The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thevenuepalmdesert.com/
  • Phone: 7603461500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Engin Onural
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will be happy to assist you with your catering needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Ocotillo and Sage
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking available on El Paseo and we also have private parking lot in the back side of the property.
A word from The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge
Awarded "Best Sushi" 2012 and 2013

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."
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The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (12)neighborhood gem (8)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)special occasion (4)late-night find (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Dined here for the first time with a friend and found all the staff friendly and attentive. The food was excellent, the cocktails delicious, and the overall experience was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience, great food
    DudeInTheDesert
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I have enjoyed going to the Venue for almost 2 years now. The service is absolutely exceptional, the food is consistently thoughtful and delicious, and the sake menu always has something delicious to try. The chef/owner, Engin, is warm and friendly and always makes us feel at home. For a neighborhood regular dinner spot, a date night, or going out with a group of friends, you cannot go wrong. Consistently one of my favorite restaurants in the Desert and I highly recommend it to all who visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average experience
    dshep
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    So good review for OpenTable, we called the restaurant and they told us they did not have any reservations available. We immediately went on OpenTable and were able to book a reservation. The food was average at best. We were recommended some great sake and pricing of the sake was at a great price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You'll love The Venue
    MisterT5000
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After having below average experiences at other sushi restaurants in La Quinta, we were skeptical when giving The Venue a try. We were extremely pleased with the service, atmosphere and the food. Everything we ordered was amazing. You have to try the spicy tuna tostadas! Great prices also. I'll definitely be back every time we visit the Palm Desert/Indian Wells area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amazing! I'm always impressed with the new creations I find on the menu. The staff is very friendly and managed a power outage mid-meal beautifully. I highly recommend The Venue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing.
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Engin you're amazing. We enjoyed dinner last night and can't wait for your next creation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Palm Desert Superb Venue
    DivabebeVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Somewhat hidden in the patio of a mini mall on El Paseo, The Venue, a small, quiet, elegant, and greatly conceived Japanese fusion concept is our newest addition to a short list of innovative, fabulous and also health conscious restaurants. Although sharing the news of and promoting this tiny place by desert standards might mean that we won't be as lucky next time to get a table as we were for the past two evenings, The Venue is a must! The friendly, cordial and attentive staff blends perfectly with the high quality of the food unlike in many other places attempting to attract new customers. They won us over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 42 reviews are from the The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge reviews archive.
  • Very good Japanese Food
    realfussyfolksVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    If you're looking for very good sushi or sashimi, this is the place to go. Many types of sushi rolls and they are excellent. I lived in Japan for many years and recognize good Japanese food and it is available at The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge. A very nice sake selection is available for the discriminating taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elevates sushi to an art form!
    1foodiefirst
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I went to The Venue with a friend on a Monday night, curious about this little tucked away spot on El Paseo. What a pleasant surprise! Not only was the staff extremely friendly and upbeat, the decor lovely, but the sushi menu had items I'd never seen before. The saki menu was exceptional, and I will definitely return to sample a few of the cold sakes on the menu (we had the warm sake). The California Tempura roll melts in your mouth, and a few of the other exotic rolls were just to die for. I highly recommend this spot for anyone who loves sushi. I've been to Tokyo and always say that I had the best sushi of my life there, but The Venue is very close and easily my best experience here in the many US sushi bars I've been to!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Visiting palm springs, and used yelp to find a sushi place with happy hour specials. Was yummy on all accounts.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Youmusteathere
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is a great sushi bar with a slight Mexican twist. Flavours are amazing, fresh fish, stunning presentation reasonably good value, lovely staff. We eat here every time we visit it really is a gem. You must eat here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible!!!!!
    FineDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I love this place and will never going anywhere else in the desert for sushi. It's by far my favorite place to go. The staff is attentive, friendly, and always on top of it. The sushi is unique and fantastic, very creative, and always coming up with new things. Anyone who likes sushi must try this hidden gem!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sushi in the Valley!
    Pshummingbird22
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Amazing sushi, friendly staff, just the best gem in the desert. The flavors on some of their specialty rolls are incredible and will rest in your memory for days as you crave more. Every experience is a great one!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you love Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Then you need to go to The Venue! very very good!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Special
    MyviewVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food and service was awful. Try a different sushi restaurant.
