Cafe Ena
Cafe Ena

Cafe Ena

  • 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

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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Cafe Ena reviews from OpenTable diners
183 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (146)fit for foodies (127)great for outdoor dining (85)special occasion (70)romantic (48)great for lunch (30)notable wine list (28)good for groups (26)great for brunch (15)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (2)Show More
  • second visit equally fine
    Lucybird
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, decent service
    LCM55417VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Our 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC
    TomkVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food and great service
    kdawg
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Lovemn
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Outstanding
    Randy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gerry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great selection of fish dishes.Guacomoli is exceptional.everything is fresh and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • becoming our go-to
    26years
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost changed my mind
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I'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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Forgotten
    Skillmom
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    It had been a couple of years since we have been to Ena. I us still wonderful and we will return soon
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch menu
    prairieprofessor
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    very comprehensive and eclectic. Loved the quesadilla's and enchilada's. Great little bar area too
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, patio and happy hour!
    Spiderging
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    First 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:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    Yepper
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Cafe 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Latin Food
    MNFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Cafe 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    jhitchVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had an excellent meal! Everything was uniquely prepared and delicious! Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Anniversary!
    BirthdayBoy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Knollsters
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Very good dinners - the Grouper and Halibut dinners were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious !
    Uptowndiner
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We had a great meal at Cafe Ena on Monday night. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I usually love lunches at Cafe Ena but fell flat last week. Poor service - mediocre food - very disappointing!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Rayngirl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service was excellent Food was amazing Sat outside so traffic noise not ideal
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    Timothy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our 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
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  • WicsPick
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    It 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:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Ena Rocks
    Nena
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great experience, we brought our friends from out of town and we all loved it!. Maybe you can do something about the noise. Maybe some fabric on the walls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful dinner
    eatingoutagain
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We decided to eat outside this time. It was very noisy and a large dog was with their owner at the next table. We would have preferred that the dog be left elsewhere but it was somewhat understandable, since it was outdoors. We will n=be inside next time. The food was excellent and very well priced!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fab food, but very slow service
    Lucybird
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Fortunately we were with good friends and had lots to talk about because our dinner, on a Wednesday night, was very slow to arrive. But when it did, wow! All four of us raved about our entrees, grouper, sea bass and the special salmon. No one offered to share! The guacamole appetizer that had been recommended by a friend was also divine, but also very slow arriving. The sidewalk tables were full but inside there were few diners so we could never figure out why the kitchen was so slow. Tried a new-to-me Bonny Doon amarenos (sp?) wine that was also excellent. We will definitely go back and give the service another try, but sit inside as the airplane noise was quite disruptive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for the in-laws!
    out2eat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Saturday's dinner featuring Sea Bass and risotto was superb! My in-laws loved the place, the wine, the food and the churros with coffee for dessert. Thank you Jaime for keeping us all happy!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small and Wonderful
    EmptyNestersVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Amazing! (I hate that I have to write more. I think this one word sums up our experience and the food.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A local favorite of mine
    SingleTrackPete
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I dine at Cafe Ena three to four times a year. The menu has a broad range of dishes, and I have enjoyed everything I have tried. The specials have also been a great. The guacamole appetizer is the best I have ever tasted. I recently brought associates from the UK and eastern Europe for dinner. They both had several compliments.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricing
    efg724361
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    For a restaurant that doesn't serve organic food, i'm not sure exactly how they justify some of the pricing on the food. Probably what's most disappointing is that it costs a lot of money for a Latin@ to even afford food from their own cuisine.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love the camarones
    TNapierVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Amazing food yet again! THe camarones are an awesome addition to the summer menu, my husband and I both loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Latin Lunch
    brownerd
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We've dined many times at Ena, but seldom for lunch. I was reminded recently of its virtues as a lunch spot: The menu is diverse (various meats, fish and fowl, usually prepared using various Latin American seasonings; The service is prompt and friendly; The atmosphere is pleasant (outdoor dining, too, albeit on a fairly busy street); And prices are very reasonable. That's four good reasons for going there!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food Poor Service
    maryL
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We have eaten at Cafe Ena many times and the food and service is always great. This last time our service was poor. Our server was slow and ordered us the wrong items and we needed to wait around 20 mn. extra for her to correct the order. Also a steak was ordered med. rare and was at best med. Our fish sercial was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and pleasant setting
    Clodney
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We hadn't been to Ena for a few years, and returned recently with out of town guests. The decor and furnishings were nicer than we remembered them, giving it a very nice ambience. Not sure if it is really different or just better than our memories of before. But really, the food is the star. We had the guacamole to start, and then our entrees covered the prawns, chicken, sea bass, and beef medallions. Everybody was in the clean plate club, and every dish was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food will wow you
    TCfan
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Latin fusion menu with creative surprising combinations. More than delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Egprzytarski
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at Cafe Ena on a Friday evening and had a wonderful experience. We sat outside on the patio which was nice but somewhat noisy with street traffic. They have nice flowering hanging baskets all around to make it feel private. We were greeted immediately by our server and ordered their signature guacamole (yum!) and drinks. Then we ordered two entrees, the halibut for me and steak medallions for my husband. Both were nicely presented, good portioned, and absolutely flavorful and delish!! It was our second time to Ena, and it certainly will not be the last!! Well done!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • kellyk
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Outdoor dining is enhanced with a carafe of sangria and Cafe Ena's is well made.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best guacamole!!!
    donotpublishmyreviewVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    If you like Chipotle's guacamole, you will LOVE Cafe Ena's guacamole even more. It is full of chunks of ripe avocado, tomatoes and cilantro. It is the best guacamole I have ever had in Minnesota. There is so much guacamole that there needs to be more chips. Everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    2boyzmom
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food was excellent! All four of us tried something different and we all really enjoyed our meals. Only one waiter was on staff, so it was not a quick lunch- but not too long if a wait. I will definately go back- and do not miss the guacamole !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.