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The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge, Palm Desert, CA

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

4.6
4.6
1214 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
Sushi & Whiskey

Chic. Modern. Sophisticated. But also casual and friendly. The Venue is the cool hot spot on El Paseo, popular with locals, out-of-town visitors and food critics who serve up rave reviews. The Venue is artful, from its sleek décor to the original, ever-evolving menu, enthusiastically created by owner/chef Engin Onural. "This is my art," he shares. "Each plate is a painting, but I use fish instead of paint."

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 346-1500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Engin Onural
  • Catering
    We will be happy to assist you with your catering needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com
  • Private party facilities
    We will be happy to assist your private party needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Cross street
    Between Ocotillo and Sage
  • Parking details
    Street parking available on El Paseo and we also have private parking lot in the back side of the property.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Omakase- Chef’s Tasting Menu

    $162.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Feeling adventurous? Sit back and relax while the Chef’s take care of you tonight. Experience the best The Venue has to offer.

Offers

  • Social Hour Event

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Unleash your wild side and embrace the untamed camaraderie of our Social Hour, fostering connections, forging memories, and savoring exceptional flavors. Let our chefs tantalize your taste buds while our knowledgeable staff guides you on an extraordinary whiskey and sake journey. Join us daily between 5:00 and 6:30 pm for the ultimate hotspot, where life is celebrated through captivating stories with every sip and bite.

What 1,214 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,214 Reviews
  1. HenryP

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chef is inventive and exceptional! Been there 4 times now and each time was memorable.

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  2. LeeB

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My favorite sushi restaurant- period. Have gone to many sushi restaurants in LA any The Venue tops them all. The Langostine disk is my favorite.

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  3. Roxy

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was subpar. The food was good. It wasn’t very fun though. The server was nice but not very friendly. It just didn’t feel very welcoming. Also, on the website it says Sushi & Whiskey lounge yet they had no whiskey tastings or even whiskey on the menu. The sign outside the restaurant says Sake Lounge. The sake was good but we were looking for good Japanese whiskey pairings with our meal. I definitely won’t go back but still would like to try out their sister site Sandfish sushi & whiskey.

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  4. CM34

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall it was really good. I was worried about the service based on some yelp reviews but ours was really good and it was a Friday night. They have a daily happy hour until 6pm which is a great deal. On the happy hour menu, the house wine and wagyu nigiri were just ok, but the brussels, shrimp nigiri, and tuna makimono were all really good and the tuna tostadas were excellent! The edamame was boring and would be a pass next time. Aside from the happy hour menu, the veggie and unagi maki rolls were smaller than we are used to, but good and nice presentation. The Bosphorous roll, shrimp tempura roll, and the experiment roll were all really good. Sure the specialty rolls are expensive but what isn’t anymore?? We checked in on yelp for 20% off and were celebrating a birthday which they gave a complimentary dessert for which was nice, and with those things considered, we left feeling like it was a good value and would go back during happy hour again. (On a side note, it would be nice if they had a high chair… But maybe they don’t want young kids there:))

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  5. Robin

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Three of us enjoyed cocktails and dinner. All of our cocktails were very good, and each one was served in a different style of glass, which was very cool. We ordered a variety of rolls and nigiri (including the The Venue, a Philadelphia roll, spicy tuna roll, tuna and salmon nigiri), and they were all very good. Shout out to our server, Mila, who provided exceptional service. I recommend, and would return.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried every appetizer. Great flavors. Favorite Gyozas were delicious. Salmon high quality. Yellowtail sushi yum. Beautiful cocktails. We had a very nice time. Good vibe.

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  7. mistercay

    Palm Springs

    46 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Venue has gone downhill. Menu was repetitive Food lacked flavor Four servers stood behind the bar. We were the only table in an otherwise empty restaurant yet servers had to be flagged to get anything including plates. Server was knowledgeable, but totally disinterested. seats are uncomfortable. At one time this was a superior restaurant.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The sushi is lower quality than comparable sushi restaurants in the area. There was maybe 20% occupancy and it took an hour to get our two rolls. When they arrived they looked ok but were very below average in taste. And at $25+ per roll for casual sushi that’s unacceptable. For reference: we ordered the California Dream’n and The Venue rolls. Would not recommend either. At least we can now say we tried it.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful experience! The food was off the chart amazing and we will be back soon. :-)

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  10. Hannah

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious and perfect date night experience celebrating our anniversary.

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FAQs

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 346-1500.

The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 1214 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 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

73111 EL PASEO STE:103, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Ocotillo and Sage
  • Neighborhood
    Palm Desert
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking available on El Paseo and we also have private parking lot in the back side of the property.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Engin Onural
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 346-1500
  • Catering
    We will be happy to assist you with your catering needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com
  • Private party facilities
    We will be happy to assist your private party needs small to large. Please contact manager or email info@thevenuepalmdesert.com
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