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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.
Austin, TX 78701
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live DJ music during Saturday and Sunday Brunch
Onsite catering available for restaurant buyouts, weddings, etc.
Valet parking is available for $9 per car with validation (3 hour maximum time limit).
W 2ND ST & LAVACA ST
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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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
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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..
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!
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!
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).
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!
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.
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 :)
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