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.
Hours of Operation:
Chef's Menu 5:00-11:00
Sushi Menu/Desserts 5:00-12:00
Reservations recommended, Walk-ins welcome
12th Ave S & McGavock St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Andrew Whitney, Sushi Chef Himmi Vasquez
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
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.
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.
Virago Ratings and Reviews
We frequently dine at Virago. The sushi ...
We frequently dine at Virago. The sushi is fresh, the dessert delightful, and the ambience perfect. Sit inside, or enjoy a skyline view from the rooftop. The wine list is lengthy, and the chef's creations are to be sampled.
Staff was very attentive and accommodati ...
Staff was very attentive and accommodating. We were seated promptly in spite of the fact that I had made a mistake with the reservation. Our server was very friendly and quick to help us order with his recommendations. We thought that the food was very tasty with nice varieties. Ambiance was very comfortable.
Virago is always good. It's been a while ...
Virago is always good. It's been a while since I have been... and wowee! I don't remember it being this incredible! I brought some foodie first-timers with me who thought it was the best grub they've had in a long time! I'm not a brussels sprout fan, but omg we had the Crispy Brussels sprouts for an appetizer, and then two of us ordered them as a side dish with our meal -- how did the chef do that?! The Stoned Steak is always fun (you cook the thin sliced steak yourself on a hot salty rock right there at the table), but every entree at the table was excellent and the presentation was beautiful. We were in food heaven. And you haven't had coconut jasmine rice until you've had it a Virago -- if you forget to order it with your entree, order it for desert. It's amazing. I have to mention the Yuzu martini too. I'm actually going to find Yuzu (whatever it is) to try to replicate this at home -- loved it! Our waiter was A+ excellent too. H was very knowledgeable and his recommendations were spot on. Go to Virago - now! By the way, I've never written a food review before. I was that impressed.
Your restaurant lived up to it's expecta ...
Your restaurant lived up to it's expectations! It's a very swanky environment, great pretty-people watching and loved the bar and couches. Ordered 3 rolls, very good but a bit small portions for the price, but still delicious. Michael, our waiter, was very attentive and helpful. Nice birthday celebration for my date!
The food is good, but you can find equal ...
The food is good, but you can find equal or better sushi for far less money. Service was outstanding. Great ambiance. I would probably go back for a special occasion, but if I'm really hungry for sushi, I'd go somewhere cheaper.
Mediocre sushi place. Like many "fusion" ...
Mediocre sushi place. Like many "fusion" restaurants, Virago seems to think that more is more. Japanese food, when done properly, is notable for minimal preparation and ingredients. These dishes have been given the "fried and greasy " approach. Shishito peppers, which need nothing more than a sprinkle of sea salt, are stuffed with chicken meatballs and then deep fried. Any subtle flavor is overwhelmed by grease and salt. The fish seemed to have been sliced days before and refrigerated. Hard to complain about bad fish in the middle of a landlocked state, but at these prices, one should expect fresher offerings.
We ate at Virago with friends on a Frida ...
We ate at Virago with friends on a Friday night. We were seated at a booth in the bar area which quickly filled while we ate. Even though the bar was pretty crowded, we were still able to have a conversation at our table. Our server was very helpful and gave some great recommendations for those of us who had never dined there before. My husband and our friends raved about the sushi, while I thoroughly enjoyed the filet mignon and sweet potato skewers. My husband was also pleasantly surprised with the tab as he thought our meal would cost more than it did. We will definitely go back to Virago the next time we are in Nashville!
Made a reservation but wasn't seated imm ...
Made a reservation but wasn't seated immediately... This was a bit disappointing especially since I watched several other groups be seated (without their entire party present). The food and cocktails were amazing! However, our waiter forgot to put in our second appetizer order and was super slow bringing the check. Overall, the experience was pleasant with the exception of the staff... everyone seemed a bit inexperienced and not focused on the customer.
Best place I have been since moving to N ...
Best place I have been since moving to Nashville. We had mistakenly made our reservations for Sunday instead of Saturday but they accommodated us. Albeit the lady at the front didn't seem happy but after that it was all uphill. Ambience is beautiful no matter where you sit. We were downstairs for dinner and then went up to the sky deck for some drinks afterwards. The food was amazingly fast and delicious. We tried six different rolls and all were fabulous. Our server was super friendly and spot on all night. If you have room when done try the PB&J creme brûlée. Yum! We will be back.
The food at the restaurant was outstandi ...
The food at the restaurant was outstanding. We arrived n hour early for our reservation so had a drink upstairs on the rooftop bar. When it was time for our reservation, we went down to a virtually empty restaurant. The hostess tried to seat us at a corner table near the bussing station. We asked for a booth, but she would not accommodate us there as it was a table for 5 or more and not for 4. Every time she walked past us, she gave us a look with attitude. Later she sat 3 people at the booth. The other booth was NEVER occupied.
Our waiter was great, the food was wonderful, the atmosphere was very nice. Too bad the hostess spoiled the whole evening. I was pretty mad the entire meal.
What a disappointment! I am a vegetarian ...
What a disappointment! I am a vegetarian, and I left hungry. My date spent $15 on his tasty-looking cheeseburger with Asian fusion ingredients and fries. He spent $12 on my soft Scotch egg which was merely an egg split in half covers with Roe and garnished with arugula. The egg was battered in a fried coating, which was not disclosed on the menu. I cannot eat any fried food, so I had to leave my batter shell on the plate. I'd worked out beforehand and burned more than 800 calories. I needed more protein! The mimosa was phenomenal! But my second just sat on the table since I knew I'd be gone if I drank it on such an empty stomach and after my 90-minute HIIT workout. The promised view was a view of the rooftops on the block. Don't think of Acme or any Broadway tourist bar when you plan for the Virago rooftop. The view was disappointing. The plate size was horribly underwhelming. Our server was amazing, though! She was the one bright light to an otherwise devastatingly dim dining experience.
We enjoyed another wonderful evening at ...
We enjoyed another wonderful evening at Virago. Delightful rooftop view of Nashville to show the city to our out of town guests. It was the perfect evening with Reagan graciously catering to our every need. The Sushi is the best in town and with a southern flare-cilantro, jalapeño and habanero add a surprise to some of the rolls. We sampled many as we enjoyed the view, drinks and wonderful company. Don't forget the amazing desserts to complete your evening.
I made the reservation for my boyfriend' ...
I made the reservation for my boyfriend's birthday. Service was prompt and I had entered special notes on OpenTable about the birthday. Our waitress immediately recognized our occasion and made it PERFECT!!! Food was presented beautifully and we always had drinks. We declined dessert (not thinking) she walked away and came back to see if we wanted the special dessert. We said yes immediately! So glad we did! Yum! I was very pleased as it was all a surprise to him! We enjoyed our meal and would definitely recommend!
Hadn't been I years since they moved fro ...
Hadn't been I years since they moved from 21st area. We were there early but nice ambience, food was good but waitress didn't really go over the menu much with us, ended up missing the entire sushi menu which was we were in the mood for!
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