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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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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 1 week ago NEW 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
Stillwater, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife and I go, we share a childs cone and it is still to much ice cream They just serve ice cream, People come from 30 miles away to get ice cream

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Thank rruetten
Cambridge, Minnesota
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Known for their large portions, this is a great way to end a day in Stillwater. Be prepared to wait in line (although it moves fast). I would not want to be waiting in line with young children. We waited in line about 25 mins on a late hot Sunday afternoon. Lots of flavors! The kids working were working their... More 

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Thank Lee L
Stillwater, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always great, great service, great choices, great ice cream. I was a bit disappointed that they seem to have changed from bowls to cups... The mess was all over as the heaping scoops were toppling over the the top of the cup. Bring back the bowl....

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Thank Marky_Mark_MN
Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nelson's serves only ice-cream...huge servings. HUGE. I never have been disappointed. Tourists and locals alike line up to get in. it seems everyone I meet asks me about Nelson's. I live close by so go there early in the day and avoid the long lines.

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Thank Gerhardt218
Stillwater, MN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always get the "child size" cone as it's actually the size of a small child. I can barely finish the amount of ice cream that they pile on. It's a summer mainstay in Stillwater.

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Thank Pete S

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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?