Trader Vic's - Emeryville

4.7
1727 Reviews
$31 to $50
Global, International
Trader Vic's is “Home of the Original Mai Tai” overlooking the Emeryville Marina with stunning bay view.
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duke2598
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious and wonderful . Love this Tiki place. Would go again.

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BlondeRocker
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always ...

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vipBigMike
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had to check out Trader Vic’s, one of my favorite restaurants and offer my support. The deck was nice and we had a great day. We had the chicken sandwich and the Kalua pork. Both were outstanding. And, of course we had mai tais. Also spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our evening. The restaurant was very nice and something new! And the view!!! The food was excellent - we all loved what we ordered! And the drinks were good and one came in a fish shaped glass!! We will definitely be back!!

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vipHappy2Eat
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a treat to return to an iconic beloved restaurant. Our group grabbed The Original Mai Thi, Cosmo Tidbits and purchased a few mugs to further our support.

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Jackie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! This pandemic made me nervous about celebrating my birthday inside a restaurant. The tables were well distanced, all wait staff were wearing masks, and single-occupancy bathrooms were available. The food and drinks were delicious, just like I remembered! It was a great experience.

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vipSancarlosdiner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun tiki evening out. First time out of the house in months.

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Dineaholic
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Gotta have a mai tai at Trader Vic’s

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Kats
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrated a special birthday and was pleased with attentive, prompt and accommodating service. Food was good.

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StephanieE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special to sit on the deck for cocktails and dinner❣️❣️

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SusanP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fun dining experience, and a great view, loved it!

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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
2 reviews
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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vipSFFoodie
San Francisco
20 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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vipRogerT
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
3 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
5 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Bay Area born and raised and had sadly never been

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Trader Vic's - Emeryville is rated 4.7 stars by 1727 OpenTable diners.

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