Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

4.4
4524 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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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Happy Hour!

Stop by our bar at Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle for Happy Hour, Monday-Friday from 3-5pm. Unbeatable prices on small plates, beer and wine, handcrafted cocktails, and more.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 19 April 2019

Ends: 20 April 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 15:00-17:00

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food fabulous as always. A large group upstairs made things noisier than usual, but still a good place for a conversation. Our server was... maybe on her first job? Not particularly interested in people? Lackluster and not engaging, unfortunately. Didn't smile once. And when a customer says "I have two quick menu questions" and the server turns to walk away after the first, she's just not paying attention. Everyone else, however, was great.

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N
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I was with someone who knows how to order - unbelievable food with great service. Sounds so cliche, but they know what they’re doing, from the wine suggestion to the mango sorbet. I was thrilled with our table, our server, and the food was fantastic. I shall return!

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JR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was a little spicy but very tasty, with fresh ingredients.
Wish there weren't homeless right outside on the street.

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M
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The wine choices are amazing. The food is consistently good. The shrimp were had too much batter but still good.

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OT
Key West
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My daughter is vegan and we had some issues with the timing of meals but the manager went over and beyond to accommodate us! The food was amazing and the servers were great!

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NL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant and excellent food. Service from front hostess and waitress were just okay.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Alex was our waiter and he and his assistant were outstanding. They took great care of us and were very responsive and had lots of good insight into each of the dishes. The food was very good and plentiful. Enjoyed the experience.

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DM
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

We were celebrating our 9th anniversary...but won't celebrate any more here. Our table location appeared to be nice (next to the window), but only afforded us a view of some of Seattle's finest 'homeless and less fortunate.' We normally, and we've dined in almost 100 countries (we're military), order items we wouldn't normally prepare at home (I'm also a big game hunter and guide), and thus ordered the chicken potstickers, prawns and scallops. Unfortunately, despite our rudimentary culinary skills, feel we could have done as well, if not better, AND saved us some $$$$ by cooking at home. For past anniversaries we've laid out more than a grand, for the food, beverages and experience...but this was definitely at, or near the bottom, in our nine years.

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HN
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Over all, we were disappointed with the experience. Our server was a superb… Very friendly and responsive. Two of the four dishes had strong flavors while two were very bland lacking spice and much of any flavor. The noise level was very high and did not afford an intimate dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Wild Ginger didn’t honor our reservation time. Fifteen minutes past our reservation time, we decided to eat in the bar section because we had a show to attend.
Very disappointed that they took our reservation ... but couldn’t keep it.

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CA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Had early reservation, but the restaurant must get a lot of business from the theatre across the street. It was chaos inside and we got seated late. We ordered fast and appetizer arrived quickly and the restaurant emptied promptly as showtime neared. It was like the whole staff took a big sigh of relief and started coasting. Main course arrived 35 min after appetizer. Lamb chops were very tasty and cooked nicely. Seven spice beef very enjoyable. Green bean side had been ordered but did not show up until mains had been consumed and were waved off. They did look good though. It feels like regular diners are due to suffer from the rigours of the theatre crowd.

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JJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food with even better service. Our waiter was attentive, charismatic and extremely helpful with suggestions and getting us out on time for a show. It’s been a long time since we’ve been to Wild Ginger, but we will be back!

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BB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Service was very slow. Entrees took quite a long time to receive and, even then, an entree for one member of our party took even longer to come out and one entree ordered was omitted entirely. We did get a nice dessert as compensation, but by then it was quite literally too little too late. Also, the ambient noise level and with the high ceilings made it all but impossible to hear everyone's conversation in my party of seven. I haven't had issues with Wild Ginger in past, so this whole debacle is very likely a one night service anomaly. Even so, deeply embarrassed by how the evening played out for this as my recommendation for dinner with relatives from out of town. I will think twice before recommending for a large party in the future.

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e
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The crew at Wild Ginger clearly know their clientele. After being seated and greeted, the next question from our waiter was, “Are you seeing a show tonight?” Being right across from Benaroya Symphony Hall, they must get a LOT of pre-show diners. And, they know exactly how to handle them all. Everything from the drinks to the appetizers to the main courses and the check were all dispensed in astonishingly quick time. Yet, never did we feel rushed. Remarkable.
Additionally, all of the dishes were either reliably delicious, or surprisingly fresh and wonderful! Of special note: The special cocktail “Lavender Bees Knees” I think it was called, was one of the best things I have ever had. Ever.

