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Gelato Classico

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435 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1605
(650) 327-1317
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Madrid, Spain
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

After living in Europe for two years with no lack of gelato, I have been missing it terribly. My family wandered just off the Main Street to get this gelato. If I had never been to Italy, let alone Europe, before, I would have thought it was absolutely wonderful. For me, however, it was just sort of disappointing.

Thank Jennifer D
Los Altos, California
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107 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

It's busy because its not a secret that the best gelato around comes from this chain. Another store in mountain view, and maybe others in the area, but these two are both often busy but always worth the wait...

Thank CTPreview
London, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2015

The staff here are very patient and allow you to taste the array of flavours they have. Ice creams are very creamy and taste amazing. A must stop in Palo Alto

Thank JetBackPack
Palo Alto
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82 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2015

Delicious creamy/chewy Italian ice cream. Get the affogato -- gelato served with espresso poured over the top. Yum!

Thank Katie B
San Francisco, California
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128 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2015

I LOVE ice cream and gelato. I had great gelato here before and always was very happy. Today after Burmese spicy food I really was looking forward to some nice gelato. It was surprisingly watery and had no real taste

Thank JVDZ7
Columbia, South Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

I would rather rate good than very good but surely above average I stop buy after lunch in area if in mood for dessert Lots of designer flavors Almost too many

Thank Madscientist495
Charlotte, North Carolina
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

Gelato Classico was the place for Gelato in the 80s and 90s unfortunately to my knowledge The locations in Palo Alto and San Francisco (close to Washington square on Union) are the only onse left. If you have not tried their Spumoni th epilgrimage will be rewarded. Copa mista for those with nut allergies is as close as gelato heaven... More 

Thank TG_Tulio
san francisco
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106 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We love this place and since its right next to Patxi pizza and Rangoon ruby it makes it a great dessert place to go to. My favorite is Pistachio but unfortunately they werent serving it the last time we went so we tried Honey lavendar which was equally good.

Thank goin2cancun
San Jose
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295 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is the best Gelato Place in South Bay, if not the best in San Francisco Bay Area for Gelato! No need to go to downtown SF or other parts of Bay Area to get gelato. Gelato Classico is it!

Thank Geminican
Princeton, New Jersey
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

Gelato is good, has some interesting flavors such as fresh ginger. Had the pistachio and walnut which was good (but have eaten better)... One big problem is that this is a cash only establishment... which is a royal pain

Thank CSGandhi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 435 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: (650) 327-1317

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