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Mitchell's Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Noe Valley, San Francisco
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  • Jodie M.
    Jodie MAugust 23, 2014
    Always try the seasonal flavors as much as you can but you can't def go wrong with a scoop or two of Halo Halo, Ube, and the Espresso Toffee Crunch (for coffee lovers out there) 😉 grab a ticket!!!
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniApril 4, 2015
    Yummy & very unique ice cream flavors. I think they have more flavors available everyday than Bi-rite or other popular places in Sf. The ones we tried were Ube (Purple Yam), Thai Tea & Irish Coffee.
  • Truth K.
    Truth KnowledgeJune 19, 2013
    It's 9:40 pm! This place is busy around the clock! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Tonight I may go for the grasshopper. My all time favorite is White Pistachio, yum!
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GarciaAugust 13, 2015
    Had the Grasshopper while my family tried other flavors like Macapuno & Mango (forgot the others haha). Really good & the workers are really nice, very relaxing place to grab a quick dessert 🍨💕
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerApril 19, 2013
    The caramel praline is delicious if you love caramel and don't mind the extra sweetness from the pralines. Also, the chocolate peanut butter flavor is insane…and I usually don't like chocolate bases.
  • Rebecca G.
    Rebecca GobersteinMarch 18, 2012
    The BEST ice cream outside of Shubert's in Chico, Ca. Take a number and prepare to wait for American and Latin favorite flavors. If you take home a pre-packed tub, you can cut your wait time down!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 28, 2014
    Just because it's bright purple, don't shy away from the delicious ube, and you'll never go wrong with their rich & delicious chocolate ice cream either. Read more
  • Eve C.
    Eve ChouFebruary 22, 2014
    A SF must. There are so many different types of flavors and they are the nicest. They will let you sample flavors. Even when it's busy, you get you ice cream with a smile.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJune 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The ice-cream here is so good. These guys have been around for decades and their tropical flavors are particularly famous. Also great to take a pint of ice-cream home for the freezer. Beware of lon
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28
    Mitchell's has been holding it down since 1953, offering both the standard chocolate, rocky road, and strawberry and our pick, ube, or purple yam. When else are you going to eat purple ice cream? Read more
  • Palmer S.
    Palmer SinclairOctober 26, 2011
    Don't let the Bi-Rite zombies lead you astray—this is San Francisco's true ice cream hot spot. Over 50 years experience and a huge, unpretentious-yet-exotic selection makes Mitchell's SF's best
  • Casey H.
    Casey HoganDecember 18, 2014
    A must for ice cream in SF. Toasted almond is awesome, but I honestly haven't gotten anything I didn't love. (Don't forget to grab a number when you get there.)
  • Palmer S.
    Palmer SinclairOctober 26, 2011
    Don't let the Bi-Rite zombies lead you astray—this is the true local favorite ice cream in SF. If you're around in the Fall try their seasonal pumpkin ice cream; you'll be hooked.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SmoklerAugust 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    These folks are super efficient so don't get discouraged if you see a long line or if your place in it is 30 numbers back. You'll never wait as long as you think you will.
  • Louise J.
    Louise JabagatAugust 6, 2015
    everything!!!!!!!! My favorite is mango, chocolate, Mexican chocolate, ube, macapuno (sweet coconut). This place is amazing I never go anywhere else for ice cream but here.
  • Anna K.
    Anna KMay 31
    Been here 5+ times
    Best ice cream shop in SF. Try the grasshopper pie. If you're not into chocolate, try their mango or ube.
  • Ally R.
    Ally ReillyJune 10, 2012
    Fight your way through the crowd, grab a number and wait. It's well worth it! Waffle cone with Claire's pie & Grasshopper pie is to die for. Hands down the best ice cream I've ever had. YUM!!
  • Truth K.
    Truth KnowledgeDecember 4, 2012
    I've been getting ice cream from here with my family since my childhood years. Today I almost went with White Pistachio again but instead I got festive; the Egg Nog ice cream is ridiculously good!
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipSeptember 6, 2014
    their ice cream cakes are fantastic. if you miss the 48 hour notice window, you can just get one of their pre-made cakes with personalized writing!
  • Karla R.
    This ice cream is to die for and so worth a trip from L.A. to try it! Young Coconut flavor is soooo creamy, smooth, and just the right amount of sweetness!!
  • Jessie N.
    Jessie NguyenMay 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Avocado is soooooo yummy. It's like eating a real avocado w all the goodness of ice-cream. Best to top it w the baby coconut yummm!
  • Toland H.
    Toland HonApril 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If there's a super long line, pick a one of the pre-made half gallons and go straight to the front of the line. Then tack on a couple sugar cones and you're set!
  • Carmen R.
    Carmen RuelasMarch 19, 2013
    I swear by the Mexican chocolate. Add the chocolate dipped almond covered waffle cone and you've got yourself a little piece of heaven.
  • Jay C.
    Jay CarmesisMay 1, 2014
    It's a delicious ice cream.....yummy flavors! Different flavors from local fruits to tropical countries. You'll come back after one scoop!
  • Mela B.
    Mela BNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Coconut Pineapple es major! Don't try a quick trip here on a sunny day or a rainy day! This place is always poppin!!! No ice cream is better than theirs, loards or fentons doesn't even cone close!
  • Hana N.
    Hana NaFebruary 15, 2012
    Walk in, grab a number! Don't forget :) Only tourists and amateurs forget. Then you coast and wait to get your delicious ice cream.
  • Carlos L.
    Carlos LazoJanuary 27, 2013
    This place has been around for decades. Definitely a San Francisco landmark. The most delicious ice cream I've ever had.
  • Leina K.
    Leina KJune 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love their grasshopper ice cream! Mint chocolate chip + Oreos. No matter when you come it's always busy but it is well worth the wait. Make sure to hurry in and grab a number.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SchneiderFebruary 6, 2015
    Classic, delicious ice cream. Don't be surprised by the long line at 10pm.
  • Ashlie F.
    Ashlie FordSeptember 29, 2015
    The classics are delicious. Too nervous to try some of the more unusual flavored like avocado or banana.
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikJanuary 9, 2013
    Get a chocolate coffee 50/50 milkshake and add chocolate syrup too. You won't regret it.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 29, 2014
    Take a number, wait outside with the 40 other hypoglycemics, and whence called, get a cookies and cream sundae. Low sugar crisis averted.
  • eva marie m.
    eva marie moodyJanuary 28, 2015
    I love there banana splits there fantastic especially if your just looking for something simple. 😸
  • Pamela >^-^< H.
    The parking lot is very tight-be careful! Great ice cream, worth the wait in line.
  • Jeff R.
    There is parking around back. If you get a spot reward yourself with an extra scoop🍨🍨
  • Jeannette S.
    Jeannette S.August 22, 2010
    There's undoubtedly a wait, regardless of when you go. A pre-packed 1/2 gal is the way to go to avoid the wait since there's a separate line for those.
  • Jessica
    JessicaMay 6, 2013
    Try the avocado ice cream, very fresh and creamy! This is my favorite for now
  • David K.
    David KnopfSeptember 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Lilikoi mango swirl and biscotti nocciole are two flavors they don't always have that are *awesomely* good. My #1 favorite, though, is buko.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LefkowitsApril 29, 2010
    If they have Lime Tequila, get it! Like a great margarita on a cone. If you're feeling indulgent, Peanut Butter Indulgence is amazing, but you can feel it slow your heart. Read more
  • Alexander G.
    Alexander GrantJuly 4, 2013
    Amazing as always, I get the combo of peanut butter and cookies & cream on a waffle cone. Mmm mmm!!
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineAugust 22, 2012
    Most fantastic flavor: Horchata. Brilliant Mexican drink even better as ice cream.
  • Aid M.
    Aid MendozaApril 23, 2013
    Definitely avocado, caramel praline, banana, butterscotch and french vanilla. Yum! Totally craving now in this hot weather
  • Leslie H.
    Leslie HitchcockAugust 4, 2011
    Lunchtime on a Sunday is a surprisingly great time to visit Mitchell's. Bonus is that you can have an ice cream lunch. Who doesn't love that?
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Got a party coming up? Mitchell’s makes ice cream cakes. They need 2-4 days notice, but it is worth it if your child loves their ice cream as much as Dora does. Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissMarch 29, 2014
    This is the parlor you dreamed of as a kid. Now you're an adult, you can afford to be as irresponsible to your temple-body as you like!
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KJune 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a pint with two flavors - they know to pack each flavor on each side of the container rather than on top of eachother (unlike at another ice cream joint).
  • Youngjae P.
    Youngjae ParkJune 5, 2014
    Ube ice cream is really unique, Mango was good too! The store is really packed though.
  • Elijah C.
    Elijah ColpittsOctober 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Pistachio and peanut butter indulgence Sunday's are the way to go
  • Ian D.
    Ian DionisioAugust 4, 2010
    Can't go wrong with the new York cherry! Been having it since I was a little child. Love this place. Bi-Rite doesn't come close.
  • jonathan d.
    jonathan dausAugust 21, 2012
    Avocado, white pistachio, ube, buko, halo halo. Top 5. Any of those and your set.
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