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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."
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Street parking available on El Paseo and we also have private parking lot in the back side of the property.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge Ratings and Reviews
We were extremely disappointed in the service at your restaurant the evening of March 17th. The food service was very very slow and on two occasions waiters stopped by out table of 4 and said that they would check on our food. Neither time did they return and give us an update. The third time I asked one of the waiters what the problem was and his response was "We have a lot of people here that are hungry. Period". I took that response to be that it was the customer's fault and that had we not been there maybe the problem wouldn't be as bad. I've been in the restaurant business and any issues that ever arose were never the fault of the customer.
When the food finally arrived it was tasty however the spicy tuna roll would not hold together and it was impossible to eat without using your hands as it fell apart.
We will do our best to solve your "too busy to handle the customers" problem in the future as we will not return. There are many fine restaurants to have to wait an unreasonable amount of time to receive our food.
Delicious! We did family style and shared so many yummy treats! My standout was the Venue Roll...so good! The flavors all mixed perfectly. Service was friendly and relaxed, we were able to enjoy a leisurely dinner and good friends. This is a great spot, we shall return shortly.
After booking a reservation for 2 on a Wednesday night at 7pm we got a call from the restaurant saying that all they had seating for that night was the patio (too cold and nobody sitting outside) or the sushi bar. The sushi bar seating was crowded and the stools were very heavy and not comfortable. The server was not very friendly and it seemed we had multiple servers as whoever was available brought our meals and no commentary about our orders. Food was okay, but we have had better sushi at more reasonable prices even at Ra a chain restaurant. The Venue would not be on our list to recommend to friends.
Waiter gave us very poor service. VERY slow, even to taking our initial order. He introduced himself then left. Eventually returned to take our drink order which took forever to deliver. Food delivery was even slower. The food was good but not worth the wait. Wouldn't go back!
We live in Palm Springs and were excited to take our adult kids to Venue in Palm Desert for their birthdays. What a huge disappointment. We were seated promptly but waited over 25 minutes before our waiter appeared at the table. We had some questions which he said he would take to the chef, then he never returned with the answers. 40 minutes in he finally came back and took our drinks/appetizer orders. The pre-poured sake and bottle arrived but unfortunately one of the glasses had lipstick on it. We noticed that the appetizer plates were greasy too. The beverages server took the dirty full sake glass away but was unwilling to bring us a replacement. He was dismissive and uncourteous. Finally we flagged down a server (ours was no where in sight), and she said she would alert our waiter. He finally came back and replaced restaurant opened bottle of sake with another, but still made no attempt to take our order. We had been seated for close to an hour holding Venue's huge, awkward clipboard menus. At that point, we agreed that we were not enjoying ourselves and would end our supposed festive evening at Venue and go elsewhere. Too bad I cannot give zero stars for service.
We shared a 16-piece sushi platter. It was beautifully presented, and it was more than we could eat. The ambiance was very chic and the servers were friendly and efficient. We will definitely go back and try one of the rolls which we were too full to order. Also, they gave us a 15% coupon for our next visit!
Saturday night and Restaurant was very full...wanted to do the taking fixed menu but we were told the restaurant was too busy and the sushi chef's could not keep up. Service was very slow but the Rolls were very imaginative and tasty. Was disappointed they basically only carried standard nigiri sushi....no uni or Aji etc.
Kinda of hard to find off El Paseo! Excellent food and presentation. The staff was in need of training as we had to ask for water 3 times, we asked for the check 3 times and it took 15 minutes and there were not that many customers. But the food presentation and taste was incredible and will be back.
Our 1st time at this restaurant. Excellent ambiance and the food was delicious. Seemed like their service and their kitchen was a just a bit off as food wasn't presented in a timely manner, and they didn't following our request of having sauce put on the side instead on on the food . However I will say once we let them know of the issues (which I won't go into detail ), they were very accommodating and attentive and tried their best to make up for it. Worth giving it a try if you haven't been there before
Traveling to Palm Desert for a conference. Saw this had great reviews on Yelp and OT. Wow!!! Did not disappoint! Service was over the top...not in a pushy way, but really pleasant and helpful (since I was by myself).
Food...off the charts! Check out the Tuna Tostadas! What was so great about the food...it was inventive and creative, but not complex. Put our sushi places at home to shame...fish had so much flavor and great texture. I will definitely be back if I get to Palm Springs area again.
Fantastic menu with unique and delicious food. Traditional sushi is available, but they have created some amazing renditions of their own! Staff is incredibly attentive and knowledgeable about recommendations and all items. Thank you for the amazing experience. We already have 2 future reservations set up. Can't wait!
The edamame and miso soup starters were wxcelwnt. sushi (specialty rolls) were creative , very fresh and flavorful.
The prices are on the high side - dinner for 2 with
The high glass tables and open decor wasnt very cosy And the restaurant was drafty so
By end of dinner my
Feet were frozen!
The sushi was really excellent. The service was attentive but the timing of the dishes was definitely off. We had requested the sampler dish with two extra tuna added. The tuna arrived before we finished our warm miso soup but the main dish arrived well after our friend's dishes. Very odd. I think that other patrons have had similar experiences. Prices were very high at $70 for two, excluding alcohol. Still, a good experience overall.
This restaurant had good reviews but I cannot recommend it for couples. It is very noisy and small.
Although it was not busy when came in, a large group arrived later and then we were ignored. We had to ask what happened to our food after sitting for a long time. The server inquired and then we got our food but it was hastily prepared and not good. I sent it back. The server was very nice and they gave us each a half glass of bubbly on the house and offered us a discount coupon
But as tourists we had no use for a discount in a return visit. Can't fault the sever, but this is a pet peeve of mine. Singles and couples take a back seat to groups.
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