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Cafe Ena

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$$ - $$$
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4601 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419-5411 (46th Street)
+1 612-824-4441
11:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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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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Wayzata, Minnesota
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110 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe Ena is a popular neighborhood location due to its ability consistently provide flavorful dishes of Latin influence. The only drawback is that it is densely packed with tables in a relatively small space.

Thank mnkittycat
Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota
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111 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dined here recently with our three young adults. We are glad we made a reservation for 7:45 pm as it was completely full. This was the first good sign that this neighborhood establishment must be good. And it was. The food was very good, as was the service. We need more neighborhood gems like Cafe Ena than the boring... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
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86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great find in South Minneapolis. Supurb service and atmosphere and the food is exceptional. We had the best empanadas I have had in ages. Wonderful Latin Fusion food. Really can't recommend them enough - unless you choose to try LaFresca or Rincon 38. These are all sister restaurants and we've tried them all. Each a great choice and... More 

Thank HollyP330
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the Cuban and Negril sandwiches with flan for dessert. Todo fue muy sabroso!!! My highest recommendations and we can't wait to come back.

Thank Joe L
Freeport, United States
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103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The staff was wonderful - we arrived at 5:30 and had the place almost to ourselves. We were told the guacamole was extra special and it really was - the flavor and presentation were very special. The decor is beautiful and you can see how talented the chef is. The steak was wonderful and so was the pork.

Thank Timothy J
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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$30
Latin, 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?