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6061 Cahalan Ave., San Jose, CA 95123-3863
+1 408-578-3842
11:00 - 22:00
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117 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sweet Retreat was on Cahalan but now it reopened on Blossom Hill. Didn't know when it reopened, but it looked like there was already a following of loyal customers in line. There was only one person scooping ice cream and making the yogurt cups, so the line was getting long. A couple of people didn't bother waiting and just walked... More 

Thank Anne N
San Jose, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Ok so this strip mall just burned down. I've been going to my hairdresser two doors from Sweet Retreat for over 10 years... The past few years I've added stopping in the ice cream store as part of my routine when going to get hair done. Once they reopen.... You must try this place ... I will miss it until... More 

Thank pamela R
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88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

It's not a high end ice cream spot, just normal ice cream, but the prices are right, and the servings are huge. $5.50 got me a large single which is really 4 scoops of ice cream. We would go back again, locals pack the place but the line moves fast on a Friday night.

Thank Ward N
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3 reviews
Reviewed 27 July 2015

This is my absolute FAVORITE place for ice cream in the whole world- at least in San Jose that's for sure! I have been a customer of this shop since the 80s or 90s and they never fail to come through on the value. There is not much seating and the strip mall is not the greatest, but the ice... More 

Thank pb50
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108 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

Whipped cream on expensive sundae too fake. My nephew didn't want to finish his chocolate (my favorite ) so I would. No flavor at all. Young man behind counter very polite.

Thank ivypoison
San Jose, CA
Level Contributor
89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2015

We love this place. This particular visit we were celebrating good grades and I talked my teen son into his first "banana split" (we got the mini). This is not for the faint of heart. 3 scoops, your choice. 3 toppings, your choice. He said, "it's like a fantastic explosion of flavors".

Thank SuburbsSteph
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2015 via mobile

Just had ice cream with my family--two adults two children--paid only 11.00 for all of us. Every time we come here, ice cream tastes great, pay very little. It's a must stop on a hot day. Be forewarned though, during the summer, lines are often out the door

Thank David P
San Jose, California
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158 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Can't vouch for the ice cream but the frozen yogurt with mix ins is amazing. I always go for a fruit add-in because I think it's more compatible with frozen yogurt but there are plenty of candy based options as well. If you want something different, something fresh and something cooling on a hot day, this is definitely the place... More 

Thank Margaret S
Vitre, France
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58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2014

The ice cream looked wonderful. I, however, had the frozen yogurt. You pick the ingredients you'd like mixed in (I chose raspberries) and they push the yogurt base and the berries through a special machine. It comes out twirled with whatever you've chosen as your flavor. It tasted very fresh and yummy. Size warning- I got the mini and it... More 

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San Jose, California
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2013

Super delicious "Treat" brand Ice Cream. Lots of flavors. Huge portions. The small single is actually 2 huge scoops for about $3.30. You would pay about $10.00 for this much ice cream at BR. I get this and always have the second scoop the next day. They also have yogurt that you can add mix-ins. We are truly blessed to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Fast food
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6061 Cahalan Ave., San Jose, CA 95123-3863
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-578-3842

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?