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The Penny Ice Creamery

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913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely delicious, innovative, surprising flavors. Long lines for a reason, good for them! Even the ice cream cones are to die for......

Thank Maaaarion
Marina del Rey, California
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440 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been thinking about this ice cream since we left Santa Cruz. I had a bourbon ice cream with the toasted marshmallow topping in a waffle cone. I didn't think I even liked marshmallow! It is so delicious. There is usually a line, but it's worth it.

Thank Sally B
Shelby Township, Michigan
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We waited in the long line to get ice cream here. Inside is very small. Ice cream was good. The history of the place is fun.

Thank danamc65
Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by the Penny Ice Creamery, as Google maps showed that this was the only dessert place open close by, and we were craving some sweets. Are we ever glad we did!! The Penny Ice Creamery doesn't have that many flavors, but what they do have is amazing. Sample them all! They'll let you. The ingredients are all local... More 

Thank Daphh_Huang
Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

The flavors are always innovative and tasty, but it is so expensive that we almost never go. Marianne's though it has more "traditional" flavors, is a much better deal for those of us who are not wealthy!

Thank sitaB007
Pacifica, California
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93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Decided to take a drive down the 1 on the hoilday. After hearing reading about this sweet spot, we thought we should take a little stop. It was the first time we had actually walked around down town Santa Cruz. Most the time we would spend it at the boardwalk or beach. It was also nice having parking that was... More 

Thank Kristen B
Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Too cheap to staff the counter on a holiday. Time-and-a-half cut into profits? One poor worker (with a terrific attitude!) scooping on a balmy holiday evening. I've been waiting for over 40 minutes to get to the front door. Spouse will cry if she doesn't get her toasted marshmallow fluff; I would have gone to Mission Hill half an hour... More 

Thank NineOneSeven
San Francisco, California
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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

We waited in a long line to try the Penny Ice Creamery last week. The shop is TINY with almost no indoor seating. (A family group with several small children filled most of the indoor seats so the place was very noisy.) The small tables and chairs on the front "porch" do not offer much more seating so be prepared... More 

Thank Terre2014
Stockholm, Sweden
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

I was recommended this place for its local crafted organic ice creams and it did not disappoint! They only have a few flavors, but it's actually quite hard to choose since all of them are super original and delicious - the staff there was super nice and let us try quite some before making up our mind. I've come back... More 

Thank Elena_MQZ
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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138 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Kids enjoyed the ice creams but we did not find the outstanding flavours we were expecting. The blueberry and chocolate sorbets were very good and not too sweet which is sometimes an issue with sorbets. On the other hand, the hazelnut and salted caramel and Tahitian vanilla did not have the distinct flavours we expected and at times we had... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-204-2523
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?