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
First time at this little gem and it was ...
First time at this little gem and it was excellent. Although it is not a big restaurant the ambiance and location (sits back off of El Paseo) is excellent. The food was presented beautifully and the service was superb...especially our server, Sergio.
Didn't catch waiters name, taller, young ...
Didn't catch waiters name, taller, younger of the 2. Forgot salads, slow service. The other shorter, slightly older waiter stepped in and removed our plates, he showed much more enthusiasm, wishing he had been our server. Food excellent as always!
Best Sushi In The Desert By Far!
Pretty solid sushi place in Palm Desert. Small space inside kind of noisy hard to talk If it wasn't 110 degrees outside we would of sat on patio Note to self def come back in season. Cocktail and wine Menu cocktails were good they don't have full liquor license but they did a nice job with soju and agave wine drinks mine being Tranquility. great sake list several Chardonnay's with a couple pino Grigios I opted for the Sophia rose Food wise the soy beans (Edamame) spicy was good the veg egg rolls were cold in the middle on the first bite, I
Mentioned to the sever and he took it away and have them remade. Much better the second time and the arugula salad that came with was excellent . Miso soup delish
sushi wise we have the el paseo roll with soft shell crab
Snow crab, mango, avocado and cucumber topped with tuna, thin slices of jalapeno, cilantro and yuzu aioli
Spicy albacore, tempura asparagus and avocado topped with Mediterranean salsa, feta cheese and micro greens
FISH & CHIPS
Tempura style white fish and avocado topped with thin slices of jalapeño, spicy aioli and micro cilantro served with Asian seasoned fries all were excellent but the chips for the fish and chip roll the fries were under cooked all I all a great sushi spot the service was exceptional. I highly recommend this place!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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