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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

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$$ - $$$
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643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
+1 619-234-2449
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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Camano Island, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ghiradelli a San Francisco Chocolate tradition with a location in San Diego! My husband was really in the mood for dessert so we stopped here....he had dessert ordered before i could even blink my eye. He ordered a Ocean Beach Sea Salt Caramel Sundae (11.95) for us to share..."vanilla ice cream smothered with creamy caramel, handmade hot fudge and sea... More 

Thank Wklstoywife
Mesa, Arizona, United States
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92 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there late one night looking for a treat. Ghirardelli did not disappoint. The treats were great and the service was very good. The shop is on the edge of the gas light district. In this area at night , I would only go in a group. There is a large homeless problem in the area next to the... More 

Thank Delbert B
Columbus, Ohio
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128 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

I had one scoop of chocolate ice cream and a big warm chocolate chip cookie. It was just amazing. I did not want too large a portion but wanted something chocolate. It was not cheap but worth every penny. Absolutely delicious!

Thank Kathy G
Paris, France
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Really good ice cream in a place which makes you feel as if you're in the fifties. Portions were very big and chocolate fudge sauce is to die for.

Thank Sophie T
Fenton, Michigan
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81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

We love ice cream and dessert! Stopping in this Specialty Store was great fun as well as a delicious break. The portions are huge and match the price tag that goes along with it. All our expectations were met for a fun experience

Thank deanjp2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

Shakes and stuff in the cafeteria are very good, but the chocolates in the store are more expensive than in general stores, don't understand how that can happen! Well, at least if you go in they always give you a free chocolate ;) and their quality is top notch

Thank JackSchnauzer
Holland, Michigan
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119 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

This Ghirardelli felt a bit small. The front of the store was cramped but once you got your ice cream it seemed like there was plenty of seating. Overall, the brownie sundae was delicious, which was expected. Always a great treat, it simply lacked some of the atmosphere of other Ghiardelli's around the country.

Thank Pete4vol
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126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

This shop is busy from its opening to night. I strolled in Gaslamp quarter after dinner. The exterior decoration with colorful lights and smell of brewed coffee alluring me to checkout. I took "painted lady" icecream with hot esspresso , yes ghiladelli chocolate, on top. It 's wonderful. There is also chocolate for sale too.

Thank jajavalB
Venice, CA
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

After dinner at Cafe 21 we were craving something sweet so we went here and were not disappointed. Beautiful shop with great products to buy, best, no need to travel to SF. We shared the Lands End. Oh my sweet tooth. Worth every penny.

Thank telegrau
Bucharest, Romania
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128 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

And what wouldn't be great about ice cream? Just visit it look through the menu and amaze yourself with the greatest combinations of ice cream.

Thank Vlad V

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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
Average prices
Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, 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: +1 619-234-2449

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