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Trader Vic's - Emeryville, Emeryville, CA

Trader Vic's - Emeryville

4.6
4.6
2434 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.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Polynesian, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 653-3400
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • 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

What 2,434 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

2,434 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not enough parking in lot and no valet service on a rainy night with parking 1/4 to 1/3 mile away.

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  2. DavidW

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our waiter, Noe.plus the atmosphere was amazing, food was very tasty

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  3. Condor

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting for any special occasion. Bay views from latge picture windows. Friendly, attentive service.

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  4. Candace

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This felt like going on vacation without leaving the East Bay. The views and ambience were classic tiki, the food and drinks were great, we'll definitely be back.

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  5. LindaV

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Table for two at the window overlooking the water and boats. Beautiful sunset we could watch from our table. Food and cocktails were great. Glad we went as we hadn’t been there in decades. Happy 90th Trader Vic’s!

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  6. EmilyR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a snafu with our reservation that wasn’t handled very well by the staff. Soured the night and we ultimately decided to dine elsewhere. However, the bartenders were nice, drinks were tasty, and ambience was exactly what you would expect given the restaurant’s famed history. We were sad that our night didn’t work out the way that we had hoped.

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  7. PamelaA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good. However, the service was lacking. Also, things have changed since the pandemic. There is no longer parking service which is a problem because the lot is small. The crackers and peanut mix are no longer complimentary and carry a charge of $6. While 2 people ordered appetizers, one was brought out early and the second brought out with the main dishes.

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  8. DavRam

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch and cocktails - the place has not lost any of its charm!!

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  9. joeferrarophoto

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed Trader Vic’s. They were very accommodating to people in my party who had food allergies. The drinks were delicious, and the food met my expectations.

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  10. VaniaM

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone and I mean everyone was great - my first time here with my mama and we loved it - will be back 💜

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  11. Leigh

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The hostess told us it would be a few minute wait for our table - which was fine - but the hostess told us to check in with her in a little while just in case she forgets. Drinks were delicious. Service (other than the hostess) was great. The ambiance is really nice. The food was okay. The duck was dry, the chili coconut chicken was salty. The appetizers were good, but not my favorite. I might go back again for drinks and appetizers, but not the food.

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  12. DaleR

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere are fantastic. Server was not great. Obviously stressed due to his obligations to having too many tables. Cold greeting, didn't take menus or offer water. Later heard bartender refuse to help another patron with ordering another cocktail. "I don't know who your server is or where your table is, so can't help you." Who does that? What happened to customer service? We had to ask for water, and even that seemed complicated. The hostess was friendly and accommodating. Busser was apologetic. Food and drinks were great. Just felt that the people earning tips were missing class and professional demenor that you would expect at an iconic restaurant.

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  13. MelissaJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    After taking our order, our server ignored us the rest of the evening. Was very attentive to other bigger tables but never came by to see how our food was or if we needed anything else. Wouldn’t even look at us. The busser brought us a dessert menu but after about 30 minutes of nobody taking our order we had to go look for the waiter to get our check.

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  14. carolynp

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is something very special about Trader Vic’s—a place stuck in time and a place our family has gone to for 25 years. The original Mai Tai is consistently the best. The ribs are excellent. The main dishes seem to be just a tad too salty. The service is top notch.

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  15. Jdunn

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a true gem. The food, drinks and staff are top tier. It's like an instant vacation walking through the doors and being transported to a tiki mecca.

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  16. StaceyS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great night out at Trader Vic's -- the food was excellent and the bar menu is a lot of fun. We were even there on a night with entertainment by a Chinese New Year dragon! Service was a little slow, but very accommodating otherwise.

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  17. KateE

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional character and ambiance. Appetizers were great, excellent cocktails.

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  18. GaryK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was excellent and it was as I remembered it from 10 or more years ago

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  19. Lovestodine

    San Francisco

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I come here often, and it never disappoints! The person at the front is so nice, so that’s your first interaction! The spring rolls were so fresh and the Hawaiian bowls were wonderful. Can’t wait to go back!

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  20. AndrewF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bay Area classic. We always have a great time at Trader Vic's!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time. Ambiance is the best. Staff are very professional.

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  22. FrankB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosmo Tidbits and Indonesian Rack of Lamb both delicious.

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  23. Karen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Trader Vic's is one of our favorite restaurants. We have been dining there for 40 years. Food and service is always of the same superior quality.

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  24. TriceAndMarv

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a red for 2 greeting the hostess at entrance advising we were early for an 8am reservation. She said there was one res ahead of me and had my 6 yr old and I stand to the side. I then watched another party of to come in and mention to the hostess “party of 2” and immediately they were escorted to the table. How strange, I thought seeing that we were 2 / an 8pm res as well. Another party of 2 walked in mentioning a 7:45pm res and again, immediately were escorted to seating. When the hostess returned, I think she could read my face on how we’re literally put off to the side while others with the same time were seated right away. She then said “I think something opened up” and we followed her where we where sat at a shared seating area which was not preferred. I asked if we could sit by the window in one of the open two seater tables. She claimed a party ahead of me already had dibs and that I should have put down “a birthday celebration” and I then mentioned that she deliberately Sat a party of two 1st with the same 8pm reservation time after we were made to stand and wait, all right in front of me. She responded that numbers were tricky when working for a restaurant and apologized and parted while I was remembering I put down special occasion for Valentine. I sat there feeling uneasy and a glimpse of discrimination and decided to get up and wait for better seating. When we exited the area, I told her “we will just wait” and she immediately responded “something else just opened, is here ok?” I responded yes to a more secluded table by the window. Later our waiter was awesome, food was great, but the hostess has some customer service skills to sharpen up on.

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  25. JerryS

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Trader’s has always been an excellent restaurant. We have dined there for years and have always had an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend Trader’s to everyone.

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  26. GaryC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great atmosphere, very good service.

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  27. MelissaS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the atmosphere, and it being right on the water was so cool. Decor is totally tiki. The cocktails were amazing.

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  28. LaurelS

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love Trader Vic's! The cocktails and food are delicious. The views are gorgeous, and the decor and service are impeccable. It's our happy place whenever we visit the Bay Area. This was our first time coming for lunch, and it was just as wonderful as it as at dinner. Thank you!

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  29. ChevaG

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved visiting this icon of Tiki! Cocktails were on point, food was delicious and the decor is amazing-not kitschy, very sophisticated. Had a Mai Tai and a Three Dots and a Dash, chicken skewers and crab rangoon. My friends had miso salmon and the mushroom dish and enjoyed them. Can’t wait to go back!

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  30. AndyL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Trader Vics. Same old ambiance. Even better service than I remember from our last trip many years ago. No valet parking now but that was ok. The drink menu and decorations are super fun, and the food is excellent. They do all the meat and the awesome Miso salmon I had, on the wood fired clay ovens! it all comes out so tender and flavorful!

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  31. pjmd

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for the history and ambience. Gorgeous restaurant right on the water. Food was good, not great. Had Macadamia Mahi Mahi and it was dry. Drinks were okay, but not consistent (spouse ordered the same drink twice and was not as sweet the second time). Glad I visited, but will not be back, as there are so many better options for tiki inspired food and drinks.

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  32. LouG

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Welcoming , polite staff! Food was delicious. Our sever was and is always outstanding.

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  33. CoralieL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and great food with good selection of cocktails. The service was a bit too long.

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  34. Pauly

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great drinks and good food! Service was on point with great recommendations.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the decor to the view, this is a beautiful restaurant. The drinks were good and the food was excellent. My friend and I both had the beef and reef and my husband had the pork chop and it was all delicious.

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  36. LisaR

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Trader Vic’s! Never disappoints! Food and cocktails are amazing!

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  37. Lauren

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ambiance of this place. The food and drinks were great.

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  38. Sean

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Trader Vic's is a great place to grab a drink and a bite to eat.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very old school Hawaiian vibes and food was very good.

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  40. NelsonL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance, last minute availability, amazing cocktail list and delicious food! The only negative was a longer than expected wait between our appetizer’s and our entrees arriving to our table. I was starting to think that the kitchen forgot our order when the waiter brought over the steak knife and said the food would be out shortly.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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 2434 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

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

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Trader Vic's - Emeryville

9 Anchor Drive, Emeryville, CA 94608

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Powell Street
  • Neighborhood
    San Francisco Bay Area
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Polynesian, 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • 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
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