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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, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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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
a must

great choices of flavors and quantity. it is a the place locals go for ice cream. Be ware that a small cone is huge.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

great choices of flavors and quantity. it is a the place locals go for ice cream. Be ware that a small cone is huge.

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Thank sally a
Stillwater, Minnesota
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't beat the size and selection here. Recommend ordering child size since they are very generous. Great place to grab some yummy icecream on a hot summer day.

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Thank Jo K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always a fun place to go for a giant portion of ice cream. Sometimes the wait is long, but it's always worth it. Plenty of seating, or the grass across the street is usually available too.

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Thank Despst
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

What a fantastic place to visit in the summer - the ice cream is fantastic, and everything that the other reviewers have said about portion sizes is accurate. I'm a good eater, and need to plan ahead if I'm going to finish a child size. Can't go wrong with flavors - my wife and I love Moose Tracks, Cake +... More 

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Thank Dylan B
Stillwater, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This ice cream establishment has been around Stillwater for years. Years ago it was called "Arts" after the man who started it. Needless to say it is a place where you get the biggest ice cream cones in the city. A must stop if you are in Stillwater, Mn.

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Thank sandicooker
Virginia, MN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Order the smallest available and be prepared to eat a lot of ice cream. Yummy ice cream flavors to choose from.

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Thank Bart246
Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Giant portions, reasonable cost...you can't beat the experience here. But only during the summer. This small shop will always have a line out the door on hot days but it is well worth the wait.

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Thank Harley247
Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Nelson's has good ice cream but they're really known for their HUGE portions! Two adults could (and should) easily share a kiddie cone. Best place to take a teenage boy with a bottomless pit for a stomach!

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Thank RachelECC812
Stillwater, Minnesota
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

WOW, the best ice cream cone around. Nelsons is a must try for ice cream weather it's a cone, cup, or malt, you got to try this.

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Thank kmanorthsidejohnny
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Lines can get long. Large selection of flavors,huge portions. Worth the wait. Be prepared to battle the bees if you eat at the tabled in front. Highly recommend.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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

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