Cafe Ena

★★★★☆
Restaurant features a South American theme and serves Latin American cuisine offering an extensive wine list.
  • 4601 Grand Ave S

    Minneapolis, MN 55419

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  • 612-824-4441

About Cafe Ena

Hours
Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sun 11am-9pm
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My favorite restaurant in all of Minneapolis. The food is a tad more expensive that a sports bar, but the food is so good and fresh and creative that it makes it worth the few extra dollars!! Also, you leave full, unlike a lot of expensive restaurants where you get one scallop for $25. The atmosphere is wonderful...makes you feel like you are in a 5 star restaurant, but at the same time feel comfortable in jeans!

5
★★★★★

My favorite restaurant in all of Minneapolis. The food is a tad more expensive that a sports bar, but the food is so good and fresh and creative that it makes it worth the few extra dollars!! Also, you leave full, unlike a lot of expensive restaurants where you get one scallop for $25. The atmosphere is wonderful...makes you feel like you are in a 5 star restaurant, but at the same time feel comfortable in jeans!

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The food was really good(over priced, but good); however, the service ruined it for me and our whole table. My water glass was filled twice before the server even got our drink order (we brought our own wine, so all he had to do was open it). This kept up the whole night. We finished our bread before our Appetizer order was taken and finished the apps before our order was taken. We also had to pour our own glasses of wine. I understand when a server gets busy??I was a server for 7 years. But he never mentioned this or apologized for his slow service and even when the dinner rush slowed he still didn??t seem to care. Don't waste your time.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food was really good(over priced, but good); however, the service ruined it for me and our whole table. My water glass was filled twice before the server even got our drink order (we brought our own wine, so all he had to do was open it). This kept up the whole night. We finished our bread before our Appetizer order was taken and finished the apps before our order was taken. We also had to pour our own glasses of wine. I understand when a server gets busy??I was a server for 7 years. But he never mentioned this or apologized for his slow service and even when the dinner rush slowed he still didn??t seem to care. Don't waste your time.

Pros: Food was good

Cons: Service, Menu is way over priced

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Our dinner of the month with friends found another gem. Cafe Ena has a great energetic feel in a very warm and comfortable space. The latin-oriented dishes were very creative, and very delicious. An appetizer of garlic crostini with smoked salmon, avocado, and goat cheese crumbles was a great start. My wife's scallops with coconut risotto were perfect. My Casorola di Mariscos (essentially a Bouillabaisse) was equally good; although I didn't really taste the saffron. Our friends had the steak special, and also were very enthusiastic. The desserts sounded good too, but we were all too full.

2
★★★★☆

Our dinner of the month with friends found another gem. Cafe Ena has a great energetic feel in a very warm and comfortable space. The latin-oriented dishes were very creative, and very delicious. An appetizer of garlic crostini with smoked salmon, avocado, and goat cheese crumbles was a great start. My wife's scallops with coconut risotto were perfect. My Casorola di Mariscos (essentially a Bouillabaisse) was equally good; although I didn't really taste the saffron. Our friends had the steak special, and also were very enthusiastic. The desserts sounded good too, but we were all too full.

Pros: Creative Dishes, Warm Atmosphere

Cons: Noisy, Street Parking

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Nothing more maddening to have very good food but TERRIBLE service. Have visited 3x hoping that things would change but apparently management is comfortable with the status quo. Not a new topic for them, has been since they opened up.......too bad because it could be a great place (atmosphere and food is top notch).

1
★★☆☆☆

Nothing more maddening to have very good food but TERRIBLE service. Have visited 3x hoping that things would change but apparently management is comfortable with the status quo. Not a new topic for them, has been since they opened up.......too bad because it could be a great place (atmosphere and food is top notch).

Pros: Menu is unique; Food is very good

Cons: Service - - multiple visits poor, poor, poor

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We recently tried Cafe Ena for the first time. The service was fantastic, very helpful. The food was even better. It was also Thursday, which i guess is half price wine night. Will definately be going back and recommending to friends.

2
★★★★★

We recently tried Cafe Ena for the first time. The service was fantastic, very helpful. The food was even better. It was also Thursday, which i guess is half price wine night. Will definately be going back and recommending to friends.

