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About The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

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."

73 111 EL PASEO STE:103
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Ocotillo and Sage

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 346-1500

Website:
http://www.thevenuepalmdesert.com/

Catering:
We will be happy to assist you with your catering needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com

Parking Details:
Street parking available on El Paseo and we also have private parking lot in the back side of the property.

Executive Chef:
Engin Onural

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:15PM

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for a Date (9)
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Good for Anniversaries (6)
Authentic (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Casual (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Cozy (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 14, 2018

They’ve done a great job on their website but we didn’t feel the restaurant lived up to it. Some of the items we ordered were good but nothing we tried was great. Our favorite sashimi is hamachi. They were out of it. Since we drove 25 minuets to get there we most likely will not go back.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The Venue is always wonderful. Great food and atmosphere. Sergio is the best waiter.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

What sets this place apart is the staff. They are friendly, outgoing and very attentive. It has a great local vibe that’s mixed with quality sushi dishes at a great price - meaning you can order twice as much!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great service, innovative cuisine. Really enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was very good. The service was a little slow

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always excellent food. The Venue roll is fabulous. The best salmon ever.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food and service.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Outstanding service . Every server was lovely and so attentive

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for new years eve with another couple and sat outside on a somewhat chilly evening, they warned us that we would be dining outside so we were prepared with the right attire and they provided heaters and blankets along with candle light so it was very comfortable, cozy and romantic. The service was absolutely outstanding while we dined on unique cuisine and sushi. We all agreed that the sushi tostada was our favorite! The cost makes this place one we probably wouldn't go to on a regular basis ( $500 plus for the 4 of us and only one bottle of wine) but for special occasions its nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The fish was great! The service was lacking. We had a 7:30pm reservation and did not get sat until nearly 7:45 despite the restaurant not being full. The patio door was left open a large part of our meal (it was 62 degrees outside) - Despite being asked to close the door several time. Patrons just began closing the door. Needless to say, it made the inside temp not very comfortable. The waitress took a long time to bring our food after the first order - again, the restaurant was not full.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Too expensive for what you receive. Guess I am used to great sushi that includes soup and salad. Their sushi dishes were okay. Large pieces of fish but over priced. Our special occasion was not recognized.
Will not return.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Daughter’s Birthday

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Comfortable

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food is amazing. Sushi is excellent. Special rolls are incredible but Nigiri sushi is great. Staff is very accommodating. Recommend this place highly.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The Venue is terrific!!! Service was outstanding and the food was amazing.. some of the best sushi ever!!! Very creative chef.. can't wait to go back!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I’m a regular customer and always order the same things, the house roll and salmon carpaccio., which are delicious.
A friend of mine was there last week and told me to order the coconut roll and yellow tail carpaccio and avacado appetizer.
OMG, the coconut roll was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. The avacado was sautéed lightly with a tempura crust and the inside was tuna and seasoning. Just fabulous. And the yellow tail was excellent. Fabulous dinner, and will definitely order it all again.

Our waiter was Sergio, and he is the best waiter. Very attentive. Great guy. All the people who work there are very friendly and interact with the customers well.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great food, great service. It’s truly a special dining experience!

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Simply awesome. Greet chef. Great food. Wonderful service.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We love The Venue!! It was our second time eating there and we were just as impressed. Our first was a date and this time it was a large party. The service was just as joyful, patient and attentive. The young Turkish man was a delight! The presentation impressed the guests and the each bite was savored by all! The brussels sprouts even converted a non vegetable eater. He was literally awestruck by how delicious a vegetable could be. Sounds odd but as an English South African he said all he eats is meat.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food. Vibe is good. Excellent night out

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Engen is a remarkable master chef. I’m so glad he is expanding into Palm Springs with a new spot, called Sandfish. I plan on being a regular there.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This was our 2nd visit in 2 weeks to The Venue and, once again, we were delighted. If you really dig Shushi you will love Venue.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Over priced sushi and very slow service.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food is amazing. The seats against the wall are overdue for a replacement you sit very low against a high table. You need to sit in a cushion to be able to eat at the table. The end of the dinner requires you go into the back of the restaurant where the dishes are washed to process your visa which really isn’t acceptable. This is our third time to this restaurant over the past 18 months and it is still the same process. Otherwise love the tasting menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Some of the tables are a bit too close to each other. Other than that, great food!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Venue is consistently excellent.
Sergio, our waiter, is everything a waiter should be. He is attentive, caring, thorough and friendly. He made our dining experience special.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was fantastic and the service was fabulous. They were very knowledgeable about the menu and you could tell they have tasted all the dishes, so they could tell you about them.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Average sushi place. Service was okay.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We just loved every part of Venue!
The food was outstanding as was the service and the atmosphere perfect! We sat outside and the weather also was perfect!
We will be back very soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Dinner was delicious. We love a casual date night out but the server seemed a bit overwhelmed. Dinner took about 2 hours. We will return. Loved the outdoor dining and ambiance of the night!

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

2nd time there, visiting from Chicago. Best Sushi restaurant in the country...period!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This place fell flat on food and service. Don't waste your time. Service was extremely slow without a full house. The sushi was fair, the rice texture and taste was like uncle ben's minute rice. Very sad.

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vip
 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Best we've ever had!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Omakase was a true treat! My wife and enjoyed several courses of individually and well-crafted sushi dishes. We didn't have to stress over what to order. The chef dishes out his best. We got to sit back and enjoy.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The ambiance is lovely, it's quiet, the food is beautiful and so delicious. The fish tastes fresh and the sauces are unique and modern. The service is exceptional and the staff were very patient with my persnickety questions. We went for our anniversary and they surprised us with a scrumptious raspberry sorbet. ❤️'S all around!

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Our first time here. Very good food and service. A little pricey

Tags: Cozy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The Venue is the best sushi in the Coachella Valley. And I should know...I lived all over the country including Manhattan for over a decade. Try the tasting menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I like the restaurant place and the staffs are so friendly.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food and fun atmosphere. Might have been a waiter short, service a little slow.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great place, excellent sushi! Only odd part of our time there was that there were no other people on a Friday night at 730pm. Good for us though! Again, excellent sushi, creative rolls.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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