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Happy Gnome

498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727
+1 651-287-2018
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of specialty beers. Check out the menu, nice selection. Bar that can accommodate requests. Large portions, may want to plan a "box". The really nice thing here, is they are busy, (very) but they have a fully adequate staff. Lots of people around if...More

Thank Fluffy052
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stop into the Gnome a few times a month whenever we are in St Paul. The bar has such a great atmosphere and the food is definitely a step up from normal bar food.

Thank janiceah
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Happy Gnome has an extensive selection of craft brews - local, regional and international. The menu is spectacular. I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Steak Tartar, Beet Salad are both favorites. I just had their "Ramen" dish that features...More

Thank LM E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met friends in the area and ended up in this restaurant for a light dinner. What I liked about the restaurant is an unexpected and interesting menu, even if it was rather expensive for the atmosphere around. We stayed in a common area downstairs,...More

Thank Lovecomforttoo
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We met some friends for dinner on a Thursday evening. We had not been here in years, so it was nice to visit and old favorite. To start, we went with the pretzel and the broccoli/cheddar tater tots. The pretzel was a good quality pretzel,...More

Thank bigdaddy73
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Seriously good food in a great area of town. Can’t ask for much more! The beer selection is impressive too!

Thank Becca C
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We were at the Happy Gnome a couple of months ago for a wedding reception which was held upstairs. It was a bit tight with the 50 or so people there but they had a small bar, pretty good food and a space big enough...More

Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Pretty cool restaurant with an amazing beer selection. Food prices are a little high though... seems like the price point is a little off.

Thank Michael N
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This is one of our favorite local restaurants. The food is always superb and the service is great. The menu rotates somewhat seasonally and the changes are always good...the staples are also great.

Thank sgtkj
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Tried this pub because the reviews were so good, and was not disappointed, went on a dreary, rainy day, so appreciated the cozy, friendly atmosphere. Food was awesome. We sat in the bar area, but they also have a quieter dining room.

Thank LakeCountryMom
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Carly F
19 November 2015|
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Response from Mary N | Reviewed this property |
Hello! I attended a wedding rehearsal dinner at the Happy Gnome last month. They have a fantastic space on the 2nd floor for special events---full bar, large dining area, very classy space. I believe there were 35 people... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727
    (Selby and MacKubin)
  • Public Transportation: The 21 drops off right in front.
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: +1 651-287-2018
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