Trace - W - Austin

4.5
932 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern, Organic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am
Sat, Sun 7:30 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Sun–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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(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 $10 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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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 932 People Are Saying
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JT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Meh. . .
The room has a run down look to it. Service is strictly third rate.

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ST
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I've been to TRACE tons of times and had a great experience but this time nothing was good about the experience. The service was extremely slow even though only a few tables were filled. There were lots of servers running around but the bar and kitchen were just really behind. My burger came out raw but it took so long to get it, that I didn't feel like sending it back and ate around the edges.

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L
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Local ingredients. Everything was fresh and well presented.

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s
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Due to my wife's garlic allergy the chef made a apecial appetizer of mussels without garlic. The dish was fantastic. She had the wrapped salmon and I had the crisp bass in red curry broth. Both dishes were beautifully served and amazingly good. For dessert we shared the pumpkin spice creme brulee which was about the best creme brulee I ever had. The service by Zane was perfect. Next time we are in Austin we are going back.

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VS
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our food was fine but I expected more from Trace's reputation and their prices. Our mussel broth was great but the mussels themselves were a bit overcooked. All the other dishes were fine but not as good as expected. Our waiter wasn't very attentive, maybe he was working in the bar area or such but never seemed to be around. All around I expected much more.

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JB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited Trace before an ACL concert. Went for Happy Hour. Prices were what you’d expect. Burger was small(left ½ the bun when meat was gone) but it tasted great - my only issue with the night!

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C
Austin
45 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Limited choice for vegan, non dairy, but chef accommodated is with some menu change and we enjoyed. Are there because of concert. Always love the ambiance.

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B
Toronto
83 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Even though I booked well in advance they were totally unprepared to seat our party of five which they squeezed into a pair of very small tables for two arranged back to back. The tarpped outside space where we were seated was like a Rain Forrest Cafe but with real screeching birds drowning out our conversation, they finally quieted down well after dark. I don’t recall ever being served a cider or an ale unceremoniously in a can before at any restaurant but that is what happened to two of my party.
The menu was a set price for three courses but yet we still had insufficient cutlery to eat dessert?
Salads and tarts in first course were rough around the edges but fine.
Main course of Turkey diner was just what we were looking for and made all of us happy.
Pecan tart was a overrun by too much rigid and untasty pastry and was not finished by anyone.
A tip of 20% was automatically added which seemed peculiar. I don’t think I have ever run into this anywhere.
Not fine dining but fine for a hotel I guess.

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KF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Thanksgiving dinner was amazing. Everything was delicious. The turkey was moist and flavorful. I am not a big fan of turkey, but even I enjoyed it. The three course menu had choices which included a smoked butternut squash tart my husband loved. The atmosphere was intimate and the wait staff was great. We will definitely go back.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoyable and delicious

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Not bad! Was a bit nervous due to the mixed reviews, but the main entree was good. I had a type of large tortellini filled with butternut squash. The pasta was toothsome, but not undone..I guess it could be called al dente. I added crab meat on top at the suggestion of the waiter, and it was delicious! The dessert sucked. I got it taken off my bill. The ambiance is gorgeous...not my taste, but I could see a girl who likes glamorous things loving this vibe. Maybe vacuum the velvet seat/couches. There was tons of dry skin on them...a huge turn off.

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Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet dinner with two friends. Our waiter-whose name happened to be Austin-was terrific. The food quality and presentation were top-notch, the desserts were fantastic. Would definitely go back

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Disappointed that no bread was served. For a French restaurant I was expecting a nice French bread.

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p
Dallas
59 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Have been here several times while visiting in Austin. Food is always good, service usually, great ambiance.

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NV
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We all had the strip. Wasn’t very good. The meat quality of the steak wasn’t the best. Ordered it medium rare and it was super chewy. Also, slow to get drinks. Waiter seemed overwhelmed. They also brought our entrees to us at different times and set the wrong food in front of each of person. We also couldn’t find the waiter for silverware so our guest had to get up himself and grab it from another table. Only good thing about this place is location before a concert at the venue next door.

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JD
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great brunch here. Everything from the food to service was top notch. Our only complaint is several bees kept dive bombing us! Luckily they easily moved us inside.

