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The Happy Gnome

Summit - University, Saint Paul
  • This gastropub is famous for their large beer list. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Colin B.
    "Great beer selection -- had some delicious seasonal fresh hop beers"(38 Tips)
    Sophie B.
    "So many beers on tap :D Game Burger tasted really good."(5 Tips)
    Eric B.
    "If you are a beer lover attend their annual Firkin Fest."(3 Tips)
    Lane P.
    "I really enjoyed the Poutine and Chicken Sandwich."(7 Tips)
154 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • burgers
  • firkin fest
  • lively
  • good for dates
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  • Tim V.
    Tim VernaillenMarch 24, 2014
    The amazing amount of beers on tap is wonderful. This in combination with quality food makes it even greater. Try the pretzel, any of the steaks and have the gingerbread as dessert. Will be back soon.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 21, 2015
    duck burger made with ground duck, wild rice, mushrooms, and breadcrumbs, topped with goat cheese and crumbled bacon, served with cherry aioli. served here with chicken wild rice soup.
  • Gemma
    GemmaApril 22, 2013
    Great beer selection. Grab a table near the bar, get a charcuterie plate and a cheese, and be incredibly happy. Look at the description of the last porter on the beer menu!
    Upvoted Jun 24
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineDecember 11, 2012
    Best Beer Selection 2012 - With 76 rotating taps and a kazillion bottles from all over the world, this gnome is a beer giant. Monthly beer dinners and brewer chats for the truly geeked. Read more
  • eryn o.
    eryn oFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Gluten free bread and buns! Staff is knowledgeable about GF and is often really nice about substitutions ("That comes with barley risotto. Want some mashed potatoes instead?").
  • Craig D.
    Craig DurgyJanuary 30, 2013
    A happening beer bar with a neighborhood feel and a touch of class! Right down the block from the Muddy Pig,,,,don't pass up the "two birds with one stone" visit!
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 21, 2015
    bacon wrapped turkey meatloaf sandwich with white american cheese and spicy aioli, served with french fries
  • Blake T.
    Blake ThelenJune 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best place to get a Bloody Mary during brunch on the weekends. The do-it-yourself bar is top notch. Get the bacon infused bloody mix!
  • City Pages
    City PagesAugust 5, 2014
    St. Paul beer connoisseurs flock to this Cathedral Hill stalwart, known for updating its tap beer menu daily. Read more
  • Jerry S.
    Jerry SFebruary 23, 2015
    Popular neighborhood beer pub ("gastropub"). Great selection of draught beers, pub grub. The game burger and Angus cheeseburger are standard favorites.
  • Christina T.
    Christina ThompsonNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bloodies are delish. This is the regular but they also have a Sunday bloody bar that is BOMB
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DowdMay 5, 2011
    Bar seating is very limited but worth the struggle for a great draught beer selection. Lunch specials are affordable but the dinner menu will set you back $25+ per person plus drinks.
  • Erik L.
    Erik LaingNovember 11, 2014
    Well thought out menu and a beer and whiskey menu that is unrivaled. Make a reservation if you can because weekends are exceptionally busy.
  • Eric M.
    Eric MeiningerSeptember 18, 2010
    If you like the style of Dark Horse's Scotty Karate beer which they carry in season, try the New Holland (MI) brewery's Dragon's Milk beer which is more consistently on tap. Awesome!
  • Lindsey L.
    Lindsey LynchOctober 2, 2013
    HG is the 1st and [currently] only venue in the TC to host the hoppy genius of the Green Flash Hop Head Red out if San Francisco; a must try!
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 21, 2015
    blackened salmon sandwith with horseradish havarti, cabbage slaw, and spicy dill sauce. salmon was very salty.
  • Chris W.
    Fantastic beer selection with occasional events that will knock your socks off. The food is incredible, too - order the ramen!
  • Jake F.
    Jake FergusonMay 13, 2016
    Lobster Mac N Cheese was amazing, got it as an appetizer along with the poutine, which is also great.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SheppardJanuary 26, 2016
    Amazing whiskey selection with a "rare and weird" section of the menu for limited releases like Highland Park 17.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The bison and wild game burger are the bomb. A pretty fantastic beer and scotch list as well.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HatfieldJuly 28, 2015
    Love that they provide individual descriptions for each of their beers.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SchultzOctober 16, 2011
    Bartender Steve treats us like royalty. What a guy! Also the great divide yeti imperial stout is particularly good if you like dark beer!
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CoombsNovember 26, 2013
    Just had the sausage stuffed quail! Outstanding and I recommend it for people who love flavor.
