Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union

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108 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.

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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: 13 August 2019

Ends: 14 August 2118

Availability: Daily 15:00-18:00

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: 27 March 2019

Ends: 28 March 2118

Availability: Sun 15:30-21:45
Sat 15:30-21:45

What 108 People Are Saying
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D
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

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 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Darina is the best

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

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

Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union
Responded on 6 September 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 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall brilliant dining experience!

TA
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

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
14 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Love Wild Ginger. First time at your SLU location

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Must try shiitake mushroom satay!

RL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

c
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 22 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
9 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous as always!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, even better service!

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

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 24 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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

ST
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

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 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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

DV
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

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

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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 6 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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 4 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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

J
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The bathrooms were less than ideal. The toilet is water efficient, but doesn't flush the bowl clean. It was dirty. The nozzle on the soap dispenser fell off so I moved over to the next sink to wash my hands. Other than those issues, the food was awesome as usual. I would recommend Wild Ginger McKenzie to a friend!

TT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner. The Shiitake Mushroom skewers were great. The Mongolian Noodles were good, as long as you like spicy. Sea Bass was very nice. The restaurant is very pleasant. It is not noisy. Service was very good.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Foodand service was great! Took my wife, mother in law and our 6 month old for mother's day. Very accommodating and great attention to needs.

LE
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fabulous food - not a run of the mill Asian style restaurant where food comes out of a box into a microwave onto your plate. Creative cuisine made from scratch. Rob, the manager, is very knowledgeable and helpful with wine pairings and our server, Oscar, was friendly and impeccable. Excellent value for the quality of food. A must try when you are in Seattle. We will be back.

d
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I'd been to Wild Ginger downtown a few times previously, and when I noticed that they had recently opened this new location I decided to try it out by taking a work colleague out to lunch. The service was swift and friendly, and it was not very busy (which I suspect was an important factor in my ability to have a conversation with my colleague). Most of the interior appears to have hard surfaces, so had it been closer to capacity I can imagine that it might not be so easy to have conversation without shouting.

The food was delicious, but not remarkable (which is what it usually is when I have gone to the downtown location). Possibly I chose poorly when selecting my meal. It will be interesting to try it at dinner time.

MD
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our team event was a success due to the outstanding food and service at Wild Ginger. We enjoyed to two course lunch options as well as ordering off the lunch menu.

We had a large group and service was prompt and friendly.

M
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent on a busy night!

HM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a small client gathering. A bit noisy during the lunch hour, but we went at 1 and it quieted down quickly after that. Staff and food were fantastic.

PK
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Scallops were heavenly. Lamb was flavorful and meat was succulent. Curry was pleasant and after the meal was eaten everyone at the table kept tasting the extra sauces over rice.

HM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I have been a fan of Wild Ginger since their days on Alaskan Way. Earlier the same week as our recent visit, I took our houseguest to the 3rd Ave location. She suggested we return! So we tried the new location. My disappointment was that the food did not seem up to the regular quality. Seven flavor beef and the lettuce cups were on our plate both times, but different. I preferred the 3rd avenue version.

This is NOT to say that it will never measure up, but I believe the kitchen was a bit off that night.

Service was wonderful. My guest did not like her drink and they went to great lengths to satisfy her.

GA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent, super friendly, and attentive service. Not too crowded on a weeknight. For upscale but still authentic Asian cuisines, highly recommended. Shiitake mushroom skewers were fabulous. Vegan options for one of us. Well seasoned, creative meat and seafood dishes for others in our group. Price point very reasonable, especially considering quality and ambiance.

CA
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the whole experience, food staff, drinks, and the multiple locations. Going to have to get the Bellevue location soon.

D
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It somehow just doesn’t feel like it’s up to the same standard as the downtown Wild Ginger location. I’m hoping it’s just because it’s a new restaurant.

CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food, and have gone to the downtown Wild Gnger many times, and maybe it was the attention and care of the wait staff because they weren't as busy as downtown, but it was a lovely evening out to celebrate my birthday

LK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was awesome. We spent a boatload of money, and the waitress even brought us a complimentary few desserts. We were entertaining clients and the food was amazing. We chose to do family style with everyone (7 of us) and it worked out perfectly. She spaced it out so we didn't get everything at once. That was nice. Thanks!

JH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, food and drinks! Really nice and laid back ambiance. Highly recommended for a quiet get together or date night.

AS
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I went with my friends who came from outside Seattle. They absouletly loved it. We tried crab rice, pad thai and my favourite Srilankan Dahl.

I would definitely love recommend this restaurant.

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