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Shen Cafe

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Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
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3520 Village Drive, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68516
+1 402-420-0487
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: Shen Cafe believes that great Chinese food starts with the ingredients....
Shen Cafe believes that great Chinese food starts with the ingredients. Thus, we are on a mission to find the best ingredients for our customers. We will purchase the freshest meats and produce available to us. In addition, we aim to purchase local ingredients when possible. Our sauces and marinades are made in house through recipes created from over 25 years of experience in the Chinese food industry. The food will be cooked fresh to guarantee the highest quality and the best taste we can achieve.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice . . . but heavy on the salt.

Overall, it was good. Nice variety with a lot of options. Very accommodating with modifications. (They left out the Broccoli on my dish, added mushrooms to another and then made the lettuce wraps with tofu instead of chicken, so A+ for that.) Clean & comfortable: order at counter, with food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 27, 2015
Michael S
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Burien, Washington
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Burien, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Overall, it was good. Nice variety with a lot of options. Very accommodating with modifications. (They left out the Broccoli on my dish, added mushrooms to another and then made the lettuce wraps with tofu instead of chicken, so A+ for that.) Clean & comfortable: order at counter, with food delivered to table. Nice selection of drinks, including beer, teas,... More 

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Thank Michael S
ShenCafeNE, Manager at Shen Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Machel, Thank you for the positive review and constructive criticisms, we truly appreciate it! I've brought this up to the chefs so that it will not happen again. Regards, Shen Cafe More 

Lincoln, Nebraska
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Great fast food you're in a rush. Well prepared food that tastes great. Sit-in option is also available.

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Thank MattSRob
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My colleagues and I work nearby, and as vegetarians this is one of our go-tos for lunch. Order at the counter, choose a protein option (including tofu), a sauce option, and one of white, fried, or brown rice. There are a few other ways to order, but this is how I typically do it. If you want veggies along with... More 

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1 Thank Michael C
Lincoln, Nebraska
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I went to Shen Cafe on Friday and was underwhelmed First for food that high proced you should havetable service instead of ordering at a counter and table service we had was desultory As bad as that was the foodwas worse minimally adequate egg rolls and hot and sour soup which was way too bland combined with inedible brown rice... More 

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Thank dtwoodie
ShenCafeNE, Manager at Shen Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the constructive criticisms! We truly appreciate it. When you visited our cafe back then, our family was actually trying to run 2 locations at the same time so we probably had a trainee cooking your dish. I know that's no excuse but it's the truth and now that we closed down our 2nd location, we have all... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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127 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The set up is simple: Choose the main ingredient (e.g., meat, tofu, veggies), then choose how you want it prepared (which is mostly about the sauce). The menu on the wall is pretty clear and easy. The guy behind the counter was helpful. The place was clean and I got a lot of good food for the money. What else... More 

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lincoln
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

come here once a week I have been noticing that lately they are struggling a bit. Night before Valentine's we were in a group of 13 and we ordered separate they seemed very unorganized. Food portions were not consistent some had a plate full others were skimpy. Soup and egg rolls never came out before entree and we had to... More 

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2 Thank Tracy K
Lincoln, Nebraska
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

A nice variety of Asian-inspired dishes -- there's something for everyone. High-quality ingredients, attractive presentation They not only offer fried rice and steamed rice, but brown rice as well. Very friendly staff who are happy to explain any of the dishes Clean and attractive restaurant -- would like it to be just a tad cozier through lowering the lights a... More 

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Thank Barbara C
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

Date night. After the movie we needed a nice quiet place to talk and relax. This was it The casual, hip ambience was easy going and gentle. Quick service, clear menu and reasonable prices. My date's food, a chicken and vegetable dish was tasty and fresh. Dumpling appetizer was great. Hot tea service in a real cup was casual but... More 

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Thank Aransas
Lincoln, Nebraska
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Chinese food in the USA is my least favorite category of restaurants, because the food tends to be greasy and monotonous. Shen Cafe offers a fantastic diversion from your ordinary Chinese food. First, you choose your protein. Second, you will choose the background, namely the sauce and accompanying veggies. You can add two small sides to your entree for... More 

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2 Thank Sayaka S
lincoln
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Shen cafe states that they are better chinese food. They are being modest this food here is the BEST chinese food in town and even better then P.F. Chang in Omaha. I never thought I would ever think any chinese was better then P.F but. I have found it in Shen Cafe. Super nice family and the food is prepared... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3520 Village Drive, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68516
  • Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Lincoln
  • Phone Number: +1 402-420-0487

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 9
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Shen Cafe believes that great Chinese food starts with the ingredients. Thus, we are on a mission to find the best ingredients for our customers. We will purchase the freshest meats and produce available to us. In addition, we aim to purchase local ingredients when possible. Our sauces and marinades are made in house through recipes created from over 25 years of experience in the Chinese food industry. The food will be cooked fresh to guarantee the highest quality and the best taste we can achieve.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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