Trace

4.1
355 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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
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
Seneca
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Entertainment
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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Special events & promotions
http://www.traceseattle.com/en/groupdining
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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, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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

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What 355 People Are Saying
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant, food and service has always been excellent. I love that they have good acoustics for a quiet dinner or business lunch.

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GT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The experience was passable though not particularly memorable. The restaurant pumped trendy music more loudly than necessary into the cavernous, empty space with only two other tables of people during the weekday lunch hour. The brief menu covered most bases, providing at least one dish suitable for a person on a mainstream restrictive diet. The server provided attentive service without being fussy or rushing us. The food was tasty with decent presentation and well-portioned so as to sate our appetites without going overboard. While it's doubtful I will return any time soon, my friend and I enjoyed our lunches.

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M
Central Coast
52 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice Vibe in the restaurant, great location and good drinks

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We shared a dinner of bbq ribs which was plentiful for two. Taste was excellent and vegetables were ala dente. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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T
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Really good food, but very limited menu. It would have been nice to know that it was in the lobby of a hotel prior to making the reservation but there was nothing noted. Not a huge wine list and we got the only two bottles left of a wine listed...Server was friendly and did a great job considering she was the only server for all tables.

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made the reservation online and was accepted. When we arrived at the restaurant we found that it was closed for a private party. The system should not allow us to make a reservation when the restaurant is closed. Very disappointed as this was a special occasion and we had to take a taxi to get there. We didn't had to take another taxi to find another restaurant.

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KA
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Our group came for a buffet style brunch with live entertainment. The brunch was almost $30 a plate and even though we got there at the opening time, the food seemed like it had been sitting out for some time. Everything was lukewarm and bland. Coffee and juice were not included. Although the event was by reservation, seating did not appear to be specific and we were sat in the very back of the room, farthest from the stage while the majority of the tables remained empty for nearly the entire event. The waitstaff was very nice. We will not be returning.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PRIDE BRUNCH

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The description of the event didn’t come to par with what the actual experience was. Food was definitely not. Didn’t seem as organized as we thought it would be either. Our table was wobbly and I don’t think it should of even been placed on the floor. I appreciate the W for having this event. I just think for the price, it needs to amped up more.

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Super loud music from the lobby. Very distracting . Seems out of place for a premium dining experience .

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice and quite, great place for my one on one meeting. Service and food was very good.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good overall but fish was overcooked

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 4

Host seated the 3 of us but really didn’t seem to to enthusiastic about being there. You can just tell. The waitress was very nice but not well trained for a restaurant that has a high end appearance, menu and location. Web site claims to have a good selection of Washington wines. A few, but not as broad of selection as I see in many Portland restaurants. The ones they had tended to be low end or very expensive ones. Picked one, nice cab blend. Table was set with small thick rimmed wine glasses that totally full would be about 9oz. No swirling going to happen with those glasses! Had to ask for appropriate wine glasses from the waitress and her response was that most of the good ones were broken but there might be a few behind the bar. Wine was opened before she left to look for the glasses. Had to pour the wine myself to taste after the good glasses arrived Evidently they really don’t know how to present a $125. Bottle of wine. Wine was good so they must store them properly. The food was very good. Nice and crispy Brussels sprouts. Salmon was cooked to proper temp and scallops were very nicely done.
Don’t think I would go back as so many good places to eat in that area. Kitchen seems to know what they are doing but the rest of the training of staff needs to be reviewed and greatly polished. With training the waitress could be great. The host... nice guy but maybe a bad day

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c
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trace is one of my favorite restaurants in downtown. From the amazing brussel sprouts to my scallops, everything was absolutely delicious. This time my friends and I tried the tater tots - wow! This place is a gem!

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OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We haven't been there in a few years and the menu had changed. It was good but less diverse than before. The crispy lemongrass chicken wings were excellent, as were the pulled pork sliders. And they had a happy hour from 3-8pm on a Saturday! Service was very good. Noise level is tough to control in the more open parts near the fireplace, but if you sit in the bar area or in the restaurant, you can be far enough away.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our last night in Seattle, we were pretty tired from the week of conference attending and exploring, so we decided to try Trace, the restaurant at the W where we were staying. It was absolutely outstanding and exactly what we were looking for.

My friend had the steak which hit the spot and I had the salmon- which was the best salmon I had during my week in the Emerald City. Thanks for a low-key, perfect ending to a great trip!

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EC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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F
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Large portions. Yummy food. Great service.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

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

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SC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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j
Seattle
84 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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.

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DD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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CL
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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F
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DV
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

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.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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!

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

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.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

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!

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CG
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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A
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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g
London
185 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

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EG
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I was super disappointed in Trace! The now have a limited menu with no having a sushi menu. The burger was super overpriced for the tastes, minimal glass refill and soon as a big party came in, the service was poor. We won't go back again.

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l
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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u
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

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.

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