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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

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643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
619-234-2449
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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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Elk Grove, California
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93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ghirardelli ice cream shops are in most large cities, and luckily the quality and service is excellent no matter where you go. Today was indeed a great day to visit the ice cream shop since it is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day! We each got 50% off our sundaes, which makes this pricey little treat much more affordable.

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Thank chickabeegrrl
Mexico City, Mexico
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66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's Very similar to the one in SF but with no lines, great sundaes and milkshakes. Variety of excellent chocolates to buy, the best in California in my and my Kids opinion.

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Thank Ximmar06
Phoenix, Arizona
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 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 

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Thank mirage1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 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.

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Thank Rachael G
Raleigh, North Carolina
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93 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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.

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Santa Clarita, California
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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 

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Thank Susan W
Anaheim, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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 

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Thank lkt47by
Columbus, North Carolina
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152 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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.

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Thank Pat72012
Cleethorpes, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

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.

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Thank Fifiland
Chino Hills, California
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160 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
American
Meals
Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
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?