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10108 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-0360
+1 530-587-3177
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Corona, California
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397 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We stopped here after dinner for an ice cream dish. It is local made and it was good. Right in downtown area, so good for after dinner walk. They have a great counter as well.

Thank Bonnie C
Belmont, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

My husband and I walked into this shop last Sunday, hoping to order some ice cream. We were waiting for our turn to be served. In walks a family of five. The young girl at the counter completely ignores us, the takes care of them. She was aware that we were little upset, so we decided to just leave. As... More 

Thank Daisydot327
Sacramento CA
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155 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

The service was good, two young people working the counter, and I was greeted as I entered. There is a large selection of ice cream, sherbet, etc in cones, cups, or in shakes.

Thank jonthethird
Reno, Nevada
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

The ice cream was good: a nice selection of flavors and options (smoothies, shakes, sodas and floats). The service was uninspiring. On the evening we visited, out of 3 employees, only one was waiting on customers, despite the fact that we walked in as a group of 4 and were followed by another group of 4. The second employee was... More 

Thank Likes2Travel2Places
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

OMG Buds ice cream is the best! Haven't been to one in over 20 years. Last time was in Berkley, California. Wish there were more ice cream parlors in cities. It is nice to take the family out to ice cream instead of having it in the home. It is more of an event, an experience you can share with... More 

Thank Michele L
Incline Village, Nevada
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104 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Clean with friendly staff. Good ice cream with lots of choices. They also served shakes. Good for families.

Thank inclinekiwi
Delray Beach, Florida
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852 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 496 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

Stepping into Buds is like stepping into a time warp that takes you back to the 1950's. Old Coca Cola machines, a jukebox, chrome straw dispensers, antique posters and typical counter-style seating all harken back to a (good) time long ago. I ordered a double scoop of ice cream, enjoyed at the counter. WOW!!! I love ice cream and have... More 

Thank backpacker31
Houston, Texas
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211 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015

Since 1948! Outstanding ice cream served by friendly staff. I love ice cream, especially really good ice cream and Bud's has it! This landmark serves a variety of desserts including malts, smoothies, sundaes and ice cream. I counted about 20 +/- flavors. One dip is 3.05 and two is $4+. I had a dip of chocolate with peanut butter and... More 

Thank Michael C
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for ice cream after dinner. One scoop in a waffle bowl is definitely filling! They had a variety of ice cream and sundaes to choose from. The store is attempting to keep its charm from when it opened. But could use a remodel to make it appear cleaner. But really....how can you mess up ice cream?

Thank dponce1975
Arlington Texas
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213 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

They have a full menu of ice cream cones and shakes. The old fashioned equipment and the tasty ice cream were delightful.

Thank TarrantTexas

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Restaurant Details

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    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10108 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-0360
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Truckee
  • Phone Number: +1 530-587-3177

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?