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My parents are going to Boston for a weekend and would realllllly love to eat at Blue Ginger. So my questions are: 1) Is it accessible without a car? Would the cab ride be excessive/is there easy public transportation for out-of-towners? and 2) Is it worth it?

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  1. BG is difficult to access without a car and it has received many mixed revies of late, mostly from early fans (myself included) who have noticed that the quality has become inconsistent. That being said, my last visit about 6 months ago was wonderful and I will absolutely return.

    1. 1) no
      1a) yes
      1b) no
      2) no

      1. As I learned by reading the Chowhound Boston area board, Blue Ginger is a short walk from an MBTA Commuter Rail station on the Framinham/ Worcester line. In my opinion it is well worth the trip. I have previously posted messages about Blue Ginger, so won't repeat the specifics. Suffice to say that I have found both food and service to be excellent.

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        1. re: Boatrocker

          I think that's the Wellesley Square stop on the Framingham/Worcester line. Should be about 4-6 blocks (easy) from there.

          1. re: mchang

            It may be a short walk from the commuter rail line, but the train schedule does not look at all amenable to a dinner out. Make sure they know that they want to do LUNCH there.

            Weeknights there are inbound trains at 7:44pm and 12:24am. A Saturday or Sunday night is a little bit more manageable, if one got an early reservation - there are outbound trains that arrive in Wellesley Square at 5:04 and 6:32, and inbound trains at 9:02 and 9:42...and then a last train that turns up in Wellesley at 1:21am!

            Getting out for a lunch is more doable, though even then there can be long gaps if your timing isn't right.

        2. Thank goodness there are people who answer these boards who know what they are talking about. Yes, indeed, Blue Ginger is accessible by publice transportation. I live about 1/2 mile from there. It is only about 2 blocks from the train station. And, yes it is worth it if for no other reason than they would like to go there. The food is wonderful. The menu at lunch contains many of the same specials that you will find in the evening. I often walk in for lunch without a reservation, while it is very difficult to get a diner reservation.
          Please go an enjoy. Ming Tsai is often there is comes around to chat.

          1. I'm coming down from Toronto this weekend and would love to try his restaurant too. Having said that it is accessible by commuter rail; how far would the drive be from Boston?

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            1. re: josamania

              On the weekend, it should be an easy drive. If you tell us where you're staying, we can give you directions. We Bostonians love to play the "How Do You Get There From Here" game!

              1. re: Blumie

                An easy drive, but not an easy reservation. A reservation for this weekend could be VERY difficult. Just a warning...you can always try.

            2. Wellesley Center is approximately 13.1 miles (halfway point of the Boston Marathon) from the Boston Public Library at Copley Square. The drive, with no traffic, is probably about 30 -45 minutes.

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              1. re: beetlebug

                If your parents are accustomed to Seattle/San Fran fusion cusine they will be dissappointed by Blue Ginger, if not then they may enjoy it as so many others seem to.

                1. re: TraderVic

                  I *really* wouldn't make a special trip there. There are so many great places in Boston proper, if that's where you're located, and Blue Ginger's room sucks, the food is just eh and it's expensive. That sounds a little harsh, but I was let down by my one experience there. YMMV

                  1. re: yumyum

                    My sentiments exactly, especially about the dining room.

              2. well, this goes to show you that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. The dining room in Blue Ginger is really quite nice in my opinion, it certainly does not "suck." The food is also very nice. I am not going overboard in my praise and I think it is good to be temperate about these things given that it is only your opinion. BTW, the drive from Copley to wellesly in non rush hour traffic is about 20-30 minutes.

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                1. re: emilief

                  But it's always just one person's opinion. That's why we read this board -- to correlate our opinions with other diners we trust. To stick to the topic, I found the room at Blue Ginger to be cold and reminiscent of a hotel function room, not a fine restaurant. The food was just okay and it was not worth a special trip, in my opinion.

                  1. re: yumyum

                    I've been there twice, both in the wintertime. I felt the place to be a bit drafty myself. The front waiting area, where the bar is, is not the most comfy place to hang out either, with lack of seating, but I think there is a crazy rule in Wellesley about bar stools not being allowed in restaurants, or something. Food is good but not incredible imo.

                  2. re: emilief

                    Perhaps the Blue Ginger does not "suck" but imo having to pay 30 plus dollars per entree for sub standard, not particularly well excecuted food does in fact suck. Add in the snobby suburban Wellesley vibe, the inattentive service and a pretty poor space and you have a place that would not even be in my top 30 in the Boston area- the Blue Ginger had its day- but that was years ago...

                  3. I've long been in the camp that believes that Blue Ginger's enduring popularity is a function of its chef's celebrity, not the merits of the food. It's one of those places I try to steer visitors away from. It might wow them in the western suburbs, where alternatives are few and far between, but it doesn't belong in the top tier of Greater Boston fine dining destinations, in my view.

                    1. I am in the camp of Blue Ginger is plenty tasty, but not really worth the drive out from Boston for the *food*. I, however, do really enjoy getting to see a local celebrity like Ming, and he does work the room pretty well. A very friendly and charismatic guy.

                      So, if you want to see one of the celebrity chefs from around Boston, I'd say go for it. He'll likely be there, and it is a treat for out-of-towners -- especially ones that watch his show.

                      1. Okay... how about I put this challenge differently. We're actually en-route from Logan Airport to go to the Lobster Festival up in Rockland, Maine. But we want to stop over for lunch/dinner in Boston first and grab a few sights as well. My boyfriend is all about the "Chinese" style ginger and green onion fried lobster we typically find in Chinatown here. Any good suggestions?

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                        1. re: josamania

                          You want ginger and scallion fried lobster here before going to a lobster-fest? I think Peach Farm does a great job of that prep.

                          1. re: josamania

                            Best version I've had lately was at Gourmet Seafood on Beach Street.

                          2. To kick-start the whole event! =) I know... I know, after this weekend I'll be so sick of seafood! Where abouts is Peach Farm?

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                            1. re: josamania

                              4 Tyler Street between Beach and Kneeland/Stuart. Parking can be brutal. I'd also recommend the fresh scallops in the shell, anything fried (head on S&P shrimp, soft-shell crab, pork), and the geoduck if available.