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“The Family is one of Nature’s Masterpieces”

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 with grill which 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.  

5 Steps to Becoming an official KOEN Grill Master:

1. Choose from a diverse menu of specialty cut, marinated thinly-sliced portions of premium beef, pork, poultry, seafood, and fresh vegetables.

2. Read the basic guidance for grilling; make sure to use the provided utensils to grill and do not pour any sauces into meat on grill.

3. Grill each marinated entrée personally, flip those around, cut to smaller pieces with scissors. 

4. Dip to our authentic Japanese house-made BBQ to complement your meal and share to others to create your own memorable flavor profiles.

5. Enjoy your masterpiece with family, friends, and loved ones!

What is Japanese BBQ?

Japanese BBQ, also called “yakiniku”, is the Japanese take on Korean BBQ which simply means grilling pre-marinated thinly-sliced premium cuts of protein on a gas or charcoal grill.  The Japanese then placed their own spin on the concept and added soy and gochujang based dipping sauces making the final dish completely unique.  This hybrid technique became widespread in Japan after WWII and ventilated grills finally came about in the 1980’s making dining experiences more comfortable.  Restaurants featuring this type of cooking have only recently surfaced in the United States in larger metropolitan cities with the closest being in Chicago, IL.

Grill it with Wagyu

Wagyu beef is simply means Japanese cattle. Not only does Wagyu beef has higher levels of intra-muscular fat or marbling but the meat texture is finer, resulting in a more flavorsome eating experience that actually melts in your mouth. Wagyu is not only mouth-wateringly delicious, it also has a higher amount of monounsaturated fats (the good fats) and omega 3 and 6 than other beef. 

The unique ways Japanese farmer raises their cattle by giving them a beer to induce appetite, massage them daily, playing classical music as relaxation technique to improve their appetite. 

We proudly serve Wagyu beef which are raised naturally, free from hormones,  antibiotics and freshly hand-cut made by order. 


Meet Koen's Family