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- 88%Local Culture
- 82%Family Travelers
- 61%Budget Travelers
- 54%Adventure Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (26)
- SmittenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Mar 10, 2014
Pitched up within a shipping container just off Hayes Street, I have special something for the salted caramel ice cream and rarely stray to try their other tempting flavors. Even the toppings here are worth the extra change! It's a perfect spot to finish a date or even a place to date, short and sweet. Get a cone or cup here then sit in the park plaza just across the street or walk up and down Hayes to window shop the boutiques.
- SmittenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Mar 07, 2014
It would be impossible to narrow down awesome and often unique flavors of ice cream in SF, but Smitten got it right.
The whole concept of nitrogen liquid is innovative but I wasn't intrigued due to working with it as an undergraduate research. Nonetheless, their ice cream is worth the wait.
Crème fraîche with pear caramel on a waffle cone was divine. The nuttiness and subtle tang you get from the cream was out of this world. Let me tell you, what won me over was the waffle cone. The waffle cone take this to places that regular stuff just can't get. I hope you give this waffle cone a try soon.
The simple things in life.
- SmittenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Mar 03, 2014
Making ice cream has become somewhat of an art and science here in SF the last few years, and Smitten is just one of the few places where you can get your fix, freshly made from liquid nitrogen.
Cool concept, so why only 3 stars? Lack of variety, on a Saturday night no less. On the menu was vanilla, chocolate, mint chip, and earl grey. The line wasn’t that long of a wait considering how popular this place usually is, and right before we were about to order, we heard that they ran out of the mint chip. I was intent on going for the earl grey anyways so it didn’t matter much.
I was so ready for the earl grey, so we order…only to be told that the guy who makes it went on a break…and they only had vanilla or chocolate. WAIT WHAT?!? It was already 10 pm…and they closed at 10:30, so I didn’t quite understand why not everyone knows how to make each flavor. Maybe it’s the business side of me that believes that certain departments should be cross trained…so in the end, I reluctantly had to settle for the chocolate. Definitely on the creamy and rich side, but mix it up with vanilla and you have the perfect counterpart. A small cup is more than enough even though it doesn’t look like much, but I was sooo looking forward to the earl grey! Blah…
- SmittenMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Jan 30, 2014
Not your everyday ice cream joint!
At Smitten, they take your order, mix it together, and then inject it with liquid nitrogen to make it cold and delicious.
The result; ice cream like you've never tasted it! Fresh, cold, and custom made.
Easily accessible in Hayes Valley with a nice outdoor area. Perfect stop after dinner or for a snack.
- SmittenMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 1Dec 31, 2013
Nice concept and really good ice cream. They make the ice-cream on the spot with liquid nitrogen and you can see how it's made from the second you order your flavor till the second you'll get your scoop. They only have 3 or 4 flavors though...
- SmittenJan 29, 2014
Some see it as cutting edge, others see it as a gimmick. But in the end the product is pretty good and very interesting. The only setback here is 2 to 3 flavors max, versus 4 or more at the likes of Lab Made Ice Cream in Hong Kong (Tai Hang). Seasonal summer flavor lavender shortbread with olive oil is quite excellent.
- SmittenMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesNightlife LoversNov 08, 2013
Behold, the power of liquid nitrogen! Ice cream made to order in 60 seconds is pure and delicious genius. Even if it were freezing cold in SF, I'd most likely get myself some if I were in the area. It's just that good! Their mint with TCHO chocolate chips is amazing and the most natural (and it really is) tasting mint ice cream I've ever had.
- SmittenMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Oct 22, 2013
When my friend proposed eating liquid nitrogen for dessert, I was a little skeptical. But after sampling Smitten's salty caramel cone, I was assured that their unusual technique of producing ice cream provides suburb results. A little on the pricey-side ($4.75 for a small cone) but definitely worth a try.
- SmittenOct 19, 2013
Really fun place to stop off while you're shopping around Hayes Valley. Smitten looks like a pop-up kitchen, but it's a permanent fixture here with a daily-changing menu of ice cream, pops and design-it-yourself sundaes, all made with liquid nitrogen ice cream that they freeze right in front of you. Top-notch ingredients means it's not cheap, but it's not just a novelty shop either. Truly delish!