Virago

4.8
1570 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese

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For more reservation availability, please call (615) 254-1902 or book directly at mstreetnashville.com.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Monday-Thursday: 5:00 pm-11:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:00 pm-12:00 pm

Reservations recommended, Walk-ins welcome
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Phone number
(615) 254-1902
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Whitney, Sushi Chef Himmi Vasquez
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Private party facilities
Do you have a momentous occasion approaching? Or perhaps you just want to enjoy a fantastic dinner with dear friends? A business presentation that requires A/V capabilities? The Lotus Room at Virago is the perfect venue of any gathering. Also available for daytime luncheons.
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Private party contact
Alexandra Bailey: (615) 254-1902
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th Ave S & McGavock St
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1570 People Are Saying
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J
Nashville
53 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and service was perfect.

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Memphis
32 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Let me start with the fact we are huge sushi fans and have had it all over the world. My husband had visited this restaurant before and raved over it but indicated it seemed to have changed. Virago’s was good but nothing special and a bit pricy for the product, overall service and presentation. If the food and service better probably would have been fine. We ordered from the regular and premium menu. The lobster shooter was tasty but would have like larger piece of lobster and would have be fine with a higher price. It was just minuscule but delicious. My daughter had the crunchy California roll and said it was ok nothing special and a lot like the one you can get at Kroger for 1/3 price. I didn’t try it. My husband had the sashimi which he said was tasty but nothing special. The presentation wasn’t special either. He said when he had come in the past the presentation was awesome at this restaurant. I had the premium hand hamachi hand roll that had no rice which I loved. We had. AR IOU’s other rolls that were all really good but nothing special for the price. Over all good restaurant and I would return.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Virago!!! Our waiter was amazing on Thursday and the Brussels sprouts..well we got a second order! Missed the stone steak off the menu (current option is $$$) so that part was sad :(

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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

definitely the best suchi in town
they also go out of their way to satisfy you.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Had an 8:00 reservation and didn’t get seated until 9:00. Our waiter was not friendly. My son was in town with his new girl friend.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was really impressed with the service at Virago. I was there this past weekend with girlfriends. We were visiting Nashville for a girls weekend and this restaurant had been recommended. We had reservations, but when we checked in our table wasn’t ready and we headed to the lounge for some wine.
Enjoying each other’s company, we didn’t really mind that we still had to wait 30+ minutes to be seated. However, after a great meal and friendly service (by Cassidy), the manager came over with our bill letting us know she comped a few things since we had to wait so long and thanking us for our patience. It’s so rare for something like this to happen without a customer complaint (which we did not give) so I thought this spoke volumes about the level of service Virago is looking to uphold. I would definitely go back!

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DF
Nashville
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Virago never disappoints! The stone steak, crispy Brussels, coconut jasmine rice and sugar snap peas is a delicious favorite dinner! Dined on Tuesday night and then took other guests Saturday night!

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JF
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice ambiance. They have a plush lounge area and bar to sit in while you wait for your table. The crispy brussel sprouts (add parm and truffle oil) and the dumpling appetizers are a must try. Small delay between drink orders and someone coming to take our food order, but it was a Friday night. Food came relatively quickly. Overall, fantastic experience. Tempted to Uber Eats those crispy brussels on the daily.

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TJ
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love love love love love love this place.

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LD
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have such a great dining experience when dining at Virago! Atmosphere, service and food are outstanding! Servers are very knowledgeable and attentive! Virago is always our go to for sushi when visiting Nashville!

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Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent! The wasabi martini lived up to its reviews as well as the V2 Edamame!!! I wish I had room to try the entire menu!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, we had a great time at the restaurant. The only reason I ranked the food with four stars is because I enjoy more esoteric sushi/sashimi and fish choices otherwise everything was excellent. Thank you.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty!! Our server was so sweet and gave us a special surprise at the end of our meal!!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great experience!

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our server Lee!! The food and drinks were really great too!

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Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The birthday dinner for my FIL was a hit! Our waiter was really nice and the food was delicious. Definitely recommend the mushroom toban-yaki and the wagyu on hot stone.

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HF
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Virago is by far my favorite sushi restaurant. I love sushi and it is always so fresh. The ambiance is perfect for a date night with your significant other or with a group of friends. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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JA
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and we had excellent service

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TW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zander was our waiter. He was very knowledgeable and was helpful with suggestions as 2 members of our party had never eaten there and had never tried sushi.

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B
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish as always!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We came from NYC so yes we are into good food! I thought the place was very cool, though they sat us in the sushi bar area, which wasn’t too exciting. The sushi was very good. The miso soup was cold and very salty. They reheated it for us, service was super slow. It’s was a nice experience, Overall - good.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great first experience at Viargo. The service was perfect and it’s the best sushi we have ever had! Can’t wait to go back.

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MG
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic and plentiful. We enjoyed the variety and the fresh wasabi.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had reservations made and came on time and waited another thirty minutes to be sat. Other than that our service was good but we waited in the lobby for awhile before being helped

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BW
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing!! Great Sushi, but the real treasure are the Shrimp Dumplings. So stinkin’ awesome I had to order a second order in the middle of dinner!! Top notch service and great atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will definitely come back again when I’m visiting Nashville.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love sushi, and are looking for a nice date spot, Virago is perfect. The menu is tapas style, that includes a large selection of sushi rolls. Everything was delicious. The staff were amazing, nice, and very knowledgeable about the menu selections. I will definitely go back, and I highly recommend to anyone and everyone. :)

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks. Definitely coming back.

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Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The experience is the best point of Virago, its a very nice place with a lot of interesting food. The price you pay for that food is exorbitant. For instance, the $25 Dim Dum Flight is 3 pork, 3 shrimp and 3 veggie gyoza, all of which are small for gyoza. Its outlandishly expensive and the waiter did not mention at all what was included. For $25 you would expect something substantial, at least on par with their large and delicious sushi rolls. Speaking of sushi, its good, but overpriced as well. Go to any Sushi place in Nashville and you'll get similar quality at a lower price. If you want to spend $100+ on a dinner for two and leave hungry, head to Virago.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

A lot of loud and drunk people that can be heard from the bar to the dining room, really rude.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! The food is out of this world! The service always top notch! Never disappointed!

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Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I always roll my eyes at bad reviews because you can't please everyone, however sadly I have to be one of those people. The staff is friendly and the restaurant is very nice. But, the quality of the fish is not good. It could be so much better if they sourced better fish. I was even a little worried about getting sick. Maybe it was just an off night............

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FG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy dining at Virago. Their sushi is creative with such dynamic flavors. Drinks are well crafted and compliment a lot of the sushi rolls quite well.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Valentines dinner.

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Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service- they only thing that was not great was the table next to us cooking something at the table that was creating a lot of smoke blowing into our hair ugrrrr Thankfully we were leaving or we would have to change tables

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Lavandula cocktail was excellent!

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Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Know before you go. Virago has some great tasting food and great sushi, sashimi and nigiri. The caution is to understand the menu. The edamame, and umami wings are both pretty flavorful and, in my opinion, too heavy with salt (soy). So go light there and do the stone steak (caution on self-salting around stone) and definitely lots of sushi. Will recommend and will be back.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was excellent drink was good too! But of course expensive

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TJ
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal sushi and atmosphere. I absolutely love it every time.

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