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Dining & Night Life

Dining & Night Life

What is your idea of a good night out? Stillwater, Minnesota has it all, from delightful outdoor sidewalk cafes, to romantic rooftop dining overlooking the scenic St. Croix River, to an underground speakeasy, to restaurants showcasing culinary trends, to riverside patios to cozy pull tab pubs with historic architectural details.

Visit an ice cream and fudge shop filled with rich homemade goodness or try casual brewery tap room, local distillery, or live music entertainment venues. Browse this complete list of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries to see what’s going on at our locally owned establishments. Look for live music events on our calendar, too!

Make a foodie tour on your own with so many places to discover in the historic district. Try a bite here and a drink there then go seek out a yummy dessert! Be sure to share your finds on Instagram with #DiscoverStillwater or tag @DiscoverStillwater.

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3rd Street Post/Hillside Kitchen

Great drink deals, events like live music on the deck, and pull tabs. American Legion Post 48, All welcome!


Family-owned Mexican restaurant with fantastic food, great service and full sports bar. Located on Hwy 36 frontage road – just minutes from downtown Stillwater.

Art's Coffee Hut

Art’s Coffee is your neighborhood coffee hut located in the small shed attached to the historic Stillwater Nelson's. We offer coffee, coffee based drinks, other refreshments, and mini doughnuts. Quick service and great value is our motto; pop through anytime neighbor!

Boba 4Eva

The menu features a wide variety of boba teas, ranging from classic flavors like milk tea and fruit tea to specialty options that incorporate unique ingredients and innovative combinations.

Brian's Bar & Grill

Historic downtown Stillwater bar & grill – darts, pool, sports tvs, and pull tabs. Private event space on 3rd level available for rent, too.

Brick & Bourbon

Brick & Bourbon is an elevated eatery and craft libation venue that believes in using the freshest domestic and imported ingredients. They are founded on the principles of providing impeccable fare, paired with tasty craft cocktails and vintage bourbon, iced with outstanding service. They operate on the philosophy that nothing is more important than the guests and their experience. Dine inside, reserve the chef’s table or climb to the beautiful rooftop dining.

Brine's Market & Deli

Brine’s Market & Deli is located in uptown Stillwater, in the center of Stillwater’s newer business district. Come inside the market and experience old fashioned service and quality products, yet encounter the fast service you expect today. Great picnic supplies!

Carbone's Pizzeria

Enjoy the best pizza, pasta, hoagies and salads in town! Carbone's Pizzeria in Stillwater, MN offers dine-in, pick-up and catering.

Charlie's Restaurant & Irish Pub

Enjoy an authentic pub scene offering Irish fare with lively Irish music on Friday and Saturday nights year-round, an expanded bar/restaurant area, and large glass-enclosed river view patio. Across from the pub, Charlie’s Restaurant offers an extensive fine dining menu in grande Victorian decor of the Historic Water Street Inn on the St. Croix River. Experience 4-course wine dinners every Wednesday or specialty themed dinners with spirit pairings and hand-rolled cigars.

Cozzie's Tavern & Grill

Once the local favorite ‘hole-in-the-wall’, under new ownership this renovated roadside restaurant has kept it’s rustic country bar charm that so many peopled loved with a whole new menu and outdoor patio area. Serves lunch, dinner and drinks. Casual atmosphere right off hwy 36 – great for groups, families – dine in or take out. Pull tabs!

Daily Grind Espresso Cafe

Life is too short for Bad Coffee. We have served our great coffee in a great little coffee shop – all with a river view since 1992. Drink your coffee here, or take it to go! Located in the back of Valley Bookseller.

Devil's Advocate

Where the locals and travelers come to eat and drink. Expanding from Minneapolis to Stillwater. Passion to challenge the expected and confront the unconfronted we offer a menu of approachable and rustic east coast tuta da ginnastica or “tracksuit” style Italian dishes.

Domacin Wine Bar

Domacin is one of the best wine bars in the Twin Cities and has the awards to prove it. More than 600 wines by the bottle plus an extensive selection by the glass. Modern-American Cuisine. Featured in Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of America’s Top 25 wine bars. Private dining available in The Cellar and Gazette Room plus a wineshop on site and educational classes and events.


Feller takes inspiration from the culinary traditions of the Great North. Chef Sam Collins’ innovative menus are based on Midwest-sourced ingredients that evoke Minnesota’s traditional foraging and hunting culture, from Prairie Harvest quail to grass fed bison and homemade venison sausages. Sample the smoked trout BLT or find yourself tempted by an intriguing cocktail crafted with Minnesota spirits. Enjoy our beautiful dining room with main street window views, the outside patio or the roadside window just south of the hotel.

Fiesta Mexican Grill

Step into a world of vibrant Mexican flavors at Fiesta Mexican Grill! Nestled in the heart of Stillwater, MN, our restaurant is your gateway to savoring mouthwatering Mexican classics, scrumptious nachos, hearty burritos, daily specials that tickle your taste buds, refreshing cocktails, and divine desserts.

Freight House Restaurant

Restaurant, beer garden and tap room downtown featuring the largest patio in the area and a pristine view of the beautiful St. Croix River and historic lift bridge. All new tap room with 24 local beers on tap and craft burgers served on artisan pretzel buns and hand cut fries. Outdoor Bocce ball, giant Jenga and chess, skeeball, pool, darts. On National Historic Register.

Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter

The Gasthaus has been serving award winning German specialties as well as imported German beers, wines & liquors since 1966. Enjoy outdoor dining and meadow events with German music located ten minutes from downtown Stillwater. Open on Wednesday thru Sunday. Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter can also accommodate weddings, special events, and banquets.

Gio's Stillwater

From classic subs to build your own sandwiches, Gio's is the place to go for an amazing, fresh sub. Soup and salad options are available as well. Our pizzas always feature local produce (when available), from farmers we know and trust, that's guaranteed for freshness and quality. We have worked to create a menu of pizza, wraps, starters and more. Located in the back of the River Exchange Building.

Gloria's To Go

Visit our outdoor patio and all-season porch, open daily 11-8.

Golden Crown Chinese Restaurant

Large menu of Chinese dishes, including Cantonese & Szechuan fare.

Grand Pizza

Family-owned pizza joint right in historic downtown. Take out and Delivery available. Grand Pizza is more than just a pizzeria. Feast on our famous BBQ ribs or spicy hot wings, broasted chicken or pasta dishes. Guaranteed to please any appetite!

Greenbridge Coffee Shop

Our coffee shop is ideally located steps from Stillwater’s historic lift bridge and bike trails. Our menu includes coffee, espresso, tea, pastries, and sandwiches. Herman’s Electric Bike Rental is located in the backside of this location.

Hannah's Homemade Heavens Bakery

South Hill neighborhood home-style local bakery with an assortment changing daily – bread, cupcakes, donuts, and treats! Stop in for lovely smells and a tasty treat.

Harbor Bar

Originally established in 1910, Harbor Bar and Restaurant continues to pack the house with locals and tourists alike. The restaurant specializes in beer, wine, hard alcohol and pizza. Aside from dining, customers can also enjoy a pool table, foosball table, darts and various video games.

Howard's Bar

This historic Stillwater Saloon, located right on Main Street, is a great place to stop for more than just beer and burgers! Pull tabs, unbeatable food and drink happy hour, weekend brunch and friendly local bar.

Joseph's Family Restaurant

Pleasing St. Croix Valley diners for over thirty years with home-cooking. We’re famous for broasted chicken and our pies, over thirty different kinds of delicious homemade pies. Located on the Hwy 36 frontage road, just minutes from downtown.

Leo's Grill & Malt Shop

Old-fashioned burger and malt shop with a walk-up ice cream cone window. Listen to your favorites 50’s tunes and enjoy the step-back-in-time 50’s Americana decor. Open daily, right on the corner of Main Street and Chestnut St. (historic lift bridge road).

Lolito Cantina

New concept restaurant from the Lolo American kitchen group. Lolito is inspired by Latin American flavors with plenty of tequila, mezcal and rum.

LOLO American Kitchen

Enjoy gourmet street food and American small plates along side craft cocktails and artisan spirits. Watch the culinary action at the open kitchen chef’s bar. Stop by to eat, drink, and socialize in an exploratory yet casual modern setting. This locally owned, locally sourced restaurant and bar also has outdoor patio for cocktails in the summer and upper lounge area open weekends only or for private events.

Lowell Inn

Opened in 1927, the Lowell Inn is listed on the Historic Registry. The inn offers fine dining for business or pleasure and 35 guest rooms. Perfect for your most intimate family celebrations, weddings, groom’s dinners and business meetings. On the national historic register. The dining experience at the Historic Lowell Inn hotel is vintage and classy, with an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy an array of fine dining offerings, from a tender American beef tenderloin, to the multi-course Swiss Fondue, authentic high tea, or special occasion brunch on Mother’s Day, Easter, or Christmas Day. Private dining rooms, banquet and meeting space available for special events. Historic Inn with 3 dining/event rooms, an outdoor patio, event center ballroom, and adjacent parking ramp.

Mad Capper Saloon & Eatery

For forty years strong, this historic pub on Main Street has been serving the community of Stillwater and the surrounding St Croix Valley. Come in for the delicious sandwiches, fresh made pasta, and scratch made dinner options.

MADE Coffee

Coffee that’s familiar without being ordinary. Fresh pressed juices that awaken. In true Minnesota fashion, our street-level café is a beacon for both locals and voyagers. MADE also offers tea and locally made pastries. Located at Lora Hotel.

Main Cafe

After spending many years in France learning the art of dining and cuisine, Egyptian-born Samy Youssef first opened The Main Cafe on November 15th, 1989. He and his wife have been working hard ever since; determined to provide diners authentic, home-style meals prepared with only the finest ingredients. At our diner everyone is treated (and fed) like family.


Located inside the new Hotel Crosby, Matchstick restaurant sources farm to table meats & fish served with an array of fine wines, craft beers, and a 2,000 bottle selection of rare & unique spirits. Their food is prepared for intense flavor on a natural wood fired grill or smoker. The menu will please any palate from beef lovers to vegetarians with generous, sharable, small plate offerings in a warm, rustic dining room or main street patio.

Matt's Basement

A Cozy Lounge with Nostalgic Video Rentals & Board Games, Boba Bubble Tea, Waffles, & More!

Meister's Bar & Grill

A friendly neighborhood bar & grill since 1959…just a few blocks from downtown.

Melt Pizza

Melt Pizza Company is committed to handcrafting the best pizza we possibly can. From the multi-day artisan style dough, to the premium ingredients and scratch made menu concepts – Quality is everything.

Mike and Kat's Other Place

A charming and intimate espresso bar nestled in the heart of Stillwater’s North Hill neighborhood. Born out of passion and love, this small, independent gem is more than a coffee spot – it’s a testament to the dedication of its creators – Mike and Kat.

MN Nice Cream

Nostalgic dessert experience with a twist. Soft-serve ice cream with whimsical toppings like edible glitter. Available in vegan and dairy free, too!

Mon Petit Cheri Bakery

Made from scratch Bakery & Kitchen, serving Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch and award-winning pastries right downtown Stillwater.

Mongolian Barbeque

The Mongolian Barbeque on Highway 36 in Stillwater, MN is a very good place to eat lunch or dinner. There is a large choice of ready to eat items on the buffet.

Muddy Cow

At the Muddy Cow Bar & Grill, we source all fresh ingredients from farms within 300 miles of our establishment. Locally owned and operated, always providing fresh food, 2-for-1 drinks and 32 tv’s for all the sports you need!

Nacho Mama's

Nacho Mama’s is just the right fun place for an authentic and fantastic Mexican meal either inside or on our outdoor patio deck. Take out and catering available. Stop by to see the cantina bar at the Main Street entrance of the restaurant.

Nelson's Ice Cream

Voted best Ice Cream Parlor in Minnesota by WCCO tv poll. In Business since 1923, Stillwater’s historical gem offers forty-six ice cream flavors served in mammoth portions. Just a few blocks from downtown. Outdoor tables only.

No Neck Tony's

A quaint and locally owned bar, providing unique martinis, specialty cocktails, and fantastic ambiance. Voted “BEST BLOODY MARY” in the St. Croix Valley and Minnesota Monthly.

Oasis Cafe

A local favorite known for it’s burgers, breakfasts and pies. The Oasis Cafe is a family-owned restaurant tucked into a rocky bluff as you enter Stillwater on Hwy 95 (St. Croix Scenic Byway) from the south.

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi

Authentic Japanese cuisine with a daily lunch buffet, Hibachi grills, sushi and a generous Happy Hour. Right on Main Street.

Papa's Rooftop

Located on the fourth floor of the Water Street Inn, Papa’s Rooftop is one of the best patio restaurants in Stillwater. Papa’s boasts beautiful 360-degree panoramic views of Downtown Stillwater and the St. Croix River. Featuring a carefully curated wine list, creative and classic cocktails, and seasonal flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, and shareables. Open seasonally.

Patriots Tavern

The Patriots Tavern is modeled after a New England Tavern, serving up wood-fired pizzas and flat breads as well as burgers, salads and other American foods. Located west of downtown Stillwater – head up Myrtle St. to Manning Ave.

PD Pappy's

Seasonal restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating on the river by the marina. Popular spot for boaters, motorcyclists and everyone in between. Burgers, beer and so much more. Live music and dancing Friday- Sunday. Never a cover charge. Join the fun!

Phil's Tara Hideaway

A historic landmark log cabin suspected for bootlegging and gangster activities of Capone and Dillinger. In 1997 Phil Barbatsis created a restaurant with traditions of the past while presenting guests with a contemporary and relaxing dining experience. The menu is Greek-Mediterranean inspired cuisine using only the highest quality local and seasonal ingredients.

Pho MN

We are a family-owned business serving up the Stillwater community with high-quality Asian cuisine.


Located on the second floor of the Historic River Exchange Building in beautiful downtown Stillwater. With large windows showcasing scenic views of the St. Croix River and historic Lift Bridge, it’s sure wow your guests! Multiple space options and packages. There is an elevator available.

QuickFire Pizza

Made-to-order individual pizzas baked in 90 seconds in a wood-fired oven. Salads, beer, wine, beverages. Right on Main Street with hidden back alley patio as well. Stop in!

River Market Community Co-op

If you like exquisite deli meats and cheeses, beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables, meats that are raised by a local farmer, and a store that makes you feel welcome and one of the family, then stop by!

River Siren Brewing

We are a community-focused destination brewery for craft beer enthusiasts and all who want to enjoy a low-key and lively experience with remarkable beer and house-made seltzer. Come enjoy our riverview location right downtown!

Sara's Tipsy Pies

Sara’s Bakery is a sweet little cafe baking fresh pies, pastry, and flatbreads throughout the day. We feature Willows Coffee fresh brewed all day long and the famous sweet and savory Sara’s Tipsy Pies can be enjoyed at a retail cafe on a charming South Hill neighborhood corner.

Sky Dragon Restaurant

Our commitment is to provide you with the best chinese cuisine options to satisfy your hunger and to provide you with a variety of options to ensure you have the best culinary experience.

Sticks, The Ice Pop Shop

Hand-crafted ice pops made with a passion for fresh, natural & often quirky flavors.

Stillwater Proper

Stillwater Proper is a restaurant/distillery concept partnered with 45th Parallel. Their food is best classified as upscale bar Americana.

The Dock Stillwater

Set on the edge of the St. Croix river in downtown Stillwater, the Dock Stillwater is a gathering place of friends for great food and fine wine. The right place for any occasion. Enjoy large picture windows featuring views of the historic bridge and river, or during warm weather, sit on closest deck to the St. Croix River in downtown Stillwater.

The Goodery

Offering convenient wellness solutions for busy lifestyles & growth seekers. Building a community, connecting like-minded beings -- from fresh juices to positive mindset -- All Things Good + Well.

The Long Goodbye

Spirits soothe the soul and tame the wild beast. Or do they awaken the animal within? We offer an innovative selection of crafted cocktails, created in the spirit of the region and featuring Minnesota distilled spirits and ingredients. Linger a while and tempt your palette with small plates featuring specialties prepared by chefs in the Feller kitchen.

The Lumberjack Axe Throwing Bar

The Lumberjack is a place where visitors can learn about Stillwater’s rich history and locals can find a home. We are not your typical axe throwing bar. We have taken this cathartic back woods play into a warm and friendly environment. We promise a brand new way to enjoy a drink and play with friends. Book your party today! On Sundays, kids throw free with paying adults.

The Velveteen Speakeasy

Stillwater’s only speakeasy. Find us underground via a secret door at JX Venue. Enjoy nightlife, mixology, cocktails, appetizers, dessert, wine or beer.

The Wild Hare

A fusion of organic meets dive-bar. Decor bridging the two elements with 90s flare, food that brings classic dive offerings with organic and natural ingredients. A refreshing take on favorites everyone will love.

Tilted Tiki

Nothing more relaxing than sipping a tropical drink, enjoying a tidbit and playing a game in a décor that makes you feel like you are on vacation! Palm trees, parrots, tiki art. Cocktail lounge & live music. Hawaiian shirts welcome! Come, unwind, enjoy. Tiki on my friends…

Tossed LLC

Tossed LLC offers made to order salads and charcuterie with locally sourced produce in eco-friendly, recycled, and 100% combustible containers. Prepared fresh daily, ready to go in store or order ahead for that special occasion.

Victoriano's NY Style Pizza

Started in 2009 by New Yorker George and purchased by a long-time regular and local south hill girl in the fall of 2019. These well-loved recipes are labored over every week for the legendary crust and sauce that made a name for itself a decade ago. Pies and slices. Online and phone orders. Delivery and Carry out.

You & Me Cafe

Elevated coffees, casual cooking and bakery. Relaxed place for eating and socializing. From counter service to our charming bistro atmosphere, You & Me is the perfect place to add a little deliciousness to your every day.

Ziggy's On Main

Street Food. Music. Cocktails. Find this club-like restaurant with a live music stage and featuring a changing food truck-inspired menu with main stay street favorite edibles. Right off Main Street/Chestnut St. Bubble hockey. Live music EVERY weekend!

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