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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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10:00 am - 12:00 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: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Good food, fun atmosphere

While some of the main entrees are pricey, tacos, sandwiches, pizzas and large salads are very reasonably priced. This is a good upscale eatery and is very gluten free friendly. Great local beer selection!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
SmhJes
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Woodstock, Illinois
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Woodstock, Illinois
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

While some of the main entrees are pricey, tacos, sandwiches, pizzas and large salads are very reasonably priced. This is a good upscale eatery and is very gluten free friendly. Great local beer selection!

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The fish tacos were so tasty! The fish was grilled, not fried, and having had an unusually bland version of these elsewhere I was reluctant to try them at this restaurant. No need to worry. They were loaded with flavor and simply splendid. We had good service, prices quite reasonable, and it was pleasant sitting outdoors. Highly recommend.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Gnome has very good food that is fairly priced. Its beer selection is extensive and they are happy to give you a sample to aid in your selection. The staff are friendly and most accommodating. Indoor dining, a tree covered deck, or the causal high tables in the bar, take your pick. I've always had good food, good service... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We enjoyed the large patio. The service was good, and quick. The summer salad, gazpacho, and wild game burger were delicious. The vegetarian juicy Lucy was not so great, kind of greasy and not very flavorful. However, we will return again to try a few more menu items.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We were disappointed. Patio was very crowded and noisy. The food was just okay and pricey. We will not go back

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Happy Gnome has a great beer selection, along with interesting and delicious food choices. We recently tried the patio which is well shaded by large trees with lots of tables. The fence gives it a private feeling as well.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

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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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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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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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?