Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

4.4
4314 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.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Show your love and appreciation for the women in your life with a special dining experience at Wild Ginger this Mother's Day. We will be offering a Dim Sum buffet at $48/person all day long.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Make this Easter extra special by joining us for dinner at Wild Ginger! Beautiful interiors, accommodating yet unintrusive staff, and tasty food + drinks.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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

Hostess at the entry seemed a little annoyed that I made reservations. It was a Friday night and wasn't sure about the crowd. Having said that, server was more than accommodating and friendly , food was timely, fresh and delicious ! Definitely worth the visit...with or without reservations.

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

Did not realize it was Restaurant Week! Service was excellent. Food specials were also great. Food came quickly.

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

Great service and outstanding food for our pre-concert dinner.

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KC
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Restaurant Week, and were not disappointed. I had the Shaking Beef which met my high expectations. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the sea bass. Our waiter was very friendly explaining the special menu.

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j
Seattle
128 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was very poor, we went for lunch during SRW.
One of the appetizers was not available.
Service was good.
Room is dated and needs an upgrade.
Food was very disappointing, very small portions, chicken dish very salty/spicey, beef course was tough.
Would not return for another SRW meal.

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GD
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tiffany was a funtastic server with a great sense of humor.

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C
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Quiet ambiance, early in the day so fewer people. Great service.

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m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well-informed wait staff, excellent service. Kobe beef satay, chili green beans...great meal

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J
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I usually love Wild Ginger but my most recent experience was disappointing. I had a reservation for 6:15, and tickets to a show starting at 7:30. When I arrived at 6:10, I ended up waiting for my table until about 6:35. Once seated, we ordered pretty quickly but the food did not arrive until 7:10. While waiting, we asked for our check, so we literally paid for our food before we even got it. When it arrived, we asked for to-go boxes, shoved food into our mouths and headed out at 7:25. Our waitress knew we had tickets to a show and I thought I had alloted plenty of time...my whole dining experience felt rushed and I was disappointed that this was the case, especially since I had raved about it to my dinner-date who had never been there before. I understand the restaurant gets busy on show-nights, but I feel like given their location, they should have the experience to plan accordingly for the dinner rush.

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s
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been to Wild Ginger many times over many years. I like the restaurant . Sunday night was a disaster. Why do restaurant week if you cannot handle the crowds.? If I was a first time customer I would never return.

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JW
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 1

Why did I give such an overall poor rating with such a good service rating? Well, the waiter did everything he could but we were seated at least 45 minutes late and we had a curtain time of 7:30 to make. Food came in waves but we didn't get several dishes until 7:30. We had to box up our meals without even trying them. The waiter sent out comp potstickers and took some $ off the bill but it can't make up for the agitation we felt throughout the dinner. We had been so looking forward to going out as a group (of 6) and treating ourselves and instead, we were rushed and distracted the entire time waiting for our food and checking our watches. Either plan to dine several hours in advance of a show, or skip altogether.

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MI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Second time I’ve been seated in the annex room instead of the main dining area which is more intimate. Maybe I’ll try requesting the main room next time.

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k
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The food is overpriced and some items are downright flavorless. In the $15 soup I got, ginger overpowered the lobster and shrimp dumplings floating in a "broth" that tasted like hot water. The duck was flavorless and had a weird texture to it. Honestly, of everything we ordered, I can only recommend the sea bass, mandarin chicken, and szechuan green beans. The service was deplorable right from the start, as we waited 10 or more minutes after being seated before even seeing our waiter or getting water. He then served all his other tables, all except one that were seated after us, before attending to our table. He appeared very nervous, although he told us he'd worked there for 2 years, and was completely inattentive before, during, and after our meal. We had to wait 20+ minutes to get our check and only after I asked the busboy to track down our waiter. While I normally tip at least 20%, I couldn't in good conscience leave more than 10% on a $200+ bill. I handed the other 10% of the tip to the busser, who provided excellent service in comparison, and who mentioned that our waiter's inattentive service was a "common sentiment" that evening. We will not be back.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We joined a large group of women attending a lecture at Benaroya at 7 and planned an early dinner. We had an amazing waiter who was very patient as we made our choices: Pad Thai with Prawns, broth with lobster and shrimp dumplings and a tofu with baby eggplant dish. The soup broth was tasteless. Everything else was 5 star.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and a festive pre-show environment. Appreciated help from the wine steward!

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dishes and great service for a relatively reasonable price.

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T
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was fine. Food was good, but very expensive and Wild Ginger does not provide a good value.

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JE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little noisy for elder ears. Everything else wonderful.

