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Smitten Ice Cream

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Hayes Valley
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432 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5186
+1 415-863-1518
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 12:00 - 22:00
Wed - Fri 12:00 - 22:30
Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Miami, Florida, United States
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ice creams are delicious no doubt. But I do want to share an experience here. My son has eggs, and nuts allergy. And every time I go to cold stone or any other creamery they pay special attention to prepare his ice cream in a fresh bowl to prevent cross contamination. Even though I mentioned this to the lady... More 

Thank priyanka-grover2010
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply divine ice cream, made right in front of you. I've eaten a lot of ice cream in my life but oh wow.

Thank S2000m0mma
Level Contributor
18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Getting ready to go to the airport at and thought ice cream would be a great way to celebrate our trip. Great smooth ice cream.

Thank Larrywilkens
Overland Park, Kansas
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun, hip place for ice cream. You can stand and watch them put the hydrogen into the ice cream mix and freeze it in no time. The TCHO chocolate was awesome! $5 for a small is a good-sized serving.

Thank Dantandkinemom
New England
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123 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Interesting approach to individually created ice cream on order. Only four flavors. Made with a special mixer, extremely cold gas, and wafting frozen smoke. It works, and the result is very creamy and a small was enough for three of us to share.

Thank AlwaysReadyToRoam
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113 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Watching them prepare your ice cream flavor of choice starting with the batter and transferring it to the liquid nitrogen machine is fascinating. How fun to watch the liquid nitrogen freeze your ice cream. I grew up making ice cream and learning from my father and grandfather so I've had some pretty good taste and this one was like no... More 

Thank jim b
Shanghai Region, China
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200 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

It was an unique experience, watching juice turns into ice cream right in front of you. It was a bit expensive, to say the least. The ice cream itself tasted alright. Nothing to rave about, it was not too sweet, which was good. the ice cream tasted like a fusion between ice cream and sorbet. Anyways, its one of those... More 

Thank touchdownjj
Novato, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We walked in for dessert. The place smelled. There were no tables - just a narrow piece where one could sit - cement slab floor. The place was very offensive. The menu was extremely limited - no ice cream display. We walked out.

Thank Carol1205
Stamford, Connecticut
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1,736 reviews
1,051 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

The way they make the ice cream with the liquid nitrogen is very cool. The flavor i tried didn't taste how i expected. The cookie dough with pretzels tasted like creamy vanilla.

Thank Autumn M
Kansas City, MO
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650 reviews
515 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

LOVE love love this place. Bumped into it (it's really a little stand) after having dinner in the area. The deal is that they make ice cream with liquid nitrogen and blend it in a specal machine that makes the smalles possible ice crystals. The result is super smooth and creamy ice cream. My only disappointment is that the machine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 432 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5186
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighbourhood: Hayes Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 415-863-1518
Fun ice cream place that makes ice cream in front of your eyes by using liquid nitrogen.

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Staying in Hayes Valley

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Hayes Valley
Chock full of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky shoe stores, and great restaurants, it’s hard to imagine Hayes Valley once languished in the shadow of a major freeway. Its removal allowed for the creation of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a community park at its center and dozens of trendy businesses to satisfy visitors looking for a stylish respite.
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