Trader Vic's retro bar and restaurant has been situated in London's Hilton, Park Lane, since 1963. Its tiki lounge vibes effuse the era it opened and bring a little of the Pacific to the city. The walls and ceiling are clad in bamboo and straw mats, with aboriginal-esque prints and sculptures, and ocean-themed trinkets around the place
|Venue name:||Trader Vic's|
London Hilton Park Lane
22 Park Lane
|Transport:||Tube: Hyde Park Corner|
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Average User Rating
4 / 5
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- 4 star:6
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- 1 star:0
This may seem a bit harsh, but it's 100% accurate.
I purchased this using a groupon for my family while we visited London. The Groupon is completely misleading, if not fraudulent.
The Groupon we purchased told us that we could order up to one Mai Tai, one appetizer (up to a certain value), one main course (up to certain value) and one dessert (up to a certain value), this is completely misleading.
When you arrive and tell them you have a Groupon, they give you a completely different menu which is also different than the menu that is on the web....and different from the standard menu. You can not order dishes off of the regular menu up to the price limits that are indicated on the Groupon.
When I showed this to the manager (who was actually very nice), I was told "we don't tell Groupon what to put in the coupon." This is also not true....but why was I surprised....like Groupon writes them for restaurants on their own?
To make things worse, the food that we ate was terrible. A good example is fried calamari which looks like tons of bread fried on the worst calamari I ever had. My daughter had a curried Shrimp. They told her that the shrimp was not one of the choices and they charged a $10 up charge - "although we remained under the limit stated on the groupon." To boot, the shrimp were small, tasteless and had a rubber like texture.
You may actually like the food if you are also frozen in time from 1983 like this restaurant.
A few more observations. The curry dishes come with approximately 10 things that you can add. The problem is that they are seemingly, unrelated to the curry dish that they are serving - like hot sauce on chocolate ice cream.
As far as the Mai Tai....no liquor. The upside is that they give you plenty of ice. My wife commented after tasting her Mai Tai "I think I may have to stop drinking if somebody serves this to me again." Nobody in our party drank their cocktails.
I never leave bad reviews on social media. I know this sounds like a harsh review....and it is....but it's 100% honest.
This is a review of the restaurant. TimeOut wouldn't create this in its own category despite the restaurant being 3/4 of the premises and famous for years. The bar is just an extra, but hey ho. I first ate here about 25 years ago and by complete fluke found myself staying in the London Hilton above, so thought it would be good to see how Trader Vics in the basement was doing after all these years. It was like stepping into a time warp. I could easily have been back in the 90s again. Nothing had changed at all. Still felt like a Tikki hut, and not in an old tired way either. The menu was almost the same too. We had the famous Cosmo Tidbits and 2 dishes from the clay oven. Both were perfect. In fact the only reason its not getting 5* was due to allowing a large noisy hen party right next to quiet tables. I thoroughly recommend this RESTAURANT and if I'm around in another 20 years, I'd certainly go back. Be warned though, its kinda pricey
A few of me and friends come here for pre drinks before we went on to Drama night club in the same hotel. The drinks here are dangerous! Especially the sharing ones. But we wasn't complaining!
Do you like Pina Coladas and taking walks in the rain? Well you're in the right place! Trader Vics is the best place to go to transport you from wet London town to a Tiki Bar in Hawaii. Home of the original Mai Tai, Trader Vics is a cosy hotel bar (found underneath the Park Lane Hilton) to drink fancy cocktails in. Reasonably priced and certainly not a naff themed bar, it's a nice place to go to recuperate after braving shopping on Oxford Street.
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