Cafe Ena

4.7
2794 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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vipTamtam
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good, great service!

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Kristi
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food but our server forgot to put in our order for an appetizer so our meal came first.

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Barb
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here before Covid and enjoyed it every time - good food, ambiance and service!

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MicahB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing guacamole! My Cubano sandwich was AMAZING! Loved it

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always 100%. That’s why we keep coming back!

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LandonV
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and staff! Love going there for lunch, but just found out the dinner might be one of the best in the twin cities.

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KristaO
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ALWAYS have a great experience at Cafe Ena. It's a gem!!!

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LindaJ
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The beat Marquita's in the city. We all had a different entree' and we all simply LOVED our food. We all said, boy we will be back again and again.

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PauloT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We know this place since many years and we like it. The location is very convenient with plenty of parking space around the area. When the weather permits, we like to sit outside but this time we had to stay indoors. They keep a good level of cleaning with sanitizers available, keeping the distance between tables and waiter using masks. The menu remains the same as before with the type of food that we like. Same with the wines available. Service was fast and prices affordable. We recommend this place.

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TimB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service presentation is awesome

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JeffreyS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were excellent!!! Highly recommend the grouper!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were lovely! Always consistently delicious and unique dishes. Thank you for safe and enjoyable dining experience!

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ANDREAN
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Cafe Ena!! I felt safe eating inside, they kept all tables safely apart, and it was very clean. Thank you!!

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WellFedinmpls
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still a neighborhood foodie destination! They are very careful about COVID and adhered to all the rules and recommendations which I really appreciated. Always loved this place and the quality of their food and service has remained high. The Chile En Nogada was excellent for a starter. We then had the Bife De Chorizo and the Lubina and both were amazing. Highly recommend!

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Alejandro
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and very personal. Darryl was a great host. Great first time impression! Thank you

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place with fantastic food. Top choice

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MarciaP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Unfortunately the traffic on 46th street is noisy, especially the motorcycles. We also had a table of loud girls behind us.

We didn't feel really safe due to COVID. The waiter came to our table many times standing close. In ordinary times this would have been appreciated.
The plastic covered menus were the same as always. Hopefully they were disinfected between each use.
People weren't seated 6 feet apart. The person seated behind me was was much less than 6 feet away.

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ShannonK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This little gem has some of the best food in the city at very reasonable prices. We sat outside on the pleasant patio with social distancing. Service was a bit slow with only one server for several tables, but we didn't mind, as cost cutting is understandable these days. Overall a very good dining experience.

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BethM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! We weren’t really a fan of their drinks but the food was amazing!

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vipTucker
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cafe Ena is one of my favorite restaurants in the twin cities. The food is always fantastic and the price is very reasonable. I like the new renovations as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always outstanding! And best margaritas & guac in town.

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davidm
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood casserole and scallops were great. Bar drinks also. They manage separation and masks very well. We loved it.

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GBoe
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our best experience at Ena so far and we have known and visited Cafe Ena for many years. The menu was outstanding, service was impeccable and the wine selections amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed our date night there!

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DebbieJ
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been meeting here every chance we get and love it! We are sorry to see the patio close for now. We are looking forward to next year!

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vipTennisFan
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, Good value, Good service
I would eat here again

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DaveP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Complex dishes, outstanding flavors, quaint location

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vipDonnaE
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food is always wonderful. This time we really felt that our waiter was trying to hurry us along and was too invasive. We are aware that most restaurants want you to stay no more than 90 minutes and we honor that. From the start we felt like he was trying to get rid of us. This has never been the case at Cafe Ena before so hopefully he won’t last there.

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Lisa
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious, well prepared food in a casual setting with an attentive waiter.

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vipDivaDiner
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious meal out on the patio. Tables are well spaced for social distancing.

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vipDominique
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent like always.

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BillS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Seemed to be to few servers who were trying to keep people happy, but there were a few mistakes. Food was acceptable nothing exceptional, both of our main dishes were a little salty. We had been there years ago, but don't plan to be back.

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vipBrendaW
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were the perfect start to a Saturday brunch. The Kingfield is perfection, not too sweet and great for an autumn day. The margarita was well-balanced between the tequila and lime juice.

The food was superb. The ceviche was not overwhelmed with acid but toned down with a creaminess, perhaps Mexican crema? The chilaquiles with chicken tinga and a perfectly cooked egg was delicious. But the star of the show was the cubano. The telera bread was divine: crispy on the outside from the griddle and soft on the inside. The homemade pickles, mustard and pickled onions were the exact balance for the richness of the shredded pork, smoked ham, and avocado. I didn’t think it was possible for a cubano to be light and delicate. Chef Hector knows what he’s doing.

Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and make great recommendations.

We love Cafe Ena and will happily keep returning.

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Dianna
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor patio, loved the food (especially the stuffed poblano pepper and the scallops!). Service was fantastic and also COVID-19 smart. We will definitely be back!

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vipJulieT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is Mexican fusion food at its BEST!
A delightful deep-fried shrimp atop a corn cake was INCREDIBLY YUMMY!!!

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JimmyC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is consistently good; I'm never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Ordered the steak. It was so tough I could not cut it with a knife. Very disappointing!

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JeffreyS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first trip to Cafe Ena and we were very pleasantly surprised. The wait staff was exceptional. We asked for a drink not on the cocktail menu - no problem at all. The guacamole appetizer was beautiful and delicious. And the steak with chorizo was amazing. We all loved our food, drinks, and desserts. I will be back soon.

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BooBoo
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food, service very good but dining outdoors during the day was very noisy with cars, trucks rushing by and construction across the street.

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KathyK
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cafe Ena is one of my favorite restaurants. Period. Always delicious, always reasonably priced, always good service. Operating outdoors during a pandemic is difficult tho. To be specific, my pork was a bit dry. My friends enchiladas were barely warm. Rerouted truck traffic made the noise level outside very difficult. [Not Ena’s fault, but . . .] Still one of my favorites and the problems I just blame on Trump!

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JenniferK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We ate outdoors at Cafe Ena. The only noise was from street traffic and airplanes. The food was amazing! Beautiful presentation, delectable flavor combinations and large servings. Service is impeccable. We shall return!

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You can order delivery directly from Cafe Ena using the Order Online button. Cafe Ena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 824-4441.

Cafe Ena is rated 4.7 stars by 2794 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.