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The Happy Gnome

4.4
4.4
1056 Reviews
$30 and under
Pub
SAINT PAUL'S OWN GUARDIAN OF GOOD, OFFERING SUPPER CLUB FARE AND EVERYTHING ON TAP

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (651) 219-4233

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Scott Brink

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Emily Brink: (855) 839-4778

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Paul

  • Cross street

    Selby and MacKubin

  • Parking details

    We have a lot right by our building, or there is plenty of on street parking.

  • Public transit

    The 21 drops off right in front.

  • Entertainment

    Sunday Jazz Brunch: live music from 11am-2pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,056 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. B

    Bailey

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Reviewed on December 27, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    The food is SO good. We've been there a few times and always love it.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on July 28, 2019

    overall1foodserviceambience
    Maybe Management Issues? The wait staff outdoors last night was possibly the worst in 10 years of dining across the US. Were we bothering you to ask for a drink, food or bill?
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    This reminded me of Seinfeld episode, “no soup for you”. Our waitress was right to the point and if you breath for a second to think she was gone. Food was alright.
  4. KS

    KarenS

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had wonderful food; all tried different appitizers and dinner items. Shared all, and had plenty to eat. Enjoyed everything. Definitely will be back again.
  5. E

    Elygif

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Fun Brunch patio, with delicious food, and great atmosphere.
  6. JH

    JillH

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    It was ok! Nothing special I did like the pretzel!
  7. EB

    EricB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Excellent choice of beers as always. Went for our anniversary. By the way, they also have a kid’s menu. Had the chicken pot pie. My wife had lemon risotto. Both were delicious.
  8. L

    Ltokeefe

    Key West

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Visiting from Florida, stumbled on this place . Very good food. Unique and very good!
  9. CS

    CrystalS

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    I have been to the Happy Gnome several times and have always had a great experience, but my waitress Sunday morning was terrible, and the soup was terribly salty. It made for a bad experience and I will re-think my next visit.
  10. SG

    SassyG

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional Service! Good was amazing. Our selections included appetizers, sandwiches, a salad and a few desserts. Definately a place we will revisit.
  11. SO

    StephO

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very pleased with our experience here. The food was simple, but very good. The service was excellent and the ambiance was wonderful. We will be back this summer to check out the patio!
  12. SM

    SarahM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the great gluten free options on the menu. The food was great.
  13. JH

    JonH

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The feel of the space, the food and the service were all great!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my third time to visit there, and every single visit was always giving me a great impression. For those who visit the happy gnome, I would recommend trying pretzel and steak tartare. (everything is above average, but those two are the one any place can't show. )
  15. AR

    AshleyRae

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Bloody Mary Bar I think I have been to. I liked that I could sample the mixes because getting one you don’t like is bad news. My only complaint is that I was surprised the cold press coffee was $7. The eggs Benedict was really good. I have eggs Benedict everywhere I go. I’ve been here for dinner as well, and there is a great selection of draft beer which is my fave.
  16. VB

    ValerionB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good!! Great service!! Great people!! Awesome bloodies!! Great atmosphere!!
  17. n

    northernjeff

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I used to visit THG pretty frequently when I lived in the downtown area. At that time I thought everything I ordered was outstanding, I was always looking forward to my next food experience there. This time the meal all four of us had was good, but not at the outstanding level I was expecting. It still a fun place to visit, our server was fantastic, and there is always the great selection of beers and whiskeys. But I was longing to be bowled over by fantastic food, and that did not happen this time.
  18. SL

    SharonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome beer selection! Awesome service! Even more awesome food!!!! We started with the steak tartare, great portion size & really flavorful!! Hubby had the game hen which had a wonderful balance and delicious pesto with a touch of heat. I ordered the lobster Mac & cheese, TONS of lobster throughout, yummy!! We loved everything, and can’t wait to go back!
  19. AL

    AmyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for brunch! Lovely menu and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.
  20. ON

    OutNAbout

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dinner before a show. Good food and service so we were on time.
  21. TO

    TabithaO

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall3food2service1ambience1
    It was very dirty. The carpet was gross. We had poor service.
  22. LP

    LisaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    the food was great. A little loud, but it was very crowded. The only thing was, the waitress. She was rather blah. Maybe she was having a bad day. When we asked questions about the menu it was a yes or no answers only.
  23. a

    alwayshungry

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I've eaten here several times before and always have had really good food. I ordered mushroom pizza this time and was disappointed. Crust was soggy and under cooked, minimal mushrooms, did not like the sauce at all. Good craft beer selection. I will go back but I will never order pizza here again.
  24. T

    Trina

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was so so good. Sad that I could only get one dish because everyone else’s food looked so good too!! Always appreciate being able to make a reservation cuz I hate waiting!
  25. CJ

    CrystalJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy Gnome is my favoriate restaurant. So much so, I got married there! It says “Happy Gnome” on my marriage license!
  26. B

    Brenda

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorites - food is excellent and the service is over the top. It is my go to when I am trying to accommodate a variety of foods (burgers to steak - its all good)
  27. LR

    LauraR

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved our server Gena! Food was delicious!
  28. CO

    CharlieO

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Happy Gnome to celebrate a birthday with family. Food was excellent! Waitress was fun! Beer selection is amazing!
  29. JR

    JenniferR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was really loud. Excellent service. We we're well taken care of and never had to flag anyone down. They continuously refilled waters and cleared the table. We had another person in our partycome unexpectedly and they accomodated us. Great food and beverages.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Happy Gnome is never not Outstanding!
  31. D

    Diane

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Sunday Bloody Mary bar!
  32. AK

    AKAgikamik

    Minneapolis

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at The Happy Gnome made us very happy too! Excellent comfort food with a little flair. And plenty of it. Impressive beer and whiskey/scotch list. Friendly, excellent service. Welcoming, upbeat ambiance.
  33. CR

    ChristinaR

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as usual! Will be back!
  34. BK

    BobK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, but we had a particular diner who was unhappy that the menu available online did not match the actual menu available. Selections were fewer, and she had difficult time finding a different option
  35. PK

    PattyK

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extensive beer list, service and ambiance were great. Our food was delicious!
  36. SR

    SeanR

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and drinks without pretension. I have come to count on the Happy Gnome to get it done with style and class. Recommend to anyone who enjoys gourmet food while wearing jeans.
  37. d

    diner

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    This was our first visit, so didn't know what to expect. There is a very casual feel in the front bar area, but the menu has some pretty pricey, upscale entrée items, so it was a strange dichotomy. But the food lived up to its price - very good!
  38. HC

    HaroldC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Nice character and easy to carry on with a conversation.
  39. RP

    RachelP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Fun atmosphere. Had a great Ladies Night in St. Paul.
  40. GF

    GoodFoodAddict

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    They didn't have our Open Table reservation when we arrived and the hostess was rather rude in how she handled it. Rather than smiling and simply seating us in the almost empty restaurant, she just stated "you don't have a reservation" even though I was showing it to her from the app. She eventually gave us a table and we were served efficiently. We had the meatloaf which was over-spiced and too dense for our liking. Not likely to go again.

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The Happy Gnome is rated 4.4 stars by 1056 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Selby and MacKubin

  • Neighborhood

    Saint Paul

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have a lot right by our building, or there is plenty of on street parking.

  • Public transit

    The 21 drops off right in front.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Scott Brink

  • Entertainment

    Sunday Jazz Brunch: live music from 11am-2pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (651) 219-4233

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Emily Brink: (855) 839-4778

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