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Smitten Ice Cream

Smitten Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop and Dessert Shop$$$$
Hayes Valley, San Francisco
323 Tips and reviews
  • ice cream
  • lively
  • family-friendly
  • casual
  • authentic
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  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonJune 3, 2014
    Come for the liquid nitrogen show, stay for the delicious Strawberry White Balsamic Ice Cream. This little stall in Hayes Valley is too cool & so much fun. Read about my visit on WinstonWanders below! Read more
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Jake K.
    Jake KaufmanSeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Easily the smoothest ice cream you'll ever have. Made to order with liquid nitrogen. Their flavors are limited to two or three. Usually vanilla, chocolate, and something more... unusual.
  • Sofie G.
    Sofie GrahamAugust 9, 2014
    This is THE best ice cream in the city. It's made to order, and so delicious, especially the tcho chocolate. They sometimes have strange flavours like lavender and olive oil.
  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusAugust 1, 2014
    This ice cream is so yummy & they freeze it right in front of your eyes w/ modern technology (liquid nitrogen). Their chocolate is good, but if they have olive oil with lavender shortbread get it!
  • Tagel S.
    Tagel Shaked ZingerMarch 26, 2016
    The chocolate is the best. The cookie dough with chocolate chip is awesome. If you're with a friend you can take one of each and switch one scoop so both of you can enjoy both tastes 😋
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerJanuary 6, 2015
    They freeze your ice cream in front of you with liquid nitrogen. If you're lucky, Salted Caramel will be on the menu today. Don't forget to read the story on the wall!
  • TOMS
    TOMSFebruary 10, 2012
    Using only fresh & local ingredients, this is the most decadent ice cream in town! Grab a cone of on of their unique flavors like Rhubarb Crisp & then head over to Patricia's Green park to enjoy it.
  • Flavia S.
    Flavia StefaniNovember 22, 2012
    Most delicious ice cream I have ever had in my life. It's as soft as butter! They make it on demand, right there in front of you, so that its rich in texture and flavor. Yummy!
  • Angel F.
    Angel FuSeptember 8, 2015
    Always a line outside Smitten but not too bad. I got the cookie dough with Pretzels and Chocolate chips. The two topping well blended and neither of them tasted extremely strong. Very delicious!
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    Each flavor is inspired by what’s in season; go during the summer months and you might find sweet corn, caramelized peach, or strawberry white balsamic. Read more
  • Adrian B.
    Adrian BarkerOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    A constantly rotating list of ice cream with about 4-5 choices a day. The most interesting flavor I've tried was olive oil. The texture of the ice cream is a stand-out here, impossibly smooth.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerMarch 19, 2012
    Lemon Meyer Cookie was phenomenal. Also, I never thought Olive Oil would make a great ice cream topping - but it's totally amazing! Do not try their popsicles, they are neither refreshing nor sweet.
  • Norbert H.
    Norbert HuMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This beats just about any homemade ice cream you have ever had. Imagine Kelvin (the ice cream machine that is) turn milk and other ingredients into ice cream right in front of your eyes. In 1 minute!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelApril 14, 2015
    Probably the best texture of any ice cream I've had. The flavors were good but not amazing. If bi-rite and these guys had a baby, there'd never be a reason to go anywhere else.
  • Romain V.
    Romain VezirianMarch 29, 2015
    This is a must try place for ice cream lovers - probably in my all-time top 3. Pro tip: get the brown sugar caramel with your ice cream. Definitely worth it.
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FMay 5, 2013
    They use liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream and each batch is made fresh to order. Seasonal flavors all year round, so you never know what will be on the board!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 28, 2015
    This place is great, especially if you catch it without a line. Fresh, tasty, and pure ice cream made to order. Perfect with the park and beer garden right there too.
  • TOMS
    TOMSJanuary 30, 2012
    Smitten uses fresh and local ingredients in their decadent ice cream. Try a unique flavor like Rhubarb Crisp ice cream and then head to Patricia’s Green Park just a hop, skip and jump away.
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldApril 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The ice cream is made with super good ingredients and frozen with liquid nitrogen for each order. It's an experience. You're in luck if they're serving Rhubarb Pie (get the topping).
  • Paul F.
    Paul FarrellOctober 11, 2015
    It happens before your eyes. Fresh flavours like creme fraiche with pear and caramel sauce work and when you put them in a waffle cup,well then you say God damn👊🏻
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoMay 4, 2014
    Holy crap, best ice cream I've ever had. Each serving is made fresh right in front of you and the texture is so smooth! I got the Strawberry White Balsamic - epic.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SánchezJuly 24, 2016
    Such a unique experience! The ice cream is perfection. I got the "cookies & cream with almonds and pretzels" and topped it off with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Wow.
  • Maya B.
    Maya ByrneMarch 3
    Made to order ice cream. Awesome array of flavors, sauces, and toppings. 1 medium is perfect for 2 to share!
