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Zen Box Izakaya

$$ - $$$Japanese, Asian,
602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1115
+1 612-332-3936
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ramen” (37 reviews)
“edamame” (7 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
Japanese, Asian, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1115
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I love good ramen, and Zen Box has it. Instead of my usual tonkotsu ramen, I got a special, seasonal ramen, which was delicious. The restaurant was very busy--it was a Friday evening--so I would make a reservation. I was alone, and they had counter...More

Thank FussyGrl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in Minneapolis for a business meeting. I had the daily special: sliced pork shoulder on noodles in a chicken and fish broth. Topped it off with red bean mochi ice cream. Very good food and very attentive service at a very reasonable price....More

Thank David V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited one evening while in Minneapolis for a conference. Enjoyed eating outside in the cool evening air. I had the gyu donburi (stewed beef with onions and pickled veg over brown rice) and the diagaku imo (sauteed yams with a sweet and spicy sauce)...More

Thank mamahahn98
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small delectable bites with good cocktails, beer and wine selection. We loved the Korean short ribs, the takoyaki and broccoli with shallots. Grilled salmon with sea salt was a little bland. So many good choices on the menu that we can't wait to try more.

Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

What I like about this restaurant is that it is something different. Japanese comfort food is what I think they call it. You won't find sushi here. Instead there are a variety of other Japanese options, many of which are smaller plates. We ordered around...More

Thank TonyA987
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This restaurant was a block away from our hotel and the Mill City Museum. The food was slightly different from your average Japanese place. Instead of sushi, the menu carries many different (and more authentic) Japanese foods. Order several items to share. Portions are not...More

Thank dmresource
Reviewed 24 June 2017

I love Zen Box because of their great happy hour and proximity to the River, Stone Arch Bridge, Mill City Museum, and Guthrie Theater. They have a wide variety so you can get a glass of wine, sake, or beer and then pair it with...More

Thank Hannah J
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Foods are so Tasteful. Tonkutsu Ramen, Chicken Yakisoba, Zenbox Wings. Kimchi Ramen and Gyu Motsu Nikomi.

Thank M7147ZVianp
Reviewed 12 June 2017

The food was wonderful--filling ramen and great vegetable plates that were both tasty and well portioned. The cocktails were special and complemented the food nicely. Great service!

Thank Vivgoesvroom
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

We were seated and got the drinks / food very fast. The food - we ordered zen chicken wings (these came burnt 👎), tuna poke (it was ok, not great quality tuna), short ribs (ok) and takoyaki (also came burnt 👎) Noise level - I...More

Thank J20ELA111
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$14
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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