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Bi-Rite Creamery
Dessert Shop$
Today 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
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3692 18th St San Francisco, CA 94110
3692 18th StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94110
$Dessert Shop, Ice Cream Shop
Dessert Shop
Ice Cream Shop
Today 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PMSunday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMMonday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMTuesday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMWednesday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMThursday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PMFriday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
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Homemade organic ice cream in flavors such as salted caramel can draw lines to this shop & bakery.- Google
"I tend to order the salted caramel ice cream and the coffee toffee."
"Earl Grey somehow makes an awesome ice cream flavor."
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Tiffany Cheung
2 weeks 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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Vivian Chan
a month ago
Salted Caramel is it, but LONG LINES....Not sure if it's worth the wait. Should abide by the policy where: if you go by and there is NO line, jump on it! Otherwise, I'd say, try the softserve line instead or come back another time... Skip the line and go to the location on Divisidero on your next outing, or get a pint at Bi-Rite market and just eat the whole thing :)
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Dan Brown
a week ago
I could write a long and witty review, but all I need to say is this: Salted Caramel. 5 stars. The line is always long, but it goes fast and the employees are surprisingly friendly for how busy it always is.
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Tamara Farhat
3 months ago
Ok the wait is long, the line is almost along the block, but the ice cream is great, most of them. I do recommend to try it before you order, specially the unconventional flavors, it's ok take an extra half minute. The salted caramel is deadly, legit! And even though I'm not a big fan of coconut in general but their toasted coconut changed my opinion. The roasted banana was Ok, not as good as the other flavors. The sugar cone was average in my opinion, I was expecting better. Another great ice cream shop in San Francisco with a great waiting line.
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Suzie Oh
in the last week
The best ice cream in SF! Bi-Rite definitely takes the crown for the tastiest and most flavorful ice cream in the city. It's always hard to resist walking away from Bi-Rite without a cup or cone of ice cream in hand. There is always a long line here, and I would be lying to say that it goes by quickly. This is one long line that will take awhile. My longest wait I've experienced from the end of the street was about 25-30 minutes. The ice cream is great though, so if you can withstand the wait, it will be worth it!
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mar linne
in the last week
I absolutely love the ice cream. the flavors are noticeably fresh and authentic, no concentrates which makes or breaks food here in SF. The wide array of options Is always awesome and their customer service is always great!
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Gordon Reece
3 months ago
That long line you see moves fast enough to make it worth while. Don't be discouraged by the line. Staff are friendly and helpful for my first visit. Ice cream was rich and flavors amazing!
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Sean-Franc Strang
3 months ago
I'm a Bi-Rite loyalist! Seasonal flavors are pure and delicious. My latest creation is the "Summer Salad:" Strawberry Balsamic, Crème fraîche, and Basil ice cream topped with blood orange olive oil drizzle and crumbled cone croutons. Always worth the wait in line after a day at Dolores Park!