Try Wild Ginger for lunch or dinner. The food is fabulous and the interior is beautiful!!! We were out and about and found it because we saw the Gelato shop across the way and wanted to find somewhere to have a light lunch so we could eat some gelato. We ended up skipping Gelato and eating dinner at Wild Ginger instead. The staff was very welcoming and even let me play tourist and take photos of the interior. A must go to! Don't let the fancy interior fool you from what we saw... they also cater to family's. On a side note they are in the process of adding a club below that is in an original Vaudeville club. I assume it will be Seattle’s newest hot spot.
Favorite Dish The duck was by far the best thing we had, although everything was fan-tab-u-lous!!! The plate consists of duck segments atop a bed of shredded lettuce. Six Chinese [bow style] buns surround the edge of the plate. In a small side bowl they have a sweet glaze. The object is to take the bun, put the glaze in the bun along with the duck and lettuce. It is sooo good. We also tried the chicken lemongrass satay, 7 seasoned beef, dumplings and black bean asparagus. All was served hot and family style so you could dish out your own plate. The entrée’s came with your choice of white or brown rice. Since we got two dished we opted for one of each.
Favorite Dish Wild ginger fragrant duck: Succulent duck spiced with cinnamon and star anise accompanied by four small steamed buns, Sichuan peppercorn salt and sweet plum sauce, pickled cucumbers and choice of steamed white or brown rice. Delicious!!! To drink, order a tall cold glass of Spiceberry tea, a decaffeinated herbal blend of subtle fruit with hints of cinnamon. Refreshingly good!
This has got to be the biggest Asian restaurant Ive ever been to...and WOW was it worth it!
On busy 3rd Avenue this swinging place was packed to the gills with locals and where there were no more free tables they sat at the bars and ate! After checking in with the reception we found a small lean to table with high stools for our customary cocktail and the receptionist said she would come for us when the table was ready. How will she find us?? but she did! and we were shown to a window table overlooking 3rd Ave and proceeded to spend the next 15 minutes reading the menu! Extensive wasnt the word. They had everything.
The waiter was super efficient advising us on what dishes or how many to have...even tho we ignored him and went with our thoughts, then ordered way too much!!
Make sure you book a table.
Favorite Dish Vietnamese prawn and crab salad...a spicy salad mmmm! Fragrant Duck(one dish would have served 2 people...my brother and I had one each!!)
Like many upscale Seattle restaurants, the exterior does not give away the wonderful delights instore once you enter. while connected to a night club next door and actually has private rooms that overlook the stage, the restaurant is something wonderful for the sences.
Served family style this restaurant is best enjoyed with a larger party, but it can be wonderful as an intimate dinng for two as well.
Lunch is Monday - Saturday 11:30 - 3:00 pm
Dinner Sunday 4:00 - 11:00 pm
Dinner Monday-Thursday 5:00 - 11:00 pm
Dinner Friday 5:00-12:00 pm
dinner Saturday 4:30 -12:00 pm
Favorite Dish ah...does everything count? Beef, pork, chicken, vegetarian, more vegitarian, and seafood. All dishes were wonderful.
Wild Ginger has been wildly popular in Seattle for years - the owners (husband and wife) frequently travel to Asia to pick up more ideas for their menu.
The menu hosts some incredible concoctions that blend IndoChina flavors incredibly well. Dishes like seven flavored beef, golden prawns fried in tapioca batter, and anything with duck make this place a treat with every visit. Not to mention an extensive wine list, friendly and very knowledgeable staff.
The only drawbacks are the atmosphere and wait time for tables. Make reservations or you'll wait for a good hour on Friday or Saturday nights. Also, the original Wild Ginger was in a quaint little place on Western Ave, behind Pike Market, but has moved to a fairly vast home a few blocks away and seems a bit cavernous at first, but the music and lighting help to ease that somewhat.
The restaurant that took over the old Wild Ginger location is also a great option - risky to follow up with another Thai place, but 'Typhoon' serves up great food in a nice setting.
Favorite Dish Fragrant duck entree.
The place most important politicians and the like go when in Seattle. A bit expensive, but if you have the $ you should go. I would say dress smartly, but Seattle is pretty laid back in this department.....
Favorite Dish everything
There several good restaurants in downtown Seattle, however, Wild Ginger is my favorite. Wild Ginger has certainly gained in popularity over the years, so, the restaurant is fairly crowded these days...which is attributable to the success of their food. So, definitely make reservations if you plan on dining there.
On the price side, I felt the cost was well balanced for the quality of food, service and atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere, Wild Ginger's new restaurant is very nice. The interior is quite warm and inviting given the rich wood materials used throughout that are accented by clean leading lines, which really gives their new space a very modern look and feel. Sophisticated, without being too stuffy...
Favorite Dish The cuisine is Asian with items indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to name a few. I really couldn't pick a favorite item as all the dishes on the menu are excellent, fresh and quite creative...but definitely try the scallop and/or boar satays for starters.