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Happy Gnome

€€ - €€€American, ,
498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727
+1 651-287-2018
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (11 reviews)
“duck burger” (15 reviews)
“camel burger” (21 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The weather was great and the patio in back was really nice to eat in. The bar also looked nice and big, so that option would have been good too. My daughter had the pho and liked it quite a bit. I had the dry...More

Thank Susan J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always greeted by surly hosts who make it plain they are not happy to see you. Wait staff is good, but hosts need a lesson in hospitality. We live within two blocks, but the Surly Gnome is always our last choice.

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner on the patio at Happy Gnome. Long selection of craft beers, with much variety to chose from. Food was delicious! We enjoyed sirloin steak with tiny potatoes, Ahi tuna ramen, lobster mac and cheese and brussels sprouts appetizer. Wait staff was very good...More

Thank 651Retiredtraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was indeed a happy experience for me at the Happy Gnome!! Great selection of local draught beers. I ordered their game burger made with elk and bison because I can't get anything like that where I live in Mississippi. It proved to be an...More

Thank BrandonMS-TripTaker
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Walked to this place from our airbnb. Got a great table outside (which was good as the inside smelled most unpleasant). Our server was really nice and good at her job. My Salmon Sandwich was one of the best sandwiches I had eaten in a...More

Thank jojoishere
Reviewed 7 August 2018

My family recently dined at this restaurant. They have a nice patio so we took advantage of a nice evening and dined outside. The wait staff was superb, fast, friendly and accommodating. They have great appetizers, including the poutines and brussel sprouts with bacon. Their...More

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 11 July 2018

The food was good. There is so much local beer to choose from. The nice thing is that the beer menu is divided: light, seasonal, etc. Patio is shaded.

Thank Christina F
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We were a large party in for a late lunch/early dinner. We had to wait a few minutes but that's to be expected when a tribe walks in unannounced. Service was very good, LONG beer list, great appetizers and the entrees we had were even...More

Thank mike c
Reviewed 19 June 2018

We went there for dinner with some friends and waited a bit longer to sit on the patio and I am glad we did. Beer selection was amazing and the staff was knowledgable if you needed help with which one to get. The apps were...More

Thank Lauren P
Reviewed 10 June 2018

Went here on a recommendation and was not disappointed! The patio is a fun place to sit although a bit noisy. Had the mushroom pizza and my dinner partner had the bacon wrapped duck. Both were excellent! Be prepared to spend a bit more than...More

Thank Gabriella H
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Carly F
18 November 2015|
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Response from Mary N | Reviewed this property |
Hello! I attended a wedding rehearsal dinner at the Happy Gnome last month. They have a fantastic space on the 2nd floor for special events---full bar, large dining area, very classy space. I believe there were 35 people... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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