The Happy Gnome

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The Happy GnomeThe Happy Gnome
BA SCORE
97
world-class

88 Reviews
Reviews: 88
Visits: 132
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 76
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

498 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102-1727
United States
phone: (651) 287-2018

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Place added by: tavernjef on 12-10-2005

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Reviews: 88 | Visits: 132
Reviews by WYVYRN527:
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This was my first visit to the Gnome. I've heard great things about this establishment for some time and decided to check it out. The backround music is at the perfect volume. It doesn't drown out conversations and it's not too quiet where it can't be heard. It's a busy place, and I can understand if it takes a few moments for the server to arrive. The upstairs dining room is very nice. It's like i never left my own dinner table. When I saw the beer, wine, and sprits menu I was amazed. The Happy Gnome has a great selection of draft and bottled choices. Domestic crafts and Belgian ales are the highlight of the menu, along with a great selection of single malt Scotch whiskies.

Met a few friends and sat upstairs at a table. The servers were there within minutes to take our orders. I had a few glasses of Surly Darkness, and it was poured for me in the proper glass and at a reasonable volume. I didn't have a chance to try the food, but the two people I was with were both very enthusiastic about it. For the beers available, the prices were very reasonable, depending on the size of the serving and the availability. This place for me was a great experience, and I plan on going back many times in the future. (1,220 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Lukaduke612
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place is a must-stop! Great whiskey and beer lists. They always have a few (good) taps on nitro. Plus... their duck burger is by far the best burger I have ever had in my entire life! By far. Make sure to not skimp on the cherry aioli, either. (248 characters)

Photo of Chucker17
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BigAl18
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of djhowell
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of chrisjws
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dj1931
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BigBry
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of eawolff99
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of will1256
4.86/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Some of the best food and beer available in St. Paul, but spendy! (65 characters)

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Vonerichs
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Hell yeah, this place is pretty awesome. Very clean and neighborhood local bar feel. The bar is very large and provides a friendly, warm seating atmosphere.
Food was fantastic and reasonably priced.
Extensive draught list with tons of local options. Beers also reasonably priced.
The bartender was very attentive and friendly despite a busy Wednesday night.
A definite must stop if you're in the area. (411 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BDeibs
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jlabs
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

They have 77 rotating craft beer taps and their turn over is fast enough that the taps remain fresh. They back the taps up with 30 or 40 bottled beers. I am in a rut and have been eating their angus cheese burger every month or so for the past three years - it is that good. The crowd can get loud but not oppressively so. Their charcuterie plate makes a nice after work snack to wash down with a few craft beers. If you stay long enough, try their dinner menu - its excellent. (478 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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The Happy Gnome in Saint Paul, MN
97 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.