Trace - W - Austin

4.5
921 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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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
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am
Sat, Sun 7:30 am–10:30 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Sun–Thu 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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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 $10 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, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, 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 921 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Not bad! Was a bit nervous due to the mixed reviews, but the main entree was good. I had a type of large tortellini filled with butternut squash. The pasta was toothsome, but not undone..I guess it could be called al dente. I added crab meat on top at the suggestion of the waiter, and it was delicious! The dessert sucked. I got it taken off my bill. The ambiance is gorgeous...not my taste, but I could see a girl who likes glamorous things loving this vibe. Maybe vacuum the velvet seat/couches. There was tons of dry skin on them...a huge turn off.

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Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet dinner with two friends. Our waiter-whose name happened to be Austin-was terrific. The food quality and presentation were top-notch, the desserts were fantastic. Would definitely go back

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Disappointed that no bread was served. For a French restaurant I was expecting a nice French bread.

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p
Dallas
58 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Have been here several times while visiting in Austin. Food is always good, service usually, great ambiance.

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NV
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We all had the strip. Wasn’t very good. The meat quality of the steak wasn’t the best. Ordered it medium rare and it was super chewy. Also, slow to get drinks. Waiter seemed overwhelmed. They also brought our entrees to us at different times and set the wrong food in front of each of person. We also couldn’t find the waiter for silverware so our guest had to get up himself and grab it from another table. Only good thing about this place is location before a concert at the venue next door.

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JD
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great brunch here. Everything from the food to service was top notch. Our only complaint is several bees kept dive bombing us! Luckily they easily moved us inside.

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CJ
Austin
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food on this visit was very disappointing. The burger was still good but other dishes not great. Service was excellent.

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W
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Very disappointed in the food choice. Description certainly doesn't match the plate that arrived. Omelette is buried under a pile of unkempt lettuce...for $17? Wait staff was over the top fantastic...Christopher did his best to make the most of our situation. He's a gem!

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M
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prometheus was an amazing server. We truly appreciated his hospitality and food recommendations! We went for the Britney Spears drag tribute during Sunday brunch and the food was amazing. I got the pastrami on rye Benedict, and my boyfriend got the Lavaca omelet. Both were absolutely delicious and flavorful! We will be back!

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SC
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a few friends for the It's Britney Brunch - Drag Tribute. The servers were awesome and helpful with items on the menu. The place is very chic for friends and for a date night. It was pretty awesome overall. Love the gender neutral restrooms!

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DS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A truly excellent steak with terrific pistachio Mac and cheese topped off with an amazing mescal cocktail called The Nutty Mystic. Great service, a great singer/guitar player in the bar and right next to ACL...Clearly it could not have been much better

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PS
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We came to Trace for a birthday. It was cold inside so we sat outside, it happened to be a nice night so that worked well. Our food was good except I ordered the short ribs and was told they cooked for something like 38 hours slowly. That could not be the case because they were not "falling off the bone" tender and they were kind of pink. I was disappointed in them, as I like them the way they were described - slow cooked and falling off the bone. Other than that our night was nice and we enjoyed the meal.

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C
Austin
65 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Kind of a bummer this time. We got the same thing as usual: fruit plate with lemon curd for me and Greek yogurt with fruit and granola for my guest. It wasn’t awesome.

I asked for no honeydew on my fruit plate. While it didn’t come with honeydew, it also didn’t come with strawberries or cantaloupe like it usually does. Presumably they kitchen had those items, as the child at the next table was given a bowl of strawberries. It also didn’t come with any lemon curd, which is the best part. What it did have was very overripe (to the point of mushiness/verge of rotting) raspberries and soured pineapple.

The yogurt for my guest was fine but the granola was soft, which isn’t the norm. Not sure if it was stale or just under cooked, but it wasn’t a great texture. The flavor was good though. Also, no strawberries or any type of melon for her, but she also got the questionable raspberries.

It seemed to take forever to get our meal, despite the fact that nothing had to be cooked, just assembled.

I’m sure we’ll return, but this time was a bust.

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BF
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time eating here and the food was delicious! Would definitely eat here again.

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B
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance great. Good food. Very attentive waitress. The “French toast” was actually banana bread, but whatever..everything was still tasty.

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AM
Minneapolis
51 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Somewhat surprised by this place as it had great lunch options with a good deal of creativity. Service was easily one of the best we’d had on this whirlwind business trip.

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BE
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was AMAZING! Highly recommend! Not just a regular hotel restaurant! So good!!!

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SG
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Austin. Made a last minute reservation here because it had at our preferred time. Food was delicious!

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CM
Austin
8 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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CV
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best Lunch value downtown Austin!

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service

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Austin
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good but, given all the amazing dining options in downtown Austin, not outstanding. The drink menu and ambiance was great and proximity to Moody theater can’t be beaten. Would go again.

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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
9 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
8 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
11 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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A
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
Austin
8 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
12 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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