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Van Dee's Ice Cream Shoppe

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5915 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1220
+1 515-276-1040
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Johnston, Rhode Island
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Our granddaughters enjoyed the bright colors and swivel stools. The ice cream is celebrated locally; but I find it nothing special.

Thank IgorIowa
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93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

The best ice cream and price. Such good flavors and great little spot to stop. Quick service and places to sit

Thank Megan M
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Cool retro ice cream stand, the kind with the walk-up window to order your treats and picnic tables to utilize. Nice place. Prices were definitely 2016! Good for the occasional splurge.

Thank Mark M
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

It really hits the spot on a warm summer night. I always order the dipped cone and it's always yummy. My husband likes to order the blizzard-like concoction. The family-owned shop is always very nice and has quite a few tables to sit at outside.

Thank Jaime M
Johnston, Iowa
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Family owned dairy freeze. Great homemade soft serve & other dairy treats. The Big Chipper is a legend on the menu. Seasonal. Cash-only.

Thank jmw0313
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 June 2016

They have a great location but to me seemed to be limited in what they offer. I wish they had hard ice cream. Then only do soft serve.

Thank Joruus C
Johnston, Iowa
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Love this place! It seems like it is always busy but the wait for service goes quickly. Just your classic ice cream place with really nice high school kids working at it. There is a very small area inside with picnic tables outside for seating. Just plain good!

Thank Sally L
Marion, Iowa
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172 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

This is a cute little spring through fall outfit that appears to be pretty popular due to its location. It is soft serve ice cream in different forms. I had the turtlett blitz. The pecans on top was about the only flavor to the entire concoction. Otherwise it was all just churned up into a chocolate flavor ice cream. It... More 

Thank bleutalefly
Iowa, United States
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151 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

91 reviews Elite ’16 5.0 star rating 4/27/2016 Family owned and operated ice cream shop just off the bike trail. We love coming here and always see people we know. The people are friendly, and they have a huge variety of soft serve ice cream treats. Their dining area inside is very small, so plan to eat your cone outside... More 

Thank Jason M
Johnston, Iowa
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85 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a really classic ice cream eatery. The PB Blitz is my favorite and they will add extra peanut butter, which is heavenly. Van Dee's has a really diverse menu of ice cream options and other food as well. Perfect place for kids and for those of us who still want to act like kids!

Thank Dean326

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5915 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-1220
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-276-1040

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?