Trader Vic's

Bar & Restaurant
555 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California, United States
Ph: (415) 775-6300
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Opened in 2004
Closed in 2007
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Smuggler's Cove, San Francisco 0.2 mi
0.4 km
Tonga Room, San Francisco 0.9 mi
1.5 km
Hawaii West, San Francisco 1.3 mi
2.2 km
Bamboo Hut, San Francisco 1.4 mi
2.3 km
de Young Museum, San Francisco 2.8 mi
4.5 km
see Trader Vic's in Emeryville for general Trader Vic's references
Seating in the bar at Trader Vic's in San Francisco
April 2006, photo by Humuhumu
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Humuhumu’s description:
This new Trader Vic's location opened in November 2004, marking the return of Trader Vic's to San Francisco proper. Until the early '90s, Trader Vic's had a location in San Francisco at Cosmo Alley; this new location was most recently a Stars restaurant. Renovations were rumored to be budgeted at $3.5 million dollars.

The restaurant had several dining rooms, many suitable for private parties. The main dining room and bar area were large and open, with many Papua New Guinea masks and very large carved tikis. There was a bit of a rough start as the restaurant first opened, but after a series of improved bartender hirings, the drink quality improved.

This Trader Vic's had trouble finding its way. For instance, the music tends to be a grating and incongruous Caribbean beat, where something from, oh, I don't know, maybe the Pacific would be more appropriate for the otherwise relaxing environs.

The restaurant closed in December 2007, after just three years in operation.

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February 6, 2009, 9:46 PM
I visited at about 5 pm a few months before they closed. They had no idea how to make a Doctor Funk - and the place was not clean. Table in the lounge were dirty - and service appeared to be "tired." Decorations where spotty - some rooms where perfect - others where confused. Considering how close to Oakland and the Company's main offices - I was surprised at how the attention to detail was allowed to be so sloppy. I was sad to hear it closed (one less Tiki bar) but they worked hard to achieve the final result.

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