Trace
Trace

Trace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.traceseattle.com/
  • Phone: 2062646060x
  • Hours of Operation:
    TRACE serves breakfast Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday);Brunch Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m to 2 p.m; Sushi bar hours are Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; The Bar is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., with Happy Hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Late Night Happy Hour is 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily; SIP, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and SIN, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Ariel
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering facilities are located on the second and third floor of W Seattle. Please contact Tiffany Pesce at (206) 264-6105 for further details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Trace restaurant has one private dining area that seats up to 12 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Molly Bailes 2062646109x
  • Entertainment: Expect the right cocktails, people & music in Trace Bar during SIP (Social Interactive Playtime) every Wednesday and Thursday nights from 8 pm - 10pm, and SIN (Social Interactive Nighttime) every Friday and Saturday nights from 9:30pm-1:30am. Groove to guest DJs, sip on one of our luscious signature drinks and nosh on a few bar munchies.
  • Special Events: NEW Happy hour! M-Sat 4PM-7PM & 10PM-12AM / Sundays 4PM-12AM. $4 cocktails, $5 margaritas & draft beers, $6 wine, and $7 martinis. Also features food & sushi specials.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seneca
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: call Trace for current pricing
A word from Trace
TRACE restaurant and bar, lead by Chef de Cuisine, Steven Ariel, is a must-try for foodies, where a “localist” focus means a menu filled with contemporary, inventive dishes using regional specialties, including farm fresh produce, sustainably caught seafood and a curated sake menu at our sleek sushi bar. TRACE offers dynamic hand-crafted cocktails and liquor from regional distilleries, a wine list featuring notable Washington State wineries in addition to choice domestic and international selections from California, Oregon, France and Italy.
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Trace reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (4)fit for foodies (4)hot spot (2)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (1)good for groups (1)romantic (1)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Tasty food!
    SunSeekerVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    My husband and I tried Trace this weekend. The quality of the food was excellent, and loved the local to table concept. Our entrees were great! The sushi was also quite good. The only thing that puzzled us was the sushi/ northwest combo of the menu. In a way, it feels like the restaurant doesn't know what it wants to be. The sushi menu is extensive, and there's definitely an Asian element to the regular menu dishes too. It's inventive, to be sure, but it does feel a bit confused with Northwest/European continental dishes juxtaposed with sushi. We were also surprised to see how empty it was on a Saturday night. I think it has potential and would try it again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch - Mediocre
    TWolfe
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Weird miso soup, decent sushi, salad combo for lunch special was really expensive for what you get. I was disappointed and will likely not eat here again.
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  • Love the space & food not service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    Loved the space and food but the service was not good. It took 20 minutes just for our group of 7 to all get water and coffee. The restaurant was not busy and yet we were being ignored. It got a little better after we bugged our server for awhile.
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    great for brunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service!
    PK222
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Excellent food! The presentation was creative and service was friendly but not intrusive. Excellent jazz entertainment while we dined. We highly recommend Trace for brunch and dinner! Patti K
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Flare
    FoodieCoupleVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    My boyfriend and I went here and I enjoyed it, him not so much. He isn't a seafood person so he couldn't find much on the menu but the burger that he would eat. Who wants another burger? The sushi was flavorful and fresh! The cocktails were wonderful!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    Recently dined at Trace and the experience was outstanding from the unique food (ie. Crispy Egg - AMAZING) and the exceptional service. Not to mention their homemade rosemary crackers. Had a great experience, would recommend to anyone and will DEFINITELY be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • The best mother's day brunch
    CharVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Incredible brunch. Excellent, varied menu. Food absolutely yummy and beautifully presented. Place is gorgeous. Service excellent. Next time I'm in Seattle, I'll come back for dinner too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gotta give trace a try
    Pamw
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Great place for a special occasion a like Mother's Day brunch. Very attentive staff and great live music during brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we found Trace.
