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Trace - W - Austin, Austin, TX

Trace - W - Austin

4.0
4
1372 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

We will do our very best to accommodate outdoor seating requests and ensure all of our guests have a safe and delicious dining experience.

Stop by for live music Friday and Saturday evenings, and weekend brunches.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern, Dining Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (737) 701-6021

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Humberto Zertuche

  • Catering

    Onsite catering available for restaurant buyouts, weddings, etc.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Kayla Dingman: (877) 649-0459

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    2nd Street

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available for $12 per car with validation (3 hour maximum time limit).

  • Public transit

    W 2ND ST & LAVACA ST

  • Entertainment

    Live DJ music during Saturday and Sunday Brunch

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Drag Brunch With Vylette Ward

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy Themed Drag Brunch hosted by Vylette Ward on every Second Sunday @ TRACE W Hotel Seatings are: 11 AM & 2PM Seating selections are a preference. We will do our best to accommodate but Outdoor/Indoor seating is not guaranteed. $10 admission. A portion of the admission proceeds are donated to OutYouth. For more information on this program you may visit: www.Outyouth.org Cancellation Policy: Cancellations may be made with a full refund up until 11:59pm on the Friday prior to the event, cancellations made after that will forfeit the admission fee. No Call/No Show Policy: Any reservation that is not cancelled at any point prior to reservation time will be subject to a $30 no show fee per guest applied directly to the card on file.
  • Christmas 2022

    $80.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Menu coming soon.
  • New Years Eve 2022

    $95.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 5 - Dec 31, 2022
    Menu coming soon.

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What 1,372 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Austin

    Healthy

  • Austin

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  1. E

    Ealv

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Service was great and we appreciate Trace being open for Thanksgiving. We are highly disappointed, for $80 pp I would expect a better meal than received. Golden Coral serves better food than what was received. Gave off school cafeteria Thanksgiving meal. I did not complain because there were not many restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner. Two of the desserts that were advertised, were not even provided during the actual meal. Instant mashed potatoes were served. The food was edible but not satisfying and the prime rib was over done.
  2. TE

    TiffanyE

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice atmospheres food was ok- probably better when it’s not a set menu.
  3. MS

    MorganS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    It was decent food, decent service just not great. No WOW factor not really worth the price. Great location though for going to the ACL theater.
  4. WO

    WendyO

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice relaxed spot in middle of busy area. Good service and healthy fresh food.
  5. d

    docdoc

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Arrived at our reservation time and waited 10 minutes for a host/hostess to show up--no one did. Finally a waitstaff came over and seated us. Hostess came out about 5 minutes later--no acknowledgement of us. Restaurant was not crowded--ordered glasses of the house wine--waited 15 minutes for them and we were within 25 feet of the bar--which also was not busy. Poured us warm water with no offer of ice...Staff was pretty chatty--with each other--and not paying attention to their tables. When Trace first opened some years back, we ate there often and service was excellent and their near-trademark. Food is still very good but limited menu--overall, has gone down hill, especially on the service side for what is supposed to be fine dining.
  6. MA

    MurraverATX

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had drinks and the charcuterie board before a show at the ACL Moody. The hibiscus margaritas were delicious, and the board had a nice variety of cheeses, meats, and spreads. It’s all a bit pricey but no more so than most places in the area. Great location if you’re going to the ACL Moody theater.
  7. SM

    SantiM

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time and our server (I think Jeffrey or Jeremy) was amazing. Excellent service and food. Would definitely recommend.
  8. LB

    LisaB

    Austin

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going to the ACL Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
  9. TH

    TinaH

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience4
    Very short staffed. Took an hour to get meal. Then, we didn't get what we ordered. Waiter apologetic but really, this is a big hotel with lots of resources.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely waitress who patiently served our table of 8 who hadn’t seen each other in awhile. Inventive menu and plenty of variety for everyone.
  11. A

    Arham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Staff was very rude to me and my friends. There were some who were fantastic! But we had far too many bad experiences from others while we were there. Food is subpar
  12. SH

