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Venue Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
4.6
1576 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

7:00 PM


Booked 46 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 1,576 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  • Lincoln

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  1. JH

    JodyH

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Beautiful presentation! Great service!!
  2. J

    Johnny

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress Jamie, was so welcoming. She checked in a lot to make sure we didn't need anything. Food was great, came out on time. Our steak was grilled to perfection.
  3. RM

    RandiM

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. Highly recommend the happy hour.
  4. JB

    JanB

    Omaha

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    It was ok. I don’t know if our server has something else going on in her life or if she was not interested in serving us ( we weren’t having big dinners), but she didn’t make eye contact, was not friendly, did not smile, was just brusque. One of our party ordered something to take home and she sat the big sack in the middle of the table during a conversation and we couldn’t even see one another. We’ve always thought the servers at Venue were outstanding. Anyone can have a bad night and I wish rather than being poor tippers which we were because she was so unpleasant, we’d been generous instead. Having a waitress like that can certainly change the feeling about the whole evening.
  5. E

    Erin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    Their Margherita pizza was extremely cheesy which made it nearly inedible. Drinks were very good, salad was average, and crab Rangoon dip was average. The best thing we ate there was the free focaccia and butter! For the price we paid, it was not worth it. We sat by the kitchen and couldn't hear my husband being just a foot away.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was fabulous and so patient! We were there for the entire evening and she was great! Her recommendations were spot on! The lighting in the back corner is a little bright. I know everyone has their opinion.
  7. C

    Chuckles

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    From the reception to the delivery of food everything and everyone were outstanding. Job well done and will see you all again soon!
  8. DJ

    DougJ

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This trip to Venue was a simple noon time break... the wait staff was great! The kitchen was a little slower than normal with getting food out, but it was very good and our guest commented on the meal as well!
  9. JH

    JoeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great servers, good atmosphere and good vibes.
  10. S

    Stephanie

    Omaha

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Two of us ordered medium rare filets. Neither one was cooked correctly. They were both cooked to a medium-medium well. We did not return them because service was slow and we were hungry. The flavor of the filet was good just a little dry.
  11. DJ

    DougJ

    Omaha

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent, attending to dietary allergies etc. which was appreciated, we found the crab cakes to be only mediocre with little flavor; The entrees much the same, it was good, but no Wow factor, After many excellent meals at Venue, I came away from this one feeling like something had changed as it was just average….
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bread is so good! You don’t even need to order an appetizer because you’ll want more bread.
  13. RR

    RandyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice establishment great food and nice whiskey list
  14. CM

    CarolM

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Entree was served too close to salad course. Entree did not meet expectations.
  15. PG

    PamG

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Nice seating not too close together. Great atmosphere. I thought the service was a little slow, but the food made up for it. Always consistently excellent.
  16. DH

    DeborahH

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dining experience at Venue. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The food was excellent. We will definitely be back.
  17. MK

    MattK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    we waited two hours for our order. so we just boxed it up and went home. not the wait staff’s problem. I don’t knew what was happening in the kitchen.
  18. BS

    BrandonS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food took over an hour and was terrible. Steak was chewy and chicken breast was dry and cut like cardboard.
  19. AB

    AnnB

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner! Each of us had something different: salmon, chicken and steak. It was all wonderful!
  20. MJ

    MikeJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food as always, was very good. Our server was excellent; helpful in our selections, very attentive and friendly but not obtrusive. We stayed longer than planned but never were we made to feel that we had over stayed our time.
  21. R

    Richard

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our experience very much. Will recommend and return.
  22. s

    shoptchr

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is always prepared well and selections are unique. Portion sizes are adequate and taste was top notch. Always have quality waitresses. Only drawback was we were seated in the southeast corner and it was cold and drafty by the windows.
  23. SC

    SarahC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We went to the Venue for New Years (had reservations). Our waitress wasn’t very friendly (compared to the other waitresses we saw/heard interact with other tables) and you could tell she didn’t really want to be there. Food had to be sent back because it wasn’t cooked as requested-but they did give us a gift card for part of that order. We were each given 1 slice of their table bread and when we asked for more we were told no. The waitress said they were too busy, over booked, and weren’t allowed to give out extras. Considering our bill was over $100, that we made reservations a month ago, but couldn’t get an extra slice of bread…don’t think we will be back anytime soon unfortunately.
  24. NL

    NatalieL

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was great. Service was alright although it was New Years Eve so they were really busy. We were seated in a corner and it was chilly. Servers were nice.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very beautiful restaurant. Our steaks were excellent and our service was 1st class. Thank you!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I ordered the entree, three by the sea. The salmon was cooked beautifully, the shrimp was a tad over done and the scallops were cooked to perfection, but a tad under seasoned. Experience was very nice, service was on top of it, just not very personable. Overall it was a nice experience and a beautiful dish.
  27. s

    satisfied

    Omaha

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    wine very good, main course good, first course below par. service pretty good considering how crowded it was. hostess not friendly, and waiter did the best he could given how many tables he had to cover. crab cakes are usually very good but these were small and dry and not well seasoned with a lack of adequate sauces. filet was tender. all four wines were very good.
  28. HB

    HughB

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was good, the ambiance excellent, the waitress did her job well, albeit rather hurried.
  29. DD

    DennisD

    Omaha

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sami was an excellent server, the drinks and food, as always were perfect. See you next year!
  30. MP

    MarkP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. At our table there was salmon and scallops and New York strip steak. Each was delightfully seasoned and perfectly prepared. Maddy was pleasant and engaging. Her attention to us was perfectly timed and done professional.
  31. KB

    KeithB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service by staff. Not crowded and in a side area so easy to talk with friends.
  32. S

    Shawn

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Never had a bad meal here but the food was ice cold, (frozen) and no taste, slow, the hostesses were so unorganized. Our server was wonderful but she could only do so much. It was so good pre covid.
  33. JJ

    JakeJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A bit of draft from front door opening; however it has been colder than usual this week.
  34. AB

    AnnB

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around a wonderful experience!!
  35. H

    Hebgbs

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Everything was pretty good. The only exception was the turkey avocado sandwich was less than memorable. Just boring.
  36. CG

    ChrisG

    Omaha

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We love this tea
  37. BS

    BarbS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I was very disappointed in my cobb salad. For one, I asked for the chicken to be replaced with salmon. I was not told that there would be a special prep charge for this which was, I feel, a significant amount. My salad came out coated in dressing and the lettuce was limp.
  38. KG

    KatieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time eating at the venue, and it was delicious. Will recommend
  39. N

    Nicholas

    Omaha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Awesome staff and the food tasted great. The food did come out a little cold and the noise level was loud. Overall a good experience though!
  40. C

    Carnivore

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Very nice restaurant on this first visit, friendly and courteous service. My ribeye was delicious but only lukewarm when served; my wife's ribeye was a bit overcooked; and my mom's sirloin was tough to chew. Sides were good but also not hot. Both kids loved their dinners. The best part of the meal was desert (salted caramel cake) but we were disappointed they were out of the pineapple upside down cake that had been recommended to us. Overall though it was a good experience and we'd like to try again, perhaps on a less busy night when odds of getting our food to the table hot would be improved.

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 1576 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 46 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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