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Smitten Ice Cream

Smitten Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop and Dessert Shop$$$$
Hayes Valley, San Francisco
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  • ice cream
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  • family-friendly
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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
  • 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 😋
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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
    Joanna2 weeks ago
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WangSeptember 3, 2013
    The seasonal sweet corn ice cream tastes just like corn picked at its best! Be sure to get the berry compote on top
  • 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
  • Anna K.
    Anna Kaminova1 week ago
    Very unusual mix and freshly made. Loved the goat cheese with apricot compote ice cream
  • Haleigh T.
    Haleigh TutrowNovember 25, 2012
    If they have the Apple Cinnamon flavor, get it with the brown sugar caramel sauce! It tastes exactly like an Apple Pie Crumble!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimJuly 30, 2013
    They do make each ice cream flavor one batch at a time, so expect a wait. The vanilla is an absolute must. Heavy on the dairy though.
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzJune 15, 2013
    Summer is Coming! Check in between June 7 and June 21, 2013 to help your fave ice cream shop win with #GameOfCones in your shout out.
  • Catherine S.
    Catherine SDecember 30, 2013
    Really creamy and fresh... Mint chocolate chip is the right amount of sweet. Probably the smoothest ice cream I've had
  • Suzanne .
    Suzanne 🍋July 8, 2016
    'Nerdy' ice cream made-to-order using high-tech mixer. Ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen. I can nerd out to earl grey 🍦.
  • Roshan S.
    Roshan SadananiJune 1, 2016
    Really really good ice cream, and you can watch it being made! Perfect location too, right next to Patricia's Green
  • David D.
    David DyTangMay 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Every flavor on the list is excellent. Watch and marvel at the freshly made liquid nitrogen ice cream!
  • Pranav P.
    Pranav PiyushNovember 9, 2013
    Salted caramel ice cream here is awesome! Oh and everything is made fresh right in front of you... Unbelievable!
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Smoothest ice cream that I have ever tasted. TCHO chocolate or balsamic strawberry are two of my favorites.
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ OMarch 31, 2015
    Hop in line when they open and get the chance to comfortably watch the brristas work their magic.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SnyderAugust 20, 2014
    Sweet corn and oatmeal raisin are the ice cream of the crop. Don't hesitate to try one if available.
  • Andreas S.
    Andreas SkielboeDecember 26, 2013
    Smoothest ice cream you will ever eat! Taste is good but not that interesting. The whole thing is a little gimmicky.
  • Siannfair
    SiannfairMay 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order two kiddie-size instead of one regular size so you can try more flavor combos (hint: they're all good!)
  • David M.
    David MazzaJanuary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a regular with a suggested topping. Amazing every time.
  • Ed S.
    Ed ShelleyFebruary 4, 2016
    Does ‘as you order’ ice cream-so they make it right in front of you and have certain flavors of the day!
  • jocelyn L.
    jocelyn L.August 20, 2012
    COCONUT BRITTLE should be added to EVERYTHING and ANYTHING! and always get the waffle cone- only way to go!
  • Spoon C.
    Spoon CarvalhoMarch 8, 2013
    Blood orange and mint and chip are to die for! What am I saying. It's all damn good!!
  • C T.
    C TJanuary 6, 2014
    Excellent unique ice cream shop. Unlike any ice cream shop I've been to. Worth the stop
  • Danielle C.
    Danielle C.June 16, 2013
    You must try their salted Carmel ice cream with TCHO chocolate sauce - sooo good yet not too rich!
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I absolutely love this place! Get the Creme Fraiche ice cream with cinnamon short bread topping.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Robyn creates awesome flavors. I really enjoyed the spring herb ice cream - rosemary, thyme, basil & mint.
  • Troy C.
    Troy CoxAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Homemade organic ice cream made to order. Only four flavors but they're all amazing!
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeAugust 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Made to order, so unfortunately you can't combine scoops of different flavors
  • Liang S.
    Liang ShiJuly 19, 2014
    My favorite ice cream on the face of the planet. It really doesn't get any fresher than this.
