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The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain

The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain

Ice Cream Parlor$$$$
Cole Valley, San Francisco
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    Michelle W.
    "Get the black cherry phosphate as a float."(18 Tips)
    "The Classic Wild Cherry Phosphate Soda is amazing!"(12 Tips)
    "Coconut milk chocolate almond is the best, and vegan too!"(4 Tips)
    /Josh\ G.
    "The best, most amazingly delicious waffle cones ever."(12 Tips)
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  • ice cream
  • phosphate
  • milkshakes
  • waffle cones
  • casual
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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
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    Mike WinstonJune 19, 2017
    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.
  • Christopher A.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Ashok L.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Josh W.heart icon on user image
    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! 🍦
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
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    KellySeptember 10, 2021
    Favorite flavors: banana puddin’, roasted pineapple, cherry, butterscotch, and the passion fruit blood orange sorbet! Can’t wait until the soda fountain reopens!
  • /Josh\ G.heart icon on user image
    /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.
  • Chuck R.heart icon on user image
    Chuck RoslofMay 6, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    I like their ice cream a lot, but the real draw is the old fashioned-style soda fountain. Their food is also good, and they have an outpost in the Castro as well.
  • Markheart icon on user image
    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.
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    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.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Terence C.heart icon on user image
    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
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    S 🥭🥼October 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.
  • Ashley B.heart icon on user image
    Ashley BowlesJanuary 8, 2017
    Great selection of unique and traditional flavors. Grown up tastes can been fulfilled with alcohol floats!
  • Chad H.heart icon on user image
    Chad HornerJuly 31, 2017
    the floats are their speciality, but the ice cream is delicious on its own
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cameron K.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Jae C.heart icon on user image
    Jae ClarkeDecember 13, 2018
    Banana pudding, butterscotch, milk chocolate among other all-star flavors. Milkshakes are killer, as is the hot chocolate on a cold day.
  • Eliot C.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Jake K.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Bkwm J.heart icon on user image
    Bkwm JJune 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegan chocolate, coconut-milk chocolate almond (vegan) & organic strawberry: they're all amazing!!! 😍😋
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Arthur L.heart icon on user image
    Arthur LeeNovember 20, 2016
    You gotta try this place if you like floats. They have the most unique combinations
  • Nick M.heart icon on user image
    Nick McCoskerMay 1, 2017
    This is a very good ice cream bar. I went off menu and added toasted fluff to an ice cream sandwich. So good.
  • 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!!
  • Jenny
    JennyAugust 28, 2015
    Unique flavors that change frequently, cute retro feel, huge sundaes. Grab a ticket when you get in
  • Amy B.heart icon on user image
    Amy BaldwinJune 18, 2017
    One of the few places with vegan ice cream options! The coconut milk chocolate almond was awesome.
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    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!
  • Byron W.heart icon on user image
    Byron WilkesJuly 19, 2016
    Lovely little spot for an olde fashioned ice cream sundae or malt! They also have adult milkshakes... 😉
  • J J.
    J JohnAugust 23, 2019
    Solid homemade ice cream 🍨 shop. The chocolate & pistachio praline are highly recommended
  • 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
  • Kathryn K.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn KeelingOctober 7, 2014
    Awesome old school ice cream bar, flavours were amazing but the waffle cones are freshly made and to die for!
  • Christine C.
    Christine CustodioSeptember 22, 2013
    Crowded, popular ice cream shop! Had very good and unique flavors! Definitely coming back! Waffle cones are good!
  • 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.heart icon on user image
    Liz B. PalumbiApril 14, 2013
    The drinks at the bar are everything they should be, delicious and creamy and boozy!
  • Erin M.heart icon on user image
    Erin MerchantOctober 18, 2014
    Soda bar at the back is where it's at. Say tincture 5 times fast!
  • Kartik S.heart icon on user image
    Kartik SathappanAugust 19, 2015
    Cool soda place in SF. They make it right in front of you- I recommend the chocolate soda float.
  • Philip G.heart icon on user image
    Philip GarciaMarch 28, 2015
    Créme Fraiche Ice Cream and Caramelized Honey Ice Cream! Perfect texture. Not too sweet!
  • Christian F.heart icon on user image
    Christian FengFebruary 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Homemade Waffle Cones are great here. Seasonal blueberry ice cream is also fantastic.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Eric L.heart icon on user image
    Eric LorentzJune 26, 2016
    Cannot go wrong with a waffle cone. Easily the best ice cream I've had anywhere.
  • 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.
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