Carl's

Carl's

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+1 540-372-4457+ Add website
Hours
Sun
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Mon
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Sat
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Details
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PRICE RANGE
$2.00 – $7.00
CUISINES
American
Meals
Late Night
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About
Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only. Phone number unlisted!
PRICE RANGE
$2.00 – $7.00
CUISINES
American
Meals
Late Night
FEATURES
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles838 reviews
Excellent
534
Very good
148
Average
99
Poor
42
Terrible
15
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Venture794661
Arlington33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
Carl's was super attentive to all the CDC guidelines for CV. Service was friendly and quick which we appreciated on a very warm summer Saturday afternoon. The soft serve ice cream was very high quality and reasonably priced. The beautifully maintained and preserved building was a pleasure to look at while enjoying our ice cream. A very busy place and for good reason. Cash only for purchases!
Written August 2, 2020
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Colette C
Falmouth24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 none
Carl's has been around since 1947. So you get a little History with your frozen custard! You need to do yourself a favor and go try this place. SMOOTH, creamy, delicious. The best my husband and I have had...ever. Better than Gelato. It's Frozen Custard, not ice cream or gelato, but people often compare them and use those descriptions. They are only open from February 15 (ish) to November 22 (ish). Bring cash, they do not accept credit or checks. Many flavors and sizes, price comparable (I think a bit less than) the 31 Flavors Place. They are also dog friendly! **Note for Covid** they followed all guidelines. Everyone separated with markers where to stand, and line ropes up. Masks and gloves were worn. While there were huge lines (for being the last day they were open), we got our order fairly quickly.
Written November 23, 2020
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Kidd88!
Hanna42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 family
I love this place. It's a small place thats been around for a long time,I even worked here when i was a kid. There are no seats, You order your ice cream and eat it outside or take it with you. They only have 3 flavors chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. No sundaes just shakes,cones or dish. It gets crowded but they move you out quick. My favorite is maple nut , vanilla ice cream with walnuts in maple syrup. You can get pints and quarts to go. A must if you are in the area. They are closed in the winter. I miss not living there anymore but when I visit I will get by fixed. Great ice cream give it a try ,you will be glad you did .
Written January 7, 2020
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Gail F
West Springfield2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
I've been looking forward to trying Carl's for quite some time, never had it before and was excited that my friend and I were going there today. We got our cones- mine sugar, his wafer. The frozen yogurt was really good....but I noticed the paper wrapping on my cone was stuck to the cone. I tried to get it off, but to no avail. I went up to the window and asked them if they would wet my napkin so I could try to get the paper off and finish the bottom half of my cone. I was told they had no water and could not help me. I showed them my cone and that I would have to throw it out. They apologized and told me there was nothing they could do. Off to the garbage can I went. :( Not great customer service if you ask me!
Written March 13, 2021
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Joseph K
Woodbridge307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
A long time Fxbg institution in an historical building. Always a line but they move it fast. Know your order or they kick you out. Parking can be tight in the summer but OK now. Most creamy, flavorful, delicious frozen custard you will ever eat. Bar None
Written March 30, 2021
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Joe S
Alexandria1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 family
Arrived there early afternoon. The sign in the window said (OPEN). I stood there with my family in the hot sun for over twenty minutes. The guy in charge just motioned to me with ten fingers up. I guess that's supposed to mean he'll bother with us in ten minutes. It was super hot out and they have no awning or anything for shade. I guess selling frozen food wouldn't warrant it? After another five minutes even my kids wanted to leave. How about posting a sign with your hours of operation or better yet. Don't have you (OPEN) sign on display. Even better, get someone who gives a rats butt about your customers enough to actually speak to them!!! I've had several friends in Fredericksburg that have said the flavor of the Custard (It's Not ICE Cream) has changed for the worst, and I didn't miss anything special at all. This is definitely one establishment you shouldn't waist your money on. I sure won't!
Written July 1, 2021
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A M
Gaithersburg210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 none
I just happened to stop by on a short trip to Fredericksburg from Northern Virginia. I heard about this treat from a local cousin, and thought I'd stop by to see what all the hype was about. I was pleasantly surprised after the first mouthful. WOW! This is some of the best custard in the world hands down!! This soft serve parlor is historic, iconic and voted the best in Virginia! The building is actually on the National Historic Register, and this family-owned business has been around, through the generations, since 1947! Remember to bring cash only, as they do not accept credit cards. They open most months of the year, however, take a break to close just before Thanksgiving for a couple months. I tried the custard and a pineapple shake, and would say either is a party in the mouth. The custard recipe is thick, creamy, satisfying, and has that old fashioned custard taste one seldom can find these days. Some of the secrets are that custard has more eggs and a little richer than ice cream, and they use a very unique old-fashioned machine that whips the product without air, which gives it a unique smooth texture, unlike any other. The taste is phenomenal!! I just wish they had more than one location, for God's sake! Kudos to you all at Carl's. It will now become one of my favorite places to stop when traveling through Fredricksburg, Va.
Written July 12, 2022
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Diane S
Fairfax Station183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
We've been stopping at Carl's whenever we visit or drive past Fredericksburg for over 25 years. Unfortunately it is a cash only business, but the prices are reasonable, the quality is consistent, and the service efficient. They keep long lines moving fast by limiting the menu and customization, but there is something for everyone to love, including dogs. Who doesn't love a pup cup? For humans, I recommend the pineapple shake.
Written May 3, 2024
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rebel56
Lebanon222 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 family
I don't see the big hoop about Carl's. My wife & mother in law is from Fredericksburg and we were visiting her sister when after dinner they mentioned Carl's. I couldn't believe how small the cones are and what little custard you get for the price. I got chocolate and it was just too sweet. There were also some shaded-looking characters hanging out there too. Next time for dessert it will not be Carl's
Written August 3, 2023
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janice p
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 family
Nothing like it was back in the 50's and 60's. The recipe is the same, but had been cut down, according to Carl's Grandson, who gave me this information. Waaayyy over priced. Looks like they are just getting greedy. Wish it tasted like it did back in the day!
Written July 18, 2023
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Natasha S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 family
This has been a mainstay for my family since I was a kid. I took my own kids last summer so they could experience the wonderful service and the best custard I've ever had. This place is worth its weight in gold and is a MUST if you're visiting the area!
Written June 28, 2023
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stephanie b
Woodbridge131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 couples
Stopped by to get an ice cream before activity! Carls tries to abide by COVID safety with 6 ft markers and signs to wear masks. BUT does not in force the safety recommendations. Multiple people in line and placing orders NOT wearing masks and not abiding by the 6 ft social distancing guidelines. STAFF wore masks!!!!
Written October 7, 2020
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Manny D
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 family
So we go to Carl’s. No chocolate sprinkles. No rainbow sprinkles. No derby style. We’ll just blame it on COVID and not because they don’t offer them. Gave the young men a jokingly hard time about it. They took it well. ;) Seriously though. Quaint little place. They even wear soda jerk hats. Check it out if you’re ever nearby. The maplenut is very good.
Written June 5, 2020
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digitscd1
Richmond3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 solo
I am such a fan; I have been going here for 37 years. Wet maple walnut. Yum. It is a throwback to an earlier time, Better than ice cream. Remember - CASH only.
Written June 5, 2024
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Ariane D
Mannheim7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 family
Not sure what happened but all the sudden their portions have gotten super tiny. It’s not cheap so getting handed a cup that has a tiny blop of custard in it and more than half of the cup is empty is very disappointing. Nothing turns me off more when a place getting stingy…
Written May 15, 2024
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