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Happy Gnome

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, 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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Portland, Oregon
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204 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Happy Gnome is energetic, has delicious (and healthy!) food, and great drinks. From the minute you walk in, there's a positive vibe. It's hip without being hipster - that is, young and old alike feel at home here. There's not a thing that I can say negative about the Gnome, except that it is not a large place, so... More 

Thank JMMEagan
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4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The menu didn't look very appetizing, and when I finally decided on a cheeseburger that was a mere $13, which might have been the cheapest thing on the menu, I expected every dollar back in flavor. Nope. Want regular, hipster-free food? Try the Nook or pretty much any other restaurant or bar. Nice atmosphere; beer selection is decent, but nothing... More 

Thank John S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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153 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Selection, selection, selection. Huge number of beers. Good is quite good, better than bar fare. Only downside is this place is always packed and parking is a nightmare. Get there early if you want any place in the bar area and make reservations for dinner.

Thank David M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Again a great brunch! Destihl smoked sour and a chorizo omelet. The omelet has a generous amount of chorizo. Happy Gnome is my go to Sunday brunch place as I know the food will be great and the beer selection wide and varied to match whatever I feel is appropriate for the day.

Thank curmudgon3216
Denver, CO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch. The bacon and cheddar tots and fresh mozzarella on the salads/pasta were our favorite items. My dad also said the iced tea was the best he has ever had (and he drinks a lot of it).

Thank HMDenver
Fredericksburg, Texas
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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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 Options, 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
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?