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About Trace - W - Austin

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.

200 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern, Organic

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

Cross Street:
2nd Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(512) 542-3660

Website:
http://www.traceaustin.com/

Entertainment:
Live DJ music during Saturday and Sunday Brunch

Catering:
Onsite catering available for restaurant buyouts, weddings, etc.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for $9 per car with validation (3 hour maximum time limit).

Public Transit:
W 2ND ST & LAVACA ST

Executive Chef:
James Zoller

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Community/culinary events throughout the year. Check our profile and website for details.

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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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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.

Trace - W - Austin Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Great for Brunch (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
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Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Happy Hour (9)
People Watching (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Fun (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Scenic View (3)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Authentic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
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Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sit outside, inside lighting is “DINER BRIGHT”

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Was looking for a cute place downtown to have a little date night. We needed a last minute reservation and Trace was one of the first few places on the list. The location was great and the atmosphere was perfect for a slightly more upscale evening than we are used to. The food was delicious! We started of with the formage plate which was fantastic and perfect for a little something before the main course. I had the coffee braised short rib and my boyfriend ordered the salmon. My plate came with some peppers mixed into the vegetables and I had to chug my water, but the flavors were well-balanced. Service was excellent and prices were pretty high compared to our usual dinner dates, but was expected.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Delicious!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent! Very comfortable and friendly.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We had dinner there prior to an ACL Live taping. Outside table, great people-watching. Excellent burger!! And service. The only negative was the large table of out-of-towners sitting next to us who'd never heard the cacophony of grackles at dusk before. One woman kept clapping loudly to hush them -- she was much more intrusive than they were. Otherwise, a lovely meal!

Tags: Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I ordered the crab cakes. Which didn’t taste fresh. I was most disappointed!
Otherwise, we sat outside it was a cool, lovely evening and the service was adequate/ good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was disappointing relative to Austin standards

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I can't believe I've never been here. The weather was perfect for outdoor seating. The atmosphere is great - you can enjoy people watching on the street and the cool lights come on in the trees at dusk. Service was casually slow, but the server was personable and knowledgeable about the menu. I can be a picky eater and she knew how to answer my questions and guide me to a good choice for me. I had dinner with a co-worker. We both had the onion soup and agreed it needed a bit of salt. I had the salmon, which was plated beautifully and very good. I also tried the mushroom risotto, which was cooked perfectly (not mushy) and had great flavor. They have a great cocktail list - I think I may be in love with the Fall O Tov Cocktail and am going to try to duplicate it at home! And although their wines by the glass menu is small, their selections have a decent representation of varietals and wine regions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I was visiting Austin on business and this was one of the choices on my to do lists. My friend and I made reservations for Brunch on Sunday.. We were greeted by the lovely hostess. Our Serve was Chandella. She happen to be a Breath of Fresh Air and treated Us as such that made the whole experience as Trace a pleasant one. The food here is incredibly delicious. The chefs know what they're doing at this restaurant..

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Live Sports, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

NATHAN AT THE BAR IS MY BFF

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It took 10 minutes to get water and 15 minutes to get a server. Once we got a server, she was great, but hard to overcome that awful start. We nearly walked out. The food was good though.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Love this place! Great for a pre-ACL Live concert as they offer a 20% discount for ticket holders! Unique menu and great drinks.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We went for our Anniversary & loved it!
The service, food & ambiance was great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent place to dine!

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Horribly overpriced. I asked for a vegetarian meal they suggested a salad that they would make from scratch. It consisted of romaine and bibb lettuce, one Roma tomato cut in half, 5 slices of a cucumber, and 4 green beans, price $22

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Perfect place to eat and have a lively cocktail before show at ACL Live. Nice ambiance and our server, Mary, was great. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Zane was an excellent waiter. We’ve had him as a waiter before also. Food was great. Perfect for a dinner or just drinks and appetizers before a concert at acl

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food and atmosphere, a little noisy but fun n!

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This is our second time eating at trace. Both times we have been floored! We ate brunch, the mimosa pitchers were delicious. My wife had smoked salmon and bagel crisps. I had the "el Gordo" sandwich. Our friend had duck chilaquiles. All three were cooked perfectly and came out quickly. We were celebrating a birthday and our waiter provided a slice of cake for the birthday girl. We indulged in a kahlua cinnamon roll afterwards. We decided to eat outside so that our dog could come. The waitstaff was very accommodating and even gave our pup some dog safe ice cream. The restaurant had a DJ playing and he did a great job. Overall we left extremely happy and extremely full! Great job!

