About The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge
Awarded "Best Sushi" 2012, 2013 & 2015
Chic. Modern. Sophisticated. But also casual and friendly. The Venue is the cool hot spot on El Paseo, popular with locals, out-of-town visitors and food critics who serve up rave reviews. The Venue is artful, from its sleek décor to the original, ever-evolving menu, enthusiastically created by owner/chef Engin Onural. "This is my art," he shares. "Each plate is a painting, but I use fish instead of paint."
Sushi, Japanese, Asian
Hours of Operation:
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Between Ocotillo and Sage
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We will be happy to assist you with your catering needs small to large. Please contact manager or email email@example.com
Street parking available on El Paseo and we also have private parking lot in the back side of the property.
Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge Ratings and Reviews
we love Venue
One of the finest restaurants in the desert; Engin is a superb chef that brings sushi to the next level. We are huge fans of Venue!
Great food, great service
Great food, great service
Sergio was fantastic as our server! We ...
Sergio was fantastic as our server! We loved the langostino roll and the beautiful sashimi platter. Excellent and fresh!!!
This is my go to sushi place while in Palm Desert. The sushi is always fresh, the drinks are great, and the waiters are fun and friendly! The place is a bit on the small side but that is what I love about it, gives your experience a very personal vibe!
The best sushi anywhere.
The best sushi anywhere.
We chose the chef's tasting ($75 each). ...
We chose the chef's tasting ($75 each). A wonderful experience
Can't go wrong. Been here many times and never disappointed. Venue roll is always a must!
Delicious Sushi and Appetizers!!! More t ...
Delicious Sushi and Appetizers!!! More than just Sushi!!!
The best sushi ever!
The sushi is the best I've ever had. The salmon melts in your mouth and tastes unlike any salmon I've ever tasted. They have a variety of rolls to choose. They have unlimited "bubbles" which is a sparkling wine and you can have as much as you can drink for one price. Terrific and friendly waiters. All around wonderful dining experience.
Major attitude of front personnel. Ser ...
Major attitude of front personnel. Sergio a waiter is very good. Chefs are excellent. Front person not so good
We are from out of town and seasoned sus ...
We are from out of town and seasoned sushi-eaters. I was blown away by the creativity of the menu and the unique specialty rolls. Amazing ingredients & spices. We are told the head chef/owner is from Turkey and you can see a hint of the Mediterranean flavors in certain dishes. Best sushi I've ever had. Ah-mazing.
If you like good sushi, this is the place. More Japanese than many Japanese restaurants. Good saki bar.
Tuna is the best in the desert. Terrifi ...
Tuna is the best in the desert. Terrific friendly staff. Great food.
Excellent service. Very welcoming staff ...
Excellent service. Very welcoming staff. Great food
Best sushi anywhere! Freshest seafood, ...
Best sushi anywhere! Freshest seafood, light, wonderful tempura! Always consistent highest quality! Venue Roll is a "must try". My fav!
Friendly owner - Omakase execution not so much
Our dinner at Venue could be summed up by a famous Chanel quote: "Before you walk out the door, look in the mirror and take one thing off." We dined on a quiet night and decided on the Omakase dinner ($75 pp). While all portions were generous, their "innovative" take on sushi fell short. The plating was confusing – most came dressed with a lovely orchid blossom, while nice to look at were unnecessary. All I kept thinking was what a shame such beautiful flowers met a useless end. Please, no more stuff on plates you can’t eat!! Food: Lovely clean tuna was pile on with feta cheese, eel sauce, cilantro some sort of cream. My plate also had extra chunks of chopped tuna which someone clearly scraped off the edge of my plate before putting in front of me. What was essentially a dynamite roll was doused in a very sweet honey sauce which over powered the entire dish. While the escolar (aka Butter fish) was the tastiest (minimal non-intrusive dressing) it was put on a fruit jelly disc which was impossible to take off the plate cleanly with chopsticks and did not add to the dish. I can’t recall each of the other courses exactly – but every fish put in front of us was buried under too many flavours. The highlight of the meal was the dessert. A wonderful and refreshing Coconut Yuzu sorbet (even with the large orchid in a small fish bowl). The chef / owner was very nice as was our server – the guilt abounds writing this review. But at $75USD – expectations were set high. Perhaps we should have just ordered off menu sushi. If you are looking for an proper upscale sushi Omakase find another place.
Fabulous sushi, great service. We have ...
Fabulous sushi, great service. We have dinner here whenever we visit Palm Desert. This restaurant is a can't miss!!
Amazing tuna on tortilla crackers. Warm ...
Amazing tuna on tortilla crackers. Warm salted edamame. Amazing service too!!
Best Sushi ever
The Ahi Tuna Tostada appetizer was crunchy and flavorful. Spicy edamame was great and different. Sushi was spectacular. Rice Vodka cocktails were light and refreshing. They had pillows and blankets on the outdoor chairs. Very pleasant evening. I will definitely go back again.
A little off the game
The sushi wasn't quite up to par this time around. Rolls weren't as tight as they normally are and quality overall was a little off. We love the place but it was a bit of a miss today.
The evening was perfect. Food, service, ...
The evening was perfect. Food, service, ambiance and our experience was perfect!
Great sushi in the desert
Being from Vancouver, BC with tons of sushi restaurants, we were a little leery about going out for sushi in the desert. After reading reviews on Open Table, Venue looked like the best choice. We were not disappointed. In fact, we were amazed at how good the specialty rolls were. Just fabulous! The decor is very nice, and the service was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
The 5 times before that we have come here it was exceptional. The presentations are still outstanding. But with a very limited wine list and and typical sushi/makki, if you're not ordering one of the house special rolls you having a pretty ordinary experience.
Great little find.
Great place and really good sushi. Good wine list and great service. You will enjoy this place.
Excellent fresh sushi. Fabulous service ...
Excellent fresh sushi. Fabulous service. Can't wait to go back!!!
We had been here once before and the waiter remembered us and what we had to drink! Beautiful presentation of the food which tastes fantastic. Will return many times
Sushi in the desert
We have been looking for great sushi in the desert and we liked The Venue sushi and rolls quite a bit. The presentation and quality of the fish were great. We also liked the all you can drink bubbles. A tad pricey, but worth it for a special meal.
Best Sushi in Coachella Valley
We love this place. The food, the service and the overall experience here are always the best. It is our regular treat upon any visit to El Paseo. Every member of the staff is professional and friendly. Love the Spicy Tuna Tostadas!
Great sushi. Sat at the bar and had some ...
Great sushi. Sat at the bar and had some fantastic portions. Will make this a go to when in town again!
First Time and a Great Time!
Wonderful staff! Was greater by Kathy with a smile and took care of us. Food is great and perfect dinner right before the New Years. Thank you again to everyone who made our dinner night the best :) Thank you from Kenneth and Michole
Love Venue. The best sushi in the valley ...
Love Venue. The best sushi in the valley with consistently excellent service. Lucky, the manager, was our server this evening and he was great as always. Personable, knowledgeable about the menu, and attentive. Thanks again for everything. (We brought our friends with us and it was their first time at Venue. They raved!)
New Years Eve unpleasantness
This is a great sushi bar. The Shisido peppers are a must but everything is great. However service is typicaly slow especially considering the relatively small seating footprint. We will keep coming back for the great food but I have to say that a recent experience was really off-putting. On New Years Eve we were cautioned upon being seated at our 5:30 PM reservation time that it's a busy night ahead and they will want to have our table open again in a reasonable timeframe. Good grief! Who needs that kind of pressure at the get-go? Hopefully next time a more user friendly server.
Definitely not a top ten opentable restaurant.
We made reservations but Venue didn't have a table for us, so we had to wait. When we finally got a table, the staff took forever to take our order and following that, we waited just shy of an hour to receive our food. Albeit the sushi rolls we ate were fairly good, this meal was not worth the wait nor the cost of eating a few good rolls. We question why this restaurant is listed as one of Palm Desert's top ten restaurants when we've gone to many better ones on El Paseo and had amazing experiences. Venue was a disappointment.
Unbelievable peppers and incredible langoustine roll.
Wednesday Dec 23 2015
We had a party of 7 and were seated promptly . Our waitress was good, but the service for our meal was extremely slow . It took over an hour and 15 min to get the roll made with Kobe steak. Everything was delicious , just so slow that it was tedious waiting for our food, even with cocktails In addition we sat next to the door to outside which was open on a cool night. Our waitress did apologize for the delay in our food being served. I've been here before and the service was excellent Thank you T.T.
Beautiful presentation, and delicious. Best sushi we have had in a long time. Must visit
creative ,amazing ,delicious ,fresh outs ...
creative ,amazing ,delicious ,fresh outstanding ! one of my favorites.
Much smaller than I anticipated. Server ...
Much smaller than I anticipated. Server was very friendly, but forgot our sodas a few times. Food was a bit slow to come out but it all tasted fantastic. California Dreamin' was my favorite. Ice water had a funky taste, none of us felt safe drinking it. No refills on soda?? And almost $4 each time?? Not acceptable. Especially when he brought the glass only 2/3 full. Weird. Not many good non-alcoholic choices. Venuetini was good though.
Venue is a great spot for sushi in the desert
The chef has an interesting flavor twist on his sushi, which was very fresh. The staff was attentive and helpful. We will be back and next time try the chef's tasting menu.
A Dining Must In The Desert!
Great food, great service, in an intimate but vibrant setting. Owner and executive chef, Engin Onural, is truly a genius at creating a unique dining experience. The Venue serves only the freshest fish with an inspired flair. We never miss an opportunity to visit this wonderful restaurant when we are in the Palm Desert area.
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