Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

4.4
4230 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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brent was awesome!...his attentiveness was great when it came to the food and pairing with the right drink...we really appreciated him....

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EM
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday celebration- five people. After years of living in Seattle, I had never been (nor had anyone in the group). What a delight! What beautiful ambiance and nice large booths, it would also be a great date night location, or any special occasion for that matter. Food was excellent and we had an attentive server, who also brought over a birthday sundae. Excellent over all, and I would definitely go back again.

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Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartenders Clayton and Racheal were awesome and attentive!!! Overall a great experience at the Downtown Seattle location!!!

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SS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Came in a little early and seated immediately. Then my husband and I proceeded to wait 20-25 minutes before the wait staff even bothered to acknowledge us. We almost got up and left.

We tried speaking to the waiter serving the table next to us but she wouldn't take a moment to hear us.

They finally assigned us a server who we think was the bartender as he seemed to be washing glasses at the bar when we left.

We frequent this restaurant every year when we come to town and used to recommend it to others. So it was upsetting to be treated so poorly.

Other than poor management the food was fantastic as always.

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

Just ok. Waited 45min for a reserved table, and ended up at at what felt like a makeshift 3-top. The food was very good, and our water was very sweet. But it was very noisy, that seemed like a long wait for a reservation, and there was nowhere my party could sit together while waiting to be seated. While the food was good, it was not enough to make up for the rest.

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BF
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

UNBELIEVABLE.... We had reservations 2 hours before a concert at Benaroya Hall. We were seated 20 minutes late.... we ordered a cocktail and dinner right away. Our meals NEVER CAME!... we saw the server running about, but he never spoke to us.... We decided we had to leave. On our way out the door, the server ran up and gave us the bagged food, AND A BILL FOR just over $100.00!!!... No apology from the management.... Nothing! I work at the concert hall... I can’t recommend Wild Ginger anymore!

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

One of my favorite places to eat downtown, especially at lunch time. Quick service and easy reservations on Open Table.

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m
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and very attentive staff in spacious and gracious building. Worth a visit. Great cocktails!

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! The duck, scallops, and salads were especially incredible.

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

The lettuce wraps are a must have, loved them. We had the ahi and the sea bass. I love seared ahi, but the bass was far superior. The sea bass was the best I've ever had! I will be back!

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ES
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was terrible. Long delays, wrong drinks brought, wrong food. Took 10 min to get water

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TT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was predictably wonderful, and we experienced terrific service, from checkin to final good-byes.

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ET
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space. Incredible food. Really friendly staff. Unfortunately, my food was not piping hot, but I ate it anyway bcuz I was so hungry. They offered to remake it but I said no. Had Hoisin sauce and cognac marinated lamb chops. 3 small, perfect amount, plus szechuan green beans and brown rice. SOOOO good! Also hot tea. $56 not incl tip. I would go back.

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BF
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We asked the chef to choose a menu for our party of 7 to share, family style. OMG... they nailed it! Fantastic food just kept coming, and coming, and coming... We left stuffed and happy.

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g
London
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. Only issue was positive one - the vegetable curry for one was enough for 2-3 people. Needs choice of portion size if possible!!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Seattle. Always consistently good, we never hesitate to take visitors to Seattle to Wild Ginger! We eat here at least once a week and we always find new favorites to try, although the duck and the lettuce cups are always on our table. Great for family style dining so one can try it all!

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MG
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food — those lettuce cups!!

We were seated in the main area right as you come in, and found it to be pretty breezy. Next time, we will request an area in the room by the windows to the South, as the ambience of our seats didn’t match the special feeling of the food.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service! Even the bus boy was friendly and full of smiles!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Brought 7 friends to one of my favorite Seattle restaurants after a 4-hour baseball game at freezing cold Safeco Field! We had a reservation for 2 weeks in advance but were seated by the front door and felt the chilling draft every single time the door opened! We had to wear our coats to stay warm - after 4.5 hours in the cold BEFORE dinner.

But the real hitch came when the waiter informed us that they shellfish-free entree we ordered due to severe allergy concerns did, in fact, contain traces of shellfish. Only problem? The information came AFTER one of my guests began eating it. Needless to say, I will NEVER trust a “special order” at Wild Ginger again. No offer to remove entree from bill or provide other credit.

Visit was a COMPLETE disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Wild Ginger! The menu was eclectic and full of choices! Wait staff were amiable and courteous, and the wine guru selected a lovely Pinot Grigio to accompany our meal. From beginning to end it was a wonderful dinner.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was to die for. Simply fantastic.

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was well prepared and excellent as always. Service was excellent as well. We had a wonderful time.

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K
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

So great to know that even after all these years, Wild Ginger does not disappoint. We had a wonderful dinner with great service. Our waiter, Tanner was engaging but gave us space to enjoy our drinks and dine and converse. A fabulous evening celebration.

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HC
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All dishes were excellent--Siam lettuce cup, fragrant duck, spicy noodles, bok choy. Service prompt & efficient. We were initially seated at a small wall table on the main floor, but asked to be moved and wound up at a mezzanine table that was fine. Even on a busy Friday, Wild Ginger always tries to accommodate.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was excellent. Waiter forgot to take our coupon for a free appetizer and we got charged. Hopefully they will honor it if we go in the future.

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GM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our family gathering at your establishment was enjoyed by all and the food was most delicious in a very comfortable surrounding. We would consider dinner again on our next visit to beautiful Seattle.

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BS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The side order of green beans was delicious, but overpriced (really, $13 for a small plate of beans?). My martini was a bit watery - obviously shaken with ice too long. Otherwise, the food was very good.

A customer service issue:
When initially we were taken to our table, I asked the waiter if we could fold my wife's wheelchair and leave it by the wall near our table after she transferred to a regular chair (there was plenty of room). He said he would take it elsewhere but bring it back when we were ready to leave. We had a small backpack hanging behind the chair's seatback, which contained only a lap blanket, and he said he would take the backpack with the chair. After we paid the check, that waiter, who was not our server, was nowhere to be seen. I asked our server about the chair; he had to search for it - and the backpack was not with the chair. He asked the hostess at the entrance counter about the backpack, and she finally found it in a completely separate location from the chair.

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DS
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and menu. Ordered the duck and lamb chops. Incredible. A little pricey but worth the cost.

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Something went wrong and wait for food was excessively long. Everyone knew. No offer for even slightest discount on anything. Food was very good.

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service I have ever had. The server was beyond knowledgeable in regards to food and pairings with wine and surprisingly beer!

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d
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Some of the menu items have really gone downhill in the last couple years. I ordered the 7 Flavor Beef which used to be tender, rare, delicately flavored, bite sized pieces of beef, but are now thin, tough, well done strips of a cheap cut of beef heavily coated with a thick, sticky sauce. This is the second time I’ve been disappointed when retrying an old favorite. Too bad such a fine restaurant is going this way.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The duck was fantastic!

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BM
San Francisco
333 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great scene for informal dining among friends. Food portions are larger than table could handle do it was a bit of chaos. But worth it. All tasty and superb value wines too. Third visit this week!

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Servers too busy to have eye contact or check in. Beans....never came. I did ask for a second glass of wine since they weren’t going to offer. I have always loved the food at WG but quality service is a huge part of my dining expectations. Not a WG focus. But hey, place is booked and we weren’t high on the priority list. Most engagement we got was they brought the check. We laughed it all off and will consider options. Service service service

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m
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This restaurant was probably in it’s prime 10-20 years ago. When you walk in to the huge dining area, packed with people, you wonder how they can provide high quality
Asian food? The answer soon became clear, they can’t. Service was slow and uncertain, but, more importantly, the food was not good. The lobster/shrimp dumpling soup and the duck were good. The shrimp were covered with a thick coating, much like a corn dog, and very greasy. The string beans were equally greasy and limp from being over cooked. The place was packed, a tribute to this restaurants history. Unfortunately, mediocrity would be a compliment. I am certain there are much better Asian restaurants in Seattle.

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j
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food, the WINE!!, and the service were all top notch. Thanks for a wonderful evening celebrating our coworkers impromptu 30th birthday party!

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BA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food with great variety from across the Pacific Rib. Each dish is flavorful with authentic seasoning.
We opted to eat at the bar which became less congested mid evening and was a great place to slowly eat, drink and have great conversation. One of the best Asian restaurants in the country!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work Dinner for 12 out of town guests went great. Thank you!

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat there every year after a regular- and very taxing- downtown event. It is consistently outstanding . And soothing to us after said event

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BM
San Francisco
333 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great great wine list and value priced. Food is a solid accompaniment. Staff were all spot on for us. My second visit this week.

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