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Dock Cafe

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425 Nelson St E, Stillwater, MN 55082-5164
651-430-3770
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fine downtown dining right on the River

Best location in charming, historic Stillwater since it's right on the River. The outdoor patio in summertime is perfect; shaded and spacious. The prairie architecture with light wood, cozy fireplace, and huge windows is beautiful inside as well. Food is very good though not especially imaginative... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Woodland55082
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Stillwater, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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174 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Best location in charming, historic Stillwater since it's right on the River. The outdoor patio in summertime is perfect; shaded and spacious. The prairie architecture with light wood, cozy fireplace, and huge windows is beautiful inside as well. Food is very good though not especially imaginative; good standards. Their small lot usually works for parking. It's a special place.

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Dock Cafe is Stillwater offers some beautiful views, but their food was okay, without being great. For the prices paid, the food should be better. Also, something about the acoustics makes the "north side other room" a bit loud. Thanks.

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Forest Lake
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The Dock is a place to eat. It has panoramic views of the river at boating level. The deck is even better in season. The food and drinks are first class. They are well known for a wonderful dining experience. The venue is as good as the menu. Downtown Stillwater is as good as it gets.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Great steak salad and view of St Croix River. Staff very polite. Parking can be a little crazy. Great bar.

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Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Our son lives in St. Paul. We visit him several times a year, and we visit the Dock Cafe whenever we are there. The food, the service, and the view are all great. My husband enjoys the burger, as does my son. I enjoy the very creative salads on the menu. The dressings are made in house. We have also... More 

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wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We really enjoy going to the Dock Cafe in Stillwater. Last night we had one of our best meals ever in a restaurant. My husband had the special which was prime rib. He said he thought it was the best seasoned prime rib he has ever had. I had my usual which is the black and blue tuna. It is... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Dock Cafe has a lovely outdoor seating area that is available when the weather permits. There is a great view of the Stillwater Life Bridge, the St. Croix River, and the bluffs of Wisconsin. The menu has not changed in years. That's the good news and the not-so-good news. (By now, I've got it memorized. I only need ask... More 

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have to admit it. We go there for the view. Food is pretty good. Parking and congestion in downtown Stillwater is terrible. We have been there several times, always in warm weather, always on the back patio. Our experience overall has been fine. Just remember that you aren't there for gourmet cuisine and that you can get better bar... More 

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Rush City
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

A group of 19 went there for lunch on Oct 18th. It was busy but not anything that should have been a problem. We ordered drinks and a number of people said the drinks were very weak. We're not alcoholics by any means but the bloody marys were said to taste odd, one thought it had a dishwater taste, two... More 

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Crete, Nebraska
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We had a window seat at the Dock Cafe, and the view across the St. Croix River was absolutely stunning. My wife had a bowl of wild rice soup, and a walleye sandwich. She said her soup was okay and the fish was a bit greasy with way too much bun. I had the French Dip, which was okay, though... 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 0 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?