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Trader Vic's

629 reviews
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$30 and under
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Global, International
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Escape to Portland’s premiere destination for Polynesian cuisine, tropical cocktails, traditional Pupus and famous Chinese oven dishes. Our unforgettable ambiance features traditional Tikis, and palm-thatched ceilings. Trader Vic's Portland is located in the Pearl district. Join us for a little island spirit.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Global, International, Pan-Asian
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Hours of operation
Sunday-Thursday 11 am -10 pm
Friday & Saturday 11 am -12 am

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Phone number
(503) 467-2277
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Travis Stroud
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Private party facilities
Our beautiful Polynesian private dining room seats up to 50 guests. We offer plate or buffet services. Audio Visual features are available.
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Private party contact
Chris Omoletski: (503) 467-2277
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Cross street
NW 12th
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Parking details
If street parking is a challenge there are several public lots with in a block radius.
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Public transit
We are conveniently located one block from both the north and south bound Trolley cars, and bus 17 stops at the corner.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
3.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Good was ok and device was good. I thought the food was better the first time I went here. Drinks were good but small.

DianeC (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

The fun memories of visits to Trader vics include tiki men swizle sticks, umbrella skewered pineapple, an orchid floating and flamed dishes prepared tableside. We ordered 4 drinks and all came without decoration. We ordered the flaming steak, which was toothpick skewered beef to hold over a fuel cube in a foil cup. Kids meal ribs were as chewy and dry as beef jerky. The nice waiter comped them. A little more effort could make it so much better.

WendyO (Portland)
1.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

Service was marginal and rushed when they weren't busy. Salads were brought to the table with no effort to clear the appetizer plates that were finished. Within 2 mins of bringing the salads out the entrees arrived and then they clumsily tried to make room for everything. Quality of the food was poor. Beef tenderloin was very chewy and calamari was soggy. When the reservation was made it was clear we were celebrating the birthday of 2 in our party of 4. Absolutely no mention was made by the waitstaff of the birthdays nor did they attempt to make us feel welcome. We now understand why all the empty tables.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

They do tiki very well. Food, not so much.

vippdxdiner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Service was exceptional. Server was attentive, timely, and very knowledgeable about drinks which was helpful. Food was delicious. We are excited to return for another date night.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

I took my girlfriend here for our anniversary, and needless to say it was a great experience! We came at 530 for Happy Hour drinks before dinner, and I must admit their Original Mai Tai's are famous for a reason; strong but flavorful (although i prefer their 1944 version which has a bit more kick as its made with orange liqueur and almond syrup rather than a premade mix). For dinner i had the drunken noodles.The mix of chicken, pork, and shrimp went well the mix of noodles, scrambled egg and bok choy. I was a bit disappointed in the amount of noodles there were compared to the whole dish; there could have been more. My girlfriend really enjoyed the Cioppino she ordered. The only downside is the price; $12 for the appetizer shrimp was a bit much considered there were only about 7 small pieces in the order. I would definitely recommend this place at least for special occasions but not something i could personally afford on a regular basis. I will definitely be back for Happy Hour again because they have a great deals on their food and drinks.

vipLuv2eat (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Trader Vic's has great food, friendly, prompt service and over the top island style ambiance, very tastefully done. I enjoy their flavorful food, the drunken noodles and brisket sandwich were great! They have fun, exotic drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). I will definitely be going again.

portlander (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2016

Had some out of town guests and wanted a place that showed the vibrant week night pedestrian traffic. Trader Vic's has a great location for viewing the street life while enjoying the restaurants beautiful interior. Our waiter was uber friendly and knowledgeable and the food was terrific. I was worried that the menu was not varied enough, but everything we ordered was distinctive and everyone's diverse tastes were accomodated. Looking forward to a return visit.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Trader Vics is old school dining at its best. No pretense. Wood fired oven is amazing. creative menu. great pupus and tropical drinks. The orginal mai tai is perfectly done. no need for wine at a pure tiki bar. Great fun.

table4two (Portland)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Had a great table for two at the window. A big party was across the way from us but did not seem to bother us to much. We had pupus for dinner. Enjoyed most everything. Loved the Poke, very fresh. BBQ ribs had a great smoked flavor but we're a little tough for my taste. The waiter was okay but not very attentive. He seemed like he was somewhere else all night. Will be back. There were a few more things on the menu we want to try.

vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2016

I haven't been to Trader Vics in a very long time and I was so happy my girlfriend and I met there for lunch. The service is absolutely excellent and great food to go with it!

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

The service from Justin is always the Best in PDX. And Trader Vic's food and drinks could never be better!

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2016

I love Trader Vic's. It is one of my favorites in Portland. There is no ther place like it in Portland. I think the crackers with homemade PB is so different-and good. The food is always good. And, best Mai Tai ever (1944). Always a special treat when I get to go here.


Chris (Portland)
3.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Drink menu was great, especially if you enjoy rum and tropical juices. Food was nice, my scallops were a tad undercooked, but still tasty.
I made a reservation in advance and arrived 40 minutes early to enjoy the bar, it was crowded and we had to wait for a seat. Once seated at a table in the lounge we informed the cocktailer that we were waiting for our dinner table, big mistake as she assumed we were transferring our check over to our table after we elected not to close out after every drink, lets just say we were ignored compared to the other patrons.
When we were seated, the table was located directly next to the micro in the middle of the dining room. Unfortunately this is my pet peeve, I dislike being seated by the micro as there is a lot of traffic. I asked to move to another table....another mistake, the hostess gave such an attitude, slamming silverware down on the new table and not even looking me in the face. I watched her as she went over to our server and pointed us out. God only knows what she said. Fortunately the server was professional and the evening ended well. He saved our dinner because it was quickly starting to go downhill fast.

vipServiceSnob (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

We went for a birthday lunch amd had drinks. The place has a fun Polynesian atmosphere and lots of fun drinks. Food was good (and we've been multiple times).

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2016

Super fun! The place took us back to the wonderful i'm we spent in Kauai Hawaii!! Was very quiet and romantic. Drinks were amazing as was every morsel of food!!

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Food was tasty , but might have been better off menu. Shrimp cocktail had just 1 prawn (I think only 1 oyster was served there as well), really! Salad was large and tasty. All enjoyed steaks and salmon, Very disappointed in wine pairing! All were sparkling, would have preferred variety of wines! Dessert was also nothing to rave about.

vipSSAPortland (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Our drinks, appetizers, and desserts were terrific -- really delicious. Unfortunately our entrees and salads were not. While not bad, they were mediocre for the price. Trader Vic's should work on correcting that. This is not the first time we have had that happen here. The ambience is so much fun. I hope they can make this part of their menu better.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Dinner was lackluster. There was maybe one vegetarian option for me and nothing my daughter would eat in the small kid's selection.

vipCindy (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

A gem.
Great food delicious drinks
Good for a group or a date .
Always deliver :)