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Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi, Lincoln, NE

Koen Japanese BBQ & Sushi

4.8
4.8
232 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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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 22 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 232 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • Lincoln

    Best Ambiance

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    Best Value

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    Innovative

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    Good for groups

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  1. LM

    LMull16

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience! First time and highly recommend to anyone for something different to do!
  2. AE

    AddieE

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We love this place but it’s SOOO LOUD!! People across the table need to really up the volume or you can’t hear them. Our order was messed up because the waiter didn’t hear us clearly. Overall it’s a great place and the food is fabulous. As with most places, they are short staffed everywhere!
  3. TW

    TomW

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Biggest complaint was that we showed up on time for our 7:15 PM reservation and it took 45 minutes to get seated. the rest of the night was good short of being a little uncomfortable due to the burner/grill system under the table and lack of leg room. The could have designed the seats with more leg room. Our server, the food and the rest of the experience was great.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great time celebrating a birthday!
  5. ES

    EScov

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family ate here for the first time and really enjoyed it. I liked having my kids try new flavors and they enjoyed many of them! My husband and I both felt like it would be a better date place but the kids enjoyed cooking their food.
  6. CA

    ChristinA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    First time at Koen. Very impressed! Loved using the table grill to cook our food, and everything was delicious! Service was a little slow but, not unreasonably so as it was a busy time. We weren't given plates to put our cooked items on at first which caused some confusion. But as soon as we asked our waiter about it he was super apologetic and quick to get us the plates. All the food was delicious! Will definitely be back!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service, love this place!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. The server was so nice and you left smiling because it was such an experience. I highly recommend.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a fun and different place for dinner. The food was great and it was fun to be able to grill your food. Plus, it's economically priced.
  10. DR

    DillyRyan

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We love going to Koen for our dinner dates. The staff is always friendly and nice. And the food is delicious 😋.
  11. RC

    RyanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are big fans of this place, it is our usual spot for a good date night. Good palce to bring friends, you are able to buy a big assortment of meats and enjoy beverages.
  12. A

    Annon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a reservation at 7, it was a busy Saturday night for the business and it’s more of a good problem to have. We weren’t seated until 7:30 which was not ideal. The waitress was phenomenal and seemed to have been always busy. We were there for an hour and a half, never once were we needing anything, we waited a little bit for our biminbap which is okay, again more of a good problem to have. Overall Koen was very very very busy but accommodated for a late seating and frantic service with their staff and food.
  13. I

    Inessa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Koen is my favorite restaurant in Lincoln. I’d like to think of myself as a regular! Food is always superb and service is never less than a 10/10. Will happily return as always
  14. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Solid overall experience. Went twice last week. Only negative was the hostess when we came in. Said there was no room available, but went online and booked a reservation for ten minutes later. Seems like their booking system is a little flawed. But food and service past that point were great!
  15. CU

    CaryU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fairly priced... great service and friendly staff.
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. TB

    TonyB

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time.
  23. CG

    ConcertGoer

    Omaha

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. MD

    MeaganD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Henry, our server, was awesome! We will definitely be back
  27. 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!!
  28. 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!
  29. 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!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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!
  33. 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!
  34. 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.
  35. 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
  36. DR

    DillyRyan

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome job. Good taste delicious and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 4.8 stars by 232 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 22 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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