Trader Vic's - Emeryville
Trader Vic's - Emeryville

Trader Vic's - Emeryville

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tradervicsemeryville.com/
  • Phone: (510) 653-3400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Last Seating 2:15pm, Last Food order 2:30pm)
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (Last Seating 9:45pm & last food order 10:00pm) Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm (Last seating 10:15pm, last food order 10:30pm)
    Sunday: 4:30pm-9:30pm (Last seating 9:15pm, last food order 9:30pm
    Bar & Lounge Hours of Operation
    Tuesday-Friday Bar Menu available from 2:30pm
    11:30am-11:00pm (Last order 10:45pm)
    Saturday & Sunday 4:00pm-11:00pm
    HAPPY HOUR Tuesday - Friday 4:00pm-6:00pm & 9:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Mr. Menehune
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Outside catering accepted upon request. Please contact our banquet department at 510-653-3400.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Powell Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Trader Vic's - Emeryville
Trader Vic's is “Home of the Original Mai Tai” overlooking the Emeryville Marina with stunning bay view. Enjoy two daily Happy Hours in our newly renovated bar & lounge: Tues-Fri 4pm to 6pm and from 9pm till 11pm - select food and drink items are half off during these times. Our lounge menu offers a wide selection of creative small plates, best enjoyed with our well known and unique selection of cocktails. Set on the bay, our remolded dining room offers a blend of traditional Trader Vic’s menu items and globally inspired cuisine. Signature dishes are prepared in our unique wood fired ovens. We offer four private rooms for any occasion accommodating 10 to 250 guests. There is always something new at Trader Vic’s.
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Trader Vic's - Emeryville reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (64)special occasion (56)good for groups (35)romantic (31)fit for foodies (26)vibrant bar scene (26)neighborhood gem (15)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (7)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Not like it was
    underwhelmedVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    We've been going to Trader Vic's in Emeryville since it opened and San Francisco prior to that. We love the setting and ambiance. The food was once so good. Now it is a far cry from those days. The staff seemed like it was their first job, no energy, poor knowledge, never checked on us. The food was bland, cold, dreary. Is there a chef on the premises? No love in the cooking here. Just produce the dishes. So sad. Just no reason to go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall fun place to dine.
    Tapper
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The atmosphere and the service, as well as the great drinks and different menu, make this a fun place to dine. We were there to celebrate a birthday, with the famous mai tais.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trader Vic's never fails to impress
    MQuin
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Ever since the remodel of the restaurant, the food is first rate, and the service is absolutely FANTASTIC. I love the decor and the overall vibe. The drinks are also lovely. Also - I recently inquired about holding an event there, and they were very prompt in answering and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious drinks and food, and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I chose Trader Vic's for my birthday dinner. Our party of six had a wonderful evening. The food was delicious from the appetizers through dessert. We had a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts, and cocktails. The service was warm and friendly and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love This Place
    Robert
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have been coming to Trader Vic's for years. Always a great dining experience. I strongly reccomend this Restaurant to anyone that appreciates great food, great location and great service. The unique Asian flair that Trader Vic's uses is like being in the Islands. Also, this is a very romantic setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HappyCoupleattheBar
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This restaurant is perfect for the special night out. It is like stepping back in time when restaurants were out to impress you with a total experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    NorCalDanVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Consistently wonderful food & service. A nostalgic trip back in time with wait staff who truly understand the meaning of the word "service." Delightful experience as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Table4two
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    the entire staff was very nice and welcoming. Everyone from the valet tenant to the chef! Outstanding service and the food was absolutely spectacular. Very romantic date
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spotty but very good overall
    EastBayFoodies
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    It was our first time back since the renovation. Overall decor was nice and food was above average. However, my pork chop was very tough and gamey. I don't think the smoke oven is the best treatment for a chop. I informed our server, just as an FYI, and I finished it. She offered a freebie dessert and we had a good rum baba (boozy cake). Ribs were amazing. As for drinks, my grog was tasty but it was mostly ice at $11. My wife's tortuga cocktail was pure melted candy (no menu description and server's description was way off). The wine list has twice as many whites as reds, weird. I really like my glass of Meiomi Pinot Noir. Lastly, I really don't like mandatory valet parking. A guy was trying to catch his rolling truck!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very unfortunate this one trader vics is about the only traditional one left in the US.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner222
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great food, fun cocktails and something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    GrcernVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Had dinner here with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. Absolutely love this restaurant and will definitely keep coming back to try the other food on the menu. Only complaint is that even though I booked it for our anniversary dinner, and placed it on a special request for a table with a view, we did not get to be seated as requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch, fine view
    Lucky92
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The lunch was excellent, companions had the burger & the shrimp fried rice and loved them. I had the moo shu pork, it had a bit too much sodium for my taste. The harbor view is very calming and restful. A fine place for a leisure lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Daily Special was EXCELLENT!