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  • FRESH FRESH FRESH
    Mischablue
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Wonderful salmon. The best, freshest I've ever had. I'm there once a week. Food never disappoints. Very friendly waiters who now know me.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impeccable service, good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    At Venue, the service was some of the best I've had. Prompt, attentive, not hovering. Plates were cleared promptly, courses were served as they were prepared, water was never empty. The sushi was good, and the miso soup was some of the best I've had. It was raining when we visited, so it was quite crowded inside (its a small place), but the noise level wasn't too loud given its size. If you are looking for good sushi, with some interesting roll options, this place is an excellent choice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • worth a visit
    ancienadad
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We found the seafood to be fresh, tasteful and well presented. The sashimi were quite good and surpassed the various rolls in our judgment. Prices are relatively high, but the quality of the food is relative to the price. We will visit the venue again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Children
    CatMomVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    I have to disagree with previous reviews that this can / should be a kid friendly place -- maybe if the children (young) are not noisily running around they would be greatly accepted. However, the night we were there a couple of families had children that were running around noisily without supervision; for the prices being paid at what would typically be thought of as an adult restaurant (after 7:30pm) this left us with a not so great feeling of wanting to return anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We cane with our 2 little kiddos and the wait staff was super kid friendly, even when the baby broke a glass. Thank you so much for turning what could've been a bad experience at an upscale sushi restaurant into a great family dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Russ
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We were look for a sushi restaurant that was comparable to those we have back home in Seattle, which the Venue did match up... Fresh sushi, great surroundings and a friendly staff... Thanks for the great experience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a Date
    lastsupper
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This place had a great lively atmosphere. It was a good LA scene even though it was in the desert… Good place to take a first date. Sushi was good comparable to other restaurants. But the atmosphere and service made it worth the price.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing notable
    FredVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Ate here with my wife on a Saturday night. The restaurant is quite small and the tables are pretty much packed in. We sat next to another couple who may as well have been sharing our table because they were that close...like nearly rubbing elbows close. The server was unattentive at best and although we arrived early. The evening was pretty much like that in its entirety. I'm not a sake drinker and the wine list is limited. No full bar. Sushi was good but not memorable and fairly expensive. If you like average food with below average service in a place where you can hear the entire conversation next to you then be my guest. There are enough sushi restaurants downtown in Palm Desert that I'll choose somewhere else next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi restaurant in the desert
    DesertLocalVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    As locals, there was a time when we had to go to LA to for good, innovative sushi. Once Venue opened that ceased to be the case. We eat at Venue often and always satisfied with the quality of the food and service. Friends will make us try other places but we always return to Venue. The service is top notch as the staff takes a great deal of pride in what they do and what the restaurant offers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth the experience
    Linerider
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    This restaurant lived up to all of the great reviews. We were with a group of 10 and had the opportunity to try most of the rolls on the menu. All of them were outstanding, and we looked forward more and more to the waiter bringing each one. The sushi is very fresh, with a taste that is beyond description. The sashimi platter is a must try. Each piece seemed to melt in my mouth. No kidding! The service was a little slow, but on the night we were there, they seemed to be exceptionally busy with large parties. I have already recommended this restaurant to many friends and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    By far the BEST sushi in the area! Great service and unique specialties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, innovative sushi. A
    LEwis
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Good, innovative sushi. A bit too much focus on fancy fusion rolls, and less on traditional Japanese-style sushi. Nonetheless, quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EAT HERE! DO NOT WAIT! GO NOW!
    ChestertonVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I am what Open Table refers to as a "VIP Member." Essentially what this means is that I dine out and use their website frequently. A better moniker might be "Constant Website User," as I do use the site quite often. I feel very compelled and really quite eager to review this incredible place. Without question or hesitation this is the finest restaurant I have experienced in years, including restaurants in many major "foodie" cities AND Japan. The chef has creativity and talent in abundance. The entire dining experience is stunning, and the food is quite simply OUT OF THIS WORLD. Atmosphere and ambiance? Superb, as is the service and the overall attention to detail. RUN, don't walk to this incredible place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected Delight
    MuddyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Not being much of a sushi follower, I went hesitantly to this restaurant to appease some in-laws. What a great surprise. Not only did I enjoy the food, the service was also great and appreciative for our business. We had reserations for a Sunday night at 5:30, and by 6:30 there was nary a table left. It seemed that everyone was having a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Based on other reviews, we expected the food to be special but it wasn't. The fish was largely tasteless. The special rolls were just okay. In addition, the price was high. Unfortunately, a miss
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi
    Mikeshy
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We went to the Venue in order to try their Sushi. We were very pleased. The menu has some unusual, different options from the typical sushi bar. It was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loving desert sushing experience
    MickeyVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    this is one of our favorite desert dining experiences; we can't get enough of it. Engin is a superb chef and a great restauranteur. His front man, Lucky, is a dashing and attentive manager who is eager to attend to your needs. We leave ourselves in Engin's capable hands when we arrive and don't even have to look at a menu. what a find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jay C
    JayC
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Admire the young owner/sushi chef. Puts his heart and soul into his craft. Service was great. Sat at the bar. Usually prefer sashimi but had omikase which had both rolls and sashimi. Good Sake
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi we have found in
    Rascal
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Best sushi we have found in desert. Really fresh fish. Sit anywhere not just at the sushi bar and enjoy the ambience. Very attentive service. Try the specials. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Valentines Dinner
    cindyy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was our second time to the Venue; and again the food and service were outstanding. We were fortunate to have an outdoor table on a beautiful evening, and were able to watch the people going by on El Paseo. We highly recommend this restaurant if you have a passion for sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely overpriced!
    Kate
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We were visiting from Los Angeles and wanted to have good sushi for dinner. Found the Venue on Yelp and gave it a try based on other reviews. The prices are hidden on their website. We eat sushi at least once a week here in LA and know what good sushi mean and how much they should cost. They charge $6 for two nigiri sushi, $10 for what they call a large hot sake (usually it is small size at other restaurants), rolls are $16 to $19 and one they even trying to sell for $25??? This is a joke. There are no Japanese chefs, the bar is not typical sushi bar where you see action happening, it is dead. The quality of fish is good and fresh, but again it is not worth the money.
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  • Excellent sushi
    crystalVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Food was surprisingly good. One in our party who eats sushi regularly thought it was very good. This was the first time here for all of us. Service was excellent, no rushing and we sat for a while after dinner was completed. We would all recommend .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our "Find" for the year…
    4alarkVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The Venue is our choice for sushi in the valley. It is on par with LA dining, convenient…and upscale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Sushi was nicely done & had great taste. Tuna and crab were very fresh. A few unique twists to the sushi which added pleasant variety to our dining experience. Atmosphere is simple, and tasteful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • THE BEST!
    FineDinerVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Love the staff, love the food, love the ambiance. LOVE THIS PLACE! A MUST TRY FOR EVERYONE! XOXO
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.