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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.
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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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: Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Always 5 stars!

I love this place! Today we had a plethora of fine apps and our fav brews:-). Highly recommend the Gnome ramen with scotch egg, steak tar tar with quail egg and the short rib tacos! Incredible!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Beth K
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love this place! Today we had a plethora of fine apps and our fav brews:-). Highly recommend the Gnome ramen with scotch egg, steak tar tar with quail egg and the short rib tacos! Incredible!

Thank Beth K
Sioux City, Iowa
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was okay, but very pricey for the quality and service. Definitely not a place to go for dinner late = service disappears the later it gets.

Thank John H
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really like the laid-back energy at the happy gnome. The food and service are great and they are always open to letting my customize my meal as I need it. Oh, the drinks are great too!

Thank SophieTRR
Apple Valley, MN
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62 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

MY first visit. Pleasantly surprised. Very good service. Dani did a great job. The food was almost very well prepared except for my elk burger which was tasty, but I ordered medium but was cooked medium rare. The wild rice chicken soup was very good. The other three people in our party had their food prepared very well. Sandwich prices... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love Love Love this place! Yes, it has a ton of beer options but the food is also amazing. The service is also always great. I've gone a few times and have never been disappointed. One time it was taking a while for the steak tartar to come out and the waitress was overly accommodating without us even saying anything... More 

Thank wanderingstacy
Zagreb, Croatia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Happy Gnome is one of our favorite spots in St. Paul for breakfast, lunch or dinner with friends. Great beer selection, paired with fine pub food. We especially like their special beer dinners-beers of a featured brewery are matched by the great cooks with delicious food, while you learn lots about the beers and story of the brewery.

Thank sunshineinmn2015
Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My wife and I have always stopped at the 'Gnome' on every visit to St. Paul / Mpls. The menu is outstanding. The beer may even be better; although that would be hard. The service is always top shelf. A particular shout out to Charles Lovejoy for his professionalism and attention to my wife's Long Island Iced Teas. As always,... More 

Thank Charles M
Walker, Minnesota
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80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We were introduced to The Happy Gnome thanks to a wedding rehearsal dinner.... What a fantastic place! We had to park some distance away but it was a nice walk through a quiet St. Paul neighborhood. Our group was seated upstairs in their beautifully decorated event room. The bar was well stocked, including a nice selection of ciders. Appetizers included... More 

Thank Mary N
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Met a friend here for wine and an appetizer. Not a great selection of reds by the glass is available. The homemade tater tots were a nice variation but the steak tartare was was ok at best although the quail egg was a nice touch.

Thank Sailuver
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Went to the Gnome last night for a big dinner with friends. I always love coming here because the food is consistent! We all had different things and everyone was very happy. I had the cheese plate and steak tartar. The cheese plate was fun with interesting options and great toppings, almonds, figs, and berries. The steak tartar was perfectly... 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
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?