Trace - W - Austin

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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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OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time eating at Trace and they never fail me when it comes to brunch. The food is delicious, the drinks are great and the atmosphere is very energetic. We had a Lizzo themed brunch and there was an amazing DJ playing lots of great hits, coloring sheets that were Lizzo and ACL themed, a photo booth and funny tweets you could sift through and decorate your table with. This was a great time and can’t wait to return again.

KE
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space was decorated so fun! Food was great as well. Will definitely be back again.

ME
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Went to Drag Brunch to celebrate a friend's birthday and literally had the worst service of our lives. We were ready to throw down for drinks but we could NOT get a waitress to help us if our lives depended on it. We were able to get 1 round of drinks for a THREE HOUR SHOW - that's how horrendous the service was. Unreal at the lack of service - have truly never seen anything like it before. Such a shame as the Drag Brunch could be so much fun but not when you're begging to get a drink from the wait staff. Will never go back :(

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Hostess was incredibly rude and not at all accommodating when we asked to add an extra person. Totally understand it was a crowded day and tables were by reservations but come on...you can add an extra chair and not make a big deal about it. Our extra person wasn’t even eating. He just needed a place to sit at our table. It wasn’t until we said this was not up to the Westin’s level of service did she agree to get a chair but not without an eye roll and saying “Whatever” when she walked off. We weren’t trying to be difficult and the extra person was unexpected - he wanted to surprise his mom for her bday.
The waiter is what turned the whole experience around for us. He brought the extra chair with a smile and the rest of the service was exceptional.

LC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not worth the price. The staff were nice though.

AL
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

It was fine. Oddly empty given there was an event nearby and all other restaurants in the area were booked solid for times before the event. The food was fine. During dinner our service was actually outstanding, My main complaint is after dinner. We went to get our car from the hotel valet (Trace is in the W), and no one told us we needed to have our claim ticket validated to get a discounted rate. It was a hike back to the restaurant from the valet in 100 degree heat. It just would have been far more professional for Trace’s host or even our server to ask if we had valeted our car. Even the valet who took our car could have told us when we said we were eating at Trace. Just a lack of service you’d expect from the W. Truth be told, it’s kind of a hipster hotel, so maybe they are just used to most of their customers using Uber, lol.

RB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good vibe for Sunday Brunch. I had great service don’t pay for parking in Sunday’s because they are all free. You can get a token at the lounge which is close to the hotel

D
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Such an odd place. Quiet and peaceful to start Sunday brunch only to turn to deafening questionable music at decibels a rock concert couldn’t achieve. The food at this place, like most anything else associated with a W Hotel, strives mostly to be trendy while merely succeeding in being overpriced. The green chili jalapeño hash was loaded with very hot jalapeños, but little hash all of which could have fit on one of the dainty halves of cold overly moist toast. The mimosas didn’t involve fresh orange juice of any kind and were served in tiny glasses Barbie would have appreciated in her doll house. I can’t say the meal was bad, because the sample sizes we were served seemed at least okay overall. But there is so much better in Austin that is both memorable and a better value without destroying your hearing or the mood with what they claimed was music.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good. Very good.

AP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was extremely slow. It took almost 20 minutes for someone to come by. We waited it out because at least our waters were filled and we weren't in a hurry. Tables that were sat after us got their food and drinks before us. I thought the price of the drinks were fair and the food was good but nothing to write home about.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed the foos. The service was slow and disorganized. Kudos to the waiter for getting our complicated order right without taking notes. We were disappointed that the manger would not let us expand our reservation to 6 when the restaurant had plenty of room the entire time we were there. The host tried to help but the manger would not budge.

KA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really yummy restaurant with outdoor seating (dog-friendly). Went for brunch and it was 5 stars.

P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended, if you want a chill place to have some great food, awesome service and wonderful music, check out the patio.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was engaging and helpful and the food was great!

BW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The dinner was enjoyable except our entrees took too long to arrive. We were told that their kitchen was "slammed" and they apologized. We will try again at some point. Food was really good, just not worth the long wait.

