Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

4.3
4136 reviews
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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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AB
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We showed up at 7:50 for an 8:00 reservation, around 8:10-8:15 they sat us. Our server was kind and attentive - but the kitchen then took 60-70 minutes to prepare our 3 dishes. She checked in multiple times to apologize and say our orders should be up next, but after doing that 3-4 times with no food coming out she removed the 3 entrees from our bill. The food was good - just 45 minutes later then expected. I’ve been coming here for over a decade and this was the first time they fell flat. I felt guilty that I picked the place and my 2 friends had this as their first impression. The low service rating was for overall service, not our server. Again she had no control over the hosts or kitchen. She was the only good thing about the entire experience.

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TC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I reserved a table online, a lots of people who were waiting, no place to seat. Kithchen wsa very slow, we were able to order just starters and wated for them for 20 min. I found the experience hectic and not pleasant

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FI
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

This restaurant is not what it used to be. We have been coming here since before they moved to the current location. The food is still good, but the service was awful. They were overwhelmed by the crowd at the front desk and in the restaurant. They are located across from the Seattle Symphony and so very popular before concerts. In other words, the crowd we experienced is something they see all the time and something they can predict. We got stuck at a table upstairs in a far corner of a balcony. We were left at the table for a long time with no appearance of a waiter. Glasses of water took about 20 minutes to show up, despite several people telling us they were on the way. I suspect they were pumped from some exotic well fed directly from the Cascade Glacier. We each ordered a glass of wine -- apparently, they now age the wine when you order it because this also took an eternity. As mine was red, it arrived 10 minutes later than the white ordered by my wife. The menu is a fraction of what it used to be -- but the food is still quite good. The service, however, is so slow and every request has to be repeated at least twice. This is the second or third time that we've had a similar experience before a concert -- but it will be the last.

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KL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food service and drinks prior to the Bowie celebration. Highly recommend Wild Ginger.

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JR
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We used to love Wild Ginger but this visit, the food was not great. The Sea Bass and the green beans were good but the Thai Seafood noodles were sticky and came out after all the rest of the meal was almost done. The Green Papaya salad was just spicy hot, not flavorful and spicy. Additionally, when we asked the waiter some of the ingredients in the dishes, he answered various things that we knew was not correct so he didn't really know what he was serving. Not sure if we will be back in the future.

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SS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for Valentine' Day as friends have recommended Wild Ginger (a bit surprised they didn't do anything special for this important holiday). Found it too be a bit pricey and riding on it's past reputation and awards as food was simply OK (it's a fusion of multiple Asian cuisines that seems to try too hard to deviate from the norm) with the lobster and prawn dumpling soup being one of the dishes we really enjoyed. The wine menu has received awards and accolades but is definitely on the expensive side. We were surprised to be told that they normally only allow one round of wine by the glass samples although the server did bring us a sample of the third glass before we ordered a carafe to share. Also said we would look at the desert menu but think she misheard us and brought the check but overall she was friendly and attentive. The host/greeting team was super friendly and organized despite it being busy so that was nice. This restaurant would need to re-invent itself in other city markets but I guess for the Seattle it works.

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SG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

pricey and plain food. My dish came cold and noodles sticking and clumpy. Appetizers pretty good. We pay for the ambiance.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best!!!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing!

Food was great as always.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner. The duck was awesome and the variety was great. Fun Bar crew and great sommelier was very knowledgeable

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ME
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly, wonderful service.
Nice atmosphere.
Food was very good with nice presentation.
But two of our party had large pieces of red chilies that created a very spicy dish, which was not what they ordered.
Otherwise good.
Good cocktails!
We'll be back.

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b
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The meal was okay but nothing special and certainly not for the price. Our service was fine also nothing extraordinary. The restaurant itself is large and the ambiance is as one would expect for that type of restaurant.

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ME
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Servers were a bit overwhelmed. They took some time to take our order.

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R
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remains my favorite place to eat before going to a concert at Benaroya. Friendly, efficient, professional service and the food is consistently delicious.

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JB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have dined with you several times, and always pleased, but the other eve. fell short. We have had "drunken chicken" at Monsoon, and loved it. Yours was simply cold sliced chicken with a dip, mediocre!

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MS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good good and good service. Always a good choice for a business dinner.

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I made my reservation two weeks in advance and was seated at the far end of the restaurant in a corner. This was a special event, the Chinese dragon new year dance. The gift promised was lack luster and the Chinese dragon was mainly on the main floor out of our view. The food was mediocre at best. Wait staff was good. I told myself I wouldn’t be back after the marginal buffet we went to previously, however the new year celebrations looked fun. I was disappointed again. Sorry, but I won’t be back.

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f
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

This was one of our favorite restaurants until this last visit. Went there for dinner before
the symphony. Concert was at 8pm so we made reservations for 6:30pm. We were seated on time
but we were not acknowledged by anyone for 20 minutes. Food was finally served an hour after being seated giving us 15 minutes to finish before we had to leave. Must praise the host AJ for noticing us and finally having a server come to our table. Other than that, really unhappy and will think twice about going back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

This is usually a great place. We went for a special occasion on Saturday. Our reserved table was not ready. Drinks took 25 minutes. Slow, slow service. Some food came out while the others at our table had to wait for a long time to get their entrees. Hopeful that this was an isolated situation.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is absolutely outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The service was excellent, the restaurant well run. The only thing to consider is that bar drinks are quite expensive.
That did not deter us however, and we will return to the Wild Ginger again and again.

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M
Seattle
90 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been a fan of Wild Ginger for years both when it was in its original setting and now in its current location. It is a "go-to" restaurant for us and especially convenient for events we frequently attend at Benaroya Hall. We like dining on the balcony as it is a bit quieter than on the main floor. The food is outstanding, the waitstaff well informed and responsive and the food beautifully presented and delicious.

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PW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was exceptional...noodle dish and tuna was first rate

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LT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came down from Bellingham to go to the theater. The service is impeccable (although we do come from Bellingham, so our bar is pretty low)... but I’m FROM Portland, so I do know what good service should be like ;) Everyone is courteous, professional, prompt, respectful and friendly... absolutely no complaints. Food was amazing, so delicious, fresh, hot... perfect. We ordered pot stickers, green papaya salad (my fave), four flavors beef, chicken pad Thai, drunken chicken, green chicken curry, bok Choi, omg all so very good. Four flavors beef was my second favorite. This place is worth the drive, even if we aren’t going to the theater. We’ll be back soon!

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j
Seattle
215 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, satisfactory experience.
Food is thoughtfully conceived and carefully prepared: I'd characterize it as comfort food takes on the main categories of pan-Asian dining. The chicken chiew salad and the Siam sea bass salad were both nicely sauced and very tasty. The Mongolian noodles have a little spice kick and were also quite good.
Servers were very willing but somewhat inexperienced (par for the course in Seattle these days).
Background music was inappropriate but low enough volume that it didn't mar the experience, just did not add to it.

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D
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived early for our reservation and went to the bar for a glass of wine. The bartender was very friendly and we told him about our upcoming dinner reservations. The restaurant was very busy and he went to check on our table for us. At the appropriate time he actually seated us. Our waiter was very helpful explaining the menu and made suggestions. The food and the service was just excellent and I was surprised how reasonable the check was.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best and greatest restaurant in Seattle. Perfect before a performance of the Seattle Symphony.

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D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

As one who remembers the countless exciting visits and outstanding food at the oldWild Ginger on Western Ave. and the early days in the Benaroya neighborhood, I have reached the regrettable conclusion over the past several visits that Wild Ginger has decided to cash in on mass market profits and sink to culinary mediocrity. My wife and I were disappointed. Her enthusiasm was not encouraged by the fact that her high sensitivity to food bacteria kicked in with drama within 30minutes after eating (probably bad mollusks). The two positives were a caring waiter and convenient location.

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DB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Most of the food was tasty, although not all. Much of the menu was more spicy than one of us liked. They would adjust to your desired level, but reactions to spice are different. The location and service worked well for us with a concert at 7:30 pm.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Started going here when it was a little hole in the wall Satay Bar. They’ve developed and grown into a really good restaurant. I’ve only been to the downtown location and it never fails to please.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Duck entree was incredibly small. Did you run out of duck that evening or do you have a new chef? Seems it was half of what it typically is and the green beans were way spicer than normal. Will try again but not the same experience that I have had there in the past.

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FH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend Wild Ginger. Great ambiance and amazing food! Have the scallops and you won’t regret it. Perfect location.

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KR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is great, but on our last visit we had super slow service. We had tickets to a show, which our server knew, but it still took him 20 minutes to get the tab to us after we finished eating.

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S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Please give our wholehearted thank you to our servers. We had a birthday and they brought cake and wine. It was truly exceptional and the food was delicious. What a treat. Our servers made it a wonderful experience. Please recognize and thank them!!
Thank you!
Sherri

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SK
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server great. Good delicious

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SR
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I lived in Indonesia for some time, and while I found your Sayur Lodeh to be well-seasoned, it really needed more SPICE. Also, the amount of rice delivered for two people was pathetically inadequate. Service was very slow when we requested more, and the additional spoon we asked for never did arrive.
However, the food was pretty good, the drinks were very good, and the atmosphere pleasant, if a bit loud.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Maybe they lost our order and the kitchen never got it? Took over an house for our food to arrive and two of the entrees were room temperature. Our waiter was great and very nice.

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E
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Symphony night with the family - close to Benaroya Hall, great food & atmosphere!

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t
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

Read some reviews that were positive and decided to try - but it was very disappointing. The potstickers were blah and the prawns that were recommended were not good at all - thick batter and little flavor - McNuggets would have been better. Will not return.

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family in town that was staying in Seattle. We met them down there and heard good things about this restaurant.

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Un repas délicieux et un service gauche et particulièrement désynchronisé avec les étapes du repas. Le tout malgré ces maladresses aurait été passable. Ce qui a été horrible a été de me faire servir un café préparé de toutes évidences en matinée ?

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