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“Soft serve Heaven in a cone!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nathan's Dairy Bar

Nathan's Dairy Bar
8948 Mathis Ave, Manassas, VA 20110-5258
703-335-9051
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Ranked #5 of 232 restaurants in Manassas
Cuisines: Ice Cream
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“Soft serve Heaven in a cone!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

After coming to the Manassas area I heard about the dueling soft serve war of Klines versus Nathan's and initially I really thought I would end up as a Klines fan. Mainly that was because it was explained to me that Klines is very simple as in only three flavored and old school soft serve and that Nathan's does flavored that vary each week. Well as an outsider who was truly unbiased and tried them both in the same day I can say this is not even a battle. Hands down Nathan's annihilates any other soft serve I have ever tried! Nathan's concept is so simple and so great! The regular flavor choices stay consistent and then they rotate a special flavor of the week along with recommendations of fusions. Some amazing hits are the salted caramel and nutella as well as peanut butter crossed with banana. He hires friendly young people to work the free standing take out counter in the middle of a parking lot and has a mobile truck as well that frequents local events. He is active in the community and the business is such a great asset to manassas. Don't be daunted by the lines that wrap around on weekends as Nathan brings samples out and hands them to folks as they wait. It moves fast and is worth the wait. In fact I will see you there at least once every weekend during the summer months when its open.

  • Visited June 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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Manassas, Virginia
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“The best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The best ice cream and sherbet on this planet. Great place with a friendly staff. They also support great causes and have specials on their Facebook page.

  • Visited June 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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“Nathan's Dairy Bar officially made my top 3 ice cream places list!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

I'm torn, because I used to be such a hardcore fan of Kline's in Manassas, especially the Boston Shake. I thought I would give this place a try and its now my new favorite ice cream joint in all of Northern VA! While Klines is still very good, I would give a slight edge to Nathan's, as I find their icecream, well, creamier. They have some very cool flavors and the portions are HUGE, especially for the price. Give both places a try, and decide for yourself. A MUST stop place if you are anywhere near Manassas.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Holy cow, this place is THE best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

I stopped by here after seeing a crazy long line on a Friday evening and now I know why so many people were waiting to get ice cream. I've been to other places like this but none offer such high quality food at Nathan's extremely reasonable rates. From kids cups to large cones with a wide variety of flavors (some standard, others change daily), Nathan's is a definitely treat for the palate.

Visited May 2013
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“Simply the Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Nathan's is, hands down, the best soft serve anywhere. Their peanut butter shake is like sipping Jiff straight from the jar. Just be warned most of the time there is a line.

Visited May 2013
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