Tiki Bar Review: Trader Vic’s Emeryville

The original mothership, Trader Vic’s Emeryville! Well not really, but kind of, yes. The original Trader Vic’s was in Oakland but the building above it caught fire a few years after the opened, so they promptly moved to their location in Emeryville and have been there ever since. Trader Vic’s is situated on a harbor that looks out over private sailboats and also has a view of the Bay Bridge. You’re good either at the Dining Room or the Bar, they both offer a great vibe.

The beverage menu is deep and varied as you would expect from Trader Vic’s. To be honest though, given my usual limited time and rarity that I frequent this location, I only end up getting the original Mai Tai. It goes without saying that their Mai Tai is the gold standard – that is – as long as you don’t get the Happy Hour version, which is made with the premade syrup that Trader Vic’s Worldwide sells. I wouldn’t go for that unless you were looking for a cheap Happy Hour beverage. Just go for the original.

Oh yeah, and there are some great pupus. Do not pass up the BBQ Ribs.






Trader Vic’s Emeryville is a 20-25 minute ride across the bridge if you are in the city (worse if there is afternoon traffic), but it is so worth it if you are a tiki beverage fan. Make the trip soon though, while their lease has been extended to 2025, there is a worry that they could lose it after that.

Trader Vic's - Emeryville, California
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The Original!

Trader Vic’s
9 Anchor Dr, Emeryville, CA
(510) 653-3400