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Nelson's Drive Inn Dairy Store

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920 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-5634
(651) 439-3598
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
If you like ice cream, that is what they have. Recommend the childs portion on hot days, otherwise it melts before you c

Great ice cream. Multi flavors. Theree size cones and then more solid containers. No inside seating but great outrdoors arrangement. Go on warm days. Almost always standfing in line for service, but you meet some interesting people while waiting. Great service staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great ice cream. Multi flavors. Theree size cones and then more solid containers. No inside seating but great outrdoors arrangement. Go on warm days. Almost always standfing in line for service, but you meet some interesting people while waiting. Great service staff.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Talk about sugar and cream overdose!!! The mountain of ice cream you get for under $5 is CRAZY!!! The selection and service is great along with the neighborhood ice cream shop feel. By far beats any chain ice cream dive in town!!!

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Hammond, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The selections is beyond your imagination, the portion size is enormous, the staff is fun and friendly ... not sure which flavor you want ... they give you a sample to help you decide. Outdoor seating is great to relax and enjoy your ice cream.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We took our out of town guests to Nelsons 3 times during a recent visit - basically every 3 days - it takes you that long to recover from the huge cones. We even shared cones/cups - it would be really nice if they would offer smaller portions. I always have leftovers. I of course, ordered the butter pecan -... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My husband used to go there growing up, and told the kids the lore about ice cream cones bigger than your head! They didn't believe him so we made the pilgrimage to Stillwater to prove it to them! We all ordered a child's size serving in a single cup so that there was room to eat it and it wasn't... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Come hungry, a small cone has 3 large scoops! Many flavors to choose from. May need to wait in line, but it's worth it!

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Twin Cities
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

How have I lived in the Twin Cities for 15 years and have never been here before? Huge scoops. Obscenely huge scoops of very good ice cream with interesting flavors piled by ice cream structural engineers into cups and cones for very reasonable prices. We tried the peanut butter campfire crunch, licorice chip, cookie dough, chocolate peanut butter swirl and... More 

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Stillwater
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Nelson's isn't really a restaurant; best described as an ice cream parlor. Nelson's has been in Stillwater for what seems like forever serving large portions of delicious Brown's ice cream. Ownership of Nelson's changed a number of years ago and many improvements have been made to the venue. Interior has been totally redone and serving efficiency greatly improved along with... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Can't go wrong heading to nelsons! You get so much ice cream for very little money! Go with a child's.. It's huge! Bring a cooler incase you need to drive some home!

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This ice cream shop serves the biggest servings of ice- cream ever. The child's portion is large enough for an adult. Many yummy favors to choose.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 920 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-5634
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Stillwater
  • Phone Number: (651) 439-3598
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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