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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

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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
Great outing on a cool or hot day!

The ice cream is top notch and the price is shockingly low. My family and friends all give this place a 5 star rating. Only complaint is that the servings are huge.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Stillwater
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The ice cream is top notch and the price is shockingly low. My family and friends all give this place a 5 star rating. Only complaint is that the servings are huge.

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Blaine, Minnesota
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90 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Nelson's is a local staple of Stillwater and I've been here many times. Let's keep things simple: Selection: Fantastic, ~30+ flavors Taste: Very good. I think they use mostly Brown's ice cream Portions: Super freaking mega humongous. Ask for a child's scoop and plan to share it. Price: Good for the amount of ice cream you get. But keep in... More 

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River Falls, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The best place ever. Selections are good. Service is good and the value is tremendous. Why go to the over rated stone cold places when you get almost a 1/2 quart cone for less than $5! We love this place and this is the only ice cream stand we go to.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

When my husband's cousin told us NOT to miss trying Nelson's Ice Cream before leaving Stillwater, they were NOT kidding when they said 3-4 people can share ONE "SINGLE" serve. Definitely well worth the search and money, which is very reasonable still for <$4-5 for a DOUBLE scoop of whichever ice creams you want to try!!! Delicious to boot!!!

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Overland Park, Kansas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

What a fun find on a fall day! The flavors were excellent and we were blown away by the "child's size" serving - 4-5 scoops of ice cream each! I highly recommend sharing - even the child's size portion.

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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189 reviews 189 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Nelson's should be experienced. Words can't really do this place justice. There was a line out the door when we arrived. Apparently, this is not uncommon as signs and line markers are up. While waiting in line, we tried to decide what to order. Being a visual person, I prefer to see the ice cream instead of read the menu... More 

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Sartell, Minnesota, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We drove up the hill (Olive Street) to obtain a cone of ice cream. As we approached the quite small ice cream stand, we notice a long line extending out of the door. We walked up to get in line and witnessed the sitting area out front of the building completely full with people eating volumes of ice cream. There... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I just don't see what's so good about it. The ice cream just tast like kemps ice cream (which you can get at the store) it's too large and the tables are always sticky! If you want to go for good Ice cream (just go to Dairy Queen)

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Fort Worth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great neighborhood ice cream shop.The ice ream is rich and creamy. Large selection. Recommend you order two or three scoop bowl for your entire family of five to share. The portions they serve up is humongous. Even your voracious teenager will not be able to finish a one scoop serving without great effort.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I ordered a "child's cone with a single scoop" (my exact order) and got a full size cone with three huge scoops of ice cream. I hate to think what an adult's triple scoop would look like, let alone how you'd get it out the door. Good ice cream, though--what I was able to eat of it. As another reviewer... More 

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Ice Cream
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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