Zen Box Izakaya
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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.
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!
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.
Great energy and wonderful people working here. Food is tasty and creative.
Ramen was top notch. Enjoyed the variety of options.
Excellent food as always! Ramen is the best in town!
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!
Kimchi Ramen was good. Teriyaki chicken rice bowl had no flavor.
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!
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.
Ramen broth is rather thick. Noodles are too thin for my liking. Fun experience though.
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.
Amazing kimchi ramen!
This is an amazing restaurant. Wonderful food. Excellent wait staff and service.
The food and their house cocktails were excellent. Very attentive waitstaff, and food and drinks came out quickly.
The food was great and the server was kind! I would highly recommend the Yuzu Chuhai!
Felt like I was back in Tokyo. Excellent all around. Plus great cocktails
Food was good but service was better!
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!
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.
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!
I placed a reservation but they couldn't find a table for us but they offered us a seat the the bar area.
Very yummy food. Service was a little flaky at times, but not too bad.
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.
Good food and excellent drinks - cute casual dining for out of town visitors like us craving Asian food.
The ramen was very good and the service was excellent.
I always have great time at Zen Box!
Great service and food is always good! Ramen and tempura avocado are my favorites
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!
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!
Amazing food, service, everything! My go to Ramen spot in the city!! Kimchi Ramen is the best!!
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
Awesome. We always come here and never disappointed
Amazing!! Great food and service!
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.
The food was fantastic and was a great dinner to celebrate Garth Brooks! The apps we delicious!!!
Love the Salmon Zen box
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.
Never disappointed with Zenbox! The most authentic Japanese experience I've found in the Twin Cities. They even greet you in the same fashion as many restaurants in Japan do when you walk through the door (irasshaimasei!). My only quarrel is that this place gets loud. Otherwise the food is delicious and the service is good.
Great staff, fantastic food. The atsuage tofu was life changingly good, as was the buta no kakuni. Equally good for vegetarians and pork lovers!