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“Shen Cafe” 5 of 5 stars
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Shen Cafe
3520 Village Drive, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68516
+1 402-420-0487
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Ranked #45 of 515 Restaurants in Lincoln
Price range: $6 - $9
Cuisines: Chinese, Vegetarian
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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.
Lincoln, Nebraska
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“Shen Cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Best Chinese food in Lincoln hands down. Peter and his team use fresh, often locally sourced ingredients and have created a quality fast casual Chinese dining experience

Visited April 2014
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Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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“Shen is SO refreshing to have around!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Being burned out of the average "sticky, sweet, bland, poor-quality" Chinese Lincoln has to offer everywhere, I stumbled upon this recommendation via Reddit and I am so glad I took the drive out. It's right by Tandoor and Coffey & Co around 38th and Old Cheney, which isn't terribly out of the way and even within a good bike ride's distance on a nice day out (from downtown).

Every time I visit I am greeted by the nicest server who always offers to explain the menu, which really isn't as complicated as others have mentioned-- you have control over what goes in your dish:
1) chicken breast (which isn't overly breaded, and is very good quality), steak strips, shrimp, veggies (which has a great combination ranging from napa to broccoli), or a mix of two+,
2) the sauce mix (which will sometimes not include veggies, so I mix meat+veggies), and
3) fried or steamed brown/white rice-- or you can choose a bowl which is more like a fried rice dish.
For $2 you can add two sides, choosing from soups (the wonton soup is excellent and fresh, the egg drop soup is very unique with a slight sween corn flavor), egg rolls which aren't overly glutinous (in a spring roll wrapper instead of a thick wonton wrapper), crab rangoons (a bit on the puffy side but great flavor), etc.

The price ranges from about $6-$10 a plate with or without sides, I generally spend about $8/person when I come in. SO worth the extra $2 for such good quality food, service, and atmosphere.

My go-to that I recommend: I am stuck on ordering the general tso's mix with chicken breast and veggies (which isn't on the menu, but the gentleman at the register said after having it on special they couldn't get rid of it because it was so popular) and love their egg rolls. They have great quality tea as well, the Thai Iced tea is like a yummy chai latte--try that, also!

Overall I 200% recommend that you try this place, the food is made fresh, the people care about what they're doing, the atmosphere isn't dusk, cheap, run-down or swanky like every other Chinese restaurant in Lincoln--such a good addition!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good quality food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The food was very good quality but the service was a bit slow. So as long as you are not in a hurry it is a great place to find a delicious meal. The chicken was very good quality.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“don't know what the rave is about”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

food was expensive and not that very good at all, I have had way better chinese and at way lower prices.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Start your enSHEN and get over here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

A little out of the way, this spotless place has great food, generous portions and quick service. Dinner was excellent and reasonably priced with big city choices.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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