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
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Thu, Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
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  • What you need to know
    Shirley L.
    "Try the Fresh Banana and Swiss Orange Chip flavors"(6 Tips)
    Christian D.
    "Sticky peanut butter and fresh banana make a good combination."(5 Tips)
    Sara J.
    "Sticky peanut butter and sticky chewy chocolate."(3 Tips)
    Diane W.
    "Turkish coffee is a great flavor"(4 Tips)
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  • ice cream
  • swiss orange chip
  • sticky peanut butter
  • Turkish coffee
  • authentic
  • family-friendly
  • hot fudge
  • great value
  • milkshakes
  • casual
  • cozy
  • good service
  • vanilla custard
  • mochas
  • scenic views
  • cookies & cream
  • hiking
  • chocolate
  • fruit
  • cones
  • Christian D.

    Sticky peanut butter and fresh banana make a good combination.

    Christian Dickmann · 5 days ago
  • Molly H.

    Swiss Orange Chip

    Molly Hemphill · 2 weeks ago
  • Jessica T.

    The best ice cream in the city!

    Jessica Taylor · May 25
  • Carlos A.

    Best ice cream I ever had.

    Carlos Andrade · May 24
  • Marshall S.

    Swiss Orange Chip Ice Cream

  • Michelle W.

    Strawberry ice cream is the best, huge chunks of frozen strawberry in it.

    Michelle Wu · March 7
  • Thomas E.

    Russian Hill staple

    Thomas Earnest · February 24
  • Puu K.

    Open at 12. Grab some ice cream and hop on the cable car to Chinatown

    Puu Kampolratana · February 21
  • Clay M.

    Cash only. Convenient to the twisty part of Lombard, and has water. Bland ice cream.

    Clay Miller · February 15
  • Jan S.

    Sticky chocolate.

    Jan Shaw-Flamm · February 10
  • 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
  • Peter B.

    Mocha chip FTW! Can't go wrong here, though. Awesome local ice cream.

    Peter Berg · December 23, 2014
  • Nick F.

    Delicious ice cream. Sticky chocolate FTW

    Nick Fruendt · December 12, 2014
  • Billy

    Malted milkshakes all the way!

    Billy · November 30, 2014
  • 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
  • Rama L.

    Amazing ice cream. Try the lychee ice cream. Forget the cone get it in a cup and walk the streets of San Fran!

    Rama Louis · October 29, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • andrew c.

    The best old-shool ice cream shop in the bay.

    andrew chapello · August 14, 2014
  • David K.

    Fantastic ice cream if you're in Russian Hill

    David Klein · August 7, 2014
  • Malte G.

    Sundaes are the best.

    Malte Goesche · July 17, 2014
  • Diane W.

    Turkish coffee is a great flavor

    Diane W. · June 23, 2014
  • 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
  • Musette H.

    Get the Jimmies. Not sprinkles.

    Musette Heyert · March 24, 2014
  • Fred B.

    Swiss Orange Chip is heavenly.

    Fred Burke · January 6, 2014
  • Anna N.

    One scoop is never enough

    Anna Najdovska · November 2, 2013
  • Mark W.

    Best banana ice cream I've ever tasted. Get it with the chewy chocolate. Insanely good.

    Mark Westall · September 19, 2013
  • Klennie C.

    Caramel turtle fudge, mango, swiss orange are awesome!

    Klennie Chien · September 9, 2013
  • Katerina

    Chewy sticky chocolate!!!

    Katerina · September 6, 2013
  • 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
  • Sara J.

    Sticky peanut butter and sticky chewy chocolate. So good!

    Sara Jones · July 12, 2013
  • Blake E.

    Waffle cones are good for sharing!

    Blake Engel · July 6, 2013
  • Barry D.

    The chewy chocolate with the rocky road added is worth a try as I really liked it.

    Barry D · June 21, 2013
  • Meredith G.

    Yum sticky peanut butter. You can smell the ice cream from across the street. :)

    Meredith Glover · June 21, 2013
  • Javier C.

    Cookies n' cream is amazing! It is made with oreo cookies.

    Javier Cambon Sanjurjo · June 9, 2013
  • Bay Area D.

    Cash only!

    Bay Area Dad · April 28, 2013
  • Anne B.

    Mocha chip ice cream is hands down the best.

    Anne Borja · April 23, 2013
  • Shirley L.

    Try the Fresh Banana and Swiss Orange Chip flavors

    Shirley Liu · April 1, 2013
  • Priya S.

    Best flavor - French Vanilla Custard

    Priya Saiprasad · December 29, 2012
  • Jenna C.

    Toasted almond is delish.

    Jenna Chuck · December 24, 2012
  • Harold R.

    You need to taste these ice creams.

    Harold Rodríguez · November 21, 2012
  • 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
  • Felipe C.

    Best ice cream in the world!

    Felipe Cerda · October 31, 2012
  • Catarina L.

    something different: Turkish coffee

    Catarina Lai · September 18, 2012
  • Ludwig

    Go for the Sticky Peanut Butter. I will fight you, Bi-rite fans!

    Ludwig · August 26, 2012
  • 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
  • Cathy M.

    Chocolate chip cookie dough

    Cathy M · May 6, 2012
  • Katie

    Great "light" Flavors!

    Katie · April 23, 2012
  • Michael M.

    The Swiss-orange chip has been a favorite, forever!

    Michael Meadows · April 16, 2012

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