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Happy Gnome

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727 (Selby and MacKubin)
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Open now
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I always bring family and friends, co-workers to this place - it's fantastic! The staff are knowledgeable and attentive. I brought my family who were visiting from the UK this week for drinks, and they declared it their favorite social experience of the trip. The food portions are huge, and with about 90 beers on tap, you're not short of... More 

Thank Nicole T
Hudson, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took an out of town friend here. The Service from Molly was superb! I had the vegetable jucy lucy and let me tell you YUM! I may have to go soon so I can relieve the food experience. The beers were good and again Molly had great suggestions. My only qualm was the bill was a bit steep for... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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419 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located in the up-and-coming Selby-Dale area of St. Paul, this establishment has long been known for its incredible selection of local and nationwide craft beers. More than 50 beers on tap and well over a hundred other beers available by the bottle. The food is pretty good, the atmosphere is very lively, and is busy from happy hour through the... More 

Thank t-bonetraveller
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92 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here twice. I had a daily special beef short rib that was incredible. You also got a soup/salad and beer/wine for a fairly reasonable price based on the quality of food. Would highly recommend going this route if available. I have also sat at the bar and ordered bar food. The broccoli cheese tater tots were great.... More 

Thank Aaron Y
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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58 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Happy Gnome actually has fancy dishes and a wide variety of options. Their menu does not fit what you expect of the bar when you first walk in. It has a great atmosphere and great beer selection. A little pricier than your typical pub but definitely a good place to eat.

Thank 136renaew
Larchmont, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great brunch at the Happy Gnome,sitting in the comfortable outdoor patio. The blueberry pancakes and French toast were delicious, nicely finished with lemon whipped cream. The service was stellar, extremely attentive and friendly.

Thank aultstewart
Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much beer in the Twin Cities and so little time. This lovely little spot makes an efficient alternative to multiple brewery visits. Food is also excellent.

Thank Coprinus
Brampton, Canada
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to hang out and try different craft beers. The beer selection is varied and many options for every beer drinker. The atmosphere both inside and on patio is excellent and the menu is very interesting. A must try is the roasted trout with a side of brussel sprouts - outstanding!

Thank TroubleDeciding
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Get the ramen! I like ciders and they have several to choose from, but the beer selection is even more extensive!

Thank Mnmattdude
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

the atmosphere was very conducive to conversation. It is was not crowded. The service was good. The server knew her stuff. She was respectful and patient.

Thank egreyzdorf

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Restaurant Details

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