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Bruster's Ice Cream

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17th Street, Wilmington, NC
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11:00 - 22:00
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Fraser, United States
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bruster's has by far the best ice cream I have ever had. I like my ice cream and have tried pretty much all of them, but this place is a cut above the rest. I've been twice in the last two weeks and will be going back

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Thank Gary S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped in to grab a milkshake while visiting Wilmington to enjoy on my way home. I'm sure the ice cream there is good, but the milkshakes are waaaay to thick to drink though a straw. Seriously, if I wanted soft serve ice cream in a cup I would have ordered some.

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Thank Ronnie H
Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Bruster's is located adjacent to the Smithfield's restaurant. There is always a large variety of ice cream flavors available and their sugar waffle bowls and cones are quite tasty as well. In addition to cones, cups, and bowls for ice cream, they do have banana splits, sundaes, excellent milkshakes, and have "Blasts" which are the same as a DQ Blizzard.... More 

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Thank Two_Intrepid_Souls
Wilmington, North Carolina
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Good old fashioned ice cream served from a free standing stand. Outdoor only seating so perfect in summer. LOTS of flavors of ice cream and it was delicious. They have frozen yogurt and sorbet but those flavors are limited.

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Thank Robyn S
Homestead, Florida, United States
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

The ice cream was fresh and very tasty. It was a little soft for hand dipped. The ice-cream was supposed to have filled peanut butter cups in it and it should have had more, they were very sparse. The waffle cone was fresh and crisp. Overall I would visit again but would not go out of my way.

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Thank Mark S
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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164 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015

We frequently take advantage of the half price banana splits on Thursday (if you bring your own banana). You can't beat three scoops of ice cream and three toppings all for under $3. Everything I've had here has been outstanding and there are always coupons (Attractions book and mailers) and daily specials. Our favorite flavor is the cinnamon ice cream... More 

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Thank David B
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We went through the drive-thru and order the soft serve with candy. I had the Heath bar and the wife had the peanut butter cup. We got the med and it was over $8. It was just okay.

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Thank Travelman360
Wilmington, North Carolina
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104 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Went through the drive-thru and received fast service. I could understand the employee over the intercom, thankfully. I ordered the double scoop, waffle cone with a scoop of Butter Pecan and a scoop of Toffee Crunch. The ice cream was creamy, there were plenty nuts, toffee and chocolate and the cone was fresh and crisp. So, every bite was a... More 

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Thank TravlinFool336
wilmington,nc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013

In the fall they have a warm apple dumpling with ice cream. Warm gooey goodness. Do you need more? Try the Turtle ice cream sundae. Loaded with toasted whole pecans..............

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Thank evtide
Wilmington, North Carolina
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2013

Best ice cream in Wilmington. Creamy and rich and yummy. And you should try their pies and cakes. So many different flavors to choose from. Seasonal flavors are wonderful too.

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Thank njtonc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17th Street, Wilmington, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington

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