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.
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: 6123323936x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zen Box Izakaya Ratings and Reviews
First visit to Zen Box Izakaya--fun spot ...
First visit to Zen Box Izakaya--fun spot, excellent, friendly service, good food. The kimchi ramen was yummy, the fried takoyaki appetizer better than what I had in Osaka (famous for this item), the soba salad just right. But really, deep-fried gyoza? A horrible idea. Had we known, we would never have ordered this--pan-fried gyoza are great, who would deepfry them, even in the interest of speed? Yuck. But a good experience overall, and worth another visit.
Took a friend/co-worker from Japan. Wen ...
Took a friend/co-worker from Japan. Went to have ramen (because its the best I've had outside Tokyo). Never got to the ramen, just kept trying other items on the menu. Very good, very authentic Japanese food. Even my friend from Japan was impressed at the overall quality.
Ramen! One of the best places for ramen ...
Ramen! One of the best places for ramen in the Twin Cities. I had a somewhat overpriced beef ramen special. The enoki mushrooms and other extras without a doubt jacked up the price, but at the end of the day, it's about the broth, the noodles, and the gu (beef and other fixings) in that order. I had misgivings about what was "clear broth," but whatever might have been lacking compared to their amazing tonkotsu broth I didn't miss it. The noodles were a bit on the scant side, but half an hour after I inhaled the bowl I'm glad there wasn't more. The beef melted in my mouth. I was a happy camper.
Get reservations on a Friday night. I'm so glad I did.
This place has some items on the menu th ...
This place has some items on the menu that you can't find at most Japanese restaurants,like Saba no shioyaki , Buta no kakuni.Sashimi is really fresh too.yummy!bring me right back home !the chef knows the authentic Japanese food.so happy to have found this place.staff are friendly,and the price is right for the quality .
We must've been the last to make a dinne ...
We must've been the last to make a dinner reservation for "2"at 5:15pm on 10/1. We got shown to a table in a dark corner & asked to be seated in the front dining area with a window facing the street-No they were too busy even though there were several empty tables in that room. We ordered (2) dishes under tsukemono heading & the waitress asked if I still wanted tsukemono! I said aren't the cucumber & eggplant tsukemono? The waitress "SMIRKED" at me.
We also ordered (2) "limited availability" ramen. Tonkatsu ramen BLAND! The waitress was not cordial & very short with us(blonde with a pony tail) we finished our meal at 6pm. & there were
Still open tables in the other dining area. I WILL never go back to zen box because of the young, inexperienced wait help, bland food, & poor seating. I will definitely let my friends know of disappointing experience!
Interesting menu. Good service - and se ...
Interesting menu. Good service - and server was able to explain the various dishes. Good happy hour prices. The Chicken Yakisoba was very good, as was the Kara-Age Curry. The Zenbox Short Ribs were flavorful, but the portion was small. Unfortunately, the sauce with the Shumai Tempura did not compliment the dish - flavor was overpowering. I recommend ZenBox as a very interesting change of pace dinner.
Good food, different from the usual Japa ...
Good food, different from the usual Japanese restaurant options. Staff was very knowledgable about the ingredients and made sure to help me navigate which items were gluten free and/or vegetarian. It was surprisingly loud for lunch.
I've only been to zen box izakaya twice ...
I've only been to zen box izakaya twice but I love it so much. I really wish rochester had an izakaya place. I brought my husband and he really enjoyed it, but he thought it was too loud. The food is delicious and I love the posters and figurines. I want to come here every time I'm in the cities.
Find another place in the twin cities wi ...
Find another place in the twin cities with onigiri and you will be a God in my eyes! Besides that, everything was excellent tonkastsu Ramen, miso short ribs, the udon, all fabulous.
Top it all of which draft Japanese beers some of which are craft beers imported directly.
The servers are all excellent and amazingly friendly ,and best of all accommodating and welcoming to a two year old guest, when theft are definitely not the target demographic.
My partner and I were visiting from out ...
My partner and I were visiting from out of state and got a late dinner here. We made a reservation and were seated right on time. You will notice the very cute and hip interior upon arrival. Our server was excellent, not to mention the hostess. They were obviously slammed and were still on top of everything, never missing a beat. The food was super tasty comfort fare. We are vegetarians and had plenty of options to choose from, even though a lot of their specialties contain meat. Definitely recommend Zen Box Izakaya, as it is comfortable and modern, with something on the menu for everyone.
Always pleased at Zen Box. Friendly, we ...
Always pleased at Zen Box. Friendly, welcoming service. Great food. The menu has both more familiar Japanese items for those who may be venturing into this cuisine for the first time, as well as authentically prepared more complex and richly flavored and textured dishes for those who know the food, or who want to go deeper into the Japanese palate. Great, huge sake menu, and some good beer choices, too. A wonderful place to sample, whether its the food items, the drinks, etc.
Excellent small plate Japanese comfort f ...
Excellent small plate Japanese comfort food fare. I'd recommend anything on the menu, and half of the fun is trying things you haven't had on past visits...or forgot, and have now rediscovered. Make sure you end your meal with mochi ice cream for a delicious and unique treat!
We have been to Zen Box twice now, and i ...
We have been to Zen Box twice now, and it is our new favorite place to go! It's perfect for a nice dinner, or just a hang out with friends. The staff were all very friendly, attentive and knowledgable! The food is fantastic, and surprisingly affordable as well!
Our experience was so good, I almost don ...
Our experience was so good, I almost don't want to tell you about it for fear of not getting a table in the future. Everything was absolutely delightful - not a weak dish in the 7-8 small plates 4 of us tried. Super knowledgeable server accompanied by fabulous service. Plus- this place feels like fun!
Closest thing to real Japanese food in M ...
Closest thing to real Japanese food in Mpls. My Japanese friends recommended it. Staff is always willing to accommodate your seating needs. When they are slammed busy, staff always has a good attitude. Food always come out from the kitchen fast and hot. Try everything!
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