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Swensen's Ice Cream

Swensen's Ice Cream

Ice Cream Parlor$$$$
Russian Hill, San Francisco
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    The ice cream at Swensen's Ice Cream is a can't miss
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    Sweet Basil S.
    "Love ice cream at Swensen's got to be there every time in town."(5 Tips)
    Eater
    "sticky chewy chocolate ice cream"(6 Tips)
    Shirley L.
    "Try the Fresh Banana and Swiss Orange Chip flavors"(6 Tips)
    Christian D.
    "Sticky peanut butter and fresh banana make a good combination."(6 Tips)
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  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableSeptember 12, 2014
    The sticky, chewy chocolate ($2.95 for a small) at this neighborhood classic (open since 1948); it's a tongue-coating, stretchy scoop of pure chocolate heaven. Read more
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterJanuary 29, 2015
    Swensen's is best known for the sticky chewy chocolate, made with some kind of viscous chocolate syrup that makes the ice cream stretchy. Swiss orange chip or Turkish coffee are also good.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    Swensen's is best known for the sticky chewy chocolate ice cream, made with some kind of viscous chocolate syrup that makes the ice cream stretchy in the best possible way. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 19
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    Jonathan WellsAugust 17, 2014
    Definitely a top ten San Francisco ice cream joint. Delicious ice cream made on the spot, a scenic locale. Parking is challenging, so take a cable car or uber.
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionSeptember 4, 2013
    Ice Cream & Cable Car Outing! Savor a sundae at Swensen’s Grill & Ice Cream in Russian Hill (try the Hot Fudge Bonanza!), then take a cable car down to Ghirardelli Square for a stroll by the water. Read more
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle EbsteinFebruary 5, 2016
    Best ice cream in the city! Perfect location to walk around the touristy areas and people watch. I had sticky chewy chocolate which is on par :)
  • Natalie M.heart icon on user image
    Natalie MDecember 14, 2015
    The best ice cream in town. Splurge for the sundae or chocolate dip. It's worth is. Sticky chewy chocolate is my everything
  • Rouven W.heart icon on user image
    Rouven WeßlingFebruary 21, 2018
    Amazing ice cream! Lines get long as people like to try a lot of flavors - just do the same, they’re all worth testing!!
  • medvedevheart icon on user image
    medvedevAugust 4, 2018
    I had the chocolate chip cookie dough and the green tea ice. Both were phenomenal!
  • Sweet Basil S.heart icon on user image
    Sweet Basil StaffJuly 29, 2016
    Love ice cream at Swensen's got to be there every time in town.
  • RcLAheart icon on user image
    RcLAOctober 29, 2014
    Amazing ice cream. Try the lychee ice cream. Forget the cone get it in a cup and walk the streets of San Fran!
  • Vineet S.heart icon on user image
    Vineet ShahJune 7, 2014
    You've made the trek here (perhaps up a large and unexpected hill, like I did), so try something unique, such as the Swiss Orange Chip.
  • Bommy
    BommyAugust 18, 2014
    Small scoop on a small waffle cone is the perfect after-dinner dessert. Green tea flavor is not very good, should've gotten turkish coffee or sticky peanut butter.
  • Miles N.heart icon on user image
    Miles NgAugust 10, 2016
    Authentic Ice Cream!!! LIT 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 must try: Sticky Peanut Butter
  • Pranay S.heart icon on user image
    Pranay SethiJanuary 15, 2016
    Orange chip and Black Raspberry Marble are both incredible.
  • Tammy W.
    Tammy WallsFebruary 20, 2016
    My go to place for the best ice cream!! And they have awesome customer service!!
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    TFebruary 25, 2019
    There’s no sit down at this location. But it’s good to get some ice cream after a walk from crooked street
  • Peter B.heart icon on user image
    Peter BergDecember 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Mocha chip FTW! Can't go wrong here, though. Awesome local ice cream.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WestallSeptember 19, 2013
    Best banana ice cream I've ever tasted. Get it with the chewy chocolate. Insanely good.
