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“Great ice cream, long lines” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ici Ice Cream Shop

Ici Ice Cream Shop
2948 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705-2204
510-665-6054
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Ranked #71 of 619 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Dessert, Ice Cream
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Berkeley, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great ice cream, long lines”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The flavors are inventive, the ice cream hand-made, and delicious.

The service is slow, as they take the time to let customers sample as many flavors as one might like at their leisure before making a choice.

As a result, long lines often form, complete with a velvet rope (but no bouncer).

Visited July 2013
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Berkeley, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“wonderful icecream - always a long line...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Warning, even in cold, wet weather, there is a long line. Friendly staff, great ice cream, what else could one want?

Fair warning though: The ice cream is pricy - so - this is a "special treat" shop.
And- If you place an order for an event, it's >pay-the-full-amount-in-advance< and no refunds, regardless of how small or large the order or if the event has been cancelled; even if you tell them days in advance that the event has been cancelled.

Go elsewhere for catering a party.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco
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“No Wonder there is always a line”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Everything handcrafted and fresh.
Unique, but delicious flavors.
Some members of the family will go no where else !

Visited May 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Ici (EEE-Cee)- Not necessarily easy...but you need to GO.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Found on tripAdv. The line wasn't long at all and moved fast.
Very nice "scoopers" who were willing to offer plenty of tastings without lots of eye rolling.
Flavors were good with nice texture and nice creaminess. Some hand made shop's offerings end up tasting like butter. I'd say the few we tried were a bit cleaner and lighter than I've had, but tasty regardless. Some good combinations, but isn't that what artesian ice cream shops are all about now-a-days? Trying to come up with something you'd never think ice cream should be made of so everyone talks about it.

"hey, did you try the Hand-made-cigar and cinnamon mud?"
"no, I went straight for the Red Aspirin Marguarita with Cedar Dust"...
"Really, OMG, I'm soooo gonna get that next time.."
"Did you know Emily and Brittany both got Lemon Bandaid and Styrofoam!!?! Both of them, for real!"
"OMG, they did NOT!!"
"I'm so fat.." "you are not..." "yes I am..."
(texting) "OMG...we are here, where are you?"

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Berkeley, California, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“o la la”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Ici's with its Chez Panisse provenance is one of the best (there is Tara's and Humphrey Slocum too) in the bay.

Visited March 2013
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