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Swensen's Ice Cream

1999 Hyde St, First Swensen's, San Francisco, CA 94109-2040
+1 415-775-6818
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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12:00 - 22:00All hours
1999 Hyde St, First Swensen's, San Francisco, CA 94109-2040
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The ice cream is delicious and the male scooper is hilarious and will play jokes on you which I loved. All of the flavors were great. They are cash only and don't have any seating. There was a line every time we passed by but...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great pizza dinner down the street at Za Pizza. Then walked up to Swenens. We were planning to go to another place but end up going here and glad we did. Is across the street from cable car stop as well.

Reviewed 25 May 2017

"Watch us freeze!" That's what the sign says. And if you go early any day but Monday (they're closed) you can see them make ice cream. There are Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas specials. Nothing beats Swiss Chocolate Chip, or Caramel Turtle Fudge. They even have...More

Reviewed 2 March 2017

Based on the reviews, I thought I was going to come away amazed. I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong. They do make good ice cream. However, it is not among the best I’ve ever had.

Reviewed 20 February 2017

Don't let the decor fool you - they have great ice cream with plenty of flavors to choose from. In addition, their staff is funny and friendly. Caution: You may get addicted to their flavors!

Reviewed 9 February 2017

Two things to keep in mind: Swensen's doesn't open until noon, and there is no seating. I guess previous reviewers who enjoyed watching the cable cars go by must have seen them while standing on the street eating their cones or waiting in line. Arriving...More

Reviewed 3 January 2017

We came across Swensen's by chance after jumping off the cable car for the Lombard Street and then walking down the hill a bit. I think this is the best ice cream in San Francisco and is certainly better value for money than Ghirradellis which...More

Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Always busy. Great service. Excellent ice cream. No seating so just grab & go. Greta selection of flavors.

Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Experience for real taste of Swensen'S ice cream at San Francisco. Better than I Thailand 🇹🇭 Recommend !!

Reviewed 18 October 2016

Just great nice cream !I had the cookies and cream it was very good . There is no place to sit its just ice cream and go . The line can be long but it moves quick

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antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any
visitor would gladly leave their heart in San
Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down
Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world,
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Average prices
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1999 Hyde St, First Swensen's, San Francisco, CA 94109-2040
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Russian Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Russian Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-775-6818
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