  • Carlosheart icon on user image
    CarlosMay 24, 2015
    Best ice cream I ever had.
  • Nicholas B.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas BoosNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sticky chewy peanut butter (if you're being bad) or orange sherbet (if you're being less bad)
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoJuly 25, 2012
    Ice cream here is delicious but also very creamy...you'll be full after one scoop so no need for two!
  • Barry D.
    Barry DJune 21, 2013
    The chewy chocolate with the rocky road added is worth a try as I really liked it.
  • Christian D.heart icon on user image
    Christian DickmannAugust 30, 2015
    Sticky peanut butter and fresh banana make a good combination.
  • Porfirio L.
    Porfirio LanderosNovember 5, 2012
    Does not serve burgers or full menu. This original one is just ice cream, so eat first and check this out via the Powell-Hyde cable car for dessert.
  • Tim D.heart icon on user image
    Tim DengMarch 21, 2018
    You absolutely need to try the sticky chewy ice cream
  • Camiliaheart icon on user image
    CamiliaJune 5, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Best ice-cream in town.
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WuMarch 7, 2015
    Strawberry ice cream is the best, huge chunks of frozen strawberry in it.
  • Nick F.heart icon on user image
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    Delicious ice cream. Sticky chocolate FTW
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 21, 2015
    Open at 12. Grab some ice cream and hop on the cable car to Chinatown
  • Javier C.
    Javier Cambon SanjurjoJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cookies n' cream is amazing! It is made with oreo cookies.
  • Klennie C.
    Klennie ChienSeptember 9, 2013
    Caramel turtle fudge, mango, swiss orange are awesome!
  • Sara J.
    Sara JonesJuly 12, 2013
    Sticky peanut butter and sticky chewy chocolate. So good!
  • David ☕️ K.heart icon on user image
    David ☕️ KleinAugust 7, 2014
    Fantastic ice cream if you're in Russian Hill
  • Ting S.heart icon on user image
    Ting SNovember 7, 2015
    Old fashion ice cream. Creamy, heavy and satisfied.
  • Meredith G.
    Meredith GloverJune 21, 2013
    Yum sticky peanut butter. You can smell the ice cream from across the street. :)
  • Shirley L.heart icon on user image
    Shirley LiuApril 1, 2013
    Try the Fresh Banana and Swiss Orange Chip flavors
  • James O.heart icon on user image
    James O'SheaSeptember 6, 2015
    Chocolate chip cone was very tasty.
  • Ludwigheart icon on user image
    LudwigAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for the Sticky Peanut Butter. I will fight you, Bi-rite fans!
  • Sanketh S.heart icon on user image
    Sanketh ShettyFebruary 19, 2017
    Sticky, chewy chocolate is sooo good.
  • Joey C.heart icon on user image
    Joey CarmelloMay 22, 2017
    Strawberry sundae with strawberry ice cream
  • Jessica T.heart icon on user image
    Jessica TaylorMay 25, 2015
    The best ice cream in the city!
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    ivy♥November 19, 2010
    Can you believe that Swensen's is SO big in Asia? So many Asians come to take picture with the original store and get disappointed. ><
  • Blake E.
    Blake EngelJuly 6, 2013
    Waffle cones are good for sharing!
  • Diane W.
    Diane W.June 23, 2014
    Turkish coffee is a great flavor
  • Billy J.heart icon on user image
    Billy JacobsonMay 23, 2016
    Waffle cone perfection
  • Fred B.heart icon on user image
    Fred BurkeJanuary 6, 2014
    Swiss Orange Chip is heavenly.
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadDecember 29, 2012
    Best flavor - French Vanilla Custard
  • Michael M.
    Michael MeadowsApril 16, 2012
    The Swiss-orange chip has been a favorite, forever!
  • Billyheart icon on user image
    BillyNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Malted milkshakes all the way!
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