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“Not Disappointed”
Review of Cafe Ena

Cafe Ena
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Ranked #42 of 1,806 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $28
Cuisines: South American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 46th Street
Description: 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.
Minneapolis
2 reviews
“Not Disappointed”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

We've been to Cafe Ena a number of times in the last few years. The food, wine and atmosphere have been consistently good.

Last we were here we had a dish with scallops and another olive crusted steak over risotto. Muy Bien!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank B C
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Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“A Simple Menu, But Complex Tasty Food”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

How lucky am I? We went to eat at Patisserie and found it closed, so we walked accross the street to Cafe Ena. This cafe is one of the better finds we have had recently and in Minneapolis, quite far from the border. We lived for a decade in Tucson and fancy ourselves as somewhat expert in the grading of food from south of the border (we made many trips there, too, sampling the foods of a number of Mexican areas. I can confidently report that the enchiladas mole, and quesadilla con queso y hongos (cheese and wild mushrooms) were first class. And be sure to sample the quacamole as it is unique with mango and other items very tastefully added. The young lady who served us gave us great advice, and the price was quite reasonable. Be sure to check this cafe out when looking for great food in Minneapolis.

  • Visited November 2012
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Edina, MN
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Neighborhood Gem”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I are cafe Ena "regulars". Regulars in the sense, (we love this place so much), that we try not to go every week and spoil the special experience it is. Over the past two years we have introduced Cafe Ena to 40+ people and counting.

It is a small locally owned neighborhood restaurant in South Minneapolis that offers excellent latin fusion cuisine. The best appetizers include the ceviche, chunky gaucamole, and the Camaron Caribe (shrimp with corn-potato fritters that are to die for!) As for the entrees, we enjoy them all, but we have never gone wrong selecting the daily specials. They prepare fish as well as anyone in Minneapolis! (including McCormick & Schmick's or Oceanaire).

The atmosphere is simple, but comfortable. We like to come a little earlier in the evening so we can get one of the few booths. Most of the servers are quite friendly, with one or two exceptions, and are always attentive. The pricing is a little high, but is within other quality dining experiences, and has never been a deal breaker.

My wife and I highly recommend Cafe Ena. But please, save a booth for us!

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank MNWeLoveTravel
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Great food, right in the heart of S. Mpls”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

My wife and I shared the scallops and the pork loin. Both were fantastic and went great with the sangria. Definitely get a reservation but it's a great place for a double date.

  • Visited October 2012
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indianapolis, IN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

My sister and I had dinner here on a Friday night. The restaurant is a small neighborhood place. It has a friendly atmosphere. We split the beet salad, which was awesome. We each ordered a different fish dish and both were wonderful and were very generous portions. Our waitress was efficient; not especially friendly but not unfriendly--just professional. I highly recommend this restaurant. It was a wonderful dining experience.

  • Visited September 2012
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