ABOUT Venue Restaurant & Lounge

Venue Restaurant & Lounge is an experience that every Nebraskan craves and every out-of-town visitor hears about. Our award-winning cuisine is handmade from scratch ingredients, including the freshest farm-to-table products from Nebraska farms and exquisite seafood from all around the world. We take pride in being Gluten-Free Certified and providing event and wedding catering services to the Lincoln area.

OUR MISSION

Whether dining in our extraordinary restaurant and lounge, enjoying exquisite chef-inspired catering, or utilizing one of our five event rooms, our guests can always count on getting the very best Venue has to offer. It is our pledge to provide the highest level of service along with artistic culinary cuisine delivering the ultimate dining experience.

LEARN ABOUT VENUE’S HISTORY FROM OUR GENERAL MANAGER JUSTIN COOKSLEY

MEET OUR TEAM

Justin Cooksley

Justin Cooksley

General Manager

Emerson Trupp

Emerson Trupp

Assistant General Manager

Barrie Kuhn

Barrie Kuhn

Mixologist | Sommelier

Geoff Wendland

Geoff Wendland

Executive Banquet Chef

Eric Pomajzl

Eric Pomajzl

Community Outreach Coordinator

Ally Vrbas

Ally Vrbas

Director of Hospitality and Events

SHELLY RICHARDSON

SHELLY RICHARDSON

Event Director

OLIVIA KEMPKES

OLIVIA KEMPKES

Assistant Event Director

PRESTON MARSH

PRESTON MARSH

President of PILLAR

JESSE LANEY

JESSE LANEY

In-House Butcher

CRAIG ZIMMERMAN

CRAIG ZIMMERMAN

Marketing Director

SYDNEY LONG

SYDNEY LONG

Marketing Associate

Join Our Team

Every member of the team at Venue Restaurant and Lounge cares about giving you a great time. You’ll experience friendly and inviting service from everyone you interact with. Our bartenders are experts in mixology and will craft the best cocktails you’ve ever had. Also, the culinary experts in our kitchen shape the menu we serve and take great pride in every plate they send out.

Venue’s Honors & Awards

Award of Excellence

Wine Spectator

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Top Chef Award

Dish It Up Fundraiser, Junior League of Lincoln

2011, 2012

People’s Choice – Fine Dining

KFRX Best of Lincoln

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014

People’s Choice – Fine Dining

Opentable

2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018

Certificate of Excellence Award

TripAdvisor

2015, 2016, 2017

Restaurateur of the Year

Nebraska Restaurant Association

2015

Best Seafood in Lincoln

Lincoln Journal Star 

2016, 2017