Trader Vic's - Emeryville

4.5
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1646 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Hawaiian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Tue–Sun 11:30 am–10:30 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(510) 653-3400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Broderick
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Private party facilities
Located along the beautiful Emeryville Marina, Trader Vic's has been hosting every type of event for over 75 years. We feature four distinct private dining rooms which can accommodate 6 to 110 guests. Trader Vic's is also available for buy out events hosting up to 300 people.
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Private party contact
Mishan Stinson: (510) 450-7184
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Catering
Outside catering accepted upon request. Please contact our banquet sales manager: Mishan Stinson: 510-450-7182
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Cross street
Powell Street
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking
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Public transit
Emery-Go-Round
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Entertainment
Live bands on select weekend.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1646 People Are Saying
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B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the best from parking to disembarking.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great ambience, location and food.

LM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TraderVics food is outstanding, from the appetizers to the entree! Great setting, and wait staff is attentive and friendly. One of our favorite places to dine!

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

For cocktails only, food over-priced for what you get.

JD
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! Great service

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a fun time! Server was very nice but must have been new! Bar staff as always were wonderful!

SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Let me first say that we absolutely love going to Trader Vic‘s. Tonight was The exception. We ordered salad and it never came we ordered two desserts and we only got one and one of the other desserts was not prepared correctly. We never received wet towels after our appetizers. And food service was exceptionally slow. Our waitress did not get our orders right for the entrée or for dessert. It was a very disappointing evening that we had never experienced at trader Vic‘s before. It was my wife’s birthday and we had another couple with us and we were all disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Very slow: an hour for an appetizer and another hour for the entree.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice dinner, right on the water well done by everyone

TF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner for daughter. One of her favorite places. Nice location. View of the bay at sunset. Free valet parking. 4 of us. Ordered the appetizer platter for 2 and this was enough combined with their flat breads and peanut butter. 2 of us had the succulent rack of lamb (very rich). A real wow. One had a fillet. One had grilled salmon. Server was a charming woman. Good round of Mai Tais. Complimentary Birthday ice cream was superior quality!
Enjoyable evening! Pricey! If you know ahead of time that the bill will be a chunk of change, and you don’t worry about it, this place delivers atmosphere, cocktails and food worthy of a birthday celebration!

KE
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A forever favorite

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Trader Vic’s many times, but this was the first time by ourselves (as a couple). As always the service was wonderful just as it has been when we have dined with friends. All the staff are friendly and are helpful in making suggestions. The food and drinks were impeccable. So fresh and flavorful. We look forward to our next time.

KF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Felt like an island getaway.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s my close friend bday and he enjoyed he’s food and the place! Thank you Opentable and Trader Vic’s ! ♥️♥️♥️🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

BD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only issue was it was very hot because AC was not working properly. But love this place

ET
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For a perfect retro vibe, great drinks and view, check this place out. Went for lunch and enjoyed a salad, so did not explore the entire menu. Excellent service and the ambiance was over the top. Can't go wrong on a beautiful day on the bay! And not to forget, valet parking and easy freeway access! All made for a perfect dining experience. I will be back. Thank you.

CD
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always great. Drinks are excellent. Food is good. Atmosphere is fun! We love it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Amazing thank you!

TE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Amazing views. Service was a bit slow, but the views and food made up for it.

RP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

have not been to T V in years...had a fine meal with great service! Love Maitre D Mario!!!

PR
San Francisco
174 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

An institution, you can’t beat the Mai Tai’s, pupu’s and bongo bongo soup. Plus anything cooked in their wood oven. Great place to go with friends as we did. Enjoyed by all.

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The only issue we had was the check-in experience. The other couple arrived before us, checked-in and told the host they were going to wait in the bar.
We arrived, we were not told our friends had arrived so we grabbed a table by the window and waited. Good thing one of our friends had to use the restroom and saw us sitting there!

Other than that the night was perfection.

TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Have loved this place for decades. After a Mai tai all is good.

z
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy going. Friendly service and staff

r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful night. The service was great, our servers were very, the food?
YUMMY! Cocktails also! We’ll be sure to return again!

FH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely anniversary dinner here at trader vics. Everything about our visit was exceptional. Our server was very attentive and made sure we both felt welcomed. We will be returning for many many years to come!

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

You pay for the ambiance here. The food is not worth the price and the service is terrible.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Atmosphere was great! Food was also very good! The wood fired pork chop was killer! The service was nice but not ever around. We would have loved to get a second round of cocktails but never saw our server from the time we got our food and finished. Also had no birthday celebration at the end. He was just extremely busy. Great location though and had an excellent seat by the window!

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! A quick trip to Polynesia. Try the Poke, spinach oyster soup and cheese sticks with your Mai Tai... ahhh.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our reservation was at 6:00. We still didn’t have our food at 7:30. The food was so-so. The view of the SF Bay is beautiful.

BD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

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Way cool vibe
Great decor
Great views
Good food
Good drinks
Fun for a group, date or special occasion

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Valet only parking
They don’t honor happy hour in the restaurant-ONLY in the bar and staff doesn’t accommodate

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to take friends to. Not noisy ? Easy to talk with friends snd not feel rushed by staff to finish and leave.
Lovely setting. Love Tiki Culture

g
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great, service great.

Z
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

There was only 2 things wrong with our experience... It just so happens to be with the 2 things we specifically asked for when making the reservations! We asked to be seated by a window-We were sat in the middle of the dining room and had to ask to be re seated and I said it was for a Birthday.Which was never recognized by anyone in the building. BUT they celebrated numerous other Birthdays all around us. Food and service was really good, but they obviously don't pay attention to requests!! For the price's they charge, that is a major issue to skip. By the way, it was our first time there. We all agreed we would go back for the food and the view, but you can never make up a first impression. Disappointing

D
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place.

RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great ambiance. However, our reservation was at 6pm and the food wasn't on the table until 7:15. This was for a party of six. Server could have been more attentive. It wasn't completely full either so not sure what delay was about.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My son’s 18th birthday with my mom who took me here 36 years ago when I turned 18 . Always a great time here

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasure returning to Trader Vic’s. When I was a teenager, I was blown away when I was invited to Trader Vic’s in Oakland more than 55 years ago. I have not forgotten that experience of fine dining. The drinks are still exceptional, there freshness of the fish and the special cooking in the ovens. Very enjoyable, especially for a special occasion. Service was excellent.

MP
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch. Lovely views, food and service.

FD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic tropical drink selection, along with fun Hawaiian inspired foods as well. We (group of 4 adults) had very good service and enjoyed our time very much. Will be returning in the future for sure!

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