• Zen Box Izakaya

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers clearly labeled vegan menu items such as vegan ramen, dumplings, rice bowls and many other appetizers. Open Tue-Sat 4:30pm-9:00pm. Kitchen closes 15 minutes before restaurant.


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12 Reviews

First Review by MaddyJaeger

allirae

Points +1223

Vegan
05 Oct 2023

Awesome spot downtown!

Tons of vegan options, close to a lot of things downtown (we walked across the stone arch bridge to Aster Cafe for live music afterwards). Really cool vibes.

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ingrid.friederike

Points +37

Vegetarian
16 Aug 2023

Tons of options and delicious food

Was a stop while staying in downtown Minneapolis, and definitely didn’t regret it! While not fully vegan, there are plenty of good options in the appetizers and entrees sections. Unfortunately, no vegan desserts were available when I went, though. Also definitely don’t miss out on their Japanese style highballs (chu-hai)!

Pros: Variety of options, Delicious food, Clear labeling

Cons: No vegan desserts, Would appreciate more vegan ramen options

lilvegancat

Points +417

Vegan
01 Jul 2023

Pretty good!

Yakisoba was sweet and well balanced flavor. Can add tofu for $3.50, and they give you a lot. Overall great!

Mapo tofu was a bit disappointing. No detectable Szechuan and very salty.

Gyoza is deep fried and fine. Seems frozen (freshly made it just so much better)

I’d be interested in coming back to try the other options!

Pros: Labeled vegan options , Every category has v/o (no dessert)

izzyvegan

Points +165

Vegan
02 Apr 2023

Would give 5* if I could!

Lots of vegan options (clearly marked) and good value for money. My vegan mapo tofu ramen was amazing!

carlaisvegan

Points +74

Vegan
10 Feb 2023

only one vegan ramen

I had their vegan brothless ramen and it was really good, but considering their vegan options are so limited, not sure I'd go back for a while

jalapenopapi

Points +16

Vegan
14 Oct 2022

Delicious Vegan Options

This place offers several delicious vegan options of which I had a difficult time choosing between.

ThatSurlyVegan

Points +355

Vegan
13 Jan 2022

Box it up!

I would saw they are much better than some other options in town. Fresh, creative, and flavorful.

RagingMango

Points +257

Vegan
10 Apr 2021

Zen Box, I will always love you

A treasure for sure!

Amazing atmosphere and fun location. They've gotten super popular and busy over the years which just proves how great they are.

I was pescetarian at the time we discovered them so I am partial to the more carnivore side of the menu. If I was searching for good vegan food through and through, I would search elsewhere with a place that offers more. Nevertheless, go here if you love authentic Japanese food and culture!

Pros: Cool place

Cons: Busy

McMallory

Points +1624

Vegan
12 Oct 2019

Ramen and Sake

The vegan brothless ramen is delicious, and the tofu stir fry, while simple, is a tasty light option. The many vegan appetizers really shine, though, as does the extensive sake list. You won’t be disappointed!

Droplet13

Points +41

Vegan
21 Jul 2019

Tasty options

They have a few gluten free vegan options. Place is often busy & crowded, but that’s a good sign, right?

Pros: Vegan options , Gluten free options

Cons: Often crowded

Neil_G

Points +201

Vegan
09 May 2019

Very tasty Japanese food

On a wet night on a business trip, I ran from my hotel to the restaurant. Warm, welcoming place. Excellent tofu steak donburi. And vegan churros for dessert!

MaddyJaeger

Points +109

Vegan
09 Jan 2019

One of my favorite vegan meals in the city

This is a great place to go with your non-vegan friends. The broth-less ramen is INCREDIBLE, the dumplings are great, and they have many other amazing appetizers. Servers are super knowledgeable about which items are vegan. They also have great cocktails!

Pros: Friendly staff , Many vegan options




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