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“The top-rated "restaurant" in Sarasota”
Review of Abel's Ice Cream

Abel's Ice Cream
Ranked #2 of 42 Dessert in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Florida made hand-dipped ice cream, sorbet, sherbet, and hard-packed frozen yogurt.
Chicago, Illinois
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2,835 reviews
1,590 restaurant reviews
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“The top-rated "restaurant" in Sarasota”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

According to Tripadvisor, Abel's Ice Cream on Stickney Point Road about a block west of Route 41 (Tamiami Trail) is the No. 1 restaurant (out of more than 800) in the Sarasota area. It also has received awards from the Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post and South Florida magazine. Of course, it isn't a conventional restaurant. It is an ice cream parlor. But Abel's gets rave reviews from all of its customers. And ice cream is as important to native Floridians and tourists as air conditioning and fresh-squeezed orange juice and a sunny day at the beach. There are many ice cream parlors in Sarasota and on Siesta Key and we've been to all of them. There aren't any bad ones. Have to ever tasted bad chocolate ice cream? Abel's goes a few yards further. For openers, it offers 36 ice cream flavors from coconut to spumoni to coffee chip. You can get cones and cups, pints and quarts to go, ice cream cakes and pies, banana splits, sundaes, milk shakes, sodas, root beer floats, smoothies, jams and jellies, chutneys salas and dips, cheese ball mixes, dessert toppings, even frozen Cappuccinos. You also can purchase chocolates, including truffles, toffee, fudge, nuts, almonds and chewies. You might miss it at first. Abel's is tucked in a small strip mall across the street from another strip mall that is headlined by Peltz shoes and Carrabba's restaurant. And the sign just says "Ice Cream." But once you've found it, you'll want to go back again and again and again.

  • Visited July 2014
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Siesta Key, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

No offense but not the best ice cream in Siesta Key but deff the second. The atmosphere and the customer service is absolutely great!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank orangeelement04
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4 reviews
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“Abel's Ice Cream is your best bet in town!”
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

We visited Abel's twice in our 3 day stay in Siesta Key. The first night it was 9:25 (they closed at 9:30) we were welcomed warmly and never rushed. The ice cream was fabulous and the people super friendly. Our 3 year old was holing court with the owner and the girls behind the counter. When we stopped back in the next night our 3 year old walked in the door and announced "I am back" and the owner looked genuinely glad to see him. The regular chocolate was creamy and delightful (the 3 year old might have shared a bite or two) tonight I had the bear claw, dark chocolate, carmel and chocolate covered cashews.....delicious. my husband had two scoops both nights and both nights were great. And honestly I have to say coming to the tables to offer water is such a nice touch. Thanks Abel's for the great treats, we will see you the next time we are in town.

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Thank Jennifer R
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Frederick, Maryland
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent ice cream and milkshakes!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Stopped in for ice cream after a day in Siesta Key. Abel's offers a wide variety of ice cream treats, from hand dipped cones to milkshakes and sundaes. With over 30 flavors to choose from, we had a hard time deciding, but the owner had no problem offering us samples. We decided on milkshakes and it turned out to be one of the best milkshakes ever. After getting our ice cream, the owner delivered water to our table. Great service, fair prices, with excellent ice cream!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank dwitness
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Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“none better, anywhere”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

We have visited for seversl years on our trips to the beaches. Family owners actually work the store, are very friendly & serve THE best ice cream in the world. Get cones pints, or milk shakes & sundaes. TREAT YOURSELF!!!!

Visited July 2014
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