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Big Olaf's

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220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310 510-0798
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Redlands, California
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72 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited this ice cream parlor this weekend and it was delicious! I ended up having ice cream for dinner our first night in town - totally worth it. My friends and I spent the weekend in Catalina and had the most delicious ice cream treats! I also got the cool opportunity to meet big Olaf! He was super nice!

Thank CaseyTheTomcat
Salida, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

Still tastes good, but nothing like the old days. No idea why they ever sold out to Dryer's, but so disappointing. And, they don't take credit cards, which is ridiculous.

Thank Catalina_Lifer
Lakeside, California
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52 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Any trip to Catalina has to include an ice cream at Big Olaf's...this place has been there a long time...

Thank Meg48_12
Fullerton, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

A great place to get ice cream! The waffle cones were fresh and delicious. The line wasn't too long either.

Thank stacieaw
Bronx, New York
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

The ice cream was delicious. Must have ice cream on waffle cone if you are going to cheat on your diet should go all out. Service was great.

Thank elw966
Los Angeles, California
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

This is the first place I ever got a waffle cone, so I like this place for the nostalgia of it. Not much to it. Walk in one door, tell the staff which ice cream you want, pay, walk out the other door. Dryer's ice cream.

Thank Cheryl S
Southern California
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92 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

We had heard that we needed to get a cone here and we did. But, it was Dreyer's ice cream, not homemade. I had rocky road which is always yummy.

Thank auntgretchen
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

good ice cream and good service, will come back again and again, plus great view! I like there ice cream compared to other places on the island, fast service, even when they are busy!

Thank Duane B
Syracuse, New York
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85 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Crowded all the time so tried it. Good but hot inside, ice cream soft, melted and staff was not happy. Other places available that I would try first.

Thank kmthkmth
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I had been wanting an waffle cone my entire trip and read these were some of the best. I was disappointed. The waffle cone was bendy and stale testing. The ends of the cone did not touch so that as the ice cream melted it soaked the paper cone holder and made a huge mess. The ice cream was very... More 

Thank Travel_bug99205

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: 310 510-0798

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?