Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.18mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.21mi
  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.18mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.21mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.18mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.21mi
  1. Distance: 0.07mi
  2. Distance: 0.18mi
  3. Distance: 0.20mi
  4. Distance: 0.21mi

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
View Larger Map

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.

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

Details
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

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
See All
Great for Brunch (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
People Watching (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fun (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Romantic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (2)
Authentic (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Sort by
S
808 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Austin)·Dined 3 days ago

Trace is a great restaurant to visit before going to ACL Live. The food was good and the appetizer small plates are generous portions. While I enjoyed all our food, the shrimp and grits were my least favorite. They were still good, but not as good as everything else we ordered. The restaurant also has a great win selection by either the bottle or glass and the waiters are very knowledgeable about the wine and food parings.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was delicious, service was fantastic, atmosphere was fun without being too noisy. Hip place with grown-up food. A little pricey, but we left feeling very satisfied. Great proximity to Moody Gardens Theatre - perfect place for a meal before a concert.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Austin)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I had the fish tacos which were excellent. I preferred them on corn rather than flour tortillas and they readily accommodated me. Excellent service.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Austin)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Best staff in Austin

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Given a generous expense account, Trace would impress an important client. However, Austin offers several much less expensive alternatives that deliver impeccably prepared and presented dishes in elegant settings served by graciously attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. Great place for wanna-be 'one percenters'.

Tags: Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value2

 
·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving day finding parking near the hotel/restaurant was a nightmare. Lots of people were walking everywhere for the Turkey Trot.
We brought cash for the valet but, roads around entrance were blocked. Parked at a public garage a few blocks away. $13 for one hour.
I would like to have been emailed directions on how to reach the entrance around the blockades.
Food was a bit over salty.
Cocktail: Burning Bush was delicious!! Nice atmosphere for a date or to enjoy a signature cocktail.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

They were so kind and accommodating for my grandson and our group and wonderful dinner service after. Could not ask for better experience!!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sit outside, inside lighting is “DINER BRIGHT”

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Delicious!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent! Very comfortable and friendly.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience5
service5
value1

 
 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was disappointing relative to Austin standards

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience1
service2
value2

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

NATHAN AT THE BAR IS MY BFF

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service2
value3

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Miami)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent place to dine!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service4
value1

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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..

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·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).

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service2
value2

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service2
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.