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Ray's Italian Water Ice and Frozen Custard

Italian, Japanese, Seafood, Ice Cream
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3039 Lauderdale Dr, Richmond, VA 23233-7800
804-360-8135
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
Awesome Ice Cream

I always walk their to get ice cream with my friends since it is local to me. The business is run by a Mother and Son. It is really good ice cream! The wait can be long occasionally.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I always walk their to get ice cream with my friends since it is local to me. The business is run by a Mother and Son. It is really good ice cream! The wait can be long occasionally.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

There is nothing better on a hot day than Ricks Italian ice or frozen custard. I love the peanut butter and melon ice combined ,My husband loves the peanut butter the best. .We have tried many of the other flavors but these are our favorites. YUM .honestly we pass by this location every single day and its hard not to... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

While I don't live in Richmond, I never miss the chance to have desert at Ray's. I'm a purest and love just getting the frozen vanilla custard, awesome! But they have lots of frozen Italian Ice that you can, and most do, mix with the frozen custard. The soft serve custard comes in two flavors, vanilla and chocolate, which can... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is an outdoor ice and custard joint in a strip shopping center at the corner of Church Road and Lauderdale Drive. It gets lines around the corner and you can wait 30-40 minutes. They have many flavors of ices and you can get something called a rocket that is a mix of custard and your choice of ice. You... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

I have been coming to Ray's for several years now, and there is no doubt in my mind that it is the best ice cream to be found in Richmond. The frozen custard is rich and far better than normal ice cream. I have been to other frozen custard places where they only have hard frozen custard, but at Ray's... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

The custard is wonderful-be creative and order a frozen one-so many to choose from. I had the chocolate custard with brownies and walnuts and it was incrediable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We've been going to Rays for years and LOVE IT! The price points are good, the frozen custard is extremely delicious (& probably not diet-friendly) And portions generous! The shop is run by a family team... Husband, wife and son. Regrettably the husband is the least friendly - but I don't go there for him. His wife is much friendlier... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I've been coming here every summer since he opened up the stand, and every time I come he has a terrible attitude. I thought at first it was that he works alone most of the time, and he's usually pretty busy, but that's still no excuse to not be courteous to your customers. At first I thought it was me,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

We have been coming here for years. The service is great, sweet treats are amazing, and portions are very generous. Last visit I had a chocolate dipped cone, yummy! The water ice is always great and so are the hand dipped custards. I love this place dearly!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

Soooo good. I like getting the vanilla custard swirled with the mandrin water ice. Yum!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3039 Lauderdale Dr, Richmond, VA 23233-7800
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: 804-360-8135

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Japanese, Seafood, Ice Cream

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