TRACE
TRACE

TRACE

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.traceatlanta.com/
  • Phone: 4047242550x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Sunday-Wednesday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm

    BAR & LOUNGE:
    Sunday-Wednesday:5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Executive Chef: Shean Suter
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: To view our monthly promotions, visit us at http://www.traceatlanta.com/ and check out our special menus and events. For private event inquiries for parties of 13 or more please call 404-724-2553 or email us at watlanta.midtown@whotels.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Juniper St NE
  • Public Transit: Art Center - MARTA STATION
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is Complimentary for three hours with validation from TRACE for guests dining with us for Breakfast and Dinner. The Valet Stand is located in front of the hotel entrance on the corner of 14th Street and Juniper St at 188 14th St, Atlanta, GA 30361
A word from TRACE
Located in the W Atlanta – Midtown, TRACE Atlanta is a farm-to-table take on the Southern dining experience featuring classic and modern twists on New South favorites. By using “traceable” ingredients from local farms to create these Southern-inspired dishes, the restaurant connects with the immediate community and provides the freshest sourceable fare.
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TRACE reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (11)great for lunch (11)good for groups (10)romantic (9)special occasion (8)hot spot (7)neighborhood gem (6)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Hidden Gem
    Jnc1014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This place is a hidden gem. It is located in the W Hotel in Midtown. It is a Farm to Table Restaurant that offers a unique but delicious menu. The shrimp and grits and peach basil cobbler are to die for. The service is amazing. I will definitely be a regular here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't go back
    DrrobVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were first ( and only people) in restaurant when we ordered- and yet they only had " one serving left" of a signature dish- which server didn't know when we placed our order- upon choosing an alternative, I sent it back ( chicken wings) as they were under cooked and too pink for my taste - the menu was very limited with chicken more present than other options- won't go back unless significant improvement on menu- also large drape across dining area- repairs, construction? The server, however, was extremely attentive and apologetic - never blame a server for what happens in the kitchen
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Jake
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I ordered the burger and onion rings. Burger was actually pretty good. Onion rings were over-cooked and under-seasoned. My wife tried to put together a vegetable meal. Vidalia onion "tart" was edible, but nothing special. Faro squash "casserole" turned out to be patties, which she described as "garlicky hardtack." "Charred asparagus" was charred, indeed, but otherwise raw. I gave her my side salad. Disappointing. Too many good restaurants in Atlanta. Won't return to this one.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your momma's meatloaf
    Peaches101
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This resturant was amazing! Food was like none other! I got the meatloaf and it was better than my momma's.... Sssshhhhh don't tell her I said that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loveATLdiningVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great kale salad; grilled chicken very good. Burger - a little overcooked, but good. Biggest complaint would be "well" drinks at $11.00! We will try again, however.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lipstick on a pig
    Yuck
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Just another attempt for a mediocre hotel to fit in with Atlanta's dining scene. The service was slow and stupid.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Visit to Trace
    CCAM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were very excited about our first visit to Trace. The decor was beautiful and the booth was very comfortable. It took quite some time for a server to appear. We ordered cocktails which were prepared by someone other than the bartender. Consequently, they were terrible and we had to return them. Then our burgers and parmesan fries arrived. This was the best burger I have had in years! The meat blend was outstanding and it was prepared exactly as I requested. I soon forgot that this visit had gotten off to a slow start. I will definitely go back for this one.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Midtown Eatery
    AshleyGHVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by the delicious food. Service was fast plus friendly and food was yummy. Would recommend for anyone: groups, couples looking for night out on the town, or families.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unexpected surprise!
    MissDavis
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    From the décor (eclectic meets contemporary in neutral hues), to the farmer-inspired uniforms, Trace gives the farm to table concept and adds a touch of W Hotel's signature coolness to the restaurant. We went in for Midtown restaurant week, but lucky for us, those same menu items are on the regular menu as well. The meatloaf, made with pork, tasted like a juicy open-faced sausage, and the cherries added more to the visual concept than the taste...but the idea was unique, nonetheless. The hushpuppies were cooked to perfection, as was the shrimp & grits with red gravy...yummy! Definitely going to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed blessing
    santinVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food at Trace was wonderful. The service was very lax and the noise level deafening. The crbs from our shared appetizers were never removed from our table. Silverware missing. Insttentive response from servers in a largely empty room. In A large empty room with lots of windows and hard surfaces the soundtrack is especially critical. The music was extraordinarily loud and an unfortunate choice. The location makes it ideal for patrons from Ansley Park but I doubt anyone there who enjoys fine dining will give it a second look. All this is too bad because the food is extraordinary.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • expected better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The place was dead on a Thursday night. Our waiter had one other table and every drink order took way too long. We could see our drinks sitting at the bar and it would take him 10 minutes more to bring it to us. The last drink I went to the bar and got it myself. The food was pretty good- my veggie plate was great but my aunts shrimp and grits was way over sauced. All in all it was a good meal but the waiter was unattentive and some food was over spiced/sauced. I would try again but with a different group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    SilverthorneVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It was cold and they gave me a blanket so obviously it is a problem there. There was no one there when we arrived for a 7:15 pm dinner reservation on a Tuesday night. A few other tables were filled while we were there. The food was just average. The service was the highlight. They are really excited about the Food to Table concept, which is what brought me in, but the food was lacking in flavor and flare.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly good!
    mgatlantaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were impressed with the food at Trace, from appetizer through dessert. Local and fresh ingredients, interesting combinations, and well-presented. Definitely worth a visit. Loved the burger!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New farm-to-table restaurant
    Lizzie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We really liked this restaurant — the ambiance, food and service. Small plates and large plates, creatively presented. We went at lunch, but will return for dinner before the symphony. (We went to the Colony Square location, across from the arts center.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have some time on your hands...
    LaDiva
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Good food, pleasant staff, slow service! Went for lunch with two co-workers and I'm glad it was a slow day at the office. The place was loud and energetic when we first arrived; it took sometime for our server to greet us and take drink orders. She was very friendly, however and patient as we asked questions about the menu. We ordered and waited and waited. By the time we got our food we were almost the only people left. Even with that, our server didn't come back to check on us or refill our drinks. Eventually she did and asked if we wanted dessert. Well dessert makes everything better, right? We shared the peach-ginger cobbler-- YUM; flourless chocolate cake-- not so much. Won't go back for lunch, but maybe drinks/dinner after work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    KurtS
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our waiter was extremely friendly and informative the entire time, the food was excellent, and everyone we interacted with was pleasant and helpful in making our anniversary enjoyable. It was our first time to the restaraunt, but we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Another locovore in Midtown. This one is serious and definitely a stp up from predecessor Spice! Only one shade short of perfection: batter was slightly heavy & leaden for hush-puppies and onion rings. Service was truly outstanding inn all aspects.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    scott
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was fair -- mostly bland and dry. So many other places in Atlanta that have fantastic food, that it's not worth coming back to this one.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • More than expected
    DiverseTastebudsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Awesome location and food was excellent and reasonably priced! Atmosphere was great as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good concept but food lacks season
    FoodieSinceBirthVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Decided to try Trace for a birthday dinner. The restaurant is above Whiskey Blue, the hotel's bar, so the DJ's music can be heard in the restaurant. The music doesn't match the ambiance of the restaurant, which is actually pretty nice. Lots of good choices on the menu but everything except the Cajun chips they brought out lacked basic seasoning, i.e. salt and pepper. I had adding table salt but with this food it was a must. We had the chicken pot pie, grilled chicken, the ribeye and even the raved about mac and cheese. Needless to say we were all disappointed and decided trying a desert would be a waste of calories. Our server was great, so maybe we will give it chance again in a few months.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not genuine?
    HonestMatt
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I was in a group of 6 and everyone was very pleased with the food... no exceptions! Excellent, albeit concise, lunch menu and all food was perfectly prepared! The service was very slow and inattentive, although it was very courteous. Worth mentioning: I ordered a ginger-rosemary limeade... and it turns out their custom ($5 or $6 non-alcoholic) beverage was mostly sprite! Yes, sprite, the coke-a-cola product, haha! This really made me wonder what else on the menu was presented as farm-to-table and was actually the cheap version I'd find at a gas station! I might go back, but I would ask my server "what's in this" for everything, which completely undermines the whole farm-to-table experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over done
    meme
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The food was was over cooked and served at a very slow pace especially considering it was early and there were few people there. Granted they have only been open a few weeks but they had better improve quickly to retain customers.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Restaurant
    CrisVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We enjoyed. The concept is farm to table. Refreshing to find this type food in the middle of downtown Atlanta!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farm to Table Executed Perfectly
    D8niteVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The whole concept behind farm to table is such a trendy thing, but Trace does it right with a beautiful menu and variety of dishes. The deviled eggs are delicious for starters however the corn puppies were way too salty and dry for my taste. For the second course we ordered kale Caesar salad and the grilled peaches with mozzarella and prociuotto. The kale Caesar was divine- light and tangy and the mozzarella was so fresh and made obviously the same day! Loved loved loved the grilled peach salad. The entrees we ordered were the black grouper which was cooked perfectly and the chicken pot pie which I swear my boyfriend would have easily ordered a second one to-go he ate it so fast with barely audible moans! We will be back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 162 reviews are from the TRACE reviews archive.