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzAugust 26, 2014
    Their pumpkin ale is the best I've ever had. In fact, their selection is pretty impressive overall.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FurbacherMay 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Fried Vegetable Juicy Lucy. It's amazing. Can't go wrong with a Sweetgrass APA. Delicious pairing.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammSeptember 3, 2013
    Awesome beer selection divided up into easy-to-understand categories. Food is delish too!
  • Alex M.
    Alex MayDecember 12, 2016
    Lives up to the gastropub name. Delicious and creative fare, but for a high price!
  • Steve L.
    Steve LafleurSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    76 beers on tap. They're pretty much all at least good, and most of them are amazing.
  • Wyn D.
    Wyn DouglasOctober 24, 2011
    Nice and spicy, but lacking in the tomato/smoke/salty flavor. Stone IPA chaser and midget dills are the distinguishing elements.
  • Lane P.
    Lane PelovskySeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I really enjoyed the Poutine and Chicken Sandwich. Amazing beer selections!
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GantnerJune 21, 2011
    Even though this place is known for its beers, you must try the cheesecake. It is to die for!
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BaxterDecember 19, 2014
    Great craft brew selection. Classy menu choices. Perfect venue for the hipster'esque beer snob.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SchroederAugust 29, 2014
    Amazing beer selection. Good food. Nice patio. Wish prices were lower.
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CerkvenikAugust 22, 2014
    Great friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of brews. Bartenders are helpful and patient.
  • Chhorn P.
    Chhorn PhoMay 10, 2016
    A little bit of meat goes a long way. Great burgers. The putine is a little too much.
  • Amanda
    AmandaDecember 27, 2012
    On Mpls St Paul's list of Insider Eats for a Sunday morning breakfast of Summit Oatmeal Stout and whipped vodka
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyJanuary 24, 2015
    Clown Shoes Space Cake: a delicious double IPA from Massachusetts that'll make you happy.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SmithFebruary 21, 2015
    Extensive beer list, good food, lovely patio in warm months
  • Colin B.
    Colin BarrettNovember 25, 2014
    Great beer selection -- had some delicious seasonal fresh hop beers
  • Brent M.
    Brent MillerMay 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The "Hopswich" dessert with Hop ice cream is worth it! Amazing hop ice cream!
  • Mullica Z.
    Mullica ZudsiriApril 27, 2015
    Loved the lobster roll and poutin! Also nice ciders.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchlesenerJanuary 12, 2013
    The beer selection is amazing. So many craft brewed options!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BivansJanuary 31, 2016
    The baked curry wings are really good!
  • Dagny H.
    Dagny HeimisdottirOctober 25, 2015
    The brunch menu is fabulous. I love the croque madame
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HSeptember 3, 2011
    Interesting, delicious cuisine and an excellent beer selection for us beer snobs.
  • Sarlita
    SarlitaMarch 30, 2013
    Wonderful food, beer selection and atmosphere. Nice service too
  • Eric W.
    Eric WheelerApril 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegetarian? Get the Vegetable Juicy Lucy. Seriously. Do it.
  • Timmy R.
    Timmy RandklevOctober 6, 2013
    Fantastic beer selection and some of the best food I've had. 5out of5stars
  • Claire G.
    Claire GraupmannSeptember 13, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Happy Gnome and Busters on 28th have the same owners. Fabulous beer selection and both have outstanding food! sit on the patio at the Gnome for Sunday afternoon jazz.
  • Sophie B.
    Sophie BellekomJuly 29, 2013
    Awesome! So many beers on tap :D Game Burger tasted really good.
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JohnsonApril 19, 2012
    Try the MN Game Burger. Might be one of the best burgers I've ever had!
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda ShobergAugust 25, 2015
    Always has a robust and impressive list of tap beers.
  • David T.
    David TraffordMay 8, 2012
    Was there Saturday. Great atmosphere and awesome selection of beer, wine and whiskey!
  • Ramon F.
    Ramon FigueroaNovember 25, 2012
    The Game Burguer is the best burger ever! You have to try it
  • Joe M.
    Joe M.November 14, 2012
    You know it's a great place when you can't decide what's better...the food or the beer menu?
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BekerNovember 19, 2014
    Excellent beer selection. Food is pretty good. Great place to come in from the cold.
  • J D.
    J DNovember 20, 2013
    The elk loin was petite, with no side. I would pick something else, it felt like an appetizer.......
  • Tami D.
    Tami DangerSeptember 21, 2014
    The duck burger is bomb dot com. No happy hour though :-(
  • Greta L.
    Greta LindbladJanuary 14, 2012
    Try the Veggie Burger - #veggie juicy Lucy & chicken wild rice soup
  • Jana M.
    Jana MecklerNovember 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good. EVERYTHING.
  • C Z.
    C ZMarch 18, 2014
    i really really like this place, i don't drink, but the food is amazing!
  • Thomas A.
    Thomas AndersenAugust 13, 2015
    Great beer selection. Enjoyed a Size 7 from Steel Toe Brewing.
  • Matt F.
    Matt FlemingJune 7, 2011
    Fun, creative food, and never a bad selection of beer on tap. Read more
  • alli
    alliOctober 10, 2014
    poutine, creme brulee, meat benedict, vege benedict
  • Benjamin Y.
    Benjamin YAugust 9, 2013
    Get their pork belly poutine! Its delicious!
  • Anne B.
    Anne B.November 23, 2014
    Kind of loud! Not a lot of veg options, but the beer list more than makes up for it.
  • Robin E.
    Robin EdmanMay 13, 2015
    Not the place to eat if you are in a hurry. Great place to drink a variety of beers
  • Jason S.
    Jason ShapiroAugust 2, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Inquire about their upcoming Beer Dinners (brilliant multi-course prix fixe dinner paired with beers from a featured brewery); reserve early, they sell out quickly!
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer Lukas-BourgeoisJanuary 15, 2014
    Great steak tartar! Best I've ever had!
  • Dennis L.
    Dennis LindgrenOctober 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Have never had a bad meal here and by far the best beer selection in St. paul
  • Eric L.
    Eric LarsonNovember 2, 2011
    Great beer! Food is eh. But def a good place to bring a chick
  • Adam R.
    Adam RonichNovember 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer. Good menu. The place you should take a girl on a date. If she likes it she's a keeper.
  • Arun D.
    Arun D'SouzaAugust 11, 2014
    Great beer selection! Didn't like the quail though
  • John M.
    John MayFebruary 7, 2015
    Beer geek paradise. Awesome food with a great beer selection.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HatfieldJuly 28, 2015
    Create your own flight: five 5-ounce pours for $20
  • Molly P.
    Molly PDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be careful of the water in the bathroom- it's freakin' hot!!! But awesome beers!!!
  • Dennys B.
    Dennys BisognoDecember 14, 2013
    Excellent food and great beer selection
  • Amy P.
    Amy P.November 15, 2011
    The cheeseburger w/ short ribs and garlic aioli is crave-worthy
  • Eamon C.
    Eamon CoyneFebruary 9, 2013
    Third Street Sugar Shack Maple Stout is great!
  • Jim B.
    Jim BlanchardJuly 16, 2011
    Awesome micro-brew list. Best in the Twin Cities
  • Cyn C.
    Cyn CollinsFebruary 2, 2012
    Catch funky, soulful music of Nick "the Feelin" and friends free on Wednesdays 9 - midnight!
  • Craig M.
    Craig MollOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you want to feel what it's like to be an Olympic athlete, try a "bad curler" shot.
  • Your Mom
    Your MomNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The veggie juicy is the most amazing sandwich in the Twin Cities!
  • Ann P.
    Ann PavlishJune 7, 2013
    Great beer selection and very knowledgeable bartenders!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJuly 8, 2011
    Grab the grilled marlin sandwich. Tasty and relatively light.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HebertSeptember 23, 2013
    If the wild boar corn dogs are still on the menu order them.
  • Kevin Q.
    Kevin QuinlanMarch 27, 2011
    Sunday brunch: drink the Hunter's Breakfast and eat the wild boar omelette
  • Thais R.
    Duck burger is just the best!!!!
  • Lucy B.
    Lucy BauerAugust 19, 2009
    Designer imposter to the Muddy Pig down the street, this place still has some nice character. Delicious and interesting bar menu.
  • Valerie T.
    Valerie TownsendJanuary 15, 2012
    Canadian cider cocktail... Hot cider and whiskey yum.
  • Ray O.
    Ray OOctober 15, 2016
    Beer, food, and anything on special.
  • Darby T.
    Darby TAugust 25, 2016
    A bit noisy, but food and drink is excellent.
  • Kate M.
    Kate MarieMarch 15, 2012
    Andy is a great bartender! Very friendly :)
  • Molly B.
    Molly BeranDecember 23, 2010
    Order the French fries. They're not on the menu, but they're a delicious appetizer.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FreconJuly 27, 2013
    Beware of the duck burger. Covered in blue cheese and mediocre
  • Wendy H.
    Wendy HaleAugust 5, 2011
    Beer is awesome - had the Rush River Amber - YUM
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McdonaldMarch 11, 2014
    Try a crazy hipster beer nobody has ever heard of!
  • Lucas M.
    Lucas MunsonOctober 12, 2013
    No parties bigger than 10?! They actually suggested I sit alone at another table and wait for more people in our party to show up. Boourns.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LaForgeJuly 21, 2013
    Sunday morning brunch with the Bloody Mary bar is awesome!
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SussmanJune 29, 2013
    With a name like this, you can't go wrong
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