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Trader Vic's

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Polynesian, Asian
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Ground Floor, Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers, Street # 10 | Al Zahiyah (Tourist Club Area), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 644 3011
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4:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Hours:
Thu - Fri 4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat - Wed 4:00 pm - 1:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Large groups
Description: Trader Vic's is a French Polynesian restaurant and bar which specializes in...
Trader Vic's is a French Polynesian restaurant and bar which specializes in Island cuisine and tropical cocktails in an exotic atmosphere.
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  • 137
    Excellent
  • 119
    Very good
  • 57
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 21
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Too Smokey- off my list

Visited here for the first time in many years. The layout had changed and it is quite dark. We went for cocktails and was not disappointed in the drinks. Tried the tidbits which were good but only enough for one person not two! Unfortunately it is very smokey - people eat with one hand and smoke... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Angela M
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited here for the first time in many years. The layout had changed and it is quite dark. We went for cocktails and was not disappointed in the drinks. Tried the tidbits which were good but only enough for one person not two! Unfortunately it is very smokey - people eat with one hand and smoke with the other at... More 

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1 Thank Angela M
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Angela M, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our drinks and TidBits. Nevertheless, it is unfortunate that there was too much smoke during your visit. We have made the restaurant area fully non-smoking, due to similar feedback. Therefore I would like to suggest that upon a future visit,... More 

Livingston
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic restaurant the staff are friendly the food is excellent one of the best restaurants in Abu Dhabi I had the speak cooked to perfection (medium) the chef also prepares carmalised onions for me (not on the menu) I have sampled a number of dishes on the menu and never been disappointed. Kathleen is the supervisor and always... More 

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Thank FrankHig
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear FrankHig, Thank you for taking the time to review us and for such positive comments. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your your dinner once again. Thank you for the compliments towards Kathleen, she is a much appreciated member of our team. We will share your comments with the rest of the team on your behalf and... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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144 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a few drinks, place in nice, great music, cool people, good service but it's too smoky and you get out smelling like an ashtray. Out of my list.

Helpful?
Thank Mau-travel
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Mau-travel, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our music, guests and service. Nevertheless, it is unfortunate that there was too much smoke during your visit. We have made the restaurant area fully non-smoking, due to similar feedback. Therefore I would like to suggest that upon a future visit,... More 

United Arab Emirates
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here for one of first times in the city. Love the music, atmosphere and especially the great drink! Lot of color and strong too in funny glasses. Will be back!

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Thank Jean Y
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Jean Y, Thank you for the compliments and for taking the time to write this review. We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience at Trader Vic's. Our team works very hard to ensure that our guests leave satisfied and it is always good to hear that these efforts make a difference and you had an... More 

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

pure latin vibes, manager that goes above and beyond to make it #1 in Abu Dhabi, who truely believes in his product, great staff which seems like 1 family, amazing cocktails!! Go check it out!!!!

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Thank Tanja v
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Tanja V, Thank you for taking the time to review us and for such positive comments. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit at Trader Vic's. Thank you for the compliments on the General Manager Nicolas, the great staff and the amazing cocktails. We will share your comments with the rest of the team on your... More 

Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Lively atmosphere on a Friday night, food was good but not superb considering the price but the cocktails made up for the food. Overall it was a good night out with a fun atmosphere and the waiter named Chand was very helpful with placing our order and helping us pick the right dishes/drinks. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Raj S
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Raj S, Thank you for taking the time to review us online. We appreciate your kind words and are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Trader Vic's. I will forward your comments on the fun atmosphere and our cocktails to the rest of our team. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Best... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

While I do like the atmospher of trader vic's and it's a nice place for a drink. The food is quite expensive for what you get. Why should Thai green chicken curry cost 90dhs, when you can buy the same quality for less than half. Even though the restaurant wasn't busy the waitress was really rushing us along. Filling up... More 

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1 Thank Chris R
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Chris R, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your recent visit. We are sad to hear that you have not fully enjoyed your dining experience with us. Your comments are very valuable for us and we have already forwarded them to the person in charge, in order to discuss your experience with the team... More 

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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

My love with Beach Rotana continues...each and every restaurant in here is so just fantatstic . My second visit to Trader Vic's in Abu Dhabi , and oh my my ; the drinks never cease to take your taste buds on a trip to tropical paradise . Probably one of the best places for cocktails in Abu Dhabi . We... More 

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Thank Sayanta G
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Sayanta G, Thank you for the compliments and for taking the time to write this review. We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience at Trader Vic's. Our team works very hard to ensure that our guests leave satisfied and it is always good to hear that these efforts make a difference and you had an... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

A place to go seeking dishes with focus on both a feast of taste and looks, Trader Vic´s is a popular spot. Entertained by a live band playing Latin music, this evening will be remembered for a long time. Based on the word of locals, reservations was needed, as the place attracts local expats as well as tourist. We will... More 

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Thank Barth K
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Barth K, Thank you for taking the time to review us and for such positive comments! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our LIVE Cuban band and that your evening will be remembered for a long time. We have shared your comments with the rest of the team on your behalf. We are looking forward to welcoming... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

Great experience at Trader Vics Beach rotana abu dhabi great staff! Manager was awesome Nicholas Rey when asked why he creme brule coffee wasnt on the menu he told me that he will try to accomodate us whenever we were around! Awesome experience really enjoyed it!!

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Thank sarah z
Nicolas G, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Sarah Z, Thank you for taking the time to review us and for such positive comments. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your dinner at Trader Vic's. Thank you for the compliments on Nicolas Rey, the General Manager of the restaurant. We will share your comments with the rest of the team on your behalf. We are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ground Floor, Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers, Street # 10 | Al Zahiyah (Tourist Club Area), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Abu Dhabi  >  Abu Dhabi
  • Phone Number: +971 2 644 3011

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Polynesian, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Large groups

Description

Trader Vic's is a French Polynesian restaurant and bar which specializes in Island cuisine and tropical cocktails in an exotic atmosphere.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 1:30 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 1:30 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 1:30 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 1:30 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 1:30 am

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