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About Trader Vic's - Emeryville
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.
Emeryville, CA 94608
Global, International, Hawaiian, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday to Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
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
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
Tuesday to Friday 11:30 am to close
Saturday 4:00 pm to close
Sunday 4:00 pm to close
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live bands on select weekend.
Outside catering accepted upon request. Please contact our banquet sales manager: Mishan Stinson: 510-450-7182
Complimentary Valet Parking
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
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.
Trader Vic's - Emeryville Ratings and Reviews
This is one of the greatest examples of the classic Tiki restaurant still standing. The décor is traditional Polynesian Pop, retaining the charm of the mid-century tropical fantasy, while never crossing the line into kitsch. The cocktails my not be quite as crafty as those at SF’s Smugglers Cove or Pagan Idol, but they are still delicious.
Five of us had an extremely negative experience. The server was inexperienced and not at all knowledgable.
When I ordered, I informed our server of a severe allergy to all colors of bell pepper and asked that she check to make sure that my order did not include it. She returned and said my order did not include bell pepper. However, when the food arrived, one dish contained a bell pepper garnish. I ordered an alternative dish and she left to place the order. The bell pepper garnish was confirmed by my friends who do not have the allergy.
Our server disappeared, and the manager delivered my replacement dish. There was no appology offered and, he aggressively insisted that I was wrong. When I asked what, in fact, was the red garnish, he refused to respond.
I have never had a similar experience. The restaurant's attitude was so unreasonable that all five of us agreed we would not return, nor would we ever recommend Trader Vic's to anyone.
We had not been to Trader Vic's for a few years. Not until we read about the retirement of the long time hostess in the SF Chronicle, did we think we should go there again and thus we did go for a midweek lunch. Free valet parking, a cheery welcome by the reception staff and prime window table set the proper mood. Of course we had to have the Trader's Mai Tai which was better than the one I make at home (using TV's mix). There were two of us, we ordered wonton soup with a generous amount of dumplings and green onions and large slices of a green vegetable which we had to cut to bite size on our butter plates. The presentation looked pretty (but impractical). Good soup though. We each ordered Lagunitas IPA draft to go with the main course. 10 oz pours.
Our main course was rice bowls with chopped Asian style duck and various cooked vegetables and salad greens and pickled slices of red cabbage which was still crispy but definitely no longer raw. Hoisin sauce dressing. Very good, a lovely presentation and a generous size serving. An espresso for one of us brought the luncheon tab to just about $100 pus tips for wait staff and parking valet. The service was excellent, though considering the cost, this was obviously a special treat unless you're on an expense account which many of the other diners seemed to be.
We’ve been to Trader Vic’s many times and everything was great, good table, good drinks, good food and good service. One minor quibble, I had notified them in advance that it was my husband’s birthday and it was not acknowledged at all. A little disappointing.
The only issue was that my husband's patty melt didn't come with a fried egg. He spoke to manager who was going to give a dessert. Our waitress told us at brunch there was no dessert options. The manager never came back and we never got compensated for the error.
Trader Vic's is a wonderful place and we have enjoyed many special dinners there but their brunch did not live up to my expectations. The service and decor/view are top notch but the brunch dishes we ordered all tasted like they had been sitting under the warmer far too long. My eggs Benedict barely had any hollandaise sauce on it and the poached eggs were cooked too long and were sticky and gooey and awful. They also discontinued the bottomless Mimosas. We paid a lot but chalk that up to the beautiful view and our lovely server. We just wish their brunch was as good as their dinner.
This is probably the fourth or fifth time we have eaten at the Traders. The occasion was our daughter's bday. Before this occasion, I was always impressed with the quality of the cocktails, my favorite a 1944 Mai Tai. This time it was a bit weak and watery. We had two orders of appetizers (pupus) to share, and they were very good and tasty. When it came time to order our entrees, bday girl picked 5 spice duck, my son-in-law and I shared the pork shank. We were told at the outset the pork would take 45 minutes, and were we OK with the wait? After asking everyone in the party for their OK, I said go ahead, we'll wait. About 25 minutes later, the waiter reappeared at our table telling bday girl they were now out of 5 spice duck, and she would have to pick something else! She settled for something else. I will say when our pork arrived it was so Good! I found it wrong that after she placed her order, she did not get what she wanted, and her husband and I felt a bit guilty ordering the melt in your mouth pork, and the lengthy wait it entailed. It was a good meal though, and our waiter was very attentive. They did bring bday girl chocolate coconut sundae to celebrate her day. We had wonderful seating right at the window, looking out at SF bay.
First time at Trader Vic's and we went for the Mai Tai's which did not disappoint! Food was good, but portions were a little on the small side, especially the pupu platter. We were expecting a much larger plate, as there were 5 of us. We shared all of our dishes, and that was great, but again, portions were a little on the small side, even if each person had ordered one entree each. The do have larger share plates, but the prices were a bit more expensive and only fed 2-3 people in most cases. We were happy with the taste of the food and the drinks, but thought the prices were a bit higher than what most polynesian or asian food restaurants would be.
