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Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi, Lincoln, NE

Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi

4.7
4.7
218 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 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 218 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Lincoln

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    Best Service

  • Lincoln

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  • Lincoln

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  • Lincoln

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  1. CU

    CaryU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fairly priced... great service and friendly staff.
  2. LT

    LexT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Koen is a super great place to have a nice meal with people your care about!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Should be voted #1 best place to eat in Lincoln!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time! Our waiter was super helpful and very attentive! Food was amazing!
  5. KK

    KenK

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of our go-to places. Sushi and grill items are always excellent (get the filet mignon to grill, it practically melts in your mouth), service is casual but professional, just as I like. If there's anything I'd change it'd be to lower the noise level a notch as it can be tough to have a conversation.
  6. D

    Danielle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice restaurant that has wonderful food, service, polite waiters and fun ambiance.
  7. KB

    KyleB

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time having sushi and loved every minute of it. Definitely will return.
  8. TB

    TonyB

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time.
  9. CG

    ConcertGoer

    Omaha

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We love the grill for meat which is very authentic Japanese. This time 2 cuts of the 5 we got were so tough we couldn't chew them or cut without the scissors. We hope it was a one off night because we love everything else. Be sure to get the Yaki-Shabu Bibimbap rice dish, amazing!
  10. PP

    PamelaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meat was tender and flavorful, the drinks were tasty, the dessert was amazing and our waitress was attentive and helpful.
  11. LS

    LindaS

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It’s definitely a regular restaurant to go to. It’s a bit pricey. I wish server would tell you which meat was which.
  12. MD

    MeaganD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Henry, our server, was awesome! We will definitely be back
  13. KW

    KentW

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Uncomfortably warm in the restaurant. We asked to be moved to another table which helped…a little. With multiple grills heating the dining area, something must be done to ramp up air conditioning capabilities in summer. We won’t be returning before fall!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our FAVORITE spot for date night or special occasions! Highly recommend!
  15. S

    Suzanne54

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating a birthday and it was very special and fun. It was pretty loud and busy but that’s great for the restaurant!
  16. ME

    MaxE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made a reservation for date night at 7:30 got there and there was no tables said we had to wait, okay we got 2 drinks and still were waiting we left.
  17. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter Trey was a very good server. Food was tasty. Fun experience.
  18. G

    Genese

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went as first-timers for my son's birthday and was very pleased. Our server, Trey, was EXCELLENT! I recommend the premium platter for parties of 4 or more people. I finished the meal full. For birthday dessert, the restaurant turned the lights down and turned strobe lights on. Our easier got the attention of the entire restaurant and that all said Happy birthday. It was wonderful!
  19. DM

    DennisM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Frederick was AWESOME! He was very helpful since it was our first time and had great interaction!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went for the first time for my birthday and got the Koen Premium course for the 3 of us. The food was amazing and just the right amount. They typically do a birthday thing for celebrants, but they might have missed that I put my birthday under the reservation. But oh well. I still enjoyed my food and experience.
  21. SM

    SelenaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great place with a fun experience. Our drinks tasted like just syrup. But that was the only negative I’d say
  22. DR

    DillyRyan

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome job. Good taste delicious and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
  23. l

    levie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    horrible service we were not brought plates, or table wear. Part of our meal was cold and asked for new and they just brought out or old items reheated. For a korean bbq they offer none of the normal items you expect.
  24. JM

    JohnM

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Want a meal where your kids will put their phones down? Been here twice, love the food and the idea behind it all. Once food starts arriving the kids put their phones down and its good times! They love cooking the meat themselves! We will add to our choices each time, trying something different. We are even going to buy our own tabletop grill for at home.
  25. JB

    JenniferB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We had 7 people and we were crammed in a booth with 3 people on each side and one on the end. Only 1 grill at the table, so it was very crowded and took forever to cook the food. We saw many other parties of 6 that had larger tables with 2 grills. This was a birthday celebration and would have been nice to have a better eating environment. Especially since reservations were made in advance. After paying over $200 for the meal, I left feeling that the overall experience should have been better than it was.
  26. JW

    JasonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and of good quality. What really stood out was the service. It was outstanding!! The 2 servers we had taking care of us were very professional, polite and attentive to our every need, yet not hovering over us at the same time. One of the best service experiences I've ever had! The meals are a bit pricy for the portion size, considering the guests are responsible for cooking their own. I wouldn't have any issues with price if it was all prepared for me, as they seem to be in line with the competition, but if I'm going to prepare food myself, I can do it at home for half the price. I understand this is a novelty restaurant, but when I "go out" and spend hard earned money on my family, I don't want to have to do any work... or if I do, I should pay less for it.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food as always. Great place for decent sushi and very nice Korean BBQ
  28. SJ

    ScooterJ

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were outstanding. Bao was our server and made sure we had everything we needed. Fantastic experience and value.
  29. DW

    DougW

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience, and the food is amazing
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to Koen several times and I will never get tired of the place. I bring several of my friends there whenever I can and we all absolutely love it. You guys have the best service. The food is also all top tier! My experience there is always a 10/10!
  31. c

    corneliussloane

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went here to celebrate my partner's birthday. The service was fantastic, the waiter was great, and the food was phenomenal. We'll definitely be back. There could have been better COVID protocol (aka more tables in between patrons), but otherwise I was very happy with everything. What an awesome experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Koen for our 11 year old granddaughter’s birthday. And it wasn’t a disappointment. They brought her out her birthday dessert and all the lights went off in the restaurant and the strobes came on and there was music and clapping and singing happy birthday. She had such a great time! We found the food to grill at your table amazing. Would definitely go back!
  33. JL

    JamieLee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was my first time here, a bit chaos because we had a reservation for 14 people. Despite the chaos the server did great to accommodate all of us and the food was fantastic.
  34. JR

    JayR

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an awesome experience. We live in Papillion, NE and went to Lincoln to take in a college basketball game. We wanted to enjoy the night out with our two kids (10 & 15) by adding in dinner. Koen did not disappoint. We reserved a table through Open Table and got right in at our reservation time. Koen was well staffed and the overall service they provided was outstanding. My daughter is GF and DF. Our server was so great in guiding us through the menu to be sure our daughter didn't get something she couldn't have. We each ordered a sushi roll (crab stick roll, sugar daddy roll x2, and lobster lovers roll) and each was wonderful. Then we ordered the Koen Premium BBQ course. The appetizers were great, especially the lobster and crab rangoon with the mango sauce. My wife was very skeptical about having to pay for and grill our own meal, but it was so much fun. Even my 15-year-old son said it was a lot of fun and that's saying something. The food was delicious. Our waitress said they were hoping to open a restaurant in Omaha within two years. We can't wait...but will probably make another trip or two back to Lincoln in the meantime. Go give it a try!!
  35. HK

    HannahK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and food was tasty! Loved how it’s a party when they celebrate birthdays!
  36. SM

    SMendoz

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Reservation time was not kept, a few minutes wait turned into 30 minutes. Customer service of wait staff made up for the delay in reservation. Amazing drink menu and sushi along with the meats!
  37. H

    Hannah

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always so good here! Great amount of food for what you pay as well.
  38. DA

    DaveAndStacey

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going to Koen and Kinja as well. Inez and Brian, the owners are the best and have kept a good thing going and continue to get better!
  39. T

    Tyler

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    We waited 45 minutes past our reservations and weren't seated. We witnessed walk in customers who arrived after us be seated first. Ended up leaving before we were seated. We were told there was a 5 to 10 minute wait when we showed up at our reserved time. We asked how much longer the wait would be 15 minutes after our reservation and we're told 10 more minutes. 30 minutes later we left. I've heard people have waited 1.5 hours past their reservation time to be seated. I'm sure the food is good, but the reservation/seating process needs some work.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    First..make reservations!! This place is hoppin and don’t be a Karen and think you can just sashay your way in! If your not seated for your exact reservation time. Get over yourself! We made reservations. Only waited 10 mins past for our table. This was our 3rd time here, and it always is worth it! We love love love this place!! Tien our server was gracious and on it! And there was a large group seated right before us. No wait on food, drinks, anything! Everyone employed there is wonderful, thanked us for coming, appreciate them all!

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 4.7 stars by 218 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 5 times today
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

  • 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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