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Happy Gnome

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1727 (Selby and MacKubin)
+1 651-287-2018
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 10:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Rochester, Minnesota
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We thought this bar with 89 taps would be more of a bar scene... nope a sit down restaurant. I would highly recommend reservations. We just happened to walk in when someone else canceled their table. We enjoyed the food and beers, but it was not what we were thinking.

Thank tara h
Ottawa, Canada
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114 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Met up here with some friends in St Paul. Great service, cool atmosphere, amazing tap list. We were staying in downtown Minneapolis but our friends live in the St Paul area. This was definetly worth the cab ride. I'd you love craft beer and good food I'd highly recommend this place!!!

Thank roadtripgirl84
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1,020 reviews
805 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 926 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing beer selections of more then the run of the mill choices. Top notch beer paired with great food. Best homemade pretzel ever! Above average cheeseburger with hand cut fries. Lamb chops were huge and delicious. Service was very good. Great vibe and an eclectic crowd.

Thank PlanetR
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for happy hour---had the awesome fries and BIG bowl of mussels. Had a nice variety of beer and cocktails.

Thank Ellebb
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At least for Friday nights! Had to take an early (5 p.m.) reservation in order for 5 to get a table. When we left, the line was out the door. Love the broad price range for the menu. 2 of us went for the duck burger, made with wild rice, goat cheese, bacon and cherry aioli. Yum, but so many... More 

Thank Anniversary_minded
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We like to sit at the bar when we go out for dinner vs. the dining room. This place is always busy so we wait for anything to open in the bar. If you want the dining room book ahead in open table! Great craft beer selections and NA options. I had the Basil Lemonade which was very refreshing. My... More 

Thank Lisa P
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

This is my favorite place to go for beer in St Paul. Always a wide selection. Many food options, appetizers to full meals, or just dessert. The fries are excellent. Patio is great in summer.

Thank Jen C
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at a B&B about 3 blocks from the restaurant and had a birthday dinner there. Food and service was great. Had a wonderful seafood bisque which was superb. This place has a small dining room so reservations are recommended. We had a concert to attend and in order to get there on time, we had... More 

Thank Barbara S
Eagan, Minnesota
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83 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Before the food, let's talk about our server (Sophia). Sophia had full knowledge of all food and drinks available, and had great suggestions. My daughter is gluten and lactose intolerant. Sophia took care of that in a heart beat. Then after dinner she suggested the Rice Cream Brulee that was not even on the menu for my daughter. My daughter... More 

Thank Larry L
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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298 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I liked the Bloody Mary bar here. Food was a little different, I wasn't a huge fan, but other people in my party really enjoyed it. Staff was very friendly.

Thank tif316

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
American, Bar, Pub, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?