Escape to the Islands

Since 1937, Vic "The Trader" Bergeron's eponymous restaurants have transported guests from the daily grind to a tropical paradise. Surrounded by Polynesian artifacts, guests sip unique tropical cocktails and delight in nibbling on tidbits and pupus inspired by the exotic cuisines of the world. Come and escape with us and dance the night away to the sounds of traditional island bands.

The Food

Taste The World®

Years ahead of his time, The Trader chose to offer Chinese dishes alongside the then-contemporary Continental cuisine, creating the original fusion menu decades before it would become a trend. Following his culinary curiosity along the ancient spice route, he collected recipes to bring back to Trader Vic's, and his eclectic cuisine redefined fine dining.

Today, Trader Vic's continues the tradition with an ever-evolving menu featuring dishes from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia, and Japan. Taste The World® at Trader Vic's.

"At no time did I do anything that wasn't the best I knew how to do - I wanted quality.
The ingredients are the main thing of good food." Victor Bergeron

Chinese Wood-fired Ovens

East Meets West

Trader Vic's Chinese Ovens can be traced back two thousand years to the Han Dynasty and differ from traditional direct fire barbecues in that the heat is indirectly drawn in from the outside. This technique imparts a subtle smoky flavor and prevents fat drippings from catching fire which can give meats an objectionable flavor and dirty appearance. The Chinese Oven, unique to Trader Vic’s, is the only type of barbecue known to avoid this. Each Trader Vic's restaurant has a room showcasing this ancient style of cooking.

"Where those merry souls who make drinking a pleasure, who achieve contentedness long before capacity, and who, whenever they drink, prove able to carry it, enjoy it, and remain ladies & gentlemen." Victor Bergeron

The Original Mai Tai®

Paradise In A Glass®

Following his history-making creation of The Original Mai Tai® in 1944, Trader Vic created over 200 signature cocktails. Using quality ingredients served in Trader Vic's own oversized vessels, mugs, and glassware, these frothy potations really do pack a punch. Feel the sting of our Scorpion Bowl or try a spicy Middle East favorite, the Tiki Puka Puka.

The Décor

A Tropical Polynesian Getaway

Cross the threshold into Trader Vic's and be instantly transported to the islands. Each of our restaurants is bedecked with authentic trappings collected from islands around the world. Oversized Fijian & Maori tikis stare out against a backdrop of hand-painted Tongan tapa cloth while ancient New Guinean artifacts and life-sized outriggers ornament the ceiling. Trader Vic's Worldwide has a full-time team of Anthropology experts who scour the globe to collect these hand-crafted pieces. Every Trader Vic's features a unique collection of these fascinating artifacts.

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