Venue Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
677 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Whether you are dining in, carrying out, gathering in our lounge, or utilizing private dining rooms and Catering, our Guests can count on getting the highest quality Venue Restaurant and Lounge has to offer. It's our pledge to provide the best service and artistic culinary ability while delivering the ultimate hospitality experience.
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Omaha
4 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Venue is always excellent in customer service. I appreciate a restaurant which will honor a request for a certain type or location of table. Too many places just say "We can't guarantee anything." The Venue goes the extra mile and consistently honors requests.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was excellent, ambiance was excellent. We have high expectations because we’ve always had great experiences and we’ve never been disappointed.

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The surf n’ turf was excellent. The ribeye steak was good. The salmon special was terrible.

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DH
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day lunch with the “old” people at Venue...what’s not to love!...excellent and attentive service from Alan...thank you very much!...salmon, a hamburger, quiche of the day...and Venue trio...ALL outstanding and perfectly prepared and plated...add my father’s favorite martini, Stella Artois, a lovely rose, grassy Sauvignon Blanc and a Diet Pepsi...(please bring back Coke products 😉) great time to celebrate my dad and my father in law...thank you very much and see you soon!

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was lukewarm. The peach dessert had a lot of sugar and not a lot of peaches.

The service and ambiance were great, but the food was subpar

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NE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect setting to celebrate the anniversaries for two couples.
The food was outstanding and the service great. There was even an anniversary card on the table for us.
None of the other friends who joined us had been there before and all were impressed with the food, service and atmosphere. We had been there many years ago and remembered it as being a special place. (none of us live in Nebraska now but had gathered there for a reunion this year)

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G
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Food & service always exceptional

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AE
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Excellent food, waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable, and they even prepared the table for a personalized touch for our event (anniversary). Will visit again :)

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure eating there and trying new things,the staff is excellent the food and drinks are above extraordinary, Thank you

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TU
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a beautiful & delicious chocolate mocha birthday cake made by Venue’s pastry chef! It was fabulous!

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BA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

I've had wonderful meals there in the past but the meatloaf entree I ordered was disappointing. A paltry serving of dry meat, accidentally surrounded by a few potatoes. Fortunately, my French 75 was so divine, I lost the urge to complain.

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Gay was AMAZING !!! She was attentive, very funny , the food was very good. Would differently return , but have to sit in her section.

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p
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The noise level at this restaurant makes converesation difficult. They should employ some sound-muffling materials.

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Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Jaegerschnitzel was over cooked, should have been pounded thinner. Asparagus was limp and way overdone. The meatloaf flavor was good but again over cooked and dry. If you like good old fashioned Midwest overdone cooking that’s what you will get. Was very disappointed this time around.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Excellent place to spend our anniversary evening!!
Wish there are some more vegetarian options

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PS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going to Venue. Great food, excellent service and great value.

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SM
Chicago
85 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday
Cortney was an excellent server!! She is smart, knowledgeable, friendly and truly Ex joys her job and tells you so. Good and service excellent. A fun place

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SC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Had Max as at the bar. Great guy who gave great recomendations on the food we ordered.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is wonderful and attentive. The food is as good as any New York restaurant I’ve been too. Because it’s the Midwest I did give a lower value for the money as portion sizes for the money are smaller but that’s not a complaint just an observation. Even with a reservation we chose to eat in the bar so we could watch the baseball games. The noise level was very reasonable.

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A
Omaha
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Venue. We go every year for our anniversary. The food and service are excellent and never disappoint.

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D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Had the spinach salmon salad which is always excellent and husband had scallops and shrimp which he loved.

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S
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Our most recent visit wasn’t the normal caliber of The Venue. We celebrated Mother’s Day and our food missed the mark. I’m hoping it was just an off night for the restaurant, it’s normally my go to place for celebrations and my personal favorite “3 by the sea” there was an increase in price but a decrease in the size of the seafood you were given. Small pice of salmon with 2 small scallops and 3 small shrimp. Yikes! For $30? I normally LOVE this place. Again, hopefully it was an off night.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my parents there for their 50 th anniversary and it was just perfect!!! All of the staff was so friendly and wished them Happy Anniversary and they had printed a card for them! The cocktails were beautiful and tasted great and the food was fresh, perfectly prepared and so good! They also gave them a free dessert, we had to take it to go because we were so full, but it was just as good as everything we had there! Would highly recommend!!!

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j
Omaha
24 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We have been to the venue many, many times and been very happy. This time I had the scallops like I always do and was disappointed. They were small and the dish was very heavy on the soy sauce. Not up to the delicious standards I am used to.

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SH
Omaha
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks and service was excellent. The Venue is normally not a quite restaurant, but our table was back in the "alcove", the small area on the east side. Very quite back there, only a half dozen tables. I will try to reserve on of those tables next time!!

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LK
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a celebration or special someone

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and timely wait staff. Great food and ambience

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OT
South Dakota
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was not tasty, bread was not cooked properly, waitress brought wrong wine and didn’t know feature meal of the day.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Melt-in-your mouth steaks and the best seafood I've eaten in Lincoln. A little noisy when it is crowded. Definitely one of my favorite places to eat.

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R
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been there for a few years. It was my wife’s birthday and so we went. I had made reservation online and they ready. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Wife got a free dessert that was really good. We enjoyed the night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

I spent a fair amount of time and effort to arrange a special evening for our anniversary and it turned out to be a very average experience.
The food was good and our server was good, but I received none of the additional fanfare I was told (and had planned for) I even tipped the manager $20 prior to seating as a gesture of thanks for what I believed was going to be a special night for my wife. What a wasted effort.
I will never eat there again. Nor will I ever recommend it to anyone.

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Usually a very good experience our visit this night was pretty off. Time from seated till food arrived was 55-60 minutes. We did not order apps or delay ordering at all. The special (seabass) was excellent, no issues. The kids steak was tiny, maybe 2 oz. It was half the size of our 4oz salmon filets. The salmon was off, it tasted funky and had zero seasoning. Usually pretty good this night the salmon smelled and tasted bad. Server gave no explanation of the long ticket time. Overall things should have been caught by QC just weren't.

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RG
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Never worry about a bad experience

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CB
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good meal. I noticed the menu was much smaller and it wasn't as busy as usual. We had a table of seven, which may be why my food was not warm.

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C
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was poorly cooked and no attempt for a nice presentation. The salted caramel cake was the only really good item.

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MK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful first experience at the Venue. Will definitely return, good food, outstanding wine list, atmosphere is great and the service is fantastic. Don't miss this gem in Lincoln.

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CC
Omaha
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great food! Many creative specials every time we go there.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Venue. Our server was great and got us complimentary champagne to celebrate our anniversary. It was such a nice touch. The food was amazing. We loved everything about the meal!

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome blackened salmon. Sides and dessert of the salted caramel cake were great. Servers were working very hard but the kitchen was slammed due to a large private party. So the food delivery took a bit longer than usual.

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HL
Omaha
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening, Fantastic wine service. Best waitress we have experienced in Lincoln, Nebraska and honestly well made food. This is a great special occasion restaurant and I look forward to our next visit.

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