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About Permanently Closed - Blue Ginger
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - 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
Wellesley, MA 02482
Fusion / Eclectic, French, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private lot is in rear of building off of Church Street. There is also ample metered street parking in front of the restaurant.
Commuter Rail to Wellesley Square
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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.
Blue Ginger - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
Sadly, our final meal at Blue Ginger was disappointing. From the hostess pointedly ignoring my husband to acknowledge another person upon their arrival to finding the lobster entrée not as delectable as in the past, the evening left us disheartened we had selected Blue Ginger for a Grandparents Birthday celebratory dinner. While we wish Ming and Polly well with their new ventures, it appears the Blue Ginger we enjoyed so fondly over the years has moved on as well.
My husband and I were dining with another couple for the last time before Blue Ginger closes. I have always been grateful for the attention to my anaphylactic food allergies. Ming Tsai was overseeing the kitchen that evening so I felt especially safe. Our server was gracious but it took exactly two and a half hours to get our dinner. I find this unacceptable! It ruined what was supposed to be a very special evening with close friends. We paid for our appetizers and the manager offered us our dinners for free. Despite this generous gesture, we were deeply disappointed.
Loved the chance to have one more meal at Blue Ginger before it closes. The butterfish was amazing and my guest enjoyed the lamb rack, plus the shumei app. Ming came by our table which was a special treat. Thank you to him and the WONDERFUL front of the house staff for making this a memorable experience.
Since Blue Ginger will be closing very soon, my husband and I wanted to make sure that we made it back there. We had a wonderful meal and experience! We both started with drinks-- my husband had a sake and and I had the gimlet, which with the ginger made a classic cocktail even better. We had the calamari to start, which was excellent. We both had the lobster for our entree and it was outstanding. The lobster was perfectly cooked and the rice and sauce that came with it complimented it well. For dessert, we had the chocolate cake, which was the perfect end to a delicious evening. We will miss you, Blue Ginger!
It's sad that Blue Ginger will soon be closing. We've had many memorable meals there over the past 20 years. We ate there for the last time on Mother's Day and the food did not disappoint. The Miso-sake butterfish and New Zealand rack of lamb were our favorites. Ming was in the house and we thanked him for the memories.
Alas, Blue Ginger is closing at the end of the month. But if someone reads this review and can snag a reservation before it closes, do so! Great dishes with an Asian flare and an excellent wine menu. One of our favorite suburban Boston restaurants; it will be missed.
The lobster dish which is a signature dish was disappointing. Was sold on it when waiter said it was to die for but I'm still alive. In my opinion, it was slightly overbaked. I expected to be wowed by it but there was no, wow, this lobster is unbelievable. I expected it to be succulent. It wasn't dry but not as moist and tender as it should have been. Garlic-peppery sauce was a little too peppery for me. My brother said he didn't mind. Mussels were excellent. Large plump and juicy. Chocolate cake was beautifully presented and delicious. That was "to die for". Sister had butterfish and said it was so good. Woman next to us said it was delicious too.
Waitstaff was professional. Came around constantly to fill water glasses and remove dishes.
Overall, a very good dining experience.
Beyond words. Have had Blue Ginger on my list of places to try for years; saw that it was closing so made a reservation right away. Very happy that I did. Had the Butterfish entree that was spectacular. Was thinking if I am lucky enough to make it back before they close I may just have it again. Drinks, apps and dessert were all delicious. GO before it's too late.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the food was overly salted, though my friend didn't seem to mind. The flavors were interesting and complementary, but I felt the value wasn't quite there for the cost of the entree. In addition, my friend, who used to own her own restaurant, felt compelled to complain to the hostess about the slowness and inattentiveness of the server.
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