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J.P. Licks

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Harvard St, 1312 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-4117
+1 617-492-1001
08:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 00:00
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This parlour serves some of the best ice cream. We tried the speciality Thanksgiving flavours and they were excellent. Lovely atmosphere and fast friendly service.

Thank Craigvar
Los Angeles
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183 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here with the grandsons and of course they needed an ice cream fix. I opted for gelato instead , with a small portion of the standby coffee flavor. Tasty, with a nice texture. Not overwhelming with too much sweetness. Good choice.

Thank Frank G
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately, I was disappointed after all the praise and hype I heard. The ice cream was ok but then again it is ice cream - it can't be bad.

Thank Line P
Rochester, New York
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

When I entered the shop, I didn't know what to expect! The menu was wildly tempting with all of their choices which made it hard to choose! So I played it safe and chose cookies and cream ice cream! Upon ordering this common delight, it was to my shock and disappointment that the cookies were chocolate and the cream was... More 

Thank Chib O
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

JP Licks originally started several miles away, in Jamaica Plain (Boston). The Harvard Square outpost, because of the tourists and students, may not have the charm (or space) of the Jamaica Pond location. And -huge mistake- their "cow trax" flavor is not regularly on the menu anymore (j/k). Other than that, they have a rich list of classic and original... More 

Thank Cedric H
Canberra, Australia
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253 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The pistachio tasted artificial and not particularly pistachio like. The coffee my wife had was inedible. Go somewhere else or do without, is my recommendation. If you insist on getting one, make sure you taste first, at least.

Thank Les_Landau
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This is a nice, well located ice-cream shop with a good choice of flavors where many students go from nearby Universities.

Thank AlexWr
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Interesting place to sit and people watch as a lot of visitors stop here. Excellent ice cream on a hot summer day.

Thank MKTG13
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We met up here for ice-cream around 9:00pm. There was a long line outside the door, but the line seem to move along. Once we got inside, there were several black boards listing the different types of ice-cream and coffees available. It seems that they could be more efficient in taking orders rather than allow people to mull over the... More 

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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We had good ice cream, but the place was completely packed and we were rushed to pick our flavor. Also, is it normal to pay $6 for a simple cone of ice cream no toppings? Just outrageous. In addition, the server did not offer us a loyalty card, when he offered the person in front and behind of us. They... More 

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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
Average prices
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Harvard St, 1312 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-4117
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-492-1001

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?