The Happy Gnome

4.6
1021 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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PK
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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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HC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 8, 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 8, 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 29, 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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LS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at The Happy Gnome...will be back Thank you:)

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MG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Happy Gnome! Can't beat the food, bloody bar, or the tap selection.

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TK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment. Would recommend making a reservation. The Happy Gnome is a popular place.

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RJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot thank The Happy Gnome enough for continuing to serve the BEST steak tartare that ever was. It's hard to find it at all, let alone a version that tastes as good as yours. Also, thanks to a great waitress, who ran to the lost & found and fished out a pair of cheaters for this blind, middle-aged woman who didn't remember to bring hers!!

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JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Happy Gnome is a gem of a place with an amazing numbers of beer on tap and food to suit any mood you're in.

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c
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I would def recommend The Happy Gnome, although our server seemed bored. Also, I am disappointed that THG is not eligible for Open Table points.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At the Happy Gnome for a birthday brunch. Everyone in the group had a great experience. Food, drinks, and service were fantastic.

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c
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very fun atmosphere. Loved the beer selection and healthy food options.

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JH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were able to get a reservation which was great and we really enjoyed the food. It was quite loud but fun and energetic. Unfortunately, our waitress seemed unhappy and didn’t smile until she dropped off the check. No smiles at the Happy Gnome?! Oh well...we had fun anyway.

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DB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Happy Gnome has good beers and food. They raised their prices a bit which is why they just got a three for value.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Googled restaurants near the Minnesota History Center and the Happy Gnome came up. Huge parking lot a plus. Everyone was friendly, menu super and so was the food. Great place!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were seated right away. Great food and great beer. Good service.

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G
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us had a wonderful dinner. Generous pour on the drinks. Mussels appetizer was a hit. If you like seafood, try the Cioppino - chock full of seafood in a delicious sauce. Docked a star on ambiance because it was very loud.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We started our dinner at 4:30 and it just got louder as the night progressed. We had the blackened Sandwich and the size was cumbersome to eat. It could have been served as a dinner. We liked the baked Brussels Sprouts!

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CR
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not what I expected, but pleasantly surprised. Quite spendy, but tasty. Been there, done that.

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SS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Our server was short and inattentive in the dining area but service was good in the bar. The dining room was dirty and we were sitting right next to the bathrooms and high chairs. Next time we will just eat in the bar.

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JG
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Surly short ribs were good.

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HS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was very kind and accommodating. The food is delicious, I would recommend the salmon sandwich! Only downside is it can get a bit loud during happy hour. During the summer, their patio is great!

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M
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Great place to bring group, kids loved the food. The poutine was so-so. The lobster Mac and cheese was way TOO salty. The burgers and the beet salad were amazing! The drink options were great!

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our reservation was for 6:00 but we arrived quite early; they seated us without a wait which was very nice. The menu had a wide variety of items. My daughter said the homemade Ramen noodles were the best she ever had!

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CK
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun place and great food! Good gluten free!fun atmosphere as well and good Bloody Mary bar and mimosas!

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JS
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu! Something for everyone. Wonderful services.

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AW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the beet salad and the beer and wine list are excellent.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second visit. Food is excellent. Burgers, Chx and dumplings, pizza all quality. Noise level is loud but not obnoxiously so. will be back and have recommended many times.

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V
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great and varied tap list at the Gnome. I have never been disappointed in the food either. It's imaginative, well presented and delicious.

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M
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Everything was great except that it was terribly cold in the dining area. Love the food and service.

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CJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

food was good, nice neighborhood place, not a big fan of Surley beers, chicken wild rice soup had a weird spice - so really didn't care for it. Everyone else in out group liked the food and the cocktails.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the best happy hour experience in the twin cities

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H
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the chicken and wild rice soup. Lovely bar, but you can tuck away in the restaurant half and feel the energy, but still have a conversation.

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was so friendly. Happy hour deals were great. Fun atmosphere. Good food.

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