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Cafe Ena
Cafe Ena

Cafe Ena Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeena.net
  • Phone: (612) 824-4441
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm Weekend Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Hector Ruiz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 46th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Ena
Chef/Owner Hector Ruiz welcomes you to Café Ena: A cozy intimate restaurant located in the tangletown neighborhood in south Minneapolis. Chef Ruiz pares his classic French technique and South American palate to present an exciting menu of Latin-Fusion cuisine. Begin your meal with a south american style ceviche, shrimp, fish, scallops and shrimp in a aji sauce. The many entrées include, scallops, halibut, pork tenderloin, Argentinean style steaks finished in a savory chimichurri. The wine list focuses on a wide range of varietals from Central and South America. Weekly Wine Flights are a great opportunity to sample the many styles offered on the list. If wine is not your thing, perhaps you would enjoy one of the many cervesas, always served in a frosty mug with a lime. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "It was great! The appetizer was large enough for a lunch."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had the Vina - sea bass and the halibut special. Both excellent dishes!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Five of us thought that the guacamole was the vest we'd ever had! We had two different grass fed beef dishes that were full of flavor. Our server was very helpful and helped to make the experience perfect."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I went there for my birthday and the staff are so friendly and the atmosphere is great. The restaurant is a good size and not too loud. It is decorated in a Latin/Spanish style and the sangria was good. We were so full that the waiter gave us my birthday dessert to go."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "It can be so hard to find restaurants that offer creative, well prepared options that are also appropriate for those of us trying to lose a few pounds. Ena is one of those that does"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was excellent. Staff very knowledgable. Halibut was perfection. Creme Brule out of this world. Need I say more?"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite places in South Minneapolis. When people are visiting we take them here because we know the food will be great and the service stellar."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our group of 3 former Harriet Avenue neighbors and friends met at Café Ena after a 20-year lapse in seeing each other. We extended our dinner and wine experience to nearly 4 hours. The staff was perfect in providing just the right level of attention and yet accommodating our long post-dinner conversation until we finally noticed that we were the only remaining table in the place. The wine list is wonderful. And, of course, the food is always incredibly tasty--and different."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I took my parents in town for a weekend on Friday night. It was a great spot to sit outside for a few bottles of wine and some great food -fresh ingredients, interesting combinations and high quality dishes. I can rely on excellent food in a relaxed yet polished atmosphere. The guacamole is not to be missed!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I definitely recommend going to Cafe Ena. Everything we ordered was DELICIOUS. Sharing entrées is the way to go, then you can try a little of everything. My only suggestion is try to make a reservation for Friday/Saturday nights, as tables filled up fast."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great spot for mature diners with good taste. We could enjoy our very good meals while talking easily to enjoy each other's company."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Fish is consistently perfectly prepared with an outstanding blend of flavors. The guacamole is the best I have ever had. I will continue to dine there time and time again........can't wait to go again. Many people loved the outdoor dining which has comfortable tables with umbrellas, but I usually prefer the quiet and ambiance of the dining room."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We particularly enjoyed the appetizers - lots of incorporation of tropical flavours and delightful presentation - the guacomole was presented in a tower, and interestingly was a sans garlic interpretation. I liked that the menu was so different from what you find in your typical Mexican place. Lots of South American representation. Menu could be enhanced by some contributions from Brazil - after all, Brazil represents a little under half of Latin America.. Also, healthy eaters might have a bit of trouble with the entree menu - Cuban sandwiches are enormous and bready, entrees are pretty much all quite heavy. I only ate half my plate, although I enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The menu has been updated and it's awesome. We love this place."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Beautiful food, perfectly prepared and delivered by attentive, knowledgable servers. Everything shows this establishment goes the extra step to make this a great dining experience. And if you think guacamole is old hat, try Cafe Ena's version!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We went once on a whim and were impressed. Went back for lunch and we were disappointed. Third time was amazing. We started with empanadas. They were perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside, tasty meat (and seafood options) with an inventive sauce. For an entree, I had fish, with vegetables and a light cream sauce. Ordinarily, I think "light" cream is anything but light, but this was in fact light. The sangria was excellent. Tasty and with just enough alcohol to feel it, but not overwhelmingly the other flavors. We ate outside, which was very pleasant at least until everyone else left and the mosquitos discovered us."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We were looking for a new place to try, so we checked out Open Table app for their higher rated places in Minneapolis. We found Cafe Ena and it sounded good. Everyone in our group of four loved there meal. I had the chicken and thoroughly enjoyed it. The guacamole is tremendous. We will be back to try more."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Living on the west side, I had not heard of Cafe Ena, and was wonderfully surprised by a excellent dinner. We shared the guacamole appetizer, I had the Camarones and my wife the Carne a la Brava, all fantastic. The tables are packed a little tight, so I suggest requesting a booth. That said, we will certainly return."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Cafe Ena has the best ceviche this side of Mexico! I eat it every time I go there."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I love this restaurant every time I go here. What a gem."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We were at Ena approximately 6 weeks ago. Great food. Great service. Saturdays' visit was not as good. They changed the composure of a shrimp appetizer which I was looking forward to having again. The change was not for the better. The old version (beer battered shrimp) was better. The new version has bright flavors, but the 'pancake' gets mushy from the dressing and the scallops had sand in them. Our waiter never asked 'How is everything?' He never offered coffee/beverage with dessert. Upon leaving the restaurant, no one at the hostess stand thanked us for coming or anything else-. Disappointing. Room for improvement."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Dinner was lovely. The food is always so good and fresh. I love having fish and seafood here because it is always above and beyond my expectations. Service was excellent "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "WOnderful ambience and fantastic food. Our server was personablel and well informedj. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Charming atmosphere, inspired food @ a fraction of the cost we would pay for comparables in DC. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I felt that I had totally let down my friend from CAlifornia in choosing the menu Item which I chose (and she did as well). I have eaten there 2 times, and had forgotten that you over-salt the food. But this was really almost unpalatable. I was brought up not to waste food, so I ate it and did not enjoy any bit of it.. I can't recall the name of the item, but it was pork-- lots of onion and rice. No other vegetable. One other time I ate there and I ordered roast pork, it was delicious, but would have been better with 1/4th the salt. I would choose to eat there again, but will request, NO SALT- just salt what I want at the table."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The food and service at Cafe DNA is always excellent. They have so many wonderful dishes to choose from it is hard to make a decision but also makes it easy to come back often because there are so many different options."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food is always good and the service is excellent. We really enjoyed the visit and will be coming back since I live in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 6people for May 10th at 7:30 a week in advance. It was for my husband's birthday. We arrived 10 min early because we had two seniors with us that needed extra time to get around. We were greeted by the hostess who told us that our table would be ready at 7:30 as scheduled. At 8:20 we were still waiting with no communication although we have checked back on two occasions to see the progress. When we approached the hostess at 8:20, she said that it would still be another 10-15 minutes. At that point we said that is not acceptable and that we were going to leave and let opentable know how this was handled. There was no comment from the hostess( it seemed like this was not the first time that this has happened). "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went with my husband and two friends for dinner. It was amazing! The food, the service and the wine list were all excellent for the Twin Cities area. Great place for foodies. I will definitely recommend highly to my friends."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We are pretty particular and consider Cafe Ena to have some of the best prepared, consistently great dinner entrees anywhere in Minneapolis. Always flavorful, creative and well presented. Loved the salmon, scallops and halibut on Friday night. And be sure to have the guacamole appetizer. Wines by the glass are excellent too."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "First thing - Food was great! I had the Sea Bass. The veggies were a little under cook but over all a great dish."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "ONE OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS!!! this is a great fine and a compelling reason to come to minneapolis.. one of the best meals i have ever had. "
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We had had one very nice experience at Café Ena. So, we took another couple there Saturday night. We were seated at 7:50, 35 minutes after our 7:15 reservation. The maitre'd offered to take our drink order while we waited. We were repeatedly told it would only be another 5 minutes. Once seated, service was willing but inept. The house was out of two of the listed entrees. Bread came but only after the appetizer was served. One of our guests (his first choice was gone)was served the wrong fish. Whoops! The correct fish appeared. The other's lamb, ordered rare, it was well-done. My favorite line was when we asked for more bread, they said they were out. They offered to bring more chips. Eventually we got more bread. Never again."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Latin fusion cuisine is creative, wonderful blends of flavors, always presented beautifully and wonderfully prepared. This is a favorite."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our brunch experience for 5 was overall good but individual results varied. 3 of 5 were completely happy with their order. One person's huevos rancheros arrived cold, and of the 2 people who ordered the steak and eggs, one got a perfect dish with a perfect steak, the other got an overcooked, dry steak that can only be described as cold and flabby. So it's hit or miss, but when it hits, it's delicious."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We made a last minute reservation for Mother's Day brunch and were pleased to be treated to such a wonderful and super tasty meal! A few items were already sold out due to the morning rush, but there were plenty of incredible options to choose from. Everything tasted fresh and mingled well on the palate with each other. The drinks were not too sweet and the dishes were well-seasoned and not to salty. The wait staff we completely knowledgeable and pleasant to be with."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food is always an expression of the Latin-American countries cousin with a pinch of new trends in the culinary arts. I had the salmon with the mofongo made with yuca. it had a very unique flavor with the top of pineapple sauce. As usually the service is like home. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food is very good, but be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait. We were among a number of parties who waited for over 30 minutes, despite having reservations. The seating area is quite cramped--you will be very close to other tables. Thank goodness the food is inventive and well-prepared--it's the only reason to come here."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had a day before outing with family, including 3 kids. Everyone found something very delicious on the menu. Our server was attentive but not overly so, informative, and friendly. Definitely worth repeat visits."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Our first trip to Cafe Ena for dinner was a delightful surprise that did each course well. The guacamole to start was chunky and good, tasty fish dishes, and delicious flan for dessert. The sangria was great too. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014