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The 8 Best Ice Cream Shops in San Francisco

Updated: March 5, 2021

Figuring out which ones are San Francisco’s best restaurants has never been easier. To get you the definitive list of the top restaurants, we assessed the best review and restaurant sites incorporating millions of expert and diner reviews. Scroll down to compare ratings, reviews, prices, and hours with ease and spend less time deciding.

Find the perfect spot

Mitchell’s Ice Cream

San Francisco, Noe Valley
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

The Ice Cream Bar

San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

GIO Gelati - San Francisco

$16 avg. price for 1 ice cream
San Francisco, Cow Hollow
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Lush Gelato

San Francisco, North Beach
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

San Francisco’s Hometown Creamery

San Francisco, Inner Sunset
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5


San Francisco, Chinatown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

La Copa Loca Gelato

San Francisco, Mission
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Over the Moon

San Francisco, Marina
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How does it work?

We know how tough it is to find the best restaurant in San Francisco. We analyzed 31320 San Francisco restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 San Francisco restaurant reviews, and 1904 lists and articles – looking closely at what TimeOut, Eater and SF Travel had to say – and applied our Feastfox magic. Yes, we even looked at TimeOut - The best gelato in the Bay Area, Eater - The 14 Best Ice Cream Flavors in San Francisco and SF Travel - Best Ice Cream by Neighborhood | San Francisco to pull this list together. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Pick your dollar sign

Know what prices to expect in every neighborhood. Deal-seekers will love the lower prices at Van Ness - Civic Center, while those who love to splurge may enjoy what Cow Hollow has to offer. Knowing the average price of 1 ice cream will help you know what to expect next time you dine out.

NeighborhoodAve. price for 1 ice cream# Ice cream shops
Cow Hollow$161
Lower Pacific Heights$73
Van Ness - Civic Center$52

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