Trader Vic's
Trader Vic's

Trader Vic's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tradervicsatl.com/
  • Phone: (404) 221-6339
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Cheing Phour
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Join Atlanta's only Exoctica Band - Tongo-Hiti every Thursday as we celebrate Mai Tai Thursdays. Mai Tai's priced at $6 all night.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: MARTA - Peachtree Center Station
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary self parking is available in the hotel parking garage with the purchase of an entree.
A word from Trader Vic's
Trader Vic's is a Polynesian theme restaurant with exotic drink flavors served from the Mai Tai Lounge. The cuisine features fantastic fare from Singapore, Samoa, Shanghai & points west. Reflecting cuisines from around the world, Trader Vic's offers continental dishes, smoked-oven-roasted specialty meats & fish in the "Roti" tradition (never exposed to open flame) from Chinese wood-fired ovens plus classic wok presentations.
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Trader Vic's reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (42)good for groups (36)fit for foodies (22)romantic (20)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)neighborhood gem (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Food is great!
    GeorgiaEaterVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    OK... This "chain" was top of the class when Iwas , and the concept is a little dated, but honestly, I was supsurprised that the food (and Mai Tai's) were so good! I've lived in this city for 20 years and dine downtown frequently, but never thought of trying this restaurant. Business kept me at the Hilton hotel, so convenience made this my choice... the first time. I've been back since then. Mai Tai's are excellent. Imperial Beef was tender & flavorful. The Volcano Shrimp were large and tasty. The sampler appetizer is appropriate for 2, but only 2. The service seemed a bit inflexible and slow, however the food overshadowed the mediocre service. I'll come back with my family for a special occasion.
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    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wood Fire Grill Menu
    NotPicky
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Trader Vic's was a good spot for a casual business dinner while in Atlanta. Food was good, espcially the rack of lamb from their wood fire grill. Atmosphere was fun and the Mai Tai's were awesome. Would go back next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best maitai on earth
    WTFBSM
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Atmosphere is original and intoxicating. The food is nothing short of exemplary. The cocktails are worthy of their own religion. If my family ever abandons me i will most likely try to live in this utopia of original cuisine and superlative adult beverages. What a fantastic place!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Trader Vic's is a MUST for everyone
    JTCT
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Trader Vic's continues to provide something different in fine Atlanta dining. Located in the basement of the Hilton Hotel, this unique Polynesian gem blends a TiKi atmosphere with incredible Asian cuisine and amazing drinks (they invented the Mai Tai.) Be sure to try the pork appetizer, the delicious baked chicken or curries. This is one of my favorite restaurants for a reason!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trade up and skip it
    Movado
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Though a very "cool" place to see and experience, the good is mediocre at best and WAY overpriced for what you get and the quality. The service was very slow in what seemed like a rather uncrowded evening. Overall.... $100.00 tab for two blah dinners and one bar beverage was too much.
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  • Enjoyable & entertaining
    Seabee
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our visit to Trader Vic's was an Atlanta treat! The service & food were great. We especially enjoyed seeing the ovens where the food is cooked and the decor of the restaurant added to the treat of a wonderful meal for our evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Excellent food and service. Very nicely decorated and still easy to talk at the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Group loved it
    Birdaparadise
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our group of 12 went here to have a place to celebrate after a day of learning. Super atmosphere, fun food, relaxed service. Perfect for what we wanted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was bland and no flavor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Disappointed that I only had 3 time frames to choose to make a reservation. When I arrived, the restaurant was barely occupied. Why was I limited to only three times. It would have been better to bypass the OpenTable concept and make the reservation directly with the restaurant. Also the night prior, I made a reservation at Cuts. I showed up and told the hostess I had a reservation. It was not acknowledged in the system so I was flagged as not showing up for the reservation in my email. I told the hostess, on my way out, that I was indeed there. She was going to correct it but never did. Maybe Opentable isn't a great way to make reservations after these two experiences.
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  • Always a winner
    Gregor
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food is very good, and service is always exceptional! It is a fun atmosphere, go and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but pricey.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food was good. Drink special was a good value. The price of the food seemed a bit high. It's a cool ambiance. Note: if you're struggling to find it, it's in the basement of the hotel. The elevator has a button labeled "Trader Vic".
