Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

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The food at Wild Ginger spans the Pacific Rim from China to Indonesia. We pride ourselves on offering traditional dishes from these distinctive regions and insist on house-made ingredients. Chefs make spicy chili sambals, fresh coconut milk, delicate egg noodles, and our pungent oyster sauce all from scratch. To achieve the sublime flavors of the East, there is no substitute for the time-honored customs of these rich and ancient cultures.
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Relax and let Wild Ginger do the cooking this Thanksgiving! We will be offering our regular menu with all of your favorites as well as classic Thanksgiving dishes made with our special twist. Booking sooner rather than later is recommended being that we typically fill up.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was slow and we got charged for an appetizer we never received. We challenged it but that sort of thing should not be happening. Caveat emperor.

J
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food as always. Server seemed rushed and a bit pushy. She didn’t contribute to a relaxed feeling but the sommelier was engaging and helpful.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

SB
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience1

The food at Wild Ginger is delicious. But it's so noisy in the restaurant that it's hard to have a really good time.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Great food. Great service

CA
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fine, the service outstanding and the atmosphere is relaxing. Good timing when attending the symphony. The fragrant duck is a must have along with the spicy green beans.
I did miss the ingredient in the spicy green beans that makes it so tasty. I mentioned it to our waitperson who replaced it with another. Still missed that salty/pickled zing. I can make my on version of spicy beans at home but not the authentic ones that we know as the trademark for Wild Ginger. We will try again next time.
I enjoy this restaurant always!

m
Seattle
135 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Something was in my 7 flavor beef - when I took a bite it caused a crack type feeling where you know you shouldn’t swallow. They did nothing to correct. I’ve been dining here since 1998 when we would go on Western and it’s not the same- many dishes are different leaning more so towards an Indian restaurant. Sad to see the quality and new lack of service that exists.

JA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wild Ginger is the place to go before a show at Benaroya Hall. Our mistake was in not telling our waiter that we were seeing a show that evening. I think they cleared all the show-goers out in time to make the 1/2 block walk to the venue. We finally picked up on that, looked at our watches and realized it was 5 minutes before out show, with no bill in sight. The food service was extremely slow, but I attribute that to many pre-show arrivals all at once. Food is good, ambiance is great, servers work hard and staff is professional. Just be sure to impress upon your waiter that you have a time limit, if that is the case.

HH
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Perhaps they were understaffed, but service was painfully slow and forgetful. Wine (by the glass in particular) should be served before the course it accompanies, not half way through it! Our requests for additional condiments (soy sause, hot sauce) were forgotten until they were no longer needed. And our waitperson came by much too infrequently, perhaps serving more tables than she could handle. The booths have high walls, hence difficult to catch waiters' attention -- so they should be particularly attentive to check in frequently. The food, as always, was excellent!

S
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It's been several years since I last dined at Wild Ginger. This time, for dinner before a lecture across the street at Benaroya, the whole thing was a disappointment. Instead of the place's signature duck dish, we had what was described as Angor Wat stir-fried chicken, fried tofu with eggplant, and Sichuan longbeans. Everything was "meh"--not bad, but not particularly tasty, and not a great value considering each entree was about 19 and 16 dollars, respectively. The dining room is quite huge, making it feel more like a train station than a dining room. I won't be returning any time soon.

TC
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Wild Ginger is a reliable place for a pre-theater bite. Good (not fabulous) food. Staff will seat diners efficiently. Servers are pleasant and knowledgeable about the food/ingredients. A perfectly acceptably experience.

DK
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although busy due to a Benaroya event, our server was gracious and upbeat in the chaos. Food was excellent as always. My only criticism pertains to other customers waiting to be seated; our booth was the first one near the entrance and waiting customers peered over at us, leaned on the ledge and spoke loudly enough to interrupt our conversation. Perhaps waiting crowds could be "corralled" differently.

