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The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge, Palm Desert, CA
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge, Palm Desert, CA
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge, Palm Desert, CA
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge, Palm Desert, CA
The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge, Palm Desert, CA

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

4.7
4.7
1197 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
Sushi & Whiskey

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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 346-1500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Engin Onural
  • Catering
    We will be happy to assist you with your catering needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com
  • Private party facilities
    We will be happy to assist your private party needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Cross street
    Between Ocotillo and Sage
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Omakase- Chef’s Tasting Menu

    $162.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Feeling adventurous? Sit back and relax while the Chef’s take care of you tonight. Experience the best The Venue has to offer.

Offers

  • Social Hour Event

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Unleash your wild side and embrace the untamed camaraderie of our Social Hour, fostering connections, forging memories, and savoring exceptional flavors. Let our chefs tantalize your taste buds while our knowledgeable staff guides you on an extraordinary whiskey and sake journey. Join us daily between 5:00 and 6:30 pm for the ultimate hotspot, where life is celebrated through captivating stories with every sip and bite.

What 1,197 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Innovative

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Innovative

1,197 Reviews
  1. GhataV

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing venue with great food, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend for birthdays, anniversaries and other events as they really go above and beyond to make your day special!

    1 person found this helpful

  2. Bobster

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    exceptional food, very creative menu. perhaps the most creative Japanese food I have had.

    1 person found this helpful

  3. DonnaM

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, but too expensive for what you got.

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  4. patricks

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It definitely is not the best and they need to improve the flavor 

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  5. Denise

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    New menu is boring, portions half of the previous size. Prices high. Quality still good, but new menu is very average

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  6. Hungrygak

    Palm Springs

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t wait to go back. Amazing flavours. Naomi guided us on what to order and everything was as fresh as can be.

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  7. Neener

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent choices, great food and flavors! Very nice outdoor seating

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  8. Foodie

    Pittsburgh

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic sashimi Great service Nice wine selection A very enjoyable evening!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jordan was a wonderful server. The Venue is always a treat, with good service, great food, good ambiance. Always a pleasure to dine here.

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  10. KurtP

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We’ve always been a fan of the sister restaurant Sandfish. This is not nearly as nice an experience. Sushi is not as well made and bathrooms very dirty. Just ok. We won’t go back.

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  11. Matt

    Portland

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    They need more servers. Too slow. And if you list a bottle of wine on the menu don’t tell us you don’t have it at 6 pm. Food was great. We’ll be back.

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  12. Anna

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible! We got a bottle of incredible Sake, very dry and smooth. The Hamachi and the Tuna Crostini were our favorites, but again, everything was great! We went for Happy Hour the pricing and atmosphere was perfect!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That’s the best sushi restaurant in the world, everything is very fresh and delicious.

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  14. BarbaraH

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dinner at Venue. Great service, wonderful sushi and lovely ambiance!

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  15. katherinep

    Sacramento

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We intended to eat outside but there was noisy music from another event. The tables inside were right on top of each other so it was hard not to hear every word from the table next to you. We thought the food was very good but a bit over priced. We were offered the pistachio sorbet/gelato for dessert and didn't look at the menu to see that it was $12 a serving. $24 for that simple dessert ! Service was good.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and a lovely restaurant. Always great service.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. missmymules

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the little tucked away feel. Great vibes. Good sushi. As all things are now, it is a bit pricey.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. luv2eat

    Seattle

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and fabulous sushi!! One of our very favorite go-to sushi restaurants.

    1 person found this helpful

  19. Foodsnob

    Cleveland

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative sushi rolls. We ate indoors due to high winds and the atmosphere inside is pleasantly quiet and has a good modern vibe. We are gluten-free and my spouse has celiac so not gluten-free because it's trendy. They were willing to cater to gluten-free needs.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. Spunky

    Palm Springs

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I don’t love showing up to a restaurant for a reservation and the hostess asking you to wait 10 minutes for the same table that was open when you walked in the door. Food is great albeit overpriced. Food delivery is sooooo slow which makes this a disappointing adventure.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay, but definitely overpriced. I would not recommend if you aren’t willing to spend $30 a roll.

