Trader Vic's - London
Trader Vic's - London

Trader Vic's - London

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tradervicslondon.com/
  • Phone: 020 7208 4113
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 12pm - 5pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Sunday: 6pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southeast Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Shiran Fonseka
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room that can seat up to 40 diners or exclusive hire of the venue
  • Private Party Contact: Viviane Adami 02072084113
  • Entertainment:
    Nightly live performances from an array of musicians predominantly from Latin America. Salsa, Merengue, Tropical, Latin, Jazz, Bossanova,... Please check our website for full details and schedules.

Getting there

  • Public Transit:
    Nearest Station is Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Trader Vic's - London
With locations around the world, Trader Vic"s is a family of restaurants, united by our four cornerstones: Decor, Food, Drinks, and Service. Combined, these define the Trader Vic's Brand and create the Trader Vic's experience.Our menu showcases the best of cuisines from around the world including Chinese, Japanese, Polynesian, Vietnamese, Thai, French, and Californian. We strive for authentic preparations and every Trader Vic's location features our world-famous Chinese wood-fired oven, where meat, fish and fowl are slowly roasted to perfection in the true 'roti' tradition.
Vic formulated many drink recipes in his lifetime attaining legendary status with the invention of the Mai Tai. We have continued his labor of love by constantly creating new innovative drink recipes, as well as honoring established favorites. Today's guests at Trader Vic's can choose from a tempting array of over 200 signature cocktails. Live music is also available every night with heavy Latin influence.
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Trader Vic's - London reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since 21 November 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food3.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4
    Value3.2
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (14)romance (8)business meals (6)group bookings (4)child friendly (3)fit for foodies (3)disabled access (1)good vegetarian options (1)brunch (1)pre/post theatre (1)Show More
  • downhill
    bluewave
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    I had been to Trader Vic's on a prior visit to London and was more than pleased with the quality of the food and service, seems things have gone downhill since.
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  • Gregorian
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    While the menu is not as extensive as it used to be (bring back the tableside-prepared Caesar salad!), the staff at Trader Vics is among the best you'll find. Observing the waitstaff serve the dishes is a master class in smooth and elegant service. A timeless, classic dining experience, not to be missed.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stuck in a time warp
    foodielover
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    The place is in dire need of renovation....no ambiance to speak of and food is very average. The staff is very friendly but still not enough to entice you back. Maybe if I was in the neighbourhood, I would pop in for a cocktail but not spend a whole evening.
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  • Perfect evening
    Max1986
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Incredible food Attentive, friendly staff Wonderful cocktails Quirky decor
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Col2eat
    Col2eat
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    Great food and service served in a fantastic south sea setting. Excellent cocktail menu to work your way through! Definitely worth a visit a visit just to listen to the 70's and 80's soul and disco soundtrack which plays as you eat. Trader Vic's really delivers a great night out.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Exotic drinks!!!!
    Malbec
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I recommend the "Blue Parrot" cocktail, it was really good! It is great spot for a birthday or special occasion. It has been quite a few years since I was last at Trader Vic's and the menu obviously has changed many times I am sure but the decor which timeless still has the feel of the South Pacific. The Salmon and Lamb main courses were delicious and the rum creme brûlée super!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance
    Andy1123
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    Great place for a nice quiet meal but with a great feel and music later.
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    romance
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  • Dinner at Trader Vics
    Brad81
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Recently went to Trader Vics in Bahrain and thought i would give the London branch a visit. A little over staffed for my liking, as we had at least 5 different people visit the table during our meal, which was annoying! Lovely location and worth a visit, great cocktail menu.
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    business meals, romance
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  • Trader Vics still excellent quality
    Mike
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I first visited Trader Vics at the London Hilton in 1986 and I have to say that it has maintained its quality all these years. The spare ribs are and remain excellent. The Mai Tai still tastes as good but is no longer served in a coconut as it is used to be. Good place to go with friends and family.
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    business meals, child friendly, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies delight
    DJJ1
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    It was my first time at this restaurant after a recommendation from a friend. Great cocktails, great good, great ambience with wonderful music but not many on the dance floor. Would definitely go again. The staff were really nice.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks outstanding
    Robert
    Dined on 31/3/2014
    The table service was really good, nice suggestions! Cocktails were also really good! Even if I don't like juicy cocktails, but yours were amazing! Except the butter punch, it tasted like water. Food had a good quality and size but not good at all with the theme of trader's vic! Need a lot of work! But overall good impression!
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tradition goes a long way
    Doyoubooboo
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    The first thing my family ( 5 time visitors to the restaurant every visit to london) was order our favorite dishes but they were gone. Menu changed.When our food arrived it was cold. And the all loving music lounge atmosphere that we remembered was gone. Instead we were left with Spanish/island slow unrecognisable songs. There were several parties there for the night expecting the same hip, modern, old school and new tunes live covers that were engaging and dragged people to the dance floor. Instead when we left the restaurant at 1030 the floor was empty and we were not impressed. Trader Vic's has had a long reputation for good service, food, and ambiance that has shown a value for customers however last Friday night they lost several.
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  • They haven't received the
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    They haven't received the reservation from toptable. Made me and my friends wait for the table for 20 minutes and we just left.
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  • trader vic's, below the hilton
    lizzieVIP
    Dined on 28/2/2014
    trader vic's, below the hilton has been there forever and overall it has loads of atmosphere. the cocktails are just great, a fantastic choice but after that not so good. the music was turned up loud, which is sort of ok in the bar, but not in the restaurant. i want to be able to hear the other people on the table without straining. the menu i thought was limited and expensive. the pancakes for the crispy duck came out all stuck together and it took more than one "ask" to get that sorted. didn't have desert, as nothing caught my eye, but of course that is purely personal. i would go back for the cocktails but not for the food.
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  • great food great service
    cbcb
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We brought a baby for a late meal. Loads of fuss made of her. High chair provided. Baby and us loved the music and the friendly staff.
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    business meals, special occasions, child friendly
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  • very good
    daisy12VIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Restaruant was great although, something went wrong with Toptable on the night and my booking hadn't gone through to the restaurant so ring ahead just to be safe!
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a great place
    RA1211
    Dined on 30/11/2013
    Trader Vic's may not be as well known in the UK as it is in the US but the theme travels well - as does the experience. Fantastic exotic food with a unique atmosphere (and decor) and cocktails you will never find anywhere else (served in a skull mug perhaps!) The only negative is price, so save it for a special night
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    romance, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One fly in the ointment
    MsJj
    Dined on 21/11/2013
    I arranged a group dinner celebration at Trader Vic's for my birthday. The staff were super helpful and accommodating right from reservation, maitre'd to service (though we didn't ask for the side order of attitude brought over by the waitress with the final bill). Everybody raved about their dishes in terms of taste, portion size and value. The music also encouraged the feel good vibe and the staff sang happy birthday to me over a complimentary and delicious créme brûlée!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since 21 November 2013
    • Average Rating3.7
    • Food3.4
    • Ambience4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Value2.9
  • The following 289 reviews are from the Trader Vic's - London reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    Debs
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    I made an online reservation for a birthday dinner for my partner and I for 6pm. On arrival, the manager could not find the booking. The restaurant was completely empty and instead of seating us and adopting "the cusomer is always right" policy, we got interrogated as to when and how we booked it and we stood having the dicussion for more than 5 minutes and were made to feel at fault. In the end we went back to our room (we were staying at the hotel) and retrieved the paper confirmation. From that point forward the meal was ruined for us and although the food was nice, the excitement of the birthday meal had been ruined. The manager never apologised but managed to annoy us all evening.
