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Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union, Seattle, WA

Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union

4.7
4.7
500 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 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

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What 500 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SG

    ShanaG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Service was great but the good food was horrible. Don’t order the duck. Tough! Dry and flavorless. Fried rice was greasy.
  2. KO

    KarlO

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our waiter and the food was classic Wild Ginger
  3. KT

    KathiT

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dustin was amazing. Don’t miss the duck!
  4. FM

    FMCHAP

    Portland

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good place to meet friends. Ample free parking in the garage across the street, which is a plus in Seattle.
  5. BR

    BelltownResident

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love WGM! Food is excellent — absolutely delicious. Every. Dish. Only complaint: extremely noisy. Also, the server — who was wonderfully friendly and prompt — didn’t pour my glass of wine when he delivered the miniature carafe.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Always great food and service. We switched locations because the other downtown location is starting to look a bit rough. Definitely preferred the ambiance if the original location.
  7. T

    Tomas

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it…as always. We had our favorite waiter as well…Eddy Walsh!
  8. S

    Stephanie

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Bring back old menu please.
  10. k

    kims

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening with an interesting, helpful waiter and beautiful food
  11. MD

    MackenzieD

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was truly passionate about the food. They appeared to be a bit understaffed, but the staff that was there worked hard and were very attentive.
  12. J

    John

    Portland

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to Wild Ginger and it has always but great but this time was extraordinary. The food was great as usual, but the service was the best I’ve ever had. Our server, Eddie, did an amazing job taking care of us. If I could give him 10 stars I would. And to top off a perfect evening, he gave us a complimentary dessert.
  13. DS

    DSeattle

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely evening at the smaller Wild Ginger (SLU). Eddie, the spectacular waiter, made our evening. Gracious, attentive, kind and knowledgeable. Best service in Seattle in a very long time. Thank you, Eddie for reminding us that professional and excellent service is as important as the food and frankly, can make or break the evening. You made us all feel welcome, at home, at ease and you truly helped to create such a special evening. Thank you!
  14. t

    trham

    Seattle

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The expected high level of service and food quality was perfectly delivered
  15. W

    Willy

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Exceptionally good food and service. Attractive decor. Good value. Interesting variety of specialty cocktails. Large open space may have contributed to the noise level, but we were seated next to a large party of people.
  16. M

    Mary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious! Seven flavor beef and butter chicken were the best!
  17. RN

    RobinN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cool location and easy to get too. All my dishes were excellent and drinks were quality drinks.
  18. DC

    DanaC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for the fragrant duck and it did not disappoint! Exemplary service. Amazing cocktails.
  19. JH

    JohnH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server (the man from Tipperary!) was outstanding. Among a couple of suggestions he recommended a main course (and wine) that was excellent. Overall, we had a wonderful dinner and highly recommend this superb restaurant!
  20. WR

    WiltonR

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great from top to bottom. We only wish we didn’t have plans afterward so we could have another drink!
  21. p

    pan2

    Seattle

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Wild Ginger. Even tonight, when two of us were on a very limited diet and one was a vegetarian, the four of us dined very well, had great service and left very happy!
  22. S

    Steve

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Service was slow, confused, chaotic and out of order. Food and ambience was great.
  23. M

    Mark

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fabulous server. Lovely meal, especially the lamb chops.
  24. MR

    MyRecommendations

    Chicago

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place to share lots of wonderful tastes - whether it is just two or a table of 6 or more. You should definitely experiment here. The plus is that the flavors weren't masked by lots of salt. The drinks were spot on and wine by the glass or bottle was very reasonable. Kudos to our server Eddie who was very knowledgeable about every dish and very congenial throughout the dinner! This is a must place to dine if you are visiting Seattle - all the locals already know about it.
  25. CS

    ChrisS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing and our Server was phenomenal. He made the evening tons of fun. We will definitely be back!
  26. j

    james

    Seattle

    181 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Food was average, nothing great. Service was friendly/helpful but not trained. Space was very nice but needs cleaning and a manager to watch over it. Food prices seemed high for portions. I understand the difficulties with restaurants today, but there are certain standards that cannot be violated. Disappointed, but t will return some day and hope for a better outcome.
  27. BS

    BrendaS

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service--great food too. Anejoyable meal.
  28. T

    Trace

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went during a busy vacation time. Despite the full restaurant, the food came out fast and was exceptional. The waiter was humorous and delightful.
  29. JL

    JeffL

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service! Our waiter offered great advice on the menu and made sure our meal was paced properly so we could make our show on time after dinner.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best service and food was great. We had the vegetarian and chicken dishes . The chef accommodated some customization for our veggie dishes and they turned to be better than the chicken ones. The service was incredible! Don’t forget to order the deserts! Love it
  31. A

    Aseattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Unfortunately, this was supposed to be a special dinner for my son and his duck was very tough, not melt in your mouth like it should be. My noodle dish was good, but no better then cheaper restaurants. I don’t fault our server for appearing to have zero energy, the restaurant was likely understaffed, no fault of the server.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends visiting from the east coast
  33. A

    Angie

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Excellent service. Good value for money.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servicio; comida muy buena
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, we had a great time and the food was delicious.
  36. P

    Pteradawn

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Staff was kind but extremely busy I guess I wanted more attention then given
  37. EE

    EricE

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wild Ginger McKenzie is a gem. It has all of the best of Wild Ginger at 3rd and Union in a more compact package. Highly recommended.
  38. CO

    ChristineO

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service; great food; free parking in the Amazon garage across the street. Highly recommend
  39. EN

    EmmaN

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this meal was amazing! Our server was super friendly and charming, great guy. The food was so damn delicious. We were a party of 4, each person got something different and we all loved our dishes. 12/10, would recommend!
  40. MH

    MikeH

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service by team. Food excellent

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 500 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 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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