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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Stopped by here as it was close to our hotel and know the W is generally a "happening" place - Trace probably is later at night after the DJ arrives although the music in the bar area with accompanying back drop added a fun vibe. As for the food - the menu selections are basic and the actual food itself rather bland. The onion soup was a bowl of broth and onions in which a few croutons were placed along with a slice of mozzarella floating around. I could do better than that with a can of Campbell's soup. The chick pea humus was more chick pea that hummus - the most dense humus I've ever had. The macaroons saved the meal - a different spin on the theme with a rather toasty exterior but made for a delightful taste sensation. My overall suggestion: Come to the bar area for drinks, coffee and/or dessert and to listen to some good music.
We went there before going to the 5th Avenue Theater on Friday night. It was the first time there. The sign out doors clearly marked the establishment but when you walk in you walk right into the bar. There was live music in the bar. It was about 6:00 PM. There was a sign that said Check in up the stairs. We had reservations so up we went. When we got up there, that was not the right place. It was the check-in for the W-hotel. They pointed out where to go and off we went. We were surprised to find no one else in the restaurant. It is very modern looking place with multicolored lights and a concrete and steel look.
We were seated and the service was prompt. The menu is somewhat limited but we all found something we liked. My wife and I had the crab sandwich with garlic fries. They were both very good. Our grandson had one of the hamburgers and it was also very good. Our granddaughter had the chicken caesar salad which was also good. For dessert we shared the macaroons, creme brulee, and the cinnamon and sugar donuts. The food was great all the way around.
Since we had to be at the 5th Avenue at a set time, the service was fast enough to get us out of there on time but we did not feel rushed. Of course, we were the only people in the restaurant so it is hard to tell if the service would be as fast in a busy night.
We would go again and it is convenient to the 5th Avenue theater.
They somehow did everything wrong? Our waitress was fine, but the lighting was very bright and harsh, the music was too loud, and both the menu and the food were really really terrible! They subbed out the dates for cherry tomatoes on the salad we ordered and the dressing was acidic enough that it hurt my stomach. The sliders were very bland and dry. Wish I had gone to the cheap pizza place nearby.
There was only one server. We had to cancel our main course because there was no way it would make. It took 45 min to get onion soup, which wasn’t what you expect an onion soup to be.
Great food, glad we tried it. I was a little disappointed there weren't any mashed potatoes for a Thanksgiving dinner. Also, for the price it would have been nice if they offered to let people take home a to go box. The restaurant was not full, or even half full and they had tons of food! Makes one wonder what they do with all those leftovers? I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The chef is amazing! The macadamia nut stuffing was to die for!
I liked up a menu on line and got one for an Austin restaurant instead of Seattle. I wan’t expecting a buffet. It was very good food.
A little too loud for a business lunch, but otherwise was a great choice.
I think I was inadvertently marked as a no show. No one greeted us at the door so I walked back to the dining area and asked to seat myself. I had the scallops.
I’ve attached a photo of my receipt today to show I was there. Thanks for making the correction.
Great service, small menu of great food. Yes it’s a W hotel restaurant but it’s damn good and I eat here regularly.
Good food, but very noisy. Service was great. Server recommended the scallops and the salmon, and both were very good.
Great restaurant, food and service has always been excellent. I love that they have good acoustics for a quiet dinner or business lunch.
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.
Nice Vibe in the restaurant, great location and good drinks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Super loud music from the lobby. Very distracting . Seems out of place for a premium dining experience .
It was nice and quite, great place for my one on one meeting. Service and food was very good.
Food was good overall but fish was overcooked
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
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!
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.
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!
Left before we ate because after twenty minutes no one had even greeted us. Not very big selection for breakfast and very overpriced.
Large portions. Yummy food. Great service.
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.
it was closed. and did not receive any notifications cation until arriving
The restaurant was not open — and they accommodated us in the bar anyway and gave excellent service
The food was really wonderful, lovely atmosphere, and friendly knowledgeable staff. It was a lovely dining experience
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.
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.
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.
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.
The staff and waiters were very friendly and I think it was well worth the visit.
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.
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!
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.