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Bi-Rite Creamery

Bi-Rite Creamery

Ice Cream Parlor and Dessert Shop$$$$
Mission Dolores, San Francisco
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  • ice cream
  • ricanelas
  • malted vanilla
  • earl grey tea
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  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 5, 2016
    Sorry, SoCal, but San Francisco takes the cake for best ice cream in the state. This Mission District hot spot draws lines any time of day, any time of year. The salted caramel is one of a kind. Read more
    Upvoted Jan 19
  • Caroline D.heart icon on user image
    Caroline DengMay 21, 2015
    Their ice cream is amazing, and the cashiers are really nice about giving you samples! Highly recommend the Honey Lavender and Orange Cardamom. Salted Caramel sample was too sweet imo
  • C C.heart icon on user image
    C CJuly 11, 2016
    Salted caramel & strawberry balsamic! Also black sesame and strawberry coconut. Honey lavender was too soap-y or maybe it was just a bad combo & needs to be enjoyed on its own
    Upvoted Dec 24, 2023
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RebeccaOctober 8, 2016
    This place is so good! Very unique, and original! That huge line, is worth waiting for! I had the ginger and honey lavender and I loved every bite of it! Best ice cream I've ever had can possibly have
  • Jake R.heart icon on user image
    Jake RubensteinSeptember 4, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with classic flavors like ricanelas or roasted banana, but don't overlook their seasonal offerings either! The renovated space has a few seats too if you need to get out of the sun!
  • Rodrиго Р.heart icon on user image
    Very tasty ice cream, creamy and soft, but with huge demand. Expect long queues. Great location. Definitely worth the wait. Grab and ice cream and enjoy it by the park. 3 out of 5 cones
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    BommyApril 9, 2016
    Oh my lanta! Wednesday's soft serve flavors - peanut butter and banana are amazing. Flavors get a bit lost as a swirl so perhaps enjoy separately. Soft serve window opens at 3pm on weekdays.
  • Trina M.heart icon on user image
    Trina MartinezAugust 2, 2015
    I got a double cup with three "small" scoops of honey lavender, basil and balsamic strawberry. Oh.Em.Gee. The scoops were huge and the taste of each is perfection. You can taste some before ordering.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    The chocolate ice cream was smooth & sweet to perfection while the hazelnut with dandelion chocolate's cocoa nibs was like cold heaven in my mouth. I will definitely go back there. Read more
  • Jennifer E.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer EvansSeptember 19, 2015
    You can't pick a bad flavor! Totally worth the wait in line for salted caramel and toasted coconut. Their ice cream sandwiches are also yummy! Head over to the park once you've ordered and enjoy!
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FalkenthalMarch 30, 2014
    The vegan chocolate coconut is my favorite! This is a double I got with mint chocolate chip. Fabulous! Always positive people behind the counter which makes the wait worth it.
  • Karen H.heart icon on user image
    Karen HuangNovember 1, 2017
    Pleasantly surprised that the soft serve is even better than the scoops in that they are not as sweet. This is the Pumpkin. I recommend not mixing flavours cos they tend to be more subtle.
  • Sherry R.heart icon on user image
    Sherry RenSeptember 4, 2016
    Soft serve next door is also very good. Not too many flavor but the salted caramel is delicious!
  • Zhannaheart icon on user image
    ZhannaOctober 28, 2017
    Salted caramel is my long-time favorite. The new favorites are sesame seeds and lavender. Try to come on weekday to escape the line
  • Varun S.heart icon on user image
    Varun ShettySeptember 12, 2014
    If you get a cone, get a cup. Dear Foursquare, please attach this tip to every ice cream shop in the galaxy. (Also, get the malted vanilla!)
  • Fatherly
    FatherlyJuly 18, 2017
    While everything in this place is pretty mouth-watering, sample a few of their seasonal flavors like cherry almond, balsamic strawberry or Sonoma honey. Then just get all of them in one cone. Read more
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca MaldonadoJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Bi-rite is a must if you're ever in San Francisco. There are long lines but they move along quickly. The cookie sandwiches are delicious!
  • Buttercup D.
    Buttercup DAugust 24, 2011
    Can't go wrong with ANY flavor here!! My faves--salted caramel, creme fraiche, balsamic strawberry, brown sugar caramel ginger swirl!! Awesome ice cream. Be patient. Line goes quickly. Worth it.
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MargolinOctober 24, 2013
    I only had the pleasure to visit this establishment once, but that's all you need to experience pure bliss in ice cream form. I recommend the banana split sundae; you can't go wrong with classic.
  • Global H.heart icon on user image
    Global HighlanderAugust 6, 2014
    The ice cream is good here. Check out the seasonal flavors. Flavors like "balsamic strawberry" and "Blue Bottle coffee with alfieri almonds and chocolate chips" are intriguing and nice.
  • Melissa E.heart icon on user image
    Melissa EApril 10, 2016
    Always try the seasonal flavored. Malted vanilla is very good - it isn't just vanilla. Has peanut brittle, yum! Expect a line, but it moves quickly and is worth it.
  • Winson W.heart icon on user image
    Winson WongJune 13, 2015
    Everyone loves salted caramel ice cream but I personally love roasted banana! Really strong banana flavors. It's busy so prepared to wait in line for like 20 mins or so.
  • E M.heart icon on user image
    E MarSeptember 11, 2014
    Fun flavors! They'll let you taste as many as you want, but be careful because you will want to eat them all. Simply the best.
  • Hamdi B.heart icon on user image
    Hamdi Ben LaghaMarch 24, 2015
    Never eat an ice cream so good. Everything is home made ! Try the ice cream of the week and make your custom Sunday !
