Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union

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171 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southeast Asian
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.

Complimentary specials

Happy Hour!

Enjoy seasonal drink specials and small plates starting at $5.

Half Price Wine Bottles

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

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vipCKay
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great tastes and innovative

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GColleenR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was impeccable – inventive and delicious, and the service was exceptional. I love this place!

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KatherineL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Great environment for a business lunch

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vipHPFoodie
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good. Our favorite were the duck rolls with plum sauce. I would go back again.

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Helen
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Kitchen seemed off and slow – we ordered 8 or more dishes and they arrived two at a time making for a long dinner. Half the dishes was nicely seasoned, the other half much too salty. Service was also off which could be due to the large party/table of 10-12 next to us – but the restaurant was rather empty... a somewhat disappointing experience.

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vipJimM
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect meal. Great wine, service, and food. Happy to have Wild Ginger in the neighborhood.

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vipAnnetteU
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our 10-year-old daughter there. We loved the kids menu. The food was completely delicious and the staff was attentive and helpful. We always order the duck, but I also had the skewers the potstickers and a delicious lettuce cup entrée with black cod.

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vipLQKNEE
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff were excellent! Love that parking is free in Amazon building after 4pm.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food servic and atmosphere. Will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Get the green beans.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible customer service. Never again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Valentine’s Day dinner!❤️

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KatyT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

A female colleague and I, also a female, dropped in on February 14th, for lunch. The hostess assumed we were a couple (perhaps because it was Valentine's Day). It was awkward. I ordered an appetizer and we planned to share it. The hostess and a server were busy chatting and even though I tried to get their attention, I finally got up and got two plates so we could eat the appetizer.
My meal was flavorless and I did not eat it and my bill was adjusted. My colleagues meal, according to her, was great. Overall, nothing special and not worth the cost.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The reservation was offered with a Happy Hour special despite the reservation being at the end of the Happy Hour and having to have that made everyone excited even more. Sadly, it was not even mentioned by the receptionist nor the server and when asked just responded bluntly that it is over Happy Hour. Ended the topic there from that response. Also, asked for something that could represent sort of a cake or something of similar fashion as the get together was to send off a long time colleague. It was in the reservation notes and it was not even mentioned by the server.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and food. Only complain is that the interior (concrete, glass etc.) does not absorb sounds so loud larger groups can really be hard to hear over.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Living up to Wild Gingers reputation for quality and service. The 45 minute express menu perfect for a business lunch.

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ShawnaUW18
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! We had potstickers, the 7 flavor beef, pineapple prawn curry, and Mongolian noodles. All delicious! Service was great and ambiance was lovely. Bottles of wine were all half off so enjoyed a nice french sauv blanc. Overall nice spot for a causal date night before a concert!

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vipCKay
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place for great food & great conversation.

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PestoDiva
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was good, as usual. The restaurant was pretty busy the night we ate there, so service was friendly but slow. Each of our dishes came out separately and it would have been nice if they had come to our table closer together so we weren't eating only one thing at a time. But over all, it's a really nice place to dine and the fact that parking is free after 4:00 pm in the Amazon garage kitty-corner to the restaurant is a real plus.

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yolo
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I wish I could give much better review. Waited 15 mins to check in, hostess decided to set up waiting area table for dinner in plain view of 10+ guests waiting to check in, had to request different table (plenty available) then had to wait another 15 mins, got seated at table by the bathroom/service access (was told other table were reserved but no one showed), food was mediocre, some dishes were served at room temperature (chicken 65 & fried rice). The only highlight was friendly service staff.

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BeeDeeEss
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waiter, great service. Food was yummy. Surprised that whole block isn’t hopping with young people dining out. Seems generational and a big bummer to the ethos of seattle if this town becomes a big Uber eats, Netflix at home culture.

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bkells
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Didn’t meet their SLA for the power lunch. Had to get the food to go. They comp’ed the lunch though.

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vipJimM
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Maybe it was an "off night"? I've been here many times and last night, it was just disappointing - except for the food, which was excellent as usual (and expected). It took over 10 minutes to get our drinks and then one (of three) entrees was delivered and another 10 minutes before the others turned up. If you ask if we want the courses together, then serve them together.

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Tessiemae
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour with a lovely server! My husband and I shared chicken satay, pot stickers, spicy chicken wings and a fantastic cabbage and chicken salad from the main menu. All delicious and filling. Drinks were affordable (I had the house Chardonnay—excellent, and my husband had the Tamarind Whiskey Sour, which he enjoyed—off the happy hour menu). Highly recommend for happy hour and you can’t beat the free parking at The Reinvent Garage on weekends from Amazon.

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RichardC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Preferred the other locations, food was different at this location. It was still good, but different than what we were used to at Wild Ginger.

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Jane57
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was my first time at the SLU location of Wild Ginger. Our server was very nice and appropriately attentive and the food was very good. My one complaint was that the food came out so fast! For a higher end restaurant like this, I don't think you should feel rushed. We were done and out the door not much more than an hour after we sat down. At these prices, I'd like a more leisurely pace.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan like always makes the experience better. The entrees are amazing. I tried Chicken 65 today and it was tender and juicy. I love going here.

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CindyV
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We were expecting Thai food and were surprised to find an Indian influenced menu. The peanut sauce for the chicken satay was bitter instead of sweet, the noodle dish had little flavor, the sea bass was fishy smelling and strange flavor.
The wait staff was friendly and nice, but scatter brained and kept forgetting what we ordered. Deliver me cool "hot Jasmin tea", forgot our main course, charged us full price for the happy hour appitizers...We were not impressed.

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RebeccaR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All of the food was extremely flavorful! Delicious!

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Jean
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I've been to downtown several times, but super bummed by SLU. Ambience is definitely not as good, and the attention to service was also not great. We had to flag down the manager to finally get our order in. They handled it well and apologized a lot. They also expedited our food, which is was nice. But it seemed like everytime we needed our server (paying the bill, etc), we were waiting quite a bit. It just did not feel like an upscale experience considering the prices and the reputation of the downtown location. We will not return.

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SarahP
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

After reading good reviews we thought it would be great. Unfortunately there was nothing spectacular about the menu, the butter chicken was nice but the duck was terrible - so tough that it did not come off the bone. Staff were lovely and credited our bill so not all was lost. The chicken satay was delicious.

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vipnance
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this resturarant, great food , nice modern asian vibe and consistently great food!

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pandanmilktea
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catching up with precious friends after 5 years of not seeing much of each other!

This was the best location of Wild Ginger I have visited because of the attentive staff and quality delicious food. The food portions are great and shareable among 2-4 people comfortably. Great value for the money and experience!

I hope all locations do something for Lunar New Year next year! I can’t wait!

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PerlaC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating and our waiter Oscar was fantastic.
With the rainy and cold weather on the day we went to lunch it was nice to have coat check. The food is very Delicious.

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AmyG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Make reservations!! If you don't you might not get a table as they fill up very quickly. The food is great

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ShamsurR
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was bland and overpriced. Serving size left much to be desired. Not coming again and not recommending this place to anyone. Disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved coming here for my brothers birthday. Our server was fantastic and the food was amazing. Thank you Wild Ginger!

EJ
vipEricJ
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Wild Ginger Restaurants for 20 years anyway and the DT Seattle location is my favorite. I would not be able to even count how many times I have been between there and Bellevue. I have even hosted 3 events in the Seattle Private Rooms. Needless to say I love this place and don’t mind paying the premium for great food and service. I constantly recommend the restaurant for visiting guests and business associates.

We are excited about the new location and in my 4 visits there they are looking to be as great as the other locations.

Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union
Responded on December 13, 2019

Hi Eric, Thank you for dining with us, and thank you for your feedback. I want to apologize for your experience yesterday; you definitely deserve better! I would like to invite you back with our compliments so we can deliver the caliber of service that you should expect from Wild Ginger. Please reach out to me personally at Robert@WildGinger.net. Thank you. Sincerely, Robert LaBuda General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Birthday party

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ShawnR
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were visiting for Thanksgiving and went to Wild Ginger on the day after Thanksgiving. It was a WONDERFUL experience! The food was outstanding, and the restaurant was so cozy and comfortable. We loved the black pepper scallops and the butter chicken. Highly recommend visiting this location. Very trendy, hip, and not overcrowded like the downtown location.

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Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Chow Now. Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 707-0396.

Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union is rated 4.4 stars by 171 OpenTable diners.

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