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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
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Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Authentic (4)
Fun (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Casual (3)
Cozy (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Tapas (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Still the best sushi in the valley. In addition to the normal menu selection Chief Engen
makes some creative and tasty specialty rolls. It you are looking for volume go to All You Can Eat Sushi, it you want great sushi stop in at Venue.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The best sushi anywhere.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Total evening was wonderful, we had the honor of Yessica to make our dinner perfect!
Her service and recommendations were spot on!
Food was fantastic

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The best sushi restaurant ever. Fabulous food and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

It was great - they should have cocktails, though

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 18, 2017

This is our family go to for ANY special occasion. The staff are always friendly and knowledgeable of the food served.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Great food and service. Had a wonderful time with our kids while on vacation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

We showed up for our 9p reservation early and were seated at 8:55p. We ordered right away and received our order at 10:30p!! An hour and a half later! Waiter checked up on us only once during this whole wait. The kitchen was extremely slow and backed up. The restaurant didn't even seem that busy because there were plenty of empty tables around us.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The food here was really good but the service and timing of everything sucked! We had a reservation at 7:30 and arrived at 7:34. Although we were seated at 7:45 and ordered our food right after, we didn't get our food until 9:50. Almost 2 hours later!!! It was ridiculous. And it was not even that crowded. Our waiter did give us free champagne and some edamame for the hassle but never came out and apologized or even mentioned the wait. WE had to bring all of it up to the staff who kept insisting that it was because of how busy they were (they were not crowded at all).

I'll never go back there

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Fabulous food. We had the Omakase 7 course dinner. Absolutely devine. Simmi the head waiter was delightful. We had a fabulous sake. The Denshin Haru Junmai Ginjo Nama sake Incredible. Our second experience at this fabulous restaurant.
Highly recommend this experience. Everything is super including the service.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Service was excellent. Very friendly. Specialty rolls were delicious. Awesome presentation.

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (東京)·Dined on May 5, 2017

日本人の口に合うかと言いますと、微妙。でも、アメリカで寿司を食べるのだから充分許せる範囲。
寿司屋らしからぬ素敵な雰囲気に満足しています。来年も行くかも♪

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 5, 2017

To start, we had a reservation for 7pm on a Friday night. When we arrived, there were only about 4 tables that were filled, yet the hostess greeted us by telling us there was another reservation for our table at 8:30 so we needed to be done by 8:20. I have never heard that from a hostess before! Once we were seated, we sat for 15 minutes without anyone coming to our table to welcome us, bring us water, or simply acknowledge our presence. I went back to the hostess to complain, she apologized, spoke to our waiter, and then I watched him disappear into the kitchen. We waited another 5 minutes before he came to our table. While the sushi was fresh and tasty, the service was so bad, I cannot recommend this place and will never go there again. I can get good sushi in lots of other places.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Just consistently excellent sushi! Every time I go back, the food is superb. The wait staff and friendly and incredibly helpful. My guest left a pair of glasses behind and I got a phone call within 3 minutes of departing saying, "We have these for you. They'll be safe." It's just the small details that always make it a great experience.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 21, 2017

I brought my wife and her best friend here for their birthdays. The food was amazing and the service was very good. Overall it made the occasion very special

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Very good rolls, and appetizers. Some great non-traditional rolls that are amazing. Ko-Ko roll, Venue Roll and Experiment Roll are really really good. Not cheap but worth it. We took our kids, wouldn't recommend kids, but they were accommodating.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Don't believe the hype. 1 sushi chef. 2 waiters. Full restaurant. (They must have seen the ad in local PS magazine like we did). Wanted to order more sushi after our first round but decided to ask for the check and go up the street because from the look of other hungry diners we had a long wait. Table of 6 in big booth near window left after waiting 15 mins to order. They were quite vocal. We will not be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Great place to eat. The food was great especially the spicy tuna tostada and the Venue roll. Service was charming and helpful. We learned something new about sake. Highly recommend the place.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We have enjoyed the Venue twice and the food was perfect on both occasions. The chef was very accommodating of dietary restrictions and food allergies in our group, altering and suggesting menu items. We will definitely return the next time we are in the desert and highly recommend you give them a try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Vegan, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on March 30, 2017

We saw some bad reviews on this place before booking; but seeing that almost every other place on El Paseo is either a steakhouse or American style restaurant, and one can get tired of that, we thought we would try some sushi.

Overall it was great. Service was timely and polite. Sushi was above average. Overall happy.

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Service was slow. Sushi wasn't anything special. Tuna tostada app was the best dish.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Very disappointed. Service was poor and manager nor the servers even cared. Our server even defended the poor service by saying it was only 29 minutes since you ordered your first sushi roll. Really?

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