About The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge Ratings and Reviews
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.
We ordered appetizers. The food was not ...
We ordered appetizers. The food was not very good. The service was so bad that we just got the check and left. We didn't even order sushi. So many waiter, so few tables, but somehow no one could get around to take our order. We were even at the counter. Thumbs down. Sorry.
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!
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