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Paolo's Gelato Italiano

41 John St, Charleston, SC 29403-6432
+1 843-577-0099
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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41 John St, Charleston, SC 29403-6432
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All 4 of my boys had the gelato and loved it, I tried a few and they were very very good. I tried a cannoli, hoping for the best. It was good, but very small and just ok. Should've stuck with the gelato!

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Paolo's is very conveniently located just down the street from the Hampton Inn- Historic District where we were staying. We made a point of stopping in almost every day we were in Charleston because the gelato was that good! In addition to gelato, you can...More

Thank KCJudy
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We were in Charleston on business and I did not want to leave the city or Paolo's. I had the Pistachio gelato which was divine. It was creamy and very different than ice cream as described by one of my peers. The ambiance is filled...More

Thank Pork C
Reviewed 2 May 2017

This is a very cute little gelato shop very close to Hampton Inn and Visitor Center on John St. There are several different flavors and choice of cones or cups. A small cup was $6 but with a generous amount of delicious gelato,( I chose...More

Thank VirginiaPatriot
Reviewed 30 April 2017

This visit was part of a restaurant tour we just experienced. This was our last stop on the tour. While the selection was small it was wonderful. Rather on the pricey side but well worth it.

Thank Joseph S
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The shop is small, the choices are fairly limited but the serving size is very generous and the gelato is delicous. Price isn't too cheap -- but most ice cream/gelato shops aren't. Enjoyed it!

Thank HintonTN
Reviewed 26 January 2017

John Street is a little bit off the beten path but one or two doors from the Charleston Music Hall. We have visited, alomg with others, this place after shows. The Gelato id good but not the worlds best. He makes it in the back...More

Thank kerrtravelplans
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Just like you see strolling the streets of many Italian streets. This place has visually appealing displays of delicious gelato. The staff has always been enthused to serve you this tasty treat.

Thank bubbamd
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

we went there after ghost walk tour after verifying hours online via google but note on door said they were closed until after New Year's...we were bummed. They should let people know on social media at least.

1  Thank cleichhorn
Reviewed 17 December 2016

I was a little disappointed to find a gelato shop but no straciatella but 'dems da breaks as it wasn't being made today. But the gelato was fresh and tasty and that's all you want. The price was a bit steep for a single cup...More

Thank zHojo
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:00
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12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 John St, Charleston, SC 29403-6432
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-577-0099
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Charleston's only authentic Italian gelateria! We have been in Charleston since 2003 serving the finest espresso, cannoli, and gelato this side of the Atlantic.
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