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CJ
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food on this visit was very disappointing. The burger was still good but other dishes not great. Service was excellent.

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W
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Very disappointed in the food choice. Description certainly doesn't match the plate that arrived. Omelette is buried under a pile of unkempt lettuce...for $17? Wait staff was over the top fantastic...Christopher did his best to make the most of our situation. He's a gem!

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M
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prometheus was an amazing server. We truly appreciated his hospitality and food recommendations! We went for the Britney Spears drag tribute during Sunday brunch and the food was amazing. I got the pastrami on rye Benedict, and my boyfriend got the Lavaca omelet. Both were absolutely delicious and flavorful! We will be back!

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SC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a few friends for the It's Britney Brunch - Drag Tribute. The servers were awesome and helpful with items on the menu. The place is very chic for friends and for a date night. It was pretty awesome overall. Love the gender neutral restrooms!

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DS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A truly excellent steak with terrific pistachio Mac and cheese topped off with an amazing mescal cocktail called The Nutty Mystic. Great service, a great singer/guitar player in the bar and right next to ACL...Clearly it could not have been much better

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PS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We came to Trace for a birthday. It was cold inside so we sat outside, it happened to be a nice night so that worked well. Our food was good except I ordered the short ribs and was told they cooked for something like 38 hours slowly. That could not be the case because they were not "falling off the bone" tender and they were kind of pink. I was disappointed in them, as I like them the way they were described - slow cooked and falling off the bone. Other than that our night was nice and we enjoyed the meal.

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C
Austin
65 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Kind of a bummer this time. We got the same thing as usual: fruit plate with lemon curd for me and Greek yogurt with fruit and granola for my guest. It wasn’t awesome.

I asked for no honeydew on my fruit plate. While it didn’t come with honeydew, it also didn’t come with strawberries or cantaloupe like it usually does. Presumably they kitchen had those items, as the child at the next table was given a bowl of strawberries. It also didn’t come with any lemon curd, which is the best part. What it did have was very overripe (to the point of mushiness/verge of rotting) raspberries and soured pineapple.

The yogurt for my guest was fine but the granola was soft, which isn’t the norm. Not sure if it was stale or just under cooked, but it wasn’t a great texture. The flavor was good though. Also, no strawberries or any type of melon for her, but she also got the questionable raspberries.

It seemed to take forever to get our meal, despite the fact that nothing had to be cooked, just assembled.

I’m sure we’ll return, but this time was a bust.

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BF
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time eating here and the food was delicious! Would definitely eat here again.

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B
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance great. Good food. Very attentive waitress. The “French toast” was actually banana bread, but whatever..everything was still tasty.

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AM
Minneapolis
51 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Somewhat surprised by this place as it had great lunch options with a good deal of creativity. Service was easily one of the best we’d had on this whirlwind business trip.

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BE
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was AMAZING! Highly recommend! Not just a regular hotel restaurant! So good!!!

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SG
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Austin. Made a last minute reservation here because it had at our preferred time. Food was delicious!

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CM
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent, Trace never disappoints. Service is tops, food is delicious, solid selection of wines and cocktails. Just a terrific place for a thoroughly satisfying dining experience.

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CV
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best Lunch value downtown Austin!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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Austin
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good but, given all the amazing dining options in downtown Austin, not outstanding. The drink menu and ambiance was great and proximity to Moody theater can’t be beaten. Would go again.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great eggs Benedict!

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LM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended before a show at ACL that is right next door during restaurant week. Our meals were delicious, half rack of ribs and corn risotto. Huge wine list and reasonably priced craft beer. Perfect! Pictured is an awesome dessert.

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K
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience in dining! The food was outstanding and the staff was attentive and went above and beyond! I can’t tecommend it enough. We will be back and look forward to it!

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MS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit to Trace in the last 12 months. One of my go to restaurants when I visit Austin. Service and Food are excellent. Always a great experience.

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M
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was tasty and service was attentive and polite. Portions are a good size and good dessert options.

I would definitely recommend.

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KM
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent but the waiter was not very attentive and it wasn't super busy. The restaurant was also pretty loud. I will give the restaurant another try because the food made up for it, but the Front-of-house needs work.

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A
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pride brunch

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