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  • Great Food/Really Poor Service
    AMBWWS
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    We were staying at the Hilton Park Lane for a fun weekend in London and invited some friends to dinner at Trader Vic's. While the food was amazing, the primary thing we remember is how poor the service was. We waited 20+ minutes for the waiter to arrive after asking the manager to send our waiter to take our order. We were waited on by a random array of servers, only after we asked to order drinks/app, dinner, and to get our check. All were incredibly rude. For dinner we had the Beef and Reef and Crispy Duck, both of which were wonderful and prepared perfectly. I have never in hte UK or US been treated so poorly by wait staff. I am still thinking about how wonderful the Crispy Duck was, but not sure I would ever return on my next trip.
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  • Poor Poor Poor
    Cambridge97
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    I went for dinner with my wife. Pre-dinner drinks and starters were fine. I was served the wrong main course and when I pointed this out, the waiter took away my meal but never offered to replace it! Trader Vic's advertise live music to accompany dinner - be warned, it is treated as a night club, The management did little to control a drunk group of customers at the bar who ruined everyone's evening with their hooligan behaviour. I pointed this out to the Manager (and my meal issue) was given a "free" cocktail. I paid and left. Customer Services have declined to respond to a feedback email I sent them. AVOID!
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  • Disappointing
    DNelsonVIP
    Dined on 22/7/2013
    I don't usually fill out these reviews but this experience was so bad. It is as if they are catering to a captive audience with the guests in the hotel the restaurant is attached to. Poor device, mediocre food, and an expensive bill are bad combination. Easy to say I'll not go there again.
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  • An assault on the senses
    MamaJo
    Dined on 13/7/2013
    We loved the cocktails and our meal at Trader Vics. The décor is amazing and the staff friendly and service was prompt. The mixed fish starter was of good standard but the soft shell crab let it down. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his T-bone steak, a very generous size and cooked to perfection. My Szechuan prawns and noodle main was delicious and also a generous portion. We couldn't stay long enough to enjoy the band but will surely return on a future date!
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I invited my best friend for
    Lulu
    Dined on 29/6/2013
    I invited my best friend for her last girly week end as she is getting married on saturday... she was very desapointed with her food,,, she did not go for anything special (cheapest option on the menu)... she hardly ate it... and beleive me she is not fussy eater...and is pretty easy iwth her food. I came to this restaurant/bar for about 4 times now and loved it ... but after this experience, I am desappointed that she did not like her food ... sO that's spoilt a bit of your evening... went to the bar for another cocktail but did not stay too long...
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    special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    TLLWTL
    Dined on 21/11/2012
    A group of 8 attended for a birthday dinner. Food was great - every dish was enjoyable. It was expensive but not frighteningly so. The atmosphere was a little quiet on the Tuesday night we attended, but livened up as the evening progressed with the live music from the bar. Service was a little slow, but not bad enough to complain/ruin our evening. A special dessert was brought out for the birthday boy, and the serving team sang happy birthday - which was an unexpected but lovely touch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for what it offers
    Effie
    Dined on 16/11/2012
    I was quite disappointed from the quality of the food and its presentation. The place is ridiculously expensive for what it offers! We are 4 people and we paid £300 for 2 starters, 4 main courses and 1 bottle if average wine! Music was too loud and we could not even talk. I would not go back - I believe it is a rip off!
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  • Fun & Tasty
    Yummy
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    Trader Vics looks like a polynesian tiki hut but the food is a mixture of asian & french. The service was impeccable & the food delightful. We were also pleasantly surprised when the bill arrived. I'd thoroughly recommend this place to anyone. The only let down was the lack of non rum based cocktails on the menu however they happily made me a cocktail of my choice so it ended well
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I visited London
    actondad2
    Dined on 27/10/2012
    My wife and I visited London for five days in late October 2012 from Boston. We were in London to visit with our youngest daughter who is doing a semester abroad. . We've been to London five times and this was our first stay at the Park Lane Hilton. My wife and I went to the bar alone one evening and the service was ok. But the Mai Tai was outstanding. Later that week, we took our daughter and a few of her friends out to dinner. That night, the service was excellent, the Piña Coladas were outstanding, the Cosmo Titbits - BBQ spare ribs, crispy prawns, crab Rangoon and cha siu pork were better than average and the fillet was excellent. Pretty pricey place to take a group of college kids, but a fun experience.
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  • the service was not quite
    simon
    Dined on 16/10/2012
    the service was not quite as good as might have been expected for an expensive restaurant although we enjoyed the food and the fun atmosphere enormously . A shame the guitar player was really in the bar area more than the restaurant but we were still happy with the ambience and had a good evening. But at these prices we will only keep it for special occasions.
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  • overpriced
    agastya
    Dined on 27/9/2012
    grilled lobsters at 85 quid when you do not put the price on menu is just not right!!
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  • Very disappointed!
    TCforever
    Dined on 22/9/2012
    Booked this restaurant for my husband's birthday as a surprise and was really disappointed in the food and service. Starters were ok but wouldn't have the combo again, we then had chateaubriand which at £62 you don't want it cold, as we had to wait for the waiter to finish with serving another table before he carved the meat. The dessert was the best course. The toilets were also in need of refurbishment, three cubicles, one with no lock and the other two looking really shabby, not what you would expect from with a 5* hotel. Much better restaurants in London, don't think we will bother going back.
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  • Trader Vic,s
    OSAS
    Dined on 30/6/2012
    Dinner at Trader Vic,s was good. Food is very testy and cocktails very alcoholic! Good value for money. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were good, but expensive. The live music after dinner was entertaining .
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  • Always fun at Trader Vic's.
    Helen
    Dined on 28/6/2012
    Always fun at Trader Vic's. I highly recommend the Passion Punch cocktail, delicious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trader vics
    julie
    Dined on 28/6/2012
    limited menu choice - no choice of cocktail - it was OK.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Ok but expensive
    Londonkid
    Dined on 23/6/2012
    The food was better than expected but is priced extremely high The service was so-so and the server did not have much knowledge about the food or cocktails which is not good enough when they add a whopping 15% service charge as standard.
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  • Value for money
    BaWB
    Dined on 22/6/2012
    Very good meal, 3 options for starter and mains, 1 option cocktail and dessert. Food was good, always one vegetarian option included. Desert was amazing. Only disappointment was the 15 percent service charge which is included on top of the deal and if you order more cocktails added on they are very expensive, although very good cocktails so some may see it as worth it. Overall I would recommend it, I had a lovely time with my girlfriend. the staff were attentive but left you alone as well so you could have undisturbed conversation.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Cheesecake
    Dined on 15/6/2012
    Our meal at Trader Vic's was a huge disappointment. Despite being largely empty for most of our meal, the service was unapologetically slow, and we believed worse for us, on the top table deal, than the few a la carte diners. The set menu was very limited, which is common. The food was bland and the meat very fatty. The staff found the two allergies on our table difficult to cope with and served a clearly unaiitable dish one, which couldn't be eaten. Its saving grace is the fun decor, although it felt a little dispirited with so few diners. None of the five in our group would return, nor recommend the restaurant at all.
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  • I met a friend at Trader Vic's
    PollyannaVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    I met a friend at Trader Vic's for a casual dinner. The three course set menu, at £19.99 including a cocktail was fantastic value for money, albeit a very limited basic menu. The food was good and the portion sizes large. It was great for the occasion, however the decor now I have to say does feel a little dated.
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    special occasions, outstanding value
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  • Trader Vic's best left in the past
    Stingray
    Dined on 4/6/2012
    Dark and 1970's clubby atmosphere that was a poor value overall. Top Table "offer" was effectively useless so once we were past that and ordered from the standard menu service and food were good though unimaginative. TV's dishes we tried were salty/sweet combinations of generous proportions. Wine list very limited. Time for an update Vic!
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  • What has happened?
    Chuck
    Dined on 3/6/2012
    I'm from San Francisco and have been to three Trader Vic's restaurants. The interior is what one expects, but the food was less exciting than a Big Mac-much less. Judging by the number of people dining there I believe many locals feel the same.
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