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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, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zen Box Izakaya Ratings and Reviews
The food was pretty good here but overall was very expensive. A single bowl of ramen was $14 yet you felt very empty after consuming the bowl. My bill ended up being $60 yet me and my colleague both felt like we needed about twice as much food. The table next to us had a similar complaint. The bar is pretty good but wouldn't recommend eating here unless it is just for a small bite. Lunch would probably be a better value but dinner was less than satisfactory
Great niche place serving up a variety of traditional and creative dishes self branded as Japanese comfort food. Apparently was a skyway hot spot for a long time and then moved to street level about four years back and has enjoyed a lot of success. Great place for people to share plates and experience both known and new food. Service and eats were excellent. Ambience was lively. Location was good. Definitely recommend! Looking forward to returning very soon.
Best place to get Udon and Ramen in Twin Cities. I love their selection of small dishes you can enjoy with either cold beer or hot sake. Happy hour is nice. Make sure you try those that are labeled "Must Try" I have not been disappointed so far. Ensure to make a reservation for weekend dinner time. Bar seating fills up fast.
Great traditional Japanese cuisine. I got the ramen bowl while my sister-in-laws got lots of little plates and shared. Everything was super tasty. This was my second time and I will go back again. Love Zen Box. The only thing that could have made it better was a "cheat sheet" with translations of what everything means on the menu. They had descriptions but it would have been nice to know what all the menu items meant.
Food was excellent and fairly priced. Server was outstanding, she even noticed my youngest struggling with his chop sticks and promptly delivered a pair of cheater sticks without us having to ask. Food came out very quickly making this an excellent pre-event dining location. Seating is a little limited with no booth seating so if privacy is your thing this wouldn't be for you.
My last visit was dinner before going to see a play at the Guthrie (a very short walk). I always get the Takoyaki for a starter (love it). The Ramen is excellent here, but this night I had the Japanese Curry and it was very good too. I love the Mochi they have for dessert and I try to get red bean or black sesame seed. Both are delicious. Zen Box just updated their list of Sakes so I can't wait to try them all out. The atmosphere here is great. A must go to restaurant in my opinion.
My one suggestion for improvement is that I wish they still did Sake flights so you could experience more styles first, but with the change in their Sake menu they no longer offer flights. Please bring them back.
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