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • #TBT
    LarissaVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I was visiting Atlanta for a conference and saw there was a Trader Vic's in town, I had not been to one since childhood (40+ years). While rumaki is no longer on the menu, the tiki kitchy atmosphere was everything I hoped for. It was the perfect "Throw Back Thursday" event for me. The food was great, drinks were just a flavorful and fun as I remember my parents talking about, and the group of friends who indulged me and went along had a great time. I had the salmon, others had shrimp and beef and there were no complaints from anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good and service
    Mcgunn
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very relaxing atmosphere I love eating here the food and service is always great we eat a couple times a year sometimes at the bar area for a quick bite and a Mai tai and sometimes we come for a fun dinner but we always enjoy it very much
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    smokey
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were disappointed in the food for the price. Would not go back
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kitschy charm, cuisine a minus
    nkouraged
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I assume that when a place with this reputation has a short menu, it makes up for the deficiency of variety with the excellence of its menu items. However, I was less than wowed by the entrees my group ordered. But first....sampler platter (a double portion of Cosmo Tidbits for two) was a mixed bag: ribs were delicate, crab rangoon a little too fragile, breaded prawns unremarkable, egg rolls an outright disappointment. I ordered the Imperial Beef, less than majestic in flavor. I've had Chinese take-out way better than this. The sauce soaked through everything, obscuring the taste of the beef and vegetables; everything was soggy, with even the bok choy providing very little crunch Our desserts and drinks were amazing. Overall, a C for $.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blech
    dhamrick
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The hotel has taken over the kitchen perhaps? As usual hotel food is awful. Frid rice? More like greased rice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was appalling
    Unhappy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Longstanding reservation during very busy convention week. We expected a crowd and some impact on service but our server was mind-bogglingly slow. Another table of our size seated after us was served food before we had our cocktails and had finished before our food orders were taken. We probably would have order another round of drinks, possibly even dessert but we were never given a chance. After asking for our check FOUR times it still took 20 minutes to get and the server dropped the bill and disappeared even though I had a credit card in my hand when he gave me the bill. Food was ok. Company was good. Won't go back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much improved. Lots of fun
    Kspecial
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We came here to meet friends at dragoncon last year and it was a disaster. This year, they were ready. Great bar scene, friendly staff. Yummy rum drinks! Great job. I think this is our new dragoncon tradition
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DragonCon Dining
    Jim1Jo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were smart and used open table to make a reservation ahead of time and had a great time. The food was AMAZING! The drinks were BEYOND amazing. They had such a big cocktail menu with great variety as well. Most restaurants downtown are a mad house with bad service during labor day weekend this is definitely a new favorite of ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, but not the last!
    MtnBiker
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were in town for DragonCon and just had to go since it was right there downtown. We had SUCH a lovely time. Our server treated us like family (the kind you actually like) and the food was everything we had been lead to expect. We even bought commemorative "coconut" mugs to use at home. THANK YOU TRADER VICS!! ^_^
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fun to visit
    RVAfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everytime we go to Atlanta we eat at Trader Vics. I love the Tiki atmosphere. The service was a little slow this time. They seemed understaffed for a weekend with a huge convention in town. The menu was pared down a bit too (not sure if that was bc of the con) but I miss having the mixed grill option that I'd had in the past (I think it was salmon and steak).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DRAGONCON MUST
    Mellie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We come here every year for Dragon Con and usually enjoy the experience. The waitress this year just seemed out of it, must of been an off night for her. She dropped water on my handsome date, did not know the menu nor the specials, the "lava" dessert had no lava and then did not bring us back our credit card after paying. This is NOT the typical service we receive here, but it was the service we received this time. Waitress only offered apologies, and never asked if we wanted a new dessert made the correct way. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A time capsule from the Tiki heyday
    Potus32
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    There aren't many of the old Tiki palaces left (from the heyday of the Tiki craze of the 50s & 60s)--but this one is a real gem! The food is superb (we had the pupu platter, salmon, and scallops--ALL were outstanding); the drinks are legendary (their Mai-Tai really DOES live up to the hype); and the ambience is the sort of throwback (mildly kitschy) fun that has become hard to find! There are only 3 Trader Vics remaining in the United States (the other two are both on the West Coast)--so we are really privileged to have one in Atlanta still! Long may it prosper; let's do all that we can to make it so!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks, so so food
    llallen1113
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I usually go to Trader Vic's the Thursday before DragonCon officially starts. This year, the dinner menu was cut to 2 pages, and the selections were meh. I had the Volcano shrimp, and it was decent, but not outstanding. The service has been extremely slow the last 2 years as well. The drinks our a whole different story. The Mai Tais and Menehune Juice are awesome! We will come back for the drinks, maybe skip the dinner next time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Great service
    Kittyprd
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is always great. The Cosmo tidbits for two is our go to appetizer. Plan to get dessert. The chocolate lava cake is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The New Trader Vic's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I felt that their menu was limited. Many of their dishes were hot and spicy. Only the Pu Pu platter (delicious) was what I would expect to find in a Polynesian restaurant but they seem to have gotten away from that type of food. My rack of lamb was excellent and my husband's chicken was good, just not what we were looking for at Trader Vic's. I used to go to Trader Vic's in the basement of the Plaza in NYC in the sixties as well as the one in Chicago. I have been to the one in Boston in the seventies, San Francisco and Honolulu in the eighties. All are gone now. In the nineties and currently Atlanta where the menu shrinks each time/ currently is only two pages, one page of entrees. Its food is more like the farm to table craze.
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    scenic view
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The one thing lacking for the ambiance was music to fit the scene.
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  • 16 August 2014
    MrCouper
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a really unique restaurant. Try one of the wood fired menu items. The Scallops and Pork were both amazing. They have a fun cocktail menu as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time favorite
    TraderVic
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've been going to Trader Vic's for 20 years. The ambience is great, the drinks are fantastic. The menu has changed since we were there last. Menu is more simplified. But, some of my favorites are no longer on the menu (Bongo Bongo Soup). More of a South Asian fare now than a Southeast Asian like it used to be. Still good, though.
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  • Tasty but pricey
    Thfjustin
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was delicious. Could not have asked for better. A little expensive though and rather small portions.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 440 reviews are from the Trader Vic's reviews archive.
  • Neat theme, but underwhelming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Dined on a Wednesday night, and the place was about empty. To start, after waiting by an empty host stand for a while, we had to wander past the host stand to the bar to let the staff know that we were waiting to be greeted and seated. There were a handful of other parties in the restaurant, but our party of 4 was seated in a back room that had no one else seated (and at least 20 empty tables in the room). This empty room was uncomfortably quiet (not at all the experience we were expecting of a tiki bar), and at times we could go a while without seeing a staff member - which made it a challenge to order. A good option for those who like tropical / fruity drinks, but I'd recommend going on a weekend when perhaps it's less empty.
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  • Once a Year
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As always Trader Vic's was a pleasure to visit. They have changed the menu however and unless you are ready to spend a fortune, you need to stick with the appetizers. We had the variety appetizer and an egg roll and called that our dinner. The drinks are wonderful and they are not stingy with the alcohol. I have three teenage boys and would consider bringing them only for a special birthday as they would order appetizers, dinner entre and dessert. Although the menu is much easier to read, I would still like to have seen a few dinners less than $25.00. Will plan to return again next year knowing that it is appetizers for me!
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  • get your Tiki on!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Love Trader Vic's. Drinks and atmosphere always awesome.
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    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fun decor, food not very good
    Kent
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was BAD! and the management had attitude. The serving staff was ok
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-so
    jackieVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Trader Vic's was open for food early evening July 4 so they get points for that. Drinks were small (seriously, a cocktail of 4 oz?), food not horrendously overpriced considering attachment to a downtown conference-heavy hotel. Nothing special tho. Morel dish tasty but tiny, Asian slaw best part of crab cake dish, spare ribs dry and lacking flavour, asparagus nicely done. Very limited options for vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free diets. I feel for the wait staff in their seriously outdated costumes... #fashionfail right there. It felt jaded overall - fixtures, fashions and food. I wouldn't eat there again...
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  • Gem
    drc82
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    A hidden gem in the Hilton. Cozy bar and good food.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh.
    Speedracer2099
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    For the money I expected more. Ordered the Steak and it was not good. Only good thing was the tropical drinks.
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  • Sure, why not?
    OriginalRobbo
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Skates successfully along the border of kitsch. Drinks taken very seriously, food very well prepared, service quite professional. Looks like an easy place to make fun of, but when we stood up... turns out we'd had a very nice meal. The food came first, not the marketing.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal!
    Satisfiedsammy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I wasn't expecting anything other than a themed tourist trap Trader Vic's is my husbands favorite restaraunt but it was my first trip the food, drinks and service were excellent and the Polynesian decor makes you feel like you are somewhere tropical instead of in downtown Atlanta. The filet mignon was probably the best I have every eaten! The General Manager Jason was super nice and gave me an awesome tiki mug to surprise my husband. I will definitely go again!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Very Friendly
    JillG
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The staff here were extremely friendly and helpful. We had a drink at the bar (extensive drink list) and the bartender helped us select a drink. The wait staff helped us figure out what to order and the food was very good. Would recommend this to anyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet