Trace - W - Austin

4.1
1179 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

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 1179 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.0
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
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66% of people would recommend it to a friend
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carolb77
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Service was slow and food not all that great. Ambience outside iwas good with music and all, but overall not great food.

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vipmaryt
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Nice space but food and service was average. Hotel pricing

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vipApril
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food1service1ambience1

Honestly the worst meal I’ve had in a while.

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Jakeb
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Great patio and live music, food is over rated and took far to long to come out. Steak was mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with great food and live music. Loved it.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Nice to be outside with live music. Food was really good, although a bit pricy

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Haven’t been here in a while, don’t think I’ll be back. Service was terrible-15 min after arrival to even get water or a drink... food was flavorless, iceberg lettuce and dried up chicken? No thanks, try again!

NH
NHtravler
New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. It took a while for the waitstaff to find us. Glad part of our party was late. But seemed forever to get water and coffee. However once we were found (in the middle of the dinning room) the service was fine. Though everything came at once and the table then seemed very small for all the large plates for apps and entree.

LB
vipLisaB
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of my first dining experiences since being vaccinated. Absolutely beautiful evening for outdoor dining. I’ll be returning.

KB
KristiB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

we reserved a breakfast time slot, only to show up and find out they're not open for breakfast. why did we have that option?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Service was very slow and not great. Very understaffed...they also forgot to bring out a birthday dessert as requested.

Live music and vibes were amazing though.

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vipfabianag
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food, ambiance and Service were great. I just think it’s too expensive for the tiny portions

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the outdoor setting and food and service was good

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SylvanaC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the staff is always so pleasant. The food is awesome :)

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Service and drinks were very good. We had the lobster grilled cheese sandwich and would definitely recommend it.

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vipAlex
Austin
26 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food. Great weather. Nice patio.

ML
vipMikeyLikesIt
San Antonio
26 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

I’ve been going to Trace since the very week that it opened and I lived up the street. We stay at the W often as well. This weekend things were great and we had some of my old friends join us for brunch at Trace because I wanted to introduce them to my new wife. I survived a kidney transplant last year and have had quite a rough few years as a result of combat issues from the Marine Corps. Things were good until the drag show started and the poor quality sound system was used where they were yelling so loud that we couldn’t hear each other talk. It was incredibly annoying.
We all have no issues with a drag show and we’ve been to many but we expected Trace to be a peaceful place to meet and catch up with friends for brunch and not an2nd rate drag show. It was horrible and ruined our brunch and frankly, ruined what was an otherwise awesome weekend there.

NF
NancyF
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

the server must of been real busy doing something else, because he only checked on us every 10-15min. it took really long to get drinks out, And they were out of a few items on the menu.

JW
vipJWtx
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Sunday brunch visit. Restaurant about 3/4 full. Slow, indifferent service. Food took over 45 minutes to arrive once ordered. It's not what it once was, and dissapointing for a W property.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was one of the worst going out nights in years
Service did not arrive for 20 minutes
Drinks took longer
Place was half full and table full with dirty puked up plates
When drinks did come they were half full and they forgot one guests as we were a 4 top
Appetizers late and wrong - a 5 year old could have made what did arrive - I could go on and on it was so bad - thank goodness the company was good .. we literally had to go eat another dinner it was so bad because the venue is cool - but it was just bad!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I’m not sure if they overbooked or were short staffed for Saturday brunch but it did take about 30 minutes to be seated even though I had a reservation. I work in the service industry so I did not mind the wait. There was 4 people running the whole restaurant and they did a GREAT job. They were so patient and kind. The food was delicious and the mimosas were such a deal!

AN
AlecN
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I took my sister and her boyfriend here for an early Sunday dinner based on the reviews on Open Table. We loved that it was dog friendly and we could get a table last minute.

The food: We ordered one of each of the main items: a burger, a steak, salmon, and a half chicken.

The burger and salmon were good and got great reviews. The chicken was pretty good but not amazing in my opinion - tasted a little bit like it had been sitting out for awhile before it was served to me.