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PM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our experince with the wait staff was stellar. The food, well, good but not spectacular. Maybe I had dreams that weren't fulfilled, quite. Certainly a bit $$

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LW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I recommend overall - just don't go for Seattle Restaurant week. The servings are quite small. The food was good, as always, but 2 little bites for appetizers and a small plate for dinner, without any rice, is really not any deal ! Better places for 3 courses for $35.

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m
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat upstairs and enjoyed the view below. The noise level was such that we could actual hear each other talk--not like other places we have eaten lately.

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible. We waited 20 minutes to have our order taken and had to wait throughout the meal each step of the way.

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c
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was attentive but not i Ruis ever. Delicious food with good portion. Loved it.

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TE
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was very pleasantly surprised at the Ambiance and great service at this restaurant. I had a very enjoyable experience and plan to return on my next trip to Seattle. The service was really good.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Was really hoping for good pad Thai but to me it was too dry, egg barely, small amount of chicken. Server explained things if asked but didn’t really come back to check on us

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s
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem! Despite its size, the ambience is subdued and intimate and the noise level was very low. Granted, we were in a booth. It might have been a bit different at a table in the open. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. I would definitely come again, and I would bring guests!

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AL
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

very good food & nice place, well go soon again. interesting choice for restourant week

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ve been going to Wild Ginger for the past 30 years and I hope to be able to continue dining there for the next 30. Even though I live in Dallas, I make it a point to enjoy Wild Ginger on every trip to Seattle. This time I brought along 6 colleagues and they all loved the meal. The only ding on this visit was that the service was a little slower than usual, but we were enjoying every other aspect. The waiter was excellent and may have been just misreading our cues about ordering and pace of dinner. But, it was EXCELLENT!

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KF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately we were seated almost 30 minutes after our reservation. Our time was then limited because we had tickets to a performance. The waiter was very kind in telling us what menu items could be prepared quickly, but the list was quite short. We could not understand why the balcony wasn't open that evening to better accommodate what they should have known would be a large crowd.

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TL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We arrived exactly on time for a 530 pm Sunday reservation, and every single person on the staff made excuses for delay delay delay while we were there. This restaurant is across the street from Seattle‘s major concert hall; how is it possible that they are unprepared to serve all of their tables starting two full hours before a scheduled event? We were kept standing in the foyer; after we were seated it took 15 minutes and duplicate requests to get our simple bar order, which came after the first course on the “restaurant week“ set menu (in other words, our food order was not a complicated one and was apparently meant to show off the house’s best). We were finished on time for our event, but it was irritating to have everyone make excuses. Have the management never trained their staff on the difference between an apology and an excuse? They made it sound like it was our fault for being there, when they couldn’t keep up with the diners they had seated. Fine, next time I go to Benaroya Hall, I will make a reservation elsewhere and enjoy my meal. And it probably won’t be as expensive, and I will most likely be happy to leave my customary 20% tip.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were having dinner to celebrate my mother’s birthday, her first birthday since losing her husband of 54 years. I had noted this on the reservation and while the table next to us received a candle in their dessert for a birthday, my mother received nothing, even though we ordered three desserts. Additionally, after the bill came we asked if we could pay part with a gift card and part with cash and the server seemed annoyed and finally in exasperation left and brought two bills back, which is not what we asked for. Disappointing experience.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite dish is Seven Flavors Beef Ann’s Phad Thai all served hot and tasty. Classy place next door to Benaroya Hall. Quick and easy access after an afternoon at the Symphony. Perfect!

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good(especially the duck and the seven flavor beef)and at a decent price, the service was excellent. My only complaint was that we were seated on the edge next to a window, taken away from the rest of the crowd. I read that it’s a very lively and romantic environment in the restaraunt, but we were not seated in a spot for that experience. Besides that the food was very very good and I had no complaints!

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WM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We got stuck in the room with tables. I much prefer the booths. The people next to us were very loud and since they pack you in, I could hear their conversation better than my own. The food was great and the service excellent.

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BV
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food and service were outstanding. prices a bit high in my opinion.

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LL
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I usually love the Wild Ginger, but this last time I was somewhat disappointed. The food was average this time. The duck that we ordered was dry and had too much fat. Overall the portions were small for dinner. We ordered three dishes for dinner plus a dessert for the two of us. The dishes were served in a timely manner. The sorbet was great though.

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I make sure to get to one of their locations every time I'm in Seattle. Still one of the best restaurants in the country!

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous greeting by Shannon, whom we have not seen since his time at Barolo. What a fantastic surprise! The food from starter to entrees were outstanding. The wine paired superbly and along the way we acquainted with wonderful couple at the table next to us. All in all, a top 10 evening between the food, drink and staff. Looking forward to the next time quite soon!

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BA
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food completely and he staff was very courteous and helpful.

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

Our favorite restaurant for a meal before going to the Symphony across the street. The green papaya salad is always our first course and it is a unique treat. Main dishes are also superb.

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