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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
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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
Selby and MacKubin
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Sunday Jazz Brunch: live music from 11am-2pm.
We have a lot right by our building, or there is plenty of on street parking.
The 21 drops off right in front.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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! !!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent shortrib cheeseburger - nice selection of delicious beers - menu should have mentioned that horseradish is an ingredient on the roasted Brussels sprouts (flavor was very pungent and not a happy suprise). Good fresh salads. The staff members were quirky but attentive. I'd try it again.
The night we were there it was so loud in the dining room we could hardly carry on a conversation. This was largely the result of one table of very LOUD young people. Once they left, we could actually carry on a conversation, but we were almost done by then. The food is good, and the server was attentive, but we were getting together with old friends we don't see often. So, keep in mind, if it is a conversation you want, find someplace else.
Hamburger was underdone and obviously cooked with no salt, so no amount of added salt would enhance the flavor. Pretty dull overall. My friends' chopped salads were mediocre. Bread was an extra charge and it was nothing special, just kinda dry white bread. Based on the online reviews, we expected more.
Food and service is wonderful. Went for dinner and sat inside. The noise level was so loud my friend and I had to shout. This means it is a popular place which is great, it just makes it hard to catch up with a friend. Other than the noise level, we had a great experience.
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