Trace - W - Austin

4.5
975 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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Sun 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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C
Austin
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, they do an incredible food and service. Thanks team Trace!

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TO
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A beautiful patio with a great vibe. Fun place to go as a group.

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere always have an amazing time dining here.

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m
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

The DJ music was so loud that it was hard to talk and our server didn't come around for 45 minutes to an hour. The food was good, though. I've been to Trace a couple of times before for dinner, but I won't come out again for brunch.

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GD
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Very nice restaurant. Good food and good service.

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ES
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family of four wanted a festive, yummy breakfast before a full day of sight-seeing downtown plus a basketball game at UT. Where we parked had a Saturday farmer’s market I would have liked to have gone to. Good location, food and loved our waiter.

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K
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We made reservations for my daughter’s 26th birthday and were unbelievably disappointed in our experience. When we arrived we waited 5 minutes for someone to greet us at the hostess stand. Several people walked by but did not acknowledge us. Finally we are taken to our table, where the hostess realized the table wasnt ready. She had us stop in the middle of the restaurant where she grabbed forks, knives, napkins, etc and set the table up while we stood there. Not once did she offer an apology, simply “Your server will be right with you.” Finally our server comes to take our drink order. She doesnt welcome us, ask why we are in Austin, nothing. We order 4 total drinks but only 3 were registered so we had to wait another 5 minutes for the next drink. We then order brunch. Brunch came and it was sub par to say the least. My daughter’s breakfast sandwich was cold. Never did the waitress ask how our food was or if there was anything else we needed. Finally, we had to ask for the check and it took about 15 minutes to get it. Bottom line, it was some of the worst service and food we have ever had. To make matters worse we ate there to celebrate a birthday.

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a
Austin
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food as always! Luxury space!

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HD
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server Kate was awesome. Food for everyone (5) was delish. Atmosphere was very nice as well.

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M
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server did a great job keeping up with our group. Loved the location and the vibe for a pre-show (ACL Moody Theater) event.

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d
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had 5 'small plates' instead of two entrees. The mussels are the best I've had and you get a ton for a small plate. Crab Cakes were OK...have had better. Slightly pricey being part of the W. Great location/atmosphere/service.

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m
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

Went there because I was looking for a brunch place. Had a reservation at 8:45 they didn’t have brunch menu only regular breakfast, food was still good, but server was horrible not once did he offer to refill our coffee cups, we had other waiters help us because our waiter was no where to be found. No mimosas were available

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VS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Get the small plates one at a time so they are hot.

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AC
Austin
33 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, we were thrilled when Nadine sent out a complimentary squash tartine as an appetizer and started things off on a positive note. Our salmon was outstanding and perfectly prepared - light yet satisfying protein. The i ed tea is now a darker delicious brew-that weak iced tea is thankfully gone. We will be back fir Lunch-on-the-Fly!

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ES
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious brunch after running Austin’s Half Marathon ‘

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NB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place ! Everyone was so friendly and attentive . Would definitely go back and recommend to everyone 😍

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J
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely space, nice atmosphere. We sat inside but close enough to the open doors to enjoy the beautiful evening. We had super friendly, attentive service from our server Mary! She offered suggestions but wasn’t pushy. She even brought us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary ❤️. We shared a charcuterie platter which had a lot of tasty elements, but I do wish they offered options or maybe listed the different items on the platter. For example, we do not eat offal, so the chicken liver mousse was wasted on us. We could’ve saved them the product and replaced it with something we could enjoy. Instead of entrees we both had the mussels and they were outstanding. High quality shellfish, smoked chorizo, fantastic broth, easy tiger bread. Mussels are our favorite thing and we get them everywhere. We will be back for these for sure.
My only complaint about the whole evening is about the parking, which has nothing to do with Trace really. Just know that even if Trace gives you a validation voucher, if you go any amount over the 3 hours, the W valets will charge you their OUTRAGEOUS fees. So know that before you hand your keys over!

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The ambience was the only thing that saved this valentines date. The oysters had an odd texture, the lobster bisque was sweet and in place to the actual lobster they threw cucumber and cilantro on top of the completely pureed bisque. I was pretty sure the used the same puree in the lobster ravioli I ordered so I had a blast of seafood juice every time I bit into the almost empty ravioli. I will say the desert was not bad. Overall I have been to this restaurant many of times the past for brunch and dinner and this by far was the worst experience at Trace I have ever had.

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CW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Mediocre food. Good wine.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Valentines Day dinner with my boyfriend. Every dish that we had was excellent and the ambience made us feel very special. We enjoyed our wine paring and each dish went perfectly with the select wines. I had the burrata, lobster ravioli and the chocolate strawberry cheesecake. The ravioli was delicious. Our server was named Austin, and he was very kind and attentive. We will be back next time we are in TX!

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VT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ordered the lunch special which included the appetizer, entree, and cookies. They gave us the check and we left, and that was when we realized they never gave us the cookies. The tomato soup was bitter - I think adding coconut milk would have gone a long way.

Having that said, they went out of their way to help my gluten-free and dairy-free friend find a suitable meal tailored to her tastes, which we greatly appreciate. She enjoyed her food, as did I, except I only could finish half of the soup because of how bitter it was. The service was very attentive. The place was clean and aesthetic.

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M
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A sometimes overlooked dining destination. It was easy to get a reservation on a Saturday night and it's location next to the ACL Live Moody Theatre makes it perfect for concert goers. The food was high quality and creative. Our server was excellent.

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SO
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Food was horrible. Got the $13 3 course lunch. Pasta was inedible, hard and unattractive.

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OT
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch, Bar Nosh, Breakfast and Lunch!

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Houston
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the W Austin and Trace Restaurant. It's Wineaux-Tastic!

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DL
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Trace used to offer interesting cuisine. On this visit, the food was bland and choices pedestrian. It was generic hotel food. The only thing that felt like fine dining were the prices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moment you are seating, you are greeted with a nice server and a glass of water immediately

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S
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious options would love it if they offered both veggie and a meat soup option.

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TL
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family brunch including a 3 year old. The Trace was perfect. Our server was friendly and helpful, delivering colors and a plastic cup right away. We had a wonderful time.

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LL
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary Nee Years

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We didn’t know when we made the reservation that the menu was limited due to it being NYE. Our options were to pay $75/person for the buffet, choose from 4 items on the menu, or try and find something last minute on NYE. If we had known all of this we would have eaten somewhere else but with it being NYE we didn’t really have a choice but to stay.

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WL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a busy New Year Eve's. Once things were sorted, we had a wonderful time and the food was great. Mgnt. was on top on everything.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, as was the service. I had the duck and my friend had the pork.

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UO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

There was only a pre-fixe menu that night. Our waiter seemed in a hurry to get our order—offered no information without being asked specific questions, and his answers were not very helpful. Then our second course came out before our first course. All is all, it was not bad, but simply quite disappointing for the price.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not worth it.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Christmas dinner with family

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our only complaint is with the waiter we had. He had a cast on his arm that partially covered his hand. When he would clear our plates he would stack them all together on the table before he picked them up. I can just imagine all the things that would be collected on that cast and transfer from table to table. I surprised that he was allowed to serve food with the sanitation issues of a cast.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and cocktails. Made for a great Christmas day event.

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve dinner

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