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



by 202 people



Everyone You
Decor 9.4
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 9.3
Food Quality 8.6
Food Selection 8.6
Mood 8.4
Music 8.1
Service 8.9
Tikiness 9.3
Tilt 9
Vibe 8.5

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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.


thermann9 has visited Trader Vic's.
May 3, 2018, 6:59 PM
We were suprised that the site is valet parking only. But parking is free, just tip the valets.

The building is beautiful and has the most elaborate polynesian theme we've encountered so far. They saved us a premium table overlooking the marina and we were able to watch the sunset while sipping on our tiki drinks.

Service was great but our waitress was stretched way too thin. It was a Sunday night so I don't think they expected it to be so busy. But, it was a Sunday night before a holiday so everyone was out on the town.

That said, our waitress did a great job when she had a chance. Drinks and food took a long while to get to the table but we could see she was waiting on the population of Bolivia.

Started out as a lively crowd but a large UC reunion group came in and the sound level soon rose to Metallica concert levels.

We didn't want to complain or ask to move as it wasn't the restaurant's fault. Plus the patrons were just having a good time. We felt our tiki drinks would provide enough buffer until we left.

Food was well above average, drinks were the best tiki drinks we've had.

We were able to finish our food and drinks, then approached the manager so we could pay our check and leave. We didn't say anything about the noise at all but we could tell he was mortified about the noise level.

I assured him it was fine but he comped my dinner anyway since it was my birthday. Not necessary but appreciated.

A+ for decor, A for food, A+ for drinks, C for service, F for noise level. We will definitely be back but will reserve a table in the dining area instead of the bar next time.

alohaAnneEO has visited Trader Vic's.
December 3, 2017, 8:27 PM
the decor is awesome. the valets are charming. the place itself is spectacular. the bartenders were nice, but young and not particularly into tiki bars. hard selling me a mai-tai? not really my favorite tiki drink, and then he made it and it was way too sweet. (it is a tiki bar. tiki drinks are sweet. but i told him i wasn't into the sweet ones).
it's fabulous, but it felt like the bartenders just worked there, not that they dug tiki.

but i would go back there any day of my life.
it's soooo beautiful. and on the bay. at sunset. perfect!
PrettiestStarr has visited Trader Vic's.
October 16, 2017, 3:44 PM
Was sooo stoked to get here ... all the way from Jersey City and then it just went downhill. The decor is pretty awesomely old school and the views are spectacular ... but the bartender didn't know how to make a Singapore Sling (which is one of my faves and I ordered off menu) and the maitre'd was ridiculous ... they walked us around (we had a reservation) ... definitely got the vibe that we were not the clientele they were looking for! Our actual waiter and the guy helping him were awesome and the food was good but ... overall ... meh because we didn't feel the love of a good Tiki spot and we especially love old school. Letdown.
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visiting on
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Going to the Trader Vic's Fashion Show Brunch! Opens at 11am, show starts at 1pm, goes until 3 I think.
June 29, 2018, 9:51 AM
I am supposed to be the DJ for the fashion show!
Hope Chest
visiting on
Sunday, July 22, 2018
I will be DJing for the Tiki Fashion Show Brunch from 11a to 3p.
Pacific Mermaid
visiting on
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
for the first time
Regulars & Visitors
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  • BlueKahuna
  • Ke Ahi Kirk
  • Hope Chest
  • Raider273
  • terrylee
  • Humuhumu
  • Primo Kimo
  • TraderTiki
  • Tikitastic
  • Rugby Matt
  • Lokelani
  • Princess P.
  • Kukuthi
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