Trace - W - Austin

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$31 to $50
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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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Waiter was awful, took over an hour to get our check. Food was sub par. Drinks were amazing. DJ Mike Swing was amazing.

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happymeal
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We go to the W Hotel regularly on Friday evenings for cocktails. We are regulars and do this as a predictable activity each week.
The service is great and we have transferred our Friday evenings to Trace given the closure of the main bar due to Covid 19 shut downs.
We highly recommend Trace as a great venue for patio seating in the evenings!

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NancyP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is five star. Delicious and presentation on point.

The entertainment of Zac Wilkerson ACL Live was mesmerizing adding the perfect complement to the ambience of the patio and outdoor dining experience.

The customer service was excellent. Staff gracious, attentive, and knowledgeable.

Highly recommend!

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kim1
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the live acoustic performance while we were dining. The food was excellent. The salmon dishes were beautiful as well as tasty. The mixed drinks were refreshing and unique, with a little bit of spice. The outdoor space is calming and green too. Basically everything was perfect including the service.

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SheilaG
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fun atmosphere!
Good for outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and food

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vipJo308
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Came a few weeks ago for music happy hour and had a terrific time- hence most of the ratings.

Booked an outside table (2 weeks in advance) for same event on 9/30 - used booking option for outside table. (It was presented as seating type to select ie not just a request). Arrived with puppy and told we’d be seated inside and they just considered the outside booking as something they might do. Even without a pup we are only choosing to eat outside right now
Told probably 30 min additional wait - no promises. Not given any options RE where to wait, get a drink etc. we left.

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KayFab
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service and food were great, ambiance was amazing. Perfect getaway from 6th st.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Very nice outdoor seating, busy night service was 8/10

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vipJackieD
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Terrible service. Food served cold. Slow.

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emily
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had reservations but had to wait 30 minutes to get seated. Once we were seated we waited an additional 45 minutes and were never even greeted by a server or offered a drink. We ended up leaving and going down the street.

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VICTORIAH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. The quality of the food for the price is great. Definitely one of the best Bloody Marys I’ve had. I ate there twice during my stay in Austin, my chicken was a little dry on my first visit, but they replaced it instantly and the do-over was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
53 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch, although limited on the options

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to brunch and the service was great, the waiter sanitized the chairs and tables every time the people left.
Food was great and drinks.

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charlie
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service provided by Jacob was excellent and the patio seating was perfect. We were disappointed by the very limited menu. My wife had the braised shortrib which was good. My NY strip steak was tough. Neither was worth the price. So service and setting met our expectations. The food did not.

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TimmO
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 second time in 2 weeks.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service and delicious drinks!

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TimmO
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing for sure.
Everyone was super nice.

Didn’t like how they had paper menus and not a digital offering.

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AminG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

There was a fly in my drink. Replacement drink took 30 minutes and my date wasn’t served until later. Waiter confused the words “Bavette” and parfait and brought the wrong dish. Food took forever to arrive. Disappointing. Won’t be back

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience1

Open table gave us a reservation. Our family met in Austin for our daughter’s 20th birthday. When we arrived at the restaurant- it was CLOSED! Very disappointing.

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AndiR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious; prompt, covid-careful and courteous service and unique menu items! Love coming here when in town!

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viplongtimeAustinite
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a choice between sitting outside in muggy weather or inside in a room near the bar. We were the only ones there so very quiet but selection of dishes was only 3 and one was a steak. Nothing very interesting. Lobster filled tortilloni acceptable but dry. Trace used to be more interesting but not now. Just opening after virus shutdown so maybe that is the reason. Disappointed in the food and setting.

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vipMaryE
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was awesome! Friendly, welcoming, and attentive.

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vipMVT17
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, the right balance of attentiveness , nice small plates, try the cornbread & beets. Perfect place to grab a bite before ACL.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the atmosphere

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Keeana
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!!! My server, Ralphie was fantastic. Enjoyed the drag queen show too!

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SeanM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I was really looking forward to this reservation, as I traveled all the way from Temple, TX to Austin to enjoy this restaurant. As I arrived I wasn't even greeted as having a reservation because the place was not busy that early in the morning. The early morning cocktails were on point. As we waited we ordered the donut holes. After waiting for 10 mins, they waiter informed me they were doing beignets instead. I agreed and 15 seconds later they arrived by another server (go figure). When I bit into them they were undercooked and runny on the inside with uncooked dough. I also ordered the breakfast sandwich and asked for the egg to be cooked well done as to not be runny. When it arrived, it too was not prepared to order and came out runny. After addressing that issue I decided to leave and they did not charge me for the visit. I was very disappointed as I was really looking forward to enjoying this place after the many fantastic reviews it received.

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Jmichaelmarks
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great, food is excellent. Ordered corn bread and was brought corn dog bites instead. Not upset, they were very busy that day and an easy mix up for sure. They apologized and gave us the corn dogs free. And they were delicious. Can't be mad.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was great for Valentine’s, the food was ok, the price for the food was bit much. But the service and hospitality was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We went for Valentine’s Day dinner. The food was good but the service was very slow. We appreciated the quiet atmosphere

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TomT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience5

Keeping in mind we went there on Valentines day and expected it to be busy and more expensive, this small venue had excruciatingly slow service (we saw our waiter three times over two hours) and the food, while very well prepared, didn't make us want to try more of their menu.
A few issues:
-Our waiter, after we had finished our main course and were waiting on our last course for 20 minutes, asked if we had received our main course. (this was at about the 90 minute mark)
-Had to ask for a steak knife after our food was brought out (yes, the dish required it)
-Drinks were empty for 15-20 minutes before staff came by
The biggest issue I would like to point out is that this venue couldn't have had more than 30 tables to tend to, it's a tiny place, which made the slow and sometimes completely missing service even more obvious and painful. The table behind us asked for their desert to go because service was so slow, the table next to us hadn't received their main course as we left, and they had been there for a solid 50-60 minutes. Would I recommend Trace? No, unfortunately not. I've been on the other end of waiting tables myself, and could tell that most of the staff just didn't care.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

After 15 min minutes of waiting our hostess asked if we were ready to put food in. We told her we haven’t been waited on yet and we would like to order a drink. Our first plate on the valentines menu we sent back and proceeded to see many other couples send back as well. We had horrible service throughout and had a flat fee of $200 with 20% already included. The hotel valet attendant told us under 3 hours would be $15. We spent maximum 1 hour at Trace and were charged $25 for valet, “that is the cheapest price we have.” We will never be going back.

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ToddB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not impressed with the service or the food. We had a reservation on the evening of Valentines Day. We were seated promptly upon arrival and sat for about 10 minutes waiting for our server. We ended up asking the couple next to us what they had ordered (it was a limited menu due to it being a Valentine "event"). The first and second round of options were less then spectacular; grilled cauliflower and some kind of bland noodle concoction followed by foie gras. The main was much better (Monkfish and wild boar) but it took over an hour to get there. We ended up having to hurry through the main dish and inhale our dessert in order to make it out of there in time for a show nearby. With a limited menu I was very surprised that the food was so slow in coming out.

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vipMarkS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Although we had a great time, the meal and service had to be the most dissapointing experience that I have had in years. To start out, it was a set Valentines Menu with selections. The waitress did not explain all of the options and the middle course which we were looking forward to was not served. They served a VERY SMALL version of a charcuterie board a good while after we sat down. There were two tiny pieces of cheese which were good with a ham and I think a chorizo. There was a smear on the plate of something like a fisher weiser chipotle jam on the plate which we wish there had been enough to use paired with the meat and cheeze. They too forever to get our drink order. I could have understood this if we had not been the first couple seated and the restaurant was busy. Then there was a long pregnant pause before the bucatini cacio e pepe first course, which we should have sent back. It was well short of all dente, and was relatively tasteless. I make cacio al pepe all of time that would put that to shame on my worse days. They need to go two blocks down the street to Red Ash and take some lessons. Later we saw other people send in back. Considering the cost, the portion was minuscule. I had the oyster stew which was good but also a tiny taste with the bowl at maybe a 1/3 full. Service was not prompt. The main course was also bland and overcooked. It was a monkfish dish. I love monkfish. Prepared correctly, it has as sweet taste, almost lobsterlike. However their preparation was very rubbery and tasteless and again, we both could not figure out later why we did not send it back. I was starved by this time and just ate it. It was paired with the highlight of the entire meal which was the serrano infused version of a margarita as part of the tequila pairings. The desserts were just ok. Like the rest of the meal, they were disappointing. Not what I would expect. There must be at least 100 places better to eat in Austin!!!!!

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SamanthaS
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was not very good and expensive. Enjoyed time for valentines because I was with my love and ambiance was nice. Wine was good.

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viptamitchell07
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The happy hour section is freezing due to the AC vent right above and waiter wouldn’t turn it down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drag Queen brunch.... was super fun!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great ambience and service!

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viptamitchell07
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Happy hour sections freezing because of air vent shoving right over section.

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Trace - W - Austin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 542-3660.

Trace - W - Austin is rated 4.4 stars by 1121 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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