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Trader Vic's

#137 of 1,684 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
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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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Today
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Trader Vic's is a French Polynesian restaurant and bar which specializes...
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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Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 106
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Store Manager

I went to Trader Vic's while on visit to Abu Dhabi from Doha. I have to say that I had a great time! The ambiance is lively and friendly. The manager Nicholas Rey made my visit very special. Try the Mango Tai!! It's delicious

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
AN1987i
via mobile
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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278 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I went to Trader Vic's while on visit to Abu Dhabi from Doha. I have to say that I had a great time! The ambiance is lively and friendly. The manager Nicholas Rey made my visit very special. Try the Mango Tai!! It's delicious

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Bassel E, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you very much for your review on TripAdvisor. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your evening at Trader Vics and enjoyed the band there. Nicolas is indeed a very warm and cheerful person and with his team he tries his best to delight his guests . I am sure he will be very happy to... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

As i had written on another outlet in this establishment, the service and staff are very good, unfortunately after many years of coming to this restaurant, the main dish was perfect, but the starters had been recently introduced to the menu, and very dissapointing not up to standard of a place like this, it tasted like it had been cooked... More 

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Bassel E, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. It is a pleasure to know that you enjoy the service and like the team at the restaurants in Beach Rotana and we are glad you feel welcome here . Please accept our apologies on the starters not being to your liking and we truly regret the dissatisfaction caused.We have shared... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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104 reviews 104 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We were not sure about this option as had heard mixed reviews about other location outlet. Had fabulous BBQ ribs, tempura veg, noodles, wine and great entertainment.

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Bassel E, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. I am so glad you decided to give us an opportunity to look after you and its wonderful that we were able to create a positive impression for you . Trader Vics has a lively atmosphere with the band playing and the happy hours are a wonderful way to start your... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We had not been for a while but we wanted to take my nephew who was visiting from the UK. We had two extremely enjoyable visits. The food and drink were excellent with plenty of choice of the Happy Hour menu or the restaurant menu. We ate from both and enjoyed what we had chosen. The chicken skewers were a... More 

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Bassel E, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Robin Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to read such lovely feedback and thank you for choosing to dine with us with your nephew over the many other dining options available in the city . We appreciate your patronage. Chef Jimmy will be delighted to hear your feedback on the food and the chicken skewers... More 

Trier, Germany
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I read a lot of others comments on trader vics before visiting. And I was happily surprised. First off this is not a 5star restaurant, so I'm not sure why people are complaining about greeting and such, secondly "I did not get enough of this or that"... ok, did you ask? I bet not. Anyways, I met a friend on... More 

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Bassel E, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear John Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your evening at Trader Vics with your friend and we were able to create a positive impression on you. The crispy duck is delicious indeed and one of the signature dishes at Trader Vics . We recommend you to try the beef flambe... More 

St Albans
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Been to Trader Vic's in Abu Dhabi many times and have never been disappointed. The cocktails are delicious (I have quite a collection of parrots from the Potted Parrots), the tidbits starters are very good and the beef flambe is simply delicious and great fun watching it being cooked near your table. Staff are always friendly and helpful and I... More 

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Bassel E, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to know that you enjoy Trader Vics and the team there makes you feel welcome and at home . Your patronage is highly appreciated. The potted parrots are nice take aways and you can may be increase your collection and add Menehune Sam to it with the Menehune... More 

Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Been there for drinks only. The place is nice and comfy. Only downer is that the bar area is quiet small as most of the place is used for dinner. Might come for dinner next time as the menu looks good too.

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Bassel E, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Christoph Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are glad to know that you enjoy Trader Vics for drinks. We have noted your feedback on the size of the bar and it has already been shared with our management team .We shall definitely keep it in mind whenever there are refurbishment plans for the restaurant . We definitely... More 

London, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

A favourite amongst expats - does exactly what it says on the tin. Good wine list, good food and the patented Trader Vic's atmosphere.

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Bassel E, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are glad that you enjoy your time at Trader Vics and enjoy the music and band playing there. We thank you for your compliments on the food and drinks and it will be a pleasure to share them with the team. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for... More 

Carp, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Nice selection of drinks but go at happy hour (4-8) when they are half priced (instead of paying $15 for a margarita). It was very smokey which is not the best for a non-smoker. They advertise themselves as a Tiki bar, but you can't wear sandals and shorts (only long pants and close-toed shoes), which took away from the experience.

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Bassel E, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are glad to know that you enjoy the selection of drinks at Trader Vics and as very correctly mentioned by you -The happy hours are a lovely way to spend an evening without paying too much for it . You may also enroll into the Rotana Rewards which is our... More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I entered the restaurant with some trepidation having seen some of the critical reviews. I need not have worried as we found the service to be excellent from arrival to the end of the evening. The team were well trained and seemed genuinely concerned to ensure that we had a good time. The menu has plenty of enticing options and... More 

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Michaelapriesner, Manager at Trader Vic's, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are thankful that you gave us the opportunity to look after you and chose us over the many other dining options available in the city . We are glad that we could make this experience memorable for you and that you enjoyed your evening at Trader Vics. The new band... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?