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Fentons Creamery & Restaurant

Fentons Creamery & Restaurant

Ice Cream Parlor, Dessert Shop, and Diner$$$$
Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
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    The experts at Food Network and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    Jon P.
    "A Black and Tan with all toasted almond is a great to share treat"(10 Tips)
    Jeff S.
    "Get the sundae with cookie dough and Swiss milk chocolate ice cream."(5 Tips)
    "Coffee Cookie Dream Milkshake and Cookie Connection are my go-to's!"(4 Tips)
    Dorothy D.
    "Brought home Sundae of the month and will enjoy it for several days."(39 Tips)
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  • ice cream
  • black and tan
  • lively
  • cookies
  • family-friendly
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  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsNovember 17, 2015
    Probably the creamiest ice cream I've had in the bay area yet. The mocha almond fudge and raspberry swirl was a solid combo. Single is huge with two flavors, so get the petite if you're not hungry.
    Upvoted Dec 16, 2023
  • Buford D.
    Buford DouglasSeptember 13, 2018
    Opened in 1894. Claims to have invented Rocky Road, Toasted Almond, and Swiss Milk Chocolate flavors in the first decades of the 20th Century. Moved to current location in 1961.
  • Shaina P.heart icon on user image
    Shaina PrasadJanuary 28, 2017
    Customer service is great and the ice cream even better! Try combining flavors for a unique experience!! My personal favorite: coffee cookie dream & rocky road
  • Chris L.heart icon on user image
    Chris LeeJune 24, 2013
    Good food and better ice cream! I requested a brownie sundae with chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla w/lots of chocolate syrup...DROOL! I've had their Western Bacon Burger which was very good!
  • J J.
    J JohnOctober 23, 2014
    Solid sandwiches, clean place, A+ customer service. Only tried the regular vanilla ice cream (there's also vanilla bean) but it was really good. Bring $$$. Almost $5 for a single-scoop cone. Ouch!
  • Ariadna B.heart icon on user image
    Ariadna BadalamentiJuly 22, 2014
    If you go before a game get there early to have dinner/lunch. The crab sandwich, crab salad & onion rings are great. Make sure you save room for ice cream, the selection is FANTASTIC!
  • Heather F.
    Heather FlettJune 14, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Hot tip: save money with kids by ordering a deconstructed kids’ banana split. Up to 3 flavors, up to 3 toppings, banana can be on the side, whipped cream + cherry 🍒 for $8.50.
  • ᴡ J.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ JordanJune 16, 2017
    I got the cookie connection and it was bomb. I suggest splitting sundaes unless you're a beast and really fiending some ice cream
  • SFist
    SFistSeptember 12, 2014
    The massive Black & Tan Sundae is what Fentons is known for, which combines toasted almond and vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel sauces. Read more
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah ShehanMay 18, 2015
    I visit this restaurant from time to time and the level of their service improves a lot. The staff are corteous and kind. I also love that the serving time is fast.
  • Thomas V.heart icon on user image
    Thomas VincentSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The line was insane but moved quick. The location is legendary. We go for the dessert and the milk shakes are not to be missed.
  • Scottheart icon on user image
    ScottAugust 13, 2018
    Classic traditional historical neighborhood establishment. Going for the ice cream. May be a line. Be patient. It’s worth it. Get ice cream.
  • Laurence B.heart icon on user image
    Laurence BOctober 6, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    If you'd like your sundae horizontal instead of vertical, the technical term here is to ask for it in a "banana boat". Then you can get to both flavors of ice cream, simultaneously.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The BEST place to get an ice cream stomach ache! They serve a mean French Dip au jus as well.
  • Milli P.heart icon on user image
    Milli ParkusNovember 29, 2016
    One of the best creamery in The Bay Area! A must place to go especially during summer!
  • RLR Masterhandyman on Piedmont Ave. M.heart icon on user image
    Long line but hey.. As a youngster from this area it was all about hanging and still is .... Right.. I would sit at the counter to get fast service and have the sliders any day. no wait....
  • Laurie D.heart icon on user image
    Laurie DalzellSeptember 1, 2014
    The petite cup serving is more than enough for an adult. The single is way too much ice cream--even though you'll definitely eat it all because it is do delicious.
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardJuly 9, 2013
    Eggnog. A 119-year old creamery. More than 30 "fabulous flavors" like banana nut and mocha almond fudge and occasional seasonal flavors like apple pie and eggnog. Read more
  • Harry W.
    Harry Walls IVApril 14, 2014
    Absolutely delicious! You can't really sit out in front like they do on Up, but still REALLY good. Get anything with caramel. It's life changing.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CassinJuly 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Banana Jr. is a perfect (giant) banana split. No need to go with the full-size.
  • Lika J.heart icon on user image
    Lika JFebruary 20, 2015
    Have your ice cream sundae served in a "boat" instead of a sundae dish so all flavors may be accessed without digging to the bottom of their generous helpings.
  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff ScoreJuly 5, 2013
    Turkey Bacon Melt, followed by the Black & White sundae. Get the sundae with cookie dough and Swiss milk chocolate ice cream. You won't regret it.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Consider sampling the endless array of additional ice cream flavors, which includes choices like black walnut, blueberry cheesecake, butter brickle. Read more
  • Claude H.
    Claude HarrisonMarch 16, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're driving and nearby parking is scarce, park in the parking lot at 41st & Piedmont. The walk will do you good and you'll save time.
  • lindsey anne
    lindsey anneFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    all single scoops are actually double; highly recommended to split CCAC and chocolate marble. the combination is vanilla ice cream with caramel + chocolate sauce, with a little almond crunch. heaven!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 1, 2011
    Try the Coffee Cookie Dream Milkshake - delicious coffee ice cream and a pile of cookies waiting for you at the base of the glass. Read more
  • Ellen M.heart icon on user image
    Ellen McGrodyDecember 15, 2015
    Fucking incredible. An absolute must for the sweet tooth. The burgers and fries aren't bad but the ice cream is legendary.
  • Justina k.
    Justina kSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Black and Tan!!! All the way! Get it in a bowl instead of the tall ice cream glass. Easier to eat and you get to enjoy both flavors before they melt.
  • rik p.
    rik panganibanNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best deal is to get a "single" with 2 flavors split it with a friend or bring it home and eat it over a couple of days. It's a lot of ice cream!
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrrAugust 10, 2014
    The regular sundae is big enough for two and the petit sundae is perfect for one.
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    Any ice cream is tasty. Once in there, check out the photo on the wall with the kid and sundae. It is really that good. – Jackie, Advertising Production Specialist
  • Shinaheart icon on user image
    ShinaMay 3, 2015
    The lines are long but the waiting is worth it. Lots of favors from Strawberry cheesecake to Rocky road. Enjoy!
  • Gwen C.heart icon on user image
    Gwen CummingsSeptember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Black and Tan sundae is the best! Swap out one of the flavors for Swiss milk chocolate ice cream to make it even better than the original
  • Laurence B.heart icon on user image
    Laurence BOctober 19, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the chicken strips, not the chicken tenders. The strips cost $2 less and don't come with fries, but they have 5 strips vs 4 in the tenders...
  • Jon Y.
    Jon Y.March 28, 2014
    their caramel sauce is so good! And not so sweet! Pairs great with vanilla ice cream or cookies and cream
  • Daveheart icon on user image
    DaveMarch 21, 2016
    Coffee cookie dream is a good flavor. I'm sure the other sixty are also good.
  • Rebecca W.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca WangOctober 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the flight for ice cream to try three different flavors. Best deal of the menu, enough to serve two.
  • LJ Y.heart icon on user image
    LJ YoungJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Fenton's not only a place for ice cream, but they have wonderful selection of breakfasts for reasonable prices. :-)
  • Adam K.heart icon on user image
    Adam KlopfensteinJuly 28, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Their Peppermint Bark at Christmas time is fabulous!!
  • Eileen S.heart icon on user image
    Eileen SamueluApril 10, 2014
    Back room is great for some quiet and great for families and large groups. Weekdays are less crowded but not by much.
  • Laurence B.heart icon on user image
    Laurence BOctober 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The cold fudge is a great way to help keep your sundae from turning into a puddle before you eat it. It's not listed on the menu, just ask nicely.
  • Andrew G.heart icon on user image
    Andrew GodfreyNovember 3, 2014
    Good diner food, but make sure you make some room for dessert. They're best known for their HUGE sundaes
  • Anderson
    AndersonJuly 22, 2013
    Superb ice cream . Everything is good ! Lots of seating indoors
  • Nikki B.heart icon on user image
    Nikki BeauchampAugust 12, 2016
    Amazing. Must remember the size of one scoop might need to do petite scoop next time !
    USA TODAYJuly 17, 2013
    This creamery has been around from over 100 years! Try the Eggnog milkshake - it's a classic. Read more
  • Marta T.heart icon on user image
    Marta TapperoJanuary 23, 2017
    Fantastic. The real deal. Is not my favorite style, but I have to say Fentons is really old school ice cream, banana split creamery.
  • Marc
    MarcDecember 22, 2015
    Food Network's Top 5 Desserts: #1 Bananas Special (this place is also birthplace of rocky road ice cream)
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouAugust 10, 2014
    This hopping spot has a diner-esque feel to it and massive sundaes which are great for sharing.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimOctober 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The coffee cookie dream has the best coffee ice cream ever.
  • Harold H.heart icon on user image
    Harold HoffmanNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The ice cream flights are a great way to try different flavors all at one. FYI, a small scoop can be between a baseball or softball size. Try the sliders!
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