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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.

200 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701
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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.

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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

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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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
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Great for Brunch (6)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Casual (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Romantic (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Have brunched and dined several times at Trace in the past and have enjoyed the experience. However, on this occasion, Valentine's Day dinner, the fixed price dinner selections (table for six) were generally subpar.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Austin)·Dined 4 days ago

Our Valentines dinner was amazing! The steak and the desserts were the stars of the show! Definitely glad we picked Trace to celebrate valentines at.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Was not that empresses with the restaurant, service was disappointing, especially not having a coat hanger when it was raining and freezing cold outside I was wearing a big fur coat and had no where to put it. Disappointing and unacceptable for the W hotel!

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was very good and perfect temperature. Server wasn’t all that professional-rolled her eyes at me at least once (I don’t think I’m a bad patron). When she delivered the check, she was all smiles. Maybe she was just not having a good day. I will definitely return.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 4, 2018

There was a live DJ and the atmosphere was kicking. Lots of energy and fun

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Sunday Brunch is just out of the world. Loved the DJ. Great ambience.

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic meal and Service! Spare ribs were superb. Never had a bad or mediocre meal at Trace

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Phenomenal dining experience. Every menu item seemed to have been reinvented from the ground up -- both creative and delicious. Looking forward to going back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We went for brunch, number one they’ve taken their best items like the shrimp and grits and the quail and waffles off the brunch menu. The waiter we had was horrible. He had a smart mouth and he just wasn’t hospitable. And when I didn’t leave a tip he came back and asked why I stiffed him his tip and he said it was rude. So Trace is definitely off our brunch list and we go to brunch every Sunday after church. We are know as the Brunch Crew. We post and give reviews on Facebook and Instagram.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The menu lacked healthy options and vegetarian options. The Duck Chilaquiles sounded wonderful but was, in reality, nacho chips with a few pieces of duck and one egg. Staff were wonderful in accommodating changes etc, but menu needs an update.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Service was great as usual, as was the coffee and mimosa's. Most of the small plates were good, except for the Boston Cream French Toast, which leaked frying oil every time you cut into it. The last time we dined at Trace, I don't remember this being an issue. I love the energy at this restaurant, but the music was a little loud this time. It was occasionally difficult to hear the person sitting next to you.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and nice staff. Good for out of town guests. Great prior to ACL show. ACL theatre is next door.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very nice lunch special.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was great except dessert. Waiter didn’t seem to care that we didn’t like the dessert. But otherwise everything was great!

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 (Central Texas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The servers (particularly Prometheus) and manager (Hillary) provided superior service as usual. I’m really hooked on a few of their menu items, but have never ordered anything that disappointed me. Granted I should disclose that I’m not a picky eater, but I love the food here. I love going to Sunday brunch with DJ Kurupt - great vibe, music is always on point.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Delicious Christmas meal. Expensive.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went in for Christmas dinner. When we asked to be seated inside instead of a covered patio, we were given some vague response about, “reservations, because reasons...” The patio was loud and the temperature was very inconsistent.

Waitress was outstanding and appropriately attentive. Menu was nicely explained and was a good selection. Waitress asked how the entrees were and when we mentioned the lamb was mostly fat with very little meat, she didn’t offer anything other than a fairly weak, “we try to trim the fat, but leave enough to be flavorful...” Sure, but that didn’t negate the fact there was very little actual meat in the entree. The prime rib was excellent and more than enough to be worth the price.

Service was nicely timed until the very end, and the wait for the check took a bit too long.

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 (Austin)·Dined on December 25, 2017

False advertising! Never mentioned in ad that it was a set menu @$60 per person for average food ! Plus $25 for bread! Never again! Rip off and so disappointing for our Christmas family dinner!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went to Trace for a special Christmas Day 3 course dinner with family. The beet salad appetizer was odd, no greens, popcorn sprinkled on top, flavor was just ok. The specialty biscuits were hard, over cooked, and more like a ciabatta roll in texture. The prime rib was nothing special taste-wise. My husband got the smallest rack of lamb entree and left hungry. The desserts left something to be desired. I was very disappointed, given my high expectations from the good reviews. We will not be going back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 7, 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
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 (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
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Best staff in Austin

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 (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
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 (Austin)·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
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Sit outside, inside lighting is “DINER BRIGHT”

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 10, 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.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Delicious!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent! Very comfortable and friendly.

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 (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
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 (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
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was disappointing relative to Austin standards

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 (Tahoe)·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
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 (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
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

NATHAN AT THE BAR IS MY BFF

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 (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.

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 (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.

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 (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
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent place to dine!

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