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About 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, 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.

4601 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: 3:00 - 5:00 Sunday - Friday
1/2 Price selected bottles of wine: Sunday & Monday All Day


Cross Street:
46th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 824-4441

Website:
http://www.cafeena.net/

Executive Chef:
Hector Ruiz

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Cafe Ena Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (46)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Fit for Foodies (36)
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Good for a Date (34)
Authentic (32)
Special Occasion (26)
Cozy (25)
Casual (23)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Healthy (16)
Fun (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Tapas (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Business Meals (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Have dined here multiple times with friends and for special occasions. Have never been disappointed. Food is always delicious. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Our first time at Cafe Ena and it was amazing. The food was fantastic and the service perfectly attentive and very helpful with the menu. The guacamole is the best we've ever had. Beautiful presentation and all fresh ingredients, with no mushy avocados or additives to stretch. I had the salmon and it was prepared to perfection. Moist without being under or over cooked. My husband ordered the wild mushroom quesadillas and said they were excellent and no he would not share....We are planning to return and will bring family and friends. B

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

The South American food was excellent. We had very good guacamole with big chunks of fresh avocado, as an appetizer. For mains, we (party of three) had steak, salmon, and grouper. All imaginatively prepared. Service was excellent, as well.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

Each time we go we like it more than the time before. We just love this restaurant. The food...all of it...is outstanding.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

We had a 7pm reservation on Valentine's day. Not thrilled to arrive to find 20 or more others waiting for their reserved tables to open up. We were told it would be a 30-minute wait which was inconvenient and uncomfortable in the very overcrowded small waiting area but we were okay with that. After 45 minutes we asked about our table and were told they hadn't checked us in when we arrived so people who had come in after us were seated well before us. Got a table almost an hour after arriving. All of this would have been okay but the food was far below what we have come to expect from Cafe Ena. Dry fish, unappealing and bland risotto. Overall a very disappointing evening. As we left there were as many people waiting as there had been when we arrived. Obviously they booked at least twice the capacity they could manage! We will return one day I'm sure but never on a special occasion.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Came for Valentine's Day celebration. The house was full which prompted a wait for a table even with a reservation but staff was friendly and helpful and we were seated after about 30 minutes. We enjoyed the rack of lamb and sea bass with a good Tempranillo. Service was personable and prompt given the busy room and the meals were great. We have always enjoyed our visits here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

We were prepared to wait since we’d heard that was expected. Even with a 7:15 rez we weren’t seated till 7:50. Left standing coats on, at least we had a glass of wine.
Our seafood entrees were disappointing. Scallops simple and very little to support them. My sea bass was dry and I wasn’t able to finish. Flavors were good, maybe it was an off night.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was fantastic. Had to wait 35 minutes past our reservation time to be seated, then 8 more minutes for our server to greet us. Yes, it was Valentines Day, but seriously, get your sh*+ together and run a restaurant properly. To be fair, they were offering free glasses of wine to the people who were waiting past their reservation time. Good food though, but that is about it.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

We had Valentine’s dinner reservations at 5:45. We arrived late at 6:10. They were running 30 minutes behind. The waiting space was very crammed but people were being patient and they served everyone free wine while they waited. Our dinner was excellent. Ceviche is to die for.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good food as usual. We frequent this restaurant on special occasions. It is well worth our drive from Rochester.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food every time. Good service. Great spot for a special dinner out or a nice dinner with friends or family. Menu offers something for everyone. Nice variety for a small menu! Nice wine list. Great people watching and a great neighborhood hot spot!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Looked to me like the restaurant was understaffed , same person was greeting, seating, taking drink & food orders and serving.. may not be back. Disappointing

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great vibes, interesting menu, good wine. Awesome appetizers. No one in our group was highly impressed by the main entrees. Wasn’t bad however. I recommend going here for wine and appetizers for sure. Not sure the main courses are fully worth the price.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We've been here a couple times and the food is always excellent. They have a rotating menu so it's not always the same thing. Would be nice to see more than one entre for a veggie option. Although the one on there was excellent. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

While our group of four had the grouper, halibut and salmon, the common complaint was that each of our entrees were luke warm at best. We expect the food to be hot when served. Service was good, but the delivery of desserts was disjointed, with one receiving first and a break before the remaining three were served.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We each ordered something different and everyone loved their selection. Best guacamole in town! Great sangria, too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food!!! Sea bass presentation nice and totally yummy
Good service and food selection

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

One of our favorites in the Twin Cities.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Cafe Ena was wonderful. The service was great and the food was super yummy. We had the guac appetizer, which is their most popular app and it did not disappoint. We both got fish (he got halibut special and I had sea bass). Both were amazing, but we agreed that we liked my sea bass better only because the sauce was so delicious. We will be back for sure!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

