we had our anniversary dinner
we had our anniversary dinner here and the food was amazing. I highly recommend it.
2/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprisingly great food an
Surprisingly great food an amazing service from this little Gem inside the W Hotel.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love the food - healthy, fresh,
Love the food - healthy, fresh, diverse menu selection. The service is awesome, and I like that they note return visits. Great choice of wines by the glass, and a generous pour. The only drawback is the noise level when they crank up the music in the bar, which may be the reason they arent busier. Even so, it's still my favorite neighborhood restaurant.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Restaurant... A little
Great Restaurant... A little to much noise though. It was hard to hear the table conversation.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great atmosphere and bar scene.
Great atmosphere and bar scene. Food was excellent and delicious. Portion size was a little on the smaller size and this was also true for the wine pours, but I would still highly recommend this restaurant. Perfect place for a date or if you wanted a good bar scene with dinner. The huge long tables would also make this an ideal choice for big groups.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice place, but not for everyday
Nice place, but not for everyday as its a bit expensive!
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
The salad with Cheddar Cheese dressing was one of the best salads I have ever had!
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
GREAT FIND at the W
On a quiet Sunday evening awe stopped in for an early dinner since the menu on OT was enticing. We were early, only ones in the restaurant. The hostess assured us the kitchen was ready and we sat down. The bar staff and waiter Roger were very accommodating, pouring samples of wine to aid our selections. Roger helped us choose our menu starting with shares of a lovely crudo followed by a very rich but delicious crispy gnocchi with braised pork shoulder (we brought a serving home for our daughter and she loved it). My husband the scallop aficionado ordered that and it was expertly prepared with light and crunchy green veggys my duck was super delicious and well prepared. The fruit crispelle with ginger ice cream was devine.. Thanks Roger!
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gorgeous restaurant! The customer
Gorgeous restaurant! The customer service was outstanding including the bar staff. My group shared the scallops, squash pizza, chicken meatballs, and duck. Everything was super delicious. The duck was a little dry but still good. Definitely will be coming back here again!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite SOMA lunch spots
The lunch menu is really good. I work in the neighborhood and eat there a lot! They change the menu seasonally and I've tried everything on the menu. Honestly - it's all good! Highlights for me are the sweet corn soup, the various flatbreads, fresh tuna salad, amazing rich gnocchi. And best of all, you can carrying on a conversation while you eat as its not crazy-loud like most places. (I find the atmosphere since they remodeled about two yrs ago) too sterile and cold but the great food and friendly service more than make up for it!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Great Time
I've been dining at this place since it was called XYZ. Below the W, it's the perfect corner spot to start out an evening in SF.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very energetic, active and lively!
It's more like a club than restaurant with great California food. It's great for couples who love exciting and
loud music with when dining.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Expected a 5 star experience but think they deserve a strong 4 stars. Very good. I had the duck and there were only about 6 slices. Very tasty but it wasn't very filling. Presentation and taste was incredible. For the price, the portions were tiny. The soup that I had was incredible. My dessert was incredible (although a very small portion again). Loved the décor.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time!
I usually don't write reviews, but I had to share my great night out at Trace. My friends and I - a party of six - dined here for a birthday dinner. We wanted to dress up and go to a fancy restaurant for a good time, and I was so glad I chose Trace. The food was really delicious. The best part of our night was our server, Roger, who was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items and wines. He gave us some excellent recommendations on all three courses, and even informed us on where the wine we ordered came from (we just kind of assumed that all Cali wines came from Napa). Everything was beyond perfect!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my first time coming to Trace and it was to celebrate my birthday. We chose some 'share' and 'taste' food items off the menu as our appetizers and the food came out quickly and was all very delicious. The portions were a good size too! When our entrees came out, everyone enjoyed them and cleaned their plates. The staff was very nice and on top of watering glasses and making sure we were okay. The ambience was moderate and with a party of 6, I was still able to hear everyone from one end of the table to the other. To celebrate my birthday, they surprised me with a dessert with a candle in it. It was very nice of them and I enjoyed my time there!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good tasting menu
We had a travel zoo coupon at the restaurant. We been here before when it used to be XYZ restaurant. The tasting menu was very good. The first two wine parings were good, but I'm not sure about the the third one. It was very sweet. Maybe I'm just not used to drinking too much alcohol. I would still recommend the place. It's a good meeting place before going out dancing. The service was fast and accommodating.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love your new look! Food was delicious! Rather quiet, but I am not complaining.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We used our Travel Zoo coupon.
