We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


3896 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3141
+1 619-574-8500
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good39%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“gelato” (57 reviews)
“crepes” (27 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3896 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3141
Write a Review
Reviews (101)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 101 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After an excellent Mexican at la puetra I needed my mouth cooling down and gelato was required. This place was empty of customers but full of yummy gelato so happy days. I had Nutella and espresso..... so good

Thank Gibbo1969
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Walking around Hillcrest with my wife looking for something to eat that wasn't "fusion". Walked right up to Chocolat looked at the menu outside and saw breakfast til 2pm. Done deal! I don't understand why it's so hard to get eggs over medium everywhere else,...More

Thank rainmanpi
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We actually tried another gelato and it was just not as good. This visit to Chocolat was as expected: WONDERFUL! The gelato is very flavorful and true to form. The staff are always polite, honest and helpful. Thank you so much for being in downtown...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

A nice, quaint place with lots of variety. Crepes, frittatas, gelato, wine, all kinds of yummy things. Sometimes it's open air. The service was great and friendly.

Thank jmboze1
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We walked to this place after we had dinner a couple doors down. The atmosphere, food and drinks were very good. Service was great by Cass.

Thank Takis P V
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We had friends in from our days in Anchorage Alaska and went to see a movie at Hillcrest. With time to kill we walked over to Chocolat (which we had seen many times while going to movies at Hillcrest but had never visited. Big mistake....More

Thank PeterandJinx
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Best Tiramisu Gelato and Tiramisu dessert. Will come back for crepes too as they looked great as well.

Thank Arushi K
Reviewed 12 November 2016

Really great Gelatto. Nice staff, great all round menu. I'd go out of my way to stop here. Definitely going back to try more

Thank JeffreyK
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Went to dinner with friends on Thursday night. Had a Cesar Salad. The salads a very good and good size. The crepes and deserts a wonderful and delicious. A great place for desert and coffee in Hillcrest..

Thank A. Vinnie V
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The expresso and cappuccino were fine. Not outstanding, but OK. The panini and savory crepes also fine, but nothing outstanding. My wife had a glass of OK red wine, and we were charged $12, which was way beyond an appropriate charge. In fact, looking at...More

Thank David B
Nearby Restaurants
Parma Cucina Italiana
741 reviews
.03 km away
942 reviews
.11 km away
Pho Fifth Avenue
16 reviews
.11 km away
Arrivederci Italian Restaurant
229 reviews
.08 km away
Nearby Attractions
Marston House Museum
69 reviews
.79 km away
Escape Game SD
110 reviews
.19 km away
San Diego Private Tours - Journeys with Julie
52 reviews
.60 km away
Lockdown Escape Rooms
23 reviews
.59 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Chocolat staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3896 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3141
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-574-8500
Chocolat, 5th Av and University in Hillcrest District. Eclectic combination of bistro fare with fine wines and beers, breakfast, as well as gelatos.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing