Venue Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
567 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 567 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JD
Omaha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I order my Delmonico Ribeye medium rare. It came out medium. My wife and mother ordered their steaks medium and they came our medium well. The brussel sprouts were on the cold side. The server was very good, but it seems like they were short staffed. It won't stop my going back. This was a one off.

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P
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy Wednesday but great happy hour

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l
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Very good food, but a little noisy. Waitress was not very personable. Had to wait quite a while for our food

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

I had the chef salad and I didn't enjoy it. Very little lettuce and only one kind of lettuce. Chicken looked very unappetizing....not fresh but dried up bits of chicken. Way too many bacon bits. I didn't eat the chicken or bacon bits so I left hungry. The house bread was delicious. The waitress was very accommodating filling my coffee and checking in with us. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant nor will I return. I hear you bought Lazlos's which I love to eat there. I hope you change nothing at Lazlos and maybe Venue can learn from it.

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k
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent, as is the wait staff. Fair prices & good quality.

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good as was the service my group received from our waitress (Cindy)!

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GS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Venue has been my go-to spot for a nice, formal meal. However, after my last trip I am not sure it will be any longer. While the ambiance, service, and drinks are good, the food was very bland this time around - namely the sides as well as my boyfriend’s steak. It may have just been an off night in the kitchen - at least I hope this was the case - but I might hesitate a bit to go back until I know they have, once again, found the salt.

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleased with our overall experience from our drinks and appetizers to our main dishes. Our server was perfect. She was atentive but not overbearing. We wouldn’t go here regularly due to the price, but it’s a great place to go for a special occasion or if you need to impress on your outing. Although it was a little mor pricy, we felt like we did get what we paid for. Everything was excellent. Two in our party ordered steaks that were cooked to perfection. We will definitely go back for that special occasion or night out with someone special.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lot of tasty looking dishes on a good size menu, made it difficult for me to choose! Really great portion size, and solid drinks menu. I really like the open kitchen, just wasn’t seated close to it to enjoy watching the cooks do their thing.

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

This is our second anniversary and 4th time we've dined at Venue and we will keep on coming back for more. The food is so delicious and our experience is always positive. We've had better servers in the past, but it was still a very positive experience.

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DS
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Friend ordered salmon. She said it was tasty. But very small piece of salmon for the money. Had a drink in the bar. Enjoyed the atmosphere there. Had a nice relaxing evening.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the Birthday note! And the amazing pecan pie cheesecake. Been thinking about that everyday!

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WN
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall. The drinks could be better tho.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for our anniversary. The person who took us to our table gave us a card and let us know that we could either have a champagne toast or deserts. We chose the toast. During the evening several people stopped by our tandem congratulated us. Food was incredible as always and the service from Desiree was fabulous.

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! My bone in Pork chop with the bacon left on made the whole table jealous of what they ordered!

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Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Venue is reliably one of Lincoln’s best restaurants.

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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Very disappointed in Friday night special dinner for Spouse's birthday, especially when you come from out of town(200 miles away) to eat here and indicate the occasion when making reservations. Problem was with service - was allowed to make subs but food provided had all the items from menu description. They also forgot wife's salad and the whole thing became a hassle. You know you're having problems when the waiter and service people are constantly apologizing and providing the subbed items as additional at no charge - problem is at this point you have some food getting cold while others are hot. Just a major mess overall. Oh, did I remember to say that nothing was done to mark the special occasion? This was where wife wanted to eat for her birthday as she has enjoyed good experiences here while taking other people(aunts, my mom, sister-in-laws,etc) out for lunch. I did not complain during the meal with wife, wife's brother and his wife, and my wife but I know she was disappointed. Server provided bill and when paid, he presented $30 of gift cards to help make up for the poor service and misunderstandings. No mention at all about her birthday. I'd never go here again(this was my first time) - not the way you want to spend a special occasion. The food was pricey, service was poor, and we missed a celebration that can not be re-created...

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E
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my fiance' to The Venue to celebrate our engagement (that night). The wait staff made the special occasion even more special. The drinks were good and the food was great - and that's saying something. My fiance' is a wonderful cook, a 'foodie', who appreciates excellent fine cooking. The prices were on the high side, but that was expected. The service and meal held up to the high expectation of paying more.

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MB
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While we arrived early and the lunch menu was still in effect, we wanted to order dinner. We ordered appetizers to get us through to the dinner menu. The appetizers were delicious! The server made it very clear that we would get a different server for the dinner orders as she had to go to a different area. OK! The next server took our orders, but it seemed like a long time before our food arrived. We credited this to the early hour, even though the dining room was fairly empty. In the past we have had excellent service and delicious meals so we were a little disappointed.

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NF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit to the Venue on a very busy Friday night. I called on the way and was given a table. They seated us before our given time, which was great as there was no room in the bar area for waiting. Food was good and the service was great. They were friendly and attentive. I watches them reset tables very efficiently for the constant flow of new customers. We will go again.

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DC
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was exceptional! Enjoyed the salted caramel cake. Thank you for a lovely Anniversary dinner.

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F
Omaha
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Usually our food is outstanding, but our salmon was quite average. Very small serving and overcooked. We left hungry.

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TW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, great service! Always one of the best!

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food but I wish prices were a little less. We would eat there more than once a year. Always excellent food and excellent service!

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F
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We got there early and were sat in the very back where we were pretty much forgotten. Had to ask for water. Mushrooms were SO salty I couldn’t eat them. I wasn’t even asked about them. Presentation very blah. No color what so ever. Very disappointed!

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P
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Everything was great except our service was a little slow and we caught an accidental overcharge totaling $75.00 among our three bills.

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OT
Omaha
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I love the food at venue but feel like service at lunch is very slow compared to dinner. I don't think long should take an hour and a half when only entrees were ordered.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
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 on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
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 on October 18, 2018
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
Omaha
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
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
Kansas City
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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