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Where to Eat and Drink in Around Stillwater

This charming city by the river is packed with great restaurants

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As the birthplace of Minnesota, Stillwater isn’t short on history, charm, antiques and fantastic food and drinks. Whether sipping cocktails that literally smoke, indulge in cutie cupcakes or tucking into a massive burger, take in the idyllic beauty of Stillwater with a full stomach.

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1. Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter

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8390 Lofton Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-7128
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Enjoy hearty German fare in a cozy atmosphere that feels like a trip to the Alps.  Pick from an impressive lineup of schnitzels, sausages, beef, and pork dishes, or try a little bit of everything with the sampler platter. 

2. The Velveteen Speakeasy

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123 2nd St N
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 342-2571
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Follow the marks downstairs to this swanky bar that is a perfect spot for stealing away for a cozy drink for two in a sexy room. The service can be a little spotty, but it’s easy to get lost in the subterranean glamor of this place.

A not-too-hard-to-find speakeasy
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3. QuickFire Pizza

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5183, 116 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-7009
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The Neapolitan-style pizzas at QuickFire Pizza are cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Italy and made with high-quality ingredients that are often sourced locally.  Build your own pie or choose one of the inventive specialty pizzas, like the Cuban topped with Lift Bridge beer-braised pork or a macaroni and cheese pizza with smoked bacon and arugula.  Gluten-free crust available.

4. Domacin Wine Bar

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102 2nd St S
Stillwater, MN 55082

This wine bar is located just up the hill, off the main drag and stocked with over 2,000 bottles of wine. It's an oenophile's dream destination.

5. MN Nice Cream

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308 Chestnut St E
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 571-3199
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The soft serve ice cream shop crafts cones with whimsical toppings like gummies, potato chips, fruity pebbles, and glitter.  Lactose-free and vegan soft serve available.

How to tame a unicorn
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6. Brick & Bourbon

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215 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 342-0777
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This new spot is big on the smoke: the food gets a hefty dose, there’s plenty of bacon and some of the cocktails are even served in containers, surrounded by smoke. It’s a fun bit, but the big burgers and pastas are also incredibly popular.

Gorgeous views and smoking bourbon cocktails
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7. LOLO: American Kitchen & Craft Bar

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233 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 342-2461
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When Brad Nordeen, former executive chef at Phil’s Tara Hideaway, and Joe Ehlenz, former GM at Smalley’s, first opened Lolo, it was an immediate hit and has fast become the cocktail destination in Stillwater. Now this restaurant is an institution in the gorgeous city, known for hearty takes on American fare.

8. The Tilted Tiki Tropical Bar & Restaurant

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324 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 342-2545
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In addition to classic tiki cocktails and tropical-inspired food, the Tilted Tiki offers Midwestern favorites with a twist, like cheese curds with guava catsup and deep-fried pickles with strawberry passion sauce.  There’s also a dedicated vegan menu that includes options such as tofu kabobs, meatless burgers, and dairy-free cheesecake.

9. Feller

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402 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 571-3500
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Located at the base of a boutique hotel, this spot opens in the morning for coffee, juice and pastries through the evening and late night cocktails.

Check out the newest stop in Stillwater
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10. River Oasis Cafe

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806 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-0928
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The River Oasis is no-frills diner fare before for fueling up before a day exploring the river.

11. Chilkoot Cafe and Cyclery

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826 4th St S
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 342-0429
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This little cafe is open from morning through night. Stop by after a morning bike ride with coffee, breakfast and a mint lemonade or schedule date night with a more sophisticated dinner plate and a couple of craft beers.

12. Phil's Tara Hideaway

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15021 60th St N
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-9850
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Housed in a log cabin once frequented by the mafia during prohibition, that cool, old school energy still lingers. Expect thoughtful riffs on supper club classics, but with a Greek twist. Rotisserie cut gyros are a crowd favorite, as is the 10-ounce Tara steak.

Photo courtesy Trip Advisor

1. Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter

8390 Lofton Ave N, Stillwater, MN 55082

Enjoy hearty German fare in a cozy atmosphere that feels like a trip to the Alps.  Pick from an impressive lineup of schnitzels, sausages, beef, and pork dishes, or try a little bit of everything with the sampler platter. 

