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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.

9 Anchor Drive
Emeryville, CA 94608
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Global, International, Hawaiian, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Powell Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 653-3400

Website:
http://www.tradervicsemeryville.com/

Entertainment:
Live bands on select weekend.

Catering:
Outside catering accepted upon request. Please contact our banquet sales manager: Mishan Stinson: 510-450-7182

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Public Transit:
Emery-Go-Round

Executive Chef:
Michael Broderick

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.

Trader Vic's - Emeryville Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (39)
Special Occasion (33)
Scenic View (31)
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Good for a Date (28)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Fun (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Romantic (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Business Meals (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Casual (7)
Live Music (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Spicy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Sea bass was great, New York steak yummy but filet & coconut shrimp disappointing. It took about 35 minutes between appetizer to main dish. No bread or butter, so we were hungry & just waiting for main entree. Desserts were ok, but for the price point, there are other restaurants I would rather go to.

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·Dined 2 days ago

We love Trader Vic's! My husband and I throw a tiki party each year so are big into tiki culture. We chose this for our mutual birthday restaurant and had so much fun. There was live music, delicious food, and we LOVED the Maitai's. If you want a mini vacation to the tropics, make a resi for a fun dinner with creative and authentic decor and yummy drinks!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Live Music, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

What can I say . . . one of my favorite spots for many reasons. Good food, stellar service and the cocktails can't be beat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Scenic View, Fun, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Romantic, Waterfront, Tapas, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

LOVE the view and the drinks are ALWAYS good and gets you going.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Been dining at Trader Vic's since it was Hinky Dinks on San Pablo Avenue in the 1960's....
Cosmo Place and Emeryville...so I have been a big fan for a long, long time.
Two years ago had Thanksgiving here at they ran out of food by 5 PM...and have been hesitant to return.
The food just doesn't warrant the price.
Cosmo tidbits for $26 ? Cheese Bings for $11 ? I had the salmon and it was OK. My
wife got indigestion from the curry.... the bill for 4 adults was over $300 and I don't
drink.
All things must change...sorry to see Trader's not change for the better...

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love the food the drinks the view over all great birthday dinner! Will be coming back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food and beverages delicious! If have a table on the bar side, know it can get pretty loud and noisy. A way overpriced item is the Crab and artichoke dip - just a handful of chips and small bowl for $21. Menu a bit pricey but I would go again.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Really great service and food and a relaxed atmosphere on a very busy Thanksgiving day. We had such a good time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We enjoyed the atmosphere greatly. The food was unique but still good. I would have appreciated a more traditional Polynesian menu with a few more choices on a special offering.
The Canadian Whiskey was much appreciated.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Waterfront
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very disappointed. Probably will never go back. Loud. Dirty. Slow service. Took 40 min after we sat to get drinks. Appetizers arrived first. Really?

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Ha d a wonderful night with my wife celebrating my birthday. And Tito Y su Son De Cuba we’re off the charts! Thanks!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

we went when they had an event , it was fun but the food was not great , I had a crab Benedict and it had no Hollandaise sauce on it so it was dry , yuk

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fun throwback scene! Great ambience. Good food, a little pricey and cocktails could be stronger. Overall worth it

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved it. Great drinks and absolutely fantastic food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Returning after 5 yrs and found very limited dinner menu. Favorites missing. Can order chow mein off menu. Green goddess salad no longer available. Very expensive. Beautiful restaurant interior and great views.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great meal at a great restaurant

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Vic’s is our “go to” for special occasions. Menu options have changed significantly ... no more macadamia encrusted mahi-mahi which is a shame, but kudos for experimenting with the menu so as to not get stale.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a very nice brunch on Sunday. Tiki music provided by the restaurant only made our experience more enjoyable. Restaurant really needs to add the brunch menu to their website.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I took my boyfriend on a date because he didn't think he had eaten there until we got there. Good food, nice view, and great service.

Planning company holiday lunch there. It will be fun.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 2, 2017

although my reservation was made a month in advance they were unprepared for my arrival

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food and service; fabulous ambience

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I was quite underwhelmed. The feeling I had is that this restaurant takes excessive advantage of its location and reputation and for the rest does not strive for excellence.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Had not tried the brunch at Trader Vic's yet and it was well worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Live Music, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Just love trader Vic's. It's so retro & not like all the fancy new places that all serve the same food in a boring manner. TVics is great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great view for entertaining out of town guests. Great service and drinks. I enjoyed the food but thought it was kind of uninspired. Dry duck. Fun ambiance.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent decor and view.

Menu somewhat limited.

Expensive with excellent food quality and quantity.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

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.

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