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Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union, Seattle, WA

Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union

4.7
4.7
424 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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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southeast Asian, Chinese, Thai

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 707-0396

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gihan Kodagoda

  • Private party facilities

    The beautiful interior of Wild Ginger McKenzie makes it a perfect spot for your next event. Although there are no completely private dining options, our outdoor patio and parts of our dining room can be sectioned off for groups ranging from 8-30 guests. The entire restaurant can be reserved with a maximum capacity of 150 people.

  • Neighborhood

    Lake Union / Eastlake

  • Cross street

    Blanchard Street

  • Parking details

    The Amazon parking garage on 8th and Blanchard (directly across the street from us diagonally) offers free parking on weeknights after 4:00pm and all day on weekends. There is also limited street parking available in the immediate area.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Chicken Potstickers$14.00

    6 pieces. Our house-made, hand stuffed chicken potstickers are a perennial favorite. Served with a black vinegar dipping sauce.

    • Chilled Prawns$15.00

      Chili sambal and ginger lime sauce.

      Soups & Salads

      • Seven Element$14.00

        Egg noodles in a rich coconut curry chicken soup. Topped with coriander, scallions, shallots, chilies, lime juice, soy sauce, and crispy noodles.

        • Chicken Chieu Salad$13.00

          Thinly sliced cabbage, shredded chicken, red onion, carrot, peanuts, and aromatic herbs are tossed with a slightly spicy Vietnamese dressing.

          Wild Ginger Classics

          Choose Rice: Brown Rice, White Rice.

          • Seven Flavor Beef (Lunch)$21.00

            A favorite from Vietnam: flank steak fragrant with the seven flavors of lemongrass, peanuts, chilies, hoisin, basil, garlic, and ginger. Served with your choice of brown or white rice and house made pickles.

            • Indian Butter Chicken$15.00

              Draper Valley chicken cooked in a creamy heirloom tomato sauce with exotic Indian spices. Served with your choice of brown or white rice and house made pickles.

              Noodles

              • Seafood Thai Noodles$18.00

                Fresh wide rice noodles are wok-fried with scallops, prawns, squid, and mussels in a light soy sauce with hints of basil and chili.

                • Chicken Pad Thai$16.00

                  A classic Thai noodle dish with chicken, fried tofu, egg, peanuts, chives, and thin rice noodles.

                  Desserts

                  • Semolina Cake$7.50

                    Traditional dessert from Myanmar moist with coconut milk and topped with sliced almonds.

                    • Coconut Sago$6.50

                      With pandan coconut cream.

                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                      What 424 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                      4.7
                      4.7 based on recent ratings
                      • 4.6Food
                      • 4.7Service
                      • 4.6Ambience
                      • 4.4Value

                      NoiseModerate

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                      1. JM

                        JohnM

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great food and service was amazing. We enjoyed it very much. Our waiter made it a great experience

                      2. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Detroit

                        10 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on May 12, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The lamb was amazing, as was the duck! Service was fantastic.

                      3. RS

                        RachelS

                        Detroit

                        35 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        35 reviews

                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Food was delicious The soup was good-I would have liked veggies in it but that prob is not traditional. The classic steak entree was delicious. The dal was good-very spicy! The green beans were good. Overall very good!

                      4. LO

                        LakeOnion

                        Seattle

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                        overall4food3service5ambience5

                        Excellent service from server and all other table service folks were also very professional. Cocktails were great but the food is getting too salty for my taste. wondering - is the saltiness intentional or was this a bad night? I will dine at Wild Ginger again--giving the food another chance. If food remains as salty, I will be taking this restaurant off my go-to list (and be sad about that).

                      5. B

                        Billybob

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 5, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Eddie is a fantastic server. We always enjoy our experience!

                      6. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Seattle

                        42 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        42 reviews

                        Dined on April 27, 2022

                        overall4food3service5ambience4

                        We had a greater server but the drinks and food didn’t taste as good as we are used to. We are attributing to an off night. Everyone is entitled to one.

