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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 25 times today


912 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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TRACE at W San Francisco is committed to creating an enriching and thoughtful culinary experience by fusing the vibrant, local personality of the Bay Area with our dedication to socially responsible cuisine. At the helm, Executive Chef Jason Rea leads his team to source local and sustainable ingredients, serving meals that can be confidently traced back their natural origins.

TRACE is located at W San Francisco, an electric urban retreat with a refreshing vibe and extraordinary service. Situated in the heart of the SoMA district next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Gardens, and Moscone Convention Center, the dynamic W San Francisco is the place to relax, mingle, share, taste, and explore in San Francisco.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 6:30am -10:30am

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 2:00pm

Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm -10:00pm

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Phone number
(415) 817-7836
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Rae
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Cross street
Howard Street
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Parking details
$15 validated parking @ W Hotel, Howard Street entrance.
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Public transit
Two blocks from Montgomery Muni and Bart Station.
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Resident DJ's spinning Friday and Saturday nights at UPSTAIRS Bar and Lounge.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Enjoy Trace in the most intimate setting. Contact us to reserve semi private areas for your next corporate or special event. Fusing the local personality of the Bay Area with our dedication to socially responsible food makes Trace the ideal destination.

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What 912 People Are Saying
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kichan (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Enjoyed the food , our servers were good.
However we got terrible seat ( by the exit door with ugly view ) and that ruined my VD dinner.
I also dislike about the seats being too close each other so we can hear other people’s conversation.
Definitely not recommend for a romantic dinner.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We had a wonderful time enjoying a delicious brunch to celebrate my friend's birthday! The restaurant was very accommodating for our large group. The service was fantastic and the food was really excellent. It was a great experience overall and reserving on OpenTable was seamless.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Very nice food and so kindness waiter

OpenTable Diner (Memphis)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Food was bland and meh. Atmosphere was amazing. Was disappointed that the “wine pairing” was just two half glasses of wine at the beginning of the meal that didn’t even coordinate with our food.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We came for their restaurant week dinner tasting menu. All of the staff was wonderful and the food was delicious, especially the duck entree and the vanilla bread pudding dessert. Highly recommend the Brussels sprouts as well. Great dinner experience, but sadly the parking in the area doesn’t seem safe. We parked in the nearby garage behind MoMA and it was broken into during our time at dinner.

kimber (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Great night out with friends for Restaurant Week. The prix fixe menu was delicious and even with a large group the service was great.

vipFoodanier (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

What a delight! I went for SF Restaurant Week, and for only $15, I got a delicious baby kale salad and huge fish sandwich (flaky rock fish with roumalade sauce!), and a tiny ice cream sandwich on salted chocolate wafers. Soooooo good, and they were nice enough to take me early, since I didn't really want to spend time next door at SF MOMA this time. Service was excellent, as well.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Food was excellent and prepared the way I had requested. I liked it so much I went back again. If it was still delicious. I have recommended it to my friends.

tom1223 (Little Rock)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We enjoyed the food and Robert our server was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

This is an exceptional restaurant. Sometimes restaurants in hotels are not that great, but I didn't even think about it while I was there. It is definitely a stand alone quality restaurant!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Steak was delivered "medium-rare" but really over done. Salad was entirely too salty and had to be sent back. Only 5-6 wines on the menu. The entire menu? One per varietal. Overall disappointing considering it resides within the "W" Hotel.

BritinLaf (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Very good food and creative

vipanthony (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Crowded. Busy. Service could be more attentive. Menu is kind of sparse. Cool vibe though.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

I seriously loved this place! I had no idea how good it would be. I had seen reviews, and it had a high rating, but the food itself was out of this world delicious for the most part. And even what wasn't "out of this world" delicious was still ALMOST out of this world delicious. The thing I'd recommend most is the oysters. Seriously the best I've ever had, and that's saying something because I've eaten a lot of oysters. Also, simply the bread they serve - you must try the walnut bread. And the Shanghai noodles are PERFECTION! For main entrees, I had branzini and my bf had chicken - they were both very good. Service very good and ambiance nice and modern.

vipJonesy (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

As a hotel restaurant goes, it was fine. I didn’t realize it was right on street level when booking. Needed a restaurant close by. Very cool decor, service was very accommodating and great server. Brussels sprouts were awesome! Pear and endive salad was a bit lack luster...not impressed. Chicken dish was very good, the flatiron steak was not! It was tough, had huge gristle in the middle of both pieces. Seemed to be either sitting too long or reheated as the polenta was hard around the edges. Yuck. Didn’t complain as I was tired and just wanted to go, but $36 for a steak I couldn’t eat was disappointing. Too many good restaurants in SF to eat mediocre.