  • James
    JamesOctober 9, 2013
    Simply the most incredible ice-cream you will ever eat. Incredibly fresh and some delicious flavours. Don't balk at the idea of queuing - it's absolutely worth it.
  • Shruthi K.
    Shruthi KS2 weeks ago
    Love the tcho chocolate. Have tried some of their other flavours like blueberry lavender, Sonoma rose, Earl grey are flavourful too
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Timothy R.
    Timothy RobertJuly 17, 2013
    Spicy Carmel may seem like a risk, but it's a risk one needs to take. Trust me on this. Get it with chocolate ice-cream first because it's a sure win!
  • Peggy L.
    Peggy LiApril 6, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The Fresh Mint Chip is heavenly. Perfectly smooth and creamy, and the first taste makes you feel like you're smelling mint leaves outside on a summery day.
  • gail.
    gail.October 22, 2014
    The texture of their iced cream is sublime. Spicy caramel & cinnamon shortbread crumbles are my favorite toppings.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    Liquid nitrogen ice cream; is that gimmicky? Andrew vilifies them for only having non-adventurous flavors ("salted caramel! tcho chocolate!"), but the texture is quite nice.
  • Jessica @.
    The salted caramel is better than Bi-Rite! Watch them make your scoop as you wait..and be sure to get the cone! 75cents but totally worth it--tastes like a buttery fortune cookie :)
  • Allie B.
    smitten over this ice cream, but for my fellow strugglers with decision-making, you can only choose one flavor, and don't try to reason with them!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LeeDecember 8, 2013
    I ate here twice in the same day and I am only slightly ashamed. Their cones are great -- super crunchy and thick so the ice cream won't leak through the bottom.
  • Joanna
    JoannaMay 7
    Delightfully fun ice cream store that makes servings in small batches to order. Loved the strawberry-rhubarb!
  • Iris Y.
    Iris Y.May 7, 2013
    The line moves fast, so don't fret! Order the strawberry with balsamic vinegar ice cream topped by chocolate caramel bits for a surprisingly good treat..
  • Robin S.
    Robin SinghviApril 21, 2013
    Amazingly smooth icecream! They have an ultra-scientific to make ice cream to order! You have to see it (and eat it) to believe it!
  • Edmund O.
    Edmund O'NeillJune 4, 2015
    They make it right in front of you! Be sure to get some sauce. The 60% chocolate was beyond good.
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanApril 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Smitten is the best! Get any flavor and add in their waffle cone made daily. So good!
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 7, 2015
    It's fun to see how they make ice cream in front of you. They change their monthly new favor regularly, but the permanent favors are delicious too.
  • Irene M.
    Irene MApril 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Made to order from fresh natural ingredients. Hands down the best ice cream I have ever had. And I have had a lot of ice cream.
  • Caro S.
    Great ice cream. Only few tastes, changing on regular basis. Definitely go for the small size if you are eating alone. Is anyways a huge portion!
    SF BRAVO! CLUBOctober 19, 2011
    All natural and made right on the spot- grab some ice cream before a show! Don't forget to try their toppings too! The nibs are my personal favorite.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsOctober 31, 2015
    There's nothing gimmicky about making ice cream with liquid nitrogen when it tastes this good. The Tcho chocolate is smooth and velvety. Leave it bare, one scoop is just the right amount.
  • Patrick
    PatrickOctober 16, 2012
    Skip the Froyo tonight and get some handmade ice cream, this stuff was unlike anything I've ever had before. If you're a newbie, ask advice from the staff!
  • Michelle K.
    Michelle KAugust 14, 2014
    Liquid nitrogen makes the ice cream so smooth yet still rich. Cinnamon shortbread on top of vanilla ice cream. Use paypal for $5 discount!
  • Adam B.
    Adam BraceSeptember 21, 2014
    Fantastic ice cream, keep it simple and try the vanilla with Salted Caramel. The ice cream is full of flavour you won't be disappointed.
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Try the Rhubarb Crunch Ice Cream - Dense, smooth and refreshing kelvin-made ice cream (frozen by dry ice before your eyes). Loved the flavor.
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenMay 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Salted caramel is at the perfect sweetness level. Cookie dough, though delicious, is way too sweet and rich that would ruin the entire experience.
  • Paresh D.
    Paresh DaveJuly 14, 2012
    Smooth as promised. Get the berry sundae for $7.75. Sub the flavor of the day for the vanilla. Ginger peach was sweet as tho didn't taste the ginger much.
  • Vivian H.
    Vivian HuangJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    if you come here craving the earl gray with chocolate chips flavor, and they are OUT for unclear reasons -- do not order the blood orange flavor bc it will just taste like regret.
  • Kritarth J.
    Kritarth JainSeptember 30, 2016
    Get the cookie dough with pretzel with caramel sauce on top! You will never enjoy another ice cream after that. #sorrynotsorry
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