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Nelson's Drive Inn Dairy Store

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920 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-5634
+1 651-439-3598
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 22:00
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Stillwater, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met my date here for our first meeting. Wonderful assortment of ice creams and customers. Good conversation happens while waiting in line for the best treat in Stillwater.

Thank river6308
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little unassuming corner ice cream shop has been around for years and years. That is probably because it is not only great tasting ice cream, but the best ice cream deal in the Twin Cities! Most days there are lines out the door, but do not be scared off. The lines move quickly and it is definitely worth the... More 

Thank bakerygirl2016
Mahtomedi, Minnesota
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Best place around for Ice Cream. Huge servings. lines can be long but they move quickly. Well worth the wait.

Thank stacyw1128
Stillwater, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Fun place. Servings are HUGE. Selection is incredible. Prices are reasonable. Atmosphere is casual. Outdoor eating.

Thank bdfair
Providence, UT
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88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We stopped by for ice cream cones based on other reviews. We were greatly surprised at the large serving. After watching the server load up my wifes cup I told her that I wanted the smallest serving I could get. She just kept piling it on. I finally said stop that is more than enough. The ice cream we had... More 

Thank Toje
Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The best but on nice summer days a long line. Even though it goes quick. Get there early. The wait is worth it.

Thank jersey0210
Stillwater, Minnesota
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I've been going to this shop for 40 years now and it's the best. Prices are amazing for what you get!!!

Thank sroslin
Stillwater, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Nelson's is a local must during the summer. It is a small ice cream shop with lines down the street at certain peak times. The ice cream is not only great, but it is the serving sizes that bring people back again and again. A child's size is what other shops would label a large. A single adult will feed... More 

Thank Nerdybl0nde
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The portions are obscenely huge. A child's size cup can feed two-three. The ice cream is Brown's (not a super-premium brand), which is tasty, but not as good as Izzy's in St. Paul. Here it's about quantity over quality. Lots of variety of favors.

Thank gbruehl
Woodbury, Minnesota
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74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

So many choices! Get one kids' size and have them split it in two portions; they'll even do two flavors. My kids couldn't finish a whole serving of the child's portion. I think it was 5 or 6 scoops! Seating is outside in the hot sun if you want to be at a table or go sit on the curb... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 920 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-5634
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Stillwater
  • Phone Number: +1 651-439-3598

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?