Pros: Ambiance, Food, Service

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My wife and I thought this place was awesome! I had the Ave. and my wife had the halibut with red pepper risotto. The server was very helpful too.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I thought this place was awesome! I had the Ave. and my wife had the halibut with red pepper risotto. The server was very helpful too.

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some of the best food i have ever had!!! i cant stop going back. the service is always amazing, they waitstaff is super knowlegeable, and very good at explaining things to u... their bread and butter basket is anything but ordinary, its not really butter, im not sure what it is but its soooo good!!! in the summer u can even sit outside and bring your dog with u(obviously if its well behaved)they also have really good sangria(one of the guys told me their trick is that theres actually not any brandy in it, just lots of wine)my fave app is the caso fundita

2
★★★★★

some of the best food i have ever had!!! i cant stop going back. the service is always amazing, they waitstaff is super knowlegeable, and very good at explaining things to u... their bread and butter basket is anything but ordinary, its not really butter, im not sure what it is but its soooo good!!! in the summer u can even sit outside and bring your dog with u(obviously if its well behaved)they also have really good sangria(one of the guys told me their trick is that theres actually not any brandy in it, just lots of wine)my fave app is the caso fundita

Pros: literally everything

Cons: its a tad bit expensive if your on a budget but they have great happy hour specials so.......

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This restaurant has great food, loved it. There chicken cordon bleu-like dish that I had was amazing and I'll be sure to come back.

2
★★★★☆

This restaurant has great food, loved it. There chicken cordon bleu-like dish that I had was amazing and I'll be sure to come back.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Expensive

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Truly superb!! Very nice slection of entrees. Excellent brunch on the weekend. Secluded location provides extremly pleasant and comfortable ambiance for relaxing and enjoyment.

2
★★★★★

Truly superb!! Very nice slection of entrees. Excellent brunch on the weekend. Secluded location provides extremly pleasant and comfortable ambiance for relaxing and enjoyment.

Pros: Excellent food and diversified menu

Cons: none

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What a great neighborhood restaurant! Took college buddies there and one from St. Paul has been back five times.

Two friends from Pittsburg thought it "unbelievable".

2
★★★★☆

What a great neighborhood restaurant! Took college buddies there and one from St. Paul has been back five times.

Two friends from Pittsburg thought it "unbelievable".

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My husband and I have been going to Cafe Ena since they opened. It's our favorite place to celebrate milestones in our life and to impress out-of-town vendors and relatives. We're so happy to have this gem so close to home! We brought my parents who are very into their wines and they were pleased with the selection. The food is always amazing and unique. Anything with the coconut risotto is my favorite!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I have been going to Cafe Ena since they opened. It's our favorite place to celebrate milestones in our life and to impress out-of-town vendors and relatives. We're so happy to have this gem so close to home! We brought my parents who are very into their wines and they were pleased with the selection. The food is always amazing and unique. Anything with the coconut risotto is my favorite!

Pros: Cozy and intimate without being stuffy

Cons: Gets very busy on weekends

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This is a very comfortable and casually elegant neighborhood restaurant. The service is great...always friendly and accommodating. I usually have numerous special requests and care is always taken to get it just right. Every meal I have had here was excellent..I usually try the fresh fish entree and my daughter enjoys the beef. Price is right...parking easy and what I really like is everything fresh daily ...including the deserts which are delicious and different. I highly recommend Cafe Ena and we will continue to make it one of our regular evenings out. We also used their catering services as organized by Erin (the owner) and this party was in June and I am still getting comments about how good the food was...again I highly recommend you consider Erin and her staff for your catering needs.

2
★★★★★

This is a very comfortable and casually elegant neighborhood restaurant. The service is great...always friendly and accommodating. I usually have numerous special requests and care is always taken to get it just right. Every meal I have had here was excellent..I usually try the fresh fish entree and my daughter enjoys the beef. Price is right...parking easy and what I really like is everything fresh daily ...including the deserts which are delicious and different. I highly recommend Cafe Ena and we will continue to make it one of our regular evenings out. We also used their catering services as organized by Erin (the owner) and this party was in June and I am still getting comments about how good the food was...again I highly recommend you consider Erin and her staff for your catering needs.

Pros: Totally fresh ingrediants, good menu choices,location and service

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Cafe Ena is by far me, my husband, and my sister's favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. It is even partly responsible for convincing my sister to move all the way from AUSTRALIA back to Minneapolis. She has traveled the world, and thinks that Cafe Ena is some of the best food she has ever had! I think that's a good reason to keep going back. The cardamom blackened salmon and the scallop's with coconut risotto are just a few of the gems on the menu. Everything from the wine list to the appetizers to the amazing desserts are just as awesome. Corn Meal Ice Cream? Get outta here! It's both delicious and incredibly creative. Can't wait until next week. We are going there again, for my sister's birthday of course!

2
★★★★★

Cafe Ena is by far me, my husband, and my sister's favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. It is even partly responsible for convincing my sister to move all the way from AUSTRALIA back to Minneapolis. She has traveled the world, and thinks that Cafe Ena is some of the best food she has ever had! I think that's a good reason to keep going back. The cardamom blackened salmon and the scallop's with coconut risotto are just a few of the gems on the menu. Everything from the wine list to the appetizers to the amazing desserts are just as awesome. Corn Meal Ice Cream? Get outta here! It's both delicious and incredibly creative. Can't wait until next week. We are going there again, for my sister's birthday of course!

Pros: Parking, Ambience, Service, FOOD!!

Cons: none.

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Last week, I had a friend visiting from New York City, and I chose to bring her to Cafe Ena for dinner. We had a superb meal, we both had fish, and a wonderful bottle of wine. The service was also excellent as was the presentation. My friend, at the end of the meal commented that she was very surprised by the quality of the meal. I wondered why, and she said that she was such a New York snob, and that our dinner was equal to any fine restaurant in New York City. I think that says it all.

2
★★★★★

Last week, I had a friend visiting from New York City, and I chose to bring her to Cafe Ena for dinner. We had a superb meal, we both had fish, and a wonderful bottle of wine. The service was also excellent as was the presentation. My friend, at the end of the meal commented that she was very surprised by the quality of the meal. I wondered why, and she said that she was such a New York snob, and that our dinner was equal to any fine restaurant in New York City. I think that says it all.

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We have been to Cafe Ena at least 5 times and have enjoyed every experience there. It is one of our favorite places to bring out of town guests and friends, as it showcases everything an outstanding local, family owned restaurant can be. There are some things on the menu I could become addicted to (key lime pie, honey/chipotle butter, mashed potatoes). The ambiance is very inviting, relaxing and comfortable. I especially appreciate the cozy waiting area (although I've never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seated). All in all, a great night out featuring food with amazing flavors!

2
★★★★★

We have been to Cafe Ena at least 5 times and have enjoyed every experience there. It is one of our favorite places to bring out of town guests and friends, as it showcases everything an outstanding local, family owned restaurant can be. There are some things on the menu I could become addicted to (key lime pie, honey/chipotle butter, mashed potatoes). The ambiance is very inviting, relaxing and comfortable. I especially appreciate the cozy waiting area (although I've never had to wait more than a few minutes to be seated). All in all, a great night out featuring food with amazing flavors!

Pros: Location, Simplicity of Menu

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We LOVE Cafe Ena...great atmosphere. Service has always been great...fast, knowledgable, friendly and unobtrusive. Also love the concept of supporting a wonderful local establishment in the heart of a neighborhood.

The Food: AMAZING and unique! I haven't had anything less than yummy yet. Their ceviche is one of my favorite appetizers anywhere.

2
★★★★★

We LOVE Cafe Ena...great atmosphere. Service has always been great...fast, knowledgable, friendly and unobtrusive. Also love the concept of supporting a wonderful local establishment in the heart of a neighborhood.

The Food: AMAZING and unique! I haven't had anything less than yummy yet. Their ceviche is one of my favorite appetizers anywhere.

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My family lives walking distance from Cafe Ena and we were so happy to see it being integrated into the neighborhood. We have since had the pleasure of enjoying many meals in the cozy restaurant. In addition to the menu always changing and offering so many different combinations of flavors, the service is superb and the staff is exceptionally personable. Whenever I eat at Cafe Ena I know I will be greeted with warm welcomes and leave with a satisfied stomach!

