Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union

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186 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. Enjoy dining outside this summer on our patio!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super attentive server, amazing cocktails (I’m picky), and great food!

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DawgLvr
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quintessential Seattle dining experience! The 7 flavor beef and sea bass are a MUST.

TF
TacomaFoodie
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Ahi Tuna dish was very bland. The portions are small for the price. Probably will not return on a regular basis

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StephanieT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Wild Ginger always meets the same standard of excellence in food and service

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Karen
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to a restaurant since COVID. We felt very safe and also as "normal" as you could expect. Food was outstanding. The specialty cocktails were truly unique and helped make the outing special. Service hit the sweet spot - very attentive without hovering.

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DharmaS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so delicious! wonderful service! recommend the duck.

SB
StellaB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Wild Ginger. In the post/mid-covid world,

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AlyssaD
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was extremely friendly. The food and cocktails were delicious and thoughtfully prepared and presented. My friend and I had such a great time chatting and reconnecting post-shutdown that we lost track of time and stayed past intended closing (so sorry), but the staff was super kind and didn’t make us feel unwelcome as so many restaurants do.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Chris(I think that was his name) was wonderful. Attentive but not overbearing and very personable! The food is fresh and extremely flavorful! We will continue to return to dine at Wild Ginger!

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LTeats
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food amazing as always, but felt really safe eating there given the precautions they’d put in place and the rearranged seating. Very well done

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AmberB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Wild Ginger is one of our favorites however this time the duck wasn't as good as it has been in the past. The skin was soggy when it should be crispy. The sauce on the tuna dish wasn't very good either (seems like they changed the recipe maybe) . The service was great though. The kids really enjoyed their fried rice and egg noodle dishes.

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vipSeattleGent
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good. I don't envy any restauranteur opening a restaurant using the state guidelines right now. Service was adequate but not anticipatory; slow but probably due to the challenge of reopening. I called earlier and spoke with the GM to get recommendations on ways we could make the evening special as I was proposing marriage. He wasn't very helpful, the staff seemed unaware, and he made no attempt to touch the table even though I cued the host. I understand that it was probably a logistically difficult evening. There was a well-dressed BLM person throwing marquis promotional restaurant signs and parking signs in the direction of patrons on the patio in a "black privileged" feigned outrage. Patrons put it back together once the unruly person departed. Of course, no police or management presence...so give thought to your safety in this area while dining, especially on the patio. Seattle is the "woke" wild wild west.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oscar was a wonderful server. Your food is amazing and we were happy to be there on the first day of in person dining after COVID-19.

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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food and thoughtfully curated cocktails.

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gro1
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We appreciate being able to go back to one of our favorite restaurants although we had new been to this location.

CK
vipCKay
Seattle
33 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.

JM
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.

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

Wonderful food servic and atmosphere. Will be back soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Get the green beans.

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

Terrible customer service. Never again.

OT
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.

OT
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!

CK
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.

JM
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.

RC
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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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 186 OpenTable diners.

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