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Trace, lead by Executive Chef Steven Ariel, is a must-try for foodies, where a “localist” focus means a menu filled with contemporary, inventive dishes using regional specialties including farm fresh produce, sustainably caught seafood.
Trace offers dynamic hand-crafted cocktails and liquor from regional distilleries, a wine list featuring notable Washington State wineries in addition to choice domestic and international selections from California, Oregon, France, and Italy.
Seattle, WA 98101
Contemporary American, Northwest, Dining Bar
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 10:30 am
Breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 am to 2 pm
Lunch Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm
Dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 pm to 10pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday 5 pm to 10:30 pm
TRACE Bar is open seven days a week from 11 am to 2 am
Happy Hour from 3 pm to 8 pm daily
Live bands every Friday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Live DJs every Saturday 9:30 pm to 1:30 am
$30 and under
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Expect the right cocktails, people & music in Trace Bar during happy hour from 3 pm to 8 pm daily, live bands every Friday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and live DJs every Saturday 9:30 pm to 1:30 am, sip on one of our luscious signature drinks and nosh on a few bar munchies.
Catering facilities are located on the second and third floor of W Seattle. Please contact Tiffany Pesce at (206) 264-6105 for further details.
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Trace Restaurant and Bar offers a fresh, contemporary urban dining experience in the heart of downtown Seattle.
Trace Ratings and Reviews
There was no where to check-in, you had to just wait around. Someone said they would be right with us but it took a long time, I think they are serving food in the bar as well. We told them we had a reservation but they did not seem to figure out the reservation system so they just sat us, which was fine. The menu was very bar type food heavy, if you wanted a meal there were only about a dozen items to pick from total. We waited a longer than usual amount of time for appetizers and our meal. When the Appetizers came the waiter did not even check to see if we had plates, which we did not. The food was good and the wait staff were pleasant but I think they were understaffed and there was no hostess. We will not be going there again unless it is for a drink in the bar.
Went for national cheeseburger day, which was recommended from the concierge at the W. The service was horrible. There was only 3 tables of people (we were 1 of the tables) in there, yet the waitress took forever to bring anything or check on us. The burger itself was ok. Not spectacular, not bad.. but toppings were just normal things. I was told it was a big deal with odd things to choose from, so we were disappointed.
A new waitress took over for the other one (who went on a little break?) And she was just as bad. Wasn't until my friend said bring us our check or give us service did she actually show initiative. We were supposed to go to another restaurant, but because it was so highly recommended at my check in we gave it a shot. It was a disappointing night for us!
This was a pre-theatre dinner. We didn't want a large meal, so picked from the Happy Hour menu. Even though it's a small menu, we were very satisfied and pleased with sharing the pulled pork sliders and the garlic green beans. We each ordered the salad. It was all very delicious. The restaurant is quite noisey, but still a pleasant place to be.
The food at Trace is great! We had the cauliflower soup (delicious with the croutons and cheese that melts as you eat it), saffron pasta (delicious, although could use some more sauce) and the fries. The ambiance is a little too fancy and uppity, but I guess that's what you get inside a W Hotel. The place was empty for 7pm on a Monday.
We were disappointed in our brunch at Trace. Even though it was Mother's Day, it was only half full, so thought we would have prompt service. That was not the case. My son and I both ordered our poached eggs to be poached firm. they both arrived runny. When the server came over to check, I stated that they were runny and she could see the egg yolk spill out over my risotto. She offered to take the whole plate, and i asked for just the eggs to be replaced. 15 minutes later, the eggs arrived, but we had all finished our meal. And the eggs were still soft. They gave us 10% off, but it seemed too little compared to the high price of the dish. Our server also disappeared at the end of our meal, so we sat with our dirty dishes for 10 minutes before the manager cleared them away.
Trace was very beautiful! I went on a Friday for a special occasion dinner and was treated very nicely for the most part. I wasn't seated right away but the service was great and the music was spectacular! The food was okay... but the chicken was the best! Best of luck.
Our pre- symphony dinner was delicious and service was exemplary. Both appetizers and entrees were creative and local. Unbelievable texture, flavor and presentation is worth mentioning for the outstanding cauliflower soup. The music was a little loud but our waitress was determined to reduce the level so we could comfortably talk; she succeeded and we agreed this is worth returning for.
Service was mediocre at best. I ordered a margarita and it was the most horrid drink I have ever tasted in my life. However, our server was fast to replace my drink and that is always nice. The bar was rather small and completely packed so we opted for a table in the dining area which was nice and had a good atmosphere. We ordered a few appetizers and the mashed potatoes were incredible but everything else was just standard. For the most part everything was just ok. It definitely wasn't outstanding in anyway. Instead of staying long my date and I hopped over to The Capital Grille and The Purple Wine Bar both of which were amazing! So if in the area definitely go to Purple and Capital Grille instead of Trace.
The restaurant was very quiet for a Saturday night with only 2 or 3 other tables when we got there for an early dinner before the 5th Avenue theater. The staffing seemed about right until a couple of additional tables were seated, then it took a very long time to get our bill.
The food was good but the dinner menu was quite limited. Ironically, they had a larger, and more diverse, bar menu which was also available to us.
We'll probably try it again.
Its really tragic how good the food was at Trace, as the experience was negative in virtually every other regard. Our server was pleasant and did her best to be attentive but the net result was we spent nearly 45 minutes waiting to order, then another 35 or so waiting for food to arrive. At one point a manager-type stopped by and informed us we'd be taken care of on the check, however when it came time to pay all that wasn't on the check was a single vodka tonic.
