Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union

4.8
245 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.8
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KimS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bright and airy atmosphere, with some outdoor tables. The service was considerate and attentive. Very nice wine list and we received an excellent recommendation from our server. The food was fragrant with asian spices and served piping hot. It was a delightful experience.

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VickiyV
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eddie our server was EXCEPTIONAL!!! I loved my peanut and fresh herb sea bass entrée and it was cooked and presented exquisitely. I have several food allergies and the peanut and fresh herb sea bass was not at all compromised . . the spices and full menu description were perfect!! My husband always has the 7 flavored beef and it's his FAVORITE!!

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BobL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We recently enjoyed a delayed 30th anniversary dinner at Wild Ginger. We couldn't have been more pleased with the experience. The food was outstanding--fresh, delicious flavors and textures pleasingly presented during each course (the sea bass was our favorite). The service was simply amazing. Our waiter Eddie was attentive without hovering, and he was helpful with food, wine, and cocktails selections. The timing of everything was just right--not too fast, not too slow. Overall it was a wonderful evening. Note that the ambiance in this Wild Ginger is quite different from the downtown space. It is more casual, a little more lunch-like. But this did not in any way detract from our enjoyment of the evening. The excellent service and food more than made up for the more casual setting.

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TreyT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the fragrant duck. You wont be disappointed. This place is amazing and the servers are very pleasant. 5 Stars

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vipBMC1
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely dinner with tremendous service. It could not have been better.

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PabloYCarina
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at McKenzie. We have been eating at the downtown Wild Ginger's (both the original location and the current location on 3rd Avenue for 30 plus years. This was a refreshing change for us and we will likely make this our prime location for Wild Ginger. With free evening parking a nearby Amazon building garage, and a much safer and pleasant location, this makes our decision easy. The food was outstanding, though it even seemed better than before. This could be because of our absence from Wild Ginger during the pandemic, or it could be just great preparation. The highlight of our visit though was our server/bartender Brian. He was totally attentive to all of our needs. He has a wonderful attitude- courteous, positive and professional. Brian truly made our visit! Thank you Wild Ginger for hiring such great people to serve your clients!!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The next time I’m in Seattle I will definitely go back here food was delicious Wade service was delightful all-around pleasant experience

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vipeastlakegirl
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was so nice to lunch in the restaurant again and tasted delicious.

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vipConradSeattle
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to treat a dear friend to a special dinner. It was fantastic- we had a wonderful time! Food was delicious and service was attentive. It’s a beautiful restaurant with just the right amount of noise level to feel ‘fun’ yet we could have a private conversation at our table. Bravo!

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Nthabi
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place, good food, good service and will defos go back

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KellyH
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great selection on the limited menu. Nice and clean.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I was late to my reservation, however when I called ahead the host said it was totally fine. I’m new to the city so I was dining alone (which can already be a bit awkward)and when I did arrive I apologized for my tardiness and confirmed their hours (open til 10 as it says on open table) and the hostess corrected me and said ‘actually we closed at 8:00’. It was now 8:15 and mortified I offered to leave, considering I no longer felt welcome... the other host said ‘well we take our last seating at 8’ so again, I offered to leave... which was completely awkward. They insisted on still seating me — in the back corner behind a pillar— anyways, Eddie took excellent care of me— insisting I sit and eat — and made me feel much better about the situation — food was good... not sure if I’ll dine in again at this location considering... I’m in the service industry myself and the initial exchange just left a bad taste in my mouth.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was awesome. Funny and attentive. Did was tasty; I had the duck.

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TomL
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been a long time waiting to be able to eat out again! Great experience at Wild Ginger. Food as always was exceptional - we missed it so much this last year - but what made the night was truly memorable service experience from Eddie, our waiter. He was patient, helpful, and extremely subtly humorous while allowing us the space and time to commemorate our sons 20something birthday. Thank you Eddie, Wild Ginger, and all the staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome meal tonight at Wild Ginger McKenzie. My husband said "this is the best Asian food I've had outside of Asia!" We had wonderful personalized service and a friendly, fun conversation with owner, Rick Yoder. Most of my experiences have been with the downtown Seattle location and the Bellevue restaurant. I have ordered take out during the pandemic from this location but this was our first dine in experience. We'll certainly be back. It was truly outstanding. Hoping for a complete recovery post pandemic for this great Seattle restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. We stumbled upon it through OpenTable and were so glad we did. The food was fresh and flavorful, the wine was enjoyable and the service was incredible.

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Jeff
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service. Eddie was an amazing server and really made the experience for us.

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vipSeattleslim
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go for the duck and stay for the service.

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TNGal
Cancun
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I had lunch here for our anniversary. Immediately we were greeted and congratulated. We ordered the classic duck and were not disappointed. I’ve been wanting more of those delicious bao’s since. When we wrapped up we were delighted to see we had been given a free dessert to celebrate. Thank you Wild Ginger for making our special lunch even more special! We will definitely be back for more of that duck.

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Ronaldo
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A well-established, upscale pan-Asian restaurant chain (3 locations), ideal for a celebratory meal. Yes, they have noodles (Thai, Mongolian), but also curries, duck, prawns, lamb chops, and much, much more. A well-chosen wine list complements the exotic flavors (note: whites are probably a better choice). Service is caring (but not obsequious). Highly recommended.

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AlexS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. The service was very good too. We were expecting a more refined ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive and friendly staff, great ambiance.
Would dine again and again.

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KristiM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience there. Our waiter was exceptional and very attentive. He treated us like royalty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food is excellent .. but definitely need to add some vibe (candles on tables and dim the lights).

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CindyK
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant now has dine in. They are spacing tables well and everything is immaculately clean. We ordered Pad Thai and Green Curry. Both were delicious.
Waiter was friendly and let us talk and take our time.

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elah
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant and moderately priced. It's certainly not the best dining experience I've had, but for a routine evening out at a reliably good restaurant, I'd recommend.

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Yolanda
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Wild Ginger, provided great service and food. We love spicy food. The green curry chicken is one of our favorite. It's flavorful, spicy and we love having the left over for next day.

BJ
BabaJ
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food & service ! We will be returning :)

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ginnya
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was so great to be back in person; the staff doted on us; the food was delicious, wine flowed and a wonderful evening back in one of my favorite places.

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JoeS
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice selection of various fusion asian dishes. She went traditional Thai with pad thai, and i with a Sichuan duck and green beans. All generous servings, well presented, good temperature - and great tasting! Staff very courteous and helpful (helped me with my duck and buns). Looking forward to trying more.

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vipSeattleslim
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During the pandemic.. how restaurants are arranged makes a big difference.. wild ginger gets it with plenty of spacing, high ceilings, and restrooms where the sinks are completely separate for even more hygiene since you can wash your hands without having to enter restrooms. The food is great pan Asian fusion. We love the duck and the curries are rather spicy. We will and do go often.

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vipStephenM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous 60th birthday dinner!

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Victor280
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio. They had heaters. It was cosy as well as airy. Service was prompt and polite. Food was delicious. They have an eclectic menu. The sea bass is a perennial favourite with us. This time we also tried their version of Indian butter chicken. Plus spring rolls and pot stickers for appetiser. Iced coffee for beverage. My wife and I gave it 10/10 for overall restaurant experience.

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DanielleR
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were still doing outdoor dining (the reason for the 3 star ambiance)- but when you sit inside it is wonderful! We love love love our waiter. We've had him several times and he makes you feel like you are his only customer.

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vipConradSeattle
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Outside Dining with Heaters worked perfectly. Waiter was attentive and offered good recommendations. A wonderful evening.

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vipKristin
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The 7-layer beef was delicious, the lettuce cups were interesting and the half-priced bottle of wine was a screaming deal. But the best thing was our waiter, Eddie. Outstanding service!

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Harman
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, outstanding food.

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sonnyk
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was great. It was super covid safe but it was cold because the doors and windows were open so be prepared. I'd rather have the doors open and be a little cold than be in a tent like most other places..

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a special birthday dinner there with my boyfriend. The wait staff were excellent. They went out of their way to do everything they could to make the occasion special. They also had a 50% off on bottles of wine and so it was exceptional value. The food was excellent and superbly presented.

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StevieB
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to lunch at the SLU location. Nicely set up, warm on a cold day, food excellent as always. Just be prepared for the bill.

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Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union is rated 4.8 stars by 245 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.