Cafe Ena

4.7
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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, sea bass, 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. If wine is not your thing, perhaps you would enjoy one of the many local and global beers.
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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We had been to Cafe Ena a few times over the past several years so we thought we’d try it again this time to celebrate a birthday, it was a huge disappointment, I ordered the special ,sea scallops which turned out to be very disappointing first of all it was only 3 scallops and it wasn’t hot in fact it was barely warm so after waiting several minutes to get the attention of an employee I sent it back only to get the 2 1/2 scallops back , one of which I had taken a bite out of. So after the others in my party had completely finished their meal I ate mine. Not offered a thing for the inconvenience
Needless to say we will never return.

SW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Cafe Ena, as usual. The server was friendly and knowledgeable, the food delicious, and the ambiance great. I had the sea bass, which was perfectly cooked. Our guacamole appetizer was incredible, as usual. I look forward to returning!

T
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I almost ordered another entree because it was so good but decided to wait until our next visit which will be soon.

D
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful dinner, The sea bass was outstanding and service was excellent. We will return!

B
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

When we arrived (3 of us), the other 2 on our party were not there. We were told we could not be seated but that we could sit in the waiting area. It was crowded with a Christmas tree. I asked what the reason was for not being able to be seated, I was told that she didn't know.

The halibut was excellent but the sal.on was incredibly salty. Very disappointing.

SD
Minneapolis
39 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always an excellent choice!

JO
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE FOOD WAS AMAZING! Efficient service. Wonderful gem!!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service. Our food was excellent! Guacamole, yum! We had the Sea Bass and steak, awesome!

J
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having lunch with our sons. Very nice atmosphere and great food. Have dined here for lunch and dinner before. Never disappointed.

A
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been to Cafe Ena a few times. Always very good. Food is outstanding.

WF
Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always, Chef Hector and Erin Ungerman did an awesome job with the food and wine dinner! Will come back for more of the dinner pairing events.

B
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely great wine dinner. Prefix courses and wine pairings very very well done.

HR
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for brunch on Sunday. The food was fantastic as always (mango french toast! Chilaquiles! Tacos al pastor!) and our young waiter (Cyrus? I’m terrible with names) was knowledgeable, funny, and charming.

MG
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service as always was fantastic. Admittedly, we have our favorites, but it's just that they are so consistently great. The guac, calamari and battered shrimp...yum....then there's the salmon and arroz con pollo....nice!!!!

NY
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants! We love Chef Ruiz's delicious creations. My husband and I shared the ceviche and guacamole appetizers. He had the scallops, which were cooked to perfection. I had the seafood risotto which was also quite good. Our server was gracious and attentive. We live in the East mtero, and when we come out to Minneapolis to go to Cafe Ena we always know we will have a wonderful meal.

MC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

We were excited to try Cafe Ena . The service was great. The guacamole was really good, and the Calamari was mediocre. I ordered the pork tenderloin and the dish was so salty I could only eat 1/4 of it. My husband ordered the pan seared salmon and it came out smaller than the waiter described and it was not at all pan seared. It looked and felt a little like it was nuked in the microwave. Really disappointing, especially with how much money we spent.

TS
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is and has been my favorite date restaurant in the Twin Cities

BB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was a great find. The latin inspired menu looked good but the food was even better. It's not hard to get to or to park at in uptown which is a plus.

JK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere and great food! I would definitely go back to this restaurant!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love Cafe Ena!

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t
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It becomes pricey for the amount of food in the ration.

JR
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at Cafe Ena and it is WONDERFUL! This is a great date night restaurant. It's small enough to feel intimate and the staff are so friendly and helpful when it comes to choosing a great dish (hint: it's all amazing).

KS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very nicely done. Lots of layers of flavor. My only suggestion would be more veggies! When the menu says mushrooms, I expect more than one. Otherwise, definitely would recommend.

OT
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Definitely worth a return trip.

K
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very hot and busy. Typically use to a 5 star experience but food was lacking in flavor a bit this time, things were slow and it was extremely hot. Felt like an off night at a typically flawless restaurant.

JR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server Cesar was pleasant and completely in tune to our wishes.

F
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Interesting and tasty. We had not gone before but will again, for sure.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the halibut and the sea bass which were delicious! We will be back to try other menu items.

CQ
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service, great food! This is just the second time at Cafe Ena - we came back because we wondered if it was as good as we remembered. Better the second time!!!

JT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food.. nice place can't wait to go again! Service was good too!

s
Minneapolis
60 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is outstanding. My second time there. The servers are young and quite busy so there attentiveness was a little lacking. This was a Tuesday night so I surprised by that. That said the food is awesome, but it would be a 5 star if the service was a little better

MS
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, as always. Best guacamole you will have ever eaten.

MJ
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wait staff! Our waiter was very attentive. Made my birthday very special. I had the lamb, I wish there would have been a bit more of that on the plate. There wasn't a lot of meat on the 2 pieces they served, one more would have been perfect. Overall a great night!

JO
Dallas
74 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. If you sit outside, which we did, the planes flying overhead are loud and distracting.

MP
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Some of their fish plates are outstanding...the conchas, the mero, the lubina. Order several starter plates: The ceviche is excellent. So is the calamari. Get the empanadas.

CG
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Cafe Ena is one of our favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. On this night, there was a giant glitch in our experience. Not sure if someone called in sick or what happened but the service was horrible. Our poor waitress was as kind as she could be but it was impossible for her to keep up. They never should have allowed us to be seated. Every group (the restaurant was packed) was compromised. Should have offered free wine or some type of compensation.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Sat outdoors and very noisy from traffic

CB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a vegetarian which Ena is not the restaurant that you think I would pick. They have one vegetarian dish and it is fabulous. It is prepared with such care.
the dish is attractive, the risotto is flavorful unlike so many other risottos that are bland, the vegetables that are on top are plentiful, and cooked perfectly. What more can I say.

Our guests enjoyed their choice of scallops, and pork.

U
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would absolutely recommend. Food was delicious and different. Very flavorful! Service was professional and friendly. Portions were generous. Priced right. Dessert? Awesome! Only issue was the amount of planes landing at dinnertime on a Sunday evening We sat outside on their wonderful patio--but it still was okay even with plane noise. More charming! We're definitely returning to try other entrees!

CS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Cafe Ena. They have the best guacamole in town and all the food they create is imaginative and exceptional.