    SamanthaH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Our server was very rude and rushing us the whole time to order, food took over an hour to come out and then she was rushing us to leave before our table was cleared and one of us hadn’t even finished her food. The drag show was great. The food had terrible portions (very small and over priced for what you get). Will most likely not return.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    The portions were meager and the execution was average. This restaurant should not be empty on a Saturday night when it is right next door to the Moody Theater. Why can’t they offer a better menu and have better trained staff? Who manages this place? The only reason I’ve ever gone there is because it’s close to Moody and they always have last minute availability. Why don’t they try paying their staff so they can perform at an appropriate level for Austin Texas ?
  14. CM

    ChelseaM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Sat at table for over 20 minutes and no one came to even start us with drinks. They did not even know we left
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Very slow at all stages. We got seated in an almost empty restaurant almost 30mins after our reservation time, they forgot two of the meals and multiple sides. Prices very high and portions very small
  16. JA

    JoeA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    The food was well-prepared, but not memorable. The restaurant is very understaffed, and the wait staff we did engage did not know much about the food and even less about the wine and drink selection. We had to run down our wait person to ask her to bring our food that was sitting under heat lamps in the kitchen after waiting for nearly an hour an hour for our meals. There was musician playing so loud we had to yell over the music the entire two hours. We had eaten at Trace a few times in the past, and we always had an enjoyable experience. We were very disappointed with this experience. We won't be dining here again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was hot and uncomfortable. It was empty so it wasn’t like it was body heat; it was just set too warm for September. The vibe was not very fun, there was no music, and just no personality to the place.
  18. SP

    SylvesterP

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trace at the W is the one restaurant I know that has one of the best Drag Brunch I’ve ever been too. First off before i get into that, the restaurant itself is so welcoming to everyone. Our waitress who i unfortunately cannot remember her name (medium height with glasses and dark hair pulled back in a pony tail) was so sweet, on top of her A-game and making sure we were taken care of the whole time. The food, specially the Avocado toast, was so good. The drinks were amazing, one of the reasons why i love their drag brunch is that on those days they have themed drinks! I’ve been to quite a few drag brunches there and it never disappoints. Over all atmosphere is so fun! The host Vylette Ward is all about getting the energy going and having the audience have a great time. I always see people walking by, and actually stop and watch with smiles at how much fun the show is. If you’re ever in town check this place out. It def is a fun experience. Thanks for having such a fun event! Truly an experience worth while.
  19. SK

    StephanieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Drag Brunch is so fun!! Will be back for a 3rd time!
  20. B

    Brittanya

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was meh, service meh, ambiance meh. The air wasn’t really working. Drinks were great.
  21. JF

    JodyF

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The entertainment was spectacular and the service was exceptional.
  22. k

    kay12

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Service was poor and the ambiance was dull and dark, needs a revamp. Food was average.
  23. E

    Erin

    Sacramento

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    We were a party of 7 and so gratuity was already included in our bill. Service was horrible. Ordered drinks and appetizers all came out but 1 of the appetizers, had to ask the server about it twice and it finally came out after we had ordered a second round of appetizers. Had to flag our server down to order our dinner. The dinner was ok, nothing special the smashed potatoes that came with the steak looked appealing but lacked flavor. They forgot one of our dinner orders all together and when it came out it was so salty. It was $585 for our dinner and the experience was lack luster. And over priced for the food and service that we recieved. Would never recommend.
  24. T

    Terrian

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came to Austin for the first time and I stopped at Trace before seeing a concert at Austin City Limits next door. It was the perfect setting, kind of trendy with great food. I ordered salmon and it was very delicious. Our waiter was very courteous, helpful, and fun to chat with. I hope to come back here the next time I'm in Austin!
  25. O

    Openminded

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service! Excellent food!
  26. F

    Foodie32

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great birthday brunch here yesterday! (7/16/2022). Our reservation was for 11am and we were seated promptly at a super cozy couch with the most adorable pillows. Our server, Jazmyn, was super sweet and attentive. I had the pork belly Benedict and it was delicious! The restaurant was very quiet when we went which was great and the ambience is very calming and pretty. They brought out a delicious chocolate cake at the end of the meal for my birthday and it made my day. Excited to go back when we are in Austin, again!
  27. VJ

    VladimirJ

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and our waitress was so nice I would definitely recommend trace to all my friends
  28. AL

    ALSKJP

    Austin

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Trace has lost its luster. It was just okay. Service was kind but not attentive.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The Drag Brunch experience with Vylette was delightful as always! However, our waitress, Jasmine, informed my table that she could not split the check up at all. Every other drag brunch I’ve attended, this has never been an issue. If there has been a change in the expectation of how your customers and patrons need to pay, this should be written in the reservation Open Table app or made known to those who wish to continue to attend the brunches. Thank you
  30. W