2
★★★★★

My family lives walking distance from Cafe Ena and we were so happy to see it being integrated into the neighborhood. We have since had the pleasure of enjoying many meals in the cozy restaurant. In addition to the menu always changing and offering so many different combinations of flavors, the service is superb and the staff is exceptionally personable. Whenever I eat at Cafe Ena I know I will be greeted with warm welcomes and leave with a satisfied stomach!

Pros: Take your pick, it's all great

Cons: none

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I visited Ena with my wife and we were very happy. Ena offers an intimate decore, an excellent service and a very good menu. The blend in flavours, where an authentic fiesta in my mouth.
I will for sure go back to Cafe Ena.

2
★★★★☆

I visited Ena with my wife and we were very happy. Ena offers an intimate decore, an excellent service and a very good menu. The blend in flavours, where an authentic fiesta in my mouth.
I will for sure go back to Cafe Ena.

Pros: Good service and food

Cons: A little dark inside and because of the size can get noisy

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My husband and I went to Cafe Ena for the first time this past Saturday night. The food was excellent and the service was top notch! Our waiter, Alberto, was very knowledgable about the entire menu and very personable. The menu was very diverse and we had a hard time choosing...everything sounded so good. I decided on the scallops with coconut risotto. It was outstanding!

The atmosphere was very cozy and romantic.

We tried the Sangria, which was great, except Alberto told us it was made minus the Spanish brandy because they don't have a full liquor license. So plan on beer, wine, or Sangria with dinner.

I highly recommend this restaurant. I think the earlier negative reviews were made when the restaurant first opened. It's only been open for a year. I think they've figured it out now!!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I went to Cafe Ena for the first time this past Saturday night. The food was excellent and the service was top notch! Our waiter, Alberto, was very knowledgable about the entire menu and very personable. The menu was very diverse and we had a hard time choosing...everything sounded so good. I decided on the scallops with coconut risotto. It was outstanding!

The atmosphere was very cozy and romantic.

We tried the Sangria, which was great, except Alberto told us it was made minus the Spanish brandy because they don't have a full liquor license. So plan on beer, wine, or Sangria with dinner.

I highly recommend this restaurant. I think the earlier negative reviews were made when the restaurant first opened. It's only been open for a year. I think they've figured it out now!!

Pros: great food and service, reasonable prices, parking

Cons: none

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Went on a Monday evening, so not very busy. Got a table right away. Our server was prompt from the initial greeting, to bringing us the check. AMAZING food. We fancy ourselves connoisseurs of calamari. It was probably a 7/10. The salads (Cesar and Cardel) were also 7/10. Interesting flavors for the dressings, and not too heavy. The entrees however were a 10/10. I got the seared ahi on mashed potatoes with asparagus and my husband got the scallops on coconut risotto. They were phenomenal. Great textures. Great seasonings. Slightly small for the price. We also wished they had had a larger selection of wine by the glass. Ambiance was quite nice as well, I could actually hear my husband across from me. Overall, this was a surprising little find (I drive by it at least once a week, and decided to give it a try, knowing nothing about it). We will definitely go back, and next time we'll take some friends along!

2
★★★★★

Went on a Monday evening, so not very busy. Got a table right away. Our server was prompt from the initial greeting, to bringing us the check. AMAZING food. We fancy ourselves connoisseurs of calamari. It was probably a 7/10. The salads (Cesar and Cardel) were also 7/10. Interesting flavors for the dressings, and not too heavy. The entrees however were a 10/10. I got the seared ahi on mashed potatoes with asparagus and my husband got the scallops on coconut risotto. They were phenomenal. Great textures. Great seasonings. Slightly small for the price. We also wished they had had a larger selection of wine by the glass. Ambiance was quite nice as well, I could actually hear my husband across from me. Overall, this was a surprising little find (I drive by it at least once a week, and decided to give it a try, knowing nothing about it). We will definitely go back, and next time we'll take some friends along!

Pros: Free street parking, great service

Cons: price

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Thank you for taking the time to read this review - I hope you find it worth the time.

