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Big Olaf's

220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-0798
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“ice cream” (157 reviews)
“waffle cone” (81 reviews)
“scones” (29 reviews)
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220 Crescent Ave, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Reviewed 3 August 2018

many businesses are being forced out of business, very sad what's happening on the island, rents are being doubled and independent stores and shops are leaving. This is and has always been a family town with affordable shops and restaurants. Now it looks like they...More

1  Thank lindabsmalley
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Closed. It’s now a gift shop. Try Lloyd’s for your ice cream fix! About the same high prices but similar.

Thank RamonaRick
Reviewed 1 August 2018

It's closed, you didn't miss anything. At one time it was the only alternative to Lloyds but Scoops must have put it out of its misery and deservedly so. The name was fun though. By the way keep in mind that if you don't want...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 27 June 2018

I had been dreaming about Big Olafs for a month before I got to the island and learned the owners were forced out of their lease. Now all that is left on the island is generic chain icecream. Way to go Island Company.

1  Thank Galina D
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
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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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