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Virago

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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START‏
3.00
Thai Lobster Shooters
Maine lobster, spicy red curry
Edamame 6.00
Classic 6.00
Edamame / Classic
Wok-charred, togarashi, sweet soy
9.00
Blackened Ahi
“Shoots”, market pickles
11.00
“Ninja” Bacon
Crispy pork belly, red curry, coconut milk
13.00
Crispy Rice / Spicy Tuna
Watermelon “pop rocks”
11.00
Duck Eggroll
Spicy ground duck, shiitake, chinese mustard
14.00
Lobster Taco
Fire-roasted salsa
12.00
Rock Shrimp Tempura
Black sesame, Korean-chile mayonette
13.00
Wagyu Sashimi
“Hong Kong‏ style”, hot sesame drizzle
GREEN
9.00
Shishito Peppers
Wok-charred, peanuts
8.00
Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Crushed chiles, fish sauce vinaigrette
8.00
Tempura Okra
Kimchi dip
8.00
Virago House
Heirloom baby lettuces, shaved beets, arare, nori vinaigrette
7.00
Three Ocean Greens
Sesame, marinated‏ seaweeds: wakame, tosaka, agar-agar
9.00
Goat Cheese Salad
Baby greens, mizuna, roasted pumpkin seeds, spiced goat cheese, chipotle-tomatillo-ginger dressing
9.00
Tangle of Lettuces
Frisee, baby arugula, bacon, globe grapes, honeycrisp apples, blue cheese, curried cashews, honey-sesame vinaigrette
ROBATAYAKI‏
9.00
Tsukune Chicken Meatballs
Ginger, scallion,‏ onion
11.00
Mune Chicken Breast
Negi, fresh wasabi, sea salt
18.00
Duroc Baby-Backs
Green chile rempah
15.00
Gulf Pink Shrimp
Amazu ponzu
15.00
Filet Mignon
Steak sauce
19.00
Wagyu Ribeye
Steak sauce
6.00
Market Vegetable
Changes daily
8.00
Housemade Tofu
Yuzu kosho‏
39.00
Shosho
“A little bit of everything” – seven of the chef’s selections from the robata grill
MAIN
19.00
Free Range Chicken
Crispy skin, Vietnamese caramel
21.00
Scottish Salmon
Japanese cedar,‏ maple soy
24.00
Truffle Black Grouper
Steamed, dry miso, yuzu, crispy leeks, truffle oil
24.00
Wagyu Skirt Steak
A la plancha, green sriracha
Stoned steak filet 24.00
Wagyu ribeye 32.00
Stoned Steak Filet / Wagyu Ribeye
Hot rocks, yuzu kosho vinaigrette, spicy peanut sauce
Chicken confit 19.00
Salt + pepper shrimp 19.00
Wagyu beef 28.00
Shiitake tofu 17.00
Stir Fry
SIDES‏
5.00
Coconut-Jasmine Rice
7.00
Szechuan Green Beans
7.00
Sake-Steamed Brussels
7.00
Broccoli
8.00
Shiitake Mushroom Tempura
12.00
Mushroom Toban Yaki
SPECIALITIES
11.00
Yellowtail Jalapeno
Jalapeno, cilantro, ponzu
9.00
Tako-Su
Octopus, cucumber, daikon
9.00
Ika Sansai
Sesame, chile,‏ ginger, squid salad
24.00
Chirashi Don
Chef’s selection sashimi, sushi rice bowl
11.00
Fried Oyster Hand Roll
Apalachicola tempura, spicy okra, smoked ham rillettes
11.00
Pistachio Hamach
Crushed pistachio, maldon sea salt, serrano, yuzu, unfiltered olive oil
SASHIMI / NIGIRI‏
Sashimi one cut 4.00
Nigiri two on rice 7.00
Tuna
Maguro
Sashimi one cut 4.00
Nigiri two on rice 7.00
Albacore
Naga maguro
Sashimi one cut 4.00
Nigiri two on rice 7.00
Yellowtail
Hamachi
Sashimi one cut 3.00
Nigiri two on rice 5.00
Mackerel
Saba
Sashimi one cut 3.00
Nigiri two on rice 5.00
Smoked Mackerel
Sumoku saba
Sashimi one cut 4.00
Nigiri two on rice 7.00
Red Snapper
Tai
Sashimi one cut 4.00
Nigiri two on rice 6.00
Fresh Salmon
Sake
Sashimi one cut 4.00
Nigiri two on rice 6.00
Smoked Salmon
Sumoku sake
Sashimi one cut 3.00
Nigiri two on rice 5.00
Scallop
Hotate
Sashimi one cut 3.00
Nigiri two on rice 5.00
Spicy Scallop
Karai hotate
MAKI MONO
9.00
Rock and Roll
BBQ eel, avocado, cucumber, masago, sesame seeds
12.00
Dynamite
Spicy tuna, salmon, cucumber, masago, sesame seeds
11.00
Honey Fire
Tempura shrimp,‏ eel, asian pear, jalapeno, honey fire sauce
10.00
Crazy Monkey
Eel, jalapeno, mango, avocado, cashews, mango vinaigrette, unagi sauce
11.00
Phantom
Tempura calamari, poblano pepper, cucumber, avocado wrapped in black rice with soy tobiko, balsamic soy, sriracha
9.00
Fire Crunch
Tempura crunch, shrimp, spicy mayo, cream cheese, sriracha
10.00
Philly Crunch
Smoked salmon,‏ wasabi cream cheese, scallions, rolled in tempura crunch
9.00
Crunchy California Roll
Crab, avocado,‏ cucumber, tempura crumbs, spicy mayo, honey fire sauce
6.00
v2 Edamame / Classic
Wok-charred, togarashi, sweet soy
SIGNATURE MAKI‏
12.00
Godzilla
Tempura shrimp, masago, cream cheese, chives, sesame seeds, spicy mayo, sriracha
22.00
Katana
Lobster tempura, bell pepper, jalapeno, and avocado topped with tuna, shrimp, fresh salmon and scallop tartare with ginger-orange sauce
14.00
Equador
Tuna, hamachi, cilantro, cucumber, avocado, chives, jalapeño, masago, tempura crumbs, wasabi mayo, sesame seeds, sriracha
19.00
The Bomb
Tempura shrimp, avocado, asparagus on the inside, baked jumbo lump crab and spicy mayo on top with a touch of unagi sauce and scallions
19.00
White Dragon
Shrimp, tuna, avocado, cucumber, pickled onions, cilantro and wasabi mayo, wrapped in hamachi and topped with sesame
16.00
Rising Sun
Crab, salmon, shrimp, tempura crunch and spicy mayo rolled without rice, tempura fried, topped with pepper tobiko and honey fire sauce
29.00
Kayne Prime
“Surf and turf” maki, tempura lobster, seared filet, boursin cheese, avocado, asparagus, jalapeno, pickled onion, soy wrapper
NEW / SEASONAL
19.00
Lotus Roll
Shiso-soy wrap, cucumber, cream cheese, mint, cilantro, topped with lobster ceviche
14.00
Buddha Belly Roll
Sesame-soy wrap, pued tofu, shiitake, spicy bean sprouts, tatsoi, avocado, smoked soy
23.00
Hawaii Five-0
Soy wrap, hamachi, escolar, hearts of palm, avocado, cream cheese and mango inside, rolled in toasted coconut, wrapped in kiwi, topped with honey fire sauce and macadamia nuts
21.00
Hot Scallop
BBQ eel, cucumber, mango and cream cheese inside, topped with baked scallop, green onion, wasabi mayo, pickled jalapeño, unagi and sweet chili sauces
16.00
Kurobuta Belly
Sesame-soy wrap, cucumber, avocado, pickled onion, sesame crisps and togarashi inside, topped with crispy pork and spicy maple-soy, chinese mustard
14.00
New Moon
Ahi, fresh salmon, jalapeño, pickled ginger, futo-maki style, tempura fried, spicy yuzu maple, soy mayo
19.00
Hamachi Sake Box Roll
Fresh salmon, arare cracker, cream cheese, cucumber, and avocado inside, topped with hamachi and pickled cucumber, sriracha and wasabi mayo
About
As a pioneer of elevated independent restaurants in Nashville, Virago has consistently transformed throughout its nineteen-year reign as the city’s gold standard for sushi and Asian cuisine. Virago's latest transformation is its much-anticipated move next door to 1120 McGavock Street. Refreshed with a more cosmopolitan, yet edgier design, Virago’s new space includes a seductive interior with secluded booths and private dining rooms set against a renewed focus on an energetic, late night lounge scene. Asian inspired mixology accompanies the city’s most expansive Japanese whiskey and sake lists. Sushi Chef Himmi continues his sixteen-year run of creating makimono and nigirizushi masterpieces.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Table Service, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best Sushi in Nashville. Great Atmosphere. Not the cheapest, but the best. You will npt be disappointed.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Mike P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Virago with our son, who lives in Nashville and highly recommended it to us. He had been a couple of times before they moved to the new location. It was very pretty inside and had a lovely bar. We tried the dumplings to...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Liza O
Reviewed May 18, 2019 via mobile

Semi busy at 530 but told no tables until 9. Asked about sushi bar seating and that was ok. No one else seated while we dined. Why do they say this?? Seaweed salad plentiful and tasty. Sashimi yellowtail, albacore and saba also good. Scallop hand...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Resort189583
Reviewed April 29, 2019

A fan favorite - we always take our group there when we are in town for a meeting. Something for everyone - sushi - but non-sushi items as well. Highly recommend

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank LONordloh
Reviewed April 12, 2019

And the apps were equally good. And the interior is interesting. All in all an excellent restaurant.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank skcoa2018
Reviewed March 16, 2019 via mobile

This is by far the absolute best I have ever had! From quality of food, sake, and service! The rolls were extordinary and every item selected were over the top good. Reservations a must. Enjoy! H

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank NewSunrises
Reviewed February 23, 2019

This is not Tokyo or New York but it will do for Nashville. I was expecting this to be for 1 person but this is really enough for 2. You get 3 Soy Sauce flavors with this order which stays with the Nashville flavor, kind...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank TeresaS1608
Reviewed February 22, 2019

Our party of 4 had reservations made a week in advance and were surprised to be seated in the noisy bar area when other booths and tables in more quieter sections were open. All four of us needed google translate to read more than half...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Katie K
mstreetentertainment, Director of Sales at Virago, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2019

Katie, Thanks so much for your detailed feedback. We hate to hear that your service experience was anything less than exceptional. Some guests enjoy the vibe of the bar area and we're always more than happy to accommodate your individual seating preference. Our service style...More

Reviewed February 4, 2019 via mobile

Food was amazing, I must have went at the wrong time to get the Soup style Ramen. But the food we did get was amazing. Some of the stuff (like the Dim Sum) was a little price for what you got. But it seemed u...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank SavShares
Reviewed January 31, 2019

We went with a large group. It took 30 minutes for anyone to come over and get our drink order. Than another 30 to get the drinks. once we ordered food and it arrived we were not impressed. For the price it seemed like 1/2...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank catherineluke22
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angelan0720
July 23, 2016|
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Response from caymanjb | Reviewed this property |
Casual/Smart Casual...but some people dressed it up. I was in Jeans/Black short sleeve button up amd did not feel out of place. Ambiance is dark. Most seats make you feel like you have your own space.
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Shelby B
March 31, 2015|
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Response from HAV847 | Reviewed this property |
I'm avoid gluten and was able to find sushi, etc. on the menu. But you'd have to ask the restaurant directly if the sauces are gluten free. Since my avoidance isn't due to celiac disease, I am not as concerned about the... More
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