My gal and I fancy ourselves as foodies and we eat out at least twice a week. We had tentatively planned to visit Solera but she suggested that I pick something else - and I found Cafe Ena on Opentable. Jeans are perfect, but you can also dress up if you want. The reviews of Cafe Ena on Citysearch seem to be improving with every passing month, and they are very deserving of such high accolades. We showed up at 9:00 PM for a 9:30 reservation - expecting to have a glass of wine and do some waiting. The host smiled (sadly this simple gesture is a rarity in many restaurants) and warmly welcomed us inside. We got sat after less than 20 minutes of waiting, and were faced with a well-prepared table and a wonderfully diverse menu. We were greeted by the busboy that filled our water and spoke a warm welcome in English (I know this sounds like a small thing, but I don't like it when someone skulks up to the table and doesn't say anything.) Our server arrived shortly and offered some welcome suggestions for drinks and dinner. A glass of sangria was just excellent. We selected the Arepas appetizer and it was excellent. Next time I may also try the calamari or civeche. Dinner was the pork tenderloin off the published menu and the seabass off the special menu. Both were perfectly seasoned, hot, and tasted fresh. We followed that up with some bread pudding and some latin-style strawberry tiramisu. It was a bit of a challenge to get our server's attention at the end of the meal, she was obviously busy with her closing sidework. She finally surfaced again, and the night ended with our satisfied smiles. Make it a date, and go have some great latin food in a cozy, locally-owned gem.

2
★★★★★

Thank you for taking the time to read this review - I hope you find it worth the time.

My gal and I fancy ourselves as foodies and we eat out at least twice a week. We had tentatively planned to visit Solera but she suggested that I pick something else - and I found Cafe Ena on Opentable. Jeans are perfect, but you can also dress up if you want. The reviews of Cafe Ena on Citysearch seem to be improving with every passing month, and they are very deserving of such high accolades. We showed up at 9:00 PM for a 9:30 reservation - expecting to have a glass of wine and do some waiting. The host smiled (sadly this simple gesture is a rarity in many restaurants) and warmly welcomed us inside. We got sat after less than 20 minutes of waiting, and were faced with a well-prepared table and a wonderfully diverse menu. We were greeted by the busboy that filled our water and spoke a warm welcome in English (I know this sounds like a small thing, but I don't like it when someone skulks up to the table and doesn't say anything.) Our server arrived shortly and offered some welcome suggestions for drinks and dinner. A glass of sangria was just excellent. We selected the Arepas appetizer and it was excellent. Next time I may also try the calamari or civeche. Dinner was the pork tenderloin off the published menu and the seabass off the special menu. Both were perfectly seasoned, hot, and tasted fresh. We followed that up with some bread pudding and some latin-style strawberry tiramisu. It was a bit of a challenge to get our server's attention at the end of the meal, she was obviously busy with her closing sidework. She finally surfaced again, and the night ended with our satisfied smiles. Make it a date, and go have some great latin food in a cozy, locally-owned gem.

Pros: Wide menu, warm ambience, subtle music, good service

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after visiting the rest. last night feel i need to leave a review after reading a few of the above - had excellent food and service - was very busy of course on a full friday evening but couldn't tell as we were treated well. Walked in for our res - table ready in 5 minutes, had a great bottle of wine while we waited. Then the food was good from appetizer to the end. The Monk fish was my favorite (am a little biased as that was my dish)!

will be going back for sure!!!

2
★★★★★

after visiting the rest. last night feel i need to leave a review after reading a few of the above - had excellent food and service - was very busy of course on a full friday evening but couldn't tell as we were treated well. Walked in for our res - table ready in 5 minutes, had a great bottle of wine while we waited. Then the food was good from appetizer to the end. The Monk fish was my favorite (am a little biased as that was my dish)!

will be going back for sure!!!

Pros: service - was doted on for the entire eve

Cons: none

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My husband and I have been to Cafe Ena two times - once this past summer and then again in November. Both dining experiences were delightful. The first time we had not made reservations and had to wait about an hour but it was a beautiful night and got to explore the neighborhood. When we returned we were able to enjoy a glass of wine from their great selection and were then seated. The ambience is cozy and people watching is great. The food is definitely the high point, it is to die for! They use wonderful blends of spices in their dishes. The presentation of the food is great and the taste is exquisite. The experience is infused with latin music to further enhance the experience. We loved the great selection of appetizers - the ceviche was memorable. We would highly recommend this place and agree it may be one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants in the Twin Cities.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I have been to Cafe Ena two times - once this past summer and then again in November. Both dining experiences were delightful. The first time we had not made reservations and had to wait about an hour but it was a beautiful night and got to explore the neighborhood. When we returned we were able to enjoy a glass of wine from their great selection and were then seated. The ambience is cozy and people watching is great. The food is definitely the high point, it is to die for! They use wonderful blends of spices in their dishes. The presentation of the food is great and the taste is exquisite. The experience is infused with latin music to further enhance the experience. We loved the great selection of appetizers - the ceviche was memorable. We would highly recommend this place and agree it may be one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants in the Twin Cities.

