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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

583 Washington St.
Wellesley, MA 02482
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, French, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Church St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 283-5790

Website:
http://www.ming.com/blue-ginger

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.

Public Transit:
Commuter Rail to Wellesley Square

Executive Chef:
Ming Tsai

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.

Additional:
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

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4.3

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (2141)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (691)
Kid-friendly (381)
Great for Outdoor Dining (298)
Creative Cuisine (169)
Great for Brunch (156)
Late-night Find (133)
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Worth the Drive (90)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (65)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2010

How often do you book a renowned restaurant only yo have it come up short? Well, that wasn't the case at Blue Ginger.

Everything was perfect. Reservation was in order, seated right away. Water, bread, smile from busboy, quickly followed by the server to take a drink order and explain the "signature" dishes. Food was fabulous.. a great Tuna poke, very good soft shell crabs, and the Butterfish was outstanding. The open kitchen showed a very hard working, no nonsense crew. Timing of food to the table was excellent.

Pricey, so not for evryday, but certainly a great spot to take out of town guests or celebrate a special occaision.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2010

Delicious as always. Great to sit outside. My husband got the steak, which was good but not as amazing as other dishes we have had there in the past- but still yummy. The scallops were fantastic too, as were the shiitake springroll appetizer. Less impressed with the calamari appetizer - it was ok. No bread basket, which was a first!
Drinks were excellent, wine too. Fantastic kids menu- and we love that we can have a fantastic dining experience in a kid friendly place. Our 3 year old is a big fan too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2010

Great lunch. Wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2010

Everything was excellent! I brought a good friend there for his birthday. We had fantastic service, wonderful food - sat outside and really enjoyed ourselves. I had eaten there a few years ago and had thought it was good, but this time was memorable. I will keep Blue Ginger on my "to go to" list of restaurants. I look forward to going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2010

I am a food snob/foodie of the highest order and have had the pleasure of eating across the country (US) and some of western Europe and this way by far one of the best 3 meals of my life.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2010

Our most recent dining experience at Blue Ginger could not have been better. There was an initial issue with an airconditioning unit right above our table. We asked to be moved and there was no hesitation. The wine suggested by our server was perfect for our needs. And the food was wonderful. A great evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on June 3, 2010

Uniquely prepared menu items, excellent and friendly service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2010

Probably second only to Chez Panisse for the food.
Interior Ok. Very Noisy.
Staff was excellent. Friendly and not pretentious like some well known restaurants.
The famous spring rolls were good but not out of this world.
The lamb was out of this world!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2010

I made the reservation a month in advance and arrived promptly.
I was led to a table facing the kitchen door. This did not sit well with me. Several other tables were available. I requested and was taken to one of those other tables.
Food and service, otherwise, excellent. Special food request was honored.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2010

We arrived a few minutes early for our reserved time and were seated immediately. The host wished us a Happy Anniversary (I had noted it was our 25th anniversary on the reservation form). Our waitress, Lauren, was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the food and ingredients in each dish we asked her about. The food was very good--a bit more ecclectic than we are used to--but very tasty. We ordered a dessert to share and it came with a little candle and an extra cookie on which "Happy Anniversary" was written in chocolate. Nice touch! Our only issue was that it took about 35-40 minutes after I had my appetizer for our entrees to arrive. My husband did not have an appetizer, as none of them appealed to him, and was very hungry.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2010

Waiter and waitress was very good. Nice reception area and people. Understanding that I was 15 min late on reservation. Nice birthday cookie.... interesting menu, lamb done to perfection, fish very good, somehow wanted more dessert choices, but always, always interesting. V. good wine. Steep price for three people (about 100. each) but a good foodie experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2010

Consistently great food with a varied menus that is different whcih is why we like it so much.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 29, 2010

Service was propt, friendly and very professional. The food was unique, excellent,and beautifully presented. The perol tableside visit fro Ming Tsai, himslef, made the evening truely unforgetable for the two ldies in our party who enjoy his tv show.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2010

Food was wonderful. Noisy due to commencement. Good to see Sarah and Polly again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 27, 2010

FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING!! I had a lobster dish that was to die for and the presenttion was awesome also!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2010

Four of us had appetizers, entrees, and desserts that were creative and delicious as well as fresh. Our server was friendly, pleasant, professional, alert, and knowledgeable. She was there when we needed her but did not hover or rush us. She quietly presented the birthday boy's dessert with a candle in it after being told only casually an hour and a half earlier about the occasion. Prices at the restaurant are high, but diners clearly are paying for more than a meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2010

In our party of two for lunch, my friend was celebrating her birthday, and at the end, she was given a lovely, complimentary plate of three small cookies with a lighted birthday candle.

But that being said - Before the butterfish came out, I asked that it be cooked through. Our server checked, and the kitchen told her it was ready to come out, and was cooked through. It came almost immediately - lukewarm and not flaky in the center. We sent both dishes back. It came back to our table piping hot and cooked through. Why could it not have come to us this way initially?

