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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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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best but on nice summer days a long line. Even though it goes quick. Get there early. The wait is worth it.

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Thank jersey0210
Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to this shop for 40 years now and it's the best. Prices are amazing for what you get!!!

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Thank sroslin
Stillwater, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nelson's is a local must during the summer. It is a small ice cream shop with lines down the street at certain peak times. The ice cream is not only great, but it is the serving sizes that bring people back again and again. A child's size is what other shops would label a large. A single adult will feed... More 

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The portions are obscenely huge. A child's size cup can feed two-three. The ice cream is Brown's (not a super-premium brand), which is tasty, but not as good as Izzy's in St. Paul. Here it's about quantity over quality. Lots of variety of favors.

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So many choices! Get one kids' size and have them split it in two portions; they'll even do two flavors. My kids couldn't finish a whole serving of the child's portion. I think it was 5 or 6 scoops! Seating is outside in the hot sun if you want to be at a table or go sit on the curb... More 

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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587 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I thought I'd stop here for an ice cream cone. I ordered a single. I think the server scooped on at least a pint of super good ice cream. I'm not sure that I can come back because my waistline won't take the expansion. Super good. No seating

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Thank OneAddictedTraveler
Thunder Bay Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I could not believe the size of the kiddie cone, it would feed 4 adults, you think I'm exaggerating but I'm not. Friendly, helpful, they let you sample too!! lots of parking.

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Thank lowfatmomma
Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Nelson's is a must see if you pass thru Stillwater MN. The lines are long...but the wait is worth it

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Thank John H
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Lots of ice cream for a minimal amount of money. Friendly atmosphere and easy in and out. We love this place for all our kids.

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Thank Ty J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

It's wonderful ice cream. None Better in the St. Croix Valley. My favorite is Coconut. It is a mix of creamy coconut ice cream, nuts and dark chocolate pieces.

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Thank Mariaelena P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 920 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-5634
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Stillwater
  • Phone Number: (651) 439-3598

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?