Venue Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
599 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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NT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food (I had the shrimp and scallops), good wine pour, outstanding chocolate cake (complimentary for the birthday girls). Venue can be quite noisy...highly recommend a booth if you can get one. Stay away from the tables directly adjacent to the partially open kitchen. Or, eat in the bar, which is lovely and has an excellent happy hour. One of my favorite places to eat. Oh yes, be sure to have the mushroom soup ... very rich and delicious!

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RC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife and my 5th wedding anniversary our waitress Gaye was nothing short of excellent to us.

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MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wen are never disappointed with the Venue. The food is superb! The service is excellent as well. It is a bit noisy, but not bad. The Venue is always our choice to celebrate special occasions.

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LS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food has become very pedestrian. Nothing special. Same old stuff. Had the seafood trio. It’s been on the menu since they opened. Salmon was over cooked, shrimp was tasteless and the scallops were small and chewy.

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dayton, our server, was top notch. He made some very good recommendations. We enjoyed our meal as well as the wine he suggested. My wife's ribeye was cooked perfectly. I had the dry aged trip steak and while good, it was a bit chewy. I'll get something else next visit.

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J
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and relaxing! Good food and wonderful service!

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RR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We waited an hour and ten minutes for our food. There were many empty tables so it’s hard to imagine why that would be.

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CH
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday and she has celiacs. From the hostess to the waitress and kitchen staff, everyone was very accommodating. They brought out gluten free bread for us instead of the normal bread and the food was top notch! Our steaks were cooked perfect and the sides were terrific. The entire experience made my wife very happy so I was happy! We would definitely return.

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B
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome! Great flavor and I got a free birthday dessert to make for an even better celebration!

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PK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Our favorite. Visit often. Excellent menu

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MC
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We love the Venue. It was so cold in the restaurant that it was very uncomfortable. I know it was cold outside - but we were freezing.

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KW
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've met with family several times and always have a good experience. We like the bar better because it is quieter there and we like to visit. The food is always good and servers are friendly and courteous.

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OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food good service!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We find the Venue the place to go when we want a very nice meal and in an inviting atmosphere. By a nice meal; I mean, freshly prepared and of the highest quality, with diverse menu selections. We plan on going to the Venue for many years to come.

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DL
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everyone in our group enjoyed the food!! It was tasty and innovative. We're rediscovering a gem in Lincoln!

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B
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for an anniversary dinner. Great service! Great food! Fabulous cocktails!

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OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great wine! Great service! As always!!

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AN
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Will definitely be back to try more of their awesome food.

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J
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There's a reason we keep coming back....excellence.

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We've come to Venue for years but our most recent visit wasn't as good as past experiences. It took entirely too long between courses, so their timing in preparation and service was way off. Our dinner for four took two hours to complete and we only ordered one appetizer, two cocktails and two actual entrees (my husband and I had simple soup and salad). We didn't even order dessert and it still took that long. The soup I ordered was served lukewarm at best--not even close to hot. My water glass was empty and I had to request more since no one on the floor seemed to be on water duty. Our server went off to get water for me but it was at least 10 minutes before I got any so I was drinking out of others' glasses at our table. The wedge salads my husband and I ordered were completely overdressed; so much condiment on the lettuce that it was almost like a joke. My son enjoyed his entree very much as did my brother, so clearly consistency in quality from dish to dish is a little off at Venue currently. Hopefully they are just going through with new shift managers or wait staff or something and they'll get back on track with the positives we always associated them with in the past.

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DV
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The NYE menu and environment was not indicative of the normal quality we've seen before at Venue. We were tucked away at temporary tables near the back of the restaurant, which is understandable given the day but disappointing nonetheless. We ordered off the fixed menu and it was not nearly as good as usual. So, I'd say in general the special occasion diminished the Venue brand and that they should do something different next year. Food quality, speed of service, ambiance all suffered while prices indicated a premium experience (eg, $42 Seabass in Lincoln, NE). One of our favorite places, so we hope this was a blip that can be corrected in the future.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It took over an hour to get our food, and more than 30 minutes before our drink orders came out. The food is good, but not great enough to warrant the higher cost (compared to other local restaurants).

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

For NYE, they utilize all available space. We had a table in their party room right next to a utility bar. Not the best location, but understandable on a busy night. Regular nights in the dining room are much better for ambiance.

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DE
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at The Venue is consistently outstanding - food, service, wine list.

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CS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and they have a great selection of cocktails and wine, I highly recommend the Venue!

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KN
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Lincoln!! Excellent food and service!! Wait staff Gaye was wonderful on our most recent visit!!

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The only negative was that they lost our online reservations but fortunately there were tables available.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall this is a great place to have a wonderful steak!

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JW
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service as usual!

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MA
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except my wife’s steak came out burnt on top. Then it took way too long to fire up another.

The manager did comp it which was great customer service.

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JD
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
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
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy Wednesday but great happy hour

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l
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
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 on December 11, 2018
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 on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal! Great Bone marrow.

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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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