Trace
Trace

Trace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.traceseattle.com/
  • Phone: (206) 264-6060
  • 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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Trace reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (17)great for lunch (14)vibrant bar scene (13)good for groups (12)special occasion (10)hot spot (10)late-night find (8)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)neighborhood gem (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Very nice lunch spot, creative
    Xxxxxxx
    Dined on 3/20/2009
    Very nice lunch spot, creative and well-executed food and great service. The $15 3-course lunch menu is a great way to sample many things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2009
    This was our second time at Earth and Ocean. The first time was great. This time the service was awful. Our server disappeared for long periods of time and we had to get another server to help us. Then she got the order wrong. The menu is very limited. Instead of a place where so many things look good it is hard to choose, here it is hard to find something you want. We won't be going back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great! if going for a business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2009
    Great! if going for a business lunch, the portions are appropriate and "pretty" so make sure your fellow companions are a bit foodie. Nice space to talk and great service, good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambience, pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/11/2009
    Nice ambience, pretty good service although we had to track someone down to take our bill so we could get to the theater on time. Food was very good. We all selected from the 30dollar/3 course meal. This can be somewhat risky as the food sometimes does not quite measure up to the regular menu. In this case we were all pleased with our choices, and we were able to taste from each others. All were interesting and delicious. The restaurant got a little noisy as it filled up, but we were able to converse comfortably. The location is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great! Got a great wine recommendat
    karaVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2009
    Great! Got a great wine recommendation and the 3 course menu was fabulous -- probably the best we have had in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant is generally empty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2009
    Restaurant is generally empty with loud lounge music penetrating in (a contrasting ambiance). Food was creative, though lacking in taste. Service was awkward and inconsistent. Would not return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I are both people
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/21/2009
    My wife and I are both people who appreciate fine dining and we were very impressed by what we had. My wife had smoked duck and I had scallops. Both superb. The dessert complemented the meal handsomely. The staff was also attentive without being overbearing and were able to make good recommendations. Altogether an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very good, as always. Was
    Crocodilian
    Dined on 2/18/2009
    very good, as always. Was very quiet-- but that's was the time and day of the week-- normally its much higher energy/noisier. I appreciated the quiet, actually.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything they do, from their
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    Everything they do, from their specialty cocktails to their truffle fries tastes so good. You just want to savor every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a wonderful lunch. The
    MartyVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2008
    Had a wonderful lunch. The scallops and risotto were fantastic and the Cobb salad was massive and very tasty. Excellent attentive and professional service by Kelsey. Everyone from the dining room host to the server's assistant were friendly and efficient. A very nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was not impressed enought
    Jason
    Dined on 12/27/2008
    I was not impressed enought to write a fair rewiew that I would want to share with anyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The atmosphere is very "business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/13/2008
    The atmosphere is very "business like"...not much charm or coziness. This wouldn't have been so evident had there been any other guests in the restaurant besides us.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the most consistenly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2008
    One of the most consistenly good places I frequent. Reccommend the duck confit salad with French lentils. Attentive & speedy lunch service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My friends and I decided to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/17/2008
    My friends and I decided to participate in the Dine in Seattle 93 for $30.00) promotion that is occuring this month and opted to go to Earth and Ocean for dinner. After arriving about 15 minutes late - but still having a table waiting (which was a great bonus)we were given our menus and our drink options. My friends and i ordered our food - for me I had the Squash Soup, Grilled Pork w/apple rosotto and the Chai Panna Cotta - and drinks. The food was delciious however, small portioned (you never got the feeling that you were full). The only negative that was found was the fact that the service was rather poor. We often had to wait exceptionally long times between courses even though the restaurant was far from busy when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very impressive wine menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 11/14/2008
    Very impressive wine menu with food fit for a foodie! We noshed on mussels and truffle fries and a salad - all superb!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was uninspired, bland,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/11/2008
    The food was uninspired, bland, and under-seasoned. Service was slow; we waited over 45 minutes for our entrees. The best part of the meal was Management acknowledging that service was poor and deducting 20% of our bill. We would not eat there again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was outstanding,
    r123VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2008
    The food was outstanding, as was the service. The decor is becoming somewhat dated, the crowds are at the bar and E&O is rapidly on its way to becoming just another high-priced hotel restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great cuisine, loved the 3-course
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/6/2008
    Great cuisine, loved the 3-course dinner special. Perfect for girls night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ate here pre-theater, so
    DamayVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2008
    We ate here pre-theater, so it was an early quiet dinner. the bar was quite busy, though. E&O was participating in a 30$ for 3 courses and a glass of wine promo which my husband had and it was not only a very good bargain, but quite tasty. My food was very good, but at $26, overpriced for 6 beef short rib ravioli. The server was a young lady who was very pleasant, but needed to be schooled at little more on the wine list.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had the "Rush hour lunch",
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2008
    We had the "Rush hour lunch", but the kitchen wasn't in a rush. The food was good, but it took way too much time than I have for a weekday lunch. Service was not as good as it usually is.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite Seattle restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/11/2008
    My favorite Seattle restaurant for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If you are looking for a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2008
    If you are looking for a great combination of romantic ambiance, savory dining and a respectable list of house specialty cocktails, then Earth and Ocean is an excellent choice. The staff is very friendly and informative, and return to your table just enough times to make sure everything is well without giving you the feeling they are crashing your dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was surprised there were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2008
    I was surprised there were so few people there at lunch. The food was great. Service was great. Choices on the menu were plentiful. There were four of us and we all raved about the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This restaurant is not gettting
    PHC1VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2008
    This restaurant is not gettting the kudos it propbably deserves! Located inside the W Hotel you'll almost miss the entrance sign and proceed into the lobby bar! Although it is a "hotel restaurant" per se, it is a fine dining, fresh ingredient, gourmet find. From the amazing risotto, to the delicious seared ahi...this HOTEL restaurant is worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 3-for-30 is a great deal at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2008
    3-for-30 is a great deal at this location but the food can be better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was very disappointed with
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2008
    I was very disappointed with this restaurant - our service was poor at best - the latte had burned milk - we had to ask for things multiple times - I would not recommend this restaurant -
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was very average-Had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/8/2008
    Food was very average-Had the three course dinner with wine for$30. Crab Risotto was very bland-all of us reached for the salt shaker immediately. Service was good except we were given 2 different menus for our party of 4 - and unable to order 2 entrees as they were from the old menu. Beef brisket was flavorful but very fatty-our daughter's portion was about half fat. The goat cheese panna cotta missed the mark as well-none of us finished our portion as it was bland and disappointing. Our other diner had the ravioli and it was sub par as well-bland again. Nothing we'd return for again-not nearly as good as a previous visit a few years ago. Have the chef do a bit more tasting before he sends it out!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My expectations for going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2008
    My expectations for going here were high for we were staying at a nice hotel, a suite at the W. I was dissapointed tho with the lack of friendlyness and service of the staff at the restaurant. I felt that if i was there spending my money and there to party etc it should be appreciated. More space in the bar would help. We would have stayed to have a drink after dinner but akward setting and hard to get a spot for there is not much room. Very sexy bar room tho. The dining area needs help tho. Food was good. Service and ambiance was really bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The sommelier was absolutely
    momof2greatcatsVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2008
    The sommelier was absolutely fantastic and our server was very attentive. The food was excellent (except for the mussels which were very fishy). Tasting menu was a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I always love their selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2008
    I always love their selection of organic, fresh and unique menu items. The service also seems top notch!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eggs benedict and potatoes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/22/2008
    Eggs benedict and potatoes were delicious but plate lacked another offset like fruit, etc, a spare serving. I particularly liked the grilled bread as opposed to an english muffin and the ham tasted so good. I'll go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • There are few better restaurants
    terrywattoVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2008
    There are few better restaurants in Seattle if you are searching for organic or "slow food dmovement" dining. The food is organic, local, very fresh and very well presented. Staff are attentive and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a very poor experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2008
    We had a very poor experience at the restaurant.I won’t even exaggerate if I say that it was ruined(even though the food was delicious). We got seated right away, - the restaurant was about 20% full on Sunday morning. But after that our experience when downhill. Nobody came over to take our drink orders, to even offer some water – for 20 minutes. Finally the waitress came over and asked us the usual “What would you like to drink”. While we were waiting, it looked like we were not the only people “forgotten”. A group of people sitting at the table next to ours was complaining to the manager about the same issue. But nobody came over to refill our drinks during the meal, and we had to wait for another 20 min to get the check etc.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My husband ordered a lot better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2008
    My husband ordered a lot better than I did. His asparagus salad and scallop entree were delicious. I had the watercress potage soup which was very watery, without much flavor. The lamb shank entree was decent, but the meat was not fork-tender which I expect from a braised meat entree, and the flavor was okay but not great. My husband's food was good, mine was just okay. Service was great.+
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • was very quiet late on a Friday
    Crocodilian
    Dined on 5/30/2008
    was very quiet late on a Friday night, so I can't say how characteristic our experience was. The ambiance is very generic "W" hotel, but the food is a cut above that. Cured meats were particularly notable, but it was all very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were underwhelmed by Earth
    TomP
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    We were underwhelmed by Earth & Ocean. The food was just okay, not wonderful. Our server was clumsy, constantly bumping the backs of tables or even members of our party. Was he on something? we wondered. If not for the desserts--which were spectacular--it would have been a real disaster.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had been to Earth and Ocean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    I had been to Earth and Ocean for lunch a few times and greatly enjoyed the experience. I took this opportunity to take the president of our company as well as one of the EVP's from Italy for dinner. I have to say that for the price we paid, dinner was just so, so - very bland - nothing spectacular. All 4 of us left unimpressed. I will not recommend Earth and Ocean going forward and will likely not visit again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunately one of my co-diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    Unfortunately one of my co-diners was very unhappy...her hamburger did not come out the way she ordered it. Then she sent it back and it came back to the table still too rare to eat. She took it in a "to go" box and told me later she just threw it out. That's a shame...and a waste of good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While our waiter was friendly,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    While our waiter was friendly, we did not have good service. After asking for sugar for my coffee, twice I finally grabbed some from another table. My Mom's poached eggs were "chalky" and the bacon was far too salty. She hardly ate any of her meal. A man in a suit (not our waiter) asked if she was finished and took her plate away, not even noticing that the only thing that had been eaten was the fruit. At no time were we asked how everything was. When I did complain about the meal, our waiter paused for a bit and then apologized and walked away. We were also staying at the W Hotel. Generally speaking, most of the restaurants in the W Hotels are quite good. This dining experience was very disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The John Dorry in a clam broth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    The John Dorry in a clam broth was excellent, bursting with flavers. But most impressive were the desserts, especially the poached meringue with cinnamon cream and tropical fruit compote. My wife and I were so impressed we want to figure out how we can make this at home for friends.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic