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Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union, Seattle, WA

Wild Ginger McKenzie- South Lake Union

4.7
4.7
437 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

11:30 PM


Booked 3 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 437 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. KS

    KathleenS

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and drinks were absolutely outstanding. Highly recommend!
  2. BS

    BrianS

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything first class as always. Great service and very flavorablenfood
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and very accommodating.
  4. y

    yvonnep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The noise level was too high for me. Must ask for a table not across from 20 young folk with laughter and voice making it hard to hear my table mates. Missed the Irishman, but loved Peter. Drinks took forever to arrive.
  5. S

    Sues

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was as always wonderful! Cooked to perfection with just the right amount of seasoning. A sunny afternoon outside with friends enjoying a fantastic lunch couldn't have been better.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Great service.
  7. WG

    WhitneyG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and drinks!!! I highly recommend to anyone in the area.
  8. RH

    RebeccaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Our favorite restaurant.
  9. L

    Liam

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Some of the servers were noticeably unfriendly. That put a damper on my visit.
  10. P

    Patty

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had early dinner reservations for three people. The service was the great, the food delicious and the noise level low enough for us to have lively conversation. I would add that our server was exceptional- had solid suggestions and was appropriately attentive.
  11. PY

    PabloYCarina

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, service and ambience as always!
  12. LF

    LucyF

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    it’s was just very average, nothing very wrong and nothing particularly good.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I always love dining at Wild Ginger. Loved the Berry Basil Martini; lettuce cups and mongolian noodles were great too. Unfortunately this particular evening the green curry was way over salted. If the server had come by more to check on our dinner I would have mentioned it as really did distract from their typical usual quality.\
  14. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service was amazing. We enjoyed it very much. Our waiter made it a great experience
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb was amazing, as was the duck! Service was fantastic.
  16. RS

    RachelS

    Detroit

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 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!
  17. 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).
  18. B

    Billybob

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eddie is a fantastic server. We always enjoy our experience!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. SA

    SarahA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks and staff provided great service.
  22. 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.
  23. AM

    AnnMarie

    Western NC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent!
  24. t

    trham

    Seattle

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were superior
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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!
  29. 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!
  30. 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.
  31. 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!
  32. PC

    PCHEESE

    San Francisco

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 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,
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. 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.
  38. 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!
  39. 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
  40. 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!

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 437 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 3 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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