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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
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Jacksonville, Florida
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211 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

1-page lunch menu offered a good selection, from sashimi & ramen, to donburi & yakisoba. Dinner menu had more yakitori choices. Picked the bento chicken teriyaki since it was like a combo/sampler plate. The box had generous portions. The julienne cabbage was served with ginger sauce. Add 2 dumplings, edamame, a scoop of rice (white or brown), and a large... More 

Thank Lapster2011
St. John's, Newfoundland
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303 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was brought here by friends who live in the neighbourhood. It is a popular restaurant at which one likely needs reservations; reservations are certainly necessary if you want a table by the window. The food was wonderful. Very tasty, well-prepared, and reasonable-sized portions. The waitstaff were attentive and helpful, and efficient. We had a great meal, never felt rushed, and... More 

Thank RAKlein
Iowa City, Iowa
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201 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I came here for dinner on a frosty March night. We were a group of 3 and sat at the high bar. We ordered flame-seared salmon as an appetizer and I had the calamari for dinner with Surly on draft. Delicious and I think you would like this fun place for a meal too.

Thank Scott319
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Food was fantastic. Wait service was exceptional. Our waiter was more than happy to answer all of our questions. He spent a good amount of time with us and was attentive throughout the evening. The Avocado Dip is highly recommended and you can't go wrong with any of the Ramen. We had the traditional and the Kim Chi versions. The... More 

Thank Derek H
Fort Collins, Colorado
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

While visiting my daughter and son in law, I took them to their favorite restaurant, Zen Box Izakaya. The place was hopping! People waited for tables to open and those seated were eating and enjoying their dinners. We had excellent service and food recommendations for me were outstanding. This is the place to be. I wish I didn't live a... More 

Thank Karenmtthw
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

We only have the Ramen at Zen Box and it's always delicious. The menu is large and there are other noodle dishes as well as stir fry entrees and lots of starters. There's ice cream for dessert and a large beer, wine and cocktail menu. On Tuesdays they offer vegan Ramen. Make a reservation because Zen Box is busy! The... More 

Thank HappyTraveler109
Coralville, Iowa
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164 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We were in downtown Minneapolis for the weekend and staying downtown. I asked the front desk staff at the hotel we were staying where was some close dining options (walking distance). Thy recommended the Zen Box. I called them (this is a Friday night mind you) and asked how busy they were for a party of two. He told me... More 

Thank Dave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

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
Atlanta, Georgia
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94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

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 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 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

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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$14
Japanese, Asian, Gastropub
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
Cheap Eats, 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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?