Trace - W - Austin
Trace - W - Austin

Trace - W - Austin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.traceaustin.com/
  • Phone: 5125423660x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:30am - 10:30am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 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: Organic, Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lawrence Kocurek
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Trace - W - Austin reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (35)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (24)great for brunch (20)romantic (17)great for lunch (16)hot spot (16)good for groups (16)vibrant bar scene (7)neighborhood gem (5)notable wine list (5)scenic view (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    hookem
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very excited to go to Trace, booked through Open Table. Confusion at the hostess stand with our reservation. Brought to our somewhat crowded seat near a door - saw much nicer booths available but assumed they must be reserved - nope, they sat empty all night. Very few people at the restaurant overall which we thought odd for a Friday night. Service was fine, once we actually were served about 12 minutes after sitting down. Food was fine - nothing to rave about. We were at Arro the week before and this does not even compare. Not good value for the price and ambiance was strange - very bright lighting when we arrived around 9 pm which eventually was dimmed and almost empty restaurant. Too many other great choices in Austin to return, sorry!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun experience
    mrsw
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Made a reservation and stopped by before an ACL taping. The happy hour menu was a great deal and our waitress was very sensitive to our time crunch. The goat sandwich was one of the best things I have tasted in quite a long time - order two!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inviting and inventive
    AwesomeAustinDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Second time there. Dined early on a Saturday night -- was empty inside when we arrived at 5:45 pm (some were braving the 100-degree heat to dine/drink al fresco in shaded area next to the sidewalk) but full when we left two hours later. More a destination dining locale than a hotel restaurant. Limited menu but intriguing selections for food and wine. Emphasis on freshness and quality, not quantity. Great service. Wife did not much like the squid-ink pasta with crab entree -- unusual flavor and too-fishy for her. My mixed game grill was not your everyday mixed grill and was perfect. Wonderful desserts. Definitely worth a trip downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TxDocVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    It was an excellent brunch. Excellent service. Excellent food. The ambiance was great. We will definitely return
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Do!
    Clkcrna
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Don't miss this eclectic and fun dining spot. Perfect for dinner before ACL concert. Really made the effort to accommodate our vegan/vegetarian requests!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magical night out
    Jlbg5
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Trace provided wonderful indoor or outdoor dining. The menu was diverse and playful featuring local, seasonal ingredients in creative presentation. Our server Zane was attentive and very knowledgeable about menu options and ingredients. Dessert was shockingly complex and delicious; it was an amazing end to a memorable meal. Next time, I will attempt to save room to explore the dessert menu more thoroughly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Trace Review
    RoccoRonzoni
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Very good food. Nice presentation. A special place. Pricey, but as fine restaurants tend to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Pleasure
    david
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not too shabby
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Michelle was our sever she was great made awesome wine suggestions and made our anniversary special!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Breakfast
    Rachel
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small menu, but can't go wrong
    purgatori1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find
    vincentvanvinh
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Try was a Five Star
    AustinWriterGirl
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Business Lunch
    ATXERVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Ok
    Clay
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was ok. The restaurant was super hard to find. The kale salad was terrible.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun atmosphere; great food
    iLo823VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • satfbfan
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 449 reviews are from the Trace - W - Austin reviews archive.
  • Dependably wonderful
    Happydiner
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Restaurant Week Menu
    gvrbaVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Enjoyed our visit during Restaurant Week. Food, service, and ambiance were very nice. Located in the W Hotel ground floor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but service was lacking
    knittergor
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing brunch
    veggiegirl
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where's the...crab?
    SeniorSupportVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasurable Dining but no DD
    DrunkenDoughnutsRgone
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Austinhip
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We had the prix fixe menu for restaurant week and enjoyed all three courses. Excellently prepared and presented. Would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Sit Outside
    ccaffey
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    1234
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch was Fun
    livetodine
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Cassielou2
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We had the lamb and redfish. They we outstanding. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, average service
    Jorie
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We enjoyed the ambiance and the food, but the service was very disappointing. Our server was polite, but very slow.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch with friends
    lunch
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    It was nice place to eat with friends. The waiter really needs help in learning how to wait tables.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Dependable
    CraigM
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Underwhelmed
    BitsyATX
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at Trace-W-Austin
    JPMack
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, service slow
    austinmodhouseVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Creative food with fresh ingredients, great drinks and beautiful location. Service is usually good, but absent on a recent experience.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and waiter
    foodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    4fordinner
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easter Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch needs eggs on the menu!
    CBurnettVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet