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15 of the Best Restaurants in Stillwater

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Bask in romantic ambiance at The Long Goodbye in Stillwater / Paul Vincent

15 of the Best Restaurants in Stillwater

By Caitlin Hannah

With more than 30 spots to dine in Stillwater, you won’t go hungry in this charming river town just outside Minneapolis and St. Paul. Located along the St. Croix River, this bustling spot has a thriving downtown dotted with shops, cocktail rooms, coffee shops, and plenty of options for any type of cuisine. Here are 15 of the best spots to dine next time you’re in this popular town.

  1. Brick & Bourbon
    Brick and Bourbon in Stillwater

    Brick & Bourbon 

    Brick & Bourbon

    Find elevated comfort food and jaw-dropping cocktails at Brick & Bourbon with cozy spots inside or a must-see rooftop space. Don’t miss the duck bacon wontons, crispy buffalo brussels sprouts, whiskey and cola braised beef, or their line of smoked cocktails.

  2. Domacin Restaurant & Wine Bar
    Domacin Wine Bar in Stillwater

    Get cozy at Domacin Wine Bar in Stillwater / Becca Dilley

    Domacin Restaurant & Wine Bar

    This romantic restaurant and wine bar is the perfect spot to celebrate a night out in Stillwater. Domacin boasts a small bites menu to pair with wine or elevated dishes like gnocchi, duck, beef tenderloin, and more.

  3. Feller
    A dinner spread at Feller in Stillwater



    Located inside the trendy Lora hotel, Feller celebrates Minnesota with dishes like stuffed pheasant, pecan walleye, bison short rib, smoked trout fritters and more. For something sweet, don’t miss seasonal dessert selections offerings like carrot cake with brandy spice candied carrots. Cocktail fans can also grab a nightcap at the hotel's bar The Long Goodbye

  4. Howard's Bar
    Howard's Bar owners Adam To and Caroline Smith

    Howard's Bar owners Adam To and Caroline Smith

    Howard's Bar

    Serving one of Star Tribune’s top burgers in the Twin Cities, Howard’s Bar is a cozy spot that makes you feel like a local. Don’t miss their special prime rib special, lasagna or brunch featuring buttermilk flapjacks, omelets, and more. For a taste of summer in Minnesota, get their cheese curds with dill ranch, smoked trout dip or walleye strips.

  5. Leo's Grill and Malt Shop
    Two kids and dog eating ice cream on bench in Stillwater

    Leo's Malt Shop in Stillwater is one of Minnesota's many must-visit ice cream shops / Paul Vincent

    Leo's Grill and Malt Shop

    Leo’s is easy to spot with its red and white stripe awning near the Lift Bridge. The old-fashioned malt shop serves hand-pressed burgers, hot dogs, chili, chicken fingers, fries, onion rings and ice cream treats. On the patio outside, Gloria’s to Go offers soft serve and dole whip treats and offer an ice-cream window for walkup treats in the summer.

  6. LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar
    LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar

    Located on main street, this LoLo prides itself on using fresh, local, organic, and sustainable ingredients. Don’t miss their Korean fried chicken wings, LoLo burger with house made A1 sauce, garlic noodles, and more. Pair your dish with their Instagram-worthy cocktails and mocktails.

  7. Matchstick Restaurant & Spirits
    Matchstick Restaurant & Spirits in Stillwater

    Matchstick Restaurant & Spirits 

    Matchstick Restaurant & Spirits

    Matchstick is a moody spot inside the Hotel Crosby offers a wide variety of appetizers, bar snacks, and entrees including an extensive vegetarian section. Their cocktails, wine list and alcohol-free cocktails are not to be missed.

  8. Melt Pizza Company
    Melt Pizza Company

    Joining the trend of Detroit style pizza in Minnesota, Melt Pizza has been slinging square pies in Stillwater since 2021. Try the Dream Team with pepperoni ricotta, basil, and hot honey or the Funkytown with garlic confit cream, sausage, spinach, onion, mushroom, and pecorino cheese. Order a side of their unique chicken wings with options like tajin honey, orange chicken or Cry Baby Craig Buffalo using the beloved local hot sauce.

  9. Nacho Mama's
    Nacho Mama's in Stillwater

    Nacho Mama's

    Nacho Mama's

    Find a little slice of the tropics at Nacho Mama’s downtown. Their bright space serves up their twist on Mexican dishes. Don’t miss their nachos, smothered burrito, fried avocado and sweet potato wedges, jalapeno bacon and pepper poppers, tacos, and more.

  10. Lolito Cantina
    Cocktails at Lolito Cantina in Stillwater

    Lolito Cantina

    Lolito Cantina

    The sister restaurant to LoLo, Lolito serves dishes inspired by southern Mexico with an emphasis on smoked meats, mole, barbacoa, citrus, habanero, and more. Their bar program focuses on top tequilas, mezcals, Mexican beers, and arid climate wines. Don’t miss their variety of salsas and guacamoles, tacos, rice bowls, and extensive margarita list.

  11. The Oasis Cafe
    The Oasis Cafe in Stillwater

    The Oasis Cafe

    The Oasis Cafe

    Fuel up for your day at the Oasis Cafe, located on the outskirts of downtown. Find breakfast classics like biscuits and gravy, veggie hash, avocado toast and epic breakfast sandwiches, eggs benedicts, omelets, and pancakes. But, don’t sleep on their burgers, salads and soups, or classic diner hot turkey or hot beef sandwiches.

  12. Phil's Tara Hideaway
    Phil's Tara Hideaway

    Phil's Tara Hideaway 

    Phil's Tara Hideaway

    Long rumored to be a spot for old gangsters, Phil’s cozy cabin serves Greek and American dishes. Find delicious Mediterranean-inspired offerings like roasted feta, spanakopita, gyros and braised lamb or American classics like chops, steaks, and fresh seafood.

  13. Stillwater Proper
    Stillwater Proper cocktail

    Stillwater Proper

    Stillwater Proper

    A sister spot to LoLo and Lolito, Stillwater Proper is a cocktail bar and distillery that provides elevated American classics. While you sip a craft cocktail, enjoy dishes like fried brussels sprouts, smashed burgers, gourmet topped hot dogs, sticky rice bowls, and more. Don’t miss brunch to find limoncello French toast, chicken and waffles, smoked salmon benedicts and more.

  14. The Dock
    The Dock in Stillwater

    The Dock, courtesy of Discover Stillwater 

    The Dock

    With one of the best views in town, The Dock offers appetizers, soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, pasta, and more. Enjoy Minnesota classics like wild rice soup, and walleye sandwiches.

  15. The Wild Hare
    The Wild Hare in Stillwater

    The Casablanca Burger and Phantom Menace at The Wild Hare / Andrew Parks

    The Wild Hare

    This dive-bar inspired spot serves lots of gluten free or vegan options and infuses Mediterranean and Moroccan flavors into classic dive bar treats. From cheese curds to yellow curry bowls, The Wild Hare has something for everyone. Don’t miss the creative cocktails and mocktails featuring fresh juices.

    Find some of the top things to do in town or stay in a bed and breakfast or hotel in Stillwater.

Caitlin Hannah

Caitlin Hannah is Explore Minnesota's senior digital social strategist. When traveling around the state, she likes spending time near the water, hiking, antique shopping, trying new restaurants, and watching hockey.