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Big Olaf's

220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0798
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good27%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“waffle cone” (75 reviews)
“ice cream” (152 reviews)
“two scoops” (5 reviews)
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220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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1 - 10 of 231 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Classic go to place for ice cream in Avalon. The smell of the waffle cones really brings you, do not try to resist. They have basic scoops up to waffle cone sundays. Quick service, decent prices, quality goods, just go.

Thank ElkGroveChris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

LOVE their Green tea ice cream and sorbets. Tiny little shop right off the main street. tons of flavors to choose from.

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rootbeer float here was to DIE FOR!! Perfect ratio of ice cream to soda (aka. lots of ice cream!!). And much more reasonably priced than a few other spots on the island.

Thank sjdance02
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The waffle ice cream good. A bit pricey. They have a nice sitting area on the side of the restaurant overlooking the marina. Also has a restaurant. We did not have the chance to dine in.

Thank ReginaR757
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Quaint ice cream shop that offers a variety of options. The Green Tea Ice Cream was my favorite - get it with Chocolate. The service was great. The labels on the ice creams were all mixed up. Go for the experience.

1  Thank Crystal N
Reviewed 25 April 2017

The ice cream here is pretty much the same as Baskin and Robbins, and if you get the right person scooping, you may get the same value in regard to the size of the scoop (BIG Olaf's?), otherwise, it's pretty expensive if you don't! We...More

Thank FBonesJones
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Big Olaf's is always a highlights of our visits to Catalina. Great service, myriad of options, and the best ice cream around. Don't miss this stop on your island visit!!!

Thank Dan S
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I love getting ice cream here and I'm not even a big ice cream person. It's almost impossible to walk past this place and smell the sugar without going inside. The last time I checked it was cash only though so make sure you come...More

Thank skylarlisa6899
Reviewed 8 January 2017

I was disappointed after getting my dessert and with the taste of it. I had read quite good reviews so we tried this place but dont think will be going back for the desserts there again. I ordered the chocolate frozen yogurt and it was...More

Thank Traveller_4m_Krypton
Reviewed 29 December 2016

There is always a line out the door. They have ice cream only. Two types of cones or in a cup. The ice cream is Bryer's. Lots of choices. There is a large patio next to Big Olafs that offers great views of the harbor...More

Thank XK140NUT
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What time does it open/close
17 August 2015|
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Response from Marti B | Reviewed this property |
Catalina closes down early. I believe on weekends it opens by 10am and closes by 8p at the latest. People close up early there except for some restaurants and a bar or two. During the weekdays, it opens by 10a and closes... More
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-0798
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