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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mega amounts of yummy ice cream

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW 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 NEW

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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Waconia, Minnesota
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We just had to visit Nelsons when we were in Stillwater. I have to say I can see why this place was voted Best Ice Cream Shop in Minnesota on WCOO. Huge portions, awesome variety and great prices!

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Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

It's just not the huge portions but it's the flavor choices. I HATE pretentious ice cream shops that serve "tamarind" or "black pepper currant" ice cream. I want chocolate in all forms. And this place fits the bill!!!!! Love the choice of flavor and D*MN it was Fabulous!!!! BTW I had chocolate peanut butter and monster cookie. I get choc... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

Huge portions. If you are feeding children, buy one and have them share. Get an extra bowl and spoon especially of it's hot outside. Many flavor choices. You won't want to eat after this treat.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We found this gem a few years ago and have been back several times. The portions are huge, and the price is right. All other ice cream shops fall short by Nelson's standards. The best ever.

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Bismarck, ND
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great selection. Enormous servings. Terrific value. My wife and I went there twice on a recent weekend in Stillwater. There was a line out the door each time. No wonder. It is the best place for ice cream we have ever found. Whether you are a single, a couple or a family, go and enjoy!

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Other reviewers are not exaggerating. A child-size cup or cone looks like 4 huge scoops. It's actually helpful that the line is so long, because it gives ample time to plan your selection (so many choices) and watch how huge servings are as people pay. I was going to order a child-size for myself but after getting two for both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A must go to in Stillwater but don't order a big one. Even the little ones are big. And delish! About 30 favorsandyou can order a scoop of each in cone or cup but one beautiful day, expect to stand in line . It'sabusybpkace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Wonderful old fashioned ice cream in a ton of flavors! Be prepared for a long time standing in line but it's worth it. A small child sized cone is huge; a meal in itself! Stillwater is a gorgeous, tree lined, historic, river town and Nelson's is a must taste.

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Additional Information about Nelson's Drive Inn Dairy Store

Address: 920 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-5634
Phone Number: (651) 439-3598
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Stillwater
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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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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