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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
16:00 - 22:30
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:30
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Austin, Texas
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73 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very helpful and understanding staff (since we had a crying baby). Nice atmosphere and love centerpiece of open fire. Food however unremarkable. Had already run out of mahi selection which was disappointing. Paying for atmosphere.

Thank SPooh
Berkeley, CA
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Trader Vic's used to thrive on the combination of fruity rum drinks plus their particular brand of sort-of-Cantonese-"Polynesian" food. But things have changed. The restaurant still has handsome views of the bay, and the bar still turns out a large variety of rum drinks. However, the sadly diminished menu has lost much of its former Pan-Pacific accent, and the preparation... More 

Thank erglmd
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We tried Ralph's, Pavilion and Safeway but should have just come here from beginning. For an Australian family there was a lot that was familiar in this supermarket and we were excited to find up market fresh food options.

Thank Catherine C
San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This is one of the few remaining trader VICS locations in North America, and it's always fun to visit. The Decour, drinks, and the food are always excellent, and the staff is welcoming and attentive

Thank oaklandexplorer2016
El Cerrito, California
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Trader Vic's a place that best represents where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I celebrate the fact that Trader Vic's, originator of the Mai Tai, is still here along the Emeryville harbor with it's Polynesian adorned interior and exterior and its tropical-inspired tiki drinks and bar bites on the menu, but everything here on this... More 

Thank jalfong
Cottonwood, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Just darn good food, and the drinks are the same!!! The staff was very friendly and fast service in the bar while waiting for a table

Thank billydanger
Concord, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

My family has been coming to Trader Vic's for years and it is still great. Very festive this time of year too. The drinks were great the food was great and the service was excellent as well. The Mai Tais are strong and delicious and highly recommended. Every dish we ordered was terrific especially the sea Bass and salmon.

Thank mchoiniere
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 4 December 2016 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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100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 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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60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

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 

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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, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?