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Happy Gnome

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American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727 (Selby and MacKubin)
+1 651-287-2018
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun 10:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great set of tappings from Desthil Brewery today! Several of the beers haven't been available in Minnesota before. Always a great place to get interesting beers!

Thank curmudgon3216
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chose to go here before a concert because of the over 70 beers available as well as a solid whiskey list. Had a couple appetizers and really enjoyed the poutine. My favorite beer was the Perennial 17. It is described as having a Girl Scout thin mint cookie finish and wow does it ever! Delicious! I look forward to returning... More 

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm just not into Flintstone portions anymore when I go out to eat. The chicken dish was quite good but I did not need five pounds of polenta served with it. Next time, we'll probably sit at the bar and graze. It's a fun, loud place in a great location with terrific drinks/beers/ciders on tap with huge portions. If that's... More 

Thank kanderson89
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We used to live this place. Great beer selection, fine food, but the service at out last visit was so bad and insulting that we ended up walking out. Don't see us eating in the restaurant again.

Thank BKE687
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Fun, lively place for a friday night gathering. The food was all fantastic, the servers were fast and checked on us often. They even let us just hangout and talk for quite awhile after we finished our dinner, even though they were busy.

Thank bakerygirl2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

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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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

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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425 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 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

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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
US$ 29 - US$ 31
American, Bar, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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: +1 651-287-2018

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