The Happy Gnome
The Happy Gnome
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The Happy Gnome

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thehappygnome.com/
  • Phone: 6512872018
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Brink
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our upstairs Firehouse Room is a beautiful, unique space that can be intimate for a smaller dinner group or perfect for a wedding reception. The Firehouse Room has its own bar, facilities, and views of the cathedral. With large windows and a fireplace, you found the perfect venue. The upstairs is not handicap accessible.
  • Private Party Contact: Dan McHale 6512333340
  • Entertainment: Sunday Jazz Brunch: live music from 11am-2pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Selby and MacKubin
  • Public Transit: The 21 drops off right in front.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a lot right by our building, or there is plenty of on street parking.
A word from The Happy Gnome
The Happy Gnome is known for our extensive craft beer selection. Cited as one of the top places in the world to have a beer, it"s an easy decision on where to go. What many don't know is that beer is only one aspect of this neighborhood restaurant. The Happy Gnome's executive chef Scott Brink creates seasonal, fresh menus. With a great location, rotating craft beer selection, and chef-driven cuisine, it's about time to come visit The Happy Gnome
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The Happy Gnome reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Great food!
    BonBonVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Had the meat pizza and the guys loved it. Also the steak tartar! It was done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great "Bar" Food in a great bar!
    ELRoch
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    We went to The Happy Gnome for the extensive beer list and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food as well. The duck burger was phenomenal, something I'd never had before, and the pizza was some of the best we've ever had. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time patron and would go back
    SuburbanFamily
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    I didn't check the upstairs since there was a private party that seems like a nice option!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Gnome always has an interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    The Gnome always has an interesting, changing seasonal menu. Bloody Mary bar and Jazz on the patio on summer Sundays make for a nice weekend treat. The beer list is unmatched in the Twin Cities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was spectacular. It was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Food was spectacular. It was wonderful to just look at the menu. The ambiance was fun and energetic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere for casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Great atmosphere for casual eating and enjoying a few good beers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Beer in a Great Location
    Alex
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    The menu is very unique with a variety of dishes. The beer selection is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a group of 7 of us
    Deanna
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    We had a group of 7 of us and we had fantastic service...great waitress. Getting our dessert took quite a while but the food was good. We all tried something different and everyone enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of our favorite places
    Scott
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    One of our favorite places in the Twin Cities. Comfort food with a twist.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small Portions, Distracted Server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    I have had fantastic food here before. Though the food was great this time, the portions were tiny! I had a teeny-tiny salad and a teeny-tiny piece of cheese to share - all very good, just not very filling. Also, the server seemed distracted and wasn't very engaging. I would still recommend the Happy Gnome as a fun place to go if you're looking for something a little different.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have visited Happy Gnome
    Lindsay
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    I have visited Happy Gnome on several occasions. Two things disappointed me this time. The bottle of wine we ordered "wasn't found" and we chose a new one. My pizza was more than a bit bland. The crust also needed some work.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neighborhood diamond in the rough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Overall a very good experience. The food was decent, the tartare and the burger were amazing, but the poutine was not what we expected. There was a herb that over powered the whole dish and that's all you could taste. Not very good. The service was good, however a bit on the slow side. I am guessing she had tables in another section other than the bar, or at least I hope so. I would definitely recommend this place, and have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needed a place for lunch and
    wvujenny72VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Needed a place for lunch and went to OpenTable to find me something new. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our lunchtime meal. I had the chicken sandwich and he had the rueben. His remarks were: "Now THIS is the Rueben I've been waiting to taste!". He loved it! I loved the flavorful chicken complimented by three cheeses, bacon, avocado and a spicy aioli sauce. The beer menu is extensive and awesome and has something for everyone. We both love dark beer - I tried the New Holland Dragon's Milk and he tried the Left Hand Milk Stout. Both yummy. His was creamy and mine had bite. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing beer selection, yummy
    ckmajh
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Amazing beer selection, yummy food, and a fun place to be. Server was just okay, but everyone else was very helpful and friendly. Would like to sit outside when the weather gets warm!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Easter Brunch experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Great Easter Brunch experience. Outstanding and attentive service. I did not care for the Southern Breakfast. The sausage gravy was bland and gelatinous. And did not look appetizing. Others in my party loved the food and we all enjoyed the Bloody Mary bar! Don't miss the orange scented pancakes......yum.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great place to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    This is a great place to go for small groups. The dining room is small. The food is delicious. I definitely recommend reservations. It is very busy and fills up fast. It is very crowded on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great beer selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    I have been going to the Happy Gnome for years, they have an excellent beer selection, great patio, great staff, I love the bar. I usually only go there to meet up with friends for a couple beers, this time we had dinner - I had the veg pizza and Brussel sprouts w/bacon- neither were good. I would not order either again. Loved my beers though!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed a wonderful selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Enjoyed a wonderful selection of beer and wine! The poutine was to die for! And the duck burger was out of this world!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the Happy Gnome!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Love the Happy Gnome!!!! Brunch on the weekends is fantastic. This time around I tried the baked French Toast which was delicious and my friend had the BELTA which was delicious. Live music is a nice touch for Sunday Brunch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    We greatly enjoyed our brunch. We started with an "appetizer" of housemade bacon (amazing) while we waited for our friends. The Bloody Mary bar alone could have been breakfast but we did order entrees. My 'vegetarian' eggs rancheros benedict were SO delicious! Everyone was happy with their meals and the service as well. I highly recommend for brunch! And they gave me a free dessert (not that I really had room for it) for my birthday :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our third time to
    JoJoPotato
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    This was our third time to the Happy Gnome. We have enjoyed everything each time we went; this visit was no exception. The menu was great and the beer selection is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had 2 friends come in for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    I had 2 friends come in for a visit. The staff was appropriately attentive, not hovering, but always available. Our waitress did an excellent job, both putting up with 3 jokers out for an evening of enjoyment, but also with beer recommendations. The kitchen delivered 3 entrees that were expertly prepared, appropriately sized, plated very well, and that tasted fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable Gnome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Have yet to have a bad experience at the Gnome, whether upstairs in the more elegant space, in the main seating area downstairs or at the bar. The food is always very good and the whiskey list is as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have never been, loved
    Forty9plus
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    We have never been, loved the craft beers and our food was very unique and good. We sat in the back of the restaurant on the main floor, next time would probably enjoy teh bar area or outside in the summer better, but the restaurant was fine- just very chilly next to the window.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Beer Selection! Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Great Beer Selection! Food wasn't very good & the restaurant area was really loud. I would go back, but just for the beer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great beer list!
    astrobotVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Wonderful beer list! Kitchen open until 11:00 pm, which is late for around here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed the Gnome for beer and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Great beer list on tap and in bottle, something for everyone.Beers listed by type(hoppy,dark,pale, new, Belgian etc) Food is eclectic, combination of typical bar food(wings, dips and fries, etc) but very good foodie menu too. Bison-elk burger superb, great salads, good pricing, and fun atmosphere. We ate early before a hockey game on a Sunday, might be louder on a Friday or Saturday evening. Our server knowledgable and attentive without being clingy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the best in the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    The food was good, but not worthy of being one of the best in the city. I read that the restaurant is one of the top places to go, but I didn't feel like it should be given that title as I didn't feel like the food was worthy of such a high regard. It was average. It was a great place though. I loved the atmosphere. Parking was hard, but that's St. Paul for you. It took a long time to get our table and we had a reservation also.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We keep going back, even though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We keep going back, even though it's a bit of a drive. The beer selection is the best that we have found in town and the food always impresses me. The beer flights are a great way to start making a dent in the options. The meatloaf is unlike any meatloaf I have ever had before and I will definitely be getting it again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quick service, table was ready,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Quick service, table was ready, server informed of menu and beers. Food was very good and interesting. Would go back. Only negative, the 3 cheese plate was rather small for the price
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for larger group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Good meals with easy to share options. Desserts were ok, but not fantastic. Good ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent selection of "craft"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Excellent selection of "craft" brews, food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    anna11claire
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    The surly beef rib was great as was the rest of our food. The service was amazing. The bar was packed but we were seated immediately at a nice table because of our reservation. A really fun night for us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food & beer. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Excellent food & beer. The dinner room upstairs was elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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  • A little brighter please?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Overall excellent experience. The only criticism is the lighting upstairs where we ate. It was so dark, we could barely read the menu. We four had to get our iPhones out and use the light to read the menu. Other than that, great night, and excellent food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    The Happy Gnome is one of our favorite places for Sunday brunch. The lamb sausage benedict and the baked French toast are our favorites!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely date night at the Gnome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We had another great meal at The Happy Gnome! Whenever we eat here, we tend to just order small plates to share. The PEI mussels were tasty, and the Surly short ribs were perfectly done. We decided to throw calorie-caution to the wind and order the lobster mac and cheese. There were plenty of lobster pieces throughout, not to mention the welcome addition of asparagus within the dish, and micro greens on top! This seemingly small portion was very rich, flavorful, and filling! We had our wedding reception here in 2011, and upon each return trip, we remember why!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    My husband and I went to the Happy Gnome for the first time for his birthday. On OpenTable I requested a quiet table and we were seated upstairs at a cozy spot by the fire. It was dimly lit with candles, great ambiance. We enjoyed a premium beer flight and tasted some great beers- the selection was extensive and well categorized. My husband had a wedge salad and duck burger and raved about it. I had beet risotto- so delicious. The portions were generous and the price seemed right on for food of that caliber. Our server was friendly and attentive and but didn't hover. We went at 5pm and the downstairs was already packed but the upstairs was quiet with only a few tables occupied. A lovely night and I would recommend the Happy Gnome to anyone.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The happy customer
    Lemonfresh
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    This was our first visit to The Happy Gnome, and our entire group was happy with their beer selection and food. The game burger was excellent, as was the panacotta and creme brulee for dessert. The beer list is so lengthy, anyone can find something that exactly suits their taste. Our server was fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly, and stopped by at just the right times. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Wonderful food, great service! We look forward to checking it out again when the patio dining is open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate