Seattle >Food & Dining > Wild Ginger Asian Restaurant
1401 Third Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.608832 -122.337422
Mon - Thurs: 11:30am - 11pm
Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am
Sun: 11am - 9 pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Business District
BIG letdown – I visited the other night after hearing mixed reviews and saw first hand why most people in Seattle dislike this place. After a rude person at the front desk finally sat us, we were approached by a "Captain" whose apparent job is to belittle my choice of wine. Our server was nice and informative enough for us to have a nice meal, but every few mintues this "Captain" showed up to interupt our meal. The food was good, but not good enough to justify the price. The space is cavernous and an intimate table does not exist.
I don't know why people are complaining so much about this place. It's wonderful. I've gone to Wild Ginger for lunch multiple times, and tonight I went there for dinner for the first time. We had 6:00 reservations, and even though the place was packed, we were taken right to our seat. Our waiter was wonderful, food was excellent (and we had plenty of leftovers, ordered an appetizer and 2 main courses). Didn't have to wait long for our food considering how packed they were. Excellent meal for 2 people for under $60 (with drinks). I'd definitely go there again!!
Overrated! – This restaurant is soooo overrated. You're paying to be seen and hang out in the hip atmosphere.
Some of the dishes are VERY good. Some are VERY not good. They are all VERY expensive.
Save about 75% and go somewhere like Noodle Ranch.
Also, the table we were seated at had chairs which made me feel like we were doing a shoot for Low Rider magazine. I'm over 6' tall and could barely get up to the table.
What a change a year can make! – The Wild Ginger has long been my favorite resturant in Seattle, until my last dining experience. The portions have honestly shrunk in half since last year. Maybe the economy is starting to have an impact on the volume of food. We were still hungry after ordering our usual entrees. We actually had to order two more selections. They will have to improve on this for me to return. The flavor of their food still is amazing and the service is still pretty consistent.
What's the big deal? – This place has more hype working for it than an aging boxer. Honestly, there's not a thing wrong with it--the food and service are good, and the atmosphere is nice, but it didn't strike me as anything wildly out of the ordinary. So, everyone who gushes about it should probably relax a bit.
Worth the wait – Have good friends for a conversation or a book because you are going to wait to be seated. I recommend heading to the bar for self seating if you can handle the smoke and ask for Elena to be your server. She made the frustration of waiting for a table worth the while with her knowledge of the menu and prompt service. The food is wonderful and full of flavor. Parking is a hastle and the location is not great but once you sit down and have something to eat from the Satay bar, Blackened Scallops, Fragrant Duck or one of their great desserts, eveything seems o.k. again. You will leave full.
Reservation Dummies – I don't see a point in making a reservation for this place, when I did make one. My guests & I arrived early prior to our scheduled reservation time-to only find out we had to wait. Personally, I enjoy the food & the service....but being in the industry, I was quite disappointed when it comes to making the reservation and to only find out that there was no table and we were offered the Satay Bar, so we ended up in the Bar. Maybe there should be a consideration for those who are respectful enough to make a reservation and save them their table they deserve!
Never again! – The first clue should have been no request for a phone number when reservation was made. There's no need as they enjoy the crowded fast pace of looking too busy! Everyone is rushed..service very poor..excellant wine list but no one to serve the product. This is not my idea of a high-end restaurant.
When we complained the manager came to our table to apologize and offered his card with an invitation to call ahead next time for a really good table! No Way! This was an expensive mistake!
Downhill and spotty service – The food is still quite good but service is very spotty, especially for the price range of Wild Ginger. And poor service, I mean downright rude/ignorant, can overshadow any good food and ruin an evening.
Over several years, a location move, and wildly increased popularity, it's gone progressively downhill. And yet there seem to be so many employees milling about...not sure why they can't wait on tables or bar patrons properly.
Portland fan – I live in Portland, but I try to get to Wild Ginger whenever I visit Seattle. I haven't been to the new location, so I hope it's as great as the old one. Everything I've tried, from the wild boar satay to the Peking duck, was fantastic, each dish distinctly different. Service is always good, and I love the mango margaritas. Can't wait to come up and try the new place.
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