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Swensen's Ice Cream

Swensen's Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Russian Hill, San Francisco
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  • Brittany S.
    Unfortunately overrated ice cream. ☹️
  • Sanketh S.
    Sanketh ShettyFebruary 19
    Sticky, chewy chocolate is sooo good.
  • Miles N.
    Miles NgAugust 10, 2016
    Authentic Ice Cream!!! LIT 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 must try: Sticky Peanut Butter
  • SweetBasil T.
    Love ice cream at Swensen's got to be there every time in town.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2016
    Swensen's is best known for the sticky chewy chocolate ice cream, made with some kind of viscous chocolate syrup that makes the ice cream stretchy in the best possible way. Read more
  • Catriona H.
    Catriona HunterJune 30, 2016
    Cash only. Only a few blocks from the top of the wiggly bit Lombard St, reward yourself with some delicious ice-cream after climbing up the hill to get there
  • Billy J.
    Billy JacobsonMay 23, 2016
    Waffle cone perfection
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 18, 2016
    Classic SF ice cream spot. Cash only.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MichelsenFebruary 23, 2016
    Chocolate chip
  • Tammy W.
    Tammy WallsFebruary 20, 2016
    My go to place for the best ice cream!! And they have awesome customer service!!
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle EbsteinFebruary 5, 2016
    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 :)
  • Pranay S.
    Pranay SethiJanuary 15, 2016
    Orange chip and Black Raspberry Marble are both incredible.
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MDecember 14, 2015
    The best ice cream in town. Splurge for the sundae or chocolate dip. It's worth is. Sticky chewy chocolate is my everything
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 7, 2015
    Old fashion ice cream. Creamy, heavy and satisfied.
  • Marco L.
    Marco LancieriOctober 25, 2015
    Pumpkin and Thin Mint are the best
  • James O.
    James O'SheaSeptember 6, 2015
    Chocolate chip cone was very tasty.
  • Christian D.
    Christian DickmannAugust 30, 2015
    Sticky peanut butter and fresh banana make a good combination.
  • Molly H.
    Molly HemphillAugust 20, 2015
    Swiss Orange Chip
  • Jessica T.
    Jessica TaylorMay 25, 2015
    The best ice cream in the city!
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AndradeMay 24, 2015
    Best ice cream I ever had.
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairApril 2, 2015
    Swiss Orange Chip Ice Cream
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WuMarch 7, 2015
    Strawberry ice cream is the best, huge chunks of frozen strawberry in it.
  • Thomas E.
    Thomas EarnestFebruary 24, 2015
    Russian Hill staple
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 21, 2015
    Open at 12. Grab some ice cream and hop on the cable car to Chinatown
  • Jan S.
    Jan Shaw-FlammFebruary 10, 2015
    Sticky chocolate.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterJanuary 29, 2015
    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.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BergDecember 23, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Mocha chip FTW! Can't go wrong here, though. Awesome local ice cream.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    Delicious ice cream. Sticky chocolate FTW
  • Billy
    BillyNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Malted milkshakes all the way!
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BoosNovember 23, 2014
    Sticky chewy peanut butter (if you're being bad) or orange sherbet (if you're being less bad)
  • RcL
    RcLOctober 29, 2014
    Amazing ice cream. Try the lychee ice cream. Forget the cone get it in a cup and walk the streets of San Fran!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableSeptember 12, 2014
    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
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaAugust 18, 2014
    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.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WellsAugust 17, 2014
    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.
  • andrew c.
    andrew chapelloAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The best old-shool ice cream shop in the bay.
  • David K.
    David KleinAugust 7, 2014
    Fantastic ice cream if you're in Russian Hill
  • Malte G.
    Malte GoescheJuly 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sundaes are the best.
  • Diane W.
    Diane W.June 23, 2014
    Turkish coffee is a great flavor
  • Vineet S.
    Vineet ShahJune 7, 2014
    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.
  • Musette H.
    Musette HeyertMarch 24, 2014
    Get the Jimmies. Not sprinkles.
  • Fred B.
    Fred BurkeJanuary 6, 2014
    Swiss Orange Chip is heavenly.
  • Ana N.
    Ana NajdovskaNovember 2, 2013
    One scoop is never enough
  • Mark W.
