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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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Today
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 111
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good Food, Good Location, & Great Beer

We went mid-week for lunch in the bar area before a meeting in downtown St. Paul. While the place was moderately busy, the atmosphere was pleasant and we weren't rushed at all. We had heard good things about this place from friends who love their vast selection of beer. They were right! I really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
John G
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Afton, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Afton, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went mid-week for lunch in the bar area before a meeting in downtown St. Paul. While the place was moderately busy, the atmosphere was pleasant and we weren't rushed at all. We had heard good things about this place from friends who love their vast selection of beer. They were right! I really enjoyed a local brew tap IPA,... More 

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Fantastic meal with the Wild on TV and beer sampler. A must hit for any visit to St. Paul/Minneapolis.

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Duvall, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

Went here to check it out for an upcoming group dinner. The Happy Gnome isn't a big place. The bar in front is almost as big or bigger than the seating area in the back. The food was great. Good selection of beers, I had the braised short-ribs and my friend had the game burger. Both of us were very... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went here on a Saturday for late lunch. The place was fairly busy but we were seated right away. Blown away by the beer list! Always helpful when the give a nice description of the beer. Beer was fresh...they keep their lines clean here. The surprise was the food. Best sandwich I have had...maybe ever. It... More 

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avera, ga
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

good food...great wait staff....very loud....neat location...will likely return if business brings me back to St. Paul

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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72 reviews 72 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We were there for the best cider in town. Milk and Honey. The service is great, the food is superb and the ambiance is great for people to have a nice time and fun.

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Hebron, Kentucky
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Had dinner on New Year's Eve here and the staff service and food were above and beyond what I was expecting.

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Wow... Over 70 beers on tap. Win there. The food was good. Not a huge fan of the Fries. I had a cherry infused cider, a stout aged in a bourbon barrel, and a blueberry stout.

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Breezy Point, Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

After a long time trying we finally made for lunch about 1130 in the morning. Not more than a half dozen people. It took quite awhile to get the water, then when the water came our waitress turned and fled. We wanted to order at that point. When she finally returned, I mentioned it to her and she laughed and... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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64 reviews 64 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I like craft beers. I like good food. That must be why I end up at the Gnome so often. The Beer; an overwhelming array of options that change seasonally. Obscure, hoppy, Belgainy, sour, local, seasonal you name it, they have it. This is the place to expand your knowledge and appreciation of the revolution going on in brewing. Try... 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?