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About The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge
Awarded "Best Sushi" 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017
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, Contemporary 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
Food is amazing. The seats against the wall are overdue for a replacement you sit very low against a high table. You need to sit in a cushion to be able to eat at the table. The end of the dinner requires you go into the back of the restaurant where the dishes are washed to process your visa which really isn’t acceptable. This is our third time to this restaurant over the past 18 months and it is still the same process. Otherwise love the tasting menu.
The ambiance is lovely, it's quiet, the food is beautiful and so delicious. The fish tastes fresh and the sauces are unique and modern. The service is exceptional and the staff were very patient with my persnickety questions. We went for our anniversary and they surprised us with a scrumptious raspberry sorbet. ❤️'S all around!
We showed up for our 9p reservation early and were seated at 8:55p. We ordered right away and received our order at 10:30p!! An hour and a half later! Waiter checked up on us only once during this whole wait. The kitchen was extremely slow and backed up. The restaurant didn't even seem that busy because there were plenty of empty tables around us.
The food here was really good but the service and timing of everything sucked! We had a reservation at 7:30 and arrived at 7:34. Although we were seated at 7:45 and ordered our food right after, we didn't get our food until 9:50. Almost 2 hours later!!! It was ridiculous. And it was not even that crowded. Our waiter did give us free champagne and some edamame for the hassle but never came out and apologized or even mentioned the wait. WE had to bring all of it up to the staff who kept insisting that it was because of how busy they were (they were not crowded at all).
I'll never go back there
Fabulous food. We had the Omakase 7 course dinner. Absolutely devine. Simmi the head waiter was delightful. We had a fabulous sake. The Denshin Haru Junmai Ginjo Nama sake Incredible. Our second experience at this fabulous restaurant.
Highly recommend this experience. Everything is super including the service.
To start, we had a reservation for 7pm on a Friday night. When we arrived, there were only about 4 tables that were filled, yet the hostess greeted us by telling us there was another reservation for our table at 8:30 so we needed to be done by 8:20. I have never heard that from a hostess before! Once we were seated, we sat for 15 minutes without anyone coming to our table to welcome us, bring us water, or simply acknowledge our presence. I went back to the hostess to complain, she apologized, spoke to our waiter, and then I watched him disappear into the kitchen. We waited another 5 minutes before he came to our table. While the sushi was fresh and tasty, the service was so bad, I cannot recommend this place and will never go there again. I can get good sushi in lots of other places.
Just consistently excellent sushi! Every time I go back, the food is superb. The wait staff and friendly and incredibly helpful. My guest left a pair of glasses behind and I got a phone call within 3 minutes of departing saying, "We have these for you. They'll be safe." It's just the small details that always make it a great experience.
Don't believe the hype. 1 sushi chef. 2 waiters. Full restaurant. (They must have seen the ad in local PS magazine like we did). Wanted to order more sushi after our first round but decided to ask for the check and go up the street because from the look of other hungry diners we had a long wait. Table of 6 in big booth near window left after waiting 15 mins to order. They were quite vocal. We will not be back.
We have enjoyed the Venue twice and the food was perfect on both occasions. The chef was very accommodating of dietary restrictions and food allergies in our group, altering and suggesting menu items. We will definitely return the next time we are in the desert and highly recommend you give them a try.
We saw some bad reviews on this place before booking; but seeing that almost every other place on El Paseo is either a steakhouse or American style restaurant, and one can get tired of that, we thought we would try some sushi.
Overall it was great. Service was timely and polite. Sushi was above average. Overall happy.
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