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Happy Gnome

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American, Pub, 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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10:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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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: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Best tap beer selection either side of the Mississippi

Outstanding beer selection and excellent Pub Grub. If you like beer; look no further. Great summer patio. Go early, they fill up by 5pm most nights.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Grant, Minnesota
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Grant, Minnesota
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Outstanding beer selection and excellent Pub Grub. If you like beer; look no further. Great summer patio. Go early, they fill up by 5pm most nights.

Thank Deano1964
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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386 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to meet friends or colleagues after work for a drink; there is an extensive on tap selection that is changed out pretty regularly!

Thank Rachel C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Best selection of beer in Saint Paul. A large menu of whiskey as well. While the dinner menu is relatively short, we saw plenty of interesting entrees. Short ribs are terrific. Service was very good.

Thank senatorsguy
thunder bay ontario
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the ambiance. We went on a Saturday for lunch. They have 89 craft drafts so read through and enjoy one of the many awesome choices. Combine it with a few apps or a meal. Many unique choices for both. The duck springs rolls are yummy. They also offer elk and bison, polenta and many more great items. Try this... More 

Thank loungechairlizard
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No matter if you are stopping in for a pint, lunch, or dinner The Gnome is always first rate. Staff attentive, food is fabulous. Burgers and apps are to die for.

Thank irishmom1958
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to try this restaurant for many months and finally found the time as a family to go. The calamari was delicious but our chicken sandwich was not good. The waitress said it was because the chicken was in a brine that it made the meat appear as it wasn't cooked all the way through. It was not a... More 

Thank MJThorne
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why would anybody name their Resturant this stupid name.mputting aside the obvious, I went to this establishment and enjoyed. Very very good meal. They have excellent adult beverage choices including local brews solid stems and fish choice. One of the best I the area far exceeding a vastly overrated La Grolla.

Thank Richminn
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Really good food and friendly waitstaff. We got to this place by recommendation of a friend. We didn't know it was a little more upscale and brought our one year old with us. Had I known, I probably would not have brought her, but everyone was amazing. The waitress even brought one of her child's toys out for ours to... More 

Thank Sambootsboops
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We had two of the prix-fixe dinners (available 4-6 pm). I had the butternut squash soup- which needed more seasoning plus there was no salt or pepper on any of the tables. My husband had apple-blue cheese salad- good, but nothing unique, and contained the standard ingredients for this salad. My husband had braised short ribs for his main course.... More 

Thank Sally M
Edina, Minnesota
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291 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

A bustling pub next door to the iconic St. Paul curling club on Selby Ave in St. Paul. The menu features a great selection of appetizers, salads, burgers, steaks and sandwiches. A buddy and I got together on a week night for some food and drinks. We even went a head an made a reservation (thanks to Open Table) for... 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, Pub, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?