Virago
Virago

Virago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://viragosushi.com/
  • Phone: 6152541902x
  • 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: Sushi, Japanese
  • 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
Virago reviews from OpenTable diners
171 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (108)special occasion (103)hot spot (102)romantic (86)good for groups (68)vibrant bar scene (64)great for outdoor dining (53)neighborhood gem (46)scenic view (38)late-night find (30)notable wine list (21)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • First time at Virago
    1stvirago
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent service with good recommendations made by waitor. The Brussels sprouts are incredible along with the other appetizers ordered. Great sushi rolls and the salmon and skirt steak were cooked to perfection. The atmosphere was very enjoyable and really liked the modern decor and comfortable booths. Went to the patio after dinner and enjoyed delicious dessert with a scenic view.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    wantitdoneright
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Service is everything. Food and atmosphere can be great- but if you have to walk up to the waiter at the service station to order your drink and misc.- the overall experience is lacking positive impact. We were there early- 6:30pm. It was not crowded. Took too long to be seated- even though we had a reservation and half the party was there and we knew our table #. Initial drink order took much to long and when I didn't care for my initial drink and wanted to order another, it was almost 10 minutes before the server came by again- so I found him. Had to go to the station again later to request something else as well. We usually tip at 30%- but left a 10% tip without hesitation.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • trendy sushi
    foodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Classic sushi was available, but this restaurant used interesting flavor combinations to create more up to date trendy dishes still applying the basics of sushi to them. I brought a friend who is scared of complex flavors and raw fish, she absolutely loved this place and found the brussel sprouts amazing, she tried the tuna and like it and she had filet. So choices for all kinds of eaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great eats!
    Lisau
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was great. Had skipped it for a long time but was missing out. Really incredible. Have V2. Note- chefs menu does not start till 6 on Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foodies dream!
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First, we eat a lot of sushi and know good quality, this place has it! Go week night to get the happy hour appetizer price. We fell in love with the Bonita appetizer. The sashimi was good quality. Our server was excellent and helpful with our diet restrictions. We will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Special Spot
    BrooksWSYX
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good happy hour until 7 p.m. Perfect place for birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions. Trendy with great sushi, steak and cocktails. Good service. Very unique! We went there for my girlfriends's birthday and she loved it. They even gave her free dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Mommaretired
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was so amazing, but it always is. Our server handled a party of ten like a pro. She was attentive and menu knowledgeable. We had great wine, food and will be back soon. Thank you, Virago! Girl's night is always enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Werner
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We went there for our anniversary and did not regret it. Food was excellent and our waitress very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing sushi!
    nashvillenosher
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Wow. The sushi was incredible. My only advice is to note what time the kitchen closes v the time the restaurant closes. We had a 9:30 Sunday reservation. While the site noted the 12am closing, the kitchen and bar shut down at 10pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing experience
    cherrywine101
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    went out for a celebratory dinner with some girlfriends -- was pricey, but we all left feeling very happy with the experience! will absolutely come again. love the booths -- and especially loved the red snapper sashimi! would 100% recommend to anyone looking for great sushi in the nashville area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeat guests
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love the sushi at virago and the atmosphere. We go here often and love trying new rolls!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • must go
    keeperVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    That's it, you must go! Straight across the board fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience
    Erin
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food was amazing, as usual. Our waiter could have a little more personality, but I guess he did his job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kristin
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I went to Virago along with two other M Street spots on our trip to Nashville. We LOVED Tavern and Moto. The servers were superb, knowledgeable, warm. Our server at Virago was on a completely different level. He was awkward, rushed us, and it wasn't a great dining experience. Luckily the food was good. I wouldnt come back here on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, Pretentious & Rude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I recently went to Virago for the 1st time after living in Nashville for 2 years. We've eaten at most of the "good" restaurants here so I was excited to check this one off of the list. However, I have never been treated so poorly by a hostess or manager at a supposedly "nice" establishment. They were incredibly rude and acted as if it was our privelage to be allowed to eat there (and not the other way around). I will never go back and will make sure to recommend that no one I know does either. I've eaten at several of the other restaurants owned by this group & I've always had a great experience, so I don't know where the attitude comes from at Virago but seriously, get over yourselves. You are no longer the only game in town...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First timers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First time there. Server, Pryor, was great to recommend some house favorites. Everything was delivered fast and freshly prepared. Food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi in Nashville
    LivedAllOver
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Virago rivals many of the sushi restaurants in Los Angeles. Expensive ($100 for 2, no drinks, no dessert), but the food doesn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    PhilZac
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Upset with the fact that my wife and I spent out anniversary at Virago. We were put in a corner by an exit away from everything. The food was also just okay. Ru Sans is better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Sushi
    KYACC
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We discovered this restaurant from other OpenTable reviews and Trip Advisor. The reviews were definitely accurate. We are completely satisfied with our restaurant experience and the sushi and staff were great. There are a few dishes with pop-rocks which sounds very weird, but trust the chef – it goes very well with the dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!!! But....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food and atmosphere was amazing! Our waiter, however, was pretty rude and not that attentive. However, he was the only person who treated is that way. All other personnel were super friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back and just hope we get a different waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BeachieVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had the Omakase Virago Favorites menu, which proved to be a wonderful choice for us on our first visit to this great restaurant . We were able to experience and taste many different menu items and types of preparation, such as stoned steak and robata grilled items. All in all, we had a most enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The host
    KTAS
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The blonde host wasn't great, she wasn't welcoming but I didn't care for her. Typical for the gulch area. The food is always awesome. And desserts are what we come for!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Virago
    Lovedining
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We ate at Virago for the first time on Saturday for our anniversary. The service and food were excellent and we will be back again! We recommend Viragos!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Annversary Dinner
    TheWaterbug
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Greeted kindly and promptly and we were shown to our seat quickly. Great waitress! Knew everything about the menu and pointed out some great selections. Food was fresh and delicious!also got complimentary glasses of champagne and a dessert!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A MUST GO for sushi lovers
    Jenn710
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I live out of state and first ate here two years ago. I had been craving it again ever since, seeing that sushi is my favorite food and this place ranked at the top of my list. If you go, definitely order "the bomb" roll. Just went again with 7 girls and after seeing my roll, each ordered their own. Great decor and atmosphere too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the price.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Nice upscale atmosphere but honestly the food was not worth the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks for the view.
    SebastienVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    As always, Virago delivers later week night sushi options with quality and drink to match. I eat here twice a week for a reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Anniversary meal
    SundayDiner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our last meal at Virago was 4 years ago, the night of the 'great Nashville flood' and was in the old location. We were extremely impressed with the 'new' Virago location - the ambience was great and it was more spacious than the old. The food was absolutely fabulous, as we expected. Our waiter was knowledgeable and made helpful suggestions, and we were 100% satisfied with everything that we had and with the experience overall. We'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic outdoor sushi dining
    nashvillefoodie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Maki Saki Mondays are great for half price sushi and drinks. The sushi was great but the half priced drink selection was underwhelming as they were much too sweet. The outdoor dining patio is a great place to eat dinner with friends in the large spacious booths. My group of six had a great night out the patio and would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best part is the patio
    diningwithfriends
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration spot
    Weparty
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Party of 6 all out of towners. We have a great time, good food, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still one of my favorites !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    There are so many good restaurants in Nashville, but Virago will always be one of my favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed!
    denice
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Levi
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Monday night is the perfect night for Virago! Lots of happy hour specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    GettingOut
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    GSYJR
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased...
    cju1979
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No dinner available before 6PM
    luvsushi
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.