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Venue Restaurant & Lounge, Lincoln, NE

Venue Restaurant & Lounge

4.8
4.8
1809 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Venue Restaurant & Lounge is a full-service restaurant in Lincoln, NE. We specialize in affordable quick-service lunches while presenting a fine dining Chef-inspired dinner service. Our nightly features are nothing short of amazing with exclusive finds from around the world. It's important to Chef John Benton and our culinary team to deliver only the freshest, gourmet ingredients that our guests can't get anywhere else. We also offer a catering and event service with our own catering chef, Travis Chrisman. We have your event venue covered with 5 private dining rooms, as well as the Jasmine Room located at the Grand Manse. Our astounding on-site catering has a large variety of delicious foods to suit any event.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, American, Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Monday-Thursday: Dining: 11am-10pm, Lounge: 11am-11pm Friday-Saturday Dining: 11am-10pm, Lounge: 11am-1am 
  • Phone number
    (402) 488-8368
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Spilker
  • Catering
    Our Award-Winning off-site Catering surpasses expectations with serving 500+ ensuring amazing deliverance and passionate hospitality. Whether treated your Guests to an elegant cocktail dinner or creating amazing memories with a holiday party, our full service catering staff will create your vision with you being able to sit back and enjoy the final product. Menu selections include sit down, stations, buffet, passed hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and wine tastings. We promise the details of an amazing event without the hard work on your shoulders. <br />Your Event. Your Vision. Our Passion.
  • Private party facilities
    Venue Restaurant and Lounge offers three gorgeous private dining rooms to accommodate up to 100+ guests. All rooms are fully equipped to meet your Audio & Visual needs. With exceptional service, beautiful ambiance and a lasting impression, your Guests will be taken above-and-beyond in their overall gathering experience.
  • Private party contact
    Cherie Anderson: (402) 488-8368
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln
  • Cross street
    70th and Pioneers
  • Parking details
    With multiple large parking areas closely surrounding Venue Restaurant and Lounge, we are able to accommodate a full restaurant of guests. Parking is never an issue when dining with us.
  • Entertainment
    Our talented Mixologists create a memorable view of cocktail espionage from behind our sunken bar every day by creating hand-crafted arts in every drink.You can also see our talented team perform monthly private dining dinners in our gorgeous private rooms. Our Chefs presenting each course along with our professional Mixologists pairing beverages ensuring in-depth arts of how these masterpieces are created.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,809 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Nebraska

    Most Booked

  • Lincoln

    Best Overall

  • Lincoln

    Best Food

  • Lincoln

    Best Service

  • Lincoln

    Best Ambiance

  • Lincoln

    Best Value

  • Lincoln

    Good for business meals

  • Lincoln

    Innovative

  • Lincoln

    Good for groups

  • Lincoln

    Hot spot

  • Lincoln

    Neighborhood gem

  • Lincoln

    Great for fine wines

  • Lincoln

    Romantic

  • Lincoln

    Good for special occasions

  • Lincoln

    Lively

  • Lincoln

    Most Booked

1,809 Reviews
  1. MicheleW

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great experience at the Venue, great food, excellent service!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was so good. The wait staff seemed like they were always in a hurry. We sent a steak back that was undercooked and when we got it back it was still very undercooked. But otherwise we love it and will be back.

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  3. RodF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    My only complaint was our pizza was burnt on the bottom

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to Venue since it opened years ago and have never been disappointed. It is the best fine dining restaurant in Lincoln.

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  5. KathyA

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy the Venue bar - great bartenders -with a smile

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  6. KirstenN

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always the best meal in town. Great place when visiting Lincoln.

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  7. Scott

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service from Maddie and great cocktails! Our favorite restaurant and must go to when we visit Lincoln.

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  8. KathyA

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a nice evening when I get to meet friends for happy hour! The waitress always remembers what I drink and always has a smile

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  9. MichaelC

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and service. Maximilliano was fantastic and helped make the night a memorable experience!

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  10. Kathy

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Venue. Celebrated a birthday. Great service. Only complaint/suggestion would be the noise level!🤨

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  11. Rags

    Denver

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great Happy Hour with friendly staff, great cocktails, yummy food and a vibrant atmosphere. Will just keep coming back.

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  12. MarkF

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had called ahead and asked for a quiet table since my dad has some hearing issues. Unfortunately, we were placed in the middle of the entire room where the noise was incredibly loud making it almost impossible to hear unless one would yell. The starters were really good and the entrees were also good. My steak was supposed to be medium-rare but was cooked to well-done. I should have send it back but I didn’t which is my mistake. Overall I like the venue and we will be by again. I hope the owners are able to fix the sound issues since the noise is a hit too much even on a Wednesday evening.

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  13. PatA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Great waiter Max. Mahi was a little too dry. Table of men behind us was extremely loud making our conversation diffucult. We still will return again. Max needs a bonus. Nice wine recommended by waiter and great presentation.

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  14. JosephA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service food atmosphere was awesome and the prices were very reasonable. Excellent all around can't wait to go back when we are back In Lincoln.

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  15. BCMO

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and food and drinks. Great drink and food menu. Great atmosphere.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and the price very reasonable. My first time there. I will be going back!

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  17. SueM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for lunch on a Saturday. Not too crowded and the service was great. Our waitress helped with what to get. Great food and one of my favorite places.

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  18. WayneV

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well, the experience was wonderful. The Happy Hour menu gave my group a great selection, the reserved table was as promised, the staff was exceptional and the food was great. A very good experience was had. And the prices were fair. Just a great time!

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  19. AllanK

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Venue is our restaurant of choice since moving to Lincoln 2 years ago.

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  20. CurtO

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We received good service from the time we entered the restaurant until the time we left.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service with an amazing g server. Went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied with all aspects of our meal. Will be back.

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  22. CaryW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Max was awesome. A seriously rad dude who was attentive and funny. Thank you for a great evening.

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  23. TimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for our anniversary dinner. Service was spectacular and food was amazing. Excited to return for our next special outing.

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  24. KitK

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    We had delicious meals at Venue - three of us got the fried chicken and ate every single bit. The surf & turf was also devoured.

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  25. Qualitymakesmyday

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The servers and the chef make this the best in Lincoln Ne. Excellent food and staff. They treat patrons well.

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  26. TedT

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The acoustics are terrible, can’t even carry on a conversation across the table.

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  27. Trice

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good to go to the Venue, relaxed, good food and service.

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  28. KimG

    Omaha

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We often go to the Venue for special occasions and this was my husbands birthday celebration. The food (especially the steaks) are always outstanding, and they have a good wine list. Our server, Reagan was probably one of the best servers we've had, which enhanced the dining experience. It is noisy due to high ceilings and hard surfaces and sometimes that takes away from our experience as we are getting older, but overall it is still a favorite dining place in Lincoln.

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  29. DennisG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Max was a super and attentive waiter.

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  30. AnthonyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We've always had great service at the Venue. The food is consistently good.

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  31. JenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a party of 7 to celebrate a birthday. Our waitress was great - and the food was fantastic! We all enjoyed the foccacia brought to the table before our meals. Overall a great experience, and we'll be returning!

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  32. Rags

    Denver

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always a pleasant evening with friends at Venue HH. Cocktails, food, service were top notch.

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  33. DarinA

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for our anniversary. The venu never disappoints. Our server was Reagan and probably the best server I have ever had.The scallops were to die and the steaks were perfection.

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  34. JMF123

    Omaha

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Southwest Blackened shrimp Pizza and truffle fries were delicious as usual. Brussels sprouts had amazing flavor! However, they were only warm, like they sat for awhile before they were brought to our table. We tried the spicy crab melt for the first time, would not recommend. Overall we love going to the Venue for happy hour!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Our server was Regan and she did a great job explaining the feature menu. Our meals were fabulous and we were treated with dessert for our 33rd anniversary.

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  36. PJSLJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall it was a great experience. The Caesar salad had an awful lot of of the white, hard, "stemmy" parts of the lettuce in it - we removed an entire small plate full so that was a bit disappointing. The steak was pretty good but not as good as the ribeye at Texas Roadhouse. Liked that it was a quite a bit quieter than Texas Roadhouse - we could actually have a conversation without yelling - a very big plus. The White Cheddar Mac n Cheese is absolutely the best. I would go there just to eat that!

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  37. IsabellaJ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food, great wine, great service. We love it here!

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  38. BonTonDon

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's always great food, drinks, and service at The Venue!

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  39. ckieferb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were seated right away, which was great. We had our pick between the table in the dining room or the bar. We picked the bar, as we wanted to watch Husker volleyball. Our server was attentive, but not obtrusive. The food was outstanding, per usual. Our steaks were cooked to our liking, perfectly. We love The Venue, a restaurant favorite for us. My only issue is that the bar area, which we requested, is really loud, as is the restaurant in general. But, okay, we did request the bar, for the Husker V-ball viewing. Consider turning off the music when you are that busy! Improved acoustics is my only request.

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  40. Jennifer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed seafood and steaks and an incredible desert. Maddie, our server was impeccable. What an enjoyable evening! We plan to be back soon.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Venue Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.8 stars by 1809 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Venue Restaurant & Lounge

4111 Pioneer Woods Dr, Ste 100, Lincoln, NE 68506

Additional information

  • Cross street
    70th and Pioneers
  • Neighborhood
    Lincoln
  • Hours of operation
    Monday-Thursday: Dining: 11am-10pm, Lounge: 11am-11pm Friday-Saturday Dining: 11am-10pm, Lounge: 11am-1am 
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, American, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    With multiple large parking areas closely surrounding Venue Restaurant and Lounge, we are able to accommodate a full restaurant of guests. Parking is never an issue when dining with us.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Andrew Spilker
  • Entertainment
    Our talented Mixologists create a memorable view of cocktail espionage from behind our sunken bar every day by creating hand-crafted arts in every drink.You can also see our talented team perform monthly private dining dinners in our gorgeous private rooms. Our Chefs presenting each course along with our professional Mixologists pairing beverages ensuring in-depth arts of how these masterpieces are created.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (402) 488-8368
  • Catering
    Our Award-Winning off-site Catering surpasses expectations with serving 500+ ensuring amazing deliverance and passionate hospitality. Whether treated your Guests to an elegant cocktail dinner or creating amazing memories with a holiday party, our full service catering staff will create your vision with you being able to sit back and enjoy the final product. Menu selections include sit down, stations, buffet, passed hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and wine tastings. We promise the details of an amazing event without the hard work on your shoulders. <br />Your Event. Your Vision. Our Passion.
  • Private party facilities
    Venue Restaurant and Lounge offers three gorgeous private dining rooms to accommodate up to 100+ guests. All rooms are fully equipped to meet your Audio & Visual needs. With exceptional service, beautiful ambiance and a lasting impression, your Guests will be taken above-and-beyond in their overall gathering experience.
  • Private party contact
    Cherie Anderson: (402) 488-8368
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