    Mark WestallSeptember 19, 2013
    Best banana ice cream I've ever tasted. Get it with the chewy chocolate. Insanely good.
  • Klennie C.
    Klennie ChienSeptember 9, 2013
    Caramel turtle fudge, mango, swiss orange are awesome!
  • Katerina
    KaterinaSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chewy sticky chocolate!!!
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionSeptember 4, 2013
    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
  • Sara J.
    Sara JonesJuly 12, 2013
    Sticky peanut butter and sticky chewy chocolate. So good!
  • Blake E.
    Blake EngelJuly 6, 2013
    Waffle cones are good for sharing!
  • Barry D.
    Barry DJune 21, 2013
    The chewy chocolate with the rocky road added is worth a try as I really liked it.
  • Meredith G.
    Meredith GloverJune 21, 2013
    Yum sticky peanut butter. You can smell the ice cream from across the street. :)
  • Javier C.
    Javier Cambon SanjurjoJune 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cookies n' cream is amazing! It is made with oreo cookies.
  • Bay Area D.
    Bay Area DadApril 28, 2013
    Cash only!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuApril 1, 2013
    Try the Fresh Banana and Swiss Orange Chip flavors
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadDecember 29, 2012
    Best flavor - French Vanilla Custard
  • Jenna C.
    Jenna ChuckDecember 24, 2012
    Toasted almond is delish.
  • Harold R.
    Harold RodríguezNovember 21, 2012
    You need to taste these ice creams.
  • Porfirio L.
    Porfirio LanderosNovember 5, 2012
    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.
  • Felipe C.
    Felipe CerdaOctober 31, 2012
    Best ice cream in the world!
  • Catarina L.
    Catarina LaiSeptember 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    something different: Turkish coffee
  • Ludwig
    LudwigAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for the Sticky Peanut Butter. I will fight you, Bi-rite fans!
  • Amy M.
    Amy MatsunoJuly 25, 2012
    Ice cream here is delicious but also very creamy...you'll be full after one scoop so no need for two!
  • Cathy M.
    Cathy MMay 6, 2012
    Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Katie
    KatieApril 23, 2012
    Great "light" Flavors!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MeadowsApril 16, 2012
    The Swiss-orange chip has been a favorite, forever!
  • Giovanni E.
    Giovanni EscobarJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    rocky road. nough said
  • Owen S.
    Owen SmithNovember 13, 2011
    Get ice cream here after dinner in the Russian Hill 'hood.
  • Jess C.
    Jess CliftonOctober 16, 2011
    Chewy sticky chocolate. Can't. Live. Without.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren McGregor DownsOctober 8, 2011
    Pumpkin=amazing!!
  • Greg G.
    Greg GeeJune 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Coffee milkshake is the greatest here
  • Ashley
    AshleyMay 28, 2011
    The original location! Don't go here for lunch though- they only serve ice-cream!
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchMay 6, 2011
    It looks like it's straight from 1974, and—fittingly—it serves all old-fashioned flavors.
  • Evelyn A.
    Evelyn AApril 2, 2011
    Rocky Road was a perfect for the uphill hike!
  • Allen R.
    Allen RomeroMarch 2, 2011
    Choco shake. Vanilla ice cream. Yes!!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 13, 2010
    Try the Swiss-orange-chip ice cream
  • maudhy c.
    maudhy cantikDecember 13, 2010
    Try the Swiss-orange-chip ice cream
  • ivy♥
    ivy♥November 19, 2010
    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. ><
  • Paul M.
    Paul MartinNovember 12, 2010
    Give eggnog a try -very yummy!
  • Teresa H.
    Teresa HankeAugust 19, 2010
    Pineapple sherbert is a must
  • Blake_Monster
    Blake_MonsterAugust 2, 2010
    I love the seasonal peppermint stick with hot fudge. Christmas in a bowl.
  • Lianuh
    LianuhFebruary 22, 2010
    a San Francisco Ice Cream landmark Read more
  • John Z.
    John ZeratskyFebruary 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The roasted banana has small pieces of ice in it, but the chewy chocolate is fantastic!
  • Bill G.
    Bill GodwinJanuary 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Sticky chewy chocolate is da bomb!!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GargasOctober 24, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    I second the toasted almond Rec.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuntSeptember 25, 2009
    toasted almond is solid.
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