We had the only item on the lunch menu that interested us. I would not go back to try anything else, nor would I take anyone else there for a special occasion.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 27, 2010

Blue Ginger was really good. Had a wonderful time. Food was great. Very reasonably priced for the type of food. Though, I wouldn't say the place is good for kids, they were extremely accommodating when I brought my 16 month old. Great service, knowledgeable waitress, great food. Wellesley is also a great place to walk around afterwards.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2010

Loved everything about it! It was difficult to choose just one item for entree and appetizer. I say go with the dumplings, the are decadant! Bonus...Ming was floating around the restaurant visiting tables the night we went.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2010

The food as always was outstanding. We were celebrating a special occasion and when we arrived the staff made us feel quite welcome. At times however during the meal we felt a bit rushed to move onto the next course. In a restaurant of this caliber guests should feel unrushed and unhurried.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2010

The Blue Ginger of its heyday 10 years ago is no more; the current restaurant served us overly coarse fare. The rice in my wife's peppercorn lobster was actually crunchy, it was so underdone! Rice! Of all things in an east-west fusion place to do wrong! The cooking is coarse and sloppy. Ming - oh where art thou?

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 23, 2010

THE GOOD: GREAT FOOD

THE BAD: THE SERVICE - DIDN'T ASK WATER PREFERENCE; ASKED WAITRESS FOR FAVORITES (PLURAL) SHE RECO'D 1 APPETIZER; WAITRESS OVERALL ATTITUDE & KNOWLEDGE OF THE RESTAURANT POOR

THE UGLY: RUSHED. SPENT $225 FOR 2 PEOPLE AND WERE IN AND OUT IN 45 MINS. WAITRESS PUSHED US TO ORDER, WAS VISIBLY IRRITATED WHEN WE ORDERED APPS FIRST (SPOKE TO HER MANAGER) AND WAITED ON ENTREE. AND THEN THE ENTREES (BUTTERFISH- UNDERSIZED, & LOBSTER - EXCELLENT) CAME OUT ~7 MINS AFTER ORDERING. @ 645 RESTAURANT WAS 50% FULL, & STILL 50% FULL WHEN WE LEFT. WHY THE RUSH? BLUE GINGER FAST FOOD? CHEF MING - YOUR BRAND IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE PEOPLE AND RESTAURANTS REPRESENTING IT. YOUR STAFF & BLUE GINGER FAILED YOU LAST EVENING.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 23, 2010

This was our first visit to Blue Ginger in celebration of my wife's birthday. She had wanted to visit Blue Ginger for several years and was delighted to celebrate her birthday enjoying the superb food, excellent service, and special birthday cookie at the end of the meal. We look forward to returning soon.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2010

Fabulous as always. The only downside to BG is that it absolutely spoils you and sets your expectations really high for every other place you go!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2010

Overpriced but good. You are clearly paying for the name here.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2010

A long-planned visit to Blue Ginger came with high expections, but we were sorely disappointed by the below average food. The service and atmosphere was good, but save your money and go to East or West restaurant down the street--it will taste better and be better value. I had the miso ramen but it had neither; the non-ramen noodles were thick and undercooked; the broth was sweet when it should have been salty; the miso was very hard to find. My dining partner had the Indonesian curry, which was also difficult to identify; the "house" curry paste was dry and full of raw ginger; the non-Shanghai noodles may have been Italian pasta. Both meals were a struggle to finish. As the song goes, "Don't believe the hype".

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2010

The food was good but the service was very slow. We finished our lunch and then had to wait for quite a long time to get the check. Our waitress stopped by once early on to see if our food was ok, then never came back. It felt like we became unimportant. We finally had to ask the water server to see if we could get our check. The food was good but the experience was frustrating and doesn't encourage a return visit.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2010

Blue Ginger is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. My husband and I try to celebrate special occasions there as often as possible.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2010

Blue Ginger; a fabulous experience, special kudos to our terrific , knowledgeable server!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2010

The food is good and nice presentation. Howerver, the portion is small and way over-priced in my opinion. The diner for two with two drinks can cost close to $150, too expensive compare with other nice restaurants.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2010

The Blue Ginger was excellent from the cocktails to the dessert. We had the Blue Ginger signature dishes, the Garlic Pepper Lobster and the Butter fish, they both were great but the lobster was outstanding! Very generous portion I might add. Also highly recommend the muscles. We went on a Sunday and it was perfect, busy but not packed, we got great attention and service. Cant wait to go again.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 15, 2010

Blue Ginger is always a special treat. The food is terrific and the service first rate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2010

Outstanding food and service, amazing and unusual tastes. Staff is very helpful and interested in making one's visit the best possible experience. Kudos all around.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2010

Excellent, interesting food! Great service, great overall experience. I went for my one year anniversary and they brought out a special dessert with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. Will return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2010

My favorite restaurat! I have never had a bad experience here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2010

Refreshing menu extremely well executed. Knowledgable and helpful service. Clean as a whistle. Pleasant, comfortable surroundings. Tables spaced for private conversation Plan to go back regularly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2010

The service and food were great.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2010

Lunch menu is very limited and not too enticing for a wide population. We would not return for lunch, but continue to consider for dinner, when a more acceptable menu variety is available. If one is on a tight time span for lunch, this may not be conducive to enjoying the meal, as the meals do not come within a reasonable time after ordering.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2010

It was fabirous service and food was really good. I have nothing to complain.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 10, 2010

I have food allergies (multiple) that were recognized and discussed immediately before ordering - no awkward moment for me! Have waited years to be able to visit the area and get to this particular restaurant. Open Table makes this so easy!

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