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“How can this be so good?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop
643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915 (Downtown)
619-234-2449
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Ranked #73 of 3,981 restaurants in San Diego
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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“How can this be so good?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

Yes, it's decadent and overpriced - but the flavor is unmatched. Every trip to California must include these guys.

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Sydney
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“Feels like a traditional ice cream sundae parlour!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Wandering around San Diego and just had to try a sundae at Ghiradelli's. i opted for the mint sundae.

It comes loaded with hot chocolate fudge in a tall glass. It's a pretty impressive sundae!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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mumbai
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“Takes you back to being a kid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

Done up in a very cool 60's retro vibe. A very very wide selection of chocolates with a free sample being passed out to all customers who walked in. Have always loved the chocolate ,was the first time I was having the ice cream. They had run out of chocolate chip cookie dough(was 10:30 pm) so had the caramel in the chocolate dipped cone and wasn't disappointed at all. It was superb. Went back the next day for the chocolate chip cookie dough and was glad I did. Think I need to start working out a bit more for the times I'm going to go back to this place.

Visited April 2013
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Colorado Springs, CO
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“Yay, Ghirardelli”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Just craving something sweet and cold after a long day walking around. Though there was a line to order, it moved swiftly. Service was friendly and efficient. I ordered a chocolate shake made my way...vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup. No problem. Delicious. Maybe a little high priced, but I found prices along the gas lamp district to be high overall.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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“Best Hot Chocolate.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We love Ghirardelli, this place is conveniently located in the Gaslamp Quarter Area, so if you had lunch/diner in the Gaslamp area and you still have room for something sweet, this is the place.
The place is clean, staff is very attentive, and your order is sent to your table in a timely manner. Prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere is good. Outdoor seating is available but small.
We love the hot chocolate and our kids the sundaes. Before we leave, we stop by the store and get some chocolate squares and our Double Chocolate powder.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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