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Swensen's Ice Cream

Swensen's Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop · Russian Hill
1999 Hyde St (at Union St.), San Francisco, CA 94109, United States
Hours:
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Thu, Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Credit Cards:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.1/10

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  • ice cream
  • sticky peanut butter
  • family-friendly
  • authentic
  • milkshakes
  • casual
  • cozy
  • Turkish coffee
  • hot fudge
  • great value
  • good service
  • vanilla custard
  • scenic views
  • cookies & cream
  • hiking
  • chocolate
  • chips
  • cones
  • pumpkin
  • mint
  • Billy J.
    Waffle cone perfection
    Billy Jacobson · 4 days ago
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  • Jess L.
    Classic SF ice cream spot. Cash only.
    Jess L · March 18
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  • Maria M.
    Chocolate chip
    Maria Michelsen · February 23
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  • Tammy W.
    My go to place for the best ice cream!! And they have awesome customer service!!
    Tammy Walls · February 20
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  • Danielle E.
    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 :)
    Danielle Ebstein · February 5
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  • Pranay S.
    Orange chip and Black Raspberry Marble are both incredible.
    Pranay Sethi · January 15
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  • Natalie M.
    The best ice cream in town. Splurge for the sundae or chocolate dip. It's worth is. Sticky chewy chocolate is my everything
    Natalie M · December 14, 2015
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  • Ting S.
    Old fashion ice cream. Creamy, heavy and satisfied.
    Ting S · November 7, 2015
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  • Marco L.
    Pumpkin and Thin Mint are the best
    Marco Lancieri · October 25, 2015
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  • James O.
    Chocolate chip cone was very tasty.
    James O'Shea · September 6, 2015
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  • Christian D.
    Sticky peanut butter and fresh banana make a good combination.
    Christian Dickmann · August 30, 2015
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  • Molly H.
    Swiss Orange Chip
    Molly Hemphill · August 20, 2015
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  • Jessica T.
    The best ice cream in the city!
    Jessica Taylor · May 25, 2015
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  • Carlos A.
    Best ice cream I ever had.
    Carlos Andrade · May 24, 2015
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  • Marshall S.
    Swiss Orange Chip Ice Cream
    Marshall St. Clair · April 2, 2015
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  • Michelle W.
    Strawberry ice cream is the best, huge chunks of frozen strawberry in it.
    Michelle Wu · March 7, 2015
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  • Thomas E.
    Russian Hill staple
    Thomas Earnest · February 24, 2015
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  • Puu K.
    Open at 12. Grab some ice cream and hop on the cable car to Chinatown
    Puu Kampolratana · February 21, 2015
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  • Clay M.
    Cash only. Convenient to the twisty part of Lombard, and has water. Bland ice cream.
    Clay Miller · February 15, 2015
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  • Jan S.
    Sticky chocolate.
    Jan Shaw-Flamm · February 10, 2015
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  • Anton S.
    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.
    Anton Shuster · January 29, 2015
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  • Peter B.
    Mocha chip FTW! Can't go wrong here, though. Awesome local ice cream.
    Peter Berg · December 23, 2014
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  • Nick F.
    Delicious ice cream. Sticky chocolate FTW
    Nick Fruendt · December 12, 2014
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  • Billy
    Malted milkshakes all the way!
    Billy · November 30, 2014
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  • Nicholas B.
    Sticky chewy peanut butter (if you're being bad) or orange sherbet (if you're being less bad)
    Nicholas Boos · November 23, 2014
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  • RcL
    Amazing ice cream. Try the lychee ice cream. Forget the cone get it in a cup and walk the streets of San Fran!
    RcL · October 29, 2014
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  • Tasting Table
    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
    Tasting Table · September 12, 2014
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  • Bommy C.
    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.
    Bommy Cha · August 18, 2014
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  • Jonathan W.
    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.
    Jonathan Wells · August 17, 2014
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  • andrew c.
    The best old-shool ice cream shop in the bay.
    andrew chapello · August 14, 2014
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  • David K.
    Fantastic ice cream if you're in Russian Hill
    David Klein · August 7, 2014
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  • Malte G.
    Sundaes are the best.
    Malte Goesche · July 17, 2014
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  • Diane W.
    Turkish coffee is a great flavor
    Diane W. · June 23, 2014
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  • Vineet S.
    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.
    Vineet Shah · June 7, 2014
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  • Musette H.
    Get the Jimmies. Not sprinkles.
    Musette Heyert · March 24, 2014
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  • Fred B.
    Swiss Orange Chip is heavenly.
    Fred Burke · January 6, 2014
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  • Ana N.
    One scoop is never enough
    Ana Najdovska · November 2, 2013
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  • Mark W.
    Best banana ice cream I've ever tasted. Get it with the chewy chocolate. Insanely good.
