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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, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zen Box Izakaya Ratings and Reviews
Went on a Saturday night. Finding a spot on the street to park close by was easy. Arrived at 8 for a 8:30 reservation and was seated immediately. Food choices were plentiful and food presentation was excellent. Both had the ramen special and it was unique and tasty. Great for quick dinner before a show.
I highly recommend! Best ramen I've had in the Twin Cities. There was nothing left of the huge bowl I ordered. Luckily there was a spoon provided so I didn't have to drink the broth directly from the bowl (because I absolutely would have). It was worth the hype - Kudos!
Loved Zen Box! Such a wonderful place for a date and social outing. The food was absolutely amazing and an incredible value for its quality. One of the most authentic Japanese food experiences we've experienced in Japan. My boyfriend and I love coming here even though we live outside the twin cities.
Good and service are always absolutely excellent. I come here almost every chance I get. Seriously pales in comparison to other ramen restaraunts in the city. Has a large menu so everyone can find something even if they don’t like ramen. The service is also extremely fast and attentive. Bonus: they don’t put straws in your drinks!
First time here. Had a reservation for 8:30. Familynof 4. Showed up 15 min late. We were seat next to other tables and asked if we could be seated two tables over, so as to give everyone more room. They said they were closing that section. I don’t exaggerate when saying the other “section” was partnif the same room and literally 6 feet away.
Anyways, after giving us the menus, no service or attention for a good stretch of time. And the menu looked quite reduced from what is online. So we asked if we could see the normal menu and they said they were only offering late night menu since it was 9:00 - we mentioned we got there at 8:45, and she said they sometimes start late night menu early. Not kidding!!
Food was good. Ramen was excellent. Not worth the hassle nor the attitude though.
We had a wonderful dinner on a cold evening before seeing a play at the Guthrie. It was loud (which we don't prefer) but the food was outstanding: soba noodle salad and seaweed salad and then Tonkotsu all around. It was fabulous! And the service was friendly and timely. Perfect!
Great food, very good service. We had reservations for 4 at 5:15 pm and got stuck in the side room that was small and not very interesting. I asked if we could be moved to the main floor where a table for 4 was reserved. I was told no, that table was a part of a bigger party that was reserved. When we left it did not look like that table was part of anything bigger. Just a family having dinner. Next time I will ask to reserve a main floor table. Even though the room we were in was somewhat tight, the service was good and the food very good, and we had a good time.
Food and service were great, just like always. Even though I don't live particularly close, this is my go-to place. I really enjoy bringing people who haven't been before, because everyone always enjoys it. I don't think there's a bad dish on the menu and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Can't miss!
Food was good. Took the kimshi zen box ramen, I wish they would add more pork in the ramen! 2 slices of pork are not enough for the price.
Cocktail were good.
Waitress was very nice and efficient but one of the waiter did not look to care much and even spilled some soy sauce just because he did not hold the bottle the proper way.
I did signal that we were here for my wife's birthday when I did the reservation but did not get anything.
Easily the best Raman in Minneapolis. Perfect amount of spice!! Seems like tried cramming in more tables than I would like as dining elbow to elbow with strangers isn’t ideal. However, food more than made up for it. Get the kimchi Raman if you like a little spice
Zen Box always brings it. The space is buzzing and cozy, the service is impeccable, and the food is without fail, delicious. As ramen becomes more popular in the U.S., you can see a lot of people go for a bowl or noodles and a beer. Still, with so many ramen places in Minneapolis, Zen Box is one of the few that has a legit Izakaya finger foods. It is fun to go with a crowd and work your way through the menu a few items at a time.
Zenbox has the best ramen noodles in Minneapolis! My friends and I made reservation in advance. The restaurant was busy on a Saturday night but they were very accommodating to move our reservation up as we had finished up an event earlier than intended. Kimchi ramen was delicious and spicy! A little salty for those who may be sensitive to sodium. Special cocktails and salmon sashimi were amazing! I'll be coming back soon again in the future.
My husband and I came by Zen Box when we were on the hunt for delicious ramen. They really surpassed our expectations! Their specialty is tonkatsu ramen, which is thick, creamy, and a MUST HAVE. While the atmosphere tends to be very noisy, it's all very pleasant. Make sure you make a reservation, as this place fills fast! The staff has always gone above and beyond with my requests, and I appreciate that immensely. Try the ginger lemonade and the matcha lemonade---both are great!
We made reservations for a late date night dinner and were surprised how busy it was still at 9pm. While some places are starting to wrap up the night, Zen Box was still full with people which made the atmosphere that much more fun to be in.
Will be back for another date night soon.
Not your average MN Japanese place. Food is more like Japan. After several years , they are always consistently good. Order lots of little plates. Staff knows Sake. My friend from Japan says its the best in Mpls. Very reasonable $ compared to other places downtown.
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