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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 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a Friday night, before seeing A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater. Website said they don't take reservations unless it's for a party of 6 or more, but we were asked if we had reservations at the door. They were very busy, of course....It was a Friday night, but they found a table for us right away.... More 

Thank Lynn C
Minneapolis, mn
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85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first went to this place a few years back when it opened. We didn't like it: Food was too salty. On a recent visit to Minneapolis, though, we visited three different times, once for lunch carry out and twice for dinner. It took that many visits for me to get ramen, as they don't do ramen carryout, and the... More 

Thank DorkySwede
Vero Beach, Florida
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Zen Box was excellent - Japanese tapas style and inexpensive to boot! My boyfriend and I walked here after ice skating at The Depot and we loved it. We ordered four dishes plus dessert and shared it all - only ended up being around $30. Service was great and fast, and the interior was very hip and fun. Definitely recommend!... More 

Thank rubymoose
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The wife, our little one and I came in for lunch and is was a perfect day for it, with it being so cold outside. We started with octopus tokoyaki and a short rib bento box( we ordered this first so we could get our daughter eating right away) the tokoyaki was very good, it was four balls of fried... More 

Thank bribri612
Winnipeg, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Friends and I made a road trip to Minneapolis from Canada. When we got there, we just searched well-reviewed restaurants to visit. Found Zen Box Izakaya. We had not made a reservation and the place looked packed. Staff found us a spot right away, and the server was very quick and accommodating. Good suggestions. I'm very familiar with Japanese food... More 

Thank christianmN7517HY
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

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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87 reviews
58 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 Tom C
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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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150 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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

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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
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?