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Paolo's Gelato Italiano

41 John St, Charleston, SC 29403-6432
+1 843-577-0099
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“cannoli” (15 reviews)
“ice cream” (10 reviews)
“waffle cone” (3 reviews)
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41 John St, Charleston, SC 29403-6432
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

This place was average and not worth seeking out. Out of flavors even though there was a sign indicating they had it. Very expensive. They allow dogs to enter in a very small place.

Thank Rob W
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I had the Salted Caramel gelato and it was simply the best gelato I've ever tasted. Everything is made in-house Superfresh amazing quality

Thank ford2003ps
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Nothing better that a cool gelato on a hot summer night! Coconut was my choice! It was smooth and the coconut was pulverized and didn't interfere with the texture!

Thank Kathleen E
Reviewed 24 August 2016

On a Friday night all the ice cream establishments on Upper King St had lines but if they bothered to take a few steps off of King Street they would have discovered a wonderful shop with hardly a wait and a product equal to or...More

Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Paolo makes gelato the Italian way. The fruit gelato has real bits of fruit. If you've had gelato in Italy and miss it, then this is a great place to get it. Also, Paolo actually works the counter sometimes so you can meet the man...More

Thank Yelohamer
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Pricey cone but it was a special treat. The server was a bit snippy but aside from that it was a yummy treat on a hot evening with a good old world feel to the store.

Thank Mitzim06
Reviewed 4 August 2016

If you've ever been to Italy, you may experience a sensory return to that beautiful country at Paolo's. I know I did. The flavors, the ambiance - all brought me back to a moment standing in line with locals waiting to ask for my preferred...More

Thank laneyroberts
Reviewed 24 July 2016

What a great find, just up the block from the Visitor's Center. Got to meet Paolo as he carried on about his shop, and his gelato flavor selections. Had a couple tastes - they were all "favorites", so go in, try a few and enjoy....More

Thank FrancCAR
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Well I had a bread pudding gelato to die for! Open late, it make for a great sweet stop after dining in the area, near Coast Bar & Grill, and then walking along King St before it melts!

Thank tripper4ever_11
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Paolo's has THE best gelato I've ever had outside of Italy (and even at some locations inside of Italy). Every day there are new flavors to choose from and the entire experience is authentic and delicious. If you park at the visitors' center across the...More

Thank Blsackett
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:00
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13:00 - 22:00
13:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 John St, Charleston, SC 29403-6432
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-577-0099
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Charleston's only authentic Italian gelateria! We have been in Charleston since 2003 serving the finest espresso, cannoli, and gelato this side of the Atlantic.