Trace - W - Austin

4.5
901 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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: 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
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Phone number
(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 $9 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, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/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 901 People Are Saying
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CM
Austin
6 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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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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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
7 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
7 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
10 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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Austin
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pride brunch

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F
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has a good atmosphere but the food was not very tasty and well over priced for the portion of food including the dessert.

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CE
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

We were the only table dining in the restaurant at 7pm on a Saturday. That was a red flag. The corn bread was great, burger was fine, and the peach glazed ribs were terrible. These ribs ranked as one of the worst things I’ve ever seen served at a restaurant. When they arrived in front of my husband I knew they were going to be dry. They looked like beef jerky and there was no glaze to speak of. When he bit into one, it was so tough I heard a cracking noise and it took all his force to tear the meat away from the bone and I could literally hear it tearing like jerky. I’ve never seen ribs so tough especially in a city proud of it’s BBQ. Normally, we don’t send back food, but these ribs fell way below acceptable so we had to say something. The waiter and manger were great and removed them from the bill. I see no reason to ever go back.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Friends birthday brunch

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RH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service.Food was remarkable.the restaurant and bar offer exceptional AUSTIN

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AC
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch and happy hour selection is A+. Recommend the donut holes at brunch. We will be back soon.

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j
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the room very laid-back service was good and my dishes were very good. The Mac n cheese was really tasty. Drinks were refreshing I had the jalapeno tea. Would go back for sure it doesn't hurt being right next to ACL.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Meet a new friend

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesom

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday, was lovely.

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O
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The crab cake was uninspiring, difficult to tell how much crab was in it. Liked the carrot dish small plate and the lamb. Service reasonable.

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1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at TRACE for a post-birthday lunch. Prometheus was such an amazing server and even promised to make sure I got frosé on the next brunch

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S
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Trace is inside the W hotel, which is a bit of a maze if you don't come in the correct door. Parking can also be a challenge - just pick the public garage directly across the street. Food was good and we did stay and talk quite a while. We would have appreciated a little more water, but the waitstaff vanished after the bill was paid. Good menu and convenient for lunch downtown or a meeting after work.

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

On Friday, lunch is not served only brunch. Brunch is mediocre at best. The services is very slow so if you don't have 2.5 hours skip it. I ordered the Migas (they were really only shambled eggs with none of the good stuff added), my friend ordered the crab and avocado toast (it was so small, we needed to order more food), the sandwhich with eggs on tops not very good either. Pretty place, food is really no where near its price point. High price and no there, there. Skip it!

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RP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner. We made 7:00 reservations and were a little early so we got to enjoy the happy hour specials at the bar. Great drink specials and delicious cocktails. We were seated promptly at 7 and enjoyed an amazing meal!! Highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion to date night or just dinner with friends.

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WC
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful lunch menu located in the W hotel. Would recommend and would eat here again!

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JD
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Trace is in a great location, and the ambiance is very cool. They had a DJ outside, the decor is beautiful and it’s a great spot for people watching. The food was only so-so though. We ordered a brisket kolache that was really a loaf of bread smothered is meat and sauce (if you’ve had real kolaches, you’d be very disappointed). The toast for the crab and avocado toast was a bit tough and the dish needed salt. The chicken fried steak was tough, and my husband’s burger was tasty but undercooked. Nothing was horrible, but nothing was particularly special either. Great spot to grab a cocktail and chill, but many better places to eat in Austin.

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch menu was outstanding.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We moved to Dripping Springs in March and I've wanted to try Trace downtown. We finally got there this week and were pleased with the experience! We split a beet and spinach salad - both were quite good, and then split a burger! YUMMY! Best burger is a LONG time for me.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are awesome with their service!

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Too pricing for what you get. Food was fine but nothing to write about. Service was great! Ambiance was great! Very quiet. Nice place to go to talk.Parking deserves a mention here...I called..."Where should I park". The answer was we have validated parking at the W Hotel which is an outright misleading statement. While they validate, it's $9 with validating. Very mis-leading, which I did not appreciate.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Prometheus is the best

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CB
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We usually dine at Trace before going to a concert at the Moody/ACL Live as it is very convenient to the venue. While the music by DJ on the patio was a little loud; hard to carry on conversations with friends, the experience was great!

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trace is my favorite place for business lunches. The service is friendly and fast, the food beautiful and delicious, the ambiance upscale yet welcoming. And it’s even more affordable than many food trucks that come stop at our office.

For this lunch, our server recommended the kale salad with grilled shrimp. It was wonderful - with a creamy dressing that broke down the kale just right and perfectly cooked shrimp.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was so salty I could barely eat it.

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New England
57 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

DJ playing dance music way too loud. Couldn’t even hear server. Server couldn’t get volume reduced

It’s brunch not happy hour

Menu good service otherwise good. But if you want conversation during brunch go elsewhere

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

the pistachio dip was one of the blandest things i've ever put in my mouth other a sort of astringent kind of flavor. our entrees came and they were so salty my date couldn't even finish hers. i could barely eat mine. we both agreed we wished we'd just gone to mcdonalds. i'll stick to launderette and justine's and such in the future.

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m
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is the third time that I went to Trace with my mother and the third time that we really enjoyed it. The menu changes with the season so we have had different food each time, but it is always very good with a few things always being great. The lamb shanks were particularly good this time. Our server...whose name I can't remember was knowledgeable. Oh, thats another thing. The servers are always knowledgeable about the food.

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Austin
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Breakfast for Mother’s Day. Food was great as always. We got there at 9:45 and brunch does not start until 10:30 - however, the breakfast menu was exceptional and we were able to get our favorite (donut holes) from the brunch menu to cap off breakfast. Great food and ambience.

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CL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment we entered the restaurant, the hostess greeted us with a pleasant and sincere welcome smile. She acknowledged our reservation time, and that we were dining at the restaurant as a result of celebrating a wedding anniversary. Our waiter William was well dressed and properly groomed. He offered a wine, beer and cocktail menu, which we reviewed prior to ordering. Nice selection of each, from avant-garde drinks, to hand crafted local beers. Wine list was extensive but manageable. First Plate selection of Jalapeño Corn Bread was very tasty, as well as Spinach salad. We ordered and shared the Brink Baked 1/2 Chicken and Daily Special Nut Encrusted Quail. it was a nice surprise to receive a "on the house" hand-made chocolate mini desert, with carefully written (in chocolate) Happy Anniversary. We finished our dinner with some Raspberry Sorbet. I would recommend this restaurant to family and friends. Cost per dinner was on-par for what we ordered and consumed. I would share that the meal was filling, without feeling stuffed.

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NP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was spectacular but the food was disappointing. I ordered short ribs and there were two small pieces. One piece was great and the other was a big chunk of fat with no meat on it. After eating all that was edible they asked if my meal was OK. They took my plate back and manager came over to apologize and offered to replace my meal but at that point I didn't want to try again. They paid for both of our desserts and my dinner. The waitress apologized again but it wasn't her fault and her service was spectacular. I also ordered sangria which was described on menu as wine with seasonal fruit. It had one orange slice on glass and no other fruit but it was mixed with vodka which made it too strong for me. If menu mentioned vodka I wouldn't have ordered it as I like my sangria as menu stated and the vodka upsets my stomach. I didn't mention this to manager but it was incorrectly described on menu and as a result of this I had an upset stomach the rest of the evening.

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f
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - beautiful patio. Enjoyed the experience.

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