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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

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643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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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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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Huge yummy portions of cool ice cream and chocolate heaven!! We had sundaes and banana splits and ice cream cones and even their house coffee and everyone at the table was thrilled with all the goodies!!! May seem a lit expensive to some people, but, if you compare to other establishments for what you get and the quality, it is... More 

Thank tonetta40
Becker, Minnesota
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282 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

My wife and I stopped here after dinner for cookies. While we were waiting in line a worker gave of each a sample of chocolate caramel. The cookies were baked earlier that day, but they heated them up for us. The cookies were very good. Chocolate chip, presumably with Ghirardelli chocolate. Most people were eating ice cream and we will... More 

2 Thank curioustravelor2010
Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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156 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Four of us walk in here for dessert prior to heading to the airport. As we walk in the door, a nice young lady hands us some caramel filled chocolate bites...nice. Now we order: quick and easy, but here is where it gets surprising: I literally take one step away from the counter after paying and there is a nice... More 

2 Thank JeffB32
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602 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This a typical (meaning fabulous) Ghirardelli chocolate and ice cream shoppe. It's not the cheapest ice cream shop around, but you definitely get what you pay for. Very good and very enjoyable.

2 Thank ColoradoDoc
Glendale, Arizona
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

These places are becoming more rare. Fun to take the kids and let them share a big fountain style sundae.

Thank Michael W
Hamilton, Bermuda
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

If you are looking for that old time ice cream parlor atmosphere, this is the place. Watch out for the menu the choices make deciding very difficult

Thank Sully1953
Columbia, MO
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Ice cream was good in flavor but the toppings are the star. Was quite pricey ($10 for a sundae) and wish they offered smaller servings.

Thank dolphin722
San Diego, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We stumbled upon this ice cream and chocolate shop while returning from airport and I am glad we did !! the ice-cream was great. Ambience was perfect and the staff was very friendly. Not to mention, it was not very heavy on pocket ;)

Thank RJ232014
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This place is always packed, but it also is run pretty tightly. We didn't have to wait long. Everyone loves a free chocolate sample, so FYI if you want to "look around" but really just want a little something sweet to top off the night.

Thank alawyer1
San Diego, California
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Visiting Ghirardelli is one of my favorite spots in San Fran so you can imagine how happy I am that we have one in San Diego. Nice size place with plenty of seating. Ice cream is amazing of course.

Thank Charlotte R

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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?