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Bi-Rite Creamery
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Today 11AM–10PM
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3692 18th St San Francisco, CA 94110
3692 18th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94110
(415) 626-5600biritecreamery.com
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Homemade organic ice cream in flavors such as salted caramel can draw lines to this shop & bakery.- Google
"Yum, definitely try the Honey Lavender and Salted Caramel flavors."
"I had brown sugar, graham cracker, coffee toffee and sea salt caramel."
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Andy Lai
a month ago
This ice cream is awesome! Definitely in the top-tier of ice cream shops in San Francisco with delicious flavors, generous portions, and the line out-the-door to match. Their most famous flavor is the salted caramel, and coming from someone who typically dislikes salted caramel (usually opting for more traditional flavors like chocolate), this one is absolutely delicious. Definitely worth a visit and the wait (in the fast-moving line)!
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Emile Antone
a month ago
Even though the line was out the door, the wait was definitely worth it. After sampling a few flavors-- all of which were delicious-- I finally decided on the balsamic strawberry. The scoop sizes aren't incredibly generous, but the ice cream itself is delicious and tastes quality. I'll be back for sure! Edit: Yeah, I went back. A double scoop with honey lavender and TCHO chocolate was just as good as I expected. This place is great!
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Steven Ramsey
2 months ago
I want to give this place 6 stars. Hands down the best ice cream ever! The wait wasn't too long when I went, and this location was fairly small but we still found a place to sit. The people working there were full of energy and very friendly. I tried just about every flavor and settled on the Ricanelas and the seasonal pumpkin. I could've eaten a tub of the Ricanelas!! Btw - Ricanelas is cinnamon ice cream with snicker doodles. You could get sundaes and ice cream sandwiches too, but I opted for a split scoop in a cup. Make sure this is towards the top of your places to visit when you're in SF. It's easily on the top of places I want to visit when I return. I also hope to make it to the BiRite Market across the street, which carries locally produced goodies (it closes at 9p and was already closed when I attempted to go after my ice cream stop).
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Tiffany Cheung
2 months ago
Bi-Rite Creamery is located super close to Dolores Park and a few blocks away from Tartine's Bakery. It's also close to Philz Coffee, so if you manage to find a good parking spot, it's definitely beneficial to walk around the area to get a chance to taste (and drink) other popular businesses. And because Bi-Rite has 8500 reviews with an overall total of 4.5 stars, you can pretty much assume that there's almost always going to be a wait. Even they know it, so they have areas designated for the line so that you don't block pedestrians and other people walking down the street. I came here twice, and both times I had to wait. But the line moves pretty quickly - and you're also anticipating good ice cream, so the wait isn't too bad! There are a variety of other items for sale - cakes, cupcakes in jars, pints to go, drinks, etc. - but people mainly come for the ice cream. There's a few tables and chairs in the store, but because it's quite small, I feel most people take their treats to-go and head over to the park. Bi-Rite has their standard flavors, but every so often change it up to include a few seasonal ice cream flavors. I was able to try a Strawberry Balsamic, which was super refreshing on a hot day. For the ice-cream, there are a variety of sizes in which you order - Kids (1 flavor) $3.25; Single (1-2 flavors) $4.50; Double (2-3 flavors) $6.00; Triple (3-4 flavors) $8.50. The ice cream scoops re quite big, so when I ordered a single with 2 flavors the first time, I had a hard time finishing the ice cream. Honey Lavender: Too flowery and sweet for me. I didn't like the taste. Strawberry Balsamic: I like strawberry ice cream, so I did enjoy the Strawberry Balsamic from Bi-Rite. However, I thought it had a strange aftertaste, which I did not like. The strawberry was refreshing, but the acidic aftertaste wasn't something that appealed to me. Salted Caramel: It's a classic flavor, and Bi-Rite definitely makes this flavor well. It's rich and creamy, with enough saltiness and sweetness to create a swirl of complimenting flavors that smoothly slide down. It was tasty, but with the added saltiness to the ice cream, I felt like I constantly needed to drink water. Crème Brulee: This was my favorite flavor! There's chunks of the burnt caramel mixed into the ice cream. Honestly, the best part of eating the crème brulee is breaking off the top layer of caramel and mixing it in with the custard. Finding those bits of caramel in the ice cream was a real delight, just because it was so tasty. The ice cream flavor itself wasn't too sweet, but had good custard and caramel flavor to it. It was super creamy and - just placing that bite into my mouth, made me want more. I would definitely recommend this particular flavor. tl;dr - It's worth the wait! Crème Brulee is amazing, but I've also heard that the Roasted Banana is good. Tips: -Order a kid's size if you only plan on eating one flavor. -I would recommend ordering the ice cream in a cup and having them place a sugar cone on top: best of both worlds! -Credit cards are accepted -They use actual silverware to taste test flavors, so I would say it's probably best to sample maybe up to 3 flavors at most. -There is a bathroom inside, which is super convenient! -If you don't get the Crème Brulee ice cream flavor, at least give it a try! It's that good.
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John Wie
a month ago
Bi-Rite is a solid ice creamy place with a wait. Make sure to give yourself a little bit of room time-wise as even on a cold Saturday late night, there was a line that never really died down. Once inside though, you're greeted to some great flavors and a lot of different options. Samples are available and our favorites included salted caramel and creme brulee for about $5 for two scoops in a cup. Limited seating is available!
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Walter Macalma
2 months ago
Absolutely worth it. I would wait in the rain for this. Life changing. You have not lived. You're wasting your time reading these reviews because at quick glance the sheer volume and decibel of rating here needs no further reading. It's a must go. Bucket list level. Easily the most reviewed place I've ever been to. 5500+ and still 4.5 stars. WTF. How have I not been here in all the years and dozens of Bay/City trips? Oh yeah it's the line around the block, and the horrendous parking. Well wait no more I braved the 30 minutes of driving around and the half mile walk from Rite Aid. Pregnant woman and child in tow. The line was down to about an hour wait and only until you round the corner do you reailize there is a soft serve and baked goods line and an ice cream line. Why wait for soft serve when you can get the real deal. Amazing flavors like Salted Carmel, Toasted Coconut, Lavender Hibisucs, Thai Tea, Snickerdoodle, etc you should really customize sometimes ice cream no matter how good is not enough. Salted Carmel, Toasted Coconut banana split has Brule crusted banana's, hot fudge, walnuts and I thought too much I opted for no graham cracker crumbles. Good lord your #beautiful. It's small, a dozen seats and a water fountain. Tons of local artisan items like seas and cookies. The prices are not bad at all considering the quality and what you get. The service is excellent. Up beat, cheery for being swamped like a 7 am Starbucks rush all day every day. I don't even want to know how many hundreds, maybe even thousands of people come here on the daily.
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Ahmad Abdalla
2 months ago
This place is pretty awesome. Most delicious and flavourful ice cream I've had in a long while. Everyone recommends the salted caramel. It's OK I prefer the Ricanelas flavour.
Daniel Rende
a week ago
Delicious ice cream, cool staff and reasonable prices. I got the dark side Sunday. It was guilty-pleasure good!