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339 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Northwest, Dining Bar
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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
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Phone number
(206) 264-6060
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Steven Ariel
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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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Cross street
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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.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Trace Restaurant and Bar offers a fresh, contemporary urban dining experience in the heart of downtown Seattle.

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What 339 People Are Saying
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3.5  based on recent ratings
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56% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0  Dined 5 days ago

Left before we ate because after twenty minutes no one had even greeted us. Not very big selection for breakfast and very overpriced.

Fiddles (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Large portions. Yummy food. Great service.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Fish tacos were dry and overcooked. Slaw was very bland. I've had decent meals here, but this was not one. Sometimes I think this restaurant exists only because it's pretty much expected that a 4 star hotel has a restaurant. As a result, it seems uninspired.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

it was closed. and did not receive any notifications cation until arriving

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

The restaurant was not open — and they accommodated us in the bar anyway and gave excellent service

SCgurl73 (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was really wonderful, lovely atmosphere, and friendly knowledgeable staff. It was a lovely dining experience

vipjamwilson (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was good, nothing exceptional. Service was not good! Our waitress must have spilled or dropped things 7 times. And never an apology. Also service was very slow and the restaurant only had 3 tables occupied at the time. Probably won’t be back.

DingbatDaddy (Portland)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet was tasty. Selection was so-so with limited options for sides. Excellent desert cart. Customers were a mix of people dressed up for thanksgiving and others there for happy hour, including one gentleman in grubby jeans and a white undershirt. It would have been acceptable for maybe 1/2 the price of $75 pp and $45 per child.

CLEbear (Cleveland)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was very good. Not absolutely amazing. This is till above average restaurant food, but it is not worth $75 a plate plus the cost of drinks (even non-alcoholic). For this price I expected it to be amazing.

Foodie (Portland)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Went to Trace for Thanksgiving buffet. Quantity plentiful. Roasted veggies and carmelized Brussels sprouts good. Turkey moist. Macadamia nut dressing dry and flavorless. Desserts fair. Ambiance industrial. Hefty price tag.
Friendly wait staff.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

The staff and waiters were very friendly and I think it was well worth the visit.

DaronVchulek (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
1.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

We walked in and walked out and cancelled our reservation. Loud irritating beat music playing in dining room. It's one thing to have that in the bar but not while eating dinner!

Emma (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

The live music at the adjacent bar makes it too noisy for a meal with friends. The tables are set up in a weird way - doesn't feel very intimate. I guess it'll be better for happy hours.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on September 18, 2017

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!

CamanoGirl (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

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.

Alex (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

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.

vipgastronaut (London)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

Super service. Unlike many hotel restaurants in this part of Seattle service is discretionary. They fully deserved a tip. It makes a difference.

Dlangrock (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2017

The food was mixed between decent and good. The Huli Huli chicken was a little dry for my liking, but the brussel sprouts were very good.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

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.