Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi

4.6
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82 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
What 82 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.4
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4.4
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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j
Omaha
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The poke bowls are so good! I made my own with all the good stuff!

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It is Valentines Day, had reservations. Really busy, on the loud side, but overall a fantastic experience!!! Food was fabulous. Nothing bad to say at all!!

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious! Amazing as always!

j
Omaha
38 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The new poke bowls are delicious!

DH
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy Koen...brought friends for their first time and they will be back!...great food and service...see you soon?

M
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Katie was a very kid and attentive server, she did great and I love the grill

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really appreciated that when they were out of smoked salmon, they smoked some fresh for us. Great experience, server was excellent, and food was fantastic. Definitely going back again.

EB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got sat 45 min after our reservation was for, but the staff was very apologetic and extremely nice. The food was wonderful!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this restaurant! All of the staff is amazing and act like they actually care about you! Tables and booths are always clean too!

MB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our large group had an excellent evening, with fantastic food, atmosphere, and service!

DA
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ambience and service is good. Food quality is alright. Food portion is ridiculously small.

KA
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I went with one other person, and quickly decided that Koen is the type of restaurant that is best experienced with a larger group of people- all of the tables are built to accommodate 4 people. With that said the food was still enjoyable, particularly the Inari Bomb appetizers. Helpful table information describes how to safely cook the food, but I wish the wait staff would have left notes as to which sauces were best paired with which meats. I quickly forgot the pairing after he explained them to us, but that just room for experimenting! We shared a menu that was designed for 3 people and priced at $60. I was satisfied with the amount of food that we got at that price.

N
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

BS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Delicious and very flavorful. We did a couple of the BBQ courses. Marinated to perfection. Katie was our waitress. Very friendly, just amazing really. 20/10 best waitress I think I've ever had. Would love to go back again very soon!

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food like always

LN
Omaha
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting experience cooking own meal. Grills at the table unique but presentation of raw meat a little overwhelming. Food was good however and waiter was very patient and answered all our questions. There were 4 of us and we each got a different course meal. Vegetable portion seemed skimpy but value was outstanding especially since a promotion for Friday was 20% off course meals. Definitely a unique experience.

K
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For a different experience in cuisine I would recommend it.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the staff-always remember us and they are always so helpful and attentive! Really healthy food if you order right!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back

H
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Server was attentive and friendly. Food was tasty. Takoyaki was under cooked and the octopus pieces were too large and tough compared to what I had in Japan.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was awesome and patient. The menu was overwhelming but great. Her name was Katie at the Lincoln NE site on 8/17/19 we had a group of 8 with a total bill of $89 we will come back.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Since I am comparing to Blue or Hiro 88, I have to say that I did not enjoy my meal.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Koen was fantastic. Service was perfect - our server didn't miss a beat.

JE
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food has great flavor, the portions are small but the quality is high. The atmosphere is nice, I highly recommend this restaurant. The waiter seemed to be very new to the job and made a few mistakes, but other then that this place is definitely worth a visit.

L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as far as service and food. The lunches were larger than expected, and therefore a really good value. As in most restaurants, it is noisy. I could not hear the people at the opposite end of the table. The pillars also divided our group since there were 8 of us. I would recommend Koen for a group of 4. Seating would be convenient enough to converse.

M
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

The food is way overpriced for the quality you get. The sushi was alright, but I would not recommend the barbecue. Service was not great and we had to wait around a lot for the waiter to bring us things we needed, so it took about 3 hours total. Not ideal.

KK
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The place barely had anyone there. We were seated at 1 pm. Our first time there no one explained the menu, took our order at 130pm. Food didn’t arrive until 2:10 pm. This wasn’t a cooked meal coming out to us. So at 2:10 pm we started cooking our own food over the grill. Not sure we will be back. Service was unacceptable.

HG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allen was a fantastic server and the food was amazing!

PR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a new experience for us! Cooking our grilled meats was a lot of fun and the sushi was excellent! A++ service explaining the experience we will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was obvious our server was overwhelmed and working more tables than usual, but she still did an excellent job. Food was brought out on time and was delicious. This was my second time eating here. Much quieter during the lunch hour compared to the dinner hour. We’ll be back again.

MD
Omaha
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun and unique way to enjoy a night out. So good!

SK
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing and the food was fantastic!! Great quality meats for the bbq! It was a great culinary experience:)

g
Omaha
21 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was so friendly and helpful. We were in a hurry and she was great at helping us to get to our event on time. The Flaming Tuna roll was literally flaming, which was a fun visual experience, and also really delicious. We had a great meal!

BO
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Koen offers a fun concept. Quality food. Great environment.

DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Immediate greeting upon arrival, prompt searing and our server was very diligent in making sure our experience was good. Food was excellent, and again our server was sure to space out the timing in bring each course to the table and asking if we were ready for the next before bringing it out.

SS
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We just got in from a storm so it was empty. Only one server so she was stressed. Felt kind of bad for her but she did a decent job waiting on us. Food was delicious as always. Music is fun but a little loud. Overall pretty great!

g
Omaha
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and using the table grill.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!!

V
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food!! Our waiter Trey was outstanding!!

TA
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great food. The atmosphere is very nice.