Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Exclusive
  4. Exclusive
  5. San Francisco Bay Area
Trader Vic's - Emeryville, Emeryville, CA

Trader Vic's - Emeryville

4.6
4.6
2088 Reviews
$31 to $50
Global, International
Trader Vic's is “Home of the Original Mai Tai” overlooking the Emeryville Marina with stunning bay view.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Trader Vic's - Emeryville can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Hawaiian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Bar Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 653-3400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Broderick

  • Catering

    Outside catering accepted upon request. Please contact our banquet department at 510-450-7182

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Mishan Stinson: (510) 450-7184

  • Neighborhood

    San Francisco Bay Area

  • Cross street

    Powell Street

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking

  • Public transit

    Emery-Go-Round

  • Entertainment

    Live bands on select weekend.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

What 2,088 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Sort by

Filters

  1. WL

    WillL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a date night. Go for a stroll along the marina afterwards to watch the sunset.
  2. g

    gbpsf

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The world’s best Mai Tais. Get the San Francisco version with a floater of dark rum. Well priced at $15 considering the average cocktail price for average cocktails elsewhere. The Cosmo Tidbits remain a meal unto themselves. But add the Cheese Bings anyway. These are my favorite appetizer in the world and taste just as good now a they did 50 years ago. The menu is drastically different from those days but still offers varied tastes. The Indonesian lamb chops out of those amazing kettle ovens are superb and unique to Trader Vic’s. The wait staff was kind, if a bit slow in clearing dishes. Did I mention those Mai Tais?
  3. LM

    LindseyMindseyChuchinsey

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Went here for birthday lunch with the girls and it was just ok. The food was mediocre at best. The drinks were good. The service was attentive. The view cannot be beat.
  4. J

    Jc2112

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my five-year-old daughter‘s favorite restaurant. We went for a daddy daughter date last night, and it was amazing! From the get-go, the service is over the top perfection. My daughter calls it the Moana restaurant, and you get that vibe when you’re inside looking around at all the cool things hanging from the ceiling. The food is amazing! They have a special hot smoker, that cooks the most amazing filet mignon, salmon, rack of lamb, and bone in pork chop! Anything you get, you cannot go wrong. (I don’t usually like to do reviews, but this place actually deserves a shout out). No, i do not work here! Definitely bring your kids, only if they are well behaved though. If any parents are offended, I apologize. It’s just a very relaxing place, with the most beautiful views of the Bay from Emeryville. This is also the original location of Trader Vic’s, and the Mai Tai. It’s an amazing throwback with very forward food. It is highly recommended from a 35 year Hospitality veteran! PS the ribs and the crab Rangoon are the best I’ve ever had, I’m from Kansas City for rib reference, and I have been eating crab Rangoon my whole life!
  5. AB

    AaronB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food and drinks and atmosphere. Bought some drink coasters to take home.
  6. LB

    LynnetteB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    TRADER VICS has been one of my favorite restaurants for over 50 years! If you have never been, you must go! Dress festive, enjoy the ambience, wonderful cocktails in creative glassware, food, and view! So many wonderful memories here! Let’s keep it alive and thriving and not have it become one more casual drop in food joint! Great place for a special occasion… Or ANY occasion! Enjoy!!!!!
  7. MP

    MatthewP

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Place was packed and lively with a birthday party right by us. The service was great and very attentive. The food was delicious and had a really interesting flavor, with a separate amazing and comparatively affordable deserts menu.
  8. RS

    RayS

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been going to Trader Vic's since it was on San Pablo Ave! And we always have a great time. It's that Polynesian atmosphere and Mai Tai's that do the trick. Friendly service and great food. Never disappoints.
  9. C

    Cookiep77

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a wonderful experience. The food was awesome and and we dressed in tiki. I love shag so it was nice to see touches of his art here!
  10. TG

    TheGuy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, decor, and views. Go there right now!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food arrived on chipped plate. Returned food arrived on another chipped plate - the chip was below the rim of the plate on the second delivery.
  12. PS

    PauletteS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu, friendly service, lovely view. A great place for lunch.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My fiancé Laura and I just loved everything. Best Mai tais ever!
  14. g

    gregory

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Let's face it, it's blue-hair cuisine from the 60's and 70's. With the artisan food thing going on in the bay area they really ned to overhaul their game.
  15. n

    nataj

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Go there for appetizers drinks and the view. The waiter was mediocre not rude but not attentive. His support staff were great though.
  16. AV

    AaronV

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a long time coming but our first visit was worth the wait. Great Food, Ambiance and Friendly staff. Also brought home another tiki mug for my collection!
  17. S

    Sandra

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, terrific drinks, and wonderful atmosphere. We had the best time! Even though we arrived early, we were seated immediately. We had a great table with a Marina view and an amazing view of the East Bay. Service was prompt, patient, timely, and friendly. Everyone made us feel welcome. We were all commenting on how the food was some of the best we've really ever had! The steaks were cut and cooked perfectly, super tender, cut with a butter knife type steaks! So GOOD! I had the scallops which were delicious as well. The presentation was great too! We didn't have a speck of food leftover. The drinks were delicious, I had the Mai Tai Wave and the Passion Tai, every one of them was soooooo good! We were all planning our next trip back before we even left the table! Many thanks to the wonderful staff. We will be back ASAP!!!
  18. JE

