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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gigantic servings of the very best ice cream you have ever had -- for pennies compared to the designer ice creams and franchise stores. Locally owned, operated by engaging, bright-eyed high schoolers. Lines reach around the block in hot summer days. But, worth the wait!!!

Thank shannonriley
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by here to cool off and try out the very busy ice cream shop. The line was out the door, but the wait was worth it. The cones are ridiculously large, but delicious. Next time I'll know to order the smallest one ;-) One thing to note: if you're looking for homemade ice cream, this isn't the spot.... More 

Thank Shaun S
Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

You want ice cream?!! They got your ice cream right here!! The biggest cones in the state, so watch out if you order a double scoop!! A nice warm weather outing in a neighborhood setting.

Thank Mike P
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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261 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Love Nelson's Ice Cream, so much bang for your buck. I think closed during the winter months. But a must stop in the summer, esp. with kids.

Thank tif316
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132 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

You want ice cream, this is the place. Always busy with lots of folks getting their great ice cream. So many flavors, hard to choice.

Thank Todd T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

It's a summer time tradition. To skip dinner and head up to Nelson's where you can choose from 40? different icecreams for dinner. It's nothing fancy, picnic tables in the parking lot, and there are long lines, but that is all part of the fun.

Thank TX_678
Somerset, New Jersey
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This is a local joint! The best of the best. Bring your appetite and enjoy! It is a cold Dec so the line will not be too long...but hit it on a summer day and you will wait in line sometimes around the block. Do not panic....IT IS WORTH THE WAIT. The locals are great so you will have MN... More 

Thank JoyceVanPelt
Stillwater, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 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 November 2016

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
2 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

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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, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, 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?