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518 N Federal Ave, Mason City, IA 50401-3216
+1 641-423-5365
11:00 - 22:00
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Mason City, Iowa
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An ice cream shop is a tradition. Anyone, yes, anyone how has moved away from Mason City and returns for any reason well visit Birdsall's ice cream!

Thank Jay50401
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Having read a few less-than-flattering reviews of Birdsall's, I feel compelled to retort. There is not a better turtle sundae or chocolate malt in existence. It all starts with the basics, and their vanilla ice cream is flawless. Also, the place has changed very little in the past 50 years. For "mature" ice cream connoisseurs, it's like reliving a pleasant... More 

Thank PalsvilleLiv
Saint Ansgar, Iowa
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

They used to have a location in the Southbridge mall... But then as the old owner was maintaining the money/ stores they had closed due to the high rent. Anyway they have really good frosty malts. They also have Egg Nog Sodas (Weird!)

Thank MattStreit
Mason City, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Birdsalls is a walk in ice cream parlor. Usually stand at counter to order. There are a few stools to sit on and if weather permits we sit outside. I believe they make their own ice cream and we have been going there for 60+ years. I have never had better ice cream.

Thank cheryl19482016
Mason City, Iowa
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We used to love when the peach ice cream would roll around. But last time we had it it was terrible tasted faky and gritty not a single peach piece in out cones. We feel they went to a peach mix not the fresh stuff to save money of course. We will gladly go somewhere else for better (homemade) ice... More 

Thank TouringDus
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

My two friends and I knew this was the place to visit after an excellent dinner at our hotel. We had heard great things about it from a review in the Minneapolis Strib. However, all three of us were disappointed by the peach ice cream. We thought it would be creamy with pieces of peaches but it was more like... More 

Thank Carol T
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I both had peach ice cream in waffle cones. The ice cream was excellent and the cone would have been a treat even if it had been empty!

Thank Susanne H
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634 reviews
387 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped at Birdsall's Ice Cream for dessert and tried the monthly special, peach ice cream. The ice cream had very little peach flavor, and not a hint of peach flesh. Very average indeed.

Thank AngusDad
Fort Worth, Texas
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

I grew up in Mason City and Birdsells was our family's favorite place to go for a special treat. I live in Dallas now but visit Mason City almost every year to spend time with high school friends. And, we always stop at Birdsalls for ice cream. It was great 60 years ago and just as great today. The quality... More 

Thank reilenfeldt
Mason City, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

During the summer one of the most popular places in Mason City is Birdsall's Ice Cream Store. A fixture in town for decades, Birdsall's offers great ice cream treats for the whole family. Their variety is very good and they are very busy after summer sporting events such as baseball and softball games. The facility is not fancy, but it... More 

Thank Jim R

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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
Average prices
US$2 - US$7
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 518 N Federal Ave, Mason City, IA 50401-3216
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Mason City
  • Phone Number: +1 641-423-5365
North Iowa's favorite homemade ice cream since 1931. Serving hand-dipped cones, sundaes, malts, shakes, & sodas. Hand-packed pints, quarts and half gallons also available. All made on-site. Slush, Tropical Sno, Soft Chocolate Frosty Malts, and flavor-burst frozen yogurt.

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