Cognito UK

About cognito

A well-stocked bar of premium spirits at Cognito: a Japanese restaurant in Lincoln

Lincoln's only independent Japanese restaurant

Treat yourself to an expertly crafted cocktail and some indulgent sushi in the heart of Lincoln. Our chefs take a modern approach to authentic Japanese flavour profiles, offering a sophisticated twist on the traditionally informal ‘izakaya’ dining experience.

The Cognito concept brings something entirely new to Lincoln. Join us for Asian-inspired cuisine and delicious cocktails in a luxurious setting, and keep an eye on our website for special events and bottomless brunch dates.

Our Spaces

Cognito's rooftop bar, with stunning views over the Lincoln skyline

Rooftop Bar with Retractable Roof

incognito rooftop bar

Tucked away up a couple of flights of stairs, just off Lincoln high street, is one of the city’s best kept secrets: the Incognito rooftop bar. 

With its retractable roof, our terrace provides the perfect setting for a romantic date night or a catch-up with friends, whatever the weather. Browse our extensive drinks menu of signature cocktails and tried-and-tested classics while taking in the view of Lincoln’s iconic skyline. Join our mailing list for updates on special events, live music, and DJ sets, all hosted on the roof.

Sushi and Japanese-style cuisine

Cognito japanese restaurant and bar

Cognito provides the perfect atmosphere for a dinner date, an indulgent lunch break, or just a few drinks with friends. Sink into one of our cosy booths while you sample some sushi, or take a seat at the bar with a cocktail. Our mixologists serve up drinks to suit all tastes. Whether you’re after something flamboyant or something without the smoke and mirrors, our bar staff work with a broad range of quality spirits to quench your thirst.

Curved seating and a cocktail bar in Cognito sushi restaurant
Cocktail Bar Lincoln

Cocktail Bar in the heart of Lincoln


The Cognito bar plays host to a live DJ set every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm ‘til late. The perfect start (or end!) to your weekend nights out in Lincoln.

Book a Table

What to expect at Cognito

We welcome walk-ins, but we recommend booking in advance to guarantee your table, especially for larger parties. Please let us know of any dietary requirements when booking. For groups of eight or more, our chefs require a pre-order three days prior to your reservation.

From 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, our resident DJ will be playing. This means that the music will be louder than usual. Please bear this in mind when making a booking on weekend evenings.


Upcoming Events


Saturday 6th May @ 12:30pm
Saturday 10th June @ 12:30pm
Saturday 22nd July @ 12:30pm
Saturday 5th August @ 12:30pm

Our What the Fox Bottomless Brunch is an experience to remember.

Have your sushi in the sky at our rooftop bar and take in stunning views across Lincoln while listening to our live DJ and saxophonist.
Bottomless brunch includes two courses and unlimited drinks from our set drinks menu for an 90 minutes. You can also upgrade your brunch to include bottomless prosecco, passion fruit martinis, or even dessert!
Our WTF bottomless brunch is incredibly popular and spaces are limited, so we recommend booking as far in advance as possible.


Valentines at Cognito

For a valentines day special there will be a live Violinist and DJ for the evening! Enjoy our valentines day menu for the evening which is a combination of your favourite dishes and valentines day twists. Accompanied with a selection of limited edition cocktails!

Our Rooftop Terrace will be open for drinks bookings only from 6pm. The roof will be closed with heaters and blankets so it's very cosy!

Valentines Day Menu

Video Showcase

Cognito Promotional Video

Contact Us

If you have any questions – big or small – please fill in the form below and our team will respond as soon as possible.

Alternatively, feel free to call us on 01522 575840.

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – Late 
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 1am

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