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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

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643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Phoenix, Arizona
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were there during Comic Con and there was a line out the door. I expected to have to wait quite a while but they were so fast! They were also right on top of cleaning off the tables outside which was nice. The ice cream was good, too. We just had plain ice cream, not sundaes, but it was... More 

Thank mirage1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Regular ice cream cone was a bit sandy and when we informed the manager, he graciously gave a new cone with new flavour and then came back with a fresh batch of the first flavour to check with us. He was incredibly friendly.

Thank Rachael G
Raleigh, North Carolina
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87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There's no way to go wrong with Ghirardelli, ice cream and chocolate. Though super pricey, we really enjoyed our milkshake (with hot fudge) and ice cream. The wait was lengthy, but worth it for a fun vacation experience.

Thank the_3_adventurers
Santa Clarita, California
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just stopped in to buy some of Ghirardelli's famous hot fudge sauce while dining nearby on a weekend visit to San Diego. I must say, the quality of their hot fudge sauce far exceeds anything you can buy in your local store. Have had their sundae's many times and they are all truly amazing. I highly recommend Ghirardelli's sundaes, candies... More 

Thank Susan W
Anaheim, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While very crowded, (there was a line going out the door), they were very organized. The chocolate candy is sold in a separate line from the ice cream, so they crowd flows in and out smoothly. At first, I didn't want to stand in line for the ice cream, but when I was looking at the chocolates, I noticed the... More 

Thank lkt47by
Columbus, North Carolina
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150 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So outrageously over priced for just ok ice cream and chocolates. Go there for a special occasion but if you do you won't have much money left to spend on anything else.

Thank Pat72012
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With a craving for ice cream, this place ticked all of the boxes. A free chocolate on arrival - which is always a plus - then a great choice of ice cream on the menu. I'm not sure which one I had but it was absolutely delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone who likes ice cream.

Thank Fifiland
Chino Hills, California
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159 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came in here during a warm day, and ordered the "Treasure Island" which is vanilla ice cream with warm chocolate brownie with lots of hot fudge, a real delicious combination. We came back the next day and were thinking of buying a big bag of chocolates. But, we remembered how we never finish eating the chocolates in the bag... More 

Thank JEFlippo
Newark, Delaware
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282 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had to stop here after dinner for a dessert. Best Hot fudge sundaes? I'll try that. A little expense for what you get and I expected more hot fudge. It was probably the quickest hot fudge sundae ever made. By the time I paid for it, it was done. I've had better ones, but it was a nice ending after... More 

Thank Werbrichfamily
Dexter, Missouri
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114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was recommended that we stop here by the concierge at the hotel and well really glad we did. I got one of their sundaes and the wife got a banana split. Didn't get any of the chocolates. Service was fast and staff was friendly. As others have posted its a bit pricey but what the heck.

Thank Robert M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-234-2449

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