Pros: Excellent selection of entrees

Cons: Dinner had to eventually end!

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The food was great, we had appetizers - they were awesome and my meal and the other four meals were equally good. I have also been there with my kids 6 and 8 and they love it - they can have original orange pop from Mexico and cheese quesadillas they were satisfied. The wine we had was also good. I wish they served some of their bottled wine by the glass - but over all all three times I have been there have been very good

2
★★★★★

The food was great, we had appetizers - they were awesome and my meal and the other four meals were equally good. I have also been there with my kids 6 and 8 and they love it - they can have original orange pop from Mexico and cheese quesadillas they were satisfied. The wine we had was also good. I wish they served some of their bottled wine by the glass - but over all all three times I have been there have been very good

Pros: Great Service, nice atmosphere and great food

Cons: more wines by the glass selection

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We dropped by Cafe Ena for Friday lunch. Restaurant busy but not unusual for Friday lunch in the city. Very slow service. Waited long time to give order, to get order, and get bill. Finally went to counter to get bill. Waiter couldn't answer basic questions about the menu. Hung around saying "I don't know" until we gently suggested he ask someone in the kitchen. Didn't ask us how we wanted something cooked. Waiter brought us food meant for another table. Salad came missing ingredients. Bathroom out of paper towels. In frustration, asked to see manager. No manager. Hostess unable to resolve any issues, seemed flustered. Food okay, atmosphere okay, but not worth poor service, high prices, small portions. Menu also limited on veggie items. Wouldn't recommend.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We dropped by Cafe Ena for Friday lunch. Restaurant busy but not unusual for Friday lunch in the city. Very slow service. Waited long time to give order, to get order, and get bill. Finally went to counter to get bill. Waiter couldn't answer basic questions about the menu. Hung around saying "I don't know" until we gently suggested he ask someone in the kitchen. Didn't ask us how we wanted something cooked. Waiter brought us food meant for another table. Salad came missing ingredients. Bathroom out of paper towels. In frustration, asked to see manager. No manager. Hostess unable to resolve any issues, seemed flustered. Food okay, atmosphere okay, but not worth poor service, high prices, small portions. Menu also limited on veggie items. Wouldn't recommend.

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We ate at Cafe Ena mid-August '07 and had a fabulous experience! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, the by-the-glass wine selection was nice, our clean water glasses were kept full and the place was packed both at 7:30 when we arrived and were promptly seated, and at 9:30, when we were leaving. My scallops were tender and served with a beautiful mix of julienne vegetables and fruits in a sauce so good I wanted to mop my plate with their wonderful French bread. Every plate that passed our table was a feast for the eyes. My friend had the ahi tuna, and she loved her entree as well. It was a delightful experience and we will definitely go back again. .

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★★★★☆

We ate at Cafe Ena mid-August '07 and had a fabulous experience! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, the by-the-glass wine selection was nice, our clean water glasses were kept full and the place was packed both at 7:30 when we arrived and were promptly seated, and at 9:30, when we were leaving. My scallops were tender and served with a beautiful mix of julienne vegetables and fruits in a sauce so good I wanted to mop my plate with their wonderful French bread. Every plate that passed our table was a feast for the eyes. My friend had the ahi tuna, and she loved her entree as well. It was a delightful experience and we will definitely go back again. .

Pros: Beautiful, well-prepared food, great service, and creative cooking.

Cons: None

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We had to sit under the AC vent which dripped all over us AND our food. Our server seemed very overwhelmed and flustered. Our food took a VERY long time I would say almost 40 min from the time we ordered to when we got our food. We never got our appetizer. We didn't get the correct wine we ordered. We ordered one dessert and got another. Our dishes, glasses and silverware were all FILTHY! we had to polish our own silverware. When we just wanted to get out of there our server never brought our check. We had to go ask the host for it, then he never came and picked up our credit card we had to bring it up also. This might not seem that awful of an experience to some of you but for two people our bill was $135. We weren't being cheap. We came to spend money, and have a good time. We felt cheated. For how much money we spent we should have had a MUCH MORE enjoyable experience. We will NOT, NO, NEVER go back to ena.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had to sit under the AC vent which dripped all over us AND our food. Our server seemed very overwhelmed and flustered. Our food took a VERY long time I would say almost 40 min from the time we ordered to when we got our food. We never got our appetizer. We didn't get the correct wine we ordered. We ordered one dessert and got another. Our dishes, glasses and silverware were all FILTHY! we had to polish our own silverware. When we just wanted to get out of there our server never brought our check. We had to go ask the host for it, then he never came and picked up our credit card we had to bring it up also. This might not seem that awful of an experience to some of you but for two people our bill was $135. We weren't being cheap. We came to spend money, and have a good time. We felt cheated. For how much money we spent we should have had a MUCH MORE enjoyable experience. We will NOT, NO, NEVER go back to ena.

Pros: bathrooms are nice

Cons: service, portions too small, dirty dirty dishes

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we went to cafe ena for my birthday and it alone ruined our night. We had made a reservation and we had to wait about 20 extra minutes to be sat. From the start our waiter was short and unfriendly. He never told us about the specials. When we explained that we were in a bit of a rush, (only because we were sat late) he didn't even respond. He had no personality. The appetizer that we ordered never came and when we inquired he said "dammit, I forgot" no sorry about that, no would you still like that? just a "dammit". The dinner we did get took FOREVER! well my boyfriends did. I watched my food sit on their counter for nearly 10 min. When we asked our server if he could check when the food would be ready he simply replied "as you can see we are very busy, I'm sure it will be out soon." but he said it with attitude, patronizing, like we were whiney six year olds. I ordered a second glass of wine which he never brought. We sat with empty water glasses for our whole meal. no one seemed friendly, not the busser or the hosts. I don't go to places for 'great' service but I defiantly stay away from the places who have awful service. It was an over all disastrous experience, and we missed our movie. The food was good but mine was cold. I don?t think we will go back to Ena, nor will I recommend it to anyone and I would even go so far as to say just pick some other place. They charge too much to feel this disappointed.

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★★☆☆☆

we went to cafe ena for my birthday and it alone ruined our night. We had made a reservation and we had to wait about 20 extra minutes to be sat. From the start our waiter was short and unfriendly. He never told us about the specials. When we explained that we were in a bit of a rush, (only because we were sat late) he didn't even respond. He had no personality. The appetizer that we ordered never came and when we inquired he said "dammit, I forgot" no sorry about that, no would you still like that? just a "dammit". The dinner we did get took FOREVER! well my boyfriends did. I watched my food sit on their counter for nearly 10 min. When we asked our server if he could check when the food would be ready he simply replied "as you can see we are very busy, I'm sure it will be out soon." but he said it with attitude, patronizing, like we were whiney six year olds. I ordered a second glass of wine which he never brought. We sat with empty water glasses for our whole meal. no one seemed friendly, not the busser or the hosts. I don't go to places for 'great' service but I defiantly stay away from the places who have awful service. It was an over all disastrous experience, and we missed our movie. The food was good but mine was cold. I don?t think we will go back to Ena, nor will I recommend it to anyone and I would even go so far as to say just pick some other place. They charge too much to feel this disappointed.

Pros: nice wine list, pretty decor

Cons: SERVICE was awful, Food was cold

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I recently dined at the new cafe ena. Save your money. We had to wait 25 minutes after our RESERVED time to be seated. There are ton of tables and it is really noisy. When I went to drink out of my water glass there was an even layer of grime all over it. I asked my server if he could get me a clean one and he returned with a glass equally as dirty. There was also lipstick marks all over my wine glass when he brought it out to me. I watched a server sneeze into his hands and then grab someones food without washing them. As if that weren't enough health code strikes there was a piece of hair in my husbands food. When we alerted our waiter he seemed somewhat unconcerned, like we were bothering him with a trivial complaint. He didn't even offer him something else off the menu. The food was good, a little over priced for the portions and way over priced for the experience. I was grossed out by the lack of concern for cleanliness. I felt really let down, there are few things more disappointing than a bad dining experience.

