The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

4.6
358 reviews
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$30 and under
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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."
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Dinner

5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(760) 346-1500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Engin Onural
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Catering
We will be happy to assist you with your catering needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Ocotillo and Sage
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Parking details
Street parking available on El Paseo and we also have private parking lot in the back side of the property.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 358 People Are Saying
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PF
Pittsburgh
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find thru Open Table! We enjoyed the Omasake paired w Sake chosen by the waitress, Micky (who was amazing!!). Every bite was tender and flavorful. We would definitely return

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OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and the rolls very creative. Our server was excellent. Nice atmosphere.
If you love Sushi, this is your place to go in the desert.

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FC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, original rolls. Nice ambiance and patio. Friendly service.

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LS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place at the last minute on Open Table. What a great find. Do not leave the Palm Desert area without finding this place. But, whatever you do, do NOT use the GPS directions on Open Table. You will end up in a residential area! LOL The restaurant is on El Paseo. I think this will be our new "go to" sushi place.

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T
Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the patio and inside. Great, inventive food. Very good attention to detail. Always enjoy Venue.

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BB
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sashimi was incredible and the service was second to none. We will most certainly be coming back!

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m
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Miki was excellent. The sushi was both unique and amazing! It was a wonderful experience!!

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C
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! Miki was our waitress and she was our guide to a wonderful dinner. I highly recommend this place!

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MC
Anchorage
65 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and great service!

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d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very surprising Sushi rolls. Good taste and good portions

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C
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! The staff were very friendly and helpful. They suggested the best things to order. We really enjoyed our meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi selection. If you aren’t a fishy person have the crab stuffed avocado!! Mickie our server was very helpful and attentive!!

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SS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi restaurant in Palm Desert

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RJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

No host or hostess to greet us and then seat us upon arrival.
Waited a while and when know one showed up we left.
Been to The Venue many times and always enjoyed it.
Very disappointed.

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HV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic sushi bar! Will for sure be back! Customer service was fantastic! Food presentation was beautiful! Great cocktails and wine list!

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PD
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I booked my reservation on open table and they cancelled my reservation and said it did not qualify for points. This was wrong because we sat in the restaurant. There was one other table besides us. Waiter was attentive and very good. Not sure why I was denied receiving points.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food i have had here yet!

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MA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Palm Springs for a friends birthday getaway and needed to find a good sushi restaurant. We found this in the matter of 5 minutes and they accommodated us last minute. Everything exceeded our expectations. Food was delicious! Service was impeccable.

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k
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mickey is an awesome server; friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Vanessa is a hands-on manager and she has a superb staff. Every dish is a work of art. We can’t recommend Venue too highly. They’re terrific!!’

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IC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sushi with fresh and delicious fish. Lorenzo was our chef and his rolls are amazing with a special touch. Jessica was our server and she was very personable, helpful with recommendations (with her vast knowledge of the menu) and she's jist plain sweet! Highly recommended and will definitely be returning for amazing food and service!

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RG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very nice neighborhood restaurant. Always a pleasure.

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NG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed chef choice Omikase - it ended up being more food than we could handle and that never happens when we go to sushi. The fish was incredibly fresh and the prepared dishes were good. It was a quiet night in PD and the overall atmosphere in the restaurant could have used a spark.

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BS
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was good, it was a little hot (although it was really hot outside!) and smelled a little fishy. Our server was great.

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F
Calgary
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Not as good as previous trips. Way too much sweet sauce all over the sushi, rice was overcooked and fell apart. Just not that great.service was Mediocre, place looked shabby but not in a chic way.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came in because you offer the Republic of Tea and had no idea what a treat I was in for! Our server was so great, but the food was even more amazing! Thanks for a wonderful night.

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE BEST SUSHI IN THE DESERT - AND SOME OF THE BEST WE'VE HAD ANYWHERE!

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SG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great!! They made sure we understood all we ordered and what the specialties were.

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T
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and attentive wait staff

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L
Tahoe
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi was so fresh and delicious. The staff is always so pleasant and they don’t rush you. Really enjoy the atmosphere there too.

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DK
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was fair, fish was fresh but rolls were either too sweet or too rich. The specialty rolls were a bit pricy compared to other Sushi restaurants in the area. The service was good but almost over attentive. The real downer for us was moderately loud repetitive contemporary music with an annoying beat and minimal lyrics that went on and on much like a 78 record that the needle stuck on. The experience was not a relaxing Zen experience as one might expect when going out for a nice night with your significant other.

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M
Palm Springs
45 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food. The salmon melts in your mouth. The coconut roll is amazing. Probably the best roll I’ve ever had.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miki was a fantastic server!!! This place is the best sushi in California!

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DR
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food-- the tuna wonton appetizer and the brussels sprouts appetizers were AMAZING. The venue specialty roll was delicious. Service was great---an all around gem.

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d
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I went there for our anniversary and had a great experience. Sushi was fantastic! The best we’ve ever had. We sat outside and the server was exceptional. Great menu and very vegetarian friendly.

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SS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite place

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SJ
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh, and delicious. The service was excellent.

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IW
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We have a very nice and relaxed dinner on the outdoor patio. The Venue speciality roll was very good, as were the tuna tostadas. The more traditional sushi was good. Our server was attentive and made great suggestions. We were not rushed, but not ignored either! We will be back!

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Venue turned out to be a perfect choice for our final dinner on our 3-day weekend in the Desert. 2 of the 6 in our 3-couple group are not raw fish/sushi enthusiasts, so we almost switched our reservation to another spot the night before. But, after everyone reviewed the menu online, we decided to take our chances and were all, including the 2 non-sushi eaters, very pleasantly surprised. The food was wonderful and the service exceptional. The restaurant is small enough to be intimate, but not too small to be uncomfortable seating for any size party. We were unanimous that we would return on our next trip to the Desert and would highly recommend The Venue to all friends and associates (the first was on Sunday to a local real estate manager...).

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite places to eat. Each visit to the desert includes a trip to the venue.

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p
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places for sushi that we have been to in the USA!

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