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Trader Vic's

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Polynesian, Hawaiian
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9 Anchor Dr, Emeryville, CA 94608-1510 (Powell Street)
+1 510-653-3400
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:30
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San Francisco, California
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our third time at this restaurant, and it didn't disappoint, again. Food is good, and the experience great. For a real Mai Tai cocktail, as it was invented by the name sakes owner, order the Trader Vic's Mai Tai 1944. In my opinion, it puts all those tropical imposters to shame...

Thank Richard V
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87 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Trader Vic's Emeryville is one of our "must visit" restaurants in the Bay Area. We love the beef cho cho as an appetizer ($11.50). Add a 1944 Mai Tai to the order along with a side of peanut butter and crackers, and you are ready to relax and enjoy a great meal. The sea bass was outstanding ($32). It is... More 

Thank BKC2003
Wichita, Kansas
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant brand has a great history, however some of the seating practices date back to the beginning of the restaurant, if you arrive 10 minutes before dinner seating officially begins you will be seated in the bar, which wouldn't be problem except chairs are low and it is difficult to find a place to set a drink. I would... More 

Thank 812841
Emeryville, California
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193 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Pacific Island-themed restaurant brings you flavors from Hawaii and beyond. Great cocktails, decent food and spectacular Bay views. Recommended for sunset drinks.

Thank FM6565
Fresno, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Trader Vic's is known for inventing the Mai Tai Parking is valet, food is ok, service is hit or miss. Worth visiting at least once

Thank Susan R
Milan, Italy
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82 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very pleasant atmosphere, beautiful spot on the water. The food is really fine.The service is perfect. Wonderful, old-fashioned restaurant with a terrific bar. Everybody should absolutely try a Mai Thai made in the "old way"..!!

Thank simon m
Modesto, CA
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is flat out one of the greatest places ever. The bar at Trader Vic's always feels like home. Claudette and her team always make you feel like family and the Home Style Mai Tais are a hall of fame. Friends we take there love the Mai Tai sampler on the surfboard. The food is so delicious, the appetizer menu... More 

Thank chrismodesto
Land O Lakes, Florida
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We were a large group, so the menu was limited. The crab cakes were awesome, had fish, along with coconut ice cream, definitely worth it. Nice quaint restaurant, romantic setting for an evening dinner. Great venue for a large group as they were very accommodating.

Thank doralynn38
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102 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We thought Trader Vic's was long gone. This restaurant on the water in Emeryville is quite good. The fish was delicious, and the fried rice dish with chicken and shrimp is enough for two. Also, a decent wine list.

Thank boothstar
Castro Valley, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This is my favorite restaurant! I love the theme. The food is excellent and the drinks are a blast. Fully staffed restaurant and bar with very attentive staff. I take my older kids here however I would not recommend it for families with younger kids that have a hard time sitting still. This is also a great date location! They... More 

Thank Nicole H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$45
American, Polynesian, Hawaiian
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Anchor Dr, Emeryville, CA 94608-1510
    (Powell Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Emeryville
  • Phone Number: +1 510-653-3400
Since its opening in 1972 overlooking the San Francisco Bay and Emeryville Marina, Trader Vic's has been hailed as one of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. Created by restaurant visionary Vic "The Trader" Bergeron, the tropical interior, exotic cocktails, and international menu have become world-famous with locations across the globe.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?