4601 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419Neighborhood:
Latin AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.cafeena.net/
- Phone: 6128244441
- 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
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 WinnerBest Food
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
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Cafe Ena reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since June 25, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (150)fit for foodies (136)special occasion (75)great for outdoor dining (72)romantic (47)notable wine list (27)good for groups (26)great for lunch (22)hot spot (17)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (4)Show More
- A Vacation without the hassleurtiaDined on 10/18/2014We just celebrated our anniversary at Cafe Ena, we also celebrated here last year. We love that it transports you to another place with the food and the atmosphere. We have shared the occasion with other couples both times and they also felt like they were traveling and enjoying a memorable meal to savor. It is full and noisy, which we love, we know it is a great place that way. We started with the ceviche and the plaintain chips, both sublime. The 4 of us got 4 different main courses and they all were winners. One person ordered the salmon although they usually don't when dining out and were pleasantly surprised. The steak was melt-in-your mouth delicious. The sauce and accompaniments to the pork tenderloin were a treat for the palate.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A true unique gemljbaddDined on 10/18/2014Phenomenal food and a great wine selection marks this incredible find. Definitely a romantic hit spot. Downsides are the restaurant is really and the tables feel cramped together. Service definitely slows down at peak hours.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- so happy to have found this gem!KarenDined on 10/18/2014I was looking for a place to eat that wasn't the same old, same old. I didn't want a chain restaurant. But, I don't like really strange food. I picked Cafe Ena. It was perfect. Everything is prepared in an interesting way with wonderful seasonings. I've been there three times and my dining companions and I are always extremely pleased with the food. The guacamole has a bright, fresh flavor. The beef is tender and so tasty. There are also chicken, fish, seafood and vegetarian options. It's a fairly small restaurant, so it's better suited to smaller groups of 2-6 and I highly recommend reservations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful seafood!KinnickDined on 10/17/2014This was our second trip to Cafe Ena, and we have been impressed both times. The seafood is fantastic and overall presentation is impressive. This is a neighborhood gem in the truest sense of the term!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- YummoConstanceDined on 10/14/2014This is a great seafood place with very well prepared and interesting combos. De-lish!Special Features:
- Fusion Recipes Appeal to GroupLetsEATDined on 10/10/2014Visiting St Paul, We were looking for spot to take our college-student daughter and her friends after their athletic event. Translation: hip location/menu with variety but nothing too funky/semi-casual attire and mid-range prices. JACKPOT!!! We had a 9:30 reservation for our group of 6, and were seated right on time. Started with fantastic sangria, and fresh juice drinks for the under-21ers, along with calamari and amazing guacamole apps. We had a tough time picking an entree because everything sounded so delicious, but we're unanimously delighted with our choices. Portions are sized just right to leave room for dessert, which you absolutely do not want to skip!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CreativeOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/5/2014Cafe Ena offers a unique and creative menu. Our party of three enjoyed a chicken, halibut, and vegetable risotto. We all felt our food was very flavorful and nicely presented. The guacamole with chips appetizer was delicious, but the amount of chips was pitiful. Our waitress did bring more when requested. The bread basket too was small and consisted of one slice per person. Our reservation was early and before the restaurant was full, but despite this service was a bit slow. This being said, I would definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New favoriteSBmpls85Dined on 10/3/2014I'd heard great things about cafe ena and was not disappointed. Amazing food and appetizers, great service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food was fantastic. Great nightBesthusbandeverDined on 10/3/2014Wonderful meals, generous portions, quality service, and overall a great night. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that we were on a date night away from the kiddos and the room is a bit louder than I prefer. Tables are a touch close, providing energy, ghost it detracting from what otherwise could be a romantic setting. Will go back for sure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/3/2014Waiter's suggestions were good and he was very attentive even though the restaurant was full. The Bife de Chorizo and the Jambalaya were both excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful dining experiencedebbieDined on 9/29/2014It had been a while since I visited Cafe Ena. We had the most wonderful dinner the other night. The food was scrumptious, we had an appetizer with scallops and shrimp, halibut and prawns for dinner and an apple tart/cake dessert. Even the bread was fabulous. I forgot how good it was. I would certainly go back for any special occasion.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great, as always.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/28/2014We love the neighborhood vibe, sitting outside. That corner is a real neighborhood plus. Inside is always cozy, romantic on the right occasion. Our waiter this visit was so attentive and very pleasant. Brunch was so tasty and it was easy to keep the baby happy outside. We'll try her on the inside this winter, and see.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/27/2014Wonderful. We take turns on monthly restaurant dinning experiences with our very best friends. This month, I picked Cafe Ena based on proximity to both families, reviews and menu. It was awesome. My wife, an excellent chef in her own right, thinks it was the best we've been to in many, many years. I strongly recommend Cafe Ena.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- wonderfulbandbfoodieDined on 9/27/2014We had a group of 6 on the outdoor patio. The service is professional and the food is wonderful. We had 2 appetizers, 2 bottles of wine, 4 lamb specials, 2 fish specials and 4 deserts. Everyone had a great time and the bill was very reasonable.Special Features:
- DominiqueVIPDined on 9/25/2014Never disappointed... Food is so delicious, presentation awesome and the waiter is the best. Love Cafe Ena!
- billyboyDined on 9/21/2014The Chilean Sea Bass entree was great! Very small portion of appetizers. (Excellent quality calamari, however). Great place for early (pre-show) dining).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- second visit equally fineLucybirdDined on 9/17/2014We were worried that our second trip to Cafe Ena couldn't live up to our first, but it did. The chef is unbelievable with fish. The avocado appetizer is awesome. Haven't tried desserts nor the red meats. Will definitely return again and again as long as this quality holds up.Special Features:
- Good food, decent serviceLCM55417VIPDined on 9/15/2014Our service started out strong but then about half way through our meal we rarely saw him. The food was good although I was unimpressed with the risotto that came with my dish. We'll got back, because there are a lot of things on the menu I'd like to try.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FANTASTICTomkVIPDined on 9/15/2014We love this place, I had the Sea Bass, as good as any I have ever had. My wife had the scallops, she also said the best she had ever had!Special Features:
- Amazing food and great servicekdawgDined on 9/14/2014My husband & I went to Cafe Ena for a date night on Sunday and it did not disappoint. I have never had a bad meal here. I always look forward to their treatment of scallops - this time with a creamy butter sauce accompanied by coconut risotto and a pineapple salsa. Our waiter, Robert, was very friendly, knowledgeable and recommended a great bottle of wine for us. My one caveat, as it seems with all restaurants these days was the noise level. I would not term it energetic as was my only "viable" option in this review. I would rather term it distracting for an intimate conversation which we were hoping to have. However, I will be back and hope to find a less noisy table.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious!LovemnDined on 9/14/2014Our party of 6 had a great meal at Café Ena. The ambiance is lovely, the music vibrant and energizing without getting in the way of conversation, and the food was delicious. We especially loved the variety of seafood choices. We all enjoyed our meals, nicely presented, good portion size, with excellent service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Absolutely OutstandingRandyDined on 9/13/2014This was amazing in every way. Excellent, excellent food. Perfect service. Looking forward to going back often and trying everything on the menu, looking forward to trying their other restaurants too. We sat by the kitchen and enjoyed watching every plate made from scratch. The presentation of plates, portion sizes, flavors...everything was spot on.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GerryDined on 9/12/2014Great selection of fish dishes.Guacomoli is exceptional.everything is fresh and tasty.Special Features:
- becoming our go-to26yearsDined on 9/10/2014We have been here a few times and have never been disappointed ! My wife has always liked the guacamole and I keep trying new things never have had something average always well thought out , seasoned perfectly and visually appealing.Special Features:
- Almost changed my mindOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/7/2014I've been here many times before and have gotten incredible service, this time around - Sunday night. The first half hour to 45 minutes, with a reservation, our party was waiting at the door and then put in the farthest corner table and basically forgotten because all the activity was on the patio. An astute waiter with knowledge of diabetes saved the evening - working with my friend on selecting entrees and bringing fresh vegetables for appetizers. So the meal became all about her which pleased her.Special Features:
- ForgottenSkillmomDined on 9/7/2014It had been a couple of years since we have been to Ena. I us still wonderful and we will return soonSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- lunch menuprairieprofessorDined on 9/3/2014very comprehensive and eclectic. Loved the quesadilla's and enchilada's. Great little bar area tooSpecial Features:
- Good food, patio and happy hour!SpidergingDined on 9/1/2014First time at Cafe Ena during Labor Day weekend. Had wonderful drinks, apps and dinner during the happy hour. The Camaron de Caribe and guacamole is a must have! Patio had wonderful seating! Thank you!Special Features:
- Birthday celebrationYepperDined on 8/30/2014Cafe Ena was chosen for a celebration of a milestone birthday . Couldn't have been a better time- wonderful food and service unbeatable . Staff made this a special night for all . Thank you !Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Latin FoodMNFoodieVIPDined on 8/29/2014Cafe Ena is a cozy Latin restaurant with great food and attentive service. The menu selections were eclectic with many Central and South American entres. Our party had seafood and beef meals which were all well prepared and presented, and most importantly tasted great. Make sure you order plantains as an appetizer, they were delicious and reminded me of time spent in Miami and Puerto Rico. Although the restaurant was busy, it was not loud and a couple could have an intimate meal without interruptions.Special Features:
- Great find!jhitchVIPDined on 8/29/2014We had an excellent meal! Everything was uniquely prepared and delicious! Highly recommend!!Special Features:
- Happy Anniversary!BirthdayBoyDined on 8/28/2014Had our 27th Anniversary dinner here, and it was wonderful. Food was awesome, service was great (the wait staff really knew the menu and made good recommendations). Price was right on point and serving size was generous. Definitely plan to go back.Special Features:
- KnollstersDined on 8/26/2014Very good dinners - the Grouper and Halibut dinners were delicious!Special Features:
- Delicious !UptowndinerDined on 8/25/2014We had a great meal at Cafe Ena on Monday night. We will definitely return.Special Features:
- Usually goodOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/24/2014I usually love lunches at Cafe Ena but fell flat last week. Poor service - mediocre food - very disappointing!I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingRayngirlDined on 8/22/2014Service was excellent Food was amazing Sat outside so traffic noise not idealSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding foodDisappointedVIPDined on 8/22/2014This was our first time. Was impressed. Food was excellent especially the guacamole. Service was very good. Sat outside. Lots of young couples. Was surpised the restaurant wasn't more full. Wine list was brief but adequate. Decor could use a face-lift. We will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great food and serviceTimothyDined on 8/16/2014Food was great, good favor (steak / scallops) and just right portions. Service was well timed and not rushed. Patio dining can get very noisy with the traffic and plane noise. Would go back but do indoor dinning.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friday DinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/15/2014Our dinner was received one hour after we placed the order. Of the two dinners both were poor. Beef medallions were rubbery and required a great deal of chewing. The pork was tasteless. The menu is highly pretentious. The service was very poor and I believe there was no chef on staff on the Friday when we were there. Based on the service and food pricing for Minneapolis was horrible. Nick
- WicsPickDined on 8/11/2014It was my second visit and we brought relatives from out of town with us. Beautiful night for indoor or outdoor seating. While there weren't many servers, (Monday night), they were attentive and gracious. The guacamole lives up to its reputation as the best in the Twin Cities! Our entrees included halibut, red snapper and pork tenderloin--rave reviews on all. Luscious sides accompany such careful presentations. Half price wine on many bottles, so what's not to like?Special Features: