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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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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“ramen” (41 reviews)
“donburi” (4 reviews)
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Japanese, Asian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1115
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Reviewed yesterday

This place looks genuine. Great staff. Well appointed. The happy hour ran until 6 p.m on Saturday which saved us some money as we arrived at 5:40 p.m. before our show at the Guthrie. It was an easy walk. Great Japanese Tappas style food. Great...More

Thank Nardiesally
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

I really enjoyed my dinner here. The Kimchi Ramen was outstanding and so was the Avocado Tempura. Some dishes weren’t as good unfortunately. But overall it was a great meal. Specially for the fact that they have Asahi on Draught.

Thank CutbertoParraNicolin
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Fun, relaxing atmosphere, attentive service, and seriously delicious bowls of ramen! If you can get the weekend special (dinner only) always try that!

Thank Lori B
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

I went with my two friends based off another friend’s recommendation. We went around noon or one and we were able to be sat right away. Our server was very nice and severed us in a timely manner. I got the beef bowl and wasn’t...More

Thank Nataly M
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend. The tuna tataki was very tasty. the kimchi Raman was amazing and very good portions. I will be back!

Thank imer123
Reviewed 16 September 2017

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 9 September 2017 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 7 September 2017

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 23 August 2017 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
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Questions & Answers
24 October 2017|
Response from Lapster2011 | Reviewed this property |
Did not see anything on their menus about the source of the ramen noodles, (wheat? most likely). No rice or egg noodles dishes like in a Vietnamese restaurant either. Hope it helps!
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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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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