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The Penny Ice Creamery

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913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
+1 831-204-2523
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Grenada, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Delightful choices and scrumptious ice cream! Charming and welcoming. Located in the heart of Santa Cruz.

Thank Lana W
Sunnyvale, California
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

This is really yummy and creative Ice creamery. They make all of there ice cream from scratch and offer the most unique and creative flavors. The staff even makes there whipped cream, in small patches, and waffles from scratch -- the fresh whipped cream is so good😋. The store is small, clean, and usually has a line out the door.... More 

Thank MichaelH6811GY
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Penny always delivers great experience. Nice staff, interesting products. Using local ingredients penny concocts interesting and fun flavors

Thank frank t
Santa Cruz, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

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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450 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

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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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

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 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

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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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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

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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: +1 831-204-2523
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?