We were a group of 8 adults and 2 children celebrating the 89 birthday of a family friend. I had miscounted the number of guests and the hostess had to move us to a bigger table. She was very gracious about it. The food and drinks were great. The staff went out of their way to
Arrange the table so the little ones were accommodated.
The view was great. The waiters brought a dessert singing happy birthday to the guest of honor. She was moved to tears.
Thanks Trader Vic's for making the birthday dinner so special!
We had a small lunch celebration for my 94 yr old dad. The menu had recently changed but we fell in love with the Salmon with Shitake Mushrooms and Garlic/Artichoke potatoes. The food was delicious and cooked beautifully at medium rare. But what made the meal memorable was the outstanding attentive service from our waiter, John M. He was responsive, creative, (dressed like a Revolutionary Soldier - it was Halloween) and provided information on the changed new menu, while advising we could still order older favorites like the loco moco..
He brought us a complementary dessert for my dad with a candle and sang happy birthday. He was aware of the birthday because the hostess had queried my sister when a gift bag was spotted upon her arrival. A sharp hostess passes this info along to the waiter and it was a wonderful unexpected and excellent bit of customer service.
What sometimes is just 'lunch at Trader Vic's' became a truly memorable event because of this solicitous attitude and fine attention to detail. Just a great day and we thank you so much. Dad stood and shook hands with John M. thanking him for a delightful meal and that he just might target for 95 if he could come back there.
Look for us a year from now (we do come more often than that honest!) - and I hope John M will be our waiter. Fantastic service!! and Great food. Well done.
I informed them it was our anniversary when I made the reservation. When we arrived and again when we left, the hostess wished us a happy anniversary, as did our server. We enjoyed happy hour drinks and delicious appetizers in the bar. Great touch that most of the tropical drinks have unique glasses. Our meal in the dining room was also excellent.
It seems there is a new management team at this local restaurant icon. I could not get a reservation by directly calling the restaurant (I was greeted by a recording and left a message as requested, however, no one called to confirm my request). I eventually booked through Open Table. Upon our arrival, there seemed to be confusion at the hostess station and customers began to seat themselves or step in front of waiting guests with reservations. I have not witnessed this ever happening in over 40 years of patronizing this establishment.
Luckily, our waitress was kind and attentive and checked back often to see if we needed anything.
The food was well presented and delicious as always. It my hope that the confusion at the Hostess station was a fluke and my next visit will go as smoothly as always.
Very limited menu, not like in the past. There was several wait staff present at our table. One poured ice tea in my cocktail which still had half of the drink left. We called it to her attention and she stated that she would take care of it - Never did. My silverware was removed and the person stated that he would bring me back a clean service - Never did. Food was nothing to rave about. Very disappointing. I really do not believe that I will be going back to Trader Vic's again. The noise level was so loud, you could not talk. Had to raise voice and lean over the table to be heard or to hear. I used to love Trader Vic's in the past, but not anymore.
I have heard about the restaurant from colleagues, so I decided to try it for a birthday celebration. In summary:
a. Food - Good flavor, excellent presentation, some of the portions are not a good value (considering the price).
b. Service - We made a reservation for 8:30 p.m., so maybe everybody was tired. Slow, not particularly good. It took forever to get the menus, the food... everything.
c. Overall value: I do not mind paying $160 for two (two cocktails, two starters, to main courses, no dessert), but I was not satisfied by the experience.
The service was outstanding, my chop was great but my wife's seabass had an odd taste.my only complaint is that the food tasted more Indian than Hawaiian.
The cocktails were very strong but they were made with perfection, of course the Mai Tais are exceptional.
We had a lovely dinner at Trader Vic's. We used to go there all the time when we lived closer, but we had not been there in awhile. We noticed that the menu is more limited than it used to be and some of our favorites were missing, such as grilled petrale, curry dishes, chicken chow mein, and our favorite snowball dessert. Good news is that the scorpion and mai tai were just as delicious as usual, along with the appetizers crab Rangoon, cheese bings, etc. We had a green goddess salad and the "all in" rice dish with chicken and shrimp, both of which were very good. The waitress was excellent and the ambiance is a still a lot of fun.
I've been going to this restaurant for decades, but not any more. My favorite dish, the Mahi Mahi has been discontinued. I ordered the octopus salad. It was not a salad, it was a very small appetiser plate with three tiny (one inch) pieces of octopus. I also ordered the lobster tortellini as a main. Again, it contained 4 tiny tortellini with miniscule pieces of lobster. The sauces were bland and I couldn't really tell if there was any rum in the Maui Mai Tai. I left the restaurant hungry.
What a pleasant surprise! I heard that thus please was for old timers and the food was not so good, unless you drank three Mai Tais. Well, my guest and I were pleasantly surprised. The food is well presented and prepared. The views are fabulous and service staff is warm and friendly! Wow! I am going back!!!
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