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Trace - W - Austin

4.5
856 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
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  • Business Meals
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern, Organic
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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: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Please contact the restaurant for private party bookings on Sunday evening
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Phone number
(512) 542-3660
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
James Zoller
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Catering
Onsite catering available for restaurant buyouts, weddings, etc.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
2nd Street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for $9 per car with validation (3 hour maximum time limit).
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Public transit
W 2ND ST & LAVACA ST
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Entertainment
Live DJ music during Saturday and Sunday Brunch
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Special events & promotions
Community/culinary events throughout the year. Check our profile and website for details.
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Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Enjoy TRACE in the most intimate setting. Reserve our private room for your next corporate, family, or special event. Combining modern art and ambiance with the farm-to-table approach of TRACE, your guests will be enchanted from the moment they sit down.

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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

What 856 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Service and food was amazing. The manager came by very briefly to pour wine but was oddly cold and brief. Otherwise, our waiter, Austin could not have been sweeter and the special bday dessert w my boyfriend’s name was a lovely touch. Great spot!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Awesome food and staff made our anniversary unique thanks

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Gurls night out friends from Mexico in town

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Best burger in town! Great service! Would recommend!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

My sister and I drove down from Houston to take my daughter ( a UT senior) out to a special lunch. We were driving back immediately. So naturally a lot depended on the lunch making a total of 6 hours of driving worthwhile. IT was most certainly not. Everything we had was tasteless - starting with a too garlicky pistachio dip, a greasy cornbread (which was the best of the things we had) and overbreaded fish tacos. Less hype about foraging and hunting in the promotional literature and more attention to taste would have helped.
Howver, The desert was prettily presented and tasty enough and the service was attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great location and atmosphere for a business lunch. A bonus that the food was delicious as well.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Didn’t eat much, but the food we had was fairly bland - short rib specifically.

Thanks.
Brian

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food and service were outstanding! Will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The common thread in the group was the food was just "ok" for the price. When you are paying more, you expect exceptional....

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great Service and Food

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went to Trace for Easter and it was great! All the dishes were loved by everyone and the service (Promethius was our waiter) perfect. Our first time to Trace and would go back again. I also have a nut allergy and they accommodated me without hesitating.

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1.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food was incredibly disappointing. The short rib was dry and cold, the bass did not taste fresh and the portion of sides/vegetables was minuscule and gross. The server and manager both tried to make things right and could not have been nicer, but we won’t eat there again.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Another nice brunch at Trace with family and our daughter's friend from college. (Our daughter wanted a nice Austin hot-spot for brunch and we chose Trace.) Good mimosas and a nice mix of food. The french toast was excellent as was the spinach salad. Migas were great too.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Such good food but some of the worst service in Austin.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

prometheus is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Delicious meal with great friends, exceptional drinks, and fabulous service

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had brunch and sat outside. The food quality is excellent as is the service. Background music (ACL around the corner) is noticeable, but not overpowering.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We went to see The Mavericks at ACL next door, so Trace kicked off our amazing night. Our DrinkyPoos , food and service were fabulous

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great happy hour. Excellent service and food. Love the patio.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We like going here. It is easy never too loud, and considering the location and quality the price is really a very good value.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I went to brunch and it was so much fun, the food was great, the service was great i loved it!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great place - really enjoyed the charcuterie / cheese board!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The octopus was spectacular! Creative twists on seafood.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Not my favorite.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Everything about Trace was great, but maybe reconsider if you have a party larger than 4. We had 8 and our check was not divided by who ordered what (nor were we asked at the beginning how we wanted to pay). I have to assume that this is policy, because our wait staff was excellent. Kind and attentive.

So, the last 30 minutes of the meal were us writing in pen on the back of the receipt what we all ordered. However, everything else about the experience was great.

So, Trace, please. Help people divide the check up before/during the meal.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Have brunched and dined several times at Trace in the past and have enjoyed the experience. However, on this occasion, Valentine's Day dinner, the fixed price dinner selections (table for six) were generally subpar.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our Valentines dinner was amazing! The steak and the desserts were the stars of the show! Definitely glad we picked Trace to celebrate valentines at.

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Was not that empresses with the restaurant, service was disappointing, especially not having a coat hanger when it was raining and freezing cold outside I was wearing a big fur coat and had no where to put it. Disappointing and unacceptable for the W hotel!

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was very good and perfect temperature. Server wasn’t all that professional-rolled her eyes at me at least once (I don’t think I’m a bad patron). When she delivered the check, she was all smiles. Maybe she was just not having a good day. I will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Always great, Hilary has set a great standard of awesomeness. Absolutely love the entire staff but Katie and Della is our ultimate fave

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

There was a live DJ and the atmosphere was kicking. Lots of energy and fun

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Sunday Brunch is just out of the world. Loved the DJ. Great ambience.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Fantastic meal and Service! Spare ribs were superb. Never had a bad or mediocre meal at Trace

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Phenomenal dining experience. Every menu item seemed to have been reinvented from the ground up -- both creative and delicious. Looking forward to going back!

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2.0Dined on January 21, 2018

We went for brunch, number one they’ve taken their best items like the shrimp and grits and the quail and waffles off the brunch menu. The waiter we had was horrible. He had a smart mouth and he just wasn’t hospitable. And when I didn’t leave a tip he came back and asked why I stiffed him his tip and he said it was rude. So Trace is definitely off our brunch list and we go to brunch every Sunday after church. We are know as the Brunch Crew. We post and give reviews on Facebook and Instagram.

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2.0Dined on January 14, 2018

The menu lacked healthy options and vegetarian options. The Duck Chilaquiles sounded wonderful but was, in reality, nacho chips with a few pieces of duck and one egg. Staff were wonderful in accommodating changes etc, but menu needs an update.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Service was great as usual, as was the coffee and mimosa's. Most of the small plates were good, except for the Boston Cream French Toast, which leaked frying oil every time you cut into it. The last time we dined at Trace, I don't remember this being an issue. I love the energy at this restaurant, but the music was a little loud this time. It was occasionally difficult to hear the person sitting next to you.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and nice staff. Good for out of town guests. Great prior to ACL show. ACL theatre is next door.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Very nice lunch special.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was great except dessert. Waiter didn’t seem to care that we didn’t like the dessert. But otherwise everything was great!

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