Virago
Virago

Virago

  • 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: 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
151 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)hot spot (87)special occasion (83)romantic (71)good for groups (65)vibrant bar scene (56)neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (40)scenic view (31)late-night find (27)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • wonderful!
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Always great food, service, atmosphere and fun! My favorite restaurant in Nashville!!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • M Street Restaurants are great
    JaredBVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Parking is easy and the restaurant and bar scenes are fabulous. Great place to take all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out of the box Sushi place
    LizardLady
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Really interesting combinations. many sound odd but try them as they are really great. food starts out with one taste and then new flavors come up. Try the wasabi martini, it sounds weird but really great. Starts off with a wasabi flavor and then it finishes with a great lime flavor. Hard to find the entrance, but wow what a cool space. someone really knew how to decorate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sushi and Drinks!
    Dining4funVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Fun dining! 2 kitchens in 1 restaurant. You can order traditional entrees and salads and/or sushi. Loved the lobster shooters. Had a wasabi martini. Excellent! Small portions so order and share several dishes! Service great. Ambience very cool! Happy Hour special drinks and appetizers between 5-7pm! A must "go to" when in Nashville. Not your typical restaurant. Well done Virago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bulldurham
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have an EXCELLENT experience...entire staff was friendly and helpful...our server GABE was extremely knowledgeable about all items on the menu and was great at suggesting and giving us gluten-free options as we had a celiac at the table...he was very attentive and completely on top of everything!! GREAT experience...just suggested to a friend and will continue to do so!! THANKS!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Venue, decent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    M Street is perfect for special occasions and treating yourself. Tonight we tried Virago, a very upscale Sushi bar. While the sushi wasn't anything phenominal, the atmosphere was great! Things are pretty pricey here for what you get, so don't come here thinking it's a Cracker Barrel price list. The food is very "rich". I'm not sure if that's why it's not my preference or if it's just not what I feel is worth the price. The dessert we had was some flakey roll with chocolate inside served with Vanilla Bean gelato. That dessert was pricey, but VERY rich and amazing! Their wine is also amazing! As for Open Table, it's such a great service! Booking online was easy, and I was able to get flowers sent to the restaurant for the Mrs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Dining Nashville
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was our fourth time dining here and as usual nothing less than fantastic. Their sushi is some of the best ever. There is something on the menu for everyone and everything is excellent. The place always has great energy and you don't know who from the Nashville scene may be dining next to you. Truely a five star place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi
    bfrankVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Virago has good sushi but it is not a typical sushi bar....no miso soup, green tea in a tea bag and English mug, no ginger on the plate. Nonetheless, the fish was fresh and everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Contemporary Gem!
    sleepingbeauty
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I loved the look and feel of this restaurant. The food and cocktails were superb! We did have an issue with our waiter, but the management quickly rectified it and went far and beyond to make sure we were happy with our service after that. I commend them for their prompt and professional management of the situation. They also comped us a large part of our bill. Bravo to manager, Melanie Zindorf! And our new waiter, Andrew was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well done!
    Vail
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Really enjoyed the crispy Brussels sprouts, The Bomb roll and stir fry dishes. I'm looking forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MSM - the ONLY good thing about Mon
    Sakesakesakebomb
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Enjoyed Maki Sake Monday this week - 1/2 price select rolls and 2-4-1 cocktails. Even on a rainy Monday night, delicious sushi in a great atmosphere can really perk a person up. Pryor was our server and he was excellent. Great recommendations and was very accommodating to us. Looking forward to many more sushi Mondays. PS - the dragonfire roll is tops
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in the Gulch
    maryspalVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We drove from central Pennsylvania to Nashville and after a rush hour slow down in Knoxville, the race was on. We got to Virago 45 minutes late, but they kindly held the reservation for us and we were glad they did. From the ladies who greeted us to the waiter - Richard - and to the food and the chocolate brownie pastry for dessert, all expectations were exceeded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everyone Loved Dinner & Had a Blast
    HeatherVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is the most delicious and most fun dining experience I've had in years! Delicious food, great sake, vast options to suit anyone (sushi to steak to skewers to veggie options), and a relaxed and happy atmosphere. Sometimes we waited a bit for the food, but we didn't care - the drinks and conversation were great, and the restaurants itself was beautiful. I wanted to go back the next night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Venerable VIRAGO
    Kenny
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We are NEVER disappointed when we dine at Virago! Excellent sushi A real treat for our daughter's 18th birthday! The pork belly appetizer was delicious. Fabulous service and a nice, quiet, cool vibe.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time- would go again
    OwooblyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The menu options were wonderful. Our server was great. The quality was excellent. They really couldn't do enough for us.
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  • Great
    Yummyfood
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food, atmosphere, etc. Would recommend to friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Elliesdinning
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I took my husband here for his birthday. We had a great meal because we ordered several dishes that were small and shared them. The Shoo shoo skewers are a must. We also ordered a stir fry & the ninja bacon - which is black. Very good! Drinks were excellent as well. The service was a little slow I thought since the restaurant didn't seem that busy at 7:30 on. Friday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Evening
    Kyosaku
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food was excellent as was the service. We went for our 44th anniversary on a Wednesday evening, which may have been the reason it was so quiet. Parking was not clear, as we had never been to that restaurant row. However, complimentary valet parking (still need a tip, of course) made it easy. Prices are comparable to other similar venues. They also have interesting uses for dried kimchee seasoning. The chocolate pastry desert is way past good. As we were on our way to see YoYo Ma at the Schemerhorn at 7 pm, we were concerned that we may not make it on time. We had wanted to have order off the a la carte menu but it was not available till 6:00. The chef actually offered to prep special for us, but we opted for sushi. That's service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese with a twist
    barby
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Enjoyed the food. Lobster shooter was excellent. The hot rocks steak was fun and diff r rent. Service was friendly. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JPMil2
    JPMil2
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a wonderful experience and it was the perfect restaurant to celebrate a 30th birthday! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Poor value
    Mrsmiller07VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband and I are shameless foodies. We dine out at nicer establishment at least once a week. And have made our way through the top 100 restaurants in Nashville in our five years living here. We love virago and have dined there multiple times. However it seems as if the value is steadily decreasing. The amount of food you get for the money is becoming comical and after this visit I'm not sure we will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food is always high quality and delicious. Sitting up on the back patio overlooking the Union Station Hotel is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS
    elphaba
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    An outstanding outdoor dining experience with fantastic food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd visit
    LovingNashville
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Came here after a great 1st visit the weekend we moved to Nashville. We discovered they hD outside dining and booked a reservation for an outside table for a visit from our son and his wife. It was a beautiful night for outside dining and we were seated immediately. Took over 10 minutes and a contact with the hostess before a waiter came by.... NOT impressed. Thankfully it got better from there. I had the grouper for the second time with the house salad...yummy and very fresh. Hubby had the shrimp skewers...looked more like an appetizer. Portions are not large, but food is good... Overall good for a "destination" dinner....but overall good, not fantastic
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • Great Business Dinner
    dineondaroad14
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Virago is one of our staples when entertaining partners and out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • 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.
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    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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  • 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
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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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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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
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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.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
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    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.
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    special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    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
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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!
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    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    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
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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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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