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Happy Gnome

498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727
651-287-2018
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Ranked #14 of 785 restaurants in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Selby and MacKubin
Transit: The 21 drops off right in front.
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English first
Miami, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I didn't eat at the Happy Gnome although the food I observed looked really, really good. I came for the craft beer and was not disappointed. Great craft beer selection with emphasis on local crafts. The bar has a warm feel and the bartenders were friendly and very beer savvy. Definitely looking forward to coming back in the future.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Lucky enough to catch a beautiful summer day, we ate out on the patio where it was just delightful. Hubby had the half chicken with risotto which was delectable and I had a cup of their wonderful tomato with blue cheese soup (pledged we would try to copy it at home) and their mussels. Mussels dish was too many to... More

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Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Been here several times and have never been disappointed! My wife has enjoyed the Duck Burger, and the Poutine is also great. I especially like the Wild Boar entree. The huge selection of drafts are listed according to style and taste, helping you to navigate to your choice. The staff are very helpful and quite familiar with all the menu... More

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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

Great selection of craft beers, good service and good food (although very large portions). The staff were very helpful. I would definitely recommend!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Happy Gnome located in St. Paul has amazing food. They give you very large portions so you will not leave this place hungry. Bring an appetite! However, the food there is really good. They also have their own microbrewery where they brew their own beer. You can eat inside the restaurant but it is a little bit dark inside... More

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Rosemount, Minnesota, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Was surprised and happy with what we found at 498 Selby Ave. We opted for the outside patio, but bar seating and a separate restaurant seating area are also available. Many interesting craft beers on tap. I opted for a flight of five IPA's, a great way to try multiple beers and fun too. The menu is very nicely varied... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Went in here on a recommendation from a server in another bar - very, very busy for a tuesday evening, we only had some local beer but all the food that was being served to tables around us looked excellent, good outdoor area at the rear of the restaurant, all in all a good place to soak up the atmosphere... More

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Estherville, Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We recently stopped by the Happy Gnome last Saturday after the St Paul Saints game. At 10:00 p.m. there were still a lot of people in the bar and patio areas, even the dining room was fairly busy for that late in the evening.Very lively crowd. We were waited on promptly, the menu had a lot of interesting choices. We... More

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a great place to meet friends and have a beer. I love the old bar! Service is spotty. The food is wonderful, but you will pay for it. Wonderful beer selection, but a very short wine list.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Have had the pleasure of visiting this great neighborhood restaurant on several occasions and never been disappointed. The food is excellent and service is courteous and efficient. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends for a quality meal and great service.

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