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Trader Vic's - Emeryville

4.6
1303 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Hawaiian, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Lunch
Tuesday to Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Dinner
Tuesday to Thursday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Sunday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Happy Hour

Tuesday 4:00 pm to 10:30
Wednesday to Friday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Bar Hours
Tuesday to Friday 11:30 am to close
Saturday 4:00 pm to close
Sunday 4:00 pm to close
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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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Catering
Outside catering accepted upon request. Please contact our banquet sales manager: Mishan Stinson: 510-450-7182
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Neighborhood
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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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What 1303 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

A group of friends took me here for my 50th birthday, and we could not have been treated better. As a tiki aficionado the 1944 Mai Tai is the real deal.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Beautiful location, excellent service & great food!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We were so pleased to visit Trader Vic's , The food and service was great and we look forward to returning again soon!!!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very unique operation. Great service. Enjoyed my meal and both the drink and dessert menu are excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Business/family event and was perfect place for it. Polynesian food and vibe. The food was excellent and loved the mai tai flight!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My third or fourth time eating here and I really love the food. Everything I've had from Trader Vics is just really, really good. This time I had the mac nut mahi mahi and my wife and I shared the all in fried rice -- delicious. We were both so full when we left because we couldn't stop eating all the great food. The ambiance is amazing too, I really enjoy the escapism of the tropical/tiki theme.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I called TV's to ask if they were open on Easter before booking this reservation through open table. Nothing was mentioned to me about the change in hours or (most importantly) that it was a "buffet only" for Easter Sunday. We booked 4pm reservations and the buffet closed at 5. Almost everything was out, cold and otherwise terrible as it had been sitting out all day long. If I would have known that we would have just had a cocktail and gone somewhere else for dinner. I have Celiac disease and their normal menu can accomidate that. My husband is diabetic and the same goes for him. There was very little we could eat at the buffet and we were gouged $65 each for the privilege of the old, cold food. Service was particularly bad. Dirty plates stacked on our table and we were never asked if we wanted another cocktail. Also our water glasses were never refilled. I've had mostly good experiences at TV's till then, but that was enough to make me not want to come back. We never knew how much the buffet was till our bill came. It was outrageous and I left very upset/angry/annoyed. The staff who took my call regarding their Easter hours should have informed me of the deviation. That was a massive oversight. Also I wouldn't take reservations after 3 if you close at 5 and the food is out by 4.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Never used to go for the food, but was surprised at how good dinner was! Their oven roasted stuff is really yummy. Good sized meals. But of course, the real reason to go is the amazing drink menu. Now they have rum flights as well. At first when they remodeled and retooled several years ago, I was bummed to see some of the cool decor go away and it seemed a bit sterile compared to what I liked. However, the beverages never faltered, the food got better, and now... rum flights to boot!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food and drinks!! A bit pricey but definitely tasty!!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I love Trader Vics. The ambiance is wonderful and the 1944 Original Mai Tai was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

As always, going to Trader Vic's is a treat. Food consistently delicious and flavors abound. Loved every bite.
Of note.... wish they would bring back "Cheese Bings" (if the people at Trader joe's read these reviews)

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Went to have a date with my husband. Had a great time. Will go back. I love how they change their menu and offer different items. Every time I go it’s something new and always delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Love this place. Food has improved, and the chicken and waffles and their eggs bennys are devine, add in 1944 mai tai done the old way and it's a classic!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Trader Vic's has always been a festive place to meet for drinks and appetizers. Both fit the tiki theme beautifully. And a Mai Tai is a must -- best ever. I like Trader Vic's so much that I have even hosted a dinner party for 20 which turned out to be great fun with decent food.

What I would NOT recommend is going for Sunday brunch. The menu choices were odd -- and there seemed to be no flexibility in modifying an item. For example, I wanted an omelette. The only one on the menu featured oysters (and I'm not a fan). Turns out I couldn't order a plain omelette instead. So I went for a veggie hash dish. My friends were likewise baffled with the choices. One friend ended up ordering off the "sides" menu as there wasn't anything that appealed to her. When the meal arrived, none of us was pleased with its preparation: everything was dry, overcooked and uninspired. It felt more like cheap diner food than an upscale restaurant (with prices to match). With tip, my portion of the bill for two was $65 ...and no alcohol! And I left hungry, as I just nibbled at my dish. So disappointing. Will stick to eating and drinking in the lounge.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of our meal. We came for the atmosphere and left feeling very satisfied. The service was amazing and the decor, it’s Trader Vik’s, and I love it. We’ll be back soon.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We have eaten here several times over the years. This time we had a birthday party and 10 guests. Everyone raved about the food, ambiance and service.
Had a great time!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Love this place!! The bar for 🍸 cocktails and Appetizers. The view of the harbor as well as the bay at sunset 🌞, and the main dining room for dinner. Excellent menu and love the service.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I would recommend Trader Vic's bar over the restaurant. Nice views, good drinks and bar snacks. The sit-down restaurant is expensive; you're paying for the ambiance and the view. Service this last visit was inattentive. The waiter disappeared and others filled in for him when we asked for a couple of extras and for the check. Still, overall I'd recommend Trader Vic's for an occasional visit for those of us nostalgic for the 1950s and 60s.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Awesome ! The mai raid were spot ok and the fish was great !

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Delicious as always! Trader Vic's never d8sappoints!

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Overall, food was mediocre and restaurant seems very tired...felt like we were back in the 60’s (unless that is the affect the restaurant wants). Mai Tai’s were good, but over-loaded with crushed ice. Server was great though...very friendly and professional.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Window overlooking the bay dining on spectacular food. The Beef & Reef is flavorful and a must when at Trader Vics.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We went to Brunch at Trader Vic’s. This is a newer service they are providing. The music was outstanding, the service and friendliness of the staff was as always truly wonderful. At first my meal came to the table wrong (hence the 3 rating) but it was quickly remedied by staff and was quite good. My partners meal was ok but just ok. Drinks were excellent, coffee fantastic. I hope that as their menu evolves they might think about a few more options with less sea food for breakfast. I will definitely go back and bring friends. I really do love this place.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Great tiki experience! Decor is out of this world, drinks are top shelf and the food was surprisingly good. Vic's 1944 Mai Tai, Seyhorse and Trader Vic's Grog were our choice of drinks and all were made with quality ingredients and mixed with precision.

Shitake BBQ Salmon and Thai Curry Prawns were our dinner choices. Both meals were excellent.

Only negatives, our waitress was very good but stretched far too thin. We were there for 2 hours, most of that time was just spent waiting for service or for food. We could have been in and out in an hour, maybe an hour and 15 minutes if they had more staff.

The other negative was the noise level. We were seated at a premium table by the window overlooking the marina. Beautiful sunset view but there were a couple of groups around us that were so loud it was deafening.

When we couldn't take it any longer, the manager was beside himself seemingly bracing himself for noise complaints. But we just wanted our check so we could get on the road. It wasn't the restaurant's fault. I wasn't familiar with the layout of the seating and didn't realize there were two other dining areas that were much quieter.

He offered to comp dessert but we really needed to just go at this point. He comp'd my dinner which was unexpected and appreciated but really not necessary.

In their defense, it was a Sunday night before a holiday. It seems unavoidable that restaurants are not staffed for the additional push that comes with that dynamic.

We certainly recommend Trader Vic's and we'll definitely be back. Just be sure to request a table away from the bar in the general dining area.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Just think this is a slice of paradise and wish I could dine there more often. Lico Mocc. Tropical drinks. Love it!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing views, food, ambiance and variety of mixed drinks. Very kid friendly and Gluten Free friendly also.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Always a treat to be at Trader Vic’s in Emeryville with great drinks, great service and great food!

