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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (45)
Creative Cuisine (39)
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Good for a Date (31)
Authentic (29)
Cozy (26)
Romantic (24)
Casual (23)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Healthy (15)
Fun (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Tapas (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Seasonal (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 7, 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 7, 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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·Dined on January 5, 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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I very much enjoyed my dinner with my friend at this restaurant. The menu is excellent and the server outstanding! I will recommend this cozy neighborhood restaurant to everyone. Thank you, Cafe Ena!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have loved this restaurant in the past but I think the owner has spread himself too thin by opening too many restaurants. The food was fair at best this time. I ordered scallops. They were sandy. They were hot but the risotto served with them was ice cold in spots as though it had been microwaved.
We will not be going back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve friends dinner. The food was wonderful as always. Great seafood and sides. Gaucamole is a must and the app tri was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is by far my favorite restaurant in MN!!! The food's untouchable and the friendly service is just as good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I have dined at Cafe Ena a few times and have always enjoyed it immensely. The restaurant is fairly small. Get a booth, if possible. The second time I visited, one of my dining companions said the Bife de Chorizo was one of the best steaks he has ever eaten. I have had beef every time that I was there and would agree with his assessment, but the menu has many other options, including fish, seafood, poultry, pork and a vegetarian option. The menu varies as they take a seasonal approach to their menu with ingredients sourced locally, sustainably harvested and raised ethically. Highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Dinner for two on New Year’s Eve was great. The scallops and lobster pasta, seafood chowder and, of course, the guacamole were all delicious. This restaurant never disappoints.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

big fan of a previous restaurant this owner had El Meson... ena doesn't even come close! cute spot not bad happy hr prices.. empanadas ok... I had a steak with fries with chimichurri.. ordered medium and was rare. I am sure they would have corrected but i am not a fan of sending back food for many reasons. freezing in the place not sure if. door was open somewhere? all in all not super impressed

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We love Cafe Ena but the salmon was not so good when we were there this time

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was cold, Salmon tasted re-heated, and service felt rushed. Sad because the restaurant looks/feels wonderful.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Café Ena never disappoints. Don't be put off by the side door entrance, that's just another detail that has been well thought out to provide the best dining experience. The chef specials are fantastic and staff know how to make your night special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Totally lovely

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We enjoyed a nice birthday dinner (that was noted on our reservation but not recognized by our serve staff). The food seemed not as spectacular as in the past and service was not as polished. The specials, in particular, were rather bland. Our reservation was at 8:00 and we felt that staff was rushing us from the time we sat down. Kind of a so-so night.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great neighborhood spot & the food is terrific. Best guack ever. I love this place but it is very noisy when busy.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Overall good service and great food. I had asked for a booth im a quiet corner which was not honored. We ended up being seated at a table which was in between 2 other tables and when people sat at the other tables you couldn’t have a conversation because you were muted by their conversation. The our table was woobly. The waiter tried to fix it but it was still woobly. 2 of us on our 25th wedding anniversary. Paid $100.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Cafe Ena is a charming neighborhood restaurant with fresh, delicious food beautifully served. The service is friendly and warm and the atmosphere is quiet even with many other diners.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This was our third time at Ena. Obviously we had good experiences previously. Not sure what happened this time, but everything went down hill. It might be that the watchful eye of Hector the owner is now spread too thin between 4 restaurants, but whatever the reason, we won't be going back for quite awhile. I will note right away that the service was still good, though one could argue a bit too efficient.

First, be aware there are now just a few bottles of wine under $50. We can't be the only customers not wanting to spend that and easily more.

The food overall was simply underwhelming. We started with the Ceviche. It was fine but nothing special. Half the chips were broken into little pieces and should have been in the garbage rather than on our plate.

I had the spinach salad which amounted to nothing more than a bunch of spinach tossed with a bit of flavorless dressing and a few sprinkles of goat cheese. If there were shaved apples and fennel in there I could not find them. 10 bucks.

My wife had the tomato salad which was a pretty presentation (very small) but the tamarind balsamic glaze was just tasteless. Maybe if there was more? Again, 10 bucks.

For dinner I had the Sea Bass. If it was sea bass, it was a different species of sea bass than I am used to. It was supposedly crusted with pistachios. Well if they so I guess. It was laid on top of some tasteless potatoes and brocollini. Where was the truffle pea sauce and mango salsa? Maybe they ran out?

Lastly my wife had the Grouper special which was the highlight of the meal I guess you could say. It was served on top of some grits which actually did have some flavor.

So, maybe it was an off night, but our experience would indicate the food is missing the love it had when the place first opened. I can only assume the wine list change relates to needing a higher profit margin.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Had at been there in a while, and still just as good. Impressed they’ve maintained their excellence.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Spicy, Business Meals, Cozy, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I love this place ! Great service and ambiance. There is a good selection of fish entrees the presentation is beautiful
My only complaint is the veggies were so under cooked.
I love crisp Brussels sprouts and zucchini but these were barely warm
Maybe better next time

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was my first dinner at Cafe Ena in many years and I can't believe it took me so long to get back there. My wife and I booked a table a few hours in advance and we are very glad we did. The decor at Ena is nothing special - just a casual neighborhood restaurant - but our service was exceptional (thanks to Raphael!) and our dinner (with one small issue) was perfect. If you go, start by pairing their guacamole and a glass of wine (Tempranillo or Chardonnay depending on whether you like red or white), which seems to be the thing to do. It's a great start to an Ena meal! We shared an excellent Palmito salad and I ordered the Conchas (sea scallops with curry and coconut risotto) and my wife ordered the Lubina (sea bass with potatoes and mango salsa). Both were unique and very tasty. Note that these dishes are a bit on the rich side - especially the risotto - so don't overeat before the entrees arrive. My wife's sea bass was a bit undercooked, but they immediately resolved the situation with a new plate with no questions asked. Bottom line: Cafe Ena is a must visit, so if you are thinking about going - do it!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 2, 2017

First time at this restaurant. Great little place in a quiet neighborhood. The dining room is cozy, so, we were glad we got there early. Entrees are fresh, inventive and very tasty. Only beer and wine, but that was ok with us. Our Wine choices to go with dinner were excellent. Will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Such a great evening. Great food, wonderful service, nicely paced, and did not feel rushed to leave.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was delicious. Everything that we ordered was tasty and served beautifully.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food in a wonderful neighborhood spot with freshly prepared meal and attentive service

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Cute spot with knowledgeable wait person. Most wine bottles were 1/2 price that night so indulged with some we normally wouldn't purchase. Nice time!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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