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Date
Sat, 2/24
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7:00 PM
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Cafe Ena

4.5
2198 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic
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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


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Phone number
(612) 824-4441
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hector Ruiz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
46th Street
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2198 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 7 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.

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MGUF (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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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Tinkster (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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onnieb 
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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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fawtandthebaby (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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Guitar (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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Banjo (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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vipBpinmn (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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VickiF (Minneapolis)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  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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Rycraft (Minneapolis)
5.0  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.

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vipRick (Minneapolis)
3.0  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.

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RangerPug (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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vipSwedishgirllovespasta (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

One of our favorites in the Twin Cities.

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laurabeth33 (Minneapolis)
5.0  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!

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DebbieS (Minneapolis)
3.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Mobile)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Scrumptious

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vipPamela (Minneapolis)
2.0  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!

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frequentoften (Minneapolis)
4.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
2.0  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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LiveAndLoveMN (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  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

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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