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The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain

The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Cole Valley, San Francisco
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  • SFist
    SFistJuly 22, 2016
    The Ice Cream Bar always has three dairy-free flavors: Chocolate sorbet, a coconut milk-almond, and a rotating fruit flavor. Though all are great, it's the almond that's the real winner. Read more
  • Mike W.
    Old-school ice cream shop serving up interestingly flavored scoops along with a back bar serving boozy concoctions. Definitely worth a visit when the weather is warm. WinstonWanders.com
    Upvoted Sep 15
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher AuyeungMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Sit at the counter and eat the best damn grilled cheese in San Francisco. Get it on their housemade brioche bread (with tomato soup if they have it), and wash it down with a Meyer Lemon Egg Phosphate.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    You can never go wrong with ice cream, especially when it's a brownie sundae with a scoop of mint chip & a scoop of banana pudding ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream, cherries, & toasted pecans. Read more
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniMay 20, 2015
    Loved this place and the neighborhood its in. I like cream sodas. This place probably makes the best ones I have had so far. Orange Sickle and Passion Project cream sodas were just delicious.
  • Alice B.
    Alice BarnardJune 21, 2014
    Guy who served us was super friendly & knowledgeable. Love that all of the tinctures, syrups, ice-cream etc. are all made in-house, and digging the retro vibe. Also everything we had was delicious!
  • Truth K.
    Truth KnowledgeMay 31, 2013
    Wonderfully great ice cream! I sampled the Carmelized Honey, Tres Leche and Butterscotch! So many great choices and options. I chose the Butterscotch this time (so good!) and will definitely go back
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerAugust 24, 2016
    An old-fashioned style ice cream bar serving up unique and delicious ice cream sundaes, milkshakes and anything else you can dream up. Stop by if you want a sweet treat while exploring Haight-Ashbury.
  • Josh G.
    Josh GoodmanSeptember 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The best, most amazingly delicious waffle cones ever. Also, insanely fresh & smooth ice cream. I miss living in Cole Valley cuz of this place.
  • Mark
    MarkAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the most solid flavors of ice cream in the city, beats Bi-Rite by a lot. If they have the cherry, get it! And the silkiest milk chocolate ice cream I've ever had.
  • Norris T.
    Norris TranMarch 5, 2012
    Excellent dessert or date night spot. The shakes and ice cream sammies are all to die for! Unique concepts on flavors. Parking is bad and it gets crowded on weekends. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Joe Bob J.
    Joe Bob JusticeApril 21, 2015
    All the specialty sodas Plus the unique and pared-down food selection is great. Great service. Great detail when it comes to the ambiance. Oh and ice cream is damn tasty as well.
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie ThomasJune 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    So far I haven't gone wrong here. Ice cream sandwiches, floats, sundaes, waffle cones, even their lunch items are great! And the staff is stellar too. Favorite neighborhood gem.
  • Richmark
    RichmarkNovember 25, 2012
    Can't make up your mind? Create an ice cream cookie: oatmeal raisin cookie with banana puddin' as the filling. You can thank me later.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Watch a soda jerk build banana splits with brûléed-to-order bananas, or a grown-up butterscotch milk shake of eggs, cream, butterscotch syrup, and malt, shaken long and hard over ice like a Martini. Read more
  • Josh W.
    Josh WhelchelSeptember 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Blueberries and cream + strawberry lavender + banana pudding ice creams. All real flavors. All homemade. All in your mouth! 🍦
  • shahad k.
    shahad khanOctober 28, 2016
    I liked the Walnut Thyme flavor the most, which sounded like a strange flavor, but it was crazily delicious! And I highly recommend giving their dreamy cone a try.
  • Jake K.
    Jake KaufmanDecember 16, 2014
    The ice cream is great but they also have an old fashioned soda fountain! So get some ice cream and have the soda jerk fix you something delicious!
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BowlesJanuary 8
    Great selection of unique and traditional flavors. Grown up tastes can been fulfilled with alcohol floats!
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 20, 2014
    The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain’s offerings include old-school classics like phosphates, lactarts, malts, 7 alcohol-infused “remedies.” Take a seat at the sweeping & watch their jerks work. Read more
  • Chad H.
    the floats are their speciality, but the ice cream is delicious on its own
    Upvoted Sep 15
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰October 28, 2012
    Root beer float definitely tastes vintage...not for those who remember the a&w floats. Mix with ice cream and it becomes more palatable. The marshmallow is great though!
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanNovember 9, 2015
    Very good ice cream! Not overly sweet or milky/creamy tasting. Strong flavor! Got the pumpkin pie and coconut milk dark chocolate. So good! 4.5/5
  • Cameron K.
    Cameron KetchamJune 26, 2015
    My favorite Ice cream place! The coconut ice cream tastes really light, fresh, and delicious! Make sure to get the hot fudge sauce!
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJune 27, 2013
    Vegan chocolate, coconut-milk chocolate almond (vegan) & organic strawberry: they're all amazing!!! 😍😋
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DaveyFebruary 12, 2014
    Get the Tres Leches! It has real tres Leches cake mixed into the ice cream! Each would be excellent alone, but together...nommmm!!
  • Jared R.
    Jared RanereMarch 13, 2014
    Get a fancy float. The soda jerks go out of their way to make them good and they are. There are few places that serve the equivalent.
  • Molly P.
    Molly PrinceJanuary 23, 2014
    The New Orleans Hangover is absolutely to die for - sweet cream ice cream, chicory coffee syrup, soda, and golden eagle tincture.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuSeptember 17, 2012
    My fave was the butterscotch ice cream! Def try a banana split if you're not in the mood for a shake-- three flavors instead of one!
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos BFebruary 24, 2013
    "A Touch of Grey" unusual but very tasty. Soda made with Candy Mushroom cap (Yes, real mushrooms). Try it if you are adventurous.
  • Liz B.
    Liz B. PalumbiApril 14, 2013
    The drinks at the bar are everything they should be, delicious and creamy and boozy!
  • Steve F.
    Steve FaddenJuly 13, 2015
    Everything! But no a/c, so it can get really warm. Don't forget to grab a number when you come in!
  • Chelsea M.
    Chelsea MOctober 26, 2014
    The ice cream is really rich in flavor. Too much for me. Tried the caramelized honey, vegan dark chocolate, and creme fraiche
  • Nick M.
    This is a very good ice cream bar. I went off menu and added toasted fluff to an ice cream sandwich. So good.
  • Christine C.
    Christine CustodioSeptember 22, 2013
    Crowded, popular ice cream shop! Had very good and unique flavors! Definitely coming back! Waffle cones are good!
  • Cara H.
    Cara HirschApril 7, 2012
    go straight to the back and order a phosphate, lactate, or some other kind of old fashioned soda. They are very well crafted and unique.
  • Josh R.
    Josh RaelJune 14, 2013
    Like a any other bar, you can keep you tab open and while everything is very good, I recommend the Bonnie Vie No. 2.
  • Gusto L.
    Gusto LopezJune 23, 2012
    Tasty ice crea! I had the Peanut Butter Cookie flavor and it was delicious. I loved the look and feel of this place.
  • Kathryn K.
    Kathryn KeelingOctober 7, 2014
    Awesome old school ice cream bar, flavours were amazing but the waffle cones are freshly made and to die for!
  • Josh L.
    Josh L.February 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Make friends with the jerks! This is easily the best thing you can do at this place, because once you do that, everything else falls into place.
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher AuyeungAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Is it summer? Get the Bonne Vie No. 2 - sweet basil ice cream doused in a fresh grapefruit soda. You're welcome.
  • Jen Q.
    Jen QAugust 28, 2015
    Unique flavors that change frequently, cute retro feel, huge sundaes. Grab a ticket when you get in
  • Eliot C.
    Eliot ChangNovember 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The line can be long on weekend evenings, but it's worth it! The milk chocolate is a can't-miss
  • Amy B.
    One of the few places with vegan ice cream options! The coconut milk chocolate almond was awesome.
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SathappanAugust 19, 2015
    Cool soda place in SF. They make it right in front of you- I recommend the chocolate soda float.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RobertsNovember 2, 2014
    Loved the butterscotch and mint chip icecream!! Sooo yummy!
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BoodmanMarch 9, 2013
    I keep meaning to try other things, but the root beer float is so good, I always just get it.
  • Erin O.
    Erin O'ConnorMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    for something rich and desserty, get the Dublin Honey. for cool and refreshing, the Carl & Cole.
  • Paul B.
    Paul BurditchJune 28, 2013
    This is the best ice cream destination in the San Francisco Bay Area, likely California and perhaps the country.
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesJuly 19, 2016
    Lovely little spot for an olde fashioned ice cream sundae or malt! They also have adult milkshakes... 😉
  • Philip G.
    Philip GarciaMarch 28, 2015
    Créme Fraiche Ice Cream and Caramelized Honey Ice Cream! Perfect texture. Not too sweet!
  • Christian F.
    Christian FengFebruary 3, 2016
    Homemade Waffle Cones are great here. Seasonal blueberry ice cream is also fantastic.
  • Sarah
    SarahMay 20, 2015
    This place is one of the best places in SF. Def get any of the phosphates.
  • Richard N.
    Richard NguyenJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hella awesome chocolate raspberry soda. The roasted pineapple ice cream cookie was equally awesome.
  • Allen
    AllenJuly 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing milkshakes and sodas made to order. Perfect on those rare hot SF days.
  • Bkwm J.
    Bkwm JJune 27, 2013
    They make all the sodas they serve? Need to try it some other time! 😋
  • Emily F.
    Emily FinleySeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Banana puddin ice cream is THE BEST. There is no way to get the wrong thing here, though.
  • David L.
    David LytleFebruary 17, 2013
    Get the bergamot almond phosphate. Not too sweet, nice bite.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.February 16, 2015
    What an awesome hidden gem of a spot. Try the cherry ice cream!
  • Vincent T.
