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Cafe Ena

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4601 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419-5411 (46th Street)
+1 612-824-4441
11:00 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 10:00 - 22:30
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126 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We always have a wonderful dinner at Cafe Ena, the Twin Cities has so many great restaurants and this is certainly one of those. We enjoyed ceviche which was all that advertised plus lots of small octopus, extremely large portion and excellently flavored to the last bite. For entrees we had sea bass and grouper, well prepared and presented, Hector... More 

Thank TTWindom
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I have enjoyed sharing this fabulous restaurant with everyone!! This great restaurant is always my first recommendation to my Airbnb guests.....not just because it is in my neighborhood, but the food, wine and ambiance are terrific! A really memorable experience those of us who live nearby, and for those traveling through!

Thank AlwaysLuvinLife
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

VERY reasonable and good bottles of wine during Happy Hour, delectable appetizers, very authentic Latin fare. Try the Calamares, Empanadas, delectable guacamole! Lovely atmosphere, one can actually TALK, fun location off 46th Street exit from 35W.

Thank Quilterwannabe
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This Little neighborhood restaurant has become a hub for diners and especially for foodies. The atmosphere, the food and the very special service makes this a treat for anyone visiting the Twin Cities

Thank gratitude55416
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We've had some absolutely wonderful meals at Café Ena, particularly when we first started going there a few years ago. I once had a roast duck there that was the best I've had -- just the right balance of crisp skin with a dash of spice and sweetness and perfect sides. More recently, the meals have been good, but uninspired... More 

Thank uberlink
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The service and food were wonderful all 3 times we've been to Cafe Ena. We introduced others to it, and they felt the same way.

Thank Nan N
Minnetonka, Minnesota
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Four of us went to celebrate a birthday at Cafe Ena. The food was very good, especially the Concha (Shrimp) and the Sea Bass. The waiters were not very attentive. We asked for lemons with the water, they never came. No mentioned was made of our birthday party. Too bad, because it is a good place and in spite of... More 

Thank Eaglespro
Ames, Iowa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We booked the day before and the earliest we could get a table was almost 9 PM, but we waited and were glad we did. The food was excellent, carefully prepared and very fresh. Portions were on the small side but you would expect that in a restaurant of this caliber. We had scallops and chicken and they were both... More 

Thank World_traveler_mamma
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, especially during patio season. The food is Latin Fusion and is always prepared with wonderful spices and flavors. I have loved every meal that I've had here but especially love the Campesino offered in the summer and early fall - ask them to add chicken and it's a wonderful meal. Extensive and... More 

Thank Kathleen V
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

From the guacamole to salads and main courses, everything was tasty. Presentation was solid. Knowledgable waiter, pleasant, knew the wine list well and made good suggestions. First time here but we'll be back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$30
Latin, Spanish, South American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4601 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419-5411
    (46th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-824-4441
Chef/Owner Hector Ruiz welcomes you to Cafe 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 entrees include, scallops, halibut, 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. Weekly Wine Flights are a great opportunity to sample the many styles offered on the list. If wine is not your thing, perhaps you would enjoy one of the many cervesas, always served in a frosty mug with a lime.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?