Trader Vic's

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$31 to $50
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Pan-Asian
Experience a taste of the tropics at Trader Vic's Atlanta, Home of the Original Mai Tai®. Enjoy simmering plates of Island-inspired cuisine cooked in authentic Chinese wood-fired ovens, over 70 specialty libations and an unforgettable ambiance featuring traditional Tikis, giant blowfish and palm-thatched ceilings.
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4.3
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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I wasn't sure what to expect with a Polynesian basement restaurant in a hotel, but it had a cool vibe and very good food. Would recommend

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had dinner here during America’s mart, and even though we had a reservation we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Food was good, but service was just ok

DH
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and atmosphere were top notch. Service was basic and detracted from the experience.

AJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about Trader Vic‘s. We went for appetizers and drinks and could not have enjoyed ourselves more! The service was excellent, and the servers and manager and bartender were all friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. Food and drinks were stellar and the vibe of the place was great. We will definitely be returning!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

RF
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food. Service was OK but could have been quicker. BIGGEST issue was getting there. Elevator service was terrible. Hard for hotel guest to figure out elevators

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trader Vic’s provided excellent service, drinks and food for a postgame experience.

LS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

They need a complete overhaul. The restaurant decor is cute, very polynesian feeling, however, it was suppressingly hot, asked twice for air to be turned ON!! They seemed to only be seating in one section, and the waitress was overloaded, finally someone came to help her, but, that did affect service, wait for drinks/food was excessively long - not her fault though, she needed help. The manager actually seated us, for a good 5-8 min tried to SELL us on the Mai Tai - it was just GROSS for lack of a better word - don't order it!! They desperately need to hire a REAL bartender!! The calamari appetizer was actually very good, impressively good - the other food however was HORRIBLE - the volcano shrimp was inedible, it was BLAND pineapple chunks with a few shrimp thrown in, with what appeared to be jarred chili sauce and red pepper flakes, just BAD - VERY BAD! (Waitress took it off the bill without us asking, which, I suppose was good). The Wood fired combo (scallops/lobster) were completely OVER cooked and tough. The zucchini noodles were good though. Also, they have NO clue how to make a Pimms cup, there was NO fruit in it at all. Overall, we really wanted to like it, but, it's a HARD PASS - I'd suggest staying FAR away, unless they get a new chef and bartender!!

SM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice time at trader vics once we actually got there. There are supposedly 3 elevators from the Hilton lobby that go down to trader vics. Only one appeared to be working and the street entrance was locked. It took us at least 15 minutes to get on that particular elevator which went all the way up and back down, stopping several times before we got downstairs. We missed our reservation time, but they understood the problem and seated us right away. Despite being peach bowl weekend, the restaurant was peaceful and the service was quick compared to what a lot of reviewers said. The steak was perfect, some of the best I've ever had (and it's not even a steakhouse). The drinks we're tasty and really strong in my opinion. Would go back.

s
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give this place a 6, or a 10, or more, I would! Not only was it amazing tiki fabulosity (I seriously flew from Seattle to Atlanta to go to this restaurant...that's how much I love original tiki from the 70's), but the food was fantastic too! I had the Atlantic Salmon and it was AMAZING. And growing up in Seattle I'm super picky about my salmon, so you know it has to be good. My kids had the Chef's fried rice and it was fantastic too. Peach punch cuz we're in Georgia? Yes please!

I can't say enough. It's got history, ambiance, tiki gods everywhere, fabulous food, and more. Enjoy!

ON
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Oil space, good bar. Food was disappointing. Ribs were tough, lamb was over cooked and filet was tough. Scallops were good.

SC
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the staff. All incredible. We will be returning often!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Served free slice of cheesecake with candle.

TB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The ambiance was nice. I ordered the volcano shrimp and it was really good. My husband ordered the teriyaki chicken and it was good as well but a small portion. The Mai Thai were strong and tasty. But the place is a little pricey and tricky to find in the Hilton hotel

EH
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic drinks + exotic atmosphere. Food was good, but not a special.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angie was an amazing server who absolutely made our night. We will be back again because of her. The food and drinks were delicious and we had a great time.

JW
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as usual.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was my friends birthday and it wasn’t mentioned :( the chicken strays was a bit undercooked. The drinks were great. The lamb was a bit over priced. Overall great atmosphere. 3 out of 5:

r
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Passing through Atlanta and we stayed at this hotel, the Hilton Atlanta, just so we could go to Trader Vic's without leaving the hotel. The hotel disappointed but Trader Vic's did not. It's hard to find polynesian restaurants these days and if you love this food, you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to go to one of the last vestiges of this cuisine and style. The volcano shrimp were right on the mark and my wife's filet was tasty and massive. The apps were good and where else can you get the original mai tai.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was great. The appetizer and desert were okay, but the salmon entree was terrible. For the price, this place is NOT worth the visit.

h
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere. We went there because we were staying at the Hilton, and plan on going back, it was our favorite

AB
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to go.

j
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Was looking forward to a great experience. One server for at least 30 people. Older woman was actually running table to table. It took almost two hours before food came. Need to hire more staff as a lot of groups come here. The food was very underwhelming.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful dining experience at Trader Vic’s. The kind, friendly, and knowledgeable staff were attentive, and the food was exceptional. The ambiance is unbeatable. I highly recommend this hidden gem! You won’t regret it!

