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Dock Cafe

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425 Nelson St E, Stillwater, MN 55082-5164
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars

Great food and wonderful ambiance. Great location right off the St. Coix River. Friendly servers. Off Main Street and on walking distance to many shops.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Donna P
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
  • Business meetings
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English first
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The atmosphere of the restaurant is quiet and inviting. The food is awesome and not too expensive for the amount you get. The service given by its workers is second to none. Great place for family, friends, and/or meetings. Will definitely come back.

Thank CarlosMontanez
Stillwater, Minnesota
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great ambience on the St. Croix River Great food & drink with a wonderful atmosphere. This one is a must try!

Thank kmanorthsidejohnny
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food and wonderful ambiance. Great location right off the St. Coix River. Friendly servers. Off Main Street and on walking distance to many shops.

Thank Donna P
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been dining at the Dock Cafe for many years. Many of the indoor tables and booths provide excellent views the St Croix river and their deck is a great, good weather gathering place. The Dock menu is a fairly standard assembly of dishes that appeal to a broad range of tastes but not of gourmet quality. The menu... More 

Thank DavidC1029
Stillwater, Minnesota
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

service is generally quite good, meals are tasty and a good value...a step above bar food, at a nice restaurant level, but not haute cuisine . main asset is the riverside location and when the weather is hospitable....most of summer and many days in spring and fall the outside deck is hard to beat - the view of the river... More 

Thank Bob L
Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have gone here many time for atmosphere alone. We expect a fairly boring menu with ok food. It's a good spot to have a cocktail at the bar - find a seat where you can overlook the River and chat with the friendly bartenders. I wouldn't go there expecting a grand slam eating experience. You will have a nice... More 

Thank Sara J
Laporte, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went to Dock Cafe to celebrate our 47th anniversary. We appreciated the quiet ambience of the restaurant as well as the food that was prepared as requested. We also appreciated our waitress who was experienced at providing excellent service. We would return to this restaurant again when in the Stillwater area.

Thank Eunice P
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I can't comment on the food, because after we waited for 45 minutes for a seat (the place was fairly busy, but there was plenty of help) we waited for another 30 before leaving without getting any service. After about 5 minutes we had someone come over to say she'd be with us shortly, then we watched her talk to... More 

Thank Samantha M
Somerset, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Great romantic venue - high-end/quality food, nice wine, fantastic views. Definitely a top date-night selection. Weather permitting, opt for the romantic gondola package in which after your dinner you're treated to gondola ride on the river. Beautiful night and daytime views of this cute river town. Great steak and seafood selection/preparation. A can't miss.

Thank NickNewton36
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

My kids and I travel from the Cities every fall to have lunch near the river in Stillwater. This was the first time we tried the Dock Cafe--we had the idea that we would be able to be right on the river for lunch. Unfortunately there was a sign warning of the bees on the deck and there was not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 425 Nelson St E, Stillwater, MN 55082-5164
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Stillwater
  • Phone Number: 651-430-3770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings


Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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