Gabe's By The Park

7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

991 Lexington Pkwy N
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55103
United States

(651) 646-3066 | map

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by kbaker91:
Photo of kbaker91
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4

My wife & I met some friends for dinner last night here. I had been here a few times in the past before & after Saints games down the street. Gabe's was recently taken over by new management & renamed Gabe's Roadhouse, but it is mostly the same place it used to be before the switch.

Pretty run-of-the-mill sports bar atmosphere. The host looked as if we were killing his kids when we asked for a table instead of a booth. The waitress was better, but not by much. Pretty disinterested.

The beer selection is poor, pretty much all macros. The only craft offerings the waitress mentioned (no beer listings on the menu) were Summit EPA & Fat Tire, both of which you can get at just about any tavern in the Twin Cities.

The food is actually pretty good for a sports bar. A step up from your usual sports bar menu, with decent-looking steak, chicken, & fish options. Prices were fair & affordable.

Overall, a sports bar with a better-than-average food menu & a poor beer selection. A decent place to watch a ballgame, but definitely not a beer destination.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BigAl18
2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.25

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of XCBeerDrinker
1/5  rDev -63.4%

Photo of Phocion
2.94/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.5

I have now been to Gabe's about three times, the most recent of which was this weekend when my girlfriend's parents were in town visiting us. Gabe's is only three or four blocks south down Lexington, so we decided to walk down to grab dinner.

We showed up around 5 PM on a Sunday to a reasonably busy restaurant. We were promptly seated in a corner table where a server quickly showed up to take our drink orders, and were then left alone for several minutes. She finally returned with our drinks, took our food orders, and returned after we were finished. Aside from showing extreme disinterest, there was no check-back and an absolute minimum of service overall.

The tap selection consisted of Flat Earth Angry Planet, Clown Shoes Swagger, Summit Sága, Summit EPA, and nine macros. Bottled selection was okay, though overpriced (a $6.50 bottle of Two-Hearted?). I'm really not sure why this restaurant is even listed on this website. Oh well, the Sága was good.

Gabe's is a sports bar through and through. If that's your kind of thing, you may enjoy it. It's not mind. "Atmosphere" is a very subjective rating on here, so I'm being as neutral as possible here.

The food is pretty "meh." Standard off-your-Sysco-truck bar food. Tolerable and relatively cheap, but far from impressive.

The only good thing I can say is that everything was clean and fresh. I'm so used to finding stale kegs, glassware that's not "beer clean," and clueless staff even in beer-oriented places. Gabe's at least didn't have any of that. Well, and location.

If you're visiting the Como Park area, get dinner/beers elsewhere. Selby/Dale is 10 minutes away, as is Roseville, and Downtown St. Paul is only a few extra minutes drive. If you live around the area, go to Half Time; they at least have service that notices you and more than 4 non-BMC tap choices.

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Photo of bucko
2.98/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

I worked a short distance from Gabe's for a number of years and had the pleasure of enjoying beer and food at the place on numberous occasions. Overall, the quality of the food is pretty decent... not very adventurous, but good and consistent. Service has always been decent... not exceptional, but not bad either. The beer selection is pretty poor... Summit & Guinness is about as adventurous as they get. I like Summit EPA, but I can get it anywhere. Not a bad place to catch a bite and a beer, but not at all a beer destination.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

What would the Energy Park neighborhood do without Gabes or Half Time Rec. down the street? Hmm...maybe clean up University Ave and make it worth while to own businesses there again instead having boarded up, abandoned buildings.
Anyways, Gabes is a good place to enjoy some good food, and watch some sports, thats about it.
Let's get the beer thing out of the way, as it'll be short. Nothing to offer on-tap really, the same stuff thats everywhere, Miller, M-lite, Premium, Summit, Leine's Red and Honeywiess, and Bud. Yeah? Only a few more regularly seen options in bottles with Bass, Harp, Heiny, and the marcos.

On to the good stuff - the food; big menu with 15 different appetizers including 3 varieties of quesadillas, all hangin' around the $7 range. Some burger choices, all 1/2 pound patties and around $7. 14 other sandwiches, 8 salad choices, a few pizza, a few pasta, 7 fairly big dinner options that are $11 and up. The "Big Pig" and Walleye Pub sandwiches are their speciality. Lots of options for the sides and plenty of them when on the plate. So its a bit pricey I think for most of the items and nothing to fancy really, but everything is done right here as the food is grubbingly good with good sized portions.

The place itself has much more of a classy feel then most sports bars, and this is a sports bar. TV's in just about every corner, but not overly obtrusive and in your face like some places tend to get. Its large and spead out with a central bar area with the dining areas to either side and in back with the usual smoking and non-smoking sections. Nice open spaceness thats not convoluted with alot of junk like at chain bars, ie., TGIF, Chammps...
The decor here is welcoming with brass rails lining most of the boothes and some of the bar area. Has lots wood half walls, banister poles, and ceiling ascents that are darkly varnished which matches the deep red walls. What room is available on the walls has framed sports pictures, jerseys, and signed things by local sports celebs. But its not all jammed in there its very spread out and easy to take in when noticed. No sports bar would be complete without a huge game room, theirs is situated towards the back with 3 pool tables, some darts, and a whole nother small bar setting with small tables and stools. Gabes also has a good sized patio looking out onto Lexington Ave with a good amount of large trees surrounding the property. They do hold big events here from time to time with tents and stages, moslty evolving around some sort of sporting event or Holiday.

Service is friendly enough and they know the specials and menus just fine, but ask about the beer and they do get flustered for some reason. Probably cuz there's no menu for the drinks and they obviously get asked alot about what they have. Other then that, the sevice is pretty standard for such a big place, slow at times, yes, but when busy, it can be expected.

Definately a classy sports place to visit and to have a good meal at, but hardly a place to go just for a beer.

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Gabe's By The Park in Saint Paul, MN
Place rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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