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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: Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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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
Better than I expected!

I was really reluctant to visit, because it's a bar, and I generally cannot stand bar food or beer. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. They had a delightful selection of lambics and Belgian ales, which suited me, and the food was outstanding. The four of us sat outside and ended up getting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
Meg S
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

I was really reluctant to visit, because it's a bar, and I generally cannot stand bar food or beer. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. They had a delightful selection of lambics and Belgian ales, which suited me, and the food was outstanding. The four of us sat outside and ended up getting a bunch of appetizers to share. I... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Happy Gnome is another Selby staple which makes for a fun night out. If you are going for dinner, wait for a table, it beats stilling on bar stools which are just not a fun way to eat. The menu was quite impressive. They even had a fancy cheffy card printed with the special. A nice touch. We had a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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598 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I have been here a few times, but met a friend here recently for drinks and decided to have dinner. Their beer selection is great and I always forget how eclectic the menu is. I went with the chicken sandwich that was a bit messy to eat but tasted great. The dining room gets pretty loud with all voices echoing... More 

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Went early afternoon with family. Tried a variety of drinks---some not to our taste but interesting. The food was outstanding. This was our first time here, but would definitely go back.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The beer selection is fantastic and continually changing. The beer menu is organized by type, so it makes it really easy to find something you'll like. The food is really good also, The game burger is my favorite. It it's an elk and bison burger with blue cheese. The drub rubbed wings are also great. If it's nice out, make... More 

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Mondovi, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is not a place for fussy eaters. Dish ingredients make for some very interesting entrees. Service was excellent. Great out of the norm selection of beers on tap. Only negative is the parking.

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Hastings, MN
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Great for groups, but call ahead first! At least a day or more! Good variety on the menu, casual atmosphere and a bit noisy, but worth it. Fun and interesting beer options, too!

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Columbus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The service I had there was fantastic. All staff behind the bar helped my brother and I while we had a drink and app. Unique trendy flavors with a great bar selection.

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Aurora, Colorado
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

e been to the Happy Gnome twice now and I can easily say it's a favorite. Too bad I live in another state. The Happy Gnome has a plethora of beers on tap that constantly change. They also serve Rye, Whiskey, and Bourbon. But if those are not down your alley, you can always rely on their full bar. I... More 

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Spring, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The menu is unexpected, with not your usual fare. Duck pot pie, for example, also duck burgers and wild game burgers just to name a few. The duck pot pie and lobster mac & cheese were fantastic. They had a wide selection of craft beers and knowledgeable bar staff and very attentive wait staff.

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Additional Information about Happy Gnome

Address: 498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727
Phone Number: 651-287-2018
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
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
Average Prices: USD 29 - 31
Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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