We used our Travel Zoo coupon. The food choices were good but we weren't so crazy about the cocktail choices (expecailly with the desserts). I normally wouldn't drink a lemon drop, wine and a tequila drink in one sitting (don't like to mix my drinks). The food, service and ambiance was fantastic though. I guess we will stick to the neighborhood restaurants and not the touristy places.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and service
I took my friend there for his birthday. Our menu had his name printed, along with birthday wishes, and we got specially designed dessert. The service was very friendly and professional, and I like the trendy interior design. All our orders were delicious, and I appreciate their positioning of sustainably grown food source. We'll definitley be back.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had an amazing date with the Travelzoo voucher! Way too many drinks to finish and 3 full course meals. Loved it!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very energetic atmosphere!
Very energetic atmosphere! The food was excellent with generous portions. The kitchen was very accommodating in customizing our dinner.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
service was not rushed, recommendat
service was not rushed, recommendations were great and the seasonality was perfect. Did not know it was part of the W hotel but it was not a hotel restaurant.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The atmosphere at Trace is fun and energetic- its quite loud though, so better for a festive group than a couples intimate dinner. we had a group of 6 and had a great evening. Standouts from the meal were the mushroom flatbread pizza, and the heirloom tomato salad with hazelnuts and tiny diced mozzarella, and ricotta. Artisan breads were delicious and plentiful. Cocktails also delicious imaginative and plenty of non-sweet and fruity choices. The lemongrass martini was great. We were there on a fri night. It was 30 minutes before anyone even approached our table for a drink order, so service could be improved. Once he finally arrived, waiter was helpful and pleasant.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here with some coworkers for the 45 min lunch and we all loved it! The pumpkin soup was a delicious seasonal treat, and the chicken sandwich was so good I ate the half I took to go as soon as I got back to my office. Our server was wonderful and very sweet. I also had to order the wine from Paso Robles because I went to college on the central coast, and it was the perfect match for my meal!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been to this place many
We've been to this place many times for both brunch and dinner, and we will continue to go back.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful TIme Trip, Draper
Isn't that Joan Harris and Roger Sterling over there in the booth?
With modern architecture exuding, TRACE is very good choice for a make believe Mid Century Modern luncheon with 1 hook: they have an 'eat and run' combo entree, appetizer or soup, and ship you out the door with dessert for consuming later on company time. Bravo!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I went for dinner with a Travelzoo voucher. The service is good and the food was solid fare. Decor is very contemporary and comfortable.Nothing exotic or crazy.but good solid fare.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not a great value
Outstanding service and fantastic cocktails, but the tab was somehow far more than one would expect.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I went here before we went to a party the W hotel was hosting for Halloween. The food was tasty and they gave us a free desert for my boyfriends birthday. Great service!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very interesting menu with a creative flair. Good selection of menu items and wine. Reasonably priced, considering it is in an upscale hotel.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a pleasant surprise!
Last time I went to this location it was the XYZ restaurant in the W Hotel. They changed the name to Trace and must have also changed the chef because the food was fantastic and so were the wine choices. Went with a friend right before a performance at YBCA. Can't wait to go back with my husband!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
as special as the occasion merited
We were seated as requested in a back quiet section to accomodate the group conversation and older ears... we had great service;..
all the dishes were excellent from Salad to the main Vegetarian entree one member requested---unique and very tasty..
Even the bread needs of the gluten free were recognized and served..
overall one of the best dining experiences i have had in SF in a long long time; we will return!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
the best service
Our waiter, Damien, was fantastic. great personality, helpful, not obtrusive, sincere
The food was great, the servings maybe a little bit on the small side in one or two cases.
We went for my friend's birthday and got extra special service from Damien and the very capable pastry chef
The décor is great, maybe a little too sunny at a few of the window seats at certain parts of the day. But I am not too sure about that as we requested a more interior table.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
if Roger is your server, ask
if Roger is your server, ask him about the bees he keeps on the 4th floor roof - they use that honey in some of their dishes! although there's a new Chef, he comes from Michael Mina's stable of restaurants, so no doubt the high quality and social consciousness of the restaurant will continue, or exceed itself, and there will continue to be a focus on the freshest seasonal ingredients, from the area's best sustainable providers.. I like that there's many types of seating available, from a long communal high-top to interesting architecture to give select tables a somewhat private feel.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM