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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, Coffee & Tea

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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
Soooo good and creamy and the portions are HUGE!

We visited on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in the afternoon. There is usually a line out the door, but the service is quick. There is a chalk board behind the counter with all of the flavors of the day, I think there were over 45 flavors that day. I ordered licorice chip and my wife had chocolate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Steve0315
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Shakopee, MN
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Shakopee, MN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 539 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We visited on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in the afternoon. There is usually a line out the door, but the service is quick. There is a chalk board behind the counter with all of the flavors of the day, I think there were over 45 flavors that day. I ordered licorice chip and my wife had chocolate peanut butter cup.... More 

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Very generous servings of great ice cream. We always get the child portion and still can't finish it! On a summer evening the line can be long, but it goes fast.

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Peru, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

While visiting Stillwater for the day I wanted to find a good ice cream place and heard about Nelsons. I heard that the portions were massive and they were. I got the double scoop of the black cherry in a cup the same size as a medium drink cup from McDonald's! I probably wouldn't have eaten lunch before but I... More 

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La Canada, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The "child size" cone here is enormous...three large scoops or delcious ice cream on a waffle cone! Apparently, people come here, order a "single" or "double" in a cup and share...there is more than plenty to go around. The "child size" waffle cone is only $4.50 (three giant scoops!). The shop is located away from downtown Stillwater on a quiet... More 

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Anoka, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The choices are endless, and took a while to decide which flavor to get. Was fun watching the little kids eat their huge amounts of ice cream. We always stop by when in Stillwater.

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Awesome ice cream in huge portions. A great summer afternoon or evening stop. There are picnic tables outside, no seating inside.

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Stillwater
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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
Cuisine: Ice Cream

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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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