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Happy Gnome

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American, Bar, Gluten Free, Contemporary, Pub
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498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727 (Selby and MacKubin)
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We has a nice dinner outside on the deck. I had blackened salmon sandwich with a mixed green salad and my wife had a mixed green salad with chicken. Both meals were good as was the draft root beer.

Thank David L
Des Moines
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had the upstairs area of this venue where my son and daughter in law had a small ceremony for their marriage, some beverages, and appetizers. My son and daughter in law were having an actual wedding in Paris, so for legal purposes had a 'signing'. The venue was perfect. It was clean and lightly decorated which made it perfect.... More 

Thank Donna M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for a late lunch on a Saturday. It was busy but we got a table immediately. I had the breakfast sandwich, which was fantastic. My friends had the grilled chicken sandwich and salmon sandwich. The salmon was a hit, rave reviews on the sauce! Very friendly service. Will definitely eat here again the next time I'm in... More 

Thank Faith0601
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The old world charm and gourmet goodies on the menu at the Happy Gnome are guaranteed to make your eyes and your tummy quite happy. Seating is difficult during busy times so call ahead if possible. The patio is delightful but it's first come first served only - no reservations. The dining room acoustics may be challenging for those with... More 

Thank witchchick
Iowa City
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62 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We reached 5 minutes early for a 7:30 pm reservation and the tables were not ready. We had a drink at the bar - extensive choices of beer. All 4 of us enjoyed our drinks. Soon enough we headed to the table. We ordered charcuterie and a cheese plate. We were pleasantly surprised to see 2 salmon dishes, a rabbit,... More 

Thank JoshDad
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for a happy hour drink or gathering. Excellent chicken wings done with a tasty rub; otherwise eclectic menu. Great patio for outdoor drinks, lunch, dinner.

Thank Kevin E
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77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped here for a late lunch and the food was superb! It was quiet, the parking was easy, and we got right in to be seated. We sat on the bar side and the service was average but the menu had so many interesting options.... and the beer menu was almost overwhelming with all the choices.... More 

Thank leahastl
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Busy, bustling place. Noisy. Great beer list . Food and service just o.k. had salmon salad with a bland dressing . Also pork chop special, good portion, worth the price but missing more flavor.

Thank JaneRig
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are gnomes all over this restaurant to remind you where you are which is a more upscale bar scene than the Muddy Pig a few blocks away. The food is good and the beer tap list quite extensive with lots of Minnesota beers for tourists from Phila like us to check out. The outside space was a great way... More 

Thank DebJPA
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Made reservations prior to going to a concert at Xcel. Reservations are recommended. Service was terrific. Food was excellent. We ordered steak, scallops, and the Brussels sprouts side. Bill for two...w/bottle of wine was $103.

Thank Shannan L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$29 - $31
American, Bar, Gluten Free, Contemporary, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, 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
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

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