Trace - W - Austin

4.2
1154 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

TRACE's floorplan has been modified due to COVID-19 restrictions, and outdoor seating fills up quickly. We will do our very best to accommodate outdoor seating requests and ensure all of our guests have a safe and delicious dining experience.

Stop by for live music, DJ's, and weekend brunches.
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Experiences

  • Wednesday Live Music on Patio

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy Live Music Every Wednesday on TRACE's Patio
  • Live Music on Patio 6pm-9pm

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy Live Music on TRACE's Patio 6pm- 9pm
  • Valentine's Day on the Patio

    $85.00 per person

    Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2021

    4-Course menu on the Terrace under bistro lights will start with an amuse bouche of Baked Brie in puff Pastry, Roasted Heirloom Carrots. Choice of first course: Salad of asparagus, house made ricotta, golden beets, sherry vinaigrette Beef carpaccio, black olive, horseradish, Arugula, Cacio e Pepe Frico capers Choice of entrée: Bacon wrapped filet, crab fonduta, crispy Yukon potatoes, haricot verts Seared Faroe Island salmon, Risotto with peas and carrots, Carrot top pesto Roasted Royal Trumpet Mushroom, Creamy Farro Pasta, Sweet potato, Baby Vegetables Choice of Dessert: Chocolate Pandemonium Milk Chocolate mousse, dark chocolate meringue, chocolate Chantilly. Lemon Heaven Lemon mousse, sweet tart base, raspberry gelee.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1154 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Our experience was amazing!!!!! We had such a good time at the Dolly Pardon drag brunch. The only thing that dampened the mood was our waitress. She did not come to our table for 30 minutes upon arrival. When she finally did, she wouldn’t even speak to us. The only things that made it better were the support staff and entertainment. It was only a table for 2, so we were super easy and quick to order. Hoping she was just having a bad day? Aside from that, we had a blast and we’ll def be coming back for another fun brunch! Thanks Trace!!

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vipScott
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Unfortunately our Christmas dinner was quite bad. Seemed to be severely short staffed. We waited almost 30 mins to even get an order taken, and then drinks took another 20. After an hour and 15 mins a table that came in after us had appetizers delivered, and we had not received anything yet. I did go to management twice. They were very apologetic and offered a free round of drinks, unfortunately we weren't drinking... The manager did come by 2-3 times (after 2 hours) to apologize and offer more free drinks. Overall this was a 3 hour meal that was poorly serviced. To top it off, our dessert of choice was then sold out by the time we were ready. Top to bottom, poorly executed dinner. Food was good but for Prix fixe, I would have expected a lot more. I hope they have figured out what went wrong and can adapt. The staff seemed frazzled, so I am guessing it was a matter of not having enough people to service the tables booked..

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Moniqueh
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

To start, the reservation number to call if I was running late wasn’t working so my table was taken when I got there. The vallet was extremely rude(long haired white guy) not sure if it is because me and my boyfriend are black or because he’s just a rude person. But besides that the place is beautiful and the waiters and inside staff were great

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SteveM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Christmas Day dinner was ideal! I was solo this year due to COVID and kinda down in the dumps. The ambience was nice and there were only about 4 other tables. I sat on the covered patio that was I pleasantly covered in all white Christmas lights. My server (older with glasses also bartender) was great. Walked me through the entire menu and checked on me just enough. The busboy was a borderline server’s assistant. He was great-refilled my water, cleared my plates as soon as I was finished, and was always smiling. The butternut squash soup was charming and plated beautifully. The prime rib came out Medium Rare as requested. My only complaint was the potatoes being a little dry. I had the wine pairing for all 3 courses and they all paired nicely. The Chocolate Yule Log dessert was absolutely decadent. I walked away with a full stomach and some Christmas Cheer that wasn’t there a few hours before. I definitely recommend this spot for the solo diner on holiday.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Loved every minute of our experience there!

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vipErikkaS
San Antonio
26 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was very disappointed in this experience. I was taking My Best friend out for a birthday lunch and it was both of our first time here. The food was not good, pecan pie was so cold I couldn't cut it to eat it, and the server was not very attentive. We will not make a second visit here.

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MichaelW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The outdoor atmosphere was wonderful! It was so great to hear live music again.

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vipkens
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We reserved an outdoor table for the 3 course Thanksgiving dinner. Here is how it went:
- no outdoor table available (for us and other guests) so we settled for a table next to an open door. I had even called to confirm we would have an outdoor table.
- actual menu was not the exact same as online.
- meets had definitely been prepared hours before.
- portions were small.
- nothing was hot (including the soup).
- service was adequate.

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SusanF
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and their recommended wine pairings were on point and added a fabulous dining experience.

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Chachi
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner inside. The food was innovative and delicious and the staff was very attentive. It was a relaxed and comfortable dining experience.

JJ
vipJohnJ
Dallas
101 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Trace opens at 7am for breakfast and we arrived at 7:20am (7:30am reservation). They are the only breakfast option for the W Hotel in Austin, where we stayed (and breakfast was included in our rate). We were the first in the restaurant for the morning. We were seated at a nice table inside, overlooking the patio. Then someone started sweeping up with a broom all around us, with dust flying in the air. Why was he doing this with customers and why wasn't it cleaned before it opened for the morning - esp with COVID going around? Service was poor. We waited for long stretches without any understanding of why things were taking so long. My wife tried to alert the man behind the bar, who seemed in charge, and he acted bored, gave no apologies, and didn't thank her for bringing the issues to his attention. No wonder we were alone in the restaurant. We ordered Eggs Benedict and a side of sausage links (two small links for $5), which took 30+ minutes to arrive. Finally after about 20 minutes, the chef came out and apologized, letting us know there was a problem with the grill and brought some fruit in the meantime (nice gesture I guess, but we didn't want it). We thanked him and let him know we really appreciated the communication. It is no fun sitting in the dark wondering what is going on with your food. Once the Eggs Benedict and sausage was delivered it was cooked perfectly. However, my wife found some bone fragments in her thinly sliced ham. Mine was very good, however the side of pork sausage links didn't taste very good and was extremely greasy (stay away from the links). The eggs were perfect.

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vipJohnJ
Dallas
101 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

They were shorthanded due to COVID it seemed based on the way our waiter was rushing around all night at dinner. Our server in the outdoor area seemed stressed and was not very personable. They may have forgot our entrée order, as there was a huge time gap between our salad and our entrée with no sign of our waiter or our meal. Finally it came without apology for the wait or explanation. It also came differently than ordered on the menu. My wife had the roast chicken breast, but it came with an entire half chicken. It did not have the broccolini or fingerling potatoes as the menu described for the dish, but instead had sautéed spinach and some kind of serrano brown and white rice. At this point we just going to made do vs. risking sending it back. I had the Salmon and while it was a very small portion, it was cooked to perfection and delicious. For desert we tried the pecan pie, one of my favorite deserts normally. Their pecan pie tasted like pure sugar and molasses. We could not eat it being so sweet. The homemade ice cream on the top was very good and luckily disguised the two tastes of the pie we had. Another lengthy wait to get the bill and we were back to our hotel room in the W. On the positive, the food was very good and they have a very nice outdoor patio atmosphere to dine, which we enjoyed.

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CULEH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The server took 15 minutes to even get around for our drink order. The place was good, just not a "dinner date night" kind of place. Probably much better for the brunch or lunch hour crowd.

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vipMikeS
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Disappointed in our first post-Covid visit to Trace. Used to be one of our favorite spots in Austin, but menu is much more limited.

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vipBrianL
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for a friends 37th birthday. The music was fantastic, food was great and the service was the best. We all highly enjoyed our experience.

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AmandaT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I was warned not to have dinner at Trace due to the service and food but figured the advice I was given was just a bad experience. Sadly it was true.

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ScottL
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Limited menu and they must be in need of a new head chef because nothing was really good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The DJ really set the mood for the night !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I reserved an outside table weeks in advance to watch live music. When I arrived they sat me outside... but put me behind a concrete wall so I couldn’t seen anything. I am also currently handicapped with a broken foot and they refused to switch my table to one that is more conducive for my handicap and viewing purposes. They manager was extremely rude and stubborn even though there were 6 open tables he could have sat me at. I was very disappointed by the whole experience and will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

We used to come here all the time and they tripled the prices on mimosas, the service was awful, they charged us for food we never got, and the actual food was terrible quality compared to before. I don’t know what happened but we won’t be coming back. Such a shame we used to go almost every weekend.

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happymeal
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

We have been going to the W Hotel lounge for many years on Friday evenings. Trace has been our Friday night option in the COVID 19 world. The patio is perfect for an outdoor option. (We typically go for cocktails and not for dinner.)

Service is great! It’s not too crowded. We recommend it for the atmosphere and the service.

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Ryan
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Always look forward to the drag events (e.g., bingo, brunch, etc). Vylette Ward puts on a great show and makes it fun for all.

Drinks are good but a little pricey.

Menu for food and drinks don’t change often (if at all, which isn’t great).

I ordered the steak and was so disappointed. Took about 2 bites and didn’t eat anymore. Was supposed to have duck fat fries. These were not fried in duck fat and tasted like they came out of a bag of frozen fries from the grocery store. The whole meal was quite awful.

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vipAustinCharmed
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoy dining al fresco surrounded by plants and flowers. Our gazpacho was delicious and the chilled fruit was an unusual twist. My spinach and arugula salad is one of my favorites. The lemon dressing IC creamier and the balsamic drizzle is perfection. My husband’s go-to is the flavorful pulled pork tacos which are just the right size for lunch.

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vipTheLu
Poconos
36 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect socially distanced get together

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful place for date night with some music

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kim1
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun to get together with friends and listen to live music outside. However, we got there at 5 and unfortunately only heard 4 songs even though the singer was promoted as performing from 4-6pm.
She talked a lot, took a 10 minute break and ended her performance at 5:45. That was disappointing because we chose to go there to hear live music. Maybe from 4-5 she performed more songs?

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TammyD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Food was okay, nothing to rave about.
My “salad” was pretty much an unripe fruit salad with vinaigrette dressing and 3 shrimp for $25 Server was very nice but other than that we won’t be back.

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MayB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had a poor experience at Trace. Our waiter was neither attentive or friendly. The food was way overpriced for the quality. Someone in our party had some dietary restrictions that were clearly communicated and the order was still incorrect. Everything should have been better considering we were one of three tables that were being served. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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vipSandym3
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Very disappointed! Service and food by what it use to be. DJ music was too loud. Disappointing eaving.

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RobertS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was extremely average at best, and for the prices they are asking that's not acceptable in my opinion.

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vipEmilyW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Beautiful patio with live music. Good/average food, very poor service considering price.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great Wednesday night out in town!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a ladies brunch outside. The live music was fantastic, location great and private, food was wonderful and the service was fast and personal. We will definitely be back!

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happymeal
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
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
6 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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Trace - W - Austin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 542-3660.

Trace - W - Austin is rated 4.2 stars by 1154 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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