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Zen Box Izakaya

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$$ - $$$
Japanese, Asian, Gastropub
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602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1115 (Portland Ave)
+1 612-332-3936
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17:00 - 00:00
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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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Iowa City, Iowa
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198 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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Thank Scott319
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Thank Derek H
Fort Collins, Colorado
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Karenmtthw
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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 

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Coralville, Iowa
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137 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 

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Thank Dave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 

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Thank Lynn C
Atlanta, Georgia
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94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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 14 December 2016 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 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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7 restaurant reviews
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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 13
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Gastropub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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
Description
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?