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Trace - W - Austin

4.5
815 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
  • Great for Brunch (9)
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.
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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Cross street: 2nd Street
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Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Trace will be featuring a special Valentines Day pre fixe menu on the 14th! Please call the host stand for more details! This will be the only menu offered!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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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 815 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
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4.4
service
4.4
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4.0
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Very nice lunch special.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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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NikkiR (Central Texas)
5.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 26, 2017

Delicious Christmas meal. Expensive.

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
4.0
Dined on December 26, 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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OpenTable Diner 
3.0
Dined on December 26, 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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YTRS 
3.0
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.

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Pfoodie (Austin)
4.0
Dined on December 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0
Dined on December 8, 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.

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Looking4SpeakEasy (Austin)
5.0
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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
2nd Street
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(512) 542-3660
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Entertainment
Live DJ music during Saturday and Sunday Brunch
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Catering
Onsite catering available for restaurant buyouts, weddings, etc.
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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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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
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Community/culinary events throughout the year. Check our profile and website for details.

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