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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
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So cute. Clean. Roomy. Good service. Really good service. And outstanding ice cream sundaes! go there!

Thank Christi K
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop is located on the 5th ave, the centre of the Gaslamp district, where you can find all the restaurants, bars and shops. In the front side of the shop is a retail area selling all sorts of Ghirardelli chocolates, cocoa powder and candies. There are always some seasonal flavors for you to try such... More 

Thank elsiecpy
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped into Ghirardelli in the Gaslamp district. We had some chocolates and an ice cream Sunday. Delicious!

Thank sharonl123
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my favorite places to visit. I love the location although being in the Gaslamp it is not easy to get to. I feel like it's a bit pricy, but one dessert will feed my husband, son, and myself. We will definitely be back!

Thank Lindsey H
Sykesville, Maryland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

$12 for a single sundae that had more toppings then it did ice cream. I guess you are paying for the name since there was barely and ice cream in the sundae. Was actually very disappointed!

Thank Michelle R
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You need to visit this ice cream/chocolate place in San Diego. It's in gaslamp on 5th Ave and is open most days until 11pm. I had a mint bliss and it was delicious. Great, quick service too

Thank KateFrankieB
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

$30 for 3 ice creams? 1 sundae and 2 cones. Really? No wonder they give you free chocolate squares at the door! Our ice cream sundae was completely devoid of chocolate fudge and other toppings, we could not be bothered asking for it to be fixed. I think its ice cream if you are going to charge that much and... More 

Thank Mark P
Monifieth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Fantastic selection of chocolates (with some free samples to taste) in the shop plus an extensive range of ice creams & sundaes on the restaurant menu. Walked in planning to but a cone of ice cream but got tempted into having a banana split sundae as the pictures looked so good. Great ice cream & fresh banana but let down... More 

Thank Alan M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

A large and wide variety of chocolate with endless flavors and taste, it can be good as a souvenir too using different boxes with s nice design and size. Ice cream collection is good but quite heavy, I think one is enough for two. Also have a cookies and brownies side

Thank simo i
Wallasey, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This may not be the cheapest ice cream I have ever had but it is certainly some of the nicest I have ever tasted. The portions are generous: one scoop in a cup is certainly substantial and enough for me. Treat yourself!

Thank UKDavy7

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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: 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?