The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

4.6
539 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
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."
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great and fresh food. Wish there had been a bigger variety of fresh fish, everything was prepared beautifully

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vipMichelleW
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing sushi!! Highly recommend the spicy tuna tostada, it was one of the best spicy tuna dishes I’ve ever had! Great patio and felt very clean. Awesome staff! We will definitely be back.

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vipRichardA
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous specialties.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Service was extremely slow from seating to paying.
Fries were cold and had to be re-ordered.
Sushi / Sashimi was excellent.
Hostess was not friendly/inviting at all.

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VanessaW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! The food is amazing! The quality was incredible! Staff very attentive. We will definitely go back!!!

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vipNikk
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in Desert and I know he is very fussy about using the freshest seafood which is also why its the only sushi I eat here.

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ElizabethT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good but the service was a little slow. Seemed like maybe our waitress forgot to put in our order, but once we flagged her down it came pretty quickly. Nice outdoor spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outdoor dining and distance between tables (social distancing) was great. It made me comfortable having my 90 year old mom join us for dinner. Food was excellent. Sashimi plate was highly recommended by some reviewers and it met our expectations. Miso soup was unique and although it should have been served warmer it was still very good.

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MimiT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great sushi roll place, clean & safe if U are looking for a quiet romantic place to have dinner.

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vipWilly
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found the service to be outstanding. We got recommendations on sake and food, and they turned out to be spot on. Our sushi arrived on a staged basis without any gaps in time. We’ll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food. Definitely felt like a safe place to eat during these strange times.

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WKfromLA
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Venue came recommended by a trusted family member. The food and service were superior. The menu was a bit complicated but the waitress created "off the menu" meals that were fantastic and very reasonable. It is on our "must do" list on return visits to the area.

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vipAdiA
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice ambiance and location. Average service, good sushi.

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vipDnino1
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooo good. Great outdoor space, vibe, music, food, etc.

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FrankM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Venue roll excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was not as good but overall nice experience

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vipSteve62
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dining on the patio. For an appetizer we got the stuffed avocado. That is a favorite of ours. We had 3 rolls: the ko-ko was the best with the coconut and honey flavors; the lollipop was a fresh flavor, but really good with a bit of ginger; and finally, The Experience was good but again the ginger was needed to get a burst of flavor. On the whole this was very good. The dishes were creative, fresh, and we'll prepared. I recommend the Venue.

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PatriciaC
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Impeccable service, amazing food! A must try!

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vipMyob
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service. COVID impacting ambience but staff did everything they could to make everything terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved the food, the ambiance, and the service. We were on one of our first dates on our first vacation without the kiddos and this place did not disappoint. We also sent our parents to try it out and they loved it as well. Thank you!

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viparbuclo
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The sushi was tasty but my favorite dish was the stuffed avocado. The wine knowledge wasn't good. We asked about the Barossa Estate wine and the waitress told us it was from San Francisco. When we said that didn't seem right (we used to live in Australia and knew it was from there), the waitress said she'd go check. She came back and said that yes it was from San Francisco. It felt like someone was lying because they couldn't be bothered to check the label.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our food took forever to get to us I think they were under staffed but over all good food, good drinks, nice place. A little pricey

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vipAltigua
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Beautiful restaurant. Great quality sushi. Great tasting sushi. Very good saki and the service was top notch. Definitely will be back next time we are in Palm Springs.

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vipTerryH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It may have been a bad night. However, it took over an hour to get our sushi rolls. They were good but service was slow. What made it worse was that our waitress seemed burned out, unhapppy, not really friendly. Even when our food was delivered late, we only got “sorry it took so long” in a mono unapologetic tone

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The outside seating was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot in th

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to get out for sushi! The sushi was and service was excellent. The beer however was twice the price of other places that we have been to. Since they did not post price of beer I was a little shocked. Highly recommend.

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vipChris
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Our first time there after moving here to Palm Springs. They may have had a bad night, but the sushi was sub par. Ordered a bunch of nigiri and sashimi. The sashimi tasted like it was just defrosted. 2 orders of the same nigiri came looking completely different (one had sesame seed on top, the other didn’t), that’s bad consistency. 3 orders of ikura on same plate was not uniform at all, and was apparent they ran out of it but served it anyway. The last piece was noticeably smaller in quantity of ikura, and was cleverly covered by an inedible flower. Ordered a few pieces with quail egg on top, and the egg whites on one was running down the side. You have to separate the yolk only! Service was great, really friendly. But sushi quality and skill of chefs, even for the desert, was very disappointing.

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vipBDaysX2
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal outside with everything done properly and safely for the times. WARNING:do not use the directions provided by Open Table or yelp because it will not take you to the restaurant! Call them instead

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience2

This was a really disappointing dining experience. I know that COVID has been tough and the staff is trying their best, but this restaurant is not equipped to only have outdoor seating in the Palm Springs heat. It was 115° and they didn’t have misters or fans that really did anything. We were uncomfortable, so we ordered one round of food to make it a quick outing. To our surprise, we got the bill to find we were charged for our water! Our water was more money than our actual meal! Extremely frustrating. Don’t offer “sparkling or still” without letting the customer know you will charge a whopping $10 per person. It’s California! For all I knew, “still” meant tap water. I have never experienced this in America. Our tap water is perfectly fine and free. Overall very disappointing and we left feeling like we’d been bamboozled, having paid more for our water than our actual meal.

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SuzanneC
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Made a reservation for one on Monday night. Lovely location, small patio dining but just happy somebody was open serving sushi since I was visiting out of town for the night. My server was a lovely girl who I apologize I forgot her name. Lots of Togo orders were coming and going. They were able to put a fan on my table to keep Me cool.
I started out with the cold saki, that wasn’t my first choice so I was a bit disappointed with next option which was ok, it did the job.
I started with the Hotate/Scallop Sashimi which was as good as it looked. Then I went on to have a blue crab hand roll, then finished with Unagi/Eel sashimi. I would have preferred the unagi was a bit warm, but everything was still delicious and wonderfully presented. When I am back in town I will definitely be happy to dine with them again hopefully inside next time!

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FrankM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious! Very enjoyable experience. Definitely returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. Food and service was phenomenal.

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vipMarieL
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place ! Inside or outside, great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here for business and my second time eating sushi . Even though you have to eat outside in 108 degree heat they make sure you are comfortable. The sushi is very good

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!!

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vipFoodie4life
Orange County
57 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are staying in the desert for the month of August and craving sushi. We found this restaurant on OpenTable and made a reservation. The food and service was great, the only negative was we had to dine outside in 105 degree weather. I blame our idiot governor Newsom for that not the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was amazing and so was the sushi! Perfect evening!

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Kadom
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi I ever had! Still thinking about it! I had the KOKO roll, wow!! Shrimp tempura stuffed with crab meat and avocado, topped with tuna and roasted coconut flakes then a drizzle of sweet and sour sauce.

The waiter was also wonderful, she gave me more spicy mayo even before I had the chance to ask which I love and appreciated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the cucumber salad and the California dreaming sushi roll. I sat out on they patio , I enjoyed the food, my first time there I will come back.

FAQs

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 346-1500.

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 539 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.