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Fentons Creamery & Restaurant

Fentons Creamery & Restaurant

Ice Cream Shop, Dessert Shop, and Diner$$$$
Piedmont Avenue, Oakland
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  • Jon P.
    "A Black and Tan with all toasted almond is a great to share treat"(10 Tips)
    Jeff S.
    "Get the sundae with cookie dough and Swiss milk chocolate ice cream."(5 Tips)
    Karl
    "Coffee Cookie Dream Milkshake and Cookie Connection are my go-to's!"(4 Tips)
    Jonathan F.
    "You can't go wrong with the black and tan sundae lol"(3 Tips)
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  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsNovember 17, 2015
    Probably the creamiest ice cream I've had in the bay area yet. The mocha almond fudge and raspberry swirl was a solid combo. Single is huge with two flavors, so get the petite if you're not hungry.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeJune 24, 2013
    Good food and better ice cream! I requested a brownie sundae with chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla w/lots of chocolate syrup...DROOL! I've had their Western Bacon Burger which was very good!
  • Shaina P.
    Shaina PrasadJanuary 28, 2017
    Customer service is great and the ice cream even better! Try combining flavors for a unique experience!! My personal favorite: coffee cookie dream & rocky road
  • Ariadna B.
    Ariadna BadalamentiJuly 22, 2014
    If you go before a game get there early to have dinner/lunch. The crab sandwich, crab salad & onion rings are great. Make sure you save room for ice cream, the selection is FANTASTIC!
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GutierrezOctober 23, 2014
    Solid sandwiches, clean place, A+ customer service. Only tried the regular vanilla ice cream (there's also vanilla bean) but it was really good. Bring $$$. Almost $5 for a single-scoop cone. Ouch!
  • 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
  • Tyler J.
    Tyler 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
  • Thomas V.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Laurence B.
    Laurence BerlandOctober 6, 2015
    Been here 25+ 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.
  • 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!
  • RLR Masterhandyman on Piedmont Ave. M.
    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....
  • 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.
  • Laurie D.
    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.
  • 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
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The BEST place to get an ice cream stomach ache! They serve a mean French Dip au jus as well.
  • 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.
  • Jeff S.
    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
  • 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
  • Milli P.
    Milli ParkusNovember 29, 2016
    One of the best creamery in The Bay Area! A must place to go especially during summer!
  • Lika J.
    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.
  • Ellen M.
    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.
  • Andrew C.
    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.
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrrAugust 10, 2014
    The regular sundae is big enough for two and the petit sundae is perfect for one.
  • Boysan 4.
    Boysan 410March 28, 2014
    their caramel sauce is so good! And not so sweet! Pairs great with vanilla ice cream or cookies and cream
  • Eileen S.
    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.
  • Gwen C.
    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.
    Laurence BerlandOctober 19, 2015
    Been here 25+ 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...
  • Harold H.
    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!
  • Dave C.
    Dave CMarch 21, 2016
    Coffee cookie dream is a good flavor. I'm sure the other sixty are also good.
  • Shinal
    ShinalMay 3, 2015
    The lines are long but the waiting is worth it. Lots of favors from Strawberry cheesecake to Rocky road. Enjoy!
  • LJ Y.
    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. :-)
  • Rebecca W.
    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.
  • Anderson
    AndersonJuly 22, 2013
    Superb ice cream . Everything is good ! Lots of seating indoors
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GodfreyNovember 3, 2014
    Good diner food, but make sure you make some room for dessert. They're best known for their HUGE sundaes
  • 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!
  • Marta T.
    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.
  • Laurence B.
    Laurence BerlandOctober 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ 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.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchouAugust 10, 2014
    This hopping spot has a diner-esque feel to it and massive sundaes which are great for sharing.
  • Marc
    MarcDecember 22, 2015
    Food Network's Top 5 Desserts: #1 Bananas Special (this place is also birthplace of rocky road ice cream)
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney R.October 1, 2013
    This is the ice cream shop referenced in the Pixar movie "Up"! Try the cookie dough ice cream.
  • Laurence B.
    Laurence BerlandAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Want a smaller version of a true sundae? You can get a junior size of Myrtle's special. Just right.
  • Aundrea C.
    Aundrea ClarkOctober 11, 2013
    So amazing every time! We got a discount because my boyfriend was wearing an A's jersey!!! Love it
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BeauchampAugust 12, 2016
    Amazing. Must remember the size of one scoop might need to do petite scoop next time !
  • Jaemie P.
    Jaemie ParaonOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The saddleback brownie is heaven on Earth. The Fenton's Special is a good second choice as well.
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa D.May 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The best crab salad sandwich...and you can't go wrong with any of the shakes, malts or sundaes. Swiss milk chocolate malt or black & tan are my favs.
  • C W.
    C WJune 30, 2013
    Cream caramel crunch & Swiss milk chocolate ice cream is soo delish. A great combination !!
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FlemingNovember 24, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    You can't go wrong with the black and tan sundae lol
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