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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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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“ramen” (47 reviews)
“donburi” (5 reviews)
Japanese, Asian, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
602 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1115
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had my first ramen experience at Ippudo in New York recently and was told that Zen Box Izakaya had the best ramen in the Twin Cities. I liked the interior decor, even though the tables were a bit too close together for comfort. My...More

Thank Jbotha_MN
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the takoyaki as an appetizer and the kimchi ramen. The kimchi ramen is unbelievable. The flavors are deep and full of umami. I left incredibly satisfied. I will definitely return.

Thank CharlesL2951
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the tuna poke and the chicken teriyaki don with some gyoza and avocado tempura plus sake and some sides. Total cost was $60....the quality of the food, plus the awesome service for that price just made our night. Not sure why there are...More

Thank Jaf8130
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Zen Box after the Vikings game and was surprised to get two seats at the bar. They did have a wait to sit outside because it was really nice out. Everything we ordered was good, not fantastic. The steak on my rice bowl...More

Thank mkings12
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

We were looking for a nice Japanese restaurant to commemorate our early dating years in Minneapolis. We both love sushi, tempura and many traditional Japanese dishes. Zen Box had very good reviews so we decided to try it. We should have paid more attention to...More

1  Thank Paul S
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Stopped here for lunch the other day while visiting MSP. We both had the broth-less ramen with tofu and shared an order of Gyoza. The ramen dishes were made with very fresh ingredients but neither of us cared for the flavour profile of the dish....More

1  Thank trvlbug99
Reviewed July 8, 2018

We had an awesome waiter who explained the menu to us and checked in frequently to see how our first experience with octopus and ramen was. Awesome over all.

Thank PaigeEatsEverything
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

This must be the most pretentious gold mine yet. $15 for a $1 bowl of noodles, glass of sake $12, add two extra extra eggs, more $1 bowls of noodles, fried wontons and your bill hits $120 for three people, before tip. Anyone who would...More

Thank Angela W
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Ate here my first night in Minneapolis. Great food with fun atmosphere. I had the Korean BBQ short ribs which were amazing. I also had the fried gyoza which were great. Someone else in my part had the ika kara-age which is fried calami which...More

Thank Lorraine C
Reviewed June 6, 2018

In town and looking for something a little different Zen Box was highly rated so we thought we give it a try. A short walk from downtown there is indoor and outdoor seating. They feature a broad menu crossing a number of Asian cultures. We...More

Thank David A
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Questions & Answers
October 23, 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
$3 - $14
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, 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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