Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger

Blue Ginger

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ming.com/blue-ginger
  • Phone: 7812835790x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Lounge menu available on Saturdays starting at noon

    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, French, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Ming Tsai
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ming Tsai has teamed with the world-renowned Rockwell Group to design three beautiful Private Dining Rooms within Blue Ginger that can seat groups from 10-80 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Tim Harris 7812835790x18
  • Special Events: Blue Ginger's Private Dining Rooms are suitable for everything from baby showers to business meetings to bar/bat mitzvahs. Our commitment to exceptional food and service ensures a rare standard of excellence.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church St.
  • Public Transit: Commuter Rail to Wellesley Square
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot is in rear of building off of Church Street. There is also ample metered street parking in front of the restaurant.
A word from Blue Ginger
Blue Ginger, located in Wellesley, is Ming Tsai's award-winning flagship restaurant. This feng-shui inspired space offers three distinct dining options. There's the informal Lounge serving Asian tapas in a more casual setting. No reservations are required in the Lounge. The main dining room features an open kitchen for you to experience mastery at work. The menu features Ming's signature East-West cuisine, including his famous Miso-Sake Marinated Sablefish and Black Pepper Lobster. And lastly, there are three private dining rooms for larger groups or functions wanting to be enjoyed away from the crowd.

"Blue Ginger is unusual, not only because of the food or the room, but because it's a neighborhood restaurant of a type not found too often in the Boston area...those of us who live farther away will just have to travel now that the secret is out." --The Boston Globe
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Blue Ginger reviews from OpenTable diners
254 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (178)special occasion (151)neighborhood gem (111)romantic (66)notable wine list (61)good for groups (52)great for lunch (41)hot spot (35)vibrant bar scene (26)kid-friendly (14)great for outdoor dining (11)great for brunch (7)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Disappointing food and servcie!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We did not appreciate the waiter speaking to other waiting staff after every time the waiter came to our table, with some of the other waiting staff grinning afterwards, and was unprofessional. It made us feel uncomfortable. The food was just average. We will not be returning to this restaurant.
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  • I love my lunches here
    RitagonzVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Always have calamari and sweet potato fries. Miss Jeffrey's smiling face though. Always order butterfish, but this time, I had salmon. And it was as wonderful as the butterfish. Definitely a favorite place to visit. And while the menu keeps some of the loved favorites, Chef does come up with seasonal surprises that deliver taste, finesse with a side of wonderful and friendly service!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it once was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We've been going to Blue Ginger for several years and are sort of done with it at this point. The menu seems to rarely change and the signature dishes aren't as good as they used to be while also costing significantly more than they once did. Once upon a time this was a great place to have a special dinner for a small splurge. Now there's no value left to be had and, in my opinion, is overpriced for what it is.
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  • Very dissapointed with the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service was very good hoever we were very dissappointed with the food. Won't go back again.
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  • Amazing dining experience!!
    twotravelers
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I drove 8 hrs from Canada to eat here! It was so worth it. We had such a wonderful dinner on Friday that we came back the next day to also try their Tapas. Both areas had exceptional food and service. We enjoyed everything we ordered. To start we had calamari, soft-shell crab and shiitake-leek springrolls. All were delicious and their individual sauces were sooo tasty! Our entrees were also very good. We ordered the sablefish and lobster and they were so fresh and juicy it literally melted in our mouth. We couldn't be happier with the service. From the moment we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted with welcoming smiles and constant attention to our dining needs. This place deserves a Michelin star!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Everything was wonderful! Service could have been better, but I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great, as always
    Hoppers
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Ming and his staff do a great job! You will not have a bad meal or bad service at Blue Ginger! And I love the cocktails unique to Blue Ginger. Very creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding as usual
    cbrazee19
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We liked so many of the appetizers on the menu that we ordered extras and shared them around the table and they did not disappoint. The entrees were even better. Blue Ginger is one of the few restaurants where I would eat anything on the menu. I can't wait to go back to try something else.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • desserts disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had a wonderful time for a birthday celebration. Overall good service, excellent entrees (lobster), salad, house made beverages. Desserts (strawberries with marscapone) was so-so but not great for $12, and the key lime cheesecake had good flavor but unpleasant construction. It was a essentially a warm mousse. Our server was very kind about our dislike of it and had it taken off the bill. Overall, a lovely place, very expensive for two if you intend to have full courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Encore!
    PJBleakney
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our second visit to Blue Ginger and again, Mr Tsai and staff did it right. Last time here I had the fried chicken, but this time I again had a dilemma: pork or lamb or steak. All three sounded delicious and after asking my waiter he sold me on my choice, my wife was sold on the pork I decided to go for the flat iron steak. Delicious does not begin to describe this dish. It awakened taste buds and the spicy and sweet mix was just right. This is not just another steak , it is steak nirvana! And to top it all off I had the strawberry and cream dessert which is not just that, it is a dessert which cools the palate and makes you dream of your next adventure here. Again, kudos to you Mr. Tsai and your staff!
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    special occasion, hot spot
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  • Rediscovering an old favorite
    hdskifreak
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    It's been a long time since we've been to Blue Ginger. We liked it, but never loved it. After giving it another shot, we truly enjoyed the experience. Our appetizer and main dishes were both excellent. We chose the meat dishes instead of the signature ones, but we loved them. Out server was very attentive despite a busy night. We're definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A-Mazing dinner
    KWSendVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    From start to finish our meal was delicious. Fried oysters, fluke sashimi, spring rolls, and Caesar salad to start. Lobster, butterfish, pork, and steak for mains. Followed by four desserts: key lime, chocolate cake, strawberries and cream and nut tart. Each bite better than the last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!
    TorchyVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great table, great waitress, great food~ EXCELLENT
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never a disappointment!
    SteveB
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    One of the few $$$$$ restaurants that is always worth the money.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great food. OK service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The quality and presentation of the food was outstanding. However, unless you are VIP status or someone of importance, you may get neglected when it comes to service.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Night Lounge
    disasppointedVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    As usual, our Friday night in the lounge was great! Host was super nice... waitress had a bit of an attitude but we didn't let her interfere with our evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Ginger on a quiet night
    dinehomealot
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I recently dined at the Blue Ginger for a special occasion and had not been there for awhile. While the food was excellent there was something slightly off on that night. The waiters although pleasant seemed tired and inattentive to some degree. I had to ask for more water and was never asked if I wanted a 2nd coffee. It was a Thursday night and it was not very busy. I really hate to spend half of my time trying to get a waiter's attention it put a damper on the night I could never really relax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Can't be beat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is the 4th or 5th time we have dined at Blue Ginger. We are from California and we visit our daughter and her family here at least two times a year and we always try to make time for a date night for just my wife and me at Blue Ginger. It rivals the best that we enjoy in Southern Orange County, CA, and oh yes, our server Jill was absolutely perfect and a delight to have serving us. She is a great ambassador for the Blue Ginger restaurant and Ming should be very proud and feel fortunate to have Jill on his team! We'll be back, again and again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Standard appears to be slipping
    PenendenVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Second time we have been there recently and been a little disappointed by the food. The Korean Fried Chicken was pretty poor
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat for the taste buds
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a quiet lunch. Every bite exploded with taste. Food is fresh and creatively presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Better than I remembered
    Flits
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This was the perfect place to enjoy a gourmet meal with friends I hadn't seen in a few years. The noise level was perfect so we could actually talk and catch up. The waitress did not rush us. And the food was amazingly executed. I'd been here many times before and it exceeded my expectations - especially the deserts. Being an amateur pastry chef myself, I am quite critical when it comes to desert. We split a creme brulee and a chocolate cake between four- perfect amount after a full meal. We split 3 appetizers as well. Two of us had the butterfish, the house speciality. I had had it before, but again it was even more delicious than I remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • too much money for too little food
    BeachwalkerVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We couldn't have been more disappointed in our evening at Blue Ginger. The appetizer wok-stirred mussels were tiny and average in taste. The specialty sable fish at $41 disappeared in three bites. The salmon at $30 was tasty but again a very child-sized serving. The lamb rack at $41 would have been fine for an appetizer but certainly not for a main course. I cannot understand the fame this restaurant has amassed. Perhaps the chef is world famous. But to come away hungry for such a big bill is an insane way to spend your money.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Petros
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food is still good, however my wife's dish (vegetarian) was below her expectations, the veggies and tofu were"overfried". My dish a variation of Pho was delicious, my son had a rack of lamb and he liked it. We have been at the restaurant several times, I get the sense the menu is becoming repetitive.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Ginger impressive presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Asian cuisine with a refreshing take. We partook in the Tempura Soft Shell Crab and the Lobster and Steak entrees. The sauces added depth to already good recipes for lobster and steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Blue Ginger
    GFMikeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Always top notch, dined on on Poke-eye Tuna and Lobster dish. My companion enjoyed the signature butterfish dish. They just do it right at BG. I'm gluten-free and they have a dedicated GF menu and even provide rice cakes in lieu of bread - very few restaurants do this (legal's seafood is the only other one I know of) so you can have something while your dining companions are enjoying fresh bread. The staff is attentive and very responsive. But really - the food is ridiculously good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Asian Influence on the Menu
    KailuaGirl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    After seeing Ming Tsai on TV, I knew that I wanted to visit Blue Ginger. Being from Hawaii, the fusion food was excellent. It was my friend's who lives on the Cape first dining experience at Blue Ginger and will make it on her TO GO List.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YUMMY!!!
