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Venue Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
4.6
1403 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

8:30 PM


Booked 31 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 1,403 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Nebraska

    Most Booked

  • Lincoln

    Best Overall

  • Lincoln

    Best Food

  • Lincoln

    Best Service

  • Lincoln

    Best Ambiance

  • Lincoln

    Best Value

  • Lincoln

    Good for Groups

  • Lincoln

    Great for Lunch

  • Lincoln

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Lincoln

    Romantic

  • Lincoln

    Special Occasion

  • Lincoln

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Lincoln

    Most Booked

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  1. P

    Patsy

    Omaha

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overworked waitress really did a great job.
  2. SG

    SeanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was on a first date, everything went well. Thank you very much.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    HORRIBLE both meals came out of the kitchen completely burnt. My streak medallions tasted Nasty.
  4. CB

    CortneyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE the venue! We save going there for special occasions! The food is outstanding. Our server romano was an absolute gem. Polite, quick, friendly, accommodating &amp; we will ask for him every time we go!
  5. KK

    KitK

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dinner at the Venue. Our waitress Emily was attentive and helpful when we had questions. The food was truly Fabulous. We each had something different and each entree was delicious. The room was busy but quiet enough that we were able to visit with our friends for two hours, and catch up. We'll be back!
  6. PD

    PatrickD

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We dined with another couple. The shrimp cocktail was delicious . Myself and one other person at our table ordered the fried chicken . The chicken was excellent, but we had to ask our server to warm up our food. Everything was just warm, not warm enough . Second time around it was perfect ! We had an enjoyable evening.
  7. TH

    TabithaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, my friends got the pizza and it was huge, for the price. I got the salmon and it was so tiny for the price. It only came with broccoli and asparagus. I just don’t feel that was worth the price. But honestly, that is my only complaint. It was so good. I’m gluten free and dairy free and I didn’t get sick at all.
  8. CJ

    CJane

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food at Venue is predictably interesting and delicious! It's a wonderful place to dine for a special occasion. Our wine and dinners were excellent. When we first were seated at our table at 6:45, the noise level was quite high. As some tables left, it became quieter, for which we were grateful. It's always a treat to dine at Venue!
  9. JS

    JimS

    Omaha

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have always had a good meal at Venue. We were there for our anniversary and they had a happy anniversary page on our table. They also brought over two glasses of Prosecco which was very good. The only issue was they just could not get my wife's steak cooked well done. I even told them to butterfly it but they didn't. We sent it back and it came back warmer but not well done. However, she did eat it and the manager came over and saw it was still medium to medium rare and took it off our bill. We will go back again but I don't think my wife will order steak....
  10. D

    Debbie

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always
  11. CR

    ChrisR

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was Excellent. We couldn’t have been any happier.
  12. DM

    DanM

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful selection. Great meals!! Excellent service!! Thank you!
  13. P

    Passonit

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food wasn’t great and the service was so slow!
  14. M

    Marga

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food, nice variety on the menu and nice wine list.
  15. c

    clfjl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Venue has been my go-to restaurant since it opened - for special occasions and not-so-special occasions. It is THE place to take out-of-town visitors, which I did last night. We all really enjoyed our meals. Last night I had surf 'n turf (scallops and steak)...outstanding! Lunch at Venue is the best deal around. My only difficulty is choosing between all of the entrees available. (I've tried them all, and they are all excellent.)
  16. GB

    GaryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was very friendly and the food was wonderful. An overall excellent experience.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    The bread was hard even when we asked for a new batch. Our server was absolutely awful. Very rude and we saw her speaking to another guest for about 20 minutes. Only my husband got a refill. I got no refill. When we sat down, she never even asked what we wanted to drink and we had to give our drink order later (she still never asked). When I’d say thank you, she said “mmhmmm.” She seemed annoyed that I was playing a mobile game at dinner. Really not pleased with our server at all.
  18. DG

    DavidG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Two couples for a 7 PM reservation for dinner. Seated on time, orders taken and cocktails served. It took about an hour to get our food order. We didn't get the salad dressing we ordered. We didn't get the onion straws we ordered and paid for, either. The mashed potatoes and French fries were cold. I suspect our order must have sat in the preparation area for some time. It was a disappointing meal at the Venue and not what we usually experience at the Venue.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A suggested selection from a friend. I ordered Homemade noodles-Alfredo with broccoli-rich and delicious. My date had cracker crusted chicken dinner-he never orders chicken-and really enjoyed the entire dish. Our waitress was attentive, however, at the end of the meal she tossed the bill on our table (no folder) just a curled receipt. I looked around thinking maybe that was how they did things at Venue...nope several tables in her section also received their check at the same time. When the credit card was presented...again no folder. A small thing, but seemed odd and out of character.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Birthday. Enjoyed the experience. Will definitely return
  21. RP

    RonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere, wonderful service ...
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our work group of 7 had a wonderful meal, tasty drinks and great service! Filet mignon was perfectly cooked; Brussels sprouts were tasty and drinks were satisfying!
  23. SD

    SummerD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always enjoy visiting the venue, it provides a classic and quality experience. The service is always great. Though it did seem a bit busy at the time I visited around 6 PM. Some of the ingredients for the appetizer was missing. As well as some of my vegetables and my dish were still a bit undercooked. But honestly felt it was probably because they were busy and the staff might’ve been a bit overwhelmed so honestly it wasn’t anything that was majorly disappointing just a wee bit. Our desserts were perfect and the service was great regardless the experience was good and I would go again!
  24. DB

    DBurr

    Oklahoma City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Thanks
  25. P

    Patsy

    Omaha

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, lovely atmosphere
  26. MJ

    MaryJ

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My kids were here for KC, finally worked in a weekend to go to the Venue for dinner, it was fabulous!! As usual!
  27. CM

    CharlotteM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect restaurant for celebrating birthday. Food was excellent. For seniors the option for 4 oz salmon and filet mignon was the perfect size and tasty. We will definitely be back!
  28. CW

    ChadW

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice experience on this visit. My only small complaint is paying $6 for one scallop that was 1 inch in diameter.
  29. NI

    NICOLEP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I made a reservation for myself, Mother and sister. They came into town to visit me from STL. We arrived on time for the reservation. There was not a soul to get us seated. No staff were anywhere to be found, except a couple eating in a dining room by the window. We waited for approx. 15 minutes without being helped, seated or acknowledged from anyone whatsoever. I was extremely ashamed because I heard nothing but outstanding reviews of this venue. Our steak was tough. My mother could not eat it, and either could I. My sister had the BBQ chicken pizza which was excellent! I believe if we were seated and acknowledged we could have made this work! Thanks, Nicole Parmley
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall service was great and most of the food was excellent. My steak which was the most expensive part of the meal was over cooked. A good sign of a popular and successful restaurant is the phones were ringing off the hook. However is was very distracting to listen to them non-stop.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice ambience and food was really good as usual.
  32. L

    Loyal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Am here twice a week usually lunch. Good service excellent food. Glad to support locally
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a leisurely dinner and everything was great! Our server was very good.
  34. JV

    JanetV

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The noise level is very loud, especially for us over sixty years of age.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We downsized from a table for 12 to a table for six on the spot and at the time of our reservation. The hostess and waitress were completely cooperative and helpful in that process. we also needed to move fairly quickly through our meal, and the waitress and chef cooperated perfectly. Excellent!
  36. E

    Emma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We love Venue for business or personal lunches. The staff is always helpful with their recommendations, but you can't go wrong with ANY entre or appetizer! The variety is perfect. There's something for everyone, and I personally appreciate the amount of truly healthy options available for people looking for balanced dishes that are elevated and delicious.
  37. R

    Reilly

    Denver

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    This was a bizarre dining experience. The little girls waitressing were only there to hustle orders as fast as possible. Separate men dressed like chefs, who clearly weren't, brought our courses with indiscriminate timing. It was loud, dirty and deeply disappointing. DO NOT GO THERE!
  38. DW

    DeandraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with great staff and welcoming atmosphere!
  39. JM

    JimM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Energetic means noise level interfered with table conversation. Service was very good and attentive.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    7 of us Celebrated my daughters graduation from UNL. We are from Philadelphia and weren’t sure what to expect. We were blown away with the delicious food and wonderful service from our waitress Sam. It was one of our favorite meals of all time. Highly recommended

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 4.6 stars by 1403 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 31 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 

  • 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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