Trader Vic's

2012_trader_2
© ITP Images
View slideshow
  • Picture 1 of 2
From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010

A South-Sea-Island themed restaurant-bar, Trader Vic’s Polynesian-excess decor and gaudy cocktails still pull in the crowds but, generally speaking, most stay around the bar area, where there’s more of a party milieu. The menu has been enlarged and revamped in the past year and, while it is still heavy on the ubiquitous bar snacks such as spring rolls, barbecue ribs, chicken wings and cheese balls, it has now added a welcome page of wood-fired oven specialities, such as the impressive Indonesian rack of lamb. The service is good and the waiters excel at the ‘performance dishes’, such as crêpes and flambéed slivers of beef.

These are the kind of things that make other diners jealous and inwardly curse their own cowardly choice of the usual bar fare, although these are at least more sensibly priced. Much of the menu is a little on the expensive side, the few exceptions being a decent selection of curries. In the end, Trader Vic’s is a great place to come after work to unwind. The raunchy Cuban band offers a rousing soundtrack and their salsa is pure carnival; but, like most of the city bars, it comes at a cost.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 697 9000
  • Travel: Tourist Club Area
  • Website | Send mail

Is this your establishment? Want to update any details? Please send your updates here.

Trader Vic's On The Map

User reviews

ValueAmbienceService
DecorFoodOverall
  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Ntebeng on 02 Feb ' 14 at 20:11
OverallDecorService
FoodAmbienceValue
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Smoking in the restaurant not in my South African standards, most certainly not going back

Posted by: Vicente Rodriguez on 07 Jul ' 12 at 12:49
OverallDecorService
FoodAmbienceValue
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Very,very incompetent staff. Beautiful place. Alright value for the food but not up to the mark. Great for drinks, really great

Posted by: Omiros Fanariotis on 22 Jan ' 11 at 14:34
OverallDecorService
FoodAmbienceValue
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Was not happy at all, although it looked interesting, the place was empty. The staff where vey very slow and the food was blunt, no taste at all. And I agree with the above comments, the portions where small.

I would not recommend it at all. There are better restaurants in the same hotel.

Posted by: Ahsen Ali on 22 Dec ' 09 at 08:49
OverallDecorService
FoodAmbienceValue
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

NIce bar, good crowd, even on week day was reasonably packed late in the night. Calamari as starter, kung pao chicken and grilled chicken as main course were really good. Didnt like the spring rolls much though, the drinks were also amazing. Wanted to try the cho cho dish which my friend suggested but it had alcohol in it. The price came out reasonable to Aed 400.

Nice place to be, would definately like to visit some time.

Posted by: Mostapha Mathews on 30 Aug ' 09 at 17:22
OverallDecorService
FoodAmbienceValue
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The service was slow, despite getting there at 7pm when the place actually opens and it being practically empty. Staff are incompentant and slow, for the mains, small porpotions considering the price tag! Which also took a long time to serve!
Asking for the bill...and what do you know they took their time in practically an empty restaurant!!!!

Place was badly lit, really dark, maybe good for a romantic meal but service is incredibly slow, and food is average and prices are expensive!!!

Add your review/feedback

Your Rating (Min. 1 star, zero stars will be treated as unrated)
Yes No

Subscribe to weekender newsletter

Prove you're not a robot:

Submit

Search

Explore by

Our favourite features