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Big Dipper Ice Cream

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631 South Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT
+1 406-543-5722
Today
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is an old style walk up place with picnic table around. People still go there during the winter because it is so delicious. The ice cream is made right there. The scoops are generous. My granddaughter loves to order her cone with sprinkles. Don't get discouraged when you see a long line; it is worth the wait!

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Thank Sarah R
Missoula, Montana
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you like super-creamy, mild, subtle flavors, you'll love Big Dipper Ice Cream. I believe they also use all natural ingredients, which is great. Personally, I'm into Bold, strong flavors with lots of taste bursting forth...not the case with Big Dipper.

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Thank rejoice2218
Missoula, Montana
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is a real find. Great ice cream, traditional and unusual flavors. It's open year round. The lines can be long on a hot summer night, but worth the wait.

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Thank Suzanne P
Missoula
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is by far the best place in town for ice cream! Even in the middle of winter there is a line. You can't go wrong with anything they serve!

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Thank lisawR7968RG
Missoula, Montana
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Big Dipper is a Missoula institution, and it is loved! Best ice cream in Missoula, and I'd put it up against favorite ice cream stores anywhere. Personal favorites from their permanent menu include Mexican Chocolate, White Mint Oreo, Peanut Butter/Chocolate and Black Licorice (one of the rare places you will find that make it). Big Dipper mixes it up constantly... More 

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Thank Loren-406
Missoula, Montana
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place has the best hard ice cream ever! Plus their changing selections of sorbets can't be beat.

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Thank Shawn R
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best pieces of Missoula! Be prepared for a line in warm weather, although they usually do a great job of keeping it moving. Their rotating flavors are excited and the regular flavors are delicious. If you are from out of town make sure to try the huckleberry.

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Thank Whitney B
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Big Dipper ice cream is a much loved ice cream treasure and you can find it's loyal patrons waiting in line any time of the year, even this very cold and snowy winter. There are many flavors to choose from and I haven't found one yet to dislike. If you are visiting or live in Missoula, Big Dipper Ice Cream... More 

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Thank Rita L
Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Big Dipper is a Missoula landmark. This small little store can deliver some amazing flavors. Montana huckleberry, mexican chocolate, Cold Smoke, Pumpkin, etc. Serving sizes are big. I always get the kids size.

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Thank Denuch1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This ice cream is made on site and the most creative delicious flavored you never thought of. The experience is retro- only outdoor seating, walk up order window, even the logo is 60-ish. This is a must experience in Missoula. My fave is coco-nuts!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 South Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Missoula
  • Phone Number: +1 406-543-5722

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?