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was good, not remarkable. Pricey for what it was. However, the service was remarkable in that we never went wanting but saw the same server only once. Went for lunch and the menu was limited. Would want to go back for dinner

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

First time guest. Drove an hour & a half to come here for my birthday. Did NOT disappoint. We had appetizers, main dish, cocktails and desserts. Each dish was better than the last. Staff are attentive and pleasant. The decor was amazing. Pictures don't do it justice! If you have a chance to bring someone special, I highly recommend to anyone looking for something different and exotic.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Tiki and Trader's go together. It's a shame that all the Trader Vic's restaurants have closed with only a couple exceptions, this being one. (Atlanta is only other US location). We remember the treat of pupu platters in the past and were sad when our local closed in the early 80s. The good news is that Emeryville's Maitai lives on and is wonderful. The location is terrific overlooking the harbor, the service is great. The only disappointment was the much smaller menu of far less interesting choices. While my salmon was cooked in their impressive clay pots, husband's kung pao chicken was just fine, tho he did like the little chinese mushrooms. I just can't take a restaurant with chow mein terribly seriously. Go for the view, drinks and festive decor and service, not for outstanding food.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

This was the perfect place for our anniversary. The food came out at the perfect times. The drinks and food were delicious. Our only two criticisms are we had to ask for water and the large group next to us took most of our server's attention which delayed ordering a second round of drinks. But otherwise, it was an absolutely perfect experience. I will recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Trader Vics is amazing. I wish there was one in the east bay area. The cocktail seminar events are a must

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We always look forward to the ribs when at the Lounge during happy hopur. For some reason, this time, the ribs were NOT as they have been in the past...it really seemed like they took ribs from the day before and reheated them....not juicy, too much BBQ sauce....NOT GOOD,
Please bring back the ribs as they should be cooked.
The new hostess is very friendly and our waitress in the bar was good......but the ribs disappointed!!

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Trader Vic’s is one of my favorite restaurants that we frequent 4+ times a year (too expensive so we go for special occasions) and it’s always been exceptional. However our last visit was very disappointing. Drinks - I’ve never had cocktails anywhere with so much ice. When the server brought our drinks the ice was higher than the liquid. For $12 + for a cocktail, there was wayyy too much ice and barely any kick. I’ve never had a bad drink at TV’s until this visit. Some of the food was very disappointing too. The crab artichoke dip has changed and it’s now a very small portion for a lot of $$. Our favorite pork sliders were almost all bun & very little meat. We had to ask for the crackers and peanut dip which are usually always on the table & we he had to ask several times for refills. The dinner portions seemed smaller too. I always get the Mahi Mahi & it was a lot smaller than before. Another surprise was how bad our waitress was. She kept forgetting when we asked for things which was extremely annoying & a table of 4 had to share ONE MENU, they were short menus!!! We spent almost $300 and all of us were disappointed. We will be back & we really hope this was just a fluke bad experience.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Were there several years ago and was great. Lacking this time won't be back. Was looking for the menu you presented on line, couldn't find it. Disappointed. I will say the Chillean Sea Bass was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We really enjoyed the rack of lamb and the original 1944 Trader Vics Mai Tao.

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2.0Dined on January 12, 2018

we made a reservation and upon arrival to the restaurant , we were told we would have to give up our table at a certain time----not the best way to start the occasion.
we were attended to promptly for drinks and appetizers, and they arrived very quickly. dinner was another story-we waited nearly an hour from our appetizer to our dinner. when they food did arrive, it seemed as tho it had been sitting for a bit, as it was lukewarm at best. filets were overcooked, sides were nearly cold. service staff was very nice but not very attentive. restaurant was not crowded so uncertain what the reason. overall not a great experience for the price. i won't go again, nor will i recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Lovely setting. Outstanding service and excellent food.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary here and it was wonderful. The vintage-tiki vibe was perfect. Food was outstanding. Even had my first Mai-Tai which was fantastic. Great for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The Chilean Sea Bass was excellent!! And the mai tai is always a good go to drink!

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