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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
  • 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
  • "Virago has excellent food, excellent atmosphere and excellent servers. Have never had a bad experience in the two years I've eaten her, maybe 20 visits."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This was my first time eating sushi and he came back with the most delicious dish. It was called the Tanto. It was flavorfull and the texture was wonderful. I would recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I love the sushi @ Viragos! I would go more often if I could afford to! LOL"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The Kayne Prime roll was over priced for what it was."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "With a full Chef's kitchen, dedicated sushi kitchen and creative cocktails, Virago is dedicated to beautiful presentation with bold flavors. In a tapas style, the portions are intentionally sized to encourage diners to explore multiple plates and share with their table-mates. They serve items as soon as they are prepared so that you eat them at the peak of flavor instead of timing all of the dishes to arrive together. Perfect for encouraging discussion and celebrating how great everything is. Specifically, the "Ninja Bacon" blew our minds, the "Yellowtail Jalepeno" made us question if we'd ever had yellowtail before, and the nigiri was so fresh and tender. These were matched only by the "Honey & Basil" martini and the "White Cosmo"."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I had been to Virago on previous occasions. Date was a first-timer. Combination of sushi and traditional food was impressive and well prepared. Server was excellent and very attentive. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We heard the sushi at Virago is very good, so we made reservations for dinner. The sushi was delicious and the service was good. Everyone made an effort to welcome us and thank us for dining there. The only drawback was the ambience. It is a bit dark inside (which others may like) and the noise level is pretty high. The restaurant is geared more for a younger crowd than those around 60 who want to enjoy a nice, quiet dinner."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Lacks so much of the ambience from the old place but I'll always love the fire crunch. Drink service was very slow."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "This is becoming my by-weekly spot to dine! Love everything I have ever ordered! Go out on a limb and choose something out of your comfort zone!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "this is one of my favourite restaurants in Nashville - great food and drinks and a vibrant atmosphere. perfect for a date night or a large group. I've never been disappointed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great hot spot in Nashville with unique flavorful food. Bar is noisy so ask for a table in the back. Great meal!!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Heard about Mondays at Virago (1/2 price select sushi and buy one get one select drinks). Well for $21 I'd have to say this place was stellar! The sushi was good -- I liked that it was actually bite size and not too overdone in terms of ingredients, seasonings, etc. Nice, simple, delicious. It took a ridiculously long time for two rolls to come out. The server was apologetic and that was nice, but we weren't watered/checked on very often either. May have been an off night. I'd def go back and would recommend. Maybe I'll up my review if it's quicker next time!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "This restaurant staff went out of their way to make the time a wonderful experience. We had a normal dinner about 3 months ago. No odd requests or reason to be remembered by the manager. Impressed with management running the food to the tables, engaging the customers in conversation and frankly remembering our visit from months earlier and what we ordered."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Food wasn't as great as the last time we were there but the service was great!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "If you are looking for beautiful food and be surrounded by beautiful people and drink beautiful cocktails this is your place. A very lively and lovely bar scene of Nashville who's who's. The sushi and apps were really good. I especially loved the Brussels sprouts app and the sushi rolls. bring your wallet."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have really enjoyed this groups other restaurants (Tavern, Whiskey Kitchen and Kayne Prime), but Virago was a major let down. The hostess was rude, the food and wine vastly overpriced and the sushi was only average. I don't mind paying a premium for food that's really well done, but Virago fell way short of expectations. The servers and manager, however, were both excellent. So it wasn't a terrible experience, but we had high expectations based on their other dining concepts."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Loud music makes it feel more like a bar/club than a restaurant, but great sushi and Asian fusion type dishes. Helps if you like things spicy, but you can request special prep if that's not your thing. A little pricey, but a cool place to check out"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Virago is a bit on the pricey side, but the food is worth it. Their takes on sushi and the rolls they put together are delicious and beautifully prepared. I would highly recommend the lobster shooters as an appetizer. They are chunks of fresh lobster paired with a spicy red curry, and are amazing."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten here several times and the past few have gotten worse. My wife ordered a tuna roll with no mayo and a fried goop came out with mayo in it . I could go on and on but we have given them a couple of more chances and I doubt we will go back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "First time @ Virago. Went with a friend (her first time too). The ambience was terrific, clublike....would be good for a date or a girls night out. Both my friend and I opted for the salmon. The sides are sold separately. We asked the waiter if they were big enough to share or if we should get our own. He assured us they were shareable-we ordered the szechuan green beans ($11). Both the salmon and the gbs were delicious - perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. The only problem was the portion sizes...at the end of the meal we were still hungry! My bill came to $40 and my friend's was $50 (she had a cocktail). We wish the waiter had suggested a salad or another side when we were ordering. Will know better if we visit again."