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 4, 2017

AMAZING, IT WAS MY FOLKS WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AND BECAUSE OF YOU ALL , IT WAS A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE......MY ONLY SUGGESTION, "have props on table to add a touch to whatever the occasion may be" !!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I very much enjoyed my time here, the outside area was beautiful and the food was really good. The prices are ok for small portions..

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Nice outdoor seating, comfortable seating and pleasant decor inside. Friendly staff, delicious cocktails.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Loved Trace's vibe! The perfect place for Sunday brunch. Unlike many other restaurants downtown in Austin, it was diverse, the food was great, $1 mimosas were a great addition to the amazing food and service was top notch. This is my new spot for Sunday Brunch!

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Sadly, this is not a great review. We visited for Sunday brunch and ordered the Trace Migas (sadly, dry and not flavorful), the Lavaca omelette (the braised beef and sauce were too strong for a morning omelette) and the Boston Creme French toast (the French toast was fried and fairly greasy and the chocolate sauce was gritty and left us clearing our throats for half the afternoon). We also ordered the El Gordo, which was quite tasty (although we would leave the challah bun off , or request it to the side).

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Always a fun time going to Trace! I had been before, but this night I took my boyfriend for his birthday, and he had never been. Always fantastic service and atmosphere- our date was perfect in every way and Trace made our experience one for the books. Thanks again!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Went for breakfast and enjoyed the fruit salad which was a mix of pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. There was a really delicious red berry coulis and lemon curd on the plate also.

Also ordered the migas and while the dish tasted good, it was unlike any migas I have ever had before. That's not necessarily a positive or a negative comment, it just doesn't really seem appropriate to call it migas when there was nothing about it other than scrambled eggs that's similar to traditional migas. The flavor was really good and it had some zucchini and other vegetables in it but it was topped with so much cheese I had to push 80% of it off to the side to enjoy the dish.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Trace never disappoints! This is our go to default restaurant because the food and service are always exceptional! And at a good value!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Trace was convenient - good service and good meal. Great for a business lunch where you can hear the conversation and not be rushed.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Bar Seating, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Fantastic as always... great food and service. Sunday brunch is solid. We live going for happy hour, too.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Enjoyed the carafe of mimosas. We shared several small plates, which were good. Would come back again for brunch.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We had a great time, but the server wasn't well informed about gluten free and was a bit absent-minded.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Enthusiastic spot-on service. Excellent cocktails. Lovely ambiance and food presentation. Fresh, interesting flavors. Bonus fun painting hidden in the walkway between the restaurant and the W hotel. Pricey after-dinner coffee, but a refill followed, so...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Love the vibe, menu & music at Trace Service definitely lacking, became a little frustrating having to get our own water, ask someone to find waiter so we could order, etc Maybe one server for Sunday brunch Hopefully management can work on the service, it is our "go to" place :)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and had an absolutely wonderful experience. This is a go to restaurant for us because of my Celiac disease and accompanying food allergies. I made a reservation and outlined my dietary needs. The wait staff and Kitchen had read the note and when we arrived had a couple options that the chef could prepare for me that met my needs. It was wonderful to have a real restaurant experience. It made our anniversary all the more special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Celebrated my wife's birthday. They spoiled her! Fabulous in all regards. Food was wonderful with unusual ingredients which we loved. Our waiter Zane was outstanding.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food is great. Very pricey, so I would only go on special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We enjoyed Sunday lunch with our daughter who was driving through Austin on her way home to Dallas. Our server was pleasant, knowledgeable, and attentive. The food did not disappoint - it was delicious!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Love Trace. This time, for lunch, I tried the Grilled Kale salad. While the flavors were wonderful, the kale, which was left in large pieces, was IMPOSSIBLE to cut - even with a sharp knife! And it was also very difficult to chew. I was very tasty and looked beautiful... but way too much work - especially during a business lunch! I would suggest the kitchen chop the grilled Kale before serving.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Went before a concert at The Moody Theater/ ACL. Not only is it right next to the Moody Theater, it is a nice blend of inside / outside seating. We sat inside on one of the cool moon shaped high back bench/chairs.
Service was good. I was impressed that the server noticed we ordered only one entree and split it into two plates. Nice touch!
The ambience for two people was excellent.
The food was good - it felt like it was more about presentation than quantity (not necessarily a bad thing). Hangar Steak, Tiger Bread and the Tomato "salad". It was an enjoyable evening and would come back again.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great food, excellent drink menu. Fun evening! And right next door to the ACL Moody Theater. We sat outside and had a great time!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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