Virago

4.8
1487 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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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Private dining
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

We will be closed November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th Ave S & McGavock St
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Special events & promotions
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? Accommodating up to 22 guests, the Lotus Room at Virago is the perfect venue of any gathering. The Lotus Room is also available for daytime private luncheons. Bring your business meeting or daytime event to Virago for three choices of four-course menu options. Call for reservations.
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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

Private Dining

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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What 1487 People Are Saying
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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Virago never fails to impress us! We love going there for any occasion!

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Not a bad place for sushi. Love the wine list.

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

One of the first people in the restaurant, as our reservation was at 5PM and they opened at 5PM. Was sat right next to the kitchen and listened to them shout “IN” for an hour and a half. Definitely not the experience I wanted. As someone in the restaurant industry, I was highly disappointed.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great !

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We eat at this restaurant at least twice a week. We show up for our reservation tonight and they try to give us a table by the bathroom. We were seated at the table for a good 10 to 15 minutes and I finally had to ask someone to come and wait on us. It took forever just to get our drinks. We ordered a shrimp appetizer and when it was brought to the table the girl pours it out on the table. We had to wait another 10 to 15 minutes to get another Appetizer while requesting our drinks one more time. It was a strike out on date night!!! 🙈🤷‍♀️😡

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time at Virago!

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daddy Daughter Dinner

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love coming here whenever we are in Nashville!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and great service at Virago.

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PE
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great service. Will return for another great dining experience.

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BC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant to celebrate with family !!! There’s something for everyone there and so different from most places in Nashville ....

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Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome sushi! Great service!

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TD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We are from San Francisco and eat sushi several times a week as it is our favorite meal. The restaurant is very good looking with lit river rocks displayed behind a metal grate, however, they needed a good dusting. The highlight of the meal was the fresh wasabi. The crisp broccoli and salmon sashimi good as well. The rice under the nigiri is not very good which in turn saddens the nigiri. The one roll we had, the bomb was ok and a bit salty.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my waitress, she was very sweet and accommodating to our needs. She even took the time to write a list of gluten free entrees for us.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails! Always a great night when I’m in Nashville ❤️

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

We heard all the hype about this place.... For $200 for 4 people I usually don’t bat a eye, but our server wasn’t the best. To make this easier I’ll just bullet point it
1. Ordered drinks 3 came out the other took 5 mins to come.
2. Ordered lobster shots as a app. They never came, told sever to cancel them
3. My wife ordered Ramen. It tasted like cheese with noodles.
4. At no point did the server apologize about any of this. We are easy going people and understand things happen, but if anyone in a customer service company can’t show empathy then it’s not a place to spend money like that.

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our entire group enjoyed Virago for dinner. The food was delicious and creative, and the servers were attentive and helpful. However, it did feel a bit over-priced - not uncommon for this part of town, though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business meal

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambience and service by Claire was outstanding. The food was delicious!!

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AH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I used to come to Virago 4 years ago before I moved out of town, and absolutely loved it. I was in Nashville for a conference and went back with family. I was disappointed. The service was slow. The rolls were way too small for the price. I likely will not return when I come back to Nashville and I'm pretty sure my family who still live there will not either. Which is a shame.

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AV
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat, best sushi I’ve had in Nashville and vegetarian friendly as well. I will be back!

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c
Tampa
73 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We had high hopes, having been recommended by our foodie-like-us son, but we were underwhelmed. Overall, the sushi was unimaginative in taste and flavor, so much so, that at one point it was impossible for me to distinguish between the dynamite roll and a different one (See! Nothing positively memorable.) When I questioned the waiter, because of ingredients, he had to bend down to examine the interior. The manager came over to add that what’s listed isn’t always accurate. Absurd! (To her credit she didn’t charge us for that roll)The highly touted wagyu slices were chewy, and my husband had to spit out two pieces. The sake selection IS noteworthy. And the wasabi martini was quite tasty. I see no reason to return here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible and our server Cassidy was great and made our night out so much fun!

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve travelled to Japan over 30 times in the past few decades. Tried lots of the cuisines.

This was among the Best Japanese meals I’ve had in the US. Many unique offerings. Try the chicken yakitori, beef tatami and stone grilled Wagyu beef. Lobster shots and V2 edamame were great appetizers. Michu for dessert is fabulous. Quality of shashimi was exemplary.

Service was fantastic. Don’t miss this restaurant when in Nashville.

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AB
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the recommendations of our waiter, for a shareable meal. We tried several sushi items and loved the Bomb and the sugar snap peas! Great food and great service from a personable waiter.

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N
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was great! I think overall it was over priced for a little roll

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was inedible.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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TJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Richard is as awesome!

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was pretty good, probably more expensive than what it was worth. Nothing extraordinary, nice for a date night but wouldn’t hurry back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great , but ..... we were upset they took out fav items off menu ! They’ve changed menu !

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank goodness our waitress was terrific otherwise the rating here would have been brutal! Doesnt matter how good the food may have been the hostess and servers really set the tone and in this case the hostesses were not efficient or effective in their roles.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The restaurant itself was super cute and nice! The hostess at the front desk was quite rude and

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steven was a great server! We had fresh wasabi and hot hot sake. Lovely night!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi rolls ! The quality of ingredients is excellent. My favorite was the rainbow box and the equator. Both very unique in their own way

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VT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants! We went all out for our anniversary this time. The Lavendula drinks were putnof this world if you like tart taste! We also had the ninja bacon, sake steamed brussels, stone steak, and tanto roll. All of it was perfect and flavorful!

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NT
Nashville
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater dining.
Relaxing atmosphere.
Wonderful wait staff.
Very good food and we had a little of everything.
New menu!

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r
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here on vacation and it was excellent!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TRUFFLE FUTOMAKI was outstanding

RAINBOW POKE TOSTADOS

Note to mention the great bottle of Fuastino
I Grand Reserva 2005.
Service was great , our server did a great job.

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GN
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and a great blend of flavors. The Shishito Peppers were awesome as was the zucchini.

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