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Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi, Lincoln, NE

Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi

4.6
4.6
276 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Welcome to KOEN, a unique Japanese BBQ and Sushi experience! Sharing a meal has always been a cultural cornerstone that brings people together from all walks of life. KOEN in Japanese simply means, “A gathering place” where creating lasting memories with family, friends, and loved ones is built right into your table, literally!


KOEN is the only restaurant in Lincoln, NE where you can enjoy authentic Japanese BBQ flavors pre-marinated and brought to you plated and ready to grill to your liking. Every guest becomes a world-class chef with personal smoke-less grills built right into each table. Specially designed ventilation systems pull smoke away and vent completely outside, so you can relax in a clean and healthy atmosphere. And if family style grilling isn’t your goal, come in and relax with an Asian inspired cocktail, partake in daily happy hour specials, or order fresh-made sushi for dine in or carry out. Online ordering is also available.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Barbecue
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–6:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (402) 480-6116
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 276 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Nebraska

    Kid-friendly

  • Nebraska

    Good for special occasions

  • Lincoln

    Best Food

  • Lincoln

    Good for business meals

  • Lincoln

    Innovative

  • Lincoln

    Good for groups

  • Lincoln

    Healthy

  • Lincoln

    Hot spot

  • Lincoln

    Neighborhood gem

  • Lincoln

    Romantic

  • Lincoln

    Good for special occasions

  • Lincoln

    Lively

  • Lincoln

    Most Booked

276 Reviews
  1. BigT

    Omaha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a reservation for Koen, but when we showed up, there were a lot of people waiting to be seated who also had reservations, and the host told us that their system was down. We waited for 30 minutes to be sat, and our grill booth seating area was moved so up close to the grill, that I could not move it back without squishing the person behind me. Therefore, I sat upright and squished the entire dinner. Our server was very nice, but I could tell that he was very stressed out, and that the manager was pushing him to cycle out our table. It was awkward to experience, and this is the second time I've been to Koen where our sushi takes the entire meal to get out.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! The amount of food for the price is so incredible. Our service was top notch! It was our daughter’s birthday and it was a huge success!

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  3. GabrielB

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I went out to Koen for the first time last night and it was the BEST dining experience so far. There were three of us, so we ordered the Samurai course. The appetizers were delicious and plentiful. The Samurai comes with several appetizers, but we also ordered the fried gyoza (very yummy!). We ate all the appetizers and they did their job by building an appetite, so we had plenty if room for the main course. Our server then turned on the grill and showed us (not told us) how to use it so we could fully enjoy the experience. The grilling was probably the most fun. You have full control over how long your meats are cooked for. The Samurai comes with plenty of delicious meats, but we also ordered sliced short rib (definitely recommend!). The overall experience of the grilling makes the trip far more worth it. Then, after we were done with the main course, our server brought us tempura ice cream for dessert (also included in the Samurai package). We honestly didn't expect the large portion size we were given, so we were excited when he brought it out. It was TO DIE FOR!! All-in-all, you should definitely consider going to Koen with some friends or a date. The experience will definitely leave you wanting to come back (I'm checking with my friends on when we'll go next, lol). I will say, if you want to go on a night like Friday or Saturday, make a reservation. It was so busy last night that even with a reservation, we had to wait 30 minutes. We didn't mind, tho, because the food and experience didn't disappoint. Also, make sure you're planning to spend some $$ because an experience as good as this won't be super cheap. If splitting with friends, expect to be paying between $30-$50 with tip (depends on what you order and how many friends you're dining with). Totally worth it, tho!!

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  4. DillonS

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Koen is an experience. We don't go super often, but its always at the top of the list for special occasions.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated daughter’s 21st birthday. Staff did an amazing job helping us surprise her. Service was spot on. The food was outstanding and enjoyed the birthday strobe light with fried ice cream to end the night. Definitely recommend

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  6. KathiJ

    Omaha

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined on New Year’s Eve. The place was festive & rather noisy but not to the point that we couldn’t converse. The first table we were seated at had cold air blowing directly onto us. We asked to be moved. Second table was rather tight but much more comfortable than the one with the cold air. The wait staff was attentive and helpful. Food was delicious. A great experience overall.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and atmosphere. We try to get here at least a few times a year

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  8. NikkiaD

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a good time when me and my family come here.

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  9. DillyRyan

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    our waiters was so nice and friendly. very put together.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been here a couple of times and have enjoyed our meals each time. The bbq option is a fun dining experience and helps pace your dining. Service is attentive but not intrusive. Definitely recommend!

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  11. Maria

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoy our visit. Friendly and prompt service. Food is excellent! Will be returning soon.

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  12. KermitS

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food as always. It was Sat night so it was super busy and a little noisy.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Waiter was awful. Didn’t know any of the drink menu, never came to check on us and we had to hunt him down to get our Che k. The place was not busy so this was inexcusable

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  14. woodjwb

    Omaha

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was wonderful. The cocktails took awhile to get and were very small. However, we plan to go again to try some other options. A lot to choose from!

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  15. KevinF

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good, the wait staff was pleasant, the hostess was rude, and frankly couldn't care to try to accommodate us. It's a real shame how one person can leave a bad impression.

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  16. bdbman100

    Omaha

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Decided to order meals cooked by the kitchen so we had to be reseated to the front of the restaurant. Where we were the only ones in the area and the atmosphere made you feel isolated. Service was excellent however and the food was incredibly good!

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  17. GuyS

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the food was prepared in traditional Japanese style. High quality sauces and fresh vegetables. The yakiniku grill was fun for our entire family. Great service from a friendly waiter. We'll do all of our family celebrations there.

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  18. StephanieL

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved everything about Koen BBQ! The food was delicious and the service was great.

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  19. Dawn

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    New experience for us at Koen. Cook the food your self🥰 great food and great service! We celebrated a birthday and they came out with music and sang happy to us! With free dessert! Great overall experience!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrating back to school and work dinner! We had the very best time. The food was great and our server was fun. We’ll definitely be back

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant, including my kids! Good food, fast service. It is definitely one of our go-tos!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Koen is always our go to when we have people visiting from out of state! Food is always good, a bit pricey but you get what you pay for!! Such a fun and unique dining option!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience! Trey was a great server and Andrew made delicious drinks! Can’t wait to come back! 🫶🏾

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  24. Jonathan

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This rapidly became one of my favorite restaurants in the Lincoln area. A bit more expensive, but you're getting what you pay for. The grilled items are fantastic, and as a non-sushi enthusiast they even managed to pique my interest and impress me there, too. It's never been overly loud, throughout the times we've visited - just the occasional birthday celebration for a minute or two at most. Space can be a challenge if you have a party of 4 or more (lots of plates and the grill takes up a fair portion of the table) and seating is sometimes a challenge for the same reason (the grill takes up some leg room too). I've never had a bad meal here, the only real complain I could imagine voicing is that they don't give you a knife!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic experience!! Took our oldest son for his birthday and he really enjoyed it. This was probably our tenth time there and we have always had a great meal and a great time. It’s my wife and I’s go to date night!

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  26. MelissaG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, experience was fun cooking it ourselves. Service was outstanding. Will definitely be back!

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  27. Gary

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! Great staff, great food and fun!

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  28. DillyRyan

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love going there for dinner. The staff is always so nice and friendly.

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  29. MichelleH

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food. Great quality and quantity for cost. The tables are rather small for the amount of plates that come with the meals which makes it difficult when you have a larger party (10). Waitstaff was inattentive at times. We did not get offered refills on beverages, fried sushi rolls sat at the sushi counter for quite a long time before being served, and we didn’t receive food for entire party close together. I’ve never gone with such a large party, but have never had these issues any other time we’ve been. Food makes up for service, but I would suggest going someplace else you have more than 5-6 people.

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  30. ShelsyG

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best customer service ever!!! Martin, our server made the experience amazing for my little sisters birthday!

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  31. MRSicily

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely my favorite sushi spot in Lincoln. Fresh, quality good cuts that are hard to find when I’m away from LA. Kudos

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  32. CindyD

    Omaha

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I made the reservation on-line and entered my name and contact info. The confirmation came back with the wrong name. We were seated in the area for the bbq but was asked to move when we didn't have anyone using the grill. We were moved to a smaller table and I felt very crowded. Probably will not return.

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  33. DanN

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and atmosphere. We love going here!

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  34. JasonS

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had long had sushi to go from Koen but this was first dine in. You cook your own meat, which was different. It’s a ton of food for what you pay. It says feeds 2-3 but could have easily fed our table of 6. But it was all delicious. Waiter could have been a little more descriptive, but it was a lot to know. Definitely good upscale dining spot in Lincoln. Would go back for sure.

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  35. Manda

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ok, kinda cool grilling your food. However it was pricey for what you get. We’d rather go to other places for what we spent. Very noisy, but this was due to 3 parties. If no parties then it would be like any other venue. Great experience and can say I’ve been there, but it’s not near the top places in Lincoln for us.

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  36. Mimi

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the whole night, we celebrated a birthday and they went all out. Definitely planning to go back. The server was fantastic

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  37. MeganW

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The bbq food was fantastic. Also ordered deep fried sushi, but our waitress forgot about it and by the time we got it it was cold. Didn’t love it. But overall loved this restaurant.

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  38. LaurenK

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend took me here for a date and I think I fell in love. Not with him, but with Koen’s exquisite food and our servers exceptional ability to provide us with highest quality service this side of the Mississippi. I don’t know her name, but the girl with the septum ring deserves a 500% raise and a cut of the stock. Xoxo, gossip girl.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is I think the 3rd or 4th time we have been there and each time the food has been great.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great! We went for my dad’s birthday dinner, and the birthday display was amazing! He was super happy and we were very entertained. I definitely recommend for any occasion! Worth the trip from Omaha.

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FAQs

Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (402) 480-6116.

Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi is rated 4.6 stars by 276 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi

2601 Jamie Ln, Lincoln, NE 68512

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–6:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Sushi, Barbecue
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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