    Mark Westall · September 19, 2013
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  • Klennie C.
    Caramel turtle fudge, mango, swiss orange are awesome!
    Klennie Chien · September 9, 2013
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  • Katerina
    Chewy sticky chocolate!!!
    Katerina · September 6, 2013
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  • Pacific Union
    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
    Pacific Union · September 4, 2013
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  • Sara J.
    Sticky peanut butter and sticky chewy chocolate. So good!
    Sara Jones · July 12, 2013
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  • Blake E.
    Waffle cones are good for sharing!
    Blake Engel · July 6, 2013
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  • Barry D.
    The chewy chocolate with the rocky road added is worth a try as I really liked it.
    Barry D · June 21, 2013
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  • Meredith G.
    Yum sticky peanut butter. You can smell the ice cream from across the street. :)
    Meredith Glover · June 21, 2013
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  • Javier C.
    Cookies n' cream is amazing! It is made with oreo cookies.
    Javier Cambon Sanjurjo · June 9, 2013
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  • Bay Area D.
    Cash only!
    Bay Area Dad · April 28, 2013
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  • Shirley L.
    Try the Fresh Banana and Swiss Orange Chip flavors
    Shirley Liu · April 1, 2013
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  • Priya S.
    Best flavor - French Vanilla Custard
    Priya Saiprasad · December 29, 2012
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  • Jenna C.
    Toasted almond is delish.
    Jenna Chuck · December 24, 2012
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  • Harold R.
    You need to taste these ice creams.
    Harold Rodríguez · November 21, 2012
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  • Porfirio L.
    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.
    Porfirio Landeros · November 5, 2012
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  • Felipe C.
    Best ice cream in the world!
    Felipe Cerda · October 31, 2012
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  • Catarina L.
    something different: Turkish coffee
    Catarina Lai · September 18, 2012
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  • Ludwig
    Go for the Sticky Peanut Butter. I will fight you, Bi-rite fans!
    Ludwig · August 26, 2012
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  • Amy M.
    Ice cream here is delicious but also very creamy...you'll be full after one scoop so no need for two!
    Amy Matsuno · July 25, 2012
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  • Cathy M.
    Chocolate chip cookie dough
    Cathy M · May 6, 2012
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  • Katie
    Great "light" Flavors!
    Katie · April 23, 2012
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  • Michael M.
    The Swiss-orange chip has been a favorite, forever!
    Michael Meadows · April 16, 2012
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  • Giovanni E.
    rocky road. nough said
    Giovanni Escobar · January 30, 2012
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  • Owen S.
    Get ice cream here after dinner in the Russian Hill 'hood.
    Owen Smith · November 13, 2011
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  • Jess C.
    Chewy sticky chocolate. Can't. Live. Without.
    Jess Clifton · October 16, 2011
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  • Lauren M.
    Pumpkin=amazing!!
    Lauren McGregor Downs · October 8, 2011
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  • Greg G.
    Coffee milkshake is the greatest here
    Greg Gee · June 18, 2011
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  • Ashley
    The original location! Don't go here for lunch though- they only serve ice-cream!
    Ashley · May 28, 2011
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  • ToryBurch
    It looks like it's straight from 1974, and—fittingly—it serves all old-fashioned flavors.
    ToryBurch · May 6, 2011
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  • Evelyn A.
    Rocky Road was a perfect for the uphill hike!
    Evelyn A · April 2, 2011
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  • Allen R.
    Choco shake. Vanilla ice cream. Yes!!
    Allen Romero · March 2, 2011
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  • Foodspotting
    Try the Swiss-orange-chip ice cream
    Foodspotting · December 13, 2010
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  • maudhy c.
    Try the Swiss-orange-chip ice cream
    maudhy cantik · December 13, 2010
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  • ivy♥
    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. ><
    ivy♥ · November 19, 2010
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  • Paul M.
    Give eggnog a try -very yummy!
    Paul Martin · November 12, 2010
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  • Teresa H.
    Pineapple sherbert is a must
    Teresa Hanke · August 19, 2010
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  • Blake_Monster
    I love the seasonal peppermint stick with hot fudge. Christmas in a bowl.
    Blake_Monster · August 2, 2010
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  • Lianuh
    a San Francisco Ice Cream landmark Read more
    Lianuh · February 22, 2010
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  • John Z.
    The roasted banana has small pieces of ice in it, but the chewy chocolate is fantastic!
    John Zeratsky · February 17, 2010
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  • Bill G.
    Sticky chewy chocolate is da bomb!!
    Bill Godwin · January 25, 2010
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  • Michael G.
    I second the toasted almond Rec.
    Michael Gargas · October 24, 2009
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  • Matthew H.
    toasted almond is solid.
    Matthew Hunt · September 25, 2009
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