    Vincent TangJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Head back to the soda fountain and make your own drink. Ice cream? You'll eat waaayyy too much, guaranteed.
  • S
    SMarch 14, 2015
    Get: root beer or cola float. They make the soda right in front of you
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyApril 9, 2013
    Perch on a swiveling stool and slurp mixologist Russell Davis’s nonalcoholic sodas, shakes, and floats.
  • Zakk D.
    Zakk DeVineJune 10, 2013
    The best ice cream ever. The Banana Puddin' is no joke and perfect on any day that ends in 'Y'
  • Josh T.
    Josh T 🎾🎾💲💲November 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the hot chocolate with marshmallows! Amazing, just a bit expensive.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It only comes around in the summertime, but the organic strawberry ice cream is amazing!!
  • STEW M.
    STEW MUNNERLYNMay 31, 2013
    The ice cream is nothing special, go for the fountain drinks in the back, incredible stuff!!!
  • Arthur L.
    Arthur LeeNovember 20, 2016
    You gotta try this place if you like floats. They have the most unique combinations
  • Samaher
    SamaherAugust 8, 2014
    Butter pecan and honey ice cream are great
  • Arianne K.
    Arianne KrekelerApril 24, 2013
    Get the orange creamsicle as a float! Classic and delicious :)
  • atom
    atomSeptember 2, 2013
    Coconut milk chocolate almond is the best, and vegan too!
  • Mesrop A.
    Mesrop AshAugust 9, 2014
    You've got to stay to enjoy the fountain sodas, but they are worth it.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MerchantOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Soda bar at the back is where it's at. Say tincture 5 times fast!
  • Shauna
    ShaunaMarch 4, 2012
    The Classic Wild Cherry Phosphate Soda is amazing! Full of sour yumminess.
  • Mish B.
    Mish BMarch 13, 2012
    Do NOT miss the maple pecan cone!!! Oh, and ps: the servings are HUGE!
  • Nelson
    NelsonSeptember 28, 2016
    The chocolate sorbet is excellent! Not just for vegans!
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KehrtJune 6, 2014
    Custom sodas.!The Too Good To Be True is beyond fantastic.
  • Nathan D.
    Nathan DieselSeptember 2, 2012
    Organic Basil is worth the adventure. Think green tea meets vanilla orchid in freshly mowed grass.
  • Gary T.
    Gary TsaiJanuary 3, 2015
    Amazing and good. Better than bi-rite
  • Kayliegh B.
    Kayliegh BarnesJune 16, 2013
    Try the vegan coconut milk chocolate almond for a delish surprise of mmmmmmm :)
  • Eric L.
    Eric LorentzJune 26, 2016
    Cannot go wrong with a waffle cone. Easily the best ice cream I've had anywhere.
  • David L.
    David LytleJanuary 29, 2012
    Take a # found immediately to your left inside the door, then peruse the menu so you're ready to order when your number is called.
  • Kassaundra G.
    Kassaundra G-TAugust 28, 2013
    Best waffle cone I have ever had. Seriously worth the 1.50
  • June
    JuneAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Too good to be true is TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MSeptember 18, 2014
    The classic banana split is amazing with the caramelized banana!
  • Alexa
    AlexaJune 26, 2012
    The banana split with brûlée bananas is the way to go.
  • Craig G.
    Craig GlendenningJanuary 1, 2013
    Fromage blanc. Salty ice cream is unique and delicious!
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the black cherry phosphate as a float. Thank me later.
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WDecember 8, 2016
    Root beer float is apparently the crowd favorite; comes with toasted marshmallow. O Canada tastes like waffles & syrup.
  • Richard T.
    Richard TitusJune 9, 2016
    Mint chip... Vegan chocolate isn't bad either
  • Jess M.
    Jess MireauOctober 25, 2015
    Homemade sodas made with homemade bitters
  • Craig D.
    Craig DDecember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    So this teenager at the milkshake bar refuses to make me a pistachio milkshake because it's "only for two people"! W.T.F.???
  • Diana S.
    Diana SepúlvedaMay 13, 2016
    They also have a really good pulled pork sandwich.
  • Richard N.
    Richard NguyenMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Coconut milk banana is michelin starred pastry chef approved. It's vegan too!
  • David
    DavidAugust 24, 2013
    Organic basil and creme fraiche was the best ice cream ever
  • June
    JuneAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The BEST rootbeer float in town!!
  • Jim P.
    Jim ProsserJune 28, 2015
    Throwback to another era. Hot fudge definitely the way to go.
  • Josh G.
    Josh GoodmanJuly 20
    Been here 10+ times
    Butterscotch in a waffle cone may be the greatest ice cream vehicle ever. 🍦
  • Martha R.
    Martha RotterNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the freaking waffle cone. Best I've ever had, it is unreal.
  • Miss H.
    Miss HericoJanuary 28, 2012
    Chocolate sorbet is decadent and super chocolatey!
  • SillyCamilly
    SillyCamillyJuly 27, 2013
    Hmm-mmh-mmh.... Strawberry shortcake with basil ice cream! I'll make babies to it.
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