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About 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

498 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Selby and MacKubin

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(651) 287-2018

Website:
http://www.thehappygnome.com/

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

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.

Executive Chef:
Scott Brink

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

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Private Dining

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 Happy Gnome Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

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4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
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Cozy (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined a day ago

Very understaffed. Hardly saw our waitress. Food was good.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

really enjoyed the extensive beer selection and the food was very interesting and quite tasty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We live in the neighborhood, but keep the Happy Gnome for special occasions (not sure why).
The food is always great, the bar is cool, and the staff knows their stuff.
Our waitress made great recommendations, and the waiter clearing our dinner plates told us to try the creme brulee, which we certainly did.
No complaints or suggestions for improvements.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great, as always. Great food, great service

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Sort ribs and pizza were excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Heard about this place....came from Los Angeles to visit family for Christmas and the Happy Gnome does not disappoint! Left Bridge beer chocolate biscotti was released on Dec. 20th...we ate on the 21st and that beer was outstanding...chocolate done in a Belgian style. We will be back next time we are here!
Brussels sprouts with pork belly, risotto, and the elk-bison burger were amazing. We also treated ourselves to the creme brûlée.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We really enjoy the unique food at The Happy Gnome. We had a group of 8 and tried many different dishes. People especially enjoyed the Pretzel, Duck burger, Game burger and Brussel Sprouts. We appreciate the array of beer options!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Stroganoff was on the menu and we both ordered it. We needed a vegetable for balance and asked for and got a bowl of wonderful carrots cooked to perfection. Never had better carrots and our only mistake was not asking how they had been prepared. Simple but wonderful and the perfect side for the stroganoff. This is the best place to go if you're on your way to the Penumbra Theatre.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

So many amazing beers to choose from. The best part is you can build your own flight!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We arrived early for our reservation and were very graciously accommodated.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

My friends and I really enjoyed the meal! The cheeseburger was outstanding!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

The house made ramen and egg rolls were delicious. However, the game burger was lack luster.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good food. Good beer selection. Worth a try once - but you'll probably go back again and again.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Hostess seated us right away even though we arrived about ten minutes prior to our reservation on a Saturday night. It was quite awhile after we were seated before we were greeted by the wait staff. Service was better after that. The food was excellent. We had the Duck Burger and BBQ Chicken sandwich. The beer selection is one of the highlights of this place. Lots of places have large beer selections but there are large number of beers here that you really do not find in other Twin Cities area restaurants and bars. Decent wine selections too. The bar area was still packed when let at a little after nine on a Saturday night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual, Great Beer, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food is amazing! Friendly staff. It is a nice place for casual hangouts or for a fancier dinner for 2.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

The night my husband and I dined, Thursday night, was so loud we couldn't even hear each other without yelling. We had a drink and left. Our waitress was very nice and professional. I had dined once before and loved it. It was very unpleasant and very disappointing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Fantastic in every little detail with a troublesome group, us.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The service and food were fabulous! I'm sorry I don't live closer.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our service was great, the shrimp tacos were awesome!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great Beer
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My friend and I met the day after Thanksgiving thinking it may be quiet. The place was bustling with people. I did make a reservation and grateful that I did. We both had the chicken tacos which were spicy and filling. The chicken appeared to be deep fried in a crunchy batter that was delicious. I would go back again and especially in better weather as the outdoor patio was very inviting!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food. Large portions!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great beer and food

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Ramen is amazing -homemade noodles are very special and the homemade broth is a divine.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Seating was immediate with reservation. Noise low enough to enable easy conversation. Wait staff prompt and very attentive. Food was outstanding in taste and arrival. Loved the Fig & Ginger Cocktail. Free dessert for birthday celebration. Would dine there again! !!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Slow slow slow

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great place. Wonderful staff, just a little noisy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great service and glad we booked ahead-it is busy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The Happy Gnome made me a happy gnome. The service and food was great. I will return often!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Amazing self-serve bloody mary bar with every option you can imagine!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I would first like to say that this restaurant should not be attempting to serve higher-end entree's due to the simple fact that there is no separation at all from the very ruckus bar. To add to this problem it appears that the only bathrooms in this establishment is just off the middle of the "fine dining" area. This means that all the bar patrons have to walk through the dining area to get to the bathrooms. How is a couple supposed to enjoy a nice dinner with a good conversation when you have people from the bar coming and going through the dining area?Don't get me wrong I enjoy hanging out at the bar and having a few beers like a lot of people but I just don't think I would want to spend $ 30-35/plate on a meal in the middle of the bar. As far as the food, I'd have to say that my steak was not cooked per my request and the meat was very tough to cut with my steak knife. Also, both mine and my wife's (short ribs) meals were swimming in a very salt-rich sauce? Some sauce would be fine but what are they trying to cover up? I think this place would be fine if your looking to have some excellent beer (huge selection) with a tasty hamburger but definitely a poor choice for a moderately/high price meal and a good conversation. We did ask the hostess and the manager several times to be moved to a different table (we were right next to the bar) but we were told that someone already reserved the other tables? I never knew that a specific table could be reserved using OPEN TABLE but this was the answer I was given? I think perhaps a regular called to request the other table? Lastly, the manager did compensate us for our meals which we appreciated and felt he was very fair after we discussed our several complaints with him.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent service, great food, fabulous beer and whiskey list.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was very good as was the beer selection. The food choices were not extensive but what they offered was good. The place was loud due to Happy Hour in the bar. Parking was a challenge as the restaurant lot was full with Happy Hour patron and the neighborhood on street parking is taken by residents.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was good as always with huge portions. The waitress was excellent! Nice experience overall.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Casual, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food we had was excellent. The restaurant was extremely busy for a Wednesday night, and it was very loud, sometimes hard to have conversation. We've been here before and like the outdoor patio a lot as well.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Loved the beer flight! So many fun beers to try! Paired perfectly with the warm pretzel and spicy cheese!

Great date spot for beer lovers!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good service, good food; we weren’t rushed. Pleasant.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Beer list was out of date- first 3 I ordered they were out of. Food was good.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were seated in the dining section - probably would not have like the busy and noisy bar area but we found The Happy Gnome to be a great St. Paul/Cathedral Hill find. We had excellent service - our waitress was very knowledgeable about both beer and food offerings menu. Very much enjoyed our first visit but it will not be our last.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great service, excellent food.
Would recommend calling for reservations, they seem to always be very busy.

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I had a 5:45pm weeknight reservation for two. When the hostess sat me she made a point of telling me that the tables have been reserved again for use at 7pm. My friend and I made sure we cleared out by 7:05pm but I think that kind of matter can be subtly managed by an experienced server (clearing away the patrons items or presenting the bill and returning for payment). I didn't appreciate being told by the hostess that she expected me to leave in 1:15pm later, before I even sat down. It left me watching my clock throughout the meal.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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