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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop
Ranked #5 of 148 Dessert in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cairo, Egypt
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438 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“You can't go wrong!”
Reviewed August 24, 2014

After dining at the Grant Grill and then attending the San Diego Gay Men's presentation of Madonna, it was late, but not too late, to mosey down to Ghirardelli on 5th Ave - "Restaurant Row."

My wife, Daughter # 2 and SIL (the Navy's Pride) couldn't wait to have an ice cream treat! The only thing missing were my two granddaughters, who love this place, but, regrettably, were too young for tonight's events.

On entering from the street - it's a wide open store front - you take a menu and then line up at the soda fountain to give your order. I opted for a butterscotch hot fudge sundae, my standby since I was 12 years old. My wife took the "World Famous" hot fudge sundae and the other two had the sea salt caramel sundae. Fabuloso (is that Italian?)!

The interior of this establishment replicates an old ice cream parlor. Fun!

The waitstaff pass out their chocolate minis to tempt you on the way out. Their chocolates are lined up on the wall as you exit.

Ghirardelli is the oldest continually operating chocolate manufacturer in America, created in 1852. And you don't last that long without giving a reason for your customers to return. They certainly do!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Douglas A
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249 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“The only we place in San Diego we went to twice!”
Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you love ice cream like we do, this is a must. It has the old time soda fountain atmosphere. You order at the counter and they bring your ice cream to you in no time. Clean, friendly, excellent sundaes with any flavor ice cream you want in it. Yes it is a little pricey for ice cream but I paid way more for "gelato" in La Jolla I didn't enjoy nearly as much. And it's open until 11:00pm so it was great for a late dessert.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Ann M
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Commack, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Yummy desert”
Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Just finished our delicious ice cream in Gaslamp District.
Best ice cream of our trip - each of us enjoyed this the most of the 5 places we've had. A must do in San Diego.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Amazingly good ice cream!”
Reviewed August 16, 2014

Arrived at the ice cream shop quite late in the evening. We purposely skipped desert in the restuarant to try this place. Glad we did because it didn't disappoint! It can't be missed with the large neon sign lighting up the street. Can't recall the flavours of ice icream we got but they were both amazing and extremely filling. Would 100% go back again!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank KiwiTraveller85
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Oxnard, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2014

Came here w my kids. We ordered the strawberry sundae, and it didnt dissapoint!
It was rich decadent, big sized, and quality!
The wait was about 10 min to orderand we did find a table for 3. They have a nice water fountain to drink, and restrooms. The service was good and quick!
I didnt get a change to eat at the one in San Francisco, so this one was marked for me to indulge!!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank oneeddy1
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