Swensen's Ice Cream

Swensen's Ice Cream

1999 Hyde St (at Union St.), San Francisco, CA 94109, United States
Hours:
Closed until Noon (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
  • Turkish coffee
  • milkshakes
  • sundaes
  • hot fudge
  • family-friendly
  • great value
  • mochas
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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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  • Foodspotting

    Try the Swiss-orange-chip ice cream

    Foodspotting · December 13, 2010
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  • Lianuh

    a San Francisco Ice Cream landmark Read more

    Lianuh · February 22, 2010
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  • Bill G.

    Sticky chewy chocolate is da bomb!!

    Bill Godwin · January 25, 2010
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  • Shirley L.

    Try the Fresh Banana and Swiss Orange Chip flavors

    Shirley Liu · April 1, 2013
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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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  • Michael M.

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

    Michael Meadows · April 16, 2012
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  • Matthew H.

    toasted almond is solid.

    Matthew Hunt · September 25, 2009
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  • Jenna C.

    Toasted almond is delish.

    Jenna Chuck · December 24, 2012
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anna N.

    One scoop is never enough

    Anna Naj · November 2, 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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  • 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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  • Javier C.

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

    Javier Cambon Sanjurjo · June 9, 2013
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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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  • 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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  • Evelyn A.

    Rocky Road was a perfect for the uphill hike!

    Evelyn A · April 2, 2011
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  • Michael G.

    I second the toasted almond Rec.

    Michael Gargas · October 24, 2009
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  • Thomas E.

    Russian Hill staple

    Thomas Earnest · 5 days ago
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  • Puu K.

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

    Puu Kampolratana · 1 week ago
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  • Clay M.

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

    Clay Miller · 1 week ago
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  • Jan S.

    Sticky chocolate.

    Jan Shaw-Flamm · 2 weeks ago
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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
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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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  • Billiam

    Malted milkshakes all the way!

    Billiam · 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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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • Sara J.

    Sticky peanut butter and sticky chewy chocolate. So good!

    Sara Jones · July 12, 2013
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