Zen House

Written by B.Shue for www.casago.com
Zen House interior
Breakfast platter
Noodles and meat


When Yasuko-San moved to Duluth from Yamaguchi, she dreamed of serving her native comfort food. Her dream became a reality in 1996 with Zen House.

This exceptional eatery seamlessly marries the art of Japanese cuisine with a serene ambiance, creating a delightful and peaceful atmosphere.

On the outskirts of Duluth, Zen House has become a beloved destination for those seeking a taste of Japan. Its dedication to authenticity, from the decor to the menu, sets it apart as a standout culinary experience that transports diners to the Far East.

Zen House invites guests to savor the flavors of Japan in an atmosphere of tranquility and refinement. 

Whether a seasoned lover of Japanese cuisine or curious to explore its delights, Zen House is a destination that promises a journey of taste and serenity.


The vibe at Zen House blends Japanese elegance and American simplicity. While the exterior is distinctly American and straightforward, it merely allows what's inside to surprise you truly.

Once inside, Zen House's decor exudes a sense of calm and serenity. The decor is inspired by traditional Japanese aesthetics, featuring natural wood elements, soft lighting, and intimate seating arrangements. 

The soothing ambiance is enhanced by soft background music, setting the perfect tone for a relaxing dining experience.

The attentive and polite staff offers impeccable service, adding to the overall sense of refinement and mindfulness that Zen House embodies.

Zen House: Menu & Drinks

The restaurant specializes in authentic Japanese cuisine, focusing on sushi rolls and Japanese comfort foods. When you're looking for tempura, ramen, or fresh sushi in Twin Ports, you'll find it at Zen House.

Zen House offers a diverse selection of sushi rolls, from classic favorites like the California Roll to inventive creations like the spicy Dragon Roll. The freshness of the ingredients and the skillful preparation make these rolls a true delight for sushi enthusiasts.

While Japan might not be known for curry-based dishes like Thailand or India, Zen House's curry bowls will change your perspective. Served with your choice of meat over a bed of rice, the Japanese yellow curry and veggies make for a filling meal that will warm you up in even the coldest of Duluth winter days.

Zen House's tempura is a crispy and delectable treat. Whether you choose shrimp, vegetables, or a combination, the light and airy batter paired with a dipping sauce creates a satisfying contrast of textures and flavors.

When it comes to drinks, Zen House offers a selection of traditional Japanese offerings. From creamy Japanese sodas and Ramune to traditional green tea (served hot or iced), it complements the food you'll enjoy. There's also plenty of American soft drinks as well.

Zen House serves fresh, authentic Japanese cuisine, successfully melding the Far East with the West.

Local Tips

  • Consider making a reservation, especially during peak dining hours.
  • If you're unsure what to get, don't hesitate to ask the staff for recommendations.
  • There are plenty of vegetarian and tofu options on the menu.
  • Zen House offers take-out to enjoy your sushi at your Casago rental.


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