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Virago Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://viragosushi.com
  • Phone: (615) 254-1902
  • Hours of Operation: Chef's Menu 5:00-11:00
    Sushi Menu/Desserts 5:00-12:00
    Bar 5:00-12:00
    Reservations recommended, Walk-ins welcome

    If you do not see the reservation time you would like please contact our reservationist at 615-254-4192 for possible accommodations.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Ave S & McGavock St
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Virago
As an original pioneer of the blossoming Nashville restaurant & food scene, Virago is the gold standard for Asian fusion and Sushi. Virago continues to justify its national acclaim as amongst the nation’s best by satiating savvy diners with its artistic cuisine, creative mixology, and sixty label sake list.

Virago’s perennially awarded “Best Sushi” set in the “Best Interior Design” creates an exciting dining adventure that can only be experienced at Virago. And although Virago’s sushi is consistently regarded as the city’s best, its innovative menu of Asian-inspired culinary gems is recognized by insiders as the brightest star that shines on MStreet.
Above all, Virago is an experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was good, the service was friendly (but rather slow), the patio and atmosphere was very nice. The udon broth was very bland and I would not recommend it, but the drinks, appetizers and sushi were very good. However, I eat sushi at least once a week and would say that the price is a bit steep for what you get here. I thought overall it was a great place to bring friends from out of town for a late dinner overlooking the Union Station etc."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Party of 6 all out of towners. We have a great time, good food, friendly service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "There are so many good restaurants in Nashville, but Virago will always be one of my favorites"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I have loved this place since its first location! I had a friend come in from California and she loves sushi and wine....she was nervous about getting good sushi here in Nashville but I assured her she would not be disappointed. As promised she was Blown Away! Thank you for an absolutely wonderful evening....I am never disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I definitely recommend ordering off the robata grill. I hadn't heard of that kind of grill before, but their filet mignon was some of the best (on par with brazilian steakhouse). Also, $6 cocktails is a huge plus! Waitresses were very attentive; between 3 people, my glass was never empty though I drink like a fish. Also very informative about the special kind of grill they had, the menu, favorites, etc. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars on service was...they are intense about giving good service, but could work on being laid-back/personable/fun/relaxed. Decor/design was modern but not clinical. Ambience awesome except club music in the background wasn't my favorite. Overall it was a great experience and I'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Monday night is the perfect night for Virago! Lots of happy hour specials."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Expensive, and not a once a week kind of place - but the many unique and exciting food and drink options and fresh seafood, with amazing service (server was Alex T) and ambiance, makes it a great once in a while getaway. The upscale and contemporary decor reminds my wife and I of Hong Kong or New York City. Giving 4 stars for food only because while some dishes are amazing, others are just OK. Still, it's a great experience and we'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We were expecting big things from Virago after a co-worker to us it was one of her all time favorites. It was good, not great. We had 5 rolls, and the Katana Roll was outstanding, the Sake Box roll was awesome but incredibly awkward and messy to eat, and the others, including their most popular The Bomb roll were all pretty flavorless. If we had not been so pumped up to try it it may not have been as big of a letdown."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Had heard about the sushi and it didn't disappoint. Wait staff was phenomenal...even the people that weren't our main waiter. Everything was cleared or asked about or recommended. It was brilliant and the cocktails were fantastic. My wife and I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food and service never disapoints. Only little flaw and I take blame for it, I let the server pick the Saki, We did not discuss hot or cold or price, so it was a bit pricey, and it was cold. other than that, food is always great and we always try to order one item we have not ordered before and share all the Sushi, I have yet to have bad food there."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I could only get reservations for 5:30. I wish I had known the kitchen doesn't open until an hour after the restaurant opens."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A must if you live or visiting Nashville. Our server was the best I have experienced in years. He made great recommendations. Upstairs has a roof bar. Really cool"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Virago has a modern Japanese design clean clear lines. Service was great our server explained the items on the menu in great detail.Very different kinds of rolls one contained pickled okra and fried oysters. We had four rolls included their most popular the bomb. Food was fresh , flavors great and unusual. Desert was almond brulee and donuts. We even had freshly made coffee to finish our meal. I would recommend Virago to anyone."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I love the coconut rice. Also tried the spicy edamame. It was delicious. I brought my cousin in from out of town and he loved it. We especially love Kara! She rocks!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Very good , imaginative food and excellent service. This is our second time coming there (had been there about 2 years ago visiting Nashville) and is still excellent. Really like the design of the restaurant with the sunken center bar and surrounding tables."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "From the Lobster Shooters to the Chocolate Sheets, and everything in between.... Fire Crunch, Stoned Steak, and Scottish Salmon... Not to mention the Wine and the Ambience.... Yum! Ready to do it again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "From the very friendly and helpful receptionist to our star waitress who had an incredible knowledge of our menu and fabulous service style to the food which combined fresh ingredients with imagination and style, our experience was excellent. I will recommend Viragos to my friends,relatives and anyone who loves a great dining experience in Naahville."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "See and be seen. Excellent ambiance and superior cuisine. Did not expect the small size of the tab.great fusion and service. Choice spot out of many of my travels."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Fabulous evening experience service was attentive and professional. The appetizers and entrées were delicious. Would highly recommend experiencing."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "we always have great service, and great food. very consistent."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Fresh sushi, great atmosphere and superb service will have me visiting Virago again."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Some dishes were outstanding--mixed robatayki, pork belly appetizer, szechuan green beans, shiitake tempura--but others not so much. About 20% overpriced for the quality. Service was generally attentive, but server made it a point to tell us his "personal favorites" for everything, always among the most expensive items in the part of the menu he was talking about--both annoyingly intrusive and transparent."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We've dined here several times. The menu is eclectic and interesting. Lately, though, we have found the food to be inconsistent from visit to visit. One night the udon noodle dish is fantastic - the next visit, not so much. Same with the kayne prime sushi and a few other favorites that seem to be waning in recent months. It seems the kitchen staff is losing its palette and may be forgetting to implement important procedures or add just the right seasonings. The service, however, is fantastic."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a late reservation which I guess could be the reason for the rude service. But the food and the drinks were very good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Party of 2, diff entrees, both average. Entrees came out 10 mins apart. It was sushi. Will not go back and would not recommend it. 3 drinks, app, 2 entrees & deserts for $130. I don't think so, never again."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Love Virago, always have. Adam, our server, was very attentive and friendly. It's always a great experience there. The food, atmosphere and service is just phenomenal."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "After an afternoon meeting, we thought we'd stop for food and drinks at Virago, around 6:15pm. Virago was practically empty, despite the amazing half price values in their Monday night sushi-maki-sake promotion. The food was as amazing - as we always have experienced here and the service was much more personalized and brisk, given the other empty tables. It's a mystery as to why more couples/groups/foodies don't stop by on a Monday evening early for cocktails and sushi after work. Perhaps I should have kept that to myself?"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Excellent view of the city. Great Sushi-especially The Bomb Roll! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great food, great service. You can't beat Virago for sushi… it's the best!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were there on the early side, especially for a place known more for the late scene, but our waiter was fantastic - perfectively attentive & informative without ever appearing to "hover". We ordered from the sushi menu, with some guidance from our waiter, & everything was wonderful."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "First time eating at Virago. My wife and I ordered a handful of dishes. The shrimp tempura is delicious. Also, the sushi (New Moon and Crunchy Cali Roll) is very good. The chicken confit stir fry was fine, nothing amazing."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Virago is a frequent visit for us and generally have a great experience. This was the Sunday night of Memorial Weekend and I don't think they staffed accordingly. We brought friends who were visiting Nashville for the first time and wanted them to have a great dining experience. We were there early so that we could be upstairs overlooking the city and have drinks & appetizers. There was one bartender and he never did get to us. He and the staff seemed very surprised and flustered that there were so many people on a Sunday night. Dinner was excellent and our server was efficient, but the experience leading up to it was disappointing. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Romantic Dte night Spot with an Awesome Rooftop look at the City"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Overall, a positive experience. Bartender did well with a special request. Appetizer (blackened ahi) came out very quickly and was quite tasty. Took a while to decide to go with sushi or something from the grill. We both ended up getting sushi. I had the Katana and the tastes were amazing (tuna was the best). She had White Dragon and it was just as tasty. I felt like the amount of food was a little on the short side. Service was also slow from our head waitress. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great feel, atmosphere. Food was outstanding. Half price bottle wine was a nice bonus! Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "You won't be disappointed. Good is great and atmosphere makes it a great night out. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We went on a fairly quiet Monday night, where some of the food is half price, but we still ended up with our usual tab. The sushi rolls are just outstanding! try the Brussel Sprouts as appetizer! Our waitress was a gem, speed of service was amazing. All in all, a great place for excellent food for any occasion. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Virago is a longtime favorite for fabulous sushi and other Asian fusion options. My absolute favorite must-have is the Fire Crunch roll, well-known among regular sushi eaters here! One of the great things about Virago is that it has plenty of other great options for non-sushi eaters who you may be dining with."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great modern happening sushi restaurant! The only reason I didn't give it a five star overall is because the sushi rolls were a little on the small side compared to what we are used to. The flavor was amazing though!! Great place, great ambiance and great food!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food was fabulous, great service. Can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014