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BW
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This was a pleasant dining experience and we only wished that we did not have to rush off so soon to a concert at nearby Benaroya Hall. Especially notable this time among our visits to Wild Ginger was the the service starting with the warming reception given at the door and then so well maintained at the table. The server inquired at the outset if we perhaps had a time constraint and he was very attentive to our needs. Also he had good advice concerning menu items. The princess prawns were particularly good.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a reservation at 5 p.m. and I indicated we would be happy to sit in the lounge or restaurant. When we checked in, the hostess asked us to wait a moment while our table was set. Several other diners came in and were seated immediately. After about 10-15 minutes, when we were the only ones left standing in the lobby, I went to the hostess desk to ask what the delay was. A second hostess told us she had overlooked our reservation. She was very snippy and did not apologize. We were then shown to our table. Our waiter was delightful and the food was excellent. But our dining experience started out poorly and as the hostesses are the "face" to your restaurant, I would think it is important to train them to be courteous and pleasant to your customers. There are plenty of other choices in Seattle to dine where the service, from start to finish, is impeccable.

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C
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We come from out of town and everytime we want to visit the Wild Ginger. It has THE best food, quality, variety - hands down. Service is outstanding and the ambiance of the restaurant is top notch. Keep up the good work!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good but not outstanding. Service was worst I’ve had in awhile. Mostly apathetic and absent.

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LC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great place for a higher-end Asian food fix. Limited kids menu, but that’s not unusual for Asian restaurants. I read that it’s a chain, but we’re in town for a visit and don’t have one at home, so we gave it a try and weren’t disappointed. Great portion size—we were stuffed and had barely made a dent in our food. Would eat there again.

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j
Seattle
73 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Exceptional service, same great food at a reasonable price

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KM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

We usually expect top-notch service at WG. Our server this time (David) was just a little TOO much. He mentioned the "award-winning wine list" three times. He checked in with us too frequently, which made it difficult to have a conversation with our friends. He kept asking questions like "Is everything delicious?" rather than asking how things were. I would suggest he just take it down a notch!

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L
Seattle
117 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We always enjoy having dinner at Wild Ginger, and like to have Del as our server. Duck with plum sauce and buns, sea bass, and green beans are our go-to dishes!

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AP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Family night out

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LF
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Green curry chicken and green beans were delicious. I can’t wait to go back!

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

Food and service was great but was a little dead on a Saturday night during a holiday weekend. I was surprised.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent - as always! Thank you.

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

The service was fantastic, the food was brought to us in a timely manner (not all at once). My daughter had recommended it and I am very glad we followed her recommendation. The only thing that was disconcerting was the walk down 3rd avenue from Pine. couldn't believe we would actually end up in a high end restaurant!! We asked for our leftovers to be bagged and plastic fork included as we were going to give to a homeless person outside. Our waiter said that they could put extra rice in with it. We were thrilled with this. I would like to suggest that when customers say they don't want to take anything home that Wild Ginger employees could suggest that they take it with them and give to one of the people far less fortunate than themselves instead of throwing away such fantastic food. The person to whom we gave it was thrilled.

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PV
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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TP
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Bill was great!

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H
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite lunch spots in Seattle; it never disappoints! My hot tip is for a quick tasty lunch is to have a cup of the Seven Element Soup with a side of spring rolls and/or satay! Scrummy! If you are in the mood for a cocktail the ginger martini is a hit!

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h
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

Food was good.

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GV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a fantastic dinner, and our waiter was amazing. The only bummer about our experience was how we were greeted when we walked in. The hostess looked at us with such distaste, we almost felt bad being there. She seemed genuinely disappointed that we had a reservation, and with a sigh, asked the other hostess to seat us at table 21. While we may have been a little wet from the light rain, we were otherwise dressed fairly nicely, and certainly just as nicely as others in the restaurant.

Aside from that very off-putting greeting, our experience was great. The food was fantastic, and our waiter was so accommodating, it made up for the slight by the hostess.

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NW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great dinner before a Seattle Symphony concert with two teen-aged grandson!

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service !!

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MC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a larger group and we had a nice private space. It was perfect

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KK
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Our dinner started out ok- the server was on top of everything. After we ordered our entrees, the dinner fell apart. It took 20+ minutes to get our second round of drinks. We had to ask twice. The service was confusing as the food came out haphazard. Overall the restaurant felt outdated and lacked character.

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SK
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The duck was nice and succulent this time. We were two ladies and split the large --tried but couldn't finish it off!

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UH
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We have been going to this restaurant for 25 years and it used to be our favorite, our go-to place to celebrate anything special. Somehow, the food just doesn't "sing" the way it used to. It isn't as special or as flavorful as it used to be. Portions are on the small side and prices are not. Sadly, we won't be returning anytime soon.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I met a friend for lunch. The food was excellent as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We made a reservation and waited 20 minutes for a table. Once seated we were asked for our drink order and did not receive our two beers for 20 minutes. We ordered appetizers while waiting for our drinks. They came out one by one over a one hour period. We never got a second drink. We had a guest from out of town and were horrified by the experience. We dispensed with ordering our main courses, paid and left.

We have been going there for over 20 years. One of our favorite places. They are way understaffed. A shame to see the place go downhill. We may try again later this year. But would not take a guest again until we had a positive experience.

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