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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

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$$ - $$$
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643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
+1 619-234-2449
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
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Loveland, Ohio
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it! Don't mind the calories! Great experience as they give you a sample upon entry. Expensive but worth it.

Thank juliebrown81
New Jersey
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1,820 reviews
667 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,202 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great dessert place! Chocolate lovers paradise. Upon walking in we received small free samples. The cafe portion of the store was very inviting and the ice cream truly delicious. At the end we bought some wonderful Ghiraldelli's chocolate in the shop to take home. Delightful time.

Thank podrozniczka60
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247 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A little expensive but delicious. A wide variety of ice cream treats. Can also buy chocolates to go. Free chocolate at the door.

Thank WIBadger10
Oxford, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ever since I tasted Ghiradelli Chocolate in San Fransisco I wanted to visit a Giradellli shop that sells ice cream as well as chocolate. This outlet did not disappoint the flavour and texture of the ice cream was great,and I simply had to buy some more of their milk chocolate caramel squares. Other flavours are available as well as chocolate... More 

Thank 70traveller88
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

as we walked in the store, someone was handing out samples of Ghirrardelli chocolates. they are giving out whole, fully wrapped up chocolates, not the cut up sizes. we visited the ice cream shop on 5th Ave in San Diego and ordered the salted caramel sundae and banana split. the ice cream his just the right amount of richness and... More 

Thank www01
San Diego
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took a group of students there for an annual trip. There were 12 of us, and I called ahead to let the store know we were coming. The tables were ready, as was the staff. The hot fudge sundaes are still as great as when I had them in San Francisco decades ago. Not to be missed!

Thank AlbertandSuzy
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554 reviews
300 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 411 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you love Ghirardelli chocolate, then this is the perfect place for you! They have several different types of desserts, but you can customize any of them. For example, they have a brownie sundae but I asked them to substitute chocolate chip cookies instead of brownies. Not a problem! There isn't another place where I'd consider paying $12 for a... More 

Thank TNharleychick
San Diego, California
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Ghirardelli, based in San Fransisco, has put this outpost of sugary loveliness down the California coast in San Diego. They are well-known for their superb chocolates and that translates well to the smorgasboard of diet destroying wonders they offer here. Their only real competition in San Diego is Extraordinary Desserts, which offers a more epicurean dessert menu, but a long... More 

Thank Mashuggi M
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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102 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We shared a sundae here, but it wasn't that good. The chocolates were semisweet or darker, and the ice cream wasn't the quality we expected for Ghirardelli. Their prices on chocolates they had for sell weren't all that competive either.

Thank we2luv2travelglobal
Saint Louis, Missouri
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Dark hot fudge sauce and homemade chocolate ice cream with fresh whipped cream. What could be better for brunch on a Saturday morning. I dare you to get out of the store without buying some chocolates to take home, I didn't.

Thank Naples77

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 643 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6915
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-234-2449

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?