Trader Vic's - Emeryville

4.4
1569 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place. But, why no points given?

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San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely window table with view, food delicious, waiter friendly and attentive, overall great celebration for our grandson's birthday and finishing 1st year at Cal.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I've visited trader vics many times over the years as a lover of tiki drinks, amazing food, and the waterside view.
Drinks are still amazing as is the decor. Being in a "themed" restaurant that is still classy and not kitchy is wonderful.
It seems like through the resurgence of tiki in people's minds, the restaurant and bar are more crowded than ever and trader vics is taking advantage of that revenue. Service has never been great, especially at a tall table in the bar, but now table service is getting especially thin. I think our server had 8 tables. That's nuts!
Biggest relatively recent addition that lowers the rank of Trader Vics in my mind are the 3 huge TVs in the bar. When visiting a classy restaurant where you want to be immersed in everything tiki, the last thing you want is sports bar atmosphere. Literally every other classless bar and chain restaurant has constant sports on the TV. Can't the place selling more $15 cocktails than $3 beers not have a TV, please!

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RT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We fined at Trader Vic’s for Mother’s Day, the buffet was simply fantastic and the service very good as well.

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OT
Sacramento
59 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mother's Day brunch; excellent and varied selections, lots of choices at the raw bar, all perfectly prepared and presented. Fantastic tiki decor ... not tacky but instead fun and quite beautiful. Great tiki cocktails in iconic mugs ... I bought 3!!
Love Trader Vic's, can't wait to return

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LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Usually Trader Vic's is wonderful. On Mother's Day, they sat us in the bar area nearby a horribly loud family. Before long, the youngest child was literally trying to pull the pictures off the wall. Neither parent knew how to quiet the kids. My tension level rose to the point that we asked the waitress to move us. Because we were moved (and another family also wanted to move), the last part of the meal was somewhat better. Left a negative impression on how Trader Vic's don't manage problems like this!!

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Lack of a dress code, or lack of insisting on smart casual has degraded the overall Trader Vic’s experience. Shorts and baseball caps are so tacky and should not be allowed.

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Every thing was wonderful. My wife & i ENJOYED dinner for our 35th anniversary VERY MUCH. we will be back for sure. It was our first time there won't be our last. Thank you see you soon

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GM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Trader Vic’s keeps removing favorite dishes from its menu. I really was disappointed that I no longer can enjoy my favorite Bengal Seafood Salad. Another fav Ham and eggs Hawaiian disappeared long ago. TVs is now a boring restaurant

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JL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trader Vic’s has been an iconic restaurant for our family. We were so disappointed when the TV left Chicago. We had so much fun. Angie the hostess was fantastic and the Guava Tai was delicious!

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ER
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Restaurant in the bay area as far as i'm concerned.
Best service,not a bad table in the house,Staff very very friendly,cocktails and food
are excellent!

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a
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Fun decor and beautiful views, but the food was disappointing. Everything we ordered was mediocre, at best. Service was a little slow.

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KG
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had 3 ribeyes along with other items. 2 medium and one medium rare, they came out medium well, well and medium. Not the first time they have done it either.
Food was tasty and enjoyed it otherwise.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly staff. Free valet parking. Excellent food, views, and decor. Live the wood fired Chinese ovens, adds a unique work flavor. Very good!!! Awesome drink menu, love the Pina colada in the coconut mug!

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FB
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great place and atmosphere. The drinks are pricey, but really good. The food is pricey and ok. Go for drinks, appetizers and the view! Good service too. Staff is always friendly and available.

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great atmospher nice scenery pleasant servers strong drinks

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Family was in town, it’s a great spot to get together and relax with good food and drink.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must have a new cook. We love the food. We did not get a window seat but the food was great!

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z
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TV's continues to be an icon of tiki food! Love it -- always have, always will.

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I like the bar and have been there before. The restaurant has charm but the food is not up to par with the Bay Area. It’s overpriced and dated. I’m not a food snob really but would never eat here again except for the bongo bongo soup. I didn’t even like my mai tai for the price. I took a friend for a birthday dinner and was kind of embarrassed. The waitress was wearing a dirty apron.

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CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Air Conditioning was invented in 1902; They do not have air conditioning. Their window panes face the hot setting sun. The menu is trimmed down so much that it's hard to find anything from the Trader Vic's cookbook. Prices seemed fair but the place was so stifling hot and the menu such a disappointment that we left.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch was excellent!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Drinks are amazing! Although our stake was excellent our appetizer were mediocre at best for the price.

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MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful experience at Trader Vic’s! Best drinks in the bay

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PO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Every thing was nice except bar drinks.
If your not in to exotic drinks your out of luck. Cant get a simple bar drink

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w
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with a smile

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b
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very surprised! I had been led to believe Trader Vic's had gone down hill but the service was excellent, lunch was great (I had the chicken salad), and the ambiance as good as ever. Evidently the waitress saw the "happy birthday" bag that was given to our guest of honor and without asking, she brought to the table a huge bowl of delicious ice cream with a candle lit. How is that for thoughtfulness?

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50th Birthday

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The food was not prepared well. Noodles greasy, appetizer portions very small, fish & chips batter over crispy,
Arnold Palmer drinks were too sour to drink!
It was a little disappointing. Service was Excellent!

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B
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A fun place, great drinks, good music, wonderful view. Don't bring anyone who uses their cell phone light to read menus or uses a hearing aide - they won't be happy and are just going to ruin it for you and everyone else.

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D
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Trader Vic’s was a trip into nostalgia. On that it missed the mark. Loud and brassy. If you are going to recapture the fun and ambience of Cosmo Place, forget it. It’s become an upscale “Asian fusion” noisy place.
Food was good, not great.
Service was stellar.

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H
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, romantic views. We were lucky and saw someone proposing. She said yes!

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OT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. A little pricy, but very tasty. Great views and atmosphere.
Drinks had way too much ice for the price. Only complaint. Felt a little ripped off there.

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KC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The tradition and reputation was worth repeating. The views of course were phenomenal The employees were all friendly, gracious, and efficient. None of what we ordered was good food. The sampler share plate for $28 was almost inedible. However we loved the history and the decor of bamboo all polished and the paintings in the back rooms of ships were very interesting.

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Fantasic Menu! Very attentive! Great wait staff! Beautiful venue!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome service from staff. Good location and views. Food was ok. Looks to be a great drinks place with wide variety and list.

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GD
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming the moment we approached the door and were greeted by the hostess/concierge who gave a us a little history of Trader Vic's and remembered from our reservation that it was our anniversary. We had a beautiful table by the window. Our server was friendly, prompt, knowledgeable about the menu and drinks and helped us make great choices for our dinner. It was the perfect evening!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Exactly what was promised for a tiki outing.

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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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