PO
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for restaurant week prix fixe menu. Very well produced and presented. Highly recommend.

TL
Poconos
30 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I had in my open table account the status
"I like outside seating when the weathers fine". It was over 100 and our table was outside. They tried to find something else but couldn't do I took it because I had event tickets. It was too hot and went I to abandon the table and leave and they found a table I. Aniya mi Ute.
I have erased that comment from my status but this is the first time ever this has happened.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, TRACE delivered in every way! Amazing food, delicious cocktails & wonderful service (thank you Mary!!)

OT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Food was very disappointing, drink specials were strange and poor tasting, however the atmosphere was beautiful even with heat. Super fun atmosphere that the hotel set up for a drag brunch for Pride. I just wish the service and food were up to the usual W standard.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the Cauliflower soup, Shishito Peppers and the crab cakes... everything was excellent! My server was very attentive!

F
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. Ordered the quinoa breakfast bowl, and for $20 was served dry quinoa with avocado, a few sliced grape tomatoes, a few pieces of arugula, and a poached egg. There was a small drizzle of balsamic on the egg, but other than that, it was without seasonings. We were more than halfway through our meal before the waiter stopped in to check on us. Too many choices in Austin to recommend this spot.

DW
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waitress Mary was outstanding. The Manager stopped by to check up. The Redfish was fabulous but the tenderloin was much tougher than one would expect. It was a celebration for a 60th Wedding Anniversary and a birthday and Trace handled that very well.

C
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trace is one of my Austin favorite places for a delicious and festive brunch! I love the outside patio - even in the blazing hot Austin summer - it's just so cool. The DJ's are always great and play energetic yet appropriate music for all to enjoy. I'll be back next week!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress is the best ever. We’ve had her before and she always goes above and beyond her duties and our expectations!!
I think her name is Elli, I know she’s from Honduras! She’s the best!!!!❤️👌🏼

BM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the outdoor patio and our server was amazing!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prometheus is the best ever !!!!!

B
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Trace is a lovely place to eat. We sat outside in a very attractive garden-like setting. The service was delightful and very attentive. The only thing I did not like was that my perfectly cooked steak (medium rare) and perfect potatoes were so SALTY ! I had to take it all home and wipe all the salt off before eating it. It’s such a shame to see high quality food ruined by over-seasoning. I’ve noticed this in other good restaurants in Austin as well....

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Tomahawk pork chop was too salty - informed waitress and she said cook said they just placed in marinade - did not take it off the bill for horrible meal. Overated dining experience.

TW
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I might recommend Trace if the quest is for ambiance and good service. Both were well above mark. However, the food was "good" at best. For the price paid, I would expect excellent.

MS
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Especially enjoy small plate items on the menu. Great food and great wine selection. This trip we visited for brunch. Great experience.

AZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is not under $30 per person. It’s about $50 per person.

JE
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was meh. Not that good and over priced.

VM
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love the W & Trace! Have been a guests for years, it's my go-to for awesome events & atmosphere.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The live music was great. Made it very romantic and the food was awesome. Start with small plates and share the entree. You will be full! Very tasty

B
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We split the romaine lettuce salad and beef medallion entree. Both were excellent. A shout out to our server - can’t remember her name. Also, the vodka cocktail I had was great. Our server said it was the most popular one.

SM
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for dinner. Menu is not very large but food is outstanding. Ambiance is also great. Highly recommended. Parking conveniently available in garage just across the street.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice day experience and food was great and fresh. Drinks were good too.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Server seemed busy and very inattentive... we waited too long between courses, for drinks, for dessert, to ask for check, etc... Restaurant wasn’t full so couldn’t understand why we felt neglected at times.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a phenomenal brunch at Trace. Incredible service, lively fun vibe and absolutely amazing food. My boyfriend and I thought every ingredient was thoughtful and every bite was delicious. We shared the quail and grits, crab avocado toast and duck huevos rancheros. We are both foodies and thought this was some of the best food we've had in Austin. Highly recommended.

OT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was mediocre and service was poor. I would never recommend this place or eat here again.

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