                      7. F

                        Frack

                        Montana

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 26, 2022

                        overall2food2service1ambience4

                        I was looking forward to this lunch, however, we waited over an hour for our food, because they forgot about it. We had to get it to go once it showed to our table.

                      8. SA

                        SarahA

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Delicious food and drinks and staff provided great service.

                      9. MS

                        MaraS

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 21, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Tasty classic dishes in a chic but low-key environment with nice service.

                      10. AM

                        AnnMarie

                        Western NC

                        29 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        29 reviews

                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

                      11. t

                        trham

                        Seattle

                        35 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        35 reviews

                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The food and service were superior

                      12. E

                        Ellie

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 14, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Delicious food. Superior service. Lovely atmosphere. Easy parking. In short, excellent.

                      13. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Columbus

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 12, 2022

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        IT IS CLOSED! Totally boarded up! Imagine our surprise to show up with reservations to find it no long is in business.

                      14. S

                        Shulie

                        Washington DC

                        5 reviews

                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on April 12, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        I was dismayed that Wild Ginger in downtown Seattle was not serving lunch but WG McKenzie was equal or better. The food was Amazing, service excellent, parking easy and the neighborhood at time of writing much better.

                      15. L

                        Lani

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Both the service and food was immaculate. McKenzie was the third Wild Ginger location I have dined at and so far my favorite!

                      16. KE

                        KENTO

                        Seattle

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on March 22, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great service and menu suggestions. The seabass was outstanding along with always reliably great tasting seven flavored beef!

                      17. FW

                        FredW

                        Los Angeles

                        1 review

                        vip
                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on March 11, 2022

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        Our only regret was the hostess did not alert the servers that she had seated us at a remote corner obscured from their view almost from any angle.

                      18. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Seattle

                        7 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        7 reviews

                        Dined on March 11, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Amazing satays! New creative dishes along with the classic staples from the original location. We found the service was very attentive and the hostess warm and friendly. We will be back!

                      19. PC

                        PCHEESE

                        San Francisco

                        80 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        80 reviews

                        Dined on March 10, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Every item sampled was excellently prepared, Water Eddie guided us through our wine choices expertly, and was most solicitous without being intrusive or annoying,

                      20. T

                        Tico

                        Seattle

                        5 reviews

                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on February 25, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Terrific food. Our waiter was a delightful individual as well. I wish I asked his name.

                      21. A

                        Aaron

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 22, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        Pleasant experience from start to finish. The food portion could be larger.

                      22. N

                        Noname

                        Portland

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 20, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We are customers since their first location on Western avenue. Always fantastic.

                      23. W

                        Webtitle

                        Seattle

                        33 reviews

                        4.0

                        33 reviews

                        Dined on February 20, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                        Our waiter was very friendly. All the dishes we tried were delicious. Excellent service!

                      24. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Portland

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on February 17, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We had an absolutely amazing time!! The food and service was some of the best I’ve received lately. Next time I’m in town I will definitely be back.

                      25. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Seattle

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 17, 2022

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        We had a terrific server, Eddie, who was friendly, knowledgeable about the food and beverages and made our evening memorable. The lettuce cups were delicious!

                      26. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Seattle

                        1 review

                        vip
                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 17, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Wonderful experience waiter was perfect great recommendations expedient service very friendly 10 days as we were on our way to an event he was very timely and make sure everything was done so we could make our event

                      27. t

                        thomas

                        Seattle

                        21 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        21 reviews

                        Dined on February 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        It’s always delicious. Service is so great. It’s our favorite restaurant!

                      28. A

                        Anonymous

                        Seattle

                        2 reviews

                        4.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on February 13, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                        Good date night destination. A little spendy for the amount of food you get, but it's good quality. The menu is limited.

