Trader Vic's has been serving mai tais and its American-style menu since 1994, making it a Dubai veteran. It continues to be a hit because of its fun, relaxed style, and you don't have to dress to impress. The funky, colorful, Polynesian-themed decor is straight out of the '90s. The look is a bit past its sell-by date, but Trader Vic's is still an enjoyable spot with a live Cuban band that plays nightly. There's another location at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
Crowne-Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Rd., Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dec 30, 2011
I went here on the 28th Dec 2011 with a group of 8 friends. As there wasn't any space available at the indoor bar area, we got seated outdoors. We ordered our drinks and then started ordering our starters, when we were told by our server that we would be charged 50dhs per couple as a cover charge. We could avoid this charge (which worked out to 300dhs for our table) if we ordered four or five (the manager was vague here) main courses instead.
This info according to the manager was printed on the menu. When we checked it was printed in very fine print at the bottom of one of the menu's but we weren't told this when we got seated, or when we ordered our drinks. As per my understanding, when one is charged a cover charge, one usually gets something for it. The Trader Vic's manager very rudely told us that if we had a problem with his cover charge, we could leave as he did not want our business and had plenty of other clients. Basically, the management at Trader Vic's just want to rip you off/ make money off you. I'm fine with paying for my meal and dinks and tipping, but paying 50dhs for the privilage of being seaed outside is something that I do not agree with. Give this bar a skip, unless you want to pay through you nose for just getting to sit down.