Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

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$31 to $50
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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

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.

Wednesday, 27 November, 2019

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ZS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My friend and I came from Michigan and on our first night we found the Wild Ginger and it was out of this world!! The food was absolutely AMAZING and their wine selection was perfect! I was blown away with the service/food/ambiance. I would definitely recommend it ❤️

B
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Wild Ginger. Great food and great service. I always feel welcomed and enjoy the food.

ML
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Always a must stop when in Seattle. Went for late lunch/early dinner and regular, full menu was not available.

JR
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

I was seriously disappointed in Wild Ginger. The food was excellent but the service was absolutely terrible. I feel like the servers were trying very hard but were over taxed and trying to serve too many customers. As a result our experience was food not coming, orders missed, incredibly slow responses or refills and huge gaps in timing around courses of food. I would not recommend this restaurant based on our experience. They were much better experiences and values.

EP
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Service was erratic, sparkling wine not chilled and our two dishes mediocre. Not the Wild Ginger I enjoyed years ago. Feels like a chain resto.

L
London
121 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food as always. Service was more attentive than usual when it’s busy.

My only complaint is no one refilled my water glass. If the servers and busers can’t refill water, perhaps they could leave a flask of water on the table so we can pour our own.

v
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I last ate here 18 years ago when I used to live in the Seattle area. The food was fantastic as I remembered it. The level of detail that the chefs execute in the balancing of spices and herbs and flavors is several steps above most fine Asian restaurants. The service was decent but a few points worth noting on service... We dined on a night where there was a theater show occurring and the restaurant staff was obviously overwhelmed with the flood of customers who were in a hurry to make their show. Our server took great care of us but he and the other wait staff and two sommeliers had communication troubles and frequently asked us the same questions repeatedly, and they weren’t sure who was in control.
I am a wine collector, and I ordered a bottle of nice wine. But the wine experience was not polished. Again there were two sommeliers who assisted us. There was much confusion between them and uncertainty about who was taking care of what. I noted that Wild Ginger just got a nice full page spread in Wine Spectator magazine. They also have a Wine Spectator “Best of, Award of Excellence.” But our sommelier forgot to show me the bottle (to verify it was indeed the correct bottle I had chosen) before uncorking it. I had to ask to see the label as she was already inserting the corkscrew. Secondly, she uncorked the bottle and then realized she hadn’t even brought me a fresh glass to taste the wine. She had to run get a new glass. When she brought out the “new” glass, it was hot (straight from the dishwasher) and it was covered with warm water droplets (had never been dried). Heat and water drops—Not good for wine. Finally, the wine I ordered would be a wine that most wine folks would consider decanting. The somm again forgot to offer this and I had to ask for a decanter. So, in summary, the wine list is indeed amazing, but my one time wine ordering experience did not live up to the level that I had hoped and that the Wine Spectator rating would have predicted.

MI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always a great pre-Benaroya option!

TB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Timely attentive conscientious service

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KM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great, food good...didn't feel rushed.

CE
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Waited 20 minutes for first service once seated before getting up to ask for service. Beverages arrived warm which we returned. Wait staff kept reaching over a wall to take plates. Felt oddly intrusive... Too bad. We used to enjoy this restaurant as a dependable favorite.

FG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Really bad experience. Ordered the three “classic” dishes. None were very good and one was inedible. Pushy annoying service. Just terrible all around.

TV
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Reliable tasty food . They really make an effort to be efficient when we are trying to get to a performance at Benaroya.

CF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We pulled up to Wild Ginger and used the Valet parking! We were very impressed with our dinner at Wild Ginger. Our waitress Dell was fabulous. The best I have had in years! The food was amazing, every bite a delight. The Potsticker's are hand made every morning and unlike any I have ever had. Everything was beyond great. Dell asked if we would like out food boxed, we explained we were off to the 5th Ave. She said, no problem, we will hold it here in our fridge, pick it up on your way back! We have never been offered that before! We felt like royalty! The manager looked in on us as well to check how we were doing. We will be back!

RM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Food is always delicious, although service is a bit slow.

S
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

First time at Wild Ginger but will be back. Outstanding food and service

KM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place for lunch - quick service, delicious food...I loved their seasonal menu!

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I'll be back to try additional items on the menu. 3 in our party, all were very satisfied with the meal.

RJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

The worst service encountered in the recent years.
Negligence, no taking care of guests, waiting long, no attention.
Food 'so so'. In all: bad bad performance.

HL
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food and excellent waitstaff. I was thoroughly pleased!!! The seven flavor beef and the lobster and prawn dumpling soup were amazing! I'll definitely be back!!!

EE
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wild Ginger is one of my favorite restaurants. Great food, service and ambiance. It is consistently good in every way and has been for over 30 years. One of he very best!

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Forgettable experience - 25 mins went by before we met our waitress. Appetizer showed up an hour and five minutes after we arrived. Dinner showed up an hour and 35 minutes into our evening. A Saturday evening and only 2/3 of the tables were occupied. Live only two blocks away, come here often. Downtown Seattle has way too many other options to endure an evening like this. Sad but I won’t be going back anytime soon.

TR
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Appetizer smelled so bad we couldn’t eat. The soup was tasteless. The salmon entree was delicious and my husbands duck was awesome too. Would recommend but did think it was pricy for what we got.

S
Minneapolis
72 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I were in town for a medical meeting. We ate at Wild Ginger one evening. We both found the service and food outstanding! Also, the surrounding decor was beautiful. We would love to come back here the next time we find ourselves in Seattle.

FO
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wild Ginger continues to be a go to for Pacific Rim yum. Service staff very consistent and cordial. Wonderful flavors in the all the food and great signature cocktails. A great dinner for a reasonable price.

R
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We love the Wild Ginger and like to go often when possible. We always give 5 stars . This trip was good but not excellent as usual. Service was satisfactory but we are so used to great service from all we have every had before. Food was very good, not a 5 this time. We will go back soon though.

BC
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wild Ginger is ALWAYS good. It's been a favorite for years, and it was good this time as well. :)

B
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was great and efficient. Food was good, just not amazing.

OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

They do an excellent job of ordering for us - on several occasions now, we’ve simply asked them to just look after our party and feed us family style. That allows us to chat and converse without all the ordering problems, and the food selections are diverse but invariably delicious.
One of my preferred go to places for business dinners.

IK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Halibut steak melted I. Your mouth with an exquisite intensely flavoured topping... to die for. The lamb was tender and spiced just right. We ended the meal with a Thai sponge cake with a light coconut frosting while sipping on the ginger tea. Fabulous.

RM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was great -- I had sea bass and my companion had the house-speciality, roast duck. Both were excellent. The service was good too -- personable and efficient. While the space seemed noisy, we were seated in a booth and had no trouble carrying on a conversation. I would definitely go back to Wild Ginger, and would recommend it to others.

MR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Great food but the spill of the glass of water into my lap by the waiter ruined the lunch.

KC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first time to the restaurant and it was amazing!!! The food was great, service was quick and friendly! Will definitely come back

AL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The only issue was the noice level. Other than that, it was a wonderful evening and our service was fantastic!

KG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

We were very disappointed by our experience at Wild Ginger. We were a party of 11 celebrating that we met up in Seattle and we hoped for a nice dinner. Wild Ginger disappointed at ever turn. It took us 20 minutes to order food and drinks. An hour and 40 minutes went by before we ever got our food. The drinks were slow to get as well. The sommelier insisted we order wine through her, then when we went to order carafes she said she couldn’t take the order, it had to go through the waitress. The waitress then waited 10 minutes before taking the order. Members of our group ordered multiple beers, and they arrived warm. When they said something, the waitress served another round of comped beer, which was still warm. Finally on the third she got them cold, but they were the wrong beers. The food we received was delicious, including the chicken dumplings, the seafood pad Thai, and the chicken pad Thai. However, we got multiple servings of the duck and they both came out cold. We spoke with the manager about these issues and he kindly removed the beers, one platter of duck, and took $100 off the entire bill. When we approached him about the issue, he blamed it on low staff due to a concert happening next door. We could tell we were not the only table who was experiencing these issues as other patrons got up to talk to managers and wait staff while they were eating. Needless to say if we are ever in Seattle again, we won’t be coming back.

L
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

It was the hubby’s 60th birthday & we were celebrating his 2nd day of retirement. Food was fabulous. Service, not so much. We don’t need anyone fawning over us but he wasn’t very attentive. When we come back to Seattle we will return for the food.

BA
Seattle
45 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a pre-concert/show. Nice variety of Asian dishes.

e
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 5

Went here for my birthday with a larger group. Food was good as always but the service was really poor. They forgot several of our dishes, server never came back to ask if we had everything or wanted anything else. Never offered us another round of drinks, which would have been nice.

HJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Been to Wild Ginger many times and as always the food was great. For some reason the service was just way off that night. I think it was a rush for the Symphony crowd. Usually no complaints.

KO
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

It is difficult to write a review because we never received our food. The waiter did his job well with drinks, but the kitchen was so far behind that after almost 2 hours of waiting we gave up and left. We have eaten here before and enjoyed the food. But something has gone very wrong as several other couples also left without eating due to slow kitchen service.
I am sorry to say the Wild Ginger is now off my list.

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