Zen Box Izakaya

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$30 and under
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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.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere makes you feel like you're at a large Japanese street stall, the food is easy to eat, affordable, and not so "Wild" that even a person with a limited palette couldn't find something on the menu to enjoy! My brother is Korean and I've been eating Asian foods daily since I was a little boy and the food was fantastic, my Wife who only eats meat and american Junk-food still loved the Gyudon and Sashimi, despite being nervous to try them at first. The drinks selection is authentic and enjoyable, I highly recommend getting a Shochu Chu-hai whenever possible, it will change your mind on how alcohol SHOULD taste!

For my wife's birthday date I ordered Edamame, Sashimi, Maguro Poke, Tonkatsu Ramen, Japanese Wings, Gyu Donburri, Thin slices of seared beef (can't remember the name, and a Cocktail for both me and my wife - we left the restaurant full to bursting and very happy, and it all cost about $91 before tip!

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SamM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had teriyaki chicken and the ramen. Both very tasty. The brussels sprouts and gyoza were also very good. Great atmosphere here. Lunch bento box specials are also very good.

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jsimen22
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great energy and wonderful people working here. Food is tasty and creative.

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vipBill247
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ramen was top notch. Enjoyed the variety of options.

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LynnC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always! Ramen is the best in town!

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StephanieP
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Zen Box Izakaya has great food and service, my only complaint is that the tables are too close together; I felt like I was sitting with the table next to me. I guess it just made it more Japanese!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Kimchi Ramen was good. Teriyaki chicken rice bowl had no flavor.

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vipVivianM
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Japanese comfort food of the very best quality! We started with a fun cocktail and went on to small plates including veggie dumplings and a tasty salad. We had veggie noodles that were flavorful and amazing. The check was surprisingly moderate.

My daughter suggested the restaurant but I will certainly be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is Japanese comfort food at its finest. It's NOT a sushi bar, so bring an open mind and a sense of adventure and you'll have an outstanding dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Ramen broth is rather thick. Noodles are too thin for my liking. Fun experience though.

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mcfunk
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a reason this place keeps getting rated best ramen in town. Just delightful. Also, the 'wild card' sake option was fun and the sake I got was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing kimchi ramen!

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DanielC
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant. Wonderful food. Excellent wait staff and service.

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RossL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and their house cocktails were excellent. Very attentive waitstaff, and food and drinks came out quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the server was kind! I would highly recommend the Yuzu Chuhai!

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FaeWay
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like I was back in Tokyo. Excellent all around. Plus great cocktails

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good but service was better!

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viporangemanstu
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here every time we are up in Minnie (live in Madison, visit Minnie a couple times a year) and it never disappoints, always amazes and pleases. Great menu, great service, great noodles and ramen, great apps, great, great, great! Love this place!

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vipMarzipan
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Second visit to Zenbox. Food was average, whereas last time I was blown away by the flavors. Cold beef tataki tasted like cardboard and my cocktail was not flavorful. I would have sent them back but our server did not stop by once during our meal to offer more drinks/water or ask how the food was. Bummed out because I really liked this place the first time I tried it. Maybe it was just an off night for food and service. I’ll try again.

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MARIGATO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of four really enjoyed our meal at the Zen Box. As always, the servers were cheerful and helpful. We had a selection from the appetizers and small plate menus and everything we chose was absolutely delicious and attractively presented. This was our third or fourth time at the Zen Box and our impression is always the same--amazing food, great service and that everyone--those being served and the staff serving are all having a pleasurable time. Thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I placed a reservation but they couldn't find a table for us but they offered us a seat the the bar area.

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Cordelia
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very yummy food. Service was a little flaky at times, but not too bad.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love this place! I've had their takeout many times but this was the first time I was able to dine in. I am disappointed that some of the things that were on their menu when I first started going are no longer on it, but the options are still delicious and interesting.

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LuvADC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and excellent drinks - cute casual dining for out of town visitors like us craving Asian food.

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SES19
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The ramen was very good and the service was excellent.

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Spiderman
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have great time at Zen Box!

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LightSlider
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food is always good! Ramen and tempura avocado are my favorites

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to and hang out; the food is great! As usual my friends and I got the ramen, delicious, and their small sharing plates are awesome to try something new!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time to ZenBix and will definitely be back. The server’s explanations and suggestions were extremely helpful and made our first experience a delight!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, everything! My go to Ramen spot in the city!! Kimchi Ramen is the best!!

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BethB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

I wasn’t the biggest fan on how close the tables are, I feel like I can’t have a conversation without hearing what the person next to me is talking about

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome. We always come here and never disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Great food and service!

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BeckettG
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. It was fun to order many things and have the whole family try everything.

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vipNick
Minneapolis
47 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and was a great dinner to celebrate Garth Brooks! The apps we delicious!!!

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vipSarahK
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Salmon Zen box

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Blandy
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Our waiter was wonderful, but the restaurant was so loud we could hardly hear each other. The food lacked the flavor I would have expected. It was overly salty and did not have a lot of spice. Overall, rather bland.