  • Max B.
    Max Blue 🚴🍔November 20, 2014
    Be aware that the regular size is biiig. - go for the Salted Caramel with the chocolate sauce
  • Pinkwhiskey g.
    Pinkwhiskey girlJune 20, 2011
    seriously the best ice cream you will ever experience! and they use Square to pay with which makes me love them even more!!!
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranJuly 7, 2015
    I find the whole liquid nitrogen thing too gimmicky. It takes them so long to mix up your ice cream. Although the texture is very smooth, I can get a creamy scoop of ice cream somewhere else.
  • Nipun S.
    Nipun SachdevOctober 24, 2015
    Their mint chocolate chip is the freshest tasting ice cream I have ever had! Delicious!
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HApril 12, 2013
    A small = 2 scoops. Ask for the munchkin size if you want just 1 scoop. It's $3 and not on the menu.
  • Steve V.
    Steve VJuly 7, 2011
    Brown sugar was really good! I got a small but wish I got a large! Coolest part is when they took my payment on an ipad!
  • Derek C.
    Derek CollinsSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the popsicles and ginger beer floats in addition to their incredible ice cream!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MizrahiJuly 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fresh mint chip is like eating a mint plant. It's so fresh.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AizussSeptember 14, 2015
    Most interesting/unique tasting cookie dough ice cream (in a good way). It's cool to watch them make it
  • Linzi B.
    Linzi BerryAugust 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Even though it's not on the sign, there is a 'munchkin' size - smaller than a small. You just have to ask for it.
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 12, 2015
    Liquid nitrogen icecream machine sounds exciting but the salted caramel doesn't suit my liking at all. The earl grey is alright though. The Bi-rite creamery does the earl grey better in my opinion.
  • Al B.
    Al B.January 1, 2015
    Go here for the unique liquid nitrogen experience!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeOctober 27, 2014
    Ice cream flavors taste like the real thing for better or for worse. Mint chocolate chip is delicious and tastes like biting into a mint leaf. Squash is not great, like eating a cold pumpkin pie.
  • Hotel Tonight
    Hotel TonightAugust 16, 2011
    Don't be afraid of the line. The one-bowl-at-a-time experience is worth it. And add the nibs to your order.
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    TCHO chocolate on a cone with homemade whipped cream! $7 but delicious.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityJanuary 3, 2012
    Founder Robyn Goldman has wheeled her way through a string of food blogs, onto national TV and into this 40-foot corrugated shipping container in Hayes Valley.
  • Erica M.
    Erica MarshallMay 7, 2012
    Nice rich chocolate TCHO ice cream, cool process for making it, but limited selection of flavors (3).
  • Amy Y.
    Amy YFebruary 28, 2015
    Single served ice cream prepared with liquid nitrogen -- you won't get texture like this anywhere else
  • Phillip O.
    Phillip OzakiOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Olive Oil was adventurous and interesting. I'd say worth the risk, but I'd stick with vanilla or caramel for next time.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MartinMay 18, 2013
    Always add a $1 for the waffle cone. Small is one scoop, regular is about 2.5 x that.
  • Erica
    EricaAugust 26, 2014
    First time here and I got the sweet corn with berries! Yum!
  • David A.
    David AdamsAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Warning: the ice cream is dense and delicious and the regular size is large. Add toppings.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LeeJuly 28, 2014
    Get an ice cream with fresh fruit and pretend you are eating healthy
  • Jole P.
    Jole PFebruary 24, 2015
    Pricey, but a very unique ice cream experience! Earl grey is so good
  • Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 L.
    Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 LinOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The ice cream here is the consistency of a very creamy lightly chilled mousse -- super smooth but not as hard as I would expect ice cream to be.
  • Stewart A.
    Stewart AlsopOctober 6, 2011
    Try the Salted Caramel Ice Cream - F--ing amazing! And the chocolate was Tcho, Delish.
  • Angelika
    AngelikaDecember 1, 2015
    Оно божественно! Обязательно пробовать!
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