8390 Lofton Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082

2. The Velveteen Speakeasy

123 2nd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
A not-too-hard-to-find speakeasy
The Velveteen/Facebook

Follow the marks downstairs to this swanky bar that is a perfect spot for stealing away for a cozy drink for two in a sexy room. The service can be a little spotty, but it’s easy to get lost in the subterranean glamor of this place.

123 2nd St N
Stillwater, MN 55082

3. QuickFire Pizza

5183, 116 Main St S, Stillwater, MN 55082

The Neapolitan-style pizzas at QuickFire Pizza are cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Italy and made with high-quality ingredients that are often sourced locally.  Build your own pie or choose one of the inventive specialty pizzas, like the Cuban topped with Lift Bridge beer-braised pork or a macaroni and cheese pizza with smoked bacon and arugula.  Gluten-free crust available.

5183, 116 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082

4. Domacin Wine Bar

102 2nd St S, Stillwater, MN 55082

This wine bar is located just up the hill, off the main drag and stocked with over 2,000 bottles of wine. It's an oenophile's dream destination.

102 2nd St S
Stillwater, MN 55082

5. MN Nice Cream

308 Chestnut St E, Stillwater, MN 55082
How to tame a unicorn
MN Nice Cream/Facebook

The soft serve ice cream shop crafts cones with whimsical toppings like gummies, potato chips, fruity pebbles, and glitter.  Lactose-free and vegan soft serve available.

308 Chestnut St E
Stillwater, MN 55082

6. Brick & Bourbon

215 Main St S, Stillwater, MN 55082
Gorgeous views and smoking bourbon cocktails
Brick & Bourbon/Facebook

This new spot is big on the smoke: the food gets a hefty dose, there’s plenty of bacon and some of the cocktails are even served in containers, surrounded by smoke. It’s a fun bit, but the big burgers and pastas are also incredibly popular.

215 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082

7. LOLO: American Kitchen & Craft Bar

233 Main St S, Stillwater, MN 55082

When Brad Nordeen, former executive chef at Phil’s Tara Hideaway, and Joe Ehlenz, former GM at Smalley’s, first opened Lolo, it was an immediate hit and has fast become the cocktail destination in Stillwater. Now this restaurant is an institution in the gorgeous city, known for hearty takes on American fare.

233 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082

8. The Tilted Tiki Tropical Bar & Restaurant

324 Main St S, Stillwater, MN 55082

In addition to classic tiki cocktails and tropical-inspired food, the Tilted Tiki offers Midwestern favorites with a twist, like cheese curds with guava catsup and deep-fried pickles with strawberry passion sauce.  There’s also a dedicated vegan menu that includes options such as tofu kabobs, meatless burgers, and dairy-free cheesecake.

324 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082

9. Feller

402 Main St S, Stillwater, MN 55082
Check out the newest stop in Stillwater
Feller/Facebook

Located at the base of a boutique hotel, this spot opens in the morning for coffee, juice and pastries through the evening and late night cocktails.

402 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082

10. River Oasis Cafe

806 Main St S, Stillwater, MN 55082

The River Oasis is no-frills diner fare before for fueling up before a day exploring the river.

806 Main St S
Stillwater, MN 55082

11. Chilkoot Cafe and Cyclery

826 4th St S, Stillwater, MN 55082

This little cafe is open from morning through night. Stop by after a morning bike ride with coffee, breakfast and a mint lemonade or schedule date night with a more sophisticated dinner plate and a couple of craft beers.

826 4th St S
Stillwater, MN 55082

12. Phil's Tara Hideaway

15021 60th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
Photo courtesy Trip Advisor

Housed in a log cabin once frequented by the mafia during prohibition, that cool, old school energy still lingers. Expect thoughtful riffs on supper club classics, but with a Greek twist. Rotisserie cut gyros are a crowd favorite, as is the 10-ounce Tara steak.

15021 60th St N
Stillwater, MN 55082

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