                      29. HG

                        HGillon

                        Seattle

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on February 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Service was extraordinary. Staff was aware of my reservation....provided me options for seating....nice. McKenzie location was swanky, cool and professional. Food was so good...my Fragrant Duck selection was omg. Green Papaya Salad was fresh & crisp....spice to perfection. Please send me a 50% off coupon so I can return soon!! I'm so serious and would appreciate it. Happy Valentines to all of the Wild Ginger staff. Keep up the great work! Henry Gillon

                      30. s

                        shanesniteout

                        Seattle

                        4 reviews

                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on February 12, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent food, with interesting flavors, and personalized service

                      31. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Seattle

                        11 reviews

                        5.0

                        11 reviews

                        Dined on February 9, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great server and food!

                      32. V

                        Victor280

                        Seattle

                        25 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        25 reviews

                        Dined on February 6, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The perfect spot for a cosy meal full of enjoyable flavours.

                      33. JP

                        JonathanP

                        Seattle

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on January 26, 2022

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        Our server was attentive and fantastic. Not too crowded. Good in COVID environment.

                      34. A

                        Amyc

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 22, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                        Veal chops and green beans were very tender. Waiter was wonderful.

                      35. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Seattle

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 20, 2022

                        overall5food3service5ambience2

                        The server was amazing. One of the best ones I have experienced in Seattle

                      36. A

                        Autumn

                        Seattle

                        76 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        76 reviews

                        Dined on January 16, 2022

                        overall3food3service4ambience3

                        Fun, if not a bit cold, sitting on the front patio, on a foggy evening in the middle of Amazonville, enjoying our yummy plates of noodles. The wait staff was very nice and accommodating as we quizzed them about the ingredients to satisfy our dietary constraints.

                      37. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Seattle

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 5, 2022

                        overall2food2service2ambience4

                        Seven Elements Soup used to be one of the best soups in Seattle. This rendition was totally bland. I mentioned this in passing to our waiter as we left (he never inquired about the quality of our food during the course of our meal). He seemed totally non phased by our observation. The chicken satay appetizer (another Wild Ginger staple over the years), while good, consisted of 6 little finger sized portions instead of the previous robust 4 pieces. All in all a very disappointing experience from a previous icon.

                      38. CM

                        CarolM

                        Seattle

                        35 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        35 reviews

                        Dined on December 30, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We’ve been dining at all the Wild Ginger locations for years. Excellent service with delicious food!

                      39. VB

                        VegeBoy

                        Seattle

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on December 18, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great food, convenient location, good ambiance and service. Also good value for food!

                      40. JF

                        JFjk

                        Seattle

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on December 18, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        great service and food loud table that affected the larger space use sound dampening

                      Safety precautions

                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                        • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                        • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                        • Contactless payment available
                      • Physical distancing

                        • Limited number of seated diners
                        • Extra space between tables
                      • Protective equipment

                        • Waitstaff wear masks
                        • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                      • Screening

                        • Staff is vaccinated
                        • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
                        • Staff temperature check required

                      FAQs

                      Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 707-0396.

                      Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union is rated 4.7 stars by 424 OpenTable diners.

                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                      Booked 5 times today
                      Google Map for Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union

                      2202B 8th Ave Seattle, WA 98121

                      Additional information

                      • Cross street

                        Blanchard Street

                      • Neighborhood

                        Lake Union / Eastlake

                      • Hours of operation

                        Tue–Fri 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

                      • Cuisines

                        Southeast Asian, Chinese, Thai

                      • Dining style

                        Casual Elegant

                      • Dress code

                        Smart Casual

                      • Parking details

                        The Amazon parking garage on 8th and Blanchard (directly across the street from us diagonally) offers free parking on weeknights after 4:00pm and all day on weekends. There is also limited street parking available in the immediate area.

                      • Payment options

                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                      • Executive chef

                        Gihan Kodagoda

                      • Additional

                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                      • Phone number

                        (206) 707-0396

                      • Private party facilities

                        The beautiful interior of Wild Ginger McKenzie makes it a perfect spot for your next event. Although there are no completely private dining options, our outdoor patio and parts of our dining room can be sectioned off for groups ranging from 8-30 guests. The entire restaurant can be reserved with a maximum capacity of 150 people.

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