Trader Vic's - Emeryville

4.4
1529 reviews
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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 bar & lounge. 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 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.
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L
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. The food was great! The chickpea appetizer was really wonderful. I had the salmon which was lovely. The drinks are one of the highlights, and since we had some people in the group that don't drink, the staff was kind enough to give us water and other drinks in the ceramic tikki mugs. We also had a table by the window on a night with a gorgeous sunset.

The staff was particularly lovely and thoughtful. The service was so nice, and never overbearing, while still being there for us whenever we needed anything.

This is a great special occasion place. A little retro in a very charming way. Great place for a romantic date, or birthday party, that we had.

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great location. Valet only parking was a nice touch. Would definitely dine here again.

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EH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The peanut butter and crackers is stupid ! How about sourdoughs and the coffee cups are horrible sent in a juice glass and cold coffee. Not worth all that money . I had the chicken it’s was so , so my husband fish and friend duck . We weren’t impressed we loved the view ! Absolutely fabulous view

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for families!

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Trader Vic’s is always great. It was our anniversary. My wife had the NY & I the Ribeye. Started with the Cosmo Tibelets. They also brought a complimentary dessert.
I was already going there in the middle 1970’s with my parents & friends. The menu has been shorten down since then but the food still great and great service. Great for a special occasion.

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff were very professional from the Parking Valet to the waitress.

Meal choices were varied and fairly priced.

The hamburger was good but was served with cheese and bun. To be fair, my dining partner was not clear when ordering that he didn't want those items. The staff responded promptly and replaced the entire plate.

My Fish and Chips was excellent. The fish was fresh and cooked appropriately. The batter was crisp and tasty. The chips, tasty.

My friend requested sherbet. Apparently the sorbet was frozen. He changed his order but by then, the kitchen staff had continued their efforts to melt the desert and were able produce the item requested.

The waitress brought my coffee - and the refills as needed.

The decor was a bit faded. In fairness it is a speciality that needs a remake rather than a different environment.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great, however, I was bummed to see that the beef short ribs were removed from the menu.

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SD
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Experience visiting from Medford, Oregon it made our medical visit seem like a vacation.

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LB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the original is always a classic! Wish we still had a Trader Vic's in LA!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Server was good but timing was all off. Got our appetizer before we even got our drinks. Felt like we were rushed through

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful time! The wait staff is fantastic and the food is yummy!

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T
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Go here for the mai tai and the decor....but that’s about it. First, they have a huge parking lot that can accommodate probably 100 cars but yet they still require you to use the valet parking rather than just parking yourself. The food is overpriced but is really subpar. On the plus side, excellent view/location, restaurant/bar decor is very well done and the service/staff we’re good. Glad I got a chance to experience it but no real desire to return. Try it out and make up your own mind. 🤙🏻

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always a good choice. The views are beautiful, the food is excellent and the tropical drinks are made in the well-themed tiki bar inside the restaurant. Like a mini tropical vacation every time we go.

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CC
New England
90 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Everything you’d expect from the original tiki craze creator. Cheesy in a grand fromage kinda way. Great location/outstanding views backed up by a stellar cocktail list. And yes the Mai Tais live up to their reputation. The decor is straight outta an Elvis Hawaiian vacation movie. The food holds it own, but is nothing worth writing home about. Except perhaps the Crab Rangoon. But it’s not about the food here, nor should it be. Just enjoy it.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The drinks were spot on and that food was better than I expected. I’m so glad I finally got to this place. It’s a classic tiki joint that you have to go to!

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SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wow so great to be back at trader vics again. Made reservations last minute and still got a beautiful window seat. My guest from Washington were quite impressed, the food was delicious and the service was beyond compare.

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RT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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NM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tropical ambience!
Has hardly changed in 40 years which is a huge positive in the days of trendy, cold, steel and LOUD VENUES
I felt well taken care of and the noice level is as it should be. LOW
Cocktails are delightful and reasonably priced. Food perfect. Can’t beat the wood smoked fish.
This is a 45 min to 1 hour drive for me, but completely worth it.
View of West Bay, bridges, and bay is superb. I’ll return soon

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r
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

still great after all these years. Used to goto TV as a young child and it is still wonderful

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great drinks for the price awesome theme. Lobley view of the water.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely love Trader Vic’s - the tiki cocktails are great, as is the food. The Fried Rice is hands down the best I have ever had, and we just tried their Thai Curry for the first time which was exceptional.

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trader Vic’s takes your right to the islands with its Polynesian ambiance. The food is tasty (a tad overpriced for the amount) and the variety of drinks is delicious. There are none alcoholic versions as well. There was one drink I got that wasn't what I expected, and my server graciously got me a different one!

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Incredible customer service! Food isn’t the best, given we have some of the best restaurants in the country here, but the atmosphere and and service make up for it.

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for the history and nostalgia, but absolutely loved the atmosphere, theming, service, cocktails and food. This is a great restaurant whether you're interested in "Tiki" bars / restaurants or are just looking for a good meal in a nice setting with a great view.

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MF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived at 745 and was told the dining room is closed and we must sit in the bar. Manager dictated this move. Open Table reservations were until 9. Service was horrible and we wound up walking out without ordering. Horrible experience and if I owned this restaurant the Manager would be fired. Poor example for the staff, arbitrarily closing the dining room.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience is amazing felt like I was on the islands. Delicious food and drinks.

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DP
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall really good experience. Food and drinks were very well done. Everyone was happy and satisfied.
A small glitch with redeeming multiple gift cards was disappointing.

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I would only recommend for a special occasion in which you expect to pay high price for okay food but you want fun drinks and a different atmosphere than most places. It is not the Trader Vics of even a few years ago. The menu has changed which is a good thing, but the options are less varied, many fewer wood-fired dishes and the prices have gone up. One of our favorite appetizers, the crab rangoon, was soggy and unflavorful. The portion size to price ratio of "happy hour" bites as also very unsatisfactory.

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and ambience were good, took over an hour to get our food, waitress was not a good multi-tasker.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Trader Vic's for over 40 years. Service is always outstanding. I commented on how quiet it is, not due to lack of people, but because of the design. Could even have a quiet conversation! I always have a Mai Tai, the old way. Great drink. Food is tasty and while not cheap, not outrageous either. Fabulous views of the Bay. For me, nothing not to like at Trader Vic's.

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B
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was not as good as it used to be. Loud from from 6:30 to 7:30 and by 9:00 was super quiet on a Wednesday. Was a little disappointing with the food and the noise. Probably won't go back for a while and if so, probably just for appetisers and a glass of wine or cocktail.

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BY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not participating SF restaurant week. No lunch special as listed on open table

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food quality is not what it used to be. Would not come back

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v
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Pretentious, rude, dishonest. We arrived at 5, they refused to seat us into an empty room. Power play, just like insisting we use valet parking even though they have plenty of parking spaces right there. I made reservations because of Restaurant Week. They claimed that they did not participate. I had enough of their insolence, since I know their food is barely mediocre. We came for the festive menu, $25 lunch and $65 dinner. Just to be sure I had not made a mistake, I checked on line. They were definitely listed. NOT a pleasant experience in any way. We eat out every day so it would behoove them to be courteous and hire a cook in the SF Bay Area. While waiting for our car, another couple complained about being made to wait interminably for their not very good but very expensive drinks at the bar. Beware, tourist trap!

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trader Vic’s has been a no brainer for my household for years.It’s rich history only adds to it’s unique Polynesian cuisine and award worthy cocktails.Uh, “home of the original mai tai” duh.If you’re looking to show out and show off,look no further.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time. Pricey, but definitely worth the treat. Honolulu salmon was fantastic, all the appetizers are bomb, and the drinks... well, you have to leave with a different collector's glass each time! (That's our rule at least, lol)

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate then I got to second base. I give credit to the delicious meal.... and the really strong mai tai’s. Keep up the good work, Vic!

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Y
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Went to lunch. Had Fish and chips. The fish was soggy and greasey, the tartar sauce was hardly anything but mayo, the cole slaw was tasteless. The chips were good. A better fish and chips can be had at any diner for less than half the price. No wonder that the dining room was not even half full at lunch time. The food and view is not worth the price.

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EM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was delightful! View was gorgeous! Food and drinks were yummy! I can't wait to come back and try the dinner menu!

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