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Big Dipper Ice Cream Parlor

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950 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048-3434
+1 716-366-0616
12:00 - 22:00
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Albany, New York
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99 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not a lot of gelato places in Western NY. And even those that do attempt it fall short on the flavors. Big Dipper is an except. While all their homemade ice creams are appealing, the gelato is THE REASON to go. Creamy and bursting with really great flavor. I had the amaretto last visit and it was an almondy delight.... More 

Thank 12RAS302
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous chocolate peanut butter ganache ice cream cake. I called 4 days prior to order and the very attentive and kind woman guided me through the vast selections. Ordering and payment over the phone was professional. Thank you, the 3 generations of moms as the other 7 guests really enjoyed this treat!

Thank Michael W
SE Michigan
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95 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place for ice cream treats. The variety of flavors along with many different vessels for such ice cream is simply incredible. Not an easy place to stay on a diet. There are many many specialty concoctions to choose from as well. Had i not eaten dinner just prior to my visit i surely would have had... More 

Thank lovesfood13
DUNKIRK, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Great ice cream and dessert place on Central Ave in Dunkirk. Love the creamy custard twist ice cream in a waffle cone. Large crowds at times but the line moves quickly.

Thank jeffreyj268
Westfield, New York
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100 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

A return to yesteryear with a million flavors, giant cones and soft serves and all the goodies ice cream parlors of old had. I stop here whenever I am in Dunkirk for a treat on the way home. Come and get it! You will love it!

Thank Rick M
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Lot's of homemade hard ice cream & frozen desserts. They also use purées from Italy to create flavors. They have been around for 46 years! Sadly they are not open during the winter.

Thank William L
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Great variety of soft serve and hard ice cream. The flavorful hand dipped ice cream is made in-house. There's a special section of interesting Italian flavors. Eat in or take out. Nice seating area.

Thank SpringBreakerOneNine
Pittsburgh Pa
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66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Went there three times during a one week vacation! Fabulous assortment of flavors, friendly service, efficient and quick even when crowded. RICH ice cream, generous portions!

Thank bevbemama
Newport, Rhode Island
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64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Clean, quick service, and a great selection of excellent ice cream. Friends loved the shakes and I loved the cones!

Thank Daphnepf
Dunkirk, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 June 2016

No sugar free-fat free products. Over priced compared to other ice cream parlors in the area and portions are small. Service is wonderful, and an old fashion atmosphere.

Thank Robert W

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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 950 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048-3434
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Chautauqua County  >  Dunkirk
  • Phone Number: +1 716-366-0616

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