    Rosie
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    We were looking for a restaurant within walking distance to The 5th Avenue for a play afterwords. We were pleasantly pleased with the service, delicious and unusual food selection and convenient location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    DarrenPVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Went here after the symphony. Its in the W hotel so I expected it to be decent. Well, it was outstanding!! We had the prix fixe menu. The onion soup was the best I have ever had. The main course was pork cheeks on risotto, equally awesome. I am not sure who the chef is but he knows what he is doing. This is one of my new favorites. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was exceptionally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The food was exceptionally good, with great service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Lunch
    WARANNEVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    Lunch was reasonably priced for the quality. Pulled BBQ pork sandwich was large and unique- best I've ever had - might want to request to go easy on the salt with the accompanying fries. The cod sandwich was also excellent and enjoyed the tempura veggies that went with it - all matched very well with their lemony cocktail: Seattle Swizzle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • The food was great, however,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    The food was great, however, it was 20-30 minutes between courses and we were on a work lunch. All in all, from the time we sat down to the time we left, it took an hour and fourty five minutes; that's unacceptable for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bellisimo!
    tokyorose50
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    We originally thought this restaurant served only sushi (probably because of the signs outside?) so never came in, but we were mistaken. The food was totally delicious, innovative, and quite filling. The spicy eggplant entree was so very flavorful. The crispy egg with asparagus and mushroom appetizer was very interesting and quite delicious. It was a very healthy lunch, well, except for the berry cobbler, served hot! Yum. The entire wait-staff were very helpful and nice. We are definitely coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative dishes. Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Creative dishes. Wonderful variety of vegetarian entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I went during Seattle Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    I went during Seattle Restaurant Week and was surprised at how few people were there. The menu was varied and interesting -- my guest loved the sushi dish she had and I loved the eggplant. The chef uses lots of interesting spices, so if bland foods are your thing, don't go. Our server could not have been more attentive, and yet she didn't hover. We had a very relaxing lunch. Not sure why this place hasn't been "found", but if I still worked in downtown Seattle, I'd make it a regular.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Wondeful dining experience
    foodie
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    The food was delicious, presentation was beautiful and the service was great. The new decor is very upscale and fun. We had a wonderful dinner and really enjoyed everything. They even surprised us by giving us a little dessert bite at the end of our evening - this one little bite was amazing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was fantastic, everything
    JessicaS
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    The food was fantastic, everything was cooked just right and the presentation was lovely. The dishes looked delicate but were hearty. I believe Trace's goal is to create an oasis away from its busy corporate surroundings but the slowness from getting seated to ordering and then receiving your food only served to add stress to our party of 5.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place. Quite metro. A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    Nice place. Quite metro. A little over board with the fancy wear as the soup spoon din't really fit inside the soup bowl...but overall nice, trendy, good food.
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  • Trace was meh.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    Nestled in a nice hotel, Trace definitely had a business dinner vibe. Could totally come here to meet clients up for a drink or two. Modern in regards to interior and it’s pretty spacious. We were one of the only diners there on a Monday night. The menu had sushi and other options but I found the sushi to be just ok. The saba didn’t seem super fresh, but still had the salty flavor that I love. The other dishes on the SRW menu were mediocre. I usually don’t judge harshly on Seattle Restaurant Week menus since most of the time I feel is not a good representation of what a restaurant does well. Service was SLOW and I mean really slow and the restaurant was empty! Just us and maybe two people at the bar. Nice waitress but won't be back.
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  • Incredibly inventive and tasteful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    Incredibly inventive and tasteful. Each course was beautifully composition of flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very contemporary, cheddar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    very contemporary, cheddar muffins were served late, I believe they forgot. Husband's food was incorrect, therefore he had to eat when the rest of us were finished.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The sunday brunch selction
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    The sunday brunch selction was not very good. The had a choice between a salad and a smoothie on the pre-fix menu. The breakfast items did not seem like a wide or good selection. The only thing lunch-wise apealing was the burger (this was supposed to be brunch). The biscuits and gravy with poached eggs was very good. The kids menu had a better selection for breakfast items.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I took a group from the office
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    I took a group from the office for dinner during the "3 for $30" event. They had a good range of interesting choices on the menu and we were all very pleased with our meals.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went to Trace for Dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    We went to Trace for Dine Around Seattle and were very pleased with the food quality, the service, and the ambience. We arrived at 6:15 and the dining room was pretty empty, but it was rather lively by the time we left around 9:30. The kale soup had a great texture and taste; the crispy egg with asparagus and potatoes was like nothing I'd had before - poached egg with a tempura-like halo, delish!; and the Theo chocolate pot de creme was velvety, spicy, and a great way to cap the meal. The service was helpful and attentive without being overbearing. Neither of us was thrilled with our first wine selection, but I'm guessing other options were better. Definitely looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Good addition to Seattle dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    The food tastes as good as it looks. The presentation is beautiful and the flavors are just as brilliant and enhance the natural flavors. The service is a nice combination of skill and friendliness. Finally, the decor of this newish restaurant matches the fashion-forward theme of the host W Hotel -- it's striking and modern.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The tagliatelle bolognese
    JennVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    The tagliatelle bolognese seemed out of place on the menu to me, but I will say that it was delicious. I would eat it again. The rhubarb cobbler was excellent. Sound can really carry in the restaurant. I was surprised at how loud it was, especially for lunch. I would probably go back. I tried it on the Dine Around Seattle promotion, and was happy with the menu options.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great, service slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Food was great, service slow or nonexistent. Probably won't go back
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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  • Great food but limited menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    The food and service at Trace are both excellent. However, the menu is quite limited. It offers only a few entrees, although the offerings themselves and presentation are notable. While the menu includes a vegetarian offering, the other entrees incorporate only a limited amount of vegetables in the preparation and do not include any side vegetables; and no vegetables are available as add-ons. Overall, if you do find something that appeals to you on the menu, the dining experience is well worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We thouroughly enjoyed our
    LaContessa
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    We thouroughly enjoyed our dining experience and I would certainly return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay but not worth returning
    dexdar
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Everything about Trace was fine, as in "okay" not "she's fine!". If a friend or colleague wanted to go to Trace I wouldn't object to going back, but I would not suggest going there. There are too many great restaurants in Seattle (and places I have yet to try) to waste my time and dining dollars on a place that is just okay. I do have to mention that the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable - better than just okay.
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  • Food uneven -- several items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Food uneven -- several items spectacularly good (slow-roasted eggplant), one almost inedible (strip steak). Service pretty good, atmosphere pretty institutional.
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  • Fit for foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Best bread and sushi, everything was very flavorful, one of the best meals I have had in a while. It was a bit cold, they turned up the heat and brought hot tea for us to stay warm and that was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a wonderful time on
    deliciousINseattle
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We had a wonderful time on Valentine's Day. The staff was very nice and welcoming. The menu had a little bit of everything. The decor was very clean and modern. Great job Trace!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went to Trace because we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    We went to Trace because we wanted to try a new restaurant, and because we saw the chef on a TV segment that morning. We live in downtown Seattle, so we eat out frequently, and enjoy the fabulous restaurants near our home. We thought we had things covered, but Trace set a new standard. We thrilled by the quality and imagination of the menu, and we really appreciated the recommendations of our waitress. We ventured far from our usual comfort zones on the basis of her recommendations, and we were not disappointed at all. What struck both of us as we made our way home was how excited we were by this meal. Trace was new and fresh, and we cannot wait to go back with out of town friends.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice new restaurant in Hotel W
    pokanoVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    I dined here solo on a weeknight, when I was in rush. The balsamic chicory, celery root and crispy egg salad is OUTSTANDING! A full-flavored hearty salad with a perfectly cooked soft, breaded egg on top, which--when you cut into it--oozes all over the salad and gives it a wonderful taste. The signature sushi roll was delicious with generous portions of Dungeness crab--the only criticism I had was that the rice seemed a tad bit old--speaking of hours, not days. The homemade passionfruit/apricot sorbet was also delicious. Dinner starts out with a selection of homemade crackers and bread, a miniature version of what you get at Cafe Juanita, which isn't surprising since the chef used to be sous chef there. Looking forward to returning!
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  • Seems like an excellent place,
    James
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Seems like an excellent place, great location, hotel address and assume that the place is one of Seattle's trendiest. However, the service was horrible, slow and inconsistent despite a $350 check. For a nice restaurant, the ambiance was too bright. Could have toned that down a bit.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • The food was outstanding and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/5/2013
    The food was outstanding and the service was very attentive and yet unobtrusive. I had the black cod, and it was one of the best fish dishes I've ever had anywhere. This place has a good energy about it, and the fact that the food is from local sources is very attractive. Highly recommend it!
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Very modern place in the very
    RWDinerVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    Very modern place in the very modern W. Nice menu with asian theme. We went for lunch. My wife had sushi and she liked it, although a salad accompanying the sushi was overdreessed with indifferent lettuce. I had the tempura cod. Very good, but a bit underseasoned. We'd come back.
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  • Really good food - great,
    Frank
    Dined on 12/29/2012
    Really good food - great, in fact. Asian fusion as a concept is a bit passe, though. Service was good, but could have seemed less fragmented if not distributed among four or five people. A potentially interesting, but misguided, modern or postmodern ambiance missed the mark feeling more technical and cold than artistic. Still a fine place to go for a superb plate or three of food.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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