When we arrived and informed the hostess of our reservation we were told there was no dining table for us at this time, but we could sit in the bar area if we wanted or at an elevated bar table. We opted for regular seats at the bar, which wasn't too bad aside from having to turn to speak to each other. Without a reservation I wouldn't even mention this, but the point of making a reservation was to ensure a table when we arrived.
Things happen so had we been told that they were swamped and that some extra time was expected we would've been fine with it. The problem is that we sat, being completely ignored, with just water for nearly 45 minutes before we could place even a drink order. Fortunately we had our orders prepared so we could order everything at once and not risk another wait. Nearly half an hour later we were approached by the aforementioned manager type and told our food was next to be cooked.
Once the food arrived it was almost all worth it. The Huli-Huli BBQ Chicken was one of the best chicken dishes I've ever eaten. Cooked perfectly, moist all the way through, with flavorful skin and a bbq sauce that had wonderful complexity without being pretentious or hard to eat.
My wife had the poutine which was ok, though pretty short on cheese in any visible fashion. The pulled pork made up for it but it would have been heavenly with a more generous helping of cheese curds.
A Tale of Two restaurants! The bar/ lounge was great, it has atmosphere, comfort, and some of the best cocktails in town. The food in the bar was fun and flavorful. Contrast that to the restaurant space. Didn't see much of the server, despite a nearly empty dining room. The food was unimpressive, to be kind. Duck breast was tiny, and for some reason came with a lump of abused steak (not mentioned in the menu) that was hard and overcooked. The steak we did order was excessively fatty, which I suppose explains the massive size.
Overall, I would definitely return to the bar, but I don't ever want to sit down in that dining room again.
The duck breast was tough and my potatoes were under cooked. My wife's tuna was poor quality with tough fibrous connective tissue making it very hard to cut. The salad dressing seemed like out of the bottle Thousand Islands. A poor experience from the W Hotel.
We had reservations on Friday after Thanksgiving for dinner, upon arrival the dining room had one customer, the rest was empty. The hostess was not present, there were a few people at the bar, but we were basically ignored. Finally seated, given a menu for Brunch (oops), looked around and left shortly thereafter. The atmosphere is lacking, almost felt like a cafeteria, no ambiance, obviously no customers, very weird vibe ... would not recommend or go back again.
We booked a Thanksgiving Day reservation weeks ahead of time based on the menu presented here and on the restaurant website. Thanksgiving morning, around 9:45 am, we received a phone call from the restaurant that during our reservation time, 1:30 pm, they would not be serving the thanksgiving meal but instead serving brunch??? My Open Table reservation reminder even highlighted the Thanksgiving menu...
We chose to spend our money and time elsewhere. Terrible communication with Patrons.
I made my reservation online but when the number of individuals joining us for lunch increased, I called to change the number to 10 as instructed in the automated message when calling the number. I left a 3 messages 2 days before the scheduled date, no return call. I called the day before and left another message and again no one called back. I called the morning of and finally someone picked up the phone. This is why I only gave an overall rating of "Good".
The menu choice is limited, but delicious! This place is in good location - close to many popular sites within walking distance. It was a perfect meeting point for my friends to get together before I fly out. We enjoyed our meal - especially NW sushi rolls.
Really good food but the place was dead and way too brightly lit. I have stayed in this hotel and would do it again. My wife called it a "cafeteria" but changed her tune because the sushi was so good. I urge them to redesign the lighting but don't touch the food or drink menu!
This excellent restaurant is located in an upscale boutique hotel. The varied menu includes top--grade sushi and clear and unfiltered sakes. American-style food and beverages (wine & beer) are also on the menu. Since the restaurant is in a hotel, most of it's business is done at breakfast and lunch, and that means your dinner will be relatively quiet, although there may be an active crowd in the lounge listening to techno music that's not turned up too high. The decor is hyper-modern and interesting.
It took 20 minutes for them to take our drink order, three tables covered in dishes for over an hour and a half, and one waitress for the whole place. No explanation of what was going on, and an overall bad experience for spending almost $700 for six of us. I would not go back until there are some serious changes in management.
We went to Trace on a Saturday night for a nice meal before the symphony. They had a small but diverse menu for both food and cocktails. We were able to share all the plates, including an entrée, which we liked. The food was really diverse - from unagi sushi to a mushroom, pea and egg risotto. It didn't have an amazing decor but it was tasteful and clean. The waitress was fantastic. The noise level was fine, as in there was noise but i wasn't shouting. We would totally go back there!
Ive walked by this spot for years on my Seattle trips, and I finally made it in. It's a very cool spot and I was hoping it would be amazing! It was absolutely dead. There were a handful of people when I arrived, and when I left, there were maybe 3 people? The food was alright. Nothing out of this world, or that I would rush back to eat again. It was restaurant week, however, my server never offered me the restaurant week menu. So I never asked for it. There are so many great places in the Area surrounding Trace. The food was ok, but with all the options, I most likely won't return. BUt you never now, it could be worth a second shot...
All of the 2 person seating options are in the middle of the space. We felt very much on display...since they were booked up, we had no option to use a larger table on the side of the room. In addition, we found the menu to be just okay, not really enough to bring us back.
I can't recommend this restaurant for either ambience or the food.