    WadiSueHu
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I've been a big fan of Ming Tsai for many years- since the inception of the Food Network!!! My husband and I are visiting family in the are visiting family and couldn't resist the opportunity to sneak away for romantic evening to sample the food at Blue Ginger. We were not disappointed! We ordered 3 entrees to bring some back for my mom, and all 3 were outstanding! The service was good, despite the fact that the place was packed. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys delicious Asian fusion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    As always excellent food attractively presented by good, competent staff.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Special
    LaineyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A few different things made this place a standout for us. (1) Great drink selection, notably the dessert drinks. THe "smooth as silk" sake was AMAZING. (2) One of the best kid food selections I've seen. (3) Ming Tsai regularly visits and the night we went, he and his wife were enjoying a quiet dinner together at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Spectacular food and service
    northyorker
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We visited Blue Ginger for the first time for our anniversary dinner. The restaurant exceeded our expectations in every way. The wine list offered a wide selection -- including of half bottles, which we prefer -- and many exceptional values. The food was exquisite and the portions were extremely generous for a restaurant of the calibre. And the service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. A class act!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Never fails to impress
    tst42
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our favorite restaurant with excellent menu of elegant tasty food, a carefully selected wine list and quality service. A must go to restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely experience
    TRosie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I had not been to BG in over a year, and the last time there I was "underwhelmed" with the food. This time, however, I found everything to be well coordinated and delicious. Our server was especially excellent; sensitive to our timing and seemed to intuitively know when to interrupt our conversation and when to stay away. Very rare to find someone as masterful as she!
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    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Creative & delicious
    YummVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Returning did not disappoint. Each dish had its own unique twist in flavors and ingredients . The portions were larger than I remembered, but so good we had no trouble finishing them. Always a favorite when in town.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The restaurant was only about 1/3 full yet the service was very slow. The pork was so overdone that it was edible. However, our waitress only checked on us at the beginning of the service and never checked during the meal to see how it was. When she finally showed up, we told her about it. She offered to make another dish but, truthfully, it was too late. And, we would have expected a show of customer service by offering to buy us coffee but none was made. When the manager came over with the check at the end, there was no apology about the overdone pork. The service and food were seriously lacking. And, there were screaming children in the restaurant that no one working there bothered to address. A truly unpleasant experience!
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  • Lubgoodfood
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had the asparagus soup, it was very very salty! Think the salt was added twice
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Still
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The evening was great and Ming still has his mojo working, Excellent dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 138 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 3139 reviews are from the Blue Ginger reviews archive.
  • worth it
    CRW2
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Pricey but worth it for a special occasion. Friendly competent staff, exceptional food.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeding Expectation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Heard about Blue Ginger through family. Decided to check it out on a Sunday night. Food is very good, our waitress was very knowledgable. Love for this place to take it to the next level.
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  • Over rated
    JewtahVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Food was bland, under-spiced....but very nice presentation. Looked pretty...the chef relies on adding fried food to things for flavor and texture, thereby increasing the calorie count pretty substantially....service was excellant. Very expensive. You can have a much better meal elsewhere for a third less...i took someone there for her birthday and was kind of embaressed how average the food was.
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  • Great, but pricey
    swi2
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service was great. With a reservation we were seated right away. I mentioned it was my husband's birthday and they brought over cookies with a candle at the end of the meal. As for the negatives, the ambiance wasn't anything that special and it was very expensive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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