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 email@example.com
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 shared a 16-piece sushi platter. It w ...
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 f ...
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! Exce ...
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. Excelle ...
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 conferenc ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 serv ...
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.
Family came here for a last minute Chris ...
Family came here for a last minute Christmas Eve dinner - my in-laws said they enjoyed but we were all starving afterwards. The server didn't even know that yellow tail was hamachi; menu was so limited and they weren't able to deviate from the menu.
This restaurant had good reviews but I c ...
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.
The service at this venue was outstandin ...
The service at this venue was outstanding. It was all about the guest. The food was current,interesting and delicious. everyone was friendly and happy . The servers all had a smile on there faces and were happy to answer any questions or change up any ingredient.
Make sure you make a reservation this place will be booked in high season!
Very cool place with a hip vibe. Very k ...
Very cool place with a hip vibe. Very knowledgeable servers. Excellent quality fish in the sampler platter we had. Cucumber salad also very tasty. I great find. It would get a Michelin Star if it were in London, Paris or some other major City.
Fab! This was our first time here and wo ...
Fab! This was our first time here and won't be the last! Standouts for us were the stuffed mushrooms, ahi tostada, Venue roll...all super delicious and such fresh fish! Service was easy and friendly. We will be back soon!!! Yum!
The food was amazing. Chris, our server ...
The food was amazing. Chris, our server is awesome! He had great recommendations and a wonderful personality. Between the food and Chris, we will be back one more time before we head home.
Food: to start we had the stuffed avocado and salmon hamachi.
Rolls: the venue roll, baby langoustine, fish and chips
Everything was phenomenal!!!!!!
Nice atmosphere and location. Fish was v ...
Nice atmosphere and location. Fish was very fresh, however, they need to perfect sushi rice… It was far from it (not sticky and too hard, just regular white rice). Good sake varieties and great customer service. A bit too pricey for sushi rolls…
I would usually give great service revie ...
I would usually give great service reviews but we had reservations and asked to sit in the booth. We were told that they had another group coming and they were giving them the booth....through our whole dinner, nobody ever came and sat at the booth! We were never asked if we still wanted the booth....they gave us a hard time about sitting there....we did not like our seats! Not happy!!
We found this Japanese restaurant disapp ...
We found this Japanese restaurant disappointing. It was not busy and on a Thursday evening. The service was extremely slow and not attentive. We ordered a nice bottle of cold sake and by the time our fist dish arrived (about 25/30 min) we had almost finished it. The appetizers were spicy tuna cocktail and agedashi tofu. The salmon carpaccio wasn't carpaccio at all because it was thick pieces of what I would call sashimi. It was inedible. Very chewy, not properly sliced and tasted very fishy. We could not eat it and when the waiter took it away he wasn't the least concerned that we didn't eat any of it. Unfortunately the same went for the salmon sushi. I would never return to this restaurant.
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