    Walt

    Austin

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We have eaten here several times and enjoyed it, but this was a disappointing experience. the food came out late and cold, and while the server was nice enough the service was slow and inattentive. I will not go back because it was not a good value.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Servers were constantly disrupting our conversations. They failed to provide the boxed meal after we were done.
  32. L

    Laarni

    Austin

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This was the first miss in my many dining experiences with Trace at the W. I am a loyal diner here and usually love the ambiance, food & service. We signed up for the Sunday drag show which was always a fun experience. I will likely not sign up again for a noon show for a few reasons: 1. The check in and seating process was a mess - overcrowded, loud and inefficient & stressful. 2. My salad was hugely disappointing. My donut holes were delicious! Food for other people in my 2 groups were just okay from their feedback. 3. Because of the many guests, some food for my fellow diners arrived as we finished our main entrees. Will come back of course, but will not go to a very busy drag show. Note: Previous drag brunches here were not this crazy (been to at least 2 before)
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience5
    One waitress for the entire dining room… waited entirely too long to be seen, to be greeted, to order, etc… was not the waitress’s fault. Once order was taken, food took extremely long for a table of 2. I’ve eaten here before and never experiences these types of waits. It took almost 2 hours from the time we sat down until we were able to leave for one small plate item, a burger, 2 desserts and a coke.☹️
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Friend visiting from out of town
  35. CJ

    CJane

    Austin

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience1
    We have always enjoyed Trace before shows at the venue next door but had not been there in a long time. We found, as everywhere, the prices had increased greatly. And the Market Snack plate had been greatly decreased in size. The quality of food and drink was still excellent. The service was a bit haphazard. But the real problem was the loud music. We were seated inside and the.speaker volume was so loud it was painful. We asked one of the staff to please get it turned down. It went down a bit but not to an acceptable level so we asked again. The staff said the manager had said he would not allow it to be reduced further. We said to tell him we would have to leave and would never return. The staff person was not at all sympathetic and was obviously irritated with us. The manager ought to understand that if you are seated inside you have chosen seating that will allow conversation. It you are there for the music you would choose to sit outside where the musicians play.
  36. DB

    DavidB

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Unfortunately, the service was slow and inadequate. Avacado toast took three tries and was still waiting on the egg
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Made a reservation for 6 people. Host said he couldn’t seat us until all the parties be there, what is interesting, since open table doesn’t have this notec but okay I guess. They I got scared we would lost our reservation since 1 of our friends was a bit behind on time, so I double check that our reservation from inside was guaranteed, and he said yes. When all the parties arrived, no tables inside was available anymore, what is so annoying, because if he had seat us inside from the begging we would for sure have a spot! The. to complete the night we got charged extra for 2 drinks of $32 each, what nobody ordered or saw on the table! Very disappointed with this place!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    waitress was awesome but all other staff was rude despite the restaurant being empty. the chips were stale and expensive. food was underwhelming - not worth $30 for glorified kraft mac and cheese
  39. W

    Workinmommie

    New York Area

    84 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Then restaurant was almost empty and while the waitress was super nice it took forever to get our food, place orders and our check. Food was good but fairly pricey for the underwhelming experience.
  40. VR

    VRATX

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The service was overall good. The food was delicious and overall came quickly. The chicken sandwich didn't indicate that is was spicy on the menu, so that came as a surprise. Our waitress checked that the food was okay when it first arrived to the table but didn't check after that, which was disappointing since I particularly don't eat spicy food. I ended up taking the breading off the fried chicken sandwich. I would recommend it but it wasn't anything spectacular.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Trace - W - Austin offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (737) 701-6021.

Trace - W - Austin is rated 4 stars by 1372 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Trace - W - Austin

200 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    2nd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Contemporary Southern, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available for $12 per car with validation (3 hour maximum time limit).

  • Public transit

    W 2ND ST & LAVACA ST

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Humberto Zertuche

  • Entertainment

    Live DJ music during Saturday and Sunday Brunch

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (737) 701-6021

  • Catering

    Onsite catering available for restaurant buyouts, weddings, etc.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Kayla Dingman: (877) 649-0459

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