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Reviewed October 25, 2023 via mobile

Cute ice cream shop with lots of choice. Nice location. Friendly service. What is not to like. Whilst we are visiting for 2 weeks we will make sure we attend a few times to try as many flavours as possible. $5 per scoop is reasonable.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed April 8, 2023 via mobile

Local homey ice cream parlor with a variety of flavors. It has a 50s vibe and is a good spot for tourists. You order at the counter and then pay. Credit cards accepted. No seating available. They do have kid sizes. I got the Turkish...coffee in a cup and asked for hot fudge to be added (95 cents). The employees were nice and efficient.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed February 15, 2021

I have been here twice in three years (not a huge dessert person) and both times they exceeded my expectations. Both times I had the sticky chewy chocolate and it was incredibly smooth, rich, and delicious. Pre-pandemic I had a bunch of samples and the...flavors were good but not worth ordering to me (again, NOT an ice cream person). That being said, the sticky chewy chocolate was VERY good. For people who are NOT chocolate fans - the "sticky chewy peanut butter" is actually CHOCOLATE and peanut butter!! My friend ordered this assuming it was JUST PB flavored and was pretty disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

Best place for a Mom & Pop ice cream parlor treat before or after the cable car museum. Cute little pizza parlor just down the street also.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2019 via mobile

We were down by fisherman’s wharf but had been planning to come here the whole trip. It’s a bit of a steep uphill walk to get here if you don’t want to take a car, but it was so worth it. So many fresh, unique...flavors and so creamy. The coconut, lychee, banana, sticky chewy chocolate, and coffee flavors were our favorites. We went big and each got a double. I would get this every day if I could. Highly recommend stopping by here.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 28, 2019

This is Swensens original shop where it all started. The ice cream is delicious. You need to stop here! It is on the Powell-Hyde cable car route in Russian Hill.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 23, 2019

Missed coming here for Ice Cream day but I check this place off my bucket list. Nice corner shoppe with no seating in/outside. I had the Lemon Custard and Turkish Coffee – tasted like regular coffee ice cream, but the Lemon Custard was the star....All cash here but ice cream is always worth the price.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed July 19, 2019 via mobile

If you grew up in Campbell going to the Pruneyard for Swensens Ice Cream was a regular treat. Sadly all the South Bay Swensens are gone. But you can still get your sticky chewy chocolate fix while in SF!!!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 19, 2019

we stumbled on this (almost literally after climbing Russian Hill) and what a pleasant surprise. Double cone for $5.80 each and such a choice of flavours. Swiss orange chocolate was my favourite. 3 persons serving to keep on top of the queue of eager ice...cream eaters. Very enjoyable.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed April 24, 2019

Spent the day walking about the city and passed by Swensen's....it was a warm day and nothing sounded better than a nice cold ice cream cone. Friendly staff and my vanilla/caramel cone was to die for. I had a great walk, but Swensen's put the...cherry on top!!!!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 2, 2019 via mobile

Located near Lombard Street, this is the original Swensens outlet. It is tiny and it is expensive. It is also very popular. There is only street parking nearby and there is no seating. Footfall is constant. Swensens takes only cash!

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 2, 2019

Creamy, cold, double cone with chocolate peanut butter coupled with another exotic chocolate variety piled high on a cone and DIPPED in milk chocolate. Wait in line and get your decadent dessert. Worth the time and the money. The 2nd best ice cream shop on...Earth!. Love this place, love San Francisco, the city that knows how>More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

The ice cream was delicious. I tried the green tea and lychee. We got $5 off with the lucky raffle they do on every 100 customers.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

Visited late on a Saturday night. Short wait but well worth it. Traditional cones and cups filled with delicious ice cream. Enjoy!

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Really disappointed. Travelled out here to get ice cream, as it was somewhere we visited often when last in San fran 10yrs ago. Only none of the staff could tell me if the ice cream was made from pasteurized milk. I'm pregnant and can't take...anything unpasteurized. This is something straight forward to know and I was told by one of the staff, we're not managers! I said you're the ones serving so you should know what it's made of! Really annoying as so many places use the soft scoop machines in the city which we're also told not to get so I had been really looking forward to this!More

Date of visit: September 2018
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4