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Happy Gnome

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American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub
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498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727 (Selby and MacKubin)
10:00 am - 12:00 am
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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
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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267 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plenty of choices on the menu and not your usual fare. We had great service out on the patio and the brick fireplace added to the ambiance. Everyone in our party liked the food they ordered, stuffed whole trout, fettuccine with chicken, burger topped with spare rib meat. I ordered the poutine which is one of the best I have... More 

Thank just1backpack
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a reservation although it wasn't necessary. They have an extensive local beer list, My husband and I split the dry rub wings and poutine, while I also enjoyed the corn chowder. The buffalo sauce side on the wings was a hit with my husband and I loved the fresh corn in the chowder. He like the andouille sausage... More 

Thank Madilujen
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here with friends last Friday afternoon. Weather was nice enough to sit out on the patio. Their spicy Bloody Mary is fantastic. They have a very large craft beer selection. They weren't able to serve burgers since the grill was down that afternoon so we ordered apps. House made pretzel, tater tots and the pizzas were all very... More 

Thank Jeanette A
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was too spicy for my taste here today! The patio is very nice and our server was pleasant, but I honestly couldn't even finish the chicken sandwich with fries. The tatter tots were reliably good, as always.

Thank SJLaddTravel
Portland, Oregon
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207 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We shared the chicken sandwich which has chimichurri and chiles and is loaded with flavor with a side salad of heritage tomatoes with burrata. They do charge an extra $3 for the salad but you would pay that much just for the rather large piece of burrata. Very good and fresh. Patio is lovely and the beer selection is very... More 

Thank Pdxgirl2015
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outdoor patio made for a perfect evening dinner. Food was beyond amazing & you could tell the chef put a lot of effort into making the food look/taste great! Everything was wonderful.

Thank Nicole S
Roseville, Minnesota
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, it finally happened! Our oldest son got married and the upper level of the HG was the site of the wedding dinner. Lots of planning and the results were wonderful. Guests from Australia, New York City, Los Angeles, our Southern States, not to mention Minnesota and Wisconsin were wined and dined and not one compliant was heard. The upper... More 

Thank Thaddeus W
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94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Over rated for what ya get for drinks and food. Food was not very flavorful, was bland. Parking is bad, atmosphere is very loud, crowded and poor surroundings. Didn't care for the place.

Thank VW2017

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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, Contemporary, Pub
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, Local cuisine, Large groups
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?