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

Trader Vic's - Emeryville Details

  • 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: Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
  • 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. Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The setting is quite pleasant and the noise level down, so it was a nice dinner. The menu was a little short from what we remember couple years ago, but the food was good and the price reasonable. It's a beautiful setting being right off the water."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We all know Trader Vic's is pricey but I expected more out of the food.When my Asian wife who was raised on high sodium food complains the foods too salty then it is.I think you can get better Tiki food somewhere else.Save going to trader Vic's for the ambiance while you go have a rum drink"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I haven't been here in 36 years and it was my 60th birthday so I wanted to go somewhere special. The evening was wonderful and the plae is still as fun as before. I will come back sooner than 36 years this time."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "You pull up to find covered valet parking by very upbeat people. Door opened by a wonderful young lady, greeted next by the smiling reception desk. It appeared by the expression when I gave my name and time of reservation it wasn't there so without hesitation one lady gets menus and says please fallow me which table would you like giving us two options, and we are seated. The waitress are cheerful and enjoy talking about food, beverages and just about anything you want to talk about. The coconut peanut butter spread instead of butter is a nice very tasty change from the norm. The food is amazingly presented and the flavors are off the hook Awesome. Upon leaving we were greeted by the manager who toured us through the history of pictures."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Trader Vics for one of our "date nights". We had drinks in the bar before going to the dining area. The bar staff and dining room staff were friendly, attentive and efficient. The view of the marina was pleasant and relaxing. The drinks were tasty and attractive. The meal was delicious, well presented and in an adequate serving. My steak was exactly as I ordered and very tender. It was interesting to watch the chef's "fishing" hot food from the their unique oven. The cost was not unbearable. It is a place that I would happily recomend to friends and family."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Always great food and wonderful service. Great view lovely location a place that one returns to over and over again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "i can remember this restaurant from the 70's, 80's and 90's. It just isn't the same. Too bad, lots of good memories."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Excellent service and wonderful food in historic ambience. Always perfect! Thanks for another great birthday!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Trader Vic's has been one of my favorites for 50 years. The food isn't spectacular, but it's very good. Considering the whole package... food, service, ambiance, view, atmosphere... it's a sure fire winner!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Our visit to Trader Vic's was a memorable one and we will be back. We were there to celebrate our 73rd Birthday and it was worth it!! We had a party of 5 and enjoyed the restaurant very much. It certainly met our expectations!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Love this restaurant and will continue to come back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The modern buzzword is "sustainability". To see a practical application of that word, look no farther than Trader Vics, who, after all these years, manages to produce gourmet meals delivered with excellent service at reasonable prices night after night. Whether you're craving some very good food, or looking for a special place to celebrate, Trader Vics will meet your needs."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place has been there for ages, and it hasn't changed. That can be good or bad. The food is better, I think, and less "ethnic". The service was impeccable. The Mai Tai is dynamite. The steak dishes were good size, but I was disappointed in the salad. Too much money for a salad that I could make and serve at home. Nothing special. I also did not like the fact that there is ONLY valet parking. You do not have the option to self-park in their parking lot."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I looked for a pkace to dine with my wife. Trader Vics came to the fore front. Reservations were at 5 and we were early. We sat in the bar and enjoyed a drink and crab rangoon. The best I have eaten. The meal came later and was wonderful. Overall it was a gres t experience. I will return."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Poor food and service. Not the a Trader Vic's I use to know and love."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I wanted to say we had another fabulous dinner. Food was great but the service this time around was wonderfully memorable. Thx to all"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is a great place for ambiance and good food. The service on this visit was GREAT and the food was pretty good too!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We were really excited about going to Trader Vic's. I had been to another one many years ago, and it was one of my all time favorite places. I was really looking forward to it. The service was impeccable, the ambiance was the best, right on the water, couldn't be better. However, the food was really bad. My husband had the fish and chips and it was a puddle of grease, unedible! The Trader Vic's coleslaw was extremely spicy and couldn't be eaten, the TV's fried rice was greasy... The drinks were great, the bongo bongo soup my favorite. However, that's about all I can say about the food experience. Very disappointed! "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great views of the bay, very tasty food, amazing decor, and tasty cocktails!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We enjoy Trader Vic's.... we had reservations and when we got there we were seated in the bar. I would have liked a "only bar tables available" when I booked. We sat at 7:00 had a cocktail and ordered.... our food came at 8:45.... did the kitchen staff take a break? Was hard to find our waiter.... food was good and we were with patient people so we still had a great time !!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great place for a date night. My boyfriend and I went on Friday night. We came early and was seated before our reservation time. We enjoyed our meal and drinks very much. Would definitely recommend it to my friends. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is an amazing place to enjoy some interesting cocktails, and a very diverse menu. And the view of the water, especially at sunset, is unbelievable. The lounge, especially when there are live bands, is great."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We went to Trader Vic's for Mother's Day; the staff was friendly and our service was good. However, we had no idea that we would be forced into a buffet brunch by attending; had we known this, we would have gone somewhere else. The food was o.k. but certainly not worth the $50 per person price we were charged. It was, at best, lukewarm, and although the selection was varied, it was difficult for me to find something I really wanted. This was the first time I've ever gone to Trader Vic's and I was thinking, if the experience was a good one, of adding this to the list of my usual haunts. They got my money last Sunday but because of their greed and under performance for the price, they won't be getting any more of it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was good but replenishing was slow. No handicap bathroom available ,when asked they pointed a separate bathroom without a handicap sign plus a big sign OUT of ORDER . This was Mother's Day and a lot of women coming including old folks. Big citation for you."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Still a great place - the only 'original' Trader Vics. Maybe it was May where they have a 'special' menu, but the food and drink quality seemed to have slipped a bit, and they were out of 8 (!) items on the menu..... That shouldn't happen at 9pm."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I LOVED the restaurant experience here! I came in with high expectations of authentic Tiki kitsch and boy, did i get it! From the flowers in all the server's hair to the mini outtrigger suspended from the ceiling to the lavish amount of tiki gods used throughout the facility. I ordered the black cod with miso dumplings and it was good, but I regret not ordering from the Chinese style wood smoker. The classic '44 Mai Tai is easily the most delicious cocktail on the menu. Great place for birthdays and gatherings."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Even though I grew up in the Bay Area, this was my first trip to Trader Vic's. The server was pleasant enough, but did seem to rush us a bit. Nothing terrible, but not great service either. Everything we had was delicious. I especially enjoyed my Mai Tais and the fall-off-the-bone finger-lickn'-good ribs from the pupus section. I also had a Caesar salad, which would have been really nice, but it had tomatoes. There are no tomatoes on a Caesar. My companions especially liked the spinach and oyster soup. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Very attractive sandwich and salad plates. Unfortunately, the seafood salad had a thin-layer of seafood spread over lots of chopped salad with a high price. And, unfortunately, the sandwich had a very small amount of filling for a big, beautiful, toasted roll (or bread). The sweet potato chips were delicious."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The facility is fabulous. The current menu does not reflect the original menu offered prior to the remodel. Tableside service for Ceasar Salad and Cherries Jubilee no longer exist. We miss the Crab Louis(Lunch) and the Curry chicken(Dinner) menu selections. Claudette is her normal wonderful self and wow 53 years at Trader Vic's. Pearlie is a great General Manager and always stops by our table to say Hello. We always look forward to seeing them. A great place to go for dinner."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Had my first disappointing trip to Trader Vic's this week... been going for decades... always love the place. This time, I brought a friend for his birthday... made reservations... but they gave us a terrible table, cramped between the wall and another table, so we asked if we could move. They put us at a small bar table by wait-station. Not at all nice. Then, after I was unhappy with my first drink, I asked for a glass with ice and soda and my shot on the side (figured I'd mix it myself), but they charged me an extra dollar for the shot of soda! Totally obnoxious! Of course, the food was good. But I don't think it'll be my go-to place next time. Great view IF you get a table by a window. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I haven't been here in awhile, but so glad I went.... The menu is broad and the food was delicious! Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I was having dinner with two friends I hadn't seen in awhile. The staff was very considerate in not trying to rush us to order and finish up. The setting was spectacular. I live in Chicago, and there is nothing like this anywhere near where I now live, even though we do have a Trader Vic's. My friends had eaten at Trader Vic's in Emeryville more than I had in the past and commented that the menu was much shorter than they remembered. For me, that wasn't a problem at all, as there were plenty of choices. The food was excellent, and because it wasn't a busy night, it was relatively quiet."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I forgot what a gem this place is, hadn't been in a decade. Love the menu! Love the exotic drink list. If you are looking for a special visit to Polynesia, this is it."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "My first clue should have been the fact that the place was not very crowded!..Not many choice to select from at 4:00 pm, which btw is when we scheduled the reservation? Many people standing around waiting for dishes to be replenished, service was very slow, not at all impresses with Trader Vic's Easter Brunch, shuck btw was $49 pp!...very disappointing to my entire party."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I love this place!!!!!!servers attentive food & drinks yummy "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Every time I go to Trader Vic's I am never disappointed. The food is excellent and so is the service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Good food and a great view. Started with Oysters and artichoke dip. Both were great. Had the original Mai Tai and it was one of the best I've had. Had a great table at the window with a view of the bay. A great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This restaurant has a kitschy 'tiki' atmosphere and polynesian fusion cuisine. Some of the offerings, while not groundbreaking, are enjoyable. There is complementary valet parking and a decent view of the bay. It's a plausible choice for a themed, romantic evening. However, my latest experience reminded me why my patronage of this place has waned over the years. Once the ambience wears off, you're left with menu items that are lackluster to fair, seating that is just a little too close to each other, and service that is adequate, but seems a little weary, or a little disingenuous. I wouldn't be disappointed with a romantic evening here, for the first time, but I wouldn't expect a memorable culinary experience to go with it."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Still love the South Pacific motif: the cocktails, the decor and the menu are great....and fun too. The service was very good and the setting in the Emeryville harbor is a treat. 3 thumbs up."
    Dined on 3/27/2014