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★★☆☆☆

I recently dined at the new cafe ena. Save your money. We had to wait 25 minutes after our RESERVED time to be seated. There are ton of tables and it is really noisy. When I went to drink out of my water glass there was an even layer of grime all over it. I asked my server if he could get me a clean one and he returned with a glass equally as dirty. There was also lipstick marks all over my wine glass when he brought it out to me. I watched a server sneeze into his hands and then grab someones food without washing them. As if that weren't enough health code strikes there was a piece of hair in my husbands food. When we alerted our waiter he seemed somewhat unconcerned, like we were bothering him with a trivial complaint. He didn't even offer him something else off the menu. The food was good, a little over priced for the portions and way over priced for the experience. I was grossed out by the lack of concern for cleanliness. I felt really let down, there are few things more disappointing than a bad dining experience.

Pros: winelist

Cons: apathetic- unfriendly service, lack of cleanliness

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I grew up in this neighborhood. Does anyone remember the Grand Dairy? This restaurant is located in the same spot. We decided to try it out since I had read a great review which also mentioned reasonable prices. I would say that the average entree price is $18. My husband ordered a steak special with mashed potatoes and asparagas. Almost one third of the steak was fat. My mom and I split a caesar salad (very average in taste and size) and an appetizer special. The appetizers consisted of prochutto(?) wrapped scallops(2), deep fried shrimp(2) and tortilla chips(2) covered with pico de gallo and guacamole. The appetizers were excellent, but I wish the portions had been slightly larger. They don't have a kids menu but they do offer chicken tenders or a cheese quesadilla with french fries. Our bill, which consisted of the steak special, the appetizer special, two ala carte caesar salads, a quesadilla kids meal and two Tecate beers - $74. I don't know if I'll go back?? If I do, I'll order a regular menu item versus one of their "specials".

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★★★☆☆

I grew up in this neighborhood. Does anyone remember the Grand Dairy? This restaurant is located in the same spot. We decided to try it out since I had read a great review which also mentioned reasonable prices. I would say that the average entree price is $18. My husband ordered a steak special with mashed potatoes and asparagas. Almost one third of the steak was fat. My mom and I split a caesar salad (very average in taste and size) and an appetizer special. The appetizers consisted of prochutto(?) wrapped scallops(2), deep fried shrimp(2) and tortilla chips(2) covered with pico de gallo and guacamole. The appetizers were excellent, but I wish the portions had been slightly larger. They don't have a kids menu but they do offer chicken tenders or a cheese quesadilla with french fries. Our bill, which consisted of the steak special, the appetizer special, two ala carte caesar salads, a quesadilla kids meal and two Tecate beers - $74. I don't know if I'll go back?? If I do, I'll order a regular menu item versus one of their "specials".

Pros: Great Ambience, Good Service, Good Wine List

Cons: Price/Value, Portion Size

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AMAZING food!!! Great, personalized service from genuine, well presented servers (I had the cute redhead, Colleen). What this couple has done, transforming that nasty corner store in to this gorgeous sort of mid- town manhattan bistro has awakened the neighborhood. For those of you that think the prices are a little high, just remember: great food costs a little extra. The price is definitely worth it. Try the Chile en Hogada!!
5*****'s. Thank you to Erin and Hector! Make sure you check it out!

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★★★★★

AMAZING food!!! Great, personalized service from genuine, well presented servers (I had the cute redhead, Colleen). What this couple has done, transforming that nasty corner store in to this gorgeous sort of mid- town manhattan bistro has awakened the neighborhood. For those of you that think the prices are a little high, just remember: great food costs a little extra. The price is definitely worth it. Try the Chile en Hogada!!
5*****'s. Thank you to Erin and Hector! Make sure you check it out!

Pros: Service, Food, over all welcomed feeling

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This neighborhood has been dying for something like this. Amazing food and amazing service! We sat at the little bar and applauded the food that was served because it was so pretty! The manager, Justin, is a DOLL ! We can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

This neighborhood has been dying for something like this. Amazing food and amazing service! We sat at the little bar and applauded the food that was served because it was so pretty! The manager, Justin, is a DOLL ! We can't wait to go back!

Pros: ambience, convenient, good prices, amazing food!

 

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