paradise in a glass

The original mai tai

In 1944 after success with several exotic drinks, a bit of serendipity happened that would not only place Trader Vic at the forefront of cocktail mixology, but would also earn him a place in history. That day in Oakland, The Trader pulled down a bottle of 17 year old Jamaican Rum, added a squeeze of lime, a dash of rock candy syrup, a splash of orange curacao, some French Orgeat and poured the concoction over cracked ice. He handed to a friend visiting from Tahiti who immediately exclaimed, “It’s Mai Tai Roa Ae!” (Tahitian for “Out of this world- The Best”), and the first Mai Tai was born- Paradise in a Glass.

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Taste the world

On the grill

We believe that preparing food can be just as entertaining as eating it. Our open-style grills take center stage as fresh ingredients from around the globe sizzle and sear to create deliciously-prepared small plates & bar bites; a satisfying alternative to a full meal, whether you’re dining for one or sharing among friends.

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The Atmosphere

A Place To Be Seen

A Place to be seen, Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge is an oasis for the adventuresome. The modern twist on the time honored classic, stylish ambiance and live music nightly creates a one of a kind atmosphere.

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