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Simply excellent, dined at Virago on more than one occasion and the last time was the same as the first. The happy hour menu is very good."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "We love to dine out. Did tons of research to pick just the right place for our evening in Nashville. We were so excited about the robata. Honestly the worst meal we've ever had. Truly awful. The execution on all our dishes just missed the mark completely. The robata sampler in particular was dreadful. Odd chef choices - skewered garlic and green onion? No seasoning, over cooked meat. Just really awful. My husband spit several bites out. We're still trying to forget the experience."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Everything about our first time at Virago was exceptional. Service was attentive and the waiter was super nice. Highlights were the brussel sprouts and meatballs on skewers - yum! Finished off with a superb chocolate baked confection."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My husband and I met here with some friends for dinner. As always, the food was amazing and the service was great!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We are from NYC and eat all over the world. Virago was delicious. The service was prompt, friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. We had 4 appetizers and 4 entrees and all were delicious. It's an energetic and good looking crowd. We eat here every time we visit our son at college."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "Amazing. Being from NYC I've been to a lot of hot spots. This was great. Good drinks and food and vibe was awesome. Huge recommendation"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We sat thr bar for dinner. Nathan took excellent care of us. He made great recommedations on food and drinks. We mentionrd we were from out of town celebrating my husbands birthday and they even put a candle on our dessert which was fabulous."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Two things about brisket egg rolls. First, great idea. Second, one should be able to taste the brisket and not just the pickled accompaniments. As always, the blackened tuna was excellent."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The spicy scallop sushi was amazing! Great place for girlfriends to hang! Beautiful space!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, wonderful service, and a great menu! If you're not in a hurry, I recommend a 5:00 reservation to beat the crowd, and get a parking spot just across the street. The Sushi menu is available until the chef's menu at 6:00. The drink selections will easily keep you entertained for the hour. We shared a few of the martinis, and the wasabi martini was definitely our favorite. And no matter what else you order, you have to have their Thai lobster shooters! Awesome!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I have been to Virago several times but this time the service was really great.Levi (our server) was amazing, he had a great attitude and sense of humor and was very attentive. Will definitely request him next time I am there. The food was good as always."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Great overall experience! Great service and great people all around!! Food was amazing and so fresh!! We will definitely be going back!!!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We are repeat customers and appreciate Virago's excellent service, food and atmosphere! I started with a Wasabi Martini, my favorite. My husband had the Passion and Spice Cocktail. My husband loves jalapeños, so this was a hit! The "Ninja" Bacon was a great palate starter. We ordered two seasonal sushi rolls, Hawaii Five-0 (pricey for what it is) and Kurobata Belly, (a very manly roll) both were great! We finished our meal with their dessert, Coffee and Donuts with a cappuccino. The "coffee" was a soft truffle type chocolate topped with sea salt. The donuts were soft, warm and delicious. We highly recommend Virago!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "We all had amazing meals and the restaurant staff (hostesses) were very hospitable to our changing plans and number of diners. The waiter set up a special table for us because we were a little tight in an albeit very cool booth. Place is uber chic and very cutting edge. However, on this particular night, it was dead due to a snowstorm and we were one of only a few table in the entire place. Drinks took over 20 minutes to hit the table after we waited 10 to order them. After that debacle, things got better and besides the courses coming out sporadically which we were warned about due to 2 kitchens (sushi and grill) we enjoyed the place very much. The rock shrimp tempura and kayne surf and turf roll were stellar. Cool place inside & out."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "I've been going to Virago for years since it was over at the old location and I've been telling family members to check it out for as long as I've been going. Well they finally went with me and I think it became their new favorite place as well. Even my mom who hates sushi found a lot of food she liked on their menu. For rolls the bomb and crispy fire crunch are always a favorite and I tried the crispy brussel sprouts, the ninja bacon, and the shiitake mushroom tempura for the first time and I think I will be ordering them with every meal there from now on! Just like any decent place to eat it's not the cheapest but I've never left disappointed and as many times I have gone Virago stays my favorite place to eat in Nashville!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I like the combination of modern architecture, with an open sushi making station, and great food. Everything tasted delicious, the waitress was extremely polite, knowledgeable and very fast. Well worth the extra $$$ you need to spend there"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful! The atmosphere was perfect for a date night. We had enjoyable evening and the food was delicious. Loved the sushi...and look forward to going back to try other selections from the menu."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The flavors of the food were wonderful with beautiful presentation and fast service. Our only complaint would be that some dishes (including the lobster shooters) were a bit cold when they arrived at the table."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We live about three hours from nashville, and were enjoying a wedding anniversary. We could have chosen a number of different cities and restaurants to travel to for our celebration. The chance to enjoy virago again was probably the deciding factor in deciding to celebrate in nashville!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "This place is just perfect for multiple couples to have dinner dates. Service was fantastic!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013