  • Angela F.heart icon on user image
    Angela FettersOctober 19, 2014
    Don't let the long line discourage you, it tends to move quickly. Salted Carmel is amazing. You can alway pick up a pint at the their store down the road instead of waiting.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureOctober 14, 2014
    Mix and match flavors like green tea and balsamic strawberry with fixings like graham crackers, spiced pecans, and almond toffee—or go a more purist route with a scoop of salted caramel. Read more
  • Ashley K.heart icon on user image
    Ashley KemperOctober 7, 2016
    If you can't handle the line, skip ahead to the soft serve counter. But a cone of Ricanelas is so worth the wait.
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    Do NOT come to SF’s famous bakery and ice cream mecca on a diet. Instead: get two scoops of the Blue Bottle Coffee ice cream. Read more
  • David X.heart icon on user image
    David XuJune 19, 2016
    the black sesame is an absolute must have - it's basically black sesame soup (a chinese dessert) in ice cream form!
  • Michael T.heart icon on user image
    Michael TchouJune 9, 2013
    You can't go wrong with the ice cream here. All the flavors I have tried have been excellent. Try the brownie sundae. Roasted pecan clusters really make this indulgent treat.
  • Andrew W.heart icon on user image
    Andrew WongAugust 26, 2019
    Honey lavender and mint chip were standouts, definitely get the sea salt topping as it gives a savory+sweet kick to already amazing flavors!
  • Keyue B.heart icon on user image
    Keyue BaoJanuary 21, 2019
    Got the salted caramel and roasted banana, salted caramel was AMAZING with a rich complex flavor profile (sweet, salty, bitter) and the toasted banana was VERY banana-y.
  • Luke B.heart icon on user image
    Luke BornheimerJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Brown Sugar, Ricanelas, Salted Caramel, Cookies & Cream. (You're welcome) Also, check out Oink for the top rated items by all sorts of people. It works great at Bi-Rite where tons have Oinked items...
  • Lien P.
    Lien PhanMay 23, 2013
    Everyone recommends trying the Salted Caramel your first time (although good) but I liked the Balsamic Strawberry much better! MMMmmmMmm good.
  • Anissaheart icon on user image
    AnissaMay 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    So many great flavors! Ask for samples and try the different options! My personal favorites are sea salt caramel, honey lavender, and creme brûlée
  • Karen M.heart icon on user image
    Karen MiaoMay 30, 2016
    I love that they have such unique flavors! My favorite is the rincanelas. The ice cream cakes and pies are good as well, especially the grasshopper pie!
  • Kevin T.heart icon on user image
    Kevin TMay 22, 2016
    Roasted banana and kiwi orange sorbet are amazing!! Also, the blue bottle coffee flavor is great, and basically tastes exactly like strong coffee!
  • Adnan M.heart icon on user image
    Adnan ManjalJuly 9, 2016
    Love the place. Their ice cream is super creamy. Love when they add salted caramel on any thing. Don't miss out on their baked goods.
  • Pam ☕️ O.heart icon on user image
    Pam ☕️ ODecember 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Yoga in Dolores Park on Sunday mornings conveniently ends when Bi-Rite opens. Perfect opportunity to get a scoop before a line begins to form. Ice cream: breakfast of champions.
  • Amir M.heart icon on user image
    Amir MirzaeeMarch 27, 2016
    Top 3 of ice cream places in SF. If the spicy chocolate is on, double scoop and whipped cream will take you to ice cream heaven.
  • Sarah T.heart icon on user image
    Sarah TomitaMay 23, 2015
    Good ice cream - always a line, but moves quickly. Can try different flavors (Earl Grey is tasty!) and the sundaes are good too. Bring an appetite!
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacMay 9, 2016
    Creme brûlée, ricanelas, and banana are amazing. Try the award-winning salted caramel, even if it's too salty for my taste. Sad the brown sugar isn't coming back!
  • Jenny
    JennySeptember 30, 2014
    It's good, but idk if it's line-around-two-blocks good. I know, blasphemy. But honestly, I was perfectly happy with their soft serve--much shorter line slightly farther down the street.
  • Taylor H.
    Taylor HarterJanuary 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They often list ice cream combination recommendations, but ask your ice cream scooper if they have any personal faves you should try! I love the cookies & cream + mint combo (tastes like Thin Mints!).
  • Yvo
    YvoOctober 23, 2012
    Salted caramel is a must for first-timers, but don't neglect the rest of the menu. Every flavor is well-thought out and delicious.
  • Erin R.heart icon on user image
    Erin RileyOctober 19, 2016
    So good! I had vanilla ice cream with milk chocolate and pieces of snickerdoodle. Delicious!
  • Jenny
    JennyAugust 17, 2013
    Pair the honey lavender with basil (seasonal flavor) ice cream and prepare to enter taste bud utopia. Head to Dolores Park after to people watch & enjoy the view of SF.
  • Laurence B.heart icon on user image
    Laurence BOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Skip the line! You can skip the line if you are buying pre-packaged goods. This includes candy, cookies, pints of ice cream, and best of all: ice cream sandwiches! Single serving, no wait, delicious.
  • 7x7 SF
    7x7 SFJuly 22, 2014
    Head over to Bi-Rite Creamery to try the Honey Lavender flavored ice cream which has recently been crowned one of the 5 most San Fransiscan ice creams. Read more
  • Alice C.heart icon on user image
    Alice CapuletMay 11, 2015
    Get a ice cream sandwich with your choice of ice cream and your choice of cookie... Mine was incredible, I dream of the day I can go back to Bi-Rite 😍😍
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