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About Zen Box Izakaya
A Ramen-centric Izakaya owned by Chef & Wife in Downtown Minneapolis' Mill District.
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’.
Established since 2011.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street Parking: You can find metered parking along Washington & Portland all of the meters are $1.00 per hour, payable with Credit Cards. Meters are free after 10:00pm daily. Let us know if you need change.
Ramp Parking: There are several parking ramps and surface parking lot nearby which range in price from $1.50 on evenings & weekends to $4/first hour on weekdays.
Metro Transit Lightrail: Metrodome Station.
Metro Transit Bus No. 7 & 22
Private Party Facilities:
Available for groups up to 25-50.
We can host sit-down dinners, buffet-style meals, or cocktail hour.
We have unique seating options, atmosphere and privacy levels, whether your event is birthday party, business meeting, holiday party or corporate functions.
The choice is up to you!
Private Party Contact:
General Manager: (612) 332-3936
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zen Box Izakaya Ratings and Reviews
Zen Box is one of the best, if not the best, places to go for Japanese comfort food. If it's your first time, definitely consider ordering the ramen if it's still available. Haven't order an appetizer or dish I have disliked yet. Show up early at 5pm to take advantage of their great Happy Hour!
The Zen Box is a jewel--small and perfect! This was our second visit and it was as enjoyable as the last. The food is delicious, and everything is beautifully presented. Even with that artful aspect it didn't take long for our appetizers and meals to arrive. As with our last visit, our server was helpful, cheerful and friendly with a charming and comfortable manner. We (there were 4 of us) would highly recommend the Zen Box!
Love the ramen dishes, especially yakisoba (fried noodles), I had the chashu (pork belly) again, which is fantastic! My companion had the ika kara-age (calamari), some of the best I've tasted. Takoyaki (battered octopus balls) was good as always, and the mochi ice cream was a fun treat at the end, just enough after a full meal! Will continue to go back!
Zen Box is awesome! My wife and I have been here numerous times and it's never been anything but great. My wife had the Tonkatsu ramen as usual, and it was spot on as usual. We've also had the Yakisoba noodles numerous times including tonight. Probably the best we've had in the Twin Cities. The small plates, skewers, and rice bowls are all home runs as well. The Veggie Curry seemed a little flat with just carrot and potato, but good flavor overall. You won't be disappointed at Zen Box Izakaya.
I went to Zen Box with my mom this previous Friday. It was spectacular. My experience with Japanese food is extremely limited and i'm glad we chose here to expand my pallet. The restaurant has great vegetarian and vegan options, which i greatly appreciated. I also got to work on my chopsticks skills (they're still sub-par but i'll get there eventually! ;) ) Would definitely go again, and recommend to friends as well.
Amazing all the way around. I had been searching for a quality Japanese restaurant and finally found it. I grew up in Japan and was looking for a place that had all my favorites how I remember them. I believe Zen box does everything they can to create an authentic experience. The beef bowl is on point reminds me of my late night Sukiya trips. The yakisoba is memorable and has texture and flavor of the many festivals I went to. The katsu curry took me right back to all the ski lodges I had lunch at. The ongiri was perfectly reminiscent of my Lawson trips before a long drive. The chu hai put me right back into a night club. I will be coming here quite frequently as this place allows me to travel time.
Thank you for the wonderful experience.
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE ZEN BOX!! <3 <3 <3
We love everything about this place. We have been eating at Zen box for years and have not once had a bad experience. This is a testament to the business and how it has sustained for so many years.
In fact, we just moved to the Mill City area and part of why we chose our place was because it is close to Zen Box!
The Zen Box is one of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities. Always tremendous food and always attentive to special requests. Inventive cocktails perfect for hot days. Knowledgeable staff--all of whom seem to work hard and enjoy being part of the Zen Box. Excellent experience --a true gem.
Already a favorite; treated my octogenarian parents, who are fairly adventurous eaters, to a happy hour course of many shared small plates, and had a blast. Don't usually photograph my food, but couldn't resist a shot of my dad's entracement with the dancing Bonito flakes on his octopus dish. The wait staff was very patient with us, even as the restaurant started hopping on a Friday night. We'll have to come back with them soon, because we never made it to the amazing ramen bowls!
I have recommended this restaurant to probably every one I know! Anytime someone asks for a restaurant recommendation, I send them to Zen Box. As always, the food was delicious, great service and great ambiance. This time, we ate here before our show at the Guthrie and it worked out great. Parked only once and made it to the show with plenty of time.
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