    JoshE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A unique spot. It’s old and kitschy, but is well-kept and their drinks are top notch (if pricey). I miss the green oyster soup. The food is always done well, but the Brussel sprout salad was fibrous and bitter. But the Singapore noodles were outstanding. Love this spot. Love that it’s still here. Usually the food is all amazing. And the view is magnificent, right on the water.
  19. a

    abrab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a lovely setting with all seating having a nice view of some sort. Food was very good, portions ideal, they stick to what they do best. Drinks of course are top notch. Service was attentive and friendly.
  20. AP

    AlfredP

    St. Louis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not rave more about this wonderful place. If you are in the area, you must go. It was a standout on our San Francisco Tiki Tour. The food was great.
  21. RG

    RocketG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I were there for her birthday. We requested a window seat when we made reservations and would have waited for one but no luck. Very nice place and we will return.
  22. k

    kmar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A charming tiki-themed restaurant with beautiful San Francisco Bay views. There's an extensive tropical drink menu and the entrees and desserts were thoughtfully presented and quite delicious.
  23. K

    Kylossus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was so accommodating. It turned out we had more people join our reservation and they made it work for us. Couldn't be happier.
  24. L

    Lequi

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this spot...host and waiters were all great and friendly !! Food was great !
  25. KA

    KATANG

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parking was easy. View was great! Food was great! Will come back!
  26. C

    Calicuisine

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Generally love this restaurant, but the service was quite poor this time. A customer should not have to wait until their meal is cold before finally being able to flag down a server for salt. We were asked if wanted to see a dessert menu, to which we said yes. We promptly picked out two deserts. 15 minutes later, no one had come back to take our dessert order. When they finally did come back, we simply asked for the check and left. Too bad.
  27. SA

    SALTY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This is the 21st century. You needs more foods that "health concescience", especially desserts. Many people need low cholesterol, low sugar foods. Many people are allergic to peanut stuff. Also many, many people have diabetes. You get where I'm coming from? Healthy foods! But a great place to eat, and very peaceful. Thx
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    The self service was not good. Drinks took too long. No water. My order was forgotten.
  29. A

    Alfred

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We came here last night for a special occasion and frankly, I wished we would have gone to another place. The cocktails were as good as always—if not better. The food though has undergone a change—and not for the better. Since when did they offer burger and sandwiches? The whole atmosphere was way more casual—people came in in torn blue jeans and flip-flops. I was having a hard time to find something to my taste. Most of all I missed the Mahi-Mahi which they no longer offer. Their signature peanut butter is no longer for free—now you have to pay for it. The place was packed but the servers were nice, patient, and hard working. It was a special occasion (25th anniversary) that was known but not recognized. I was hoping for a table at one of the windows but unfortunately, we were seated in a corner. Oh well. It could have been worse. But it could also have been better.
  30. WK

    WilliamK

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Consistently good service and good food. Can't beat the view. It is fairly expensive, but to us it is worth it.
  31. h

    hiccup

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Its an icon, atmospheric and nostalgic. Always a treat.
  32. p

    pickeyaboutservice

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Been going to Trader Vic's for many years but the last time was over 10 years ago. Still very good with a very interesting drink menu, appetizers and entres which you don't find many other places. Excellent service, view and preparation! Highly recommended as a change of pace.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience! We have been many, many times and this most recent time was the first time we ordered the steak. It was phenomenal. And as always, their drinks were perfection with the Mai Tai understandably being the stand out drink.
  34. MP

    MontyP

    Pittsburgh

    156 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    156 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    After all these years you would think they could make a non-greasy egg roll and better crab rangoon. They used to be excellent. The menu was short. The food was fair. The drinks were good but so much ice you paid for little. The restaurant needs an update for sure.
  35. AV

    AdrianV

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  36. TL

    TabithaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place, the food is phenomenal, the view is amazing, the staff is prompt! All in all such a great experience, highly recommend reservations prior to visit.
  37. TH

    TimH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The food was great. Our server was nice and helpful, but the food seemed to be delayed. It's already pricey but it became more so when the bill came with a little surprise! An added "Administration Fee" was not explained and when I asked about it, the staff was not able to explain it. What was up with that?
  38. DK

    DianeK

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We arrived early and had a drink in the bar. Great service in the dining room as well. It was a great experience overall
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love going to Trader Vic’s, the ambiance is awesome! Food is great!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Fun lunch with treasured friends! We got to try a few of their tasty cocktails and appetizers (Cho Cho Beef: fun activity & spring rolls). Three of us had the “All In” fried rice, Tuna Poke Aloha bowl, Hawaiian Cubans, TV burger & BBQ Salmon slider. I ordered a side of the Hawaiian fried rice, which was a generous portion. It was about half the size of the fried rice lunch portion, less the shrimp, but with pineapple. Fun escape to the Polynesian Islands without packing a bag. A little bit of a splurge, but enjoyable. We had 7 ppl, so not surprised to see the Service Fee. It is worth noting that the service fee was 20%, which we would have tipped anyway; in addition there is a “Admin Fee” of about 4%. Not their fault, but between all fees, tax & service charge, it adds up to about: 34%. Aloha!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Trader Vic's - Emeryville is rated 4.6 stars by 2088 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Trader Vic's - Emeryville can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Powell Street

  • Neighborhood

    San Francisco Bay Area

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Bar Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Hawaiian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking

  • Public transit

    Emery-Go-Round

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Broderick

  • Entertainment

    Live bands on select weekend.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 653-3400

  • Catering

    Outside catering accepted upon request. Please contact our banquet department at 510-450-7182

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Mishan Stinson: (510) 450-7184

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo