Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi

4.6
132 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.
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience although service staff was overworked due to a very heavy rush of people. It was UNL’s graduation and there were several large groups there in a constant stream. The food was really great, although portion sizes seemed small. We had to order another entire tray of meat since we were still hungry after two platters of meat plus several appetizers and sushi rolls we had on the “non bbq” side while waiting for our “bbq side” table. Some diners were milling around at their table visiting while others waited but thankfully the staff would politely ask them if they could be on their way to accommodate people who had waited on reservations. We will definitely go back again when it’s not graduation weekend! :)

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KathyW
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant dining experience. We all tried something different and shared. The food, service and ambiance was wonderful. It’s a different dining experience in that you are participating in the preparation of your meal. We all loved it, and will definitely go back again.

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JaxomnStephanieA
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my honest opinion, Koen isn't just a restaurant! It's an experience that everyone should get to enjoy at least twice every year! Make it your new tradition! Take your kids, parents, cousins, Aunts, Uncles, & Grandparents! All of the meats are prime cuts marinated to perfection and paired perfectly with rice, veggies, sauces, and sides! If your mouth isn't watering by now, go look at the pictures people posted! You won't be disappointed! If you drink, know that you are probably going to be feeling pretty nice by the end of your meal! Full and full! I recommend the Premium for groups of 4 or more. And, definitely, get the Blue Lagoon! It's a drink and it's worth every penny!

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MarlindaM
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and most creative too! I loved everything about this!

AZ
AnthonyZ
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks along with a fun experience.

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RileyS
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Drove an hour in hopes for some good KBBQ. Was great but the sushi was even better! Very pleasantly surprised

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vipDearandHon
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed! Great sushi this time and our server Andrew was wonderful...always comfortable and we enjoyed our evenings at Koen...thank you and see you soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family birthday dinner was wonderful

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DanielO
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Food good Service Can't wait for next Omaha Visit

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very cool experience! You cook your own meat at the table. Expensive but worth it and it takes a long time but its an experience so again just a very cool thing to do with the family!

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Spencer
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Server did a great job. Would definitely come back. Have told others about this different type of experience.

DH
vipDearandHon
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS excellent food and service!...a definite choice for sushi and BBQ...thank you all very much...our evening was outstanding!

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ColeP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Kbbq place ! Their happy hour is amazing and the food is always great.

KJ
KJ1033
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solo dining experience as great! Staff was friendly, prompt with seating even during the busy rush due to my reservation. Overall great experience

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had reservations and were seated on time after arriving early. We tried the Masago-smelt roe and Koen tuna sashimi as starters and then proceeded to enjoy a number of special rolls as our main course. The service and food quality were both excellent. We're looking forward to trying the Japanese BBQ during our next visiit.

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AnthonyZ
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent grill and sushi. A fun and delicious experience.

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PattyH
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Highly recommend

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sarahr
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great variety - with each dish having its own unique flavors.

JD
JD123
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Had a reservation, still had to wait 45 minutes for a table

JP
JohnP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The barbecue at the table was fun and delicious. The stuffed peppers were especially delicious. Great, attentive wait staff. We can't wait to go back.

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MichelleS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there on Valentine’s Day! Appetizer, sushi, and BBQ were outstanding and so was the service! Can’t wait to go back!

JM
JordanM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t even get to eat there. Made a reservation for 7:30 and when we arrived at that time we were told we would be waiting 1 hour to an 1 hour 30 minutes. Terrible

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Waited an hour after our reservation time to get seated. Other people waiting were offered drinks my party was not. Good food, fun concept, but they need to figure out how reservations work.

JG
JoeG
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reservation was for 6:30 but were not seated until 7:15. Several couples seated before us even though they arrived after us. Had to ask front desk to get us seated, most likely just forgot about us on accident. Everything else was great!

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JayS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

I really like this place. I enjoy the whole experience of it. But twice I have ordered sushi on 2 separate occasions with my meal order and twice I am yet to receive it. Keeps getting lost or not put in.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and atmosphere. Will be back for sure!

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Chantell
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Beautiful place to eat! Fun times with the family!

LM
LindsayM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was good, the experience was fun but I think it is a little overpriced.

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AaronM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was fantastic. Definitely would go back. Only issue I had was the waiter didn’t come to our table for almost 15 mins after being seated. And when he did come he wasn’t very personable or give us much information on the food. The manager had to come refill our drinks for us and I could tell was trying to smooth things over. She was fantastic.

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Huskerstaci
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you haven't been to Koen yet, don't wait any longer. It's great food and a fun experience!

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service can be a little slower since they work both sides but the food was absolutely amazing. Great environment and friendly staff! Will be going back.

LC
LisaC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the shrimp/scallop yakisoba and it was delicious! Yakisoba noodles tasted just like my friend makes. I also had the spider sushi and it was yummy.

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JasonO
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the price you pay. The hardest thing to decide is where you want to put all the food on your table at so everyone can share!

DH
vipDearandHon
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Koen has great cocktails and food...inventive sushi rolls and friendly service...and we were lucky to receive the featured dessert...could not have been a more perfect holiday evening...thank you Trey and Koen...Merry Christmas 🎄

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vipDearandHon
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to enjoy the “sushi” side this evening...fabulous corner table...happy hour cocktails and starters set the tone for our evening...3 sushi rolls to follow all flavorful and executed well...the show stopper was was the flaming tiger...yes there were flames! Our server was Trey that night and like all the servers...he was delightful and very knowledgeable about the menu...always a great evening at Koen...thank you very much!

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AbbyH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The price is fairly high, but it's good to share with friends. Great service and tasty, authentic food.

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JerryT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Not sure why I made a reservation - we walked in a few minutes before 7 and gave the host our reservation number.

He said he could not seat us as they were very busy so we waited for 30 minutes having other customers sat before us - not sure if they had reservations also??

Service was very slow but food and waiter were very good.

MM
MidwestMan
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The prices seem high for the labor costs of cooking falling on the patrons. We were also there during their happy hour but wouldn't allow us to order from the happy hour menu. I also found it odd the bartender chose to wear his mask like a chin strap that didn't cover his nose nor his mouth. For the price, there are many other places I'd rather eat at. Cool concept but not a fan of the execution.

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etmcdonald
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with a group of friends. We all tried different drinks and all were very good, plus they have some great wines! The food came out and we were instructed how to grill. My friend has a gluten allergy, so those place is great for her! The prices were reasonable and we all were week feed when we left. We weren't sure about grilling ourselves, but it was easy and the food cooks quickly on the grill. Everything was delicious. We really enjoyed the short ribs and the scallops were husband and my favorite! It's a great that it's different from other places in Lincoln. Well definitely be back!

DH
vipDearandHon
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rainy evening was made more bright with our dinner at Koen (twice in 5 days)...the sushi, grill, wine and cocktails are always the best!...that night we were treated with a special salad and the most enthusiastic server Tien...we always feel welcomed...even after a long absence due to CoVid...we felt safe and most definitely we will be back...thank you! 😊

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You can order delivery directly from Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi using the Order Online button. 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 132 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.