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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)
+1 651-287-2018
10:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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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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Eagan, Minnesota
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83 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Before the food, let's talk about our server (Sophia). Sophia had full knowledge of all food and drinks available, and had great suggestions. My daughter is gluten and lactose intolerant. Sophia took care of that in a heart beat. Then after dinner she suggested the Rice Cream Brulee that was not even on the menu for my daughter. My daughter... More 

Thank Larry L
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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261 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I liked the Bloody Mary bar here. Food was a little different, I wasn't a huge fan, but other people in my party really enjoyed it. Staff was very friendly.

Thank tif316
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Anytime of day, the Happy Gnome is a great place for food and drinks. Especially for beer on tap. Amazing selections.

Thank Thuy T
Stillwater, Minnesota
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76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I've been to this restaurant many times, and have never been disappointed - and my latest visit was no exception. Starting with our cheerful and personable server and a wonderful stout on tap, I finished with a very tasty blackened salmon sandwich. It was done perfectly, with an impressive balance of spices for just the right amount of heat without... More 

Thank Jim K
North Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The Happy Gnome, bar or restaurant section, offers a variety that includes plenty of choices of both food and beverage.

Thank dzingrant
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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470 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Nice beer selection on tap! I order a lot of corned beef sandwiches. And this one was terrible. The beef was SOOO FATTY like it was smeared in grease! UGH. the bread was very bad too. There was no good part to this sandwich. I cant believe I even ate half!! Bartender was nice. That is a plus.

Thank ilovecorndogs
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Mussels were delicious and I liked the vibe of the place. A good place to go with friends. There was an hour wait to sit down so we mingled at the bar and a few drinks. the drink menu is very large and they have some good wine and beer selections.

Thank Brandy F
Burnsville, Minnesota
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Our server was exceptional! We had one gluten free person with us and she and my son wanted to share two items on the menu. She heard this and brought out the two plates with the food already split with the buns on the side. Really impressed us! She helped make the trip worth it. We would go back again.

Thank mcckirsty
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Where to start?! Who is the star here; the drinks or the food? They excel at both. Get a sampler flight of 6 beers from their extensive beer list, or ask for a wine recommendation from a great selection of choice wines. The food here never disappoints. I've loved everything I've had from the duck burger to the ribeye steak.... More 

Thank travmantoo
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107 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 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

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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, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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?