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Big Olaf's

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220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0798
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Southern California
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92 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We had heard that we needed to get a cone here and we did. But, it was Dreyer's ice cream, not homemade. I had rocky road which is always yummy.

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

good ice cream and good service, will come back again and again, plus great view! I like there ice cream compared to other places on the island, fast service, even when they are busy!

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Thank Duane B
Syracuse, New York
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85 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Crowded all the time so tried it. Good but hot inside, ice cream soft, melted and staff was not happy. Other places available that I would try first.

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I had been wanting an waffle cone my entire trip and read these were some of the best. I was disappointed. The waffle cone was bendy and stale testing. The ends of the cone did not touch so that as the ice cream melted it soaked the paper cone holder and made a huge mess. The ice cream was very... More 

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Whittier, California
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We always make this one of our stops when staying in Avalon. The cones can be smelled long before you reach their location. Large cones and plenty of different flavors to choose from.

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Thank janice385
Redondo Beach, California
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

They serve Dryers ice cream. It was good and refreshing on a hot summer day. The lines get long as the day passes.

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Thank SouthernCalMan
Templeton, California
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Just had cones here, but they were great. Waffle cones are fresh made. Loved the macadamia nut ice cream flavor. Its a walk in service place- I didn't notice any tables. Staff was friendly and service was quick. Prices are good.

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Thank Hhagen68
Pasadena, California
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396 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

A perfect pit stop on a bright sunny summer day on Avalon: ice cream in a cone, waffle cone, or blended into a thick milkshake or savory float!

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Thank Ray Q
Malibu, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

It took me a while, but I now firmly believe Big Olaf's is the place to go for ice cream. My son and I split (I do get less than 50% though) the Big Olaf, which is basically a sundae in a homemade waffle cone. For $6, we get two scoops of Dryer's Ice Cream (yes I know - it's... More 

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Thank Mike M
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

The ice cream is great! I liked the orange sherbet a lot, but I've heard the macadamia flavor is good too.

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Thank Xm J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-0798

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?