    CustomerForLife
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I think it was the BEST steak sandwich I have ever had! ..... but I wanted Lamb Curry.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fun place for a meal with a view
    SerendipityUppity
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Had lunch here with my husband and friend. Service was attentive and swift. My friend's meal was different from what she ordered, but she liked what she saw and ate it anyway! Menu items are mostly with a Polynesian flair. Parking is valet-only (free) but be prepared with a few dollars to tip.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Trader Vic's
    LdOrinda
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    A beautiful restaurant on the water, a great place to go for a special lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Trylunch9
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Could not enjoy happy hour at our table - it was an empty dining room and we were celebrating a special occasion - we were told we would have to go to the bar-a very noisy area. If you go - you'll go only once, not twice, overrated because its by the water.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very pleasantly surprised
    ricky3VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We invited our older neighbor to go out with us after we discussed old-time restaurants with her. She enthusiastically agreed to exploring Trader Vic's. Little did we know that she had been a regular here and in other Vic locations. In fact, both of her children had their wedding receptions here. We were greeted warmly and taken to a table by the window. Of course, the view was amazing. My husband and I didn't have very high expectations for the food, but it was very well prepared. My salmon was expertly cooked, and my husband polished off his filet steak in short order. Our neighbor was pleased with her roast chicken and took home at least half of it to have the next day. She beamed throughout the evening at our obvious enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old time Polynesia!
    Tikisanford
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    If you long for the good old days of Polynesian themed restaurants/bars - this is THE place! The food is good and the drinks very well made. This is not the 80's cheap coconut shrimp and slurpy machine mai-tai place. Don you best Hawaiian attire, bring some money (fresh ingredients are not cheap) and come enjoy tasty food, cocktails made with real fruit juices and strong rum, along with a beautiful waterfront view of the Emeryville Marina and San Francisco in the background.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • thank you
    Lara
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Hi there we spent a wonderful evening at your nice restaurant. Visiting from switzerland, we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversery,enjoing the very good food and the beautiful place. We used to live in the bay area and actually we met us here. So somehow,S.F. and the bay area is our 2nd home. We also know the Trader vic's in Abu Dhabi and Munich - but we love your place the most. Who knows, maybe we come back another year.... Thanks again and all the best for the future to all of you. kind regards Lumir and Verena our waitress was very sweet and friendly
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Luv2dine2
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Dinner at Trader Vic's is always a treat in our family and a go to spot for decades worth of birthday celebrations. The upgraded decor, menu and local marketing efforts have paid off. The dining room and bar were packed early on a Tuesday evening, the service great as usual as was all the food and drinks. No complaints here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trader Vic's - classic
    Kathy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have been going to Trader Vics for the past 40 years. The service is always awesome, the fool great but the main thing about it is that it is an icon. I have been to the one in San Francisco, Honolulu, Scottsdale and the Emeryville location as well. It is like eating in the Tiki Room at Disneyland. Special shout out to Lannae hugs girl! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kungaloosh
    Kungaloosh
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    For anyone who was once a regular at the Adventurers Club, this is definitely a place you don't want to miss. Arguably the most famous Tiki Bar in the world, and for good reason
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Hubris
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Been here twice now and it's one of my favorite places. The food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great again!
    Jody
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Been a while since last visit. Appreciate the chsnge if menu. Many more choices of things I like. Onw if the best views in the world.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but service was awful
    Sfdahliagirl
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I always love coming here. They have the best MaiTai on earth. The original 1944 MaiTai and a nice MahiMahi I all a girl needs to be happy. However, this time my pleasure was dampened by the server. The most nonattentive and absent server I've ever encountered. He made so many rookie mistakes to mention. I will go back for sure because the food is amazing but I will ask for a different server next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    number1foody
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    From the valet to the server, the service was great. Went with an old friend, so much fun going back in time
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an excellent meal & service!
    khug
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We celebrate our birthdays and special times at Trader Vic's - we love the food and their service is always excellent! Our last dinner was so delicious and our server is especially kind and professional. Save us another table soon! Mahalo!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What happened to Trader Vic's?
    RegularDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was greasy. Where is the wonderful cuisine of the old Trader Vic's? Problem is in the kitchen. Staff needs a little more hustle in tending to tables.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable time
    8outmoreVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great staff, drinks, wood oven eats = memorable time Drinking the whole cocktail menu may take several visits, great meals and cab rides. I’ll be back for the food, drink, view & staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amap
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Hostess was very friendly, we asked for window seating and a table was reserved for us, also it was a Birthday Celebration so our guest received a free dessert and a song which was unexpected, but quite nice. Would come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    enjoyeatingout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food, service & ambience were fantastic. Our dining experience could not have been better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ambiance
    livetoeat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was fun and upbeat, great music and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    There's been a significant drop in food quality compared to the Trader Vic's of old. If you're looking for Outback-quality food at exorbitant prices in a nice setting, this is your place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trader Vics
    billythekid227
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We made reservations but were seated in the bar area. It was cold and noisy. I ordered a 9 dollar Cesar salad and it was the worst salad I have ever gotten at any restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner at Trader Vics
    PDykes
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My son, daughter in law and I went to dinner for her birthday. It was delicious!! The whole experience was wonderful. Perfect table, wonderful service and amazing food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasurable Dining Experience
    JADE
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Dining at Trader Vic's was a very pleasurable dinner experience. The views of the San Francisco Bay and marina were beautiful. The food was very carefully prepared with attention to detail. The service was extraordinary in that every one involved made us feel "very well taken care of". The tastes of the food were delicious; everything was prepared with great expertlse. We look forward to our next visit here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable at Trader Vic
    Jefe
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    You gotta love the "Tiki" theme, the harbor views, the MaiTais, and Fogcutters and Hot Buttered Rum. The noise level is light (but still alive) so you can have a real conversation. The Asian-fusion menu is tasty too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 702 reviews are from the Trader Vic's - Emeryville reviews archive.
  • Nice but food was inconsistent.
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went to trader VICS this weekend for the first time in many years. There was four of us. The service was very good. Our experience was the food was something different. My husband and my friend both got the fish and thought it was wonderful. All the others got the beef and reef which was wonderful. We also got the dock and that was very very dry. For for dessert we got the chocolates for Fondue type cake. It also was very very dry. So much so the chocolate didn't even come out of the cake. We would still go back and try it again. We would just avoid the duck and the dessert.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Dinner !!!!
    Erickson
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were celebrating my Mom's and had just an outstanding evening. My Mom had the Salmon and it was just great. My wife had Reef and Beef which was cooked to perfection. My daughter had the Filet from the wood oven which was cooked to perfection. I had the Mahi-Mahi which was just awesome. It was great service and just an awesome night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate