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Happy Gnome

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American, Contemporary
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498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727 (Selby and MacKubin)
The 21 drops off right in front.
651-287-2018
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 86
    Very good
  • 16
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Beer, Friendly Staff, and better than expected food.

Great Beer, friendly staff, and the food is better than I expected. I highly recommend getting reservations if you are looking to go on a weekend night though.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
JKTEC10
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great Beer, friendly staff, and the food is better than I expected. I highly recommend getting reservations if you are looking to go on a weekend night though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This plane has the best whiskey selection in the area! They don't just stock Scotch. They have a great list of rye, bourbon and whiskey from around the world.

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Jackson, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I was introduced to this place by a friend. While it is a little upscale for the type of place I normally go, the food was amazing. If you are truly a foodie....make this stop.

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Minneapolis MN
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The place to go if you love beer. Even my wife can find a beer she likes here. The food isn't fancy, but it's very good and you can generally find something for everyone in the party - my personal favorite is their mussels - great as an appetizer but also a great meal if you are by yourself and... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

What a great little spot tucked away in a beautiful neighborhood. Fantastic beer list and good bar eats. Try the lobster cod dogs.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Great first visit to the Happy Gnome! We don't venture to St. Paul often, but it was worth it. A HUGE selection of craft beers, nice outdoor patio (except for the bees) and the staff was friendly. We shared a pretzel, a lobster roll and the rabbit tortellini. Everything was great, but the tortellini really blew us away - we'll... More 

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Great place, just not my kind of place. I am not huge beer drinker and was hoping for some winter freezing my butt off cocktails. Alas the beer crowd was very happy.

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Woodstock, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

While some of the main entrees are pricey, tacos, sandwiches, pizzas and large salads are very reasonably priced. This is a good upscale eatery and is very gluten free friendly. Great local beer selection!

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The fish tacos were so tasty! The fish was grilled, not fried, and having had an unusually bland version of these elsewhere I was reluctant to try them at this restaurant. No need to worry. They were loaded with flavor and simply splendid. We had good service, prices quite reasonable, and it was pleasant sitting outdoors. Highly recommend.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Gnome has very good food that is fairly priced. Its beer selection is extensive and they are happy to give you a sample to aid in your selection. The staff are friendly and most accommodating. Indoor dining, a tree covered deck, or the causal high tables in the bar, take your pick. I've always had good food, good service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727
    (Selby and MacKubin)
  • Public Transportation: The 21 drops off right in front.
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: 651-287-2018

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?