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Big Dipper Ice Cream Parlor

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950 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048-3434
+1 716-366-0616
12:00 - 22:00
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Westfield, New York
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95 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A return to yesteryear with a million flavors, giant cones and soft serves and all the goodies ice cream parlors of old had. I stop here whenever I am in Dunkirk for a treat on the way home. Come and get it! You will love it!

Thank Rick M
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Lot's of homemade hard ice cream & frozen desserts. They also use purées from Italy to create flavors. They have been around for 46 years! Sadly they are not open during the winter.

Thank William L
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Great variety of soft serve and hard ice cream. The flavorful hand dipped ice cream is made in-house. There's a special section of interesting Italian flavors. Eat in or take out. Nice seating area.

Thank SpringBreakerOneNine
Pittsburgh Pa
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63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Went there three times during a one week vacation! Fabulous assortment of flavors, friendly service, efficient and quick even when crowded. RICH ice cream, generous portions!

Thank bevbemama
Newport, Rhode Island
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Clean, quick service, and a great selection of excellent ice cream. Friends loved the shakes and I loved the cones!

Thank Daphnepf
Dunkirk, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

No sugar free-fat free products. Over priced compared to other ice cream parlors in the area and portions are small. Service is wonderful, and an old fashion atmosphere.

Thank Robert W
South Park Township, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

I got the mocha chocolate. My wife got the expresso chip. Fantastic ice cream and the portions were big.

Thank South_Park_Aardvark
sinclairville n.y.
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

we took the grandkids there after a dance recital. they are mainly ice cream . they have a lot of flavors and options .I would think anyone could find a flavor with its large selection. its a high traffic area with kids so hard to keep spotless. the kids had a blast and created a mess.

Thank retirednold
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

This charming ice cream parlor is not anything to sneeze at. With its enormous selection of flavors, large selection of cold treats, and samples for those who can't make up their mind, it's a great place to return again and again! All of the ice cream is made in-house and the flavors are sometimes seasonal and sometimes year round. With... More 

Thank Dana B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

I'm not huge on ice cream but I love the banana milkshakes here! They're always so good! Only thing I'm upset about is the fact you guys got rid of the "sour green apple" slushy flavor. It was my favorite, haha. But oh well. The chocolate chip cookies are better than Subways though, & that's saying something!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 950 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048-3434
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Chautauqua County  >  Dunkirk
  • Phone Number: +1 716-366-0616

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