GUACAMOLE WAS OVERPRICED, VERY FRESH BUT NEEDED SALT. SANDWICH WAS PRICED REASONABLY BUT LACKED TASTE. WE USED A LOT OF THE SALSA TO SPICE IT UP. ATMOSPHERE IS GREAT, LOTS OF WINDOWS

Tags: People Watching
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 (Mobile)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants because the food is always good, the service is always friendly, there is never a high noise level (very important to me). For some reason there is never a wait for a brunch (after noon, anyway) on Sundays, so it is a place we count on for a last-minute brunch with friends after church.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2018

As always, excellent food. Ceviche is a favorite. Citrusy and delicious on a chip. The mole is some of the best I've had. There is a sweetness to it unlike many moles that are bitter. Chilaquiles is very tasty and a good portion.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Spicy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Café Ena is a charming little restaurant in the Kingfield neighborhood of South Minneapolis. They have many unique food options, including seafood, lamb, chicken and beef, all with a Latin American fusion flare. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who is adventurous and like to try new flavors. Great Ambience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Scrumptious

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Normally we have a great experience at Cafe Ena. This was not the case this time. With reservations we waited almost on hour to be seated. Service we received once we were seated was very good though for the most part, with a few exceptions. Food was not up to its usual wonderful tastes. Fish was overcooked with a few of the entrees at our table and the other two entrees were drowning in sauce, totally overwhelming the normally yummy sea bass. The server asked us about having dessert even as my husband was still eating his main course. We were disappointed as it was very obvious (the hostess even told us!) that the restaurant terribly overbooked, to the point of putting a damper on our evening. We expect more at this typically yummy neighborhood spot. Hopefully just a night off its usual!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great cozy neighborhood spot....tasty food, pleasant servers, BUT, overbooked and waited 45 min for table that had reserved with open table many days ahead of time! Nice that offered wine/ beer during wait, but such a lengthy wait is unacceptable! In spite of wait, will give it another chance b/c food is great and service lovely!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Following a great recommendation from a friend, I reserved a table at Cafe Ena for Saturday, January 20th at 7:00pm. My husband and I asked another couple to join us, as we were excited to check out a new restaurant. When we arrived at 7:00pm, there was a line of people from the host stand to the door. The hostess, who was quite unapologetic, stated that they were running behind on reservations and there would be a wait. When I inquired as to how long the wait would be, the hostess said she did not know. She could not even give me a "ballpark estimate," when I probed further. At 7:15pm, the hostess sat a group of 11 people in the restaurant, with a 7:30pm reservation. Fast forward to 8:00pm and they finally have everyone from their party seated. This was very frustrating, as we stood around, while watching others with later reservations getting seated -- without their party completely present. I digress. Around 7:40pm, a gentleman apologized for the wait (the first apology of the night!) and provided the waiting crowd with short pours of a less than stellar red wine, but the thought was appreciated. By this time, we were all very frustrated. We decided to make the most of the night and hope for the best with the cuisine. The guacamole and ceviche appetizers were good. No one truly enjoyed their entrees however. The three guests, including myself, all had dry fish dishes. Our other guest had under-seared scallops. Unfortunately, we will not be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I had the Shrimp wrapped Prosciutto and it was outstanding! I am already planning a trip back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was a very busy Saturday night and we felt a little rushed, but, overall, it was a good meal and very pleasant evening

Tags: Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was excellent and the style unique and welcoming. Thanks!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We love eating at Ena. Always excellent. The Sea Bass is the best fish I've ever had.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Cafe Ena is truly an exquisite gem! This is our favorite Twin Cities restaurant and have never been disappointed!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 19, 2018

What a gem! The service, the food, the atmosphere were amazing! The flavors burst in your mouth. Our server was dead on with her suggestions. It was our first time but definitely not our last. I have already recommended it to someone.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I’ve been here many times for multiple reasons (birthday, just dinner, etc) - never disappoints!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very cute restaurant I was very excited to get reservations for this place because of the cuisine they offered . Got there 15 mins before our reservation and it was packed. They seated us 10 mins later in I kid you not the table right next to the door. I honestly was very disappointed I was so excited to get the feel of the whole atmosphere. We ordered and the food was average nothing very memorable for the expensive price except the dessert. Their chocolate mouse cake made me want to lick the plate it was incredible!! Over all I will go back to give it another chase but we’ll see.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food and service we're good.
Very cramped, tables to close together for my taste
Kind of noisy with a metal ceiling.
Sangria was great

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We loved our meal there. I especially recommend the chips and guacamole and the churros. They were a perfect start and end to a great date night meal!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Nice, but expensive.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Cafe Ena is the perfect combination of delicious food, great service and ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Fantastic food. Very flavorful. Limited items on the menu all executed with perfection. My new favorite restaurant. Service was outstanding. It was my wife's surprise birthday party and they made us feel special and well attended to. Waiter was outstanding. He even cleared the table so that our family picture would be as perfect as the meal.

Tags: Tapas, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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