Trader Vic's

Emeryville, CA
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9 Anchor Drive
Emeryville, CA
Opened in 1972
Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm
Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm
Sun 4:30pm-9:30pm
Closed Mondays
All ages in restaurant,
21+ only in bar
(510) 653-3400
Beef Cho Cho

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Trader Vic's



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Everyone You
Decor 9.3
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 9.3
Food Quality 8.4
Food Selection 8.5
Mood 8.3
Music 7.9
Service 8.6
Tikiness 9.3
Tilt 8.9
Vibe 8.4

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Humuhumu’s description

This Trader Vic's location supplanted the nearby original Oakland Trader Vic's
Trader Vic's
Oakland, CA
Bar & Restaurant
, and has been the company's flagship restaurant since it opened in 1972. The Emeryville Trader Vic's is positioned near the end of a spit in San Francisco Bay, and has beautiful views of the nearby marina and city lights across the water.
The Emeryville Trader Vic's closed at the end of April 2010 for renovations, and reopened on September 28, 2010. The newly-refreshed Trader Vic's Emeryville has a stronger focus on tiki decor, and works to strike the balance between the sunny blue marina view and the moodiness of a traditional Tiki bar. Many of the carvings, lighting and other decorative elements have come from other, now-closed Trader Vic's restaurants from around the globe.
The restaurant is large, with several banquet rooms available for private parties. There is a large bar area near the entrance, and two dining rooms at the back of the restaurant.


Torgny has visited Trader Vic's.
September 12, 2019, 4:25 PM
I am really torn about Trader Vicís Emeryville location. Itís as close to the original site of Trader Vicís you, it has very nice dťcor, the food is good (if overly-expensive), and the drinks are perfectly made (yes, they batch-make certain drinks so that they can serve guests quickly during busy periods, but they use the same top ingredients and taste the same as those made to order so it seems silly to complain about it and it saves you a lot of waiting time).

My one gripe is that the restaurant and bar is designed to take advantage of being right on San Francisco Bay, with lots of windows and views of the ocean and sailboats. In the case of any other restaurant, it would be a great view. But I prefer those tiki bars that are dark and let you suspend your disbelief and pretend that youíre having a drink in some tropical by-water on a lovely evening. Thatís impossible when the sun is streaming into an airy and light restaurant. But itís a small price to pay for the view and the great drinks.
Stacy has visited Trader Vic's.
March 11, 2019, 11:12 PM
If you can, try Trader Vicís for brunch. Itís a treat to be in such a classic Tiki joint for breakfast. It does get busy here but the staff is very accommodating and they have mugs for collectors and a few times a year they have nice low key tiki bazaars where you can find treasures and support a number of cool artists. Room for improvement: updating their website and social media; they donít always give much advance notice of sales and events and keep out of date events listed.
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Monster A GoGo has visited Trader Vic's.
January 31, 2019, 9:46 PM
I had been to the Emeryville Trader Vic's only once (early 2000, perhaps?), until a recent visit in October 2018. It was until reading Humuhumu's description that I realized the place had been renovated in 2010. That is good to know, because I thought I was losing my tiki mind! Ha! Everything I remembered about the place for the earlier visit was completely different than my more recent stop; completely different in a good way.

Although we didn't have reservations, we didn't think we'd have a problem on a Tuesday night. Wrong! The place was packed (apparently it is all-day happy hour on Tuesdays!) and instead of eating in the dining room, we were seated in a little alcove off of the bar. The food was good but the drinks were hit and miss that night. Oh well. It was still great to finally be back at Trader Vic's -- and with the redone interior, it was almost like being in an entirely new restaurant. You can read more about it in my blog. There are a lot of photos and I also visit Pagan idol and Last Rites as well. You can check it out HERE:


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