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1136 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574-1924
(707) 244-5170
11:00 - 17:30
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Napa Valley, CA
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253 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Big Dipper closed toward the end of the year, with plans to reopen on Main Street at the south end of town. Given the high rents on Main Street, price increases could be forthcoming. The former location on Oak Avenue will reportedly house another ice cream shop, so stay tuned.

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Napa Valley, CA
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253 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

The décor will take you back to your childhood and with its convenient location across from the school, it's packed with kids around 3 p.m. Honestly, there's nothing special about the ice cream, but visiting a little ice cream shop on tree-shaded Oak Avenue, with friendly local service, is worth doing. If nothing else, to get away from busy Main... More 

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Lafayette, California
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280 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

Just letting people know that there is a classic ice cream shop in Saint Helena but it's not on Main St like most other shops and restaurants. It is on Oak near Adams and is just about directly behind the Model Bakery. The ice cream is decent and there are a bunch of flavors. They also serve hot dogs and... More 

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St. Helena, California
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2016

A little off the beaten path...located on Oak street which is one street to the west of main. The only real Ice Cream shop in town and has a old classic look to the decor with wire back chairs. Good ice cream and they will make you a killer milkshake if you ask for "extra thick" They have a full... More 

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Napa, California, United States
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

A hidden ice cream parlor in St. Helena, The Big Dipper is just what you would expect for an ice cream place. They have a decent selection of flavors, toppings, cone choices, etc... The kids love this place and during the school year they take over when school gets out.

Thank Sarah E
St. Helena, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Napa valley has so many excellent choices in just about anything edible so the competition is fierce. BUT, that being said, there are very few places where you can go in for ice cream, sit down inside or out and enjoy some ice cream. Big Dipper is just the place. I love to take my grandies there for a treat.... More 

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St. Helena, CA
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

I want to love this place. I have kids. I live here. It's ice cream. I hoped that under the new owners this spot would take on some new life, but it is dingy, overpriced and underwhelming. You'll be happier if you get some gelato from Dolci instead.

Thank Annelizaval
St. Helena, California
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

The Big Dipper is my "go to" place for lunch. Order the huge grilled hot dog and a classic chocolate malted and let your dreams take you back to the "good old days".

Thank Bill R
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68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2011

The service is just great. They have gone out of their way to make sure our kids have their ice cream "fix."

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Reviewed 6 April 2008

Old fashioned ice cream parlor and candy store right out of the 50's.

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12:00 - 17:30
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  • Address: 1136 Main St, St. Helena, CA 94574-1924
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Napa Valley  >  St. Helena
  • Phone Number: (707) 244-5170

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