Trader Vic's - Palo Alto

Visit: 29 Dec 2006

Ilene and I had lunch here. They had the best Iced Tea. It seemed out of character not to order a cocktail at a tiki place, but I like the iced tea so much I just had five re-fills of that alone. The tea came with a healthy sprig of mint and they also put a bottle of sugar syrup on the table. The Trader Vics in Beverly Hills and the one in Atlanta were pretty dark inside but this one had white-washed walls and felt like an island resort. Interestingly, they seemed to have imported all the managers and the bartender from Germany -- from a Trader Vic's there -- maybe Munich? I forget. We had a light lunch and then Ilene talked the bartender into selling us one of their trademark Trader Vic skull mugs. Then we headed out to tour the Winchester Mystery House as the next stop...

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Trader Vic's - Palo Alto Bar & Restaurant – Palo Alto, California, United States

When the Palo Alto Trader Vic's opened in 2001, it was the first new Trader Vic's in the U.S. in 28 years. It was a bit of a departure from the core Trader Vic's concept -- rather than a moody, mysterious interior chock-full of items from the four corners of the globe, the look was bright, airy and relatively streamlined. The U.S. Trader Vic's that have opened since have returned to a more rich, elegant feeling, but are still relatively sparse compared to the Trader Vic's of old.

The Palo Alto Trader Vic's housed a rather large collection of stunning Papua New Guinea art, courtesy of the franchise owner (who also owns the neighboring Dinah's Court hotel).

The Palo Alto Trader Vic's location closed in August 2012.

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