The steak was the trouble. It was served without the chives and without the peppers it said it came with. So it was kind of just the meat and potatoes - literally. My wife asked for it to get fixed and they brought out a small side of chives and offered brussel sprouts on the side. It was a bit troubling that they didn't mention to us that they were missing the peppers before we ordered or take responsibility for the missing items on the dish. We suspect that there might have been a new chef the night we went.

Drinks: Cocktails were great - the old fashioned was exactly how I wanted it to be.


Ambience: The entire restaurant was completely empty. As in, nobody at the bar, nobody at any tables inside, and just us outside. To be fair had a 5pm booking on Sunday so not busy hours but I thought there'd be more.

Service: The waiter was definitely attentive and clean and kept his distance. Wish he said something about the missing items on the plate but a manager heard and came out with the brussel sprouts solution after my wife pointed it out to the waiter.

The best part was that they did go out of their way to bring a piece of chocolate cake out for my sister since it was a celebration. That was a really nice touch that made her feel really special.

Price: For 4 apps, 4 drinks, and 4 mains we spent about $250 including tip.

Not sure I'd go out of my way to go back but I was really happy they made an effort to make us happy.

AG
AndrewG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Service was slow at first. We asked about a heat lamp not in use to be moved. No was the answer. Then as we were finishing our overpriced meal, they brought the heat lamp to another nearby table.

TL
vipTheLu
Poconos
36 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First outing since covid vaccine! Fantastic in all ways!

KR
vipKylieR
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was great, service was excellent, and value was fair.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the Valentines Day dinner, and it was exceptional! We enjoyed every dish we received and the staff was on top of everything. ❤️ Even accommodated the area due to weather.

LC
vipLeilaniC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was hard to find but the food was great and I had the best chocolate ice cream ever there!

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samanab
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family brunch the food is tasty the service professional and loved the heat lamps on a chilly Austin Sunday we will definitely go back

CJ
vipCatJ
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

4 out of 5 choices we made in the menu were not available.
The music was so loud we couldn’t even carry a conversation. The point of having someone play during dinner is not to have a concert, it should be background music.
1/2 the items which came out were luke warm.

Just not a good night at Trace.

JW
JennW
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Trace over the weekend. Our server made sure to turn on two heaters so we would be warm enough eating outside. He was also very attentive throughout the meal, even catering to our children's requests for different menu items.

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vipHurpa
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Trace has a lot of work to do if they want to be successful. After 90 minutes, we had been served one mediocre, cold flat bread. The rest of the food (of what was still available on the already limited menu) came out after about 2 hours and pleads with the manager and another hotel employee. Other folks around us were getting equally frustrated by the limited staff.

Give someone more deserving your business.

TC
vipTylerC
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The band/performer that was advertised was not the person that was performing. We made reservations based on that show. Furthermore no management had any idea that that was posted incorrectly on your website.

FB
FormerBostonian
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our food was generally good, though we found the soup bland and the salad just good, but uninspiring. We did like the warm mushroom side dish, which arrived with our salads though we expected, by the name "side dish," that it would arrive with our entrees. When all these items arrived at once, the waiter promised to bring our entrees right away, as if we could wolf everything down all once. We did manage to hold off the entrees until we finished the dishes already served, though it took a couple of efforts, as he kept telling us that the fish would be there right away.

To the waiter's credit, after I finally stressed that we did not want him to hold our fish and bring it dried out, he did produce fresh entrees after we had finished our starters and the shared side dish. We liked and can recommend the salmon almondine and the blueberry chocolate cake. Unfortunately, however, the service generally felt awkward, like we had a new and untrained server.

NY
vipNoneYa
Dallas
55 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service & music!

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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
8 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

SM
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!

ES
vipErikkaS
San Antonio
27 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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Trace - W - Austin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 542-3660.

Trace - W - Austin is rated 4.1 stars by 1179 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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