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Big Olaf's - CLOSED

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” (159 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 3 May 2017

Quaint ice cream shop that offers a variety of options. The Green Tea Ice Cream was my favorite - get it with Chocolate. The service was great. The labels on the ice creams were all mixed up. Go for the experience.

Date of visit: April 2017
1  Thank Crystal N
Reviewed 25 April 2017

The ice cream here is pretty much the same as Baskin and Robbins, and if you get the right person scooping, you may get the same value in regard to the size of the scoop (BIG Olaf's?), otherwise, it's pretty expensive if you don't! We...More

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank FBonesJones
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Big Olaf's is always a highlights of our visits to Catalina. Great service, myriad of options, and the best ice cream around. Don't miss this stop on your island visit!!!

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Dan S
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I love getting ice cream here and I'm not even a big ice cream person. It's almost impossible to walk past this place and smell the sugar without going inside. The last time I checked it was cash only though so make sure you come...More

Date of visit: March 2016
Thank skylarlisa6899
Reviewed 8 January 2017

I was disappointed after getting my dessert and with the taste of it. I had read quite good reviews so we tried this place but dont think will be going back for the desserts there again. I ordered the chocolate frozen yogurt and it was...More

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank Traveller_4m_Krypton
Reviewed 29 December 2016

There is always a line out the door. They have ice cream only. Two types of cones or in a cup. The ice cream is Bryer's. Lots of choices. There is a large patio next to Big Olafs that offers great views of the harbor...More

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank XK140NUT
Reviewed 12 November 2016

After our golf-cart tour of Avalon, we stopped mid-afternoon for ice cream. Many delicious flavors of Breyer's ice cream.

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank Herman M
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I visited this ice cream parlor this weekend and it was delicious! I ended up having ice cream for dinner our first night in town - totally worth it. My friends and I spent the weekend in Catalina and had the most delicious ice cream...More

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank CaseyTheTomcat
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Still tastes good, but nothing like the old days. No idea why they ever sold out to Dryer's, but so disappointing. And, they don't take credit cards, which is ridiculous.

Date of visit: September 2016
Thank Catalina_Lifer
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Any trip to Catalina has to include an ice cream at Big Olaf's...this place has been there a long time...

Date of visit: September 2016
Thank Meg48_12
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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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