Venue Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
540 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday: Dining: 11am-10pm, Lounge: 11am-11pm
Friday-Saturday Dining: 11am-10pm, Lounge: 11am-1am 
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Phone number
(402) 488-8368
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Benton
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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.
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Private party contact
Cherie Anderson: (402) 488-8368
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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.
Your Event. Your Vision. Our Passion.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
70th and Pioneers
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Parking details
We have a large parking area to accommodate a full restaurant so parking is never an issue when dining with us.
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 540 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Omaha
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We made reservations but didn’t get sat until 20 minutes later. Food was great, server did not have good wine recommendations but overall a good experience.

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JU
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was awesome! And our server Kelsey was just wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We had reservations for 745 we didn’t get seated until well after 8 o’clock - we didn’t get dinner until after 9:30 and the people who sat behind us had dessert before we even got our entrée. Our server did a good job but we continued to get comped for special things because our entrées didn’t come out. And when they did come they not good. This was not acceptable from a restaurant with such high standings. We had always liked the food and service at Venue. Tonight was a disappointment

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue is an excellent place to have lunch or dinner. We have eaten there several times, and I've always been accommodated well. Today, in particular, we had a very large group. The staff was able to adapt very well, and our food was delicious. I would certainly write the venue as one of the Prime places to eat in Lincoln Nebraska

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Their pork chop was outstanding. Portion sizes where good and the staff was friendly.

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B
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, well prepared and presented. Excellent service! Reasonably priced. Superb trout special and jaegerschnitzel! Hungarian mushroom soup and calamari outstanding! Highly recommend!

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RA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food as always, and the presentation was excellent (for instance, the pumpkin creme brulee served in a mini-pumpkin and the side salad with cucumber strips serving as the "bowl"). Our server, Cody, was exceptional - friendly, accessible, knowledgeable, but not overbearing. The food was prepared perfectly.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food-a bit noisy-if seated in domed area of restaurant

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good (fantastic sweet potato fries). Noise level was too high to be relaxing.

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JN
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New to Lincoln, the Venue has been a favorite eatery in our neighborhood.

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JL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Venue! The food is great and there is a nice wine list!

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We arrived at 7:45pm on Thursday evening. The restaurant was not overly busy and we sat right down. From that point on our service was not the greatest. We ordered drinks and it seemed we waited for quite some time for our drinks. Everything just seemed very slow. I don't know if our waiter was the only one working that night, but we felt we were in the restaurant for well over 2 hours. Our food was very good, but we just felt for the amount of money we spent there, our service could have been so much better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. The staff offered us complimentary champagne or dessert. My husband ordered the jagersnitzel, which was out of this world delicious! I had the filet mignon which melted in my mouth! The staff was on top of everything leaving nothing to want. Superb service and food.

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TD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and celebrated our Anniversary here. When we opened our menus there was an Anniversary card in each one! Our waitress (her name is Gay) wished us a Happy Anniversary as well. For the record, she was fantastic! Interactive, social, attentive and just all around incredible! The food...amazing! Specialty cocktails...amazing! Free champagne since we were there for a special occasion. Just an amazing experience and my wife and I will not wait to for another special occasion to get back there!

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KK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We watched our food sit for quite some time before being served but the flavor was good!

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My steak order was NOT what I ordered or what was listed on the menu; which was disappointing.
All others in my party of five had to complaints.
I was disappointed in the quality of the steak. It was tough and of course, because it was replaced, I did not get to eat with the attendees.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Venue for a birthday celebration. Asked for a quiet spot and were nicely accommodated. The food was the best, and all of the service from the host to the server was excellent.

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LA
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server did a great job. The seafood was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating the 54th anniversary of my parents. We had the best service, the best food and the best wine (in that order)!!! Love The Venue ❤️❤️❤️

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JC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always! My drink was delicious! The server was one of the best!

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MJ
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, everyone had a wonderful time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waitress we had was outstanding answered all our questions and was there with out being annoying. The food was very good it was a bit busy and the noise level was high at times but we could still have a conversation without yelling

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J
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food (filet mingon was cooked perfectly), awesome drinks and superb dessert.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great with a server that knew about the food and made recommendations. She was attentive but not overly so.
The steaks were cooked just right. The veggies were cooked right also, not overly done. The desert was rich and great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome venue experience as always! Best restaurant in LNK.

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P
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant for any occasion. I love happy hour in the bar.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall good experience. They have issues with their A/C so it was unfortunately warmer. We were also disappointed in the size of the tomahawk steak. It was smaller than the time we got it two months ago and about $20 more.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to dine at The Venue after being introduced to the head chef at a local event. I am so glad we made the trip to Lincoln. We started with Moscow miles and calamari - YUM! Our entrees includes the dry aged steak and Three By The Sea. Both were phenomenal. We had a legitimate discussion about which one was better and ended up calling it a draw. We finished the evening with peach cobbler and vanilla bean gelato. It was one of the best meals we've had in a long time.

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JF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress. Fabulous dessert. Great ambiance.

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CT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been here for a while - and my friend never had - I planned a surprise double date for his birthday. The four of us had a great meal, yummie drinks and the atmosphere was as special as I remembered! We’ll be back more often!

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BR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was bland, steak wasn’t cooked properly & fruit flies were flying around our table the entire time we were there. This place is mediocre at best.

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K
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The venue and service were nice but the food was sub par.

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S
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

My Caesar Salad was "over dressed" limp and soggy - unpleasant to eat. To your credit, your manager made the rounds and asked about our experience. I was able to show him my meal. He agreed that it was an unacceptable product.

While he did not offer to refrain from charging me, he did give me the dessert of my choice free of charge.

Salads are easy and should never leave the kitchen looking like mine did. I will give The Venue another chance, but not many more than that.

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OT
Omaha
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We went for lunch which has a very different level of service than dinner. We eat here regularly so I feel confident in reporting that. Waiter was inattentive and forgetful. He did comp our appetizer as he forgot to enter it in.

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LA
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood. Bread is always wonderful. Great service.

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CK
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for our 30th Anniversary. Waitress was very helpful and staff was great to get the flowers and special glasses that I brought in on the table and wine chilled and ready to go when we got there. Made is a special night!

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T
Omaha
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, knowledgeable server, great variety on menu. Pasta dish with pork is off the charts great.

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DF
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary celebration. Waitress was intelligent and checked immediately with chef when I asked her where the balsamic vinegar came from and what variety of heirloom tomato they were using. The duck was a dish to remember, comparable to the impact of a meal in Shanghai. Quick accommodation for wife's transport chair. Sound levels were low, making conversation possible.

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R
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went during restaurant week. Really enjoyed the appetizers and desserts. The Salted Caramel Cake was to die for! Service was a bit off but they were very busy. Would highly recommend.

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KW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate in the main room the first time and did not like it as it was way too noisy. Since then we have been seated in the bar and really like it.

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