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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

We had brunch at the Happy Gnome on a Sunday and were happy to get in right away at 10am. We both had the Breakfast Sammie and were really impressed. To go with we loaded up seem Bloody Mary's from the table of goodies and had a fun time. There were 6 different bloody mary mixes to choose from and up-scaled meats/cheeses/olives etc. to add on. Would go again during the morning!

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Made a reservation and our party of 4 was seated in the back which was considerably more quiet than the bar up front where the entrance is located. Service was good, food selections a bit too eclectic for me but everyone seemed to enjoy their choices.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great Food, Great Service and an excellent Bar and Chef!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Tapas, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food. Good service. Ambiance just ok. Very noisy table next to us so had trouble hearing. $70 for 2 burgers and beer. Seemed excessive

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Very professional staff, great atmosphere and tasty food! Very good tap beer selection as well.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Busy night, excellent service and food was delicious

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great dinner..hubby had the house made ramen..exceptional dish..great flavors and big serving..daughter had the lobster Mac and cheese..also very good..just the right size..

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great beer list with over 50 taps of craft beer. You can order beer flights of 5 if you want to tour the beer list. The food is comfort chic/high end bar fare. They do a great job of refreshing the menu pretty regularly, but keep some of the favorites year round. Check out the Game Burger or Duck Burger.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Two levels allow you to pick your noise level. Good food with unusual menu options. I had the duck burger and loved it!

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Oregon relatives here for Super Bowl. Restaurant accommodated two small children and one accessible seating very well. BIGGEST asset of this restaurant is the HUGE craft beer tap menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I was there for brunch with some family members who were in town for a few days. Haven't been here in years but will certainly be returning very soon and very often. The Bloody Mary bar was awesome too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Terrific! There’s no way a cheeseburger should taste that good!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our server was outstanding! My husband was thrilled with the game burger.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We eat there every Friday and they never disappoint. The food and service is always excellent and quick, and the beer list is second to none

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The happy gnome originally hit my radar due to the superb and expansive beer tap list, but more recently I have been coming back because of the food. It is above average certainly, and like their tap list, the food selection has a vast variety of delicious well-sized proportions. Everything is always good or better, no single element is ever less than that.

The back dining area has a lovely ambiance, and has a tolerable noise level on a busy night, the bar is gorgeous, and the large panoramic glass view of St Paul over a rare imported beer is really excellent.

Something you wouldn't expect to be great here and is, however, is their breakfasts. Some of the best in town. Reasonably priced and you can even eat them at the bar with your mimosa or bloody mary.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Casual, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food I got was good. However, the place was noisy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Good food and ambiance

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had brunch on Sunday with some friends, and really enjoyed the amazing Bloody Mary bar! The food we ordered was visually appealing, smelled wonderful, and was really, really good!
We are already planning our next brunch with our friends at the Happy Gnome

Tags: Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Has been a favorite spot of mine for years. Sundays has a particularly intricate and expansive bloody mary bar. Menu changes and I've never had a dish I didn't join. Very expansive beer list that regularly changes. Hosts many events to try different beers/foods.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·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 5, 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great, as always. Great food, great service

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 4, 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 8, 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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 (Minneapolis)·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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 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 2, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 1, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 30, 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 25, 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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food. Large portions!

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