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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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Temecula, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

From down the street, the aroma of the waffle cones beacons. This small ice cream shop is right on the waterfront, but the ocean doesn't take front stage. The ice cream is the headliner. Make sure to get a few napkins if you're traveling with young-ones; they can't seem to eat it before it melts all over their hands/faces/clothes. One... More 

Thank GiaPazita
Santa Clarita, California
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

They have lots of yummy ice cream flavors. The service is always fast and they are very friendly. A tad bit pricey but comparable to everything else on the island.

Thank catomd
Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

You must have an Olaf, a yummy Sunday in a waffle cone! The smell of waffle cones cooking is enough to lure you over! A must have, at least once, during your stay in Avalon.

Thank lissamarri
Point Pleasant Beach
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55 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

We went to Big Olaf's twice during our weekend visit to Catalina Island. The ice cream and their homemade waffle cones are sooooo good! We also felt their ice cream products were very reasonably priced, especially for a tourist area. Highly recommend this fabulous ice creamery to others. A MUST DO while visiting Catalina Island.

Thank specedtcher
Phoenix, Arizona
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212 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The line outside this place tells a lot of the story. Giant cones, delicious ice cream, lovely toppings - it's less modern/sterile and maybe has less innovative flavors than Scoops down the street, but my vanilla ice cream/chocolate topping/whipped cream/cherry cone was a pretty perfect example of a classic combination. When I go back, I'm going to Olaf's every time.

Thank Laene
Santa Clarita, CA
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135 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2016

Splurge on their hot fudge sundae - it's good! Good customer service too. They serve Dryer's ice cream.

Thank Islandgirl53
Tustin, California
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

They give you a huge ice cream for like $7 with toppings! It is absolutely delicious and every child's dream!

Thank ebaez11
Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

I hadn't been to Catalina in over twenty years. As a kid, I remembered the ice cream. It was fun to bring my 7-year old to enjoy Big Olaf's. Yes, it's Dreyers ice-cream. We also tried Scoops down the way, which was also good. Friendly-service with a smile.

Thank Erika I
San Diego, California
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143 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

On the harbor this ice cream shop offers fresh-daily sugar cones and fills them with delicious ice-cream and yogurt. Yummy!!!

Thank Steven858
Arroyo Grande, California
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2016

Six ~ 16 year old boys and Waffle Cones = WIN!!! They walked there everyday, I think! It's a tiny little place, but Big Olaf's is BIG on Yumminess!

Thank Krebsy724

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Restaurant Details

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Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Child-friendly, Kids
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  • 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?