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Trace - W - Austin
Trace - W - Austin

Trace - W - Austin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.traceaustin.com
  • Phone: (512) 542-3660
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:30am - 10:30am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lawrence Kocurek
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music during Saturday and Sunday Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $7 per car with validation.
A word from Trace - W - Austin
A journey for the avid culinary enthusiast, Trace is an enriching and authentic experience of the senses, capturing the character and personality of the locale. Our cuisine with a conscience is foraged, farmed, crafted, hunted and shared utilizing the freshest, peak-of-the-season local and regional ingredients, supporting sustainable, renewable and organic food and beverage products.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Very good food. Nice presentation. A special place. Pricey, but as fine restaurants tend to be."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We go to Trace two or three times a year. It is invariably a joy. The service is impeccable. The food delicious and surprising. The staff all friendly. It is the kind of place that is high end but makes you feel as comfortable and relaxed as a friendly neighborhood restaurant might. But it's a friendly neighborhood place in the first floor of the W Hotel! with ACL minutes away! Trace creates a base to experience the excitement of the downtown scene from a relaxed, earthy, yet very elegant perspective."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Took my wife here for her birthday dinner...her and I were very pleased with the service and the food. The wine list is a little pricey, but the beer list isn't, so it evened out quite nicely. For tasteful decor, as well."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Michelle was our sever she was great made awesome wine suggestions and made our anniversary special!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "didn't realize at first it was part of the W Hotel. Ambiance was clean and modern, but still fun. Service and food were impeccable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went for brunch, and noted that there were really only 6 choices for the meal part of the meal. But considering ALL OF THEM were awesome, this is definitely a case of less is more. The green chorizo dish was crazy good, as was the brisket omelette. Enjoy a bloody mary (the first one was free), as those are also fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "the food portions are on the smaller (non Texas) sized, but that's OK it tasted great! Our server Jenna was awesome, and I don't know what people were referring to with it being slow. I found her to be attentive but not overbearing."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We won a gift certificate donated to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, so gave Trace a try. We sat inside, although we saw folks outside on the patio enjoying drinks. Our server was congenial and efficient. In fact, other servers also came by to assist. We were there early, dining on a pre-theater schedule. This was handled easily at that hour. The entrees were excellent. Hubby ordered the lamb; I ordered the black drum. No time for desserts, but we enjoyed fab cappuccinos. All around, our first experience was fully five star. One complaint: Valet parking was an absolute ZOO out front. This caused a delay, and we were almost late for the theater. Not the restaurant's fault, however. We'll be back for other pre-symphony or pre-theater dinners."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Trace is a great spot for a business location. Easy access with city parking or valet parking. Food and service was excellent. Server was attentive without being too intrusive to our meeting. I selected the location and my guests were very impressed with with the food and service. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The food was ok. The restaurant was super hard to find. The kale salad was terrible."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Atmosphere and vibe of restaurant is very fun and lively. I liked the very openness of the restaurant and the outdoor option, although I sat inside looking outdoors. Organic chicken with au jus was awesome - great flavor - and pairing with arugula and shallots was very good. Highly recommend this as a healthy option. Service was very good. Definitely would come here again when in Austin."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Word of mouth took me here for a business dinner. Couldn't have been more impressed. From the service to the food everything was top notch. Add to that sitting outside on at the patio dining on a perfect Austin evening, it couldn't have been better. My client left feeling he'd been treated to one of Austin's finest gems."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This is my third time for lunch, and I've been there several times for dinner. It has become one of Austin's treasures. Love it."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed our visit during Restaurant Week. Food, service, and ambiance were very nice. Located in the W Hotel ground floor."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I went with three friends to try Trace's brunch menu during restaurant week. Overall, the food was delicious but our service put a damper on our experience. For one, we ordered an additional dessert that never came. Our request for more mimosas was never fulfilled, and they only came back once to refill our water glasses. When our pre-fixe desserts came, we had no silverware to eat them with and there was no one in sight for almost ten minutes to ask for spoons. When I finally found someone to ask, they brought the spoons and thunked them all on my plate, intending for me to serve the spoons to my friends. We are suspicious that the bad service was in part because we were enjoying the (cheaper) restaurant week menu. We will not be returning"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Trace is a lovely restaurant with an open patio and it is very busy at brunch. It was hard to get in and out of my chair as it was so crowded. It was also really loud. We went for restaurant week and it means a lot that Trace participated! The eggs benedict would have been perfect except that the pork belly was so salty. It made every bite taste like salt even when I scraped it off. The croque madame was much better because the ham did not have as much salt. The béchamel was amazing and the bread was rustic and perfect. This is a nice restaurant but my husband and I will probably not go back just on our own. This is a great place to take visitors to see downtown and have a special meal."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We ate at Trace on our 28th anniversary expecting something special and festive. We knew that is was restaurant week but the server did not offer us the restaurant week menu. Our food took a long time to come out of the kitchen and was cold when it arrived. We sent it back and the second time it was oversalted. We also received the wrong desserts. The couple sitting next to us waited 20 minutes for scrambled eggs. Ridiculous considering it was early and the restaurant was not busy. Beautiful space but below average food and service."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great service & fun cocktail list for the adventurous! We tried a mix of the cheese and charcuterie boards. Nice selection, but looked like tiny pretend food. The entrees were equally minisule & expensive. I ordered an ink pasta with blue crab, and there were literally unrecognizeable flakes of crab meat on the hotdog-sized twist of pasta. I sent it back, & received a new bowl with maybe 2 bites of crab. The manager was very nice and comped the entree and offered us a Texas wine to try on the house. We also split 2 desserts ( 3 of us) -- an amazing fried candy bar and a delicious chocolate mint choice. Nevertheless, we left hungry & I felt ill the rest of the night, possibly allergic to the ink in the pasta. No Texas-sized meal here!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Pleasant atmosphere during lunch. Staff are friendly and food is good. But desert is not the same as it was when Janina O'Leary was there. We miss her Drunken Doughnuts. But we found her at laV on east 7th in front of the State Seminary. So life is good again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had the prix fixe menu for restaurant week and enjoyed all three courses. Excellently prepared and presented. Would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My daughter took me here for the Mother's Day brunch. The food and service were great. The only issue I had was a discrepancy between some menu prices and the bill, but they didn't charge us for the items in error and appreciated me pointing it out, so I was happy."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Exceptional! The food and service were great. We will return. Can't say much for the bar before going into the Trace. There are just ottomans to sit on - no chairs, very uncomfortable. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Staff was very accommodating for our large party with many options. Loved the fun lively atmosphere. Service was prompt and helpful. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had the lamb and redfish. They we outstanding. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed the ambiance and the food, but the service was very disappointing. Our server was polite, but very slow."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "It was nice place to eat with friends. The waiter really needs help in learning how to wait tables."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Dining at Trace is always a great experience. The food is delicious and the service is attentive, without being annoying. Staff are well-trained, knowledgeable and very helpful, with an engaging, relaxing environment. You can't go wrong at Trace."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We went for an anniversary dinner and were underwhelmed. The scallops and black drum were good- as a former New Orleans resident, I have high standards for those dishes. Our server was unfamiliar with the menu and unfamiliar with gluten free options, which was particularly disappointing as the good reviews on Find Me Gluten Free were one of the reasons we chose Trace. They have no gluten free dessert options on the menu. The wine list was unimpressive- most is available at Whole Foods or Twin Liquors. For the money, I can do much better in Austin."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Our first time at Trace was a wonderful experience. Our waiter and service was awesome and the atmosphere was delightful. It was quite nice getting up from a great dinner and walking next door to the Moody Theater for a concert. It was a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Creative food with fresh ingredients, great drinks and beautiful location. Service is usually good, but absent on a recent experience. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "My husband had the bacon cheeseburger and said it was excellent. I had the black drum and loved it. It was perfertly done and had cubed potatoes, chorizo with it. Since it was my birthday, the waiter comped us two desserts. Yummy! We certainly will return."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • " The menu for Easter brunch was very limited, 4 choices for the main meal, 3 of them meat options and one spinach crab Benedict dish(very heavy sauce), the appetizer choice was one tiny crab cake that was not good, or plain yogurt with a tiny bit of fruit and granola. The 3rd part of the meal was two desert options. We paid 55 dollars apiece, 240.00 for a family of 4(they charged for the mimosa) and none of us liked the food or even the choices, we all wanted a breakfast type choice. My 18 year old son tried to eat the crab dish but just could not stomach it. The service was very slow, and it was a very disappointing brunch."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Service is always excellent. Wish there had been more breakfast type options on the brunch menu. It was a little on the heavy dinner type entree side."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Easter brunch menu, specifically. For $55/head eggs should be on the brunch menu. We ordered off the regular menu which is usually great, but the kitchen wasn't prepared for that so the food was not the same as it usually is. This particular visit was less fabulous than our many other visits. It won't deter us from coming back- we love the Manager, Christopher, and the staff- they are really great. The food is usually great. This Easter Brunch menu without a single egg (or pancake or waffle offering) was just weird and not to our liking. Lesson learned! See you soon, Trace! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We went to Trace before the Pet Shop Boys concert (been several times before), and while there was nothing terribly bad about our meal, I expect more for $140. The food was good, but not great, and our waiter seemed to disappear as the meal progressed. Drink refills took 15 minutes, and after appetizers and entrees we didn't have time for dessert and coffee because the meal had already taken 90 minutes. I generally expect better things here."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "What a great place! Food, drinks and ambiance was great!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We ate a weekday lunch, enjoying the food, ambience, and service. The only imperfection was that the first pot of tea wasn't very hot; however, the second pot was perfectly hot. This restaurant is a quiet interlude in the hectic city; we eat here rather often because it's leisurely, elegant, and not too pricey for lunch."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Great ! is our second time and we are going the third, fourth and every time we are on vacations. We are going again next week."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Had a delicious, relaxing lunch here. It was during a work day and we were able to get in and out within an hour but did not feel rushed at all. A great spot for a beautiful day because there is outdoor patio seating as well as the indoor area that opens up to the outside. I want to go back and enjoy a glass of wine in the sunshine when I don't have to go back to work after. Definitely worth checking out."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Brought my Dad in for a nice dinner before his trip home. Delicious food as always and our server, Julia was outstanding! I'll definitely keep coming back!!!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014