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The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge

4.4
4.4
908 Reviews
$30 and under
Sushi
Awarded "Best Sushi" 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017

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 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Sushi, Japanese, Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • 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

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What 908 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. S

    Shannon15

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The good was very good. The service from the amazing host to our waitress was great. Can’t wait to come back!!
  2. RR

    RoknRbn

    Palm Springs

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always looking for a good sushi restaurant. Found this gem tucked away on El Paseo. The restaurant is quaint. The menu has many interesting combinations. We had spicy tuna tostadas, lollipop & venue rolls. All were fabulous. Our server, Ashley, couldn’t have been more attentive. Now that I know where it is, I will take advantage of the back parking lot the next time. And there will be a next time.
  3. CF

    CarmenF

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was just a nice easy meal… good food … nice vibe … and good service!
  4. DP

    DanP

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good cost/value relationship although was a bit difficult to find, tucked back in the corner of strip mall off the Main Street.
  5. FD

    FernandoD

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been to The Venue several times - it’s our favorite place for sushi/sashimi
  6. AN

    AnaN

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing sushi and great service.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Went there for Father’s Day after reading g about the place on Yelp. When we got there, they were not ready to open at 5pm. They were scrambling. The food was pretty good and expensive. The service was ok. We probably won’t go back to the venue.
  8. JF

    JenF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy!!!
  9. RG

    RussG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The TEAM at Venue never disappoints! Great service, food preparation and value. The birthday boy is a sushi snob... and he was extremely impressed by the preparation of the meal. 5 Star
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Ended up not eating here. If you want to pay $20 for 1 California roll, by all means do it. Place was pretty small and had an odd smell walking in.
  11. AH

    AnnH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!! The spicy tuna roll was so good! Will go again.
  12. m

    m1matt

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time with my wife. Sat at the bar. Server and chef were very cordial. Served up some delicious sashimi.
  13. MC

    MarieC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Service was substandard. Only six tables filled in this small restaurant and 3 servers yet it was 20 minutes before one of them came over to take our drink or food order. Very very slow service. Food was delicious and great presentation but overpriced, even in today's inflated market. May or may not go back.
  14. KR

    KRae

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best sushi in the desert! Our server went above and beyond and the host was very friendly and accommodating.
  15. g

    greatplace

    Palm Springs

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time having sushi was a wonderful experience. Waitress was very helpful in making suggestions! I'm hooked. Will definately go again. Highly recommend.
  16. RM

    RMMD

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Looking forward to a relaxed sushi dinner I was greeted by thumping bass music as I entered the door. Not having worn my dancing shoes I felt I should turn and walk away, and I should have. Seating outside was OK, although the table top had a thin layer of sand/dust. The servers were pleasant but placing the little soy sauce dish on the table with their thumb in the middle of it was not cool. The sushi itself was just ordinary except for the pricing which was inflated. This place is not a venue for me.
  17. JF

    JeffF

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Terrible service, no full bar, and devoid of any kind of ambiance…
  18. K

    Kiki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the venue! Great food, location & ambiance. Staff is extremely nice and accommodating. We went for my dad’s 65th birthday and everything was perfect- will definitely be returning. I think we found our new favorite restaurant!!!
  19. TU

    TonyU

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was absolutely perfect! And the food…best Sushi in all of Palm Desert Area!!!
  20. A

    Amelia

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great neat options. Very friendly service. Nice mellow patio.
  21. Z

    Zelda

    Palm Springs

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite sushi!,
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked The Venue for a girls weekend and everyone was blown away by the presentation and taste. We also found out this is the same owner as Sandfish, which is in downtown Palm Springs, and 80% of the menu is the same. So funny as we tried getting Sandfish reservation for a week leading up to the trip. Highly recommend!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. The staff was very nice and provided a lot of good recommendations. I highly recommend this place.
  24. D

    Dreama

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Personnel were not only attentive, but offered suggestions that enhanced our food selections and delivery Ceres them in a timely matter. We will be back SOON.
  25. TO

    TamiO

    Sacramento

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best sushi in the valley. Just was super friendly and wait staff outstanding. There were tons of unique and delicious roll combinations.
  26. BH

    BartH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was horrible. Food was even worse. Try sushi at a grocery store, much better. One of the worst places in Coachella Valley.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Booked an outside table forgetting that there is no misters etc. so a little hot…Recommend indoors with hot temperatures. Food was excellent as always
  28. KR

    KRae

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi in the desert!! Ambiance and staff were also awesome.
  29. B

    Bigpippin

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Venue is always first rate.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Sushi ordered at same time came out 30 mins apart. Almost all rolls contained the same crab mixture. Nothing special about this place.
  31. j

    jillc

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Phenomenal food and wonderful selection. Lots to choose from and many selections were “homegrown “. Staff personable and very knowledgeable. I will be back!!
  32. TK

    TeriK

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John and Lexi were absolutely incredible. From personally catering to my palette to sharing some of their favorite recommendations- we highly recommend The Venue if you want the best sushi and an unforgettable experience.
  34. PK

    PaulK

    Palm Springs

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great tasting sushi with some creative options. The host of the restaurant is nice and welcoming too, very friendly and attentive- I’d go back just for him. Loved the menu choices and recommendations from our waiter.
  35. MJ

    MJones

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ordered Omakase for two people at the sushi bar. A total of 8 large courses, so come very hungry. All the flavors were nicely balanced and the preparation was spot on. All in all a very satisfying meal and the staff service was excellent. Will come again.
  36. P

    Pianoman

    Hawaii

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi in the Coachella Valley - great menu, staff, service, and food options - we go back as often as we can!!
  37. p

    pdewolf

    Palm Springs

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Normally this would have been a 5-star review, however, this being our 4th visit we've noticed a decline in value and service. We always start with the 24-piece sashimi sampler and the 1st and 2nd time the price was $49 and the slices of sashimi were reasonable, the 3rd time the price had increased to $56, and the portions were still acceptable. However, on May 8th, my actual birthday the portions were so small and sliced so thinly as to almost not exist, in fact, the salmon was served as small cubes. We know there are supply chain issues and quality fish has become more expensive, so instead of skimping on the portions just raise the price a bit. People who frequent better quality sushi restaurants don't expect bargain fare so let the cutomer decide if the sashimi sampler is worth the price.
  38. SP

    ScottyP69

    Palm Springs

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Food and Service were Super!! We enjoyed the El Paseo Roll and Spicy Tuna/ Cucumber Tartare.
  39. KR

    KellyR

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and presentation was outstanding. Service was spot on
  40. AA

    AlexanderA

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and great recommendations . We always enjoy it here

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 4.4 stars by 908 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 7 times today
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 5:00pm - 9:00pm

  • 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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