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Big Olaf's

220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0798
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good27%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“waffle cone” (76 reviews)
“ice cream” (153 reviews)
“two scoops” (5 reviews)
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220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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31 - 40 of 231 reviews

Reviewed June 9, 2016

We were a little hot after walking around all day, stopped here for some ice cream and YUM! It was busy but well worth it! We could smell them making the waffle cones from all over the island.

Thank Caitlin W
Reviewed June 6, 2016

the wife and I walked by several times and the smells of the cooking waffle cones. that did the trick. we had to stop in our last day for a treat. it was worth the wait.

Thank SD N
Reviewed June 3, 2016

Awesome ice cream right on the beach. A MUST VISIT destination in Catalina. Try to go during off hours, though, so you don't have to stand in a long line.

Thank Amy H
Reviewed May 20, 2016

From down the street, the aroma of the waffle cones beacons. This small ice cream shop is right on the waterfront, but the ocean doesn't take front stage. The ice cream is the headliner. Make sure to get a few napkins if you're traveling with...More

Thank GiaPazita
Reviewed May 17, 2016

They have lots of yummy ice cream flavors. The service is always fast and they are very friendly. A tad bit pricey but comparable to everything else on the island.

Thank catomd
Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

You must have an Olaf, a yummy Sunday in a waffle cone! The smell of waffle cones cooking is enough to lure you over! A must have, at least once, during your stay in Avalon.

Thank lissamarri
Reviewed May 4, 2016

We went to Big Olaf's twice during our weekend visit to Catalina Island. The ice cream and their homemade waffle cones are sooooo good! We also felt their ice cream products were very reasonably priced, especially for a tourist area. Highly recommend this fabulous ice...More

Thank specedtcher
Reviewed April 24, 2016

The line outside this place tells a lot of the story. Giant cones, delicious ice cream, lovely toppings - it's less modern/sterile and maybe has less innovative flavors than Scoops down the street, but my vanilla ice cream/chocolate topping/whipped cream/cherry cone was a pretty perfect...More

Thank Laene
Reviewed April 8, 2016

Splurge on their hot fudge sundae - it's good! Good customer service too. They serve Dryer's ice cream.

Thank Islandgirl53
Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

They give you a huge ice cream for like $7 with toppings! It is absolutely delicious and every child's dream!

Thank ebaez11
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What time does it open/close
August 16, 2015|
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Response from Marti B | Reviewed this property |
Catalina closes down early. I believe on weekends it opens by 10am and closes by 8p at the latest. People close up early there except for some restaurants and a bar or two. During the weekdays, it opens by 10a and closes... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-0798
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