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  22. CalProv

    Palm Springs

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always excellent quality at the Venue, and the atmosphere always lively and welcoming. The best surprise is that the service level, already better than most other places, is now top level. On a very busy night for them, the new (to me) host was very accommodating to our guest, who had just got off a plane from Paris and was a little dazed. I might have one quibble with a new dish we tried at the suggestion of our wait person. The raw scallops in their shell. The scallops were delicious, but I am not convinced by the preparation - chopped nuts and a glug of what I think was hazelnut oil. A little heavy maybe. Just my personal taste. Love this place.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. SergioM

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food in a beautiful quiet setting. You must try the Hazelnut truffle ice cream.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. VanR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful birthday dinner for my wife. Staff was amazing...especially John who took time to greet us and made us feel at home... will go again...MAYBE TONIGHT!!!

    1 person found this helpful

  25. susank

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Experience . Food was great. The kitchen was a little backed up but our server Katrina was so accommodating it didn't really mattter.

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  26. Foodie1

    Calgary

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening dining outside and as usual the food was fresh and delicious. The service was very attentive!

    1 person found this helpful

  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative and delicious sushi. Friendly staff and servers.

    1 person found this helpful

  28. TraceyC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service!! Best waitress!! Super kind and helpful.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. SteveK

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food quality great, service slow and somewhat inattentive

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service (host was wonderful), delicious sushi, and great venue! We especially loved the Venue and Caterpillar rolls. Will definitely return when we are in town.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. SirunA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Sushi! unique Drinks, Overall great place for a date night!

    1 person found this helpful

  32. ArmandoR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I booked an omakase dinner for Valentine’s Day, and it was easily the best dining experience we’ve ever had! The restaurant had a DJ playing music outdoors at the perfect volume to still be able to have a conversation. The warm lighting set the perfect mood. It was a wonderful ambiance. We chose to sit at the bar for our omakase, in order to see the work happen. The bartender, Kimberly, was the perfect balance of attentive, conversational, knowledgeable, and friendly. We ordered a few different options (we were celebrating) and loved each one. My wife particularly recommends the house hot sake (Executive Chef Engin is a sake-somalliere for a reason!) and the Spicy Matcha Margarita; it was a perfect pair for the several sushi dishes we had: refreshing, light, perfectly sweet with only a hint of spice. Towards the end of our meal, Chef Yessi (spelling?) treated us with a very uniquely flavored plum wine and chili flake sake: 10/10! The meal was out of this world! In order, we had: carrot ginger soup, soft shell crab bao buns, an ahi tuna sashimi dish, an escolar sashimi dish, a unique roll, Chef Sam’s AMAZING tuna tartare, a selection of nigiri, a very unique eggplant tuna dish, and finished with a perfect sorbet. Needless to say, each dish perfectly preceded the prior, with a light citrus theme carried throughout, and I would recommend the experience to anyone and everyone! We will definitely be back to try omakase again, along with the amazing-looking regular menu options. Thank you for making our first Valentine’s as a married couple a truly special one.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. JaniceC

    Edmonton

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I attended at The Venue on Valentine’s Day. We sat on the patio under a partial moon. It was so lovely and romantic. The food was spectacular as well as the entire evening. Will be returning often.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific restaurant that we enjoy going to when in town!

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  35. KathrynW

    Atlantic Canada

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The omakaze menu was amazing!! Great food! Will be recommending this place to all my friends

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The outdoor section is very basic, not comfortable chairs table in metal not covered waitress did the minimum... the price is high for regular fish nothing special about it. Not to die for ... not special atmosphere... this is a basic sushi place but expensive

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent good and outstanding staff! Happy hour menu is incredible.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal in a really enjoyable spot. We ate on the porch and really enjoyed the warmth of the heaters. Awesome food awesome service.  highly recommend. :)

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  39. NLU02

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super Sushi - fresh and perfectly prepared. Thanks!

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  40. Essie

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Although a lovely setting, the food is below average. The shrimp tempura maki roll was filled with fake crab and really quite disgusting. The miso soup was okay. The cucumber salad was tasteless. So sad 😞

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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 4.7 stars by 1197 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

73111 EL PASEO STE:103, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Ocotillo and Sage
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:15 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking available on El Paseo and we also have private parking lot in the back side of the property.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Engin Onural
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 346-1500
  • Catering
    We will be happy to assist you with your catering needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com
  • Private party facilities
    We will be happy to assist your private party needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com
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