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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
11:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 22:30
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Aarhus, Denmark
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349 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food: One had chicken, the other duck. Deliciously prepared and beautifully served. Desserts to die for and cocktails to kill for. Only down side was a rather noisy environment.

Thank Brian R
Santa Rosa, California
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323 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Trader Vic's is like time traveling to the past. I remember going to the old restaurant in Chicago 25 years ago, and it seemed old fashioned then. The decor is polynesian, or more accurately, an American's view of Polynesia back in in the 70s. Service was great -- from the hostess to the bartender to the waitstaff. The food was... More 

Thank Scott95401
London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here for a meal with friends and was taken back by the decor, the views over the water, the lovely food and great service. Valet parking gets you in the door quickly and we were seated immediately even though we arrived a little early. Booking is highly recommended as you are likely to be disappointed if you do not... More 

Thank HardwireTag
Austin, Texas
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73 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

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 17 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 16 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 6 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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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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

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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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Romantic, Groups
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?