Trader Vic's - Emeryville

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$31 to $50
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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.7
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ChristianD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of my dining experience ease outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service1ambience4

Great pork chop dinner

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GeorgeS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One complaint. It was COLD. Had to wear coat during dinner and my friend kept wishing he could get his coat from the car.

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michaele
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Anniversary of coming here with my children

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LeeL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Perfect cocktails. Never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing bday lunch today! Trader Vic’s always my favorite place!

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vipKerryk
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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GaryG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice lunch given the limited (compared to dinner) menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a busy Valentines weekend. Dinning on Saturday was best. The fiod was wonderful, the rib eye was not outstanding, I should have ordered the Lamb or Chicken. My Mai Tai was excellent! The Beef Cho Cho Apatizer and Giant Spar Rib Apatizer with the house made Chinese Hot Mustard were as delicious as ever and perfect, fabulous taste, temperature and texture... The presentation of course with the flamming cup of gel sterno at your table for the Beef Cho Cho makes for an entertaining experience in itself! This is one of the Top 100 established restaurants to explore and experience in the world! The view of the Harbour with the SF City Skylines as the Sun Sets in the west is incomparable... Go and enjoy! Literally everything they serve is great. But some dishes like the pork chop and rack of lamb are stellar!

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JJofK
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day!

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RichardD
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My long overdue first visit to Trader Vics wasn’t planned until a week before when we discovered a favorite author (Wayne Curtis) would be there on February 13 to sign copies of his delightful book on Rum. All I can say is “Wow” - everything about the experience was top notch! The cocktails were of course superb (special thanks to Tiki savants Martin and Rebecca Cate for recommending which ones to try). The surprise of the night was just how delicious the food was! Though my fiancé and I were only able to try three dishes, each delighted the palate and gave us sufficient motivation to begin planning our next visit. The evening was also made special by meeting Vic’s granddaughter Eve Bergeron, who had introduced Mr Curtiss early on. It’s nice to see family still involved in running this historic establishment which deserves its spot as a Mecca for Tiki lovers.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in there lifetime should try this place

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ChristopherH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my wife & I enjoyed the space & the desert was amazing lillikoi sumthin, & the food was good too!!

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Spryte
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Service was exceptionally slow and we were informed they would not make the lunch vegan meal for dinner but also did not offer a vegan alternative. Was a bit surprised considering we’ve been so many times.
Drinks are always amazing and the venue is beautiful.

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Fastpilot
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Not as good (food wise) as it used to be. We'll come back, and hope that the variety and flavors of the foods offered improve. The combo rice dish I had looked good, but was bland..needed some soy sauce and sesame oil and perhaps s couple of other spices to improve the flavor.

As to variety, it seemed lacking...maybe the dinner menu would include some additional offerings.

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Morice
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The location was great - the view was lovely. Service was great, professional and friendly. The restaurant was uncomfortably cold (we were there for lunch), we all ate with our jackets on. Food was ok, good conceptually, but the main spice was salt, and for a restaurant with higher end prices, I expect more creativity.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an absolutely great time! Great service, delicious food, and live music made it a great night!

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vipShannonS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. From the drinks to the food and the service everything was exceptional.

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Great place for celebrating a special event.

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AlisonW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our lunch was not as good as when we were just there on 12/31/19 for my mom's bday. Everything was excellent.
We decided to go back for a duplicate meal for my birthday. We did not get a window seat, when I reserved one through Open Table plenty in advance, so I just had a small inside area to look at. Not at all the same as a window seat. The BBQ spareribs were delicious. We also got an order of the Crab Rangoon appetizers, and they were disappointingly too crabby/fishy tasting, where they were not too 'fishy' tasting on 12/31/19. We again got the Fish & chips. Just 3 weeks prior, it was absolutely delicious! Perfect crispy crust and mild in flavor. This time, my fish was so fishy, I could not eat it, but they did deduct it from the bill. The woman serving us, who appeared to be higher up than just a normal server, was very nice, professional & accommodating. She was the best part of the meal. Very disappointed for my birthday lunch. Not sure I will ever order that or the Crab Rangoon again. The lunch portions were a bit larger today, but the food is very overpriced. I also got a 'creamy' non-alcoholic drink that was frustrating to try to drink. There were so many large pieces of ice in the drink, that 1) the small amount was already very pricey, but then the ice took up most of the 'Aloha' container it came in, and 2) everytime I attempted a drink, the straw stuck to a big ice block, and I rarely just took a drink where I didn't have to move my straw around the entire drink to actually get a drink. Very frustrating, and if a drink is advertised as 'creamy,' there should not be large chunks of ice in it, it should all be creamy, blended smooth. And when I was done, half the small cup was just big ice chunks, showing just how little drink there actually was. Disappointing, and not enough for the price. Of course we love the decor, but I saw little of it where we had to sit, and there was just too many things wrong on 1/22/20. Glad it was good on 1/31/19.

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vipDave
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have been going to Trader Vics Emeryville for years, actually decades. It was always a good destination for very good food in a very comfortable setting. Not this time. Food was so-so at best. The restaurant was cold- we all left our jackets on during the meal. The lighting was dismal. Both lamps over our table were out. We were told the bulbs were out so they couldn't be turned on. Service, as always, was good but I won't be coming back anymore.

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DeeP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our annual celebration of my late brother’s birthday. This was has favorite restaurant. Food and service were good.

One issue that I have had for the past 2 years. Servers don’t seem to know how to process Visa Gift Cards. I have a special reason for using them for part of the bill, but servers don’t seem to know what to do with them.
Can somebody provide training for team?

Thanks

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DCT8
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent happy hour for drinks, appetizers and prices. Dinner service is excellent. The Indonesian Rack of Lamb and 5 spice half duck are out favorites.

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walterh
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The restaurant cancelled my OpenTable reservations, I received notice via email a couple of hours before. Once I arrived they were great and found a table, bit disconcerting since we drove down from Sacramento.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It’s always been a good meal in this restaurant! 👍🏽 love the ambience and especially the drinks 🍹

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GloriaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it all!! Best food ever! I had the salmon with lentils and my friend had the scallops.

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become our family's go-to place for birthday dinners. This time it was my wife's and we brought our daughter and her bf.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Bay Area born and raised and had sadly never been

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KathyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Our server-, did not suggest any items, or do any check backs on food or drinks. This is our 3rd time here and the food and atmosphere is great. Service has not been memorable.

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Erick
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great early dinner, meal was perfectly timed, our server was very attentive. The decor is classic tiki bar and the view of harbor is pleasant. It is a bit pricey and customers with cars are required to use the valet service even though the parking lot is right out front.

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AbhijeetS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

The food was good but the service was really poor. I understand it was a busy night but we had to wait for everything. We had a reservation at 8:45 pm. We reached the restaurant at 8 pm. We were told that they will seat us early. However we did not hear anything until 9 pm when I decided to go and ask about my reservation. Seemed they had forgotten about us. Then the lady did setup the table for us and sat us in next five minutes. The food server was friendly but she had too many tables. Everything was slow. She forgot to bring my drink, But another server stopped by and asked why I did not have my drink yet and brought the drink for me., The food was good but we had to wait for water, butter, and even breads for long time. Not satisfied with the service after lot of expectation and anticipations.

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vipRichardW
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view, great food and service. Trader Vic’s never disappoints!

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RobG
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is the first time I've been here, but I have known about this Trader Vic's for decades. I went with my family and we all truly enjoyed our meals - from a Ribeye Steak to Barbeque Chicken to Chicken Curry to a seafood entree with spinach. All were very well done. The ambience is decorated in a tropical island theme. Although the place was busy the night we went, it still felt spacious. We didn't feel like we were sitting on top of each other. The only real downside is the parking. All vehicles are valet parked. But all in all, it was a pleasant evening out.

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SocialGrammy
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were supposed to meet friends for dinner at Skates, but had the wrong night, so we chose to go to Trader Vics, because it’s one of my favorite places overall, so I went into Open Table and made the reservation, and we had a delightful evening. This place has always been special for me, and enjoy every time we have gone. The noise level was up a bit because of holiday parties, I think.

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DeGe
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner at Trader Vic’s. It’s now a family tradition. There was a large and very noisy group celebrating the holidays, but the waitress kindly moved us to a quieter spot. An A+ experience for food, service and ambiance.

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BarbaraB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great except the noise level was so loud it spoiled the dinner for us.

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njoy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I'm from old school Trader Vic's San Francisco always great memories
Would recommend for special occasions
Expensive
2 salads
1 coffee
1 non alcoholic Mai tai
1 shared dessert
$75 before gratuity
Hostess super
Waiter ok, had to ask for his assistance more than once
Food presentation nice but had to search for sliced hearts of palm and artichoke Plenty of lettuce nice portion salmon
Really appreciated the ice cream sundae complimentary for BDay
Enjoyed lava cake
The valet guys very polite quick personable
Wanted steam milk with coffee, machine broken. Not ok for Trader Vic's

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kbro
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My family has gone here for years and we always enjoy it. Great drinks, good food, excellent service, and a comfortable setting.

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Dickrichie
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I love Trader Vic's I frequent the location with friends and family. The only real complaint is when they have live music in the lounge there is no one there doing proper sound mixing. its already a small room and most likely the instruments do not need to be amplified. It was so loud 2 of the tables near us asked to be reseated. The music was fine. Totally out of theme but fine. it was just the poor volume choice. Food was great as always and the drinks were tasty.

One last thing, they need to decide when they close and when the kitchen closes. We had a 9pm seating got seated and by the time the waiter came by he was already telling us to rush because the kitchen was about to close. The general rule Ive experienced at fine dinning locations was the kitchen closes 1.5 to 2 hours after the last reservation.

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Trader Vic's - Emeryville offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 653-3400.

Trader Vic's - Emeryville is rated 4.5 stars by 1716 OpenTable diners.

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