Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union

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125 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southeast Asian

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Wild Ginger has been a staple in the Seattle food scene since 1989 - serving authentic Southeast Asian cuisine, craft cocktails, and more. This location has a hip, modern vibe and an industrial feel complete with a large U-shaped bar, custom lighting, authentic artwork and décor (such as a beautiful multi-colored Indian wedding shawl), Indonesian wood and copper details, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, an outdoor patio, and more. Both the bar and satay counter provide guests the opportunity to see all of the action unfold right in front of them.

Specials

Happy Hour!

Join us for the best happy hour in South Lake Union, every day from 3-6pm! Specials on handcrafted cocktails, beer, wine, and small plates.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 13, 2019

Ends: August 14, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM

Half Price Wine Bottles

Join us every weekend for half off wine bottles $100 or less!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 27, 2019

Ends: March 28, 2118

Availability: Sun 3:30PM-9:45PM
Sat 3:30PM-9:45PM

What 125 People Are Saying
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LM
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service and terrific ambiance. Try not to miss this place. No wait for a lunch table this past Tuesday.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great customer service. I wish they offered the special items they have during events such as Halloween on their regular menu. I loved their coconut desserts!

e
Seattle
51 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was really good. We really enjoyed the free apps for Halloween. My only issue was when we ordered Sake there was a number below each listing (like 27 and + something)
We asked the server what it meant and he had no idea. I was hoping he'd ask someone then let us know.

Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hi Eric, Thanks for joining us for Halloween, and thanks for your feedback! The number underneath the sake is the "sake meter value," which measures the sweetness in sake, taking into account the residual sugar, acidity, and density. I'll make a point to re-educate your server on this! We look forward do seeing you again soon. Cheers, Robert LaBuda General Manager robert@wildginger.net

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Sub par food for the price.

M
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great service but the food was not close to the taste of the original Seattle Wild Ginger.

BC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good, eclectic mix of Asian food. Pot stickers were very tasty. Service was excellent. Nice décor. Strange in that it was slow for a Saturday night. Looks like a newer establishment, maybe word needs to get out.

B
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Appetizers and entrees came at the same time. Little time to enjoy our food. Felt rushed.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Had a business lunch here. Both me and the person I was with wanted the same dish for each of us except that he wanted white rice and I wanted brown. So we ordered the beef entree for each of us but got one dish for the both of us. Since we were short on time we decided to share. The entree tasted good though

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was incredible! I wish the food had more spice and flavor to it, it tasted bland.

LE
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is creative and consistently excellent. Service is attentive and friendly. Jordan, our server was wonderful.

TV
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was good, but the service was horrible. We had 4 different people tending to us, but could never find anyone when we needed something. We told two different servers that we wanted to order a bottle of wine with dinner, but our entrees were dropped off without anyone taking our wine order. Our third entree was significantly delayed compared to the first two. We were told that the sea bass takes longer. Then, time the other dishes to come out with the sea bass! The food was good and one server had personality, but the overall service was extremely disappointing. I expected more for the price.

GN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mikey, our server was an excellent host. Perfect balance of making our experience great.
He gave excellent recommendations of foods .
Parking was a little difficult.

b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The place was nice. Food was ok. Mine was not hot or ever warm. A friends chicken was over cooked. Server was great and portions were great.

JB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely best food, service and value in Seattle. Consistently awesome across the. Oats and is our "go to spot" for any occasion.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

It was good but I’ve been a Wild Ginger fan forever and it just wasn’t like it was in the past. Disappointing

JH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was just ok. Rice was cold and not the right texture. Main Dishes were creative and interesting fusion. Modern and hip atmosphere. Service was prompt and attentive.

D
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Long time WG fan, but the food was . . . not good. Had duck appetizers; they were similar to but not as good as fried mozzarella sticks. Seven flavor beef was very tough and chewy. Service and ambiance were up to snuff.

CK
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Darina is the best

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Good food, service was horrible. Drinks literally took 40 mins

Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. Admittedly, the evening you dined was busier than anticipated and we were staffed inadequately. I would appreciate an opportunity to provide you with proper Wild Ginger service. Please reach out to me for your next reservation and your meal will be on the house. Sincerely, Robert LaBuda General Manager Robert@wildginger.net

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall brilliant dining experience!

TA
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We work around the corner so we frequently have business meals here. They have a good guaranteed lunch menu yet I suspect it is mostly prepared ahead and held under the warming lights. The Pad Thai was dry and not very flavorful. We have loved Wild Ginger from the Bellevue location. Don’t sacrifice your excellent food for speed. Stay with what made you great to begin with.
The service was exceptional and saved the day!

S
London
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service and atmosphere were great but the duck was over cooked and the skin wasn’t crispy enough. For a featured dish, it was a little disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love Wild Ginger. First time at your SLU location

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Our Server Matthew was outstanding. I would recommend it when you are in Downtown Seattle.

m
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Must try shiitake mushroom satay!

RL
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the outdoor table; loved the Chicken Chiew Salad.

c
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Wild Ginger since 1999 when I moved to Seattle - now they have 2 sites in downtown area - this being the 2nd spot closer to south Lake Union area. The food continues to impress as they continue to also bring new dishes to the forefront. The McKEnzie location has some unique dishes infleunced by their chef (from Sri LAnka) - the quality of the food and the variety is excellent

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ordered duck, chicken salad, green beans, seven flavor beef from lunch menu. The green beans were a little undercooked - not as tasty as usual. But overall still very good. Our Server was very attentive and patient. Awesome experience overall!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the original Seattle Wild Ginger location and was so excited to try the new location. They kept all the favorite dishes (fragrant duck), and some delicious new ones. The space is smaller and more intimate. The quality of food was on par with the original location and so was the service. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and even taught us a few things about how to order an old fashioned. This is a place I would visit again and again for any occasion.

LE
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, even better service!

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was on the slow side, but we had everything we needed. Would expect silverware to be replaced between meals in this type of restaurant. Food was great, but lunch portions are small.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great waitress and food. But overall service here is very slow. Frustratingly so.

ST
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Entrees were not good compared to times that we have been to the main location of Wild Ginger. Green beans were lukewarm and lacking in flavor. There was hardly any beef in the Seven Flavor Beef...at least the flavor was fine. Not sure if it’s the McKenzie location specifically or if WG has gone downhill as a whole.

FB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food quality is inconsistent across different visits. However, the service is excellent.

DV
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Was told it was fine dining. It is a loud small plate bar. Ruined our celebratory night.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dinner with friends. New server was not fluent with items available. Very accommodating when it came to locating us in a spot that we could put stroller next to table.

MC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I love Wild Ginger's food usually. Our experience at this location (our first time there) was disappointing overall, but one person saved it, our waitperson at the bar (where we ended up sitting for lunch)- and I'm so sorry I didn't get her name! She made me a great "custom" drink of seltzer, lime and I don't know what else but it was delicious. She was the only person that day to understand and react to our timeline.
Sorry, but your hostess (lunch) really needs some help and training - no smile, no happy greeting, our table wasn't ready. Wasn't ready. Needing bussing. Was told again it needed bussing. This was all after when I arrived I mentioned that we would need to be fairly quick that day unfortunately and no sense of urgency. We were finally seated at the bar which was fine but not idea (except for our awesome waitress.)
The lettuce cups were spot on, delicious, awesome. The duck came with no cilantro, was in HUGE pieces and very difficult to work with and kind of chewy. The seven flavor beef was good but not as tender as I'm used to.
A rushed lunch and even with my Passport Dining card, lunch (!) was over $60.
Working out the kinks in new location? Maybe. I'm hoping it improves because I usually love a visit to Wild Ginger.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not very busy but the service was extremely slow we ordered our drinks and waited close to 25 minutes before we got the drinks not having even ordered food yet you can do the rest of the equation perhaps just an off day