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Zen Box Izakaya

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Japanese, Asian, Gastropub
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602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1115 (Portland Ave)
+1 612-332-3936
17:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On Saturday, October 29th, two friends , my husband and I had dinner at this restaurant. It was the first time for all of us to dine there. The highlight of the meal was a starter, Kani Avocado. We all loved it. It's what I call the Japanese version of guacamole. It is a combination of avocado, lump crab meat,... More 

Thank peripateticpeg
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great food choices for lunch or dinner. Service is great. Prices are very reasonable! The bento boxes are great; their gyoza's are unbeatable!

Thank Dawn M
Charlotte, North Carolina
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

What a great little find! Fun/funky decor and employees. It was busy on a Monday night which was a good sign. Lots of interesting things on the menu, which ranged far and wide across oriental foods. As mentioned on the menu, portions are smallish, perfect for sharing, there are only a few ‘entrees’. I’m not sure I could give you... More 

Thank tc4real
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We had two types of Ramen bowl and they were both delicious! Absolutely recommend this place. Great service, very busy during weekday lunch!

Thank APClancey
Los Altos, California
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141 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

The grilled tofu skewer had the perfect consistency with the dipping sauce. Curry was tasty. Chilled noodles soba salad had the perfect crunchy consistency. My colleague tasted the tonkotsu pork ramen and did not speak for a few minutes as he was so in love with this dish. Our waitress mentioned the owner used to work in a Japanese restaurant... More 

Thank art-scuba
Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Had lunch here for the first time today. I'm vegetarian, my husband is not. We both loved our meals! Good service, friendly staff. Only gave it four stars because I think the decor leaves a bit to be desired, but highly recommended for the food.

Thank Lynda T
Seoul, South Korea
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78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Perhaps this place is good to the saltier palate of the Minneapolis residents... Or perhaps it had an off day (though the place was packed for a weekday lunch and people did seem to be enjoying themselves...). For the five of us from New Jersey / New York, we couldn't eat the food for various reasons. To start, the gyoza... More 

Thank Aryun
Minneapolis, MN
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1,519 reviews
807 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We sat outside which was probably our favorite part of this visit. We tried many of the "must try" items highlighted on the menu but they just weren't that great. We tried a few appetizers, sashimi, Ramen, and more. It was just good, but nothing special.

Thank lucycan
San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

My dad and I decided to try this little gem before a show at the Guthrie. It's just a few blocks away and serves much of its food family style. Everything we had was interesting and tasted great. Sevice was excellent. My favorite was the Aburi Salmon.

Thank APS_SA_09
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92 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Silken tofu salad, seaweed salad, pork belly and onions, rice in a tea broth with nori and chicken and rice bowl were our choices with pina colada soda. There were refreshingly very different items than many Japanese restaurants I have been to as they say it is Japanese Izakaya style. I can see some people turned off by the rice/tea... More 

Thank Anaispins

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Japanese, Asian, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1115
    (Portland Ave)
  • Public Transportation: Metro Transit Lightrail: Metrodome Station. Metro Transit Bus No. 7 & 22
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 612-332-3936
Twin Cities' Izakaya Pioneer - Zen Box Izakaya. We are devoted to the pleasures of Craft Ramen & Japanese comfort food. Zen Box Izakaya is THE place for 'Good Food, Good Drinks and Good Company'.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?