MB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wild Ginger is a Seattle fixture—wonderful location across the street from beautiful Benaroya Hall, near the light rail station at University Street and other downtown venues. The wait staff always ask if you are attending an event at Benaroya so they can accommodate you efficiently. However, as great and unique their food is, it is getting somewhat overshadowed by other Asian entries into the Seattle food scene these days.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone enjoyed sharing a meal family style. There was something delicious for all.

VK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Even with a reservation, it took half an hour to get a table. We were told entrees would take an hour to cook. None of the food had any spice, even if listed as spicy. We will find a new restaurant when we visit the symphony next time.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a pleasant space. Recommended.

S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Menu has changed since last visit...quality has diminished...very disappointed with ahi...less than sushi/sashimi grade and too much sauce to cover up. Green beans are always a favorite....

JW
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

No, I'd no longer recommend Wild Ginger. Although the food is good, perhaps better than many Thai restaurants, it's like a factory in there. Absolutely no atmosphere, no frills, no nothing in terms of aesthetics. Once upon a time, it felt special. Now it's the opposite of that. Sorry.

ST
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Seated upstairs overlooking the bar area. Good spot for people watching, but this area is serviced by just one harried server, who did her best with an impossible task. Food was quite mediocre surprisingly, as we had read all the glowing reviews. We got the Princess prawns and the lamb chops. This is Americanized Asian food, and not in a good way. Everything was covered in a cloyingly sweet sauce. No depth of flavor, just monotonous... green beans as a side were competently done, but nothing memorable. We probably liked them ‘cos they didn’t taste as if they were smothered in syrup. Overall underwhelming— we will not be back. Unfortunate because there were a few other dishes that looked interesting, but with such poor execution of what we had, I think it’s probably more a wishful concept than reality.

BC
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food. Walking distance to Benaroya Hall if you are attending an event in that location.

DC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, food, food...yaddah, yaddah, yaddah. No, the real difference here was the waiter. Not over-solicitous, helpful and fun and generous. He was awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend visiting so we had dinner after doing PPM!

f
Seattle
65 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Just average. Food was ok, not quite as tasty as usual. Service could have been better.

DM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

We ordered the two course lunch special for Restaurant Week....$20. Out of a list of five or six item to choose from for each course, I chose the shrimp cakes with cucumber, and the curry. The two little shrimp cakes were about the size of a quarter, with two slices of pickled cucumber on the side. It kind of looked ridiculous on the plate, but was an appetizer, so no worries. They were tasty. My friend ordered the chicken satay, which arrived on two toothpicks.
I’m uncertain if they brought me the wrong order, but i received a bowl of very spicy thin soup with some seafood in it and bean sprouts. It did have a spicy curry flavor, but didn’t think I had ordered soup. I love spicy food, but honest,y, my eyes teared up and nose ran with each sip. I picked out the seafood and left the rest. My friend ordered the fish& chips,and received square bread coated pieces of fish with tortilla chips on the side. Both disappointed, we left Hungary. This used to be one of my favorite downtown restaurants, but guess it has slipped, or they just take advantage of Restaurant Week!

S
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Seattle restaurant value menu is wonderful

DN
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were (4) a bit disappointed. Restaurant week is a time to shine and get new customers. Two were new WildvGinger guests and it was not a great experience or value. Plus over an hour to do lunch is really unacceptable

CC
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we have dined here and it certainly will not be the last

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Underwhelming. Dined during SRW- starter portion was very small. The entree was okay- the monk’s curry didn’t seem to be have fresh ingredients. The hot and sour soup was good, but wasn’t filling.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wild Ginger puts on the best Restaurant Week menu!

r
Miami
340 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is very good. The restaurant is difficult to find at night on 3rd Ave. because the signage and wayfnding is awful. The restaurant does not have a lighted sign on the building but a small sign, and a very small placard on the street. The restaurant entrance looks like a hotel entrance, but once you get seated , the menu is good and the service is attentive.

CP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have no idea where to begin. We came here to end a birthday weekend and man were we blown away. From the friendly greeting to the amazing service, I was in awe. I came here back in 2016 and had not been back for awhile. I forgot how superb this place is in service and decor. The food was amazing too. It's great for a date night or if you just wanted to treat yourself to a night out and be catered to. My water glass stayed full, the waiter checked in at perfect times and made great suggestions, we were seated as soon as we walked in, the music was at the right volume to have a great conversation... I wanted to tip each person individually. I left feeling like royalty with a full belly and a smile. My suggestions are to take an Uber or lyft because if hectic downtown parking. Come hungry and try their amazing wines and cocktails. Also, make a reservation.

Y
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We wrote in the notes that we were celebrating our engagement and no mention of that was made during our dining experience. The server walked away consistently while we were mid-sentence to make us feel more as if we were at a Denny’s than a fine dining establishment. I remember having a much different experience several years ago, it was much more personal and the ambiance was more romantic, but maybe the culture of the restaurant has just changed.

H
Boise
39 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Very busy restaurant because the food is authentic and well executed. Of the four tables near us, not one received good service. Beer bottles left on the table, starter courses not cleared before the mains arrived and a horrible table not set up with two chairs for a reservation made a week ago. Adding to that was the table was next to a party room occupied by a large group of loud people who were clearly trying to see who could make the most noise while saying nothing. All in all, the front of house and the support staff will be the downfall of some excellent recipes.

TM
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great, but when we sat down we were told anything but starters would take 1 1/2 hours.

D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

What has happened to this once staple of SEATTLE interesting and special dining?
Though we had a reservation, the “host” seemed not to know what to do with us. He left us waiting
until I had to locate someone else to seat us.
The menu seemed pared down to a minuscule version of its former self. The wait staff was new and inexperienced. Portions were significantly smaller, food that we had requested to be hot came barely lukewarm, and one dish had been delivered to another table. We had to ask 3 different servers if the dish was ever coming that evening. It was brought towards the end of our meal.
Has this restaurant changed ownership? It has certainly lost its edge.
We had brought company from out of town to enjoy Wild Ginger, but we were embarrassed to have done so.
We will never return.

L
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I don't know what went wrong, but we seemed to be invisible. Two of us were attending the symphony concert, one was playing in the concert. I think we allowed more than enough time to have a nice dinner and be across the street at 7:40, the orchestra member by 7:25. Two of us had been seated and ordered a glass of wine. When Emil arrived, he said the front desk told him we weren't there yet. So after waiting a few more minutes he just walked into the dining room and found us. We waited too long for our order to be taken, and too long to receive our food. I believe a private party took priority over the guests in the dining room, and perhaps Wild Ginger was short staffed. Don't know.

This has never happened in all the years I have been dining at Wild Ginger. We were all very disappointed

JB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We've been going to Wild Ginger since they began on Western Ave. Now that they are across from Benaroya Hall, we go often when we are down there for a concert. This was the worst experience we've ever had. We had reservations for 2 hours before the concert we were going to. We were seated up on the balcony. We waited at least 15 minutes until someone came by. We ordered drinks and starters (Vietnamese Spring Rolls and Lobster and Prawn Dumpling Soup). The server told us that they had many people coming that night and that if we ordered an entree it could take an hour for it to be prepared. She advised ordering satays and salads. We figured we had enough time so we ordered Pad Thai and Sichuan Green Beans. They were out of the beans but had bok choy which was ok with us. Within about 15 minutes we were served the Pad Thai and Bok Choy. We had not had our drinks or starters yet. We told the server we didn't want those dishes right then. The server came back and told us that if they took the main dishes back, it would take another hour to get them. They took the dishes back. Soon we had our drinks, then our starters. Then in good time the main dishes were back, but they were not really hot. The Pad Thai was fine but not hot. The Bok Choy had no taste (not like the Sichaun Green Beans) so that we had to ask for Soy Sauce to give them some flavor. All and all, it was a very unsatisfying experience unlike the many other times we have been there.

SR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Green papaya salad very tasty as always. Tried chicken Pad Thai, not very interesting, chicken kind of dry not much else but somewhat dry noodles. Disappointing.

SS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants

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OT
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The evening was very nice but the food is really just OK. Few,if any, reasonably priced bottles of wine. Service was very good.

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