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2200 Princess Anne St, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
+1 540-372-4457
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must go to if you are in fredricksburg. While visiting the battlefield we ate at foode and then went for ive cream

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Thank weez1219
Glen Allen, Virginia
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227 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been going to Carl's since my days as a student at MWC (now UMW) almost 30 years ago. It's still the best deal around for the best ice cream around. You have to go. I alternate between strawberry in a cone and the maple nut sundae. But you can't go wrong with anything they serve. It's cash only so... More 

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Thank Rob W
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Old-fashioned frozen custard made the same way for almost 70 years. Sundaes, malts, shakes, frozen ices - we've ordered pretty much everything on the menu and you can't go wrong!

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Thank rk198
Great Falls, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

dude the ice cream is so good and the soft serve just melts you away if your going to fredricksburg go there

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Thank paigewynn
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Carl's is a Fredericksburg standby that you have to go to at least once. It's not really about the ice cream, because the ice cream is good, not great, but good. It's more about hanging around with a crowd of people and getting a slice of Fredericksburg culture.

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Thank Jim G
Atlanta, United States
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is Always fun to go to Carl's - definitly a Fredericksburg icon!!! Custard/ice cream in a cup or cone.

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Thank L1632HGjenniferc
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In Fredericksburg there is a lot of hype about Carl's but I fail to see the draw. The quality of he product is completely average - really nothing special- and the wait is always long. The staff are friendly enough and since the wait is usually just shy of forever you can often grab a seat at one of the... More 

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Thank Joe_Black1971
Charlottesville, VA
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I kept hearing about this place so we gave it a try. Stood in line for an eternity for soft serve ice cream. Seemed overrated to me, but for locals it's a long-standing tradition. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it but would go again if nearby and wanted a sweet treat.

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Thank lrawls
Baltimore, Maryland
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262 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Usually the line works well here, but last time I went, for some reason, people were wrapping the line around the side of the building into the parking lot, which is pretty dangerous when there are lots of little kids and lots of cars trying to get through the narrow path. The proper way to line up is around the... More 

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Thank Adam T
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Carl's the place is a lovely throwback to another time and for that reason is worth visiting. Carl's the ice cream is ok but don t expect chocotate-ly chocolate. The flavors are very subtle. It's also very soft ice cream and a cone never lasts as long as the time that can be spent waiting in line to buy one.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 2 - US$ 7
Cuisine
American
Meals
After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:30
Saturday
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2200 Princess Anne St, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg
  • Phone Number: +1 540-372-4457
Description
Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?