C
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We really wanted this to be great as I have been to other TV 20+ years ago. Unfortunately it was fair at best, the service was very poor with a bit of and attitude from our lady server. We were a table of 5 and appetizers came cold and she argued that the food was not meant to be hot???? We got it replaced , main items arrived hot but really nothing special. The Mai Thai drinks also nothing great, very fruity with little alcohol. Sadly this falls under the 1 AND DONE RULE. Plenty of better places in Atlanta.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

My husband and I had a reservation at 6:30pm before a Saturday concert. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant, however the maitre’d sat us against the wall, sharing the same booth seats, with a loud obnoxious family of four with two school-age children. The children were climbing all over the seats, the parents were taking pictures of the children standing on the table licking plates, they played music on their phone during the dinner, and it just got worse. We were almost sitting connected to their table with about a foot of space, and seated on the same bench seat. There were at least 8 other tables for two available (we counted) that we could see. The food was mediocre and plastic tasting. We ate fast and left. We will not be going back.

OT
Orlando
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good. Service was slightly slow and at times inattentive but the food and feeling inside the restaurant made up for it.

TK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An overall pleasant experience.
Excellent food and service

AJ
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Rena was the greatest! Loved the ambiance and Trader Vic’s is the only time I drink rum!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink,

MH
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Not a great experience

W
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We first went to Trader Vic’s around 2014 and had a wonderful romantic dinner. We returned last Saturday. The food was amazing as we remembered, however the drinks were horrible. First, the Coca Cola was flat, so the waitress had to get one from a can. Then we ordered 3 different cocktails, all of which tasted horrible. One guavatai, the scorpion & some peach cocktail. Other than the drinks, the ambiance was great and so was the service.

EO
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My party and I really loved the food and the server was very attentive. The Peachtree Punch was awesome. If you're looking for a new experience and food different from traditional cuisine try Trader Vic's.

S
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful service and wonderful food. The only thing that wasn’t superb was the Mai Tai Creme Brûlée. I had never tasted such weird Creme Brûlée. It is supposed to be a custard type dessert. I can’t really describe the consist, but it was pretty bad. Not to mention the serving size was about an 1/8 of a cup!

A
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waitress was rude and only came to the table when she absolutely had to. We went for a birthday dinner & she did not even say happy birthday when we mentioned it. She said “good for you”

F
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go-to place for a casual night out with friends. I love this place.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of three couples put on our loudest Hawaiian shirts and headed to Trader Vic's. This retro theme restaurant was a first for all of us and while I expected fun drinks and atmosphere, I set the food bar quality bar low. I could not have been more wrong. The apps, drinks, and main courses were fantastic. The steaks and seafood were cooked perfectly and the portions were huge. And there are not many places left where you can get bananas foster cooked table side. The service was outstanding and well paced clocking in at three hours. All in all an evening well spent and we'll definitely be going back.

MK
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Felt the dinner that I chose was over priced. It was a rice bowl with chicken which was rubbery and cost me $26.00 before tax and tip. The peanut butter mixture served with bread was tasty and waitress was very personable.

JG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Trader Vic's has been my favorite restaurant whenever I'm in Atlanta for work. When we arrived, there was a party of 4 sitting at the opposite end of our area & a single guest seated at a table behind us. We were pleased to be seated right away & looking forward to our meal.
While we waited for our drinks & appetizers to arrive, the party of 4 became extremely loud (they were swearing loudly). They complained about their food to each other & their server. Within a few moments, they started to use the "n" word VERY LOUDLY. It was shocking & disturbing to my party. Around the time their behavior became totally inappropriate, a party of 2 was seated next to our table.
Moments later, we noticed the manager was speaking with the party of 4. We could overhear bits of what they were saying to him. At one point, they were laughing & we thought, well he must have smoothed things over. We were wrong & the use of the "n" word continued, along with the swearing.
I decided to approach the hostess to request to speak with the manager. This was the first time my co-workers were eating at Trader Vic's. I was embarrassed & disappointed to put it mildly. The hostess informed me that they cannot control the behavior of their guests. She said the manager was aware & handling the situation with the guests. I returned to my seat & was now very upset.
Shortly after that, the loud group of 4 left. Immediately after they left, the manager appeared at the table next to us to apologize to the party of 2. He walked away without apologizing to my table. So we requested to speak with the manager- we felt we were also owed an apology & I wanted to let him know what his hostess told me. Well it turns out the manager said word for word that they could not control their guest's behavior. He didn't apologize & instead told us our dessert was free.
We love their food, but this experience and the response we received from staff was unacceptable.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Drinks were tasty and reasonably priced. Food was ok but overpriced. I will go back for drinks but not for dinner. A good classic tiki bar!

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