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Happy Gnome

498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727
651-287-2018
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Ranked #17 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
Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

1. My daughter had to make a trip to Urgent Care after eating at this place. Three days later, we got a call from the Dept. of Health telling us about possible food poisoning at the Happy Gnome. 2. I was with my daughter and friend on the back patio.The service was slow and acted like they were doing us... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have never tasted a soft pretzel so good EVER. It was amazing! I also had some delicious "Moo Joos" beer to wash down my pretzel. Sitting outside on a perfect St. Paul Summer day with an old friend was all I could ask for. Definitely recommend!!!

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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396 reviews 396 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

If you like a variety of beer, distinctive food, an informal setting and excellent service, this is a GREAT place. On a recent Saturday lunch, we split the filafel/humus appetizer which was EXCELLENT. Perhaps the best filafel we've had in the Twin Cities. For entrees we had the "Game Burger (bison et. al) and the brat. Both excellent. Did I... More

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Minneapolis
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Great outdoor patio in a wonderful St. Paul neighborhood. Prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable service. Excellent food with an extensive beer menu!

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The restaurant is in a very old St.Paul, MN mansion. Very nicely decorated, excellent service and delicious food. Entrees, are a little overpriced. They have tens of draft beer and cider. Particularly I recommend the MILK and HONEY Cider, from MN. If you are a cider drinker, this is the most balanced, refined and delicious cider. For the ones with... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great place with good food selection and very good service. Mussels and Ahi tuna to die for. Fair portion size and very nice atmosphere on the patio.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Thanks to a last minute recommendation from a resident we checked out this aptly named restaurant was a great stop. It was full of happy, boisterous patrons across the generational spectrum. It features a staggering listing of craft beers and other alcoholic libations. For newcomers to craft beers one can order 5 glass sampler boards of the various tastes available.... More

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St. Marys, Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you love craft beer and great food, no trip to St. Paul is complete without a visit to the Happy Gnome! They have a bazillion beers on tap. It's an in-depth beer selection, - prepare to be impressed! Enjoy their outdoor patio if the weather is nice. Cheers!

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Decorah, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My wife and I recently ate at the Happy Gnome. Pretty good menu variety which we greatly appreciated. I had a veggie "juicy lucy" which was outstanding. The fries that came with the selection were great,too. Good help from waitstaff as this was our first visit but not our last!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We recently moved to Saint Paul, and we've had a few out-of-town guests. The first thing we do is take them to The Happy Gnome for lunch, and then head down the street for a tour of the Cathedral and/or the Hill House. Despite the magnificence of the church and the impressive nature of Hill House, everyone always comes back... More

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