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Big Olaf's

220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0798
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“ice cream” (157 reviews)
“waffle cone” (82 reviews)
“scones” (29 reviews)
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220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

They have been run out of business by Scoops. Very sad. Everyone used to go to Big Olaf's. It was a rite of passage for the kids to walk there alone without the parents. No more!

1  Thank tamaralynnegrace
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is my favorite place on Catalina. I always include Olaf's at least once every trip. In the summer, Olaf's is one busy place. They offer those big sugar cones and enough ice cream flavors to keep everyone happy. We are going to Catalina next...More

Thank razzwho1
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

We had an ice cream from big Olaf since it was the only place with no line. The cone was delicious he actual ice cream was ok, nothing special. It is only cash store. No credit card

Thank Hany G
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Big Olaf's has many things going for them - quality ice cream, ideal location, and the sea breeze wafting the delicious smell of waffle cones around the crescent area. Despite all of these things, I was quite disappointed once I stepped in the door during...More

Thank Kathleen L
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Beware though, this place can get crowded! Once you've tried their delicious ice cream you'll know why! Get a couple of scoops on a waffle cone or even in a cup, super rich ice cream in lots of flavors and even when crowded the line...More

Thank fyremaven
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Ice Cream in a cup, good stuff - but Ice Cream in their waffle cones w/ toppings, etc.. - Great!! Try the original Olaf! Great after dinner stop located harborside.

Thank wgibson64
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Always a highlight after dinner for one of their cones, or afternoon snack. Long lines but moves quickly, servers are young and very polite when things get hectic. Wouldn't miss going to enjoy an ice cream cone, root beer float etc.

Thank MHM316
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Nothing sugar-free or no sugar added for the millions of heart or diabetic patrons or those of us who just want to maintain health on vacation. Nonfat versions add an emulsifier that adds sugar so that is no solution. Not accommodating at all.

Thank JKDY1956
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This place charges more than the candy store and sells Dreyer's ice cream that you can get at any grocery. It also doesn't look clean. With three ice cream places in town, this place needs to step it up!

1  Thank Theresa V
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Dryer's ice-cream on the boardwalk. Busy, local shop. Nothing out of the ordinary. Service was good. However, if you're looking for more of a specialty ice-cream, this may not be your place.

Thank kathleen w
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16 August 2015|
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Response from Marti B | Reviewed this property |
Catalina closes down early. I believe on weekends it opens by 10am and closes by 8p at the latest. People close up early there except for some restaurants and a bar or two. During the weekdays, it opens by 10a and closes... More
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Restaurant Details

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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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