The Happy Gnome

4.5
1051 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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JH
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was ok! Nothing special
I did like the pretzel!

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LO
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

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OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The feel of the space, the food and the service were all great!

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OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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. )

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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VB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good!! Great service!! Great people!! Awesome bloodies!! Great atmosphere!!

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n
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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ON
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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TO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

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

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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a
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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CJ
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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)

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LR
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our server Gena! Food was delicious!

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CO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Happy Gnome is never not Outstanding!

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Sunday Bloody Mary bar!

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AK
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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CR
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as usual! Will be back!

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BK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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PK
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SR
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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d
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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!

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HC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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GF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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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C
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service ...........................................................................................

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MC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our experience at the Happy Gnome!!!

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AA
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. I enjoyed the tacos and cheddar broccoli tots.

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RB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time!
Food and service outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waited more than 5 minutes to be greeted at the host stand.
Requested a table with a little elbow room as we had someone with 2month old, didn’t happen.
Our server was not polished at all and downright rude and clueless at times. She was not good at all.
The food was mediocre.
I have been here many times and had great service and good food. Very disappointed

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