

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Thank Jason Y
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Carl's, without a doubt, has the best ice cream and milkshakes in the Fredericksburg, VA area. They are limited to vanilla, chocolate & strawberry, but quality more than makes up for the lack of variety. Be prepared to stand in line on evenings/weekends (though the line moves fast).

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Thank ramblinwreck1987
Fredericksburg
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Great place to go. Very famous place visited. You never know who will be in line. Lines are usually long. Don't let that fool you. They go so quickly. A place you must go to. One of the top ten ice cream places in the nation. Their homemade strawberry ice cream is the best. They do close the months of... More 

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Thank Mark M
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Carl's is a cornerstone business in Fredericksburg and is a local staple. Their soft serve cream is awesome and worth the wait in line.

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Thank J R
King George, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Carl's is one of the only authentic frozen custard places left in the country! It's been in business serving the community for over 50 years and still going strong! Best ice cream and shakes anywhere in the USA!

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Thank Lana A

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 7

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only.
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 - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?