Trace

4.5
1017 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Savor farm-to-table American fare inside of the W San Francisco at TRACE. Enjoy thoughtful dishes made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients and a creative selection of specialty cocktails.
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Calivisitor
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch at Trace before going to SF MOMA...the service and food options were excellent! Thank you for a great experience.

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vipccBostonMa
San Francisco
363 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First - a great choice given the no corkage policy on weekends - very unique and appreciated. We went on a Friday night - very few other diners. Menu is modest in size, but what we had was great - mainly fish. They have a bread service as well which was appreciated and generous portions were an extra plus. Service was attentive and our waiter was charming. No doubt we will return.

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NASAman
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

chicken breast was dry (your signature dish). other than that the food was awesome! especially the brussels sprouts and caesar salad

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vipLocal
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience1

The food was really terrible, horrible. None of the dishes any of us ordered were palatable. The worst we have ever experienced in San Francisco. Consequently none of us finished our meals. VERY DISAPPOINTING.
The woman who waited on us Sierra, was wonderful. If it weren’t for Sierra, we would have asked for a refund, based on principal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and our meals were outstanding. Roger, our waiter, was exceptional. Great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Noise level would have been better if a large family hadn't been there. Otherwise it was reasonable.

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vipCarlaC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was exceptional! Thank you Alvin, Phat, your wonderful host and the W Living Room bar staff. They all provided an amazing experience for me and my family!

Thanks again!

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Weijin
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feeling blessed to have lunch here after my wedding in the city hall: Wonderful location. Inside is clean, quiet, and beautiful (maybe not many people in the middle of the week?). We were greeted warmly, and the food was just fabulous. I ordered squash (super delicious) and my husband had salmon, which was so fresh and melting in the mouth!! The chief even congratulated us with a lovely desert. I made the best decision here☺️👏👏

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vipkcbythesea
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch - terrific service.

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vipYummy
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The noise coming from the bar was inescapable and horrible, even in the rear of the restaurant. Not the first time but especially bad that evening. There should be a wall between the two.
I doubt if I’ll return, as good as everything else was,

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SFNative
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All of the food was outstanding. We wanted food that was elegant and got that. We also enjoyed being able to hear ourselves talk. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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vipFoody
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Based on Open Table's review of Trace, my expectations for the quality of food I could expect were high. Yes, the quality of the food was extremely high, but except for the cream of cauliflower soup, which was fabulous, I thought the food lacked the complexity of flavors I was anticipating from Chef Frédéric Hoffmann. It certainly did not reflect, according to Open Table, a San Francisco personality of "an enriching and thoughtful culinary experience by fusing the vibrant, local personality of the Bay Area." While the food was beautifully presented, and the vegetables were perfect, delicious, and definitely of the highest quality, the flavors of the whipped potatoes, turkey, gravy, and stuffing, lacked creative flavors and complexity. All the food was obviously excellent in quality and could stand on its own merits, especially if you're a novice home cook, but it was definitely lacking in uniqueness for a professionally trained chef.
In spite of all this, I do want to to emphasize how thoughtful and polite the staff was, and especially how wonderful our server was. Our family did have a wonderful time and I appreciated being able to relax and enjoy a conversation with my husband and daughter without popping up from the table to serve the next course. In addition, there was no kitchen mess to clean up!

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vipElsdon
London
22 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Offered Gluten Free bread/buns. Reuben sandwich the best I have tasted.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
234 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great brunch experience at Trace. We had the brunch burger and the avocado toast, and shared the Liege waffle. Really good cocktails and coffee that tasted fresh and strong. They offer a 10% discount to locals for breakfast, lunch and brunch. I'm sure we will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great weekend brunch menu!!

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LindaG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was excellent. From the host to the end, service was excellent. The food was great, and not filling. I have no negative comments at all. This is a sweet, quiet upscale place to go with customers for a business dinner from a date for 2. Will definitely come back when I am in town.

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Barno
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good setting and service for a business meal. I was very happy with the experience. The food was a little pricey, and the menu had fewer choices then expected though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, drinks, and service were all excellent. Highly recommend

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Jackie
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our son, his girlfriend and her parents here for our son’s birthday. Food was great as was service. We sat in the bar for a drink beforehand which was the perfect place to meet up.

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vipDoloresheightsdiner
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Trace and I go regularly for lunch.
The food is fabulous and I never get tired of it. The best unique and light Caesar salad, one of the best burgers in the city with yummy crispy fries, and many other interesting options.
The best of all is the friendly and professional service.

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SylviaP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We purchased the TravelZoo dinner package. The shared plate of tuna and starters (pluot and peach salad, scallops) were excellent. Very good flavor combinations, fresh ingredients. and great colors on the plate. The main entree was disappointing. I ordered the steak and my daughter ordered the Branzino. The plate was full of brown food and it did not look appealing at all. Flavor of the steak was mediocre and the mushrooms were dry. Service was excellent.

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vipJimG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Easy to like this place for a business lunch. Easy to find, food was good and in large portions. Service was attentive without being intrusive.

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SFfoodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great deal with Travelzoo voucher!!! Restaurant and food were great and service was even better.

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Livermorejim
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice decor and outstanding food!
This was a business lunch and needed a spot near Moscone. Quickly seated and pleased they offer a brunch menu along with lunch.
My guest had a very nice hot sandwich an I had a killer Eggs Benedict with fruit. Nothing in SF is cheap, but I thought the prices were very fair for the quality!

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vipcardman
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were very good. We had the brussels spouts, Salmon and Branzino. Wine was reasonably priced. Very close to Moscone center so works well if at a convention. It was quite despite being in the W Hotel which can be loud in the lobby.

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vipMossman
Las Vegas
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a lovely restaurant. We are early so the adjacent bar was playing loud music which was a distraction. However the service was pleasantly attentive and the food was excellent. Best pork tenderloin dish I’ve ever had. Generous portions. We will go back when we are in town again.

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MatthewI
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good place for business breakfast and lunch. Very close to the Moscone convention center which is great.

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BradPP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended for service, ambiance and food.

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OpenTable Diner
Munich
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and service

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JoeO
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant, the ambience, the service, the food, was all remarkable. The only bad taste left with our dining experience was when we got the check. We purchased a coupon through Travel Zoo for a dinner for two. When the check came, a $35.00 fee was added to the bill (plus the expected tax, SF employee fee, etc.), and we were told it was a fee charged by Travel Zoo to the restaurant and passed on to us. We adamantly objected and told the server we were NOT going to pay that fee. The server was very accommodating and after apparently speaking to the manager, the fee was removed from the check. It was handled very well and thanked the server and the manager. Not sure who was responsible but all’s well that ends well. We will go back to Trace but not with a Travel Zoo coupon.

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OpenTable Diner
Munich
25 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service, great food: Avocado Toast, Pancakes and scrambled Eggs. Yummy

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viproyalfork
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had lunch with a partner during VMWorld. If you're thinking of having a business lunch during any Moscone event, an OpenTable reservation is a must. Got there at 11:30 when they open for lunch, by about noon the place was full. Service was super fast, and my salmon may have been the best I've ever had. Can't go wrong here.

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deboras
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convenient to the Moscone. Food is fresh and our server, Chi, was attentive without being intrusive. Our party ended up being bigger than planned and they accomodated us without issue.

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vipSidneyM
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very nice location and interior décor. Food was plentiful and tasty, but too much, so we had to take a doggie bag home. The waiter was helpful but probably new, so he spilled the water and didn't really know all the items on the menu.

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vipGourmet
Los Angeles
386 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Used a travelzoo coupon for a fabulous 3 course dinner with wine. Excellent service for birthday gave a complimentary ice cream cone with several layers of brownie and homemade cherry chocolate ice cream. So yummy. Very creative food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding - Damien always provides professional, courteous service.

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vipKoko
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It’s always a pleasure to have lunch here. They do everything they can to provide you with a great dining experience. There was a problem with one meal, and not only was a replacement given gratis, but super-sized!
Very classy and done right, which is why we are big fans!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, quiet atmosphere, excellent food!

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Trace is rated 4.5 stars by 1017 OpenTable diners.

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