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About Trace

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.

1112 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Seneca

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 264-6060

Website:
http://www.traceseattle.com/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
call TRACE for current pricing

Executive Chef:
Steven Ariel

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, 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

Special Events & Promotions:
http://www.traceseattle.com/en/groupdining

Private Dining

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

Trace Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

3.7

ambience

3.2

value

3.0

Noise

Moderate

55% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 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.

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 19, 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!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 13, 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 8, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (London)·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.

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 (Seattle)·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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 25, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 10, 2017

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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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Tasty food, good ambiance, quiet and good service

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Pre theater. Great poke appetizer

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Elegant modern room. Only qualm was the lunch menu is pretty limited in selection.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Although the menu is very limited, the chef was more than happy to accommodate one of my party who is a vegetarian and eats gluten -free. The chef created a new dish just pour her. So overall I say this was a great choice for the evening.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 13, 2016

Food was good, they lost my reservation and had no table set up for our party of 4, service was slow - they seemed understaffed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2016

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Went there for Thanksgiving tonight with my husband. I didn't love it. The food was decent. But, the service was very slow. The courses came out very slowly. I probably won't be coming back. All that being said, it seemed like a cool place for Happy Hours.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2016

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2016

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".

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2016

Private room was perfect for informal committee lunch. Meal was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 17, 2016

Best steak salad I ever had!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2016

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2016

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

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.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Great local food

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 20, 2016

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.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 20, 2016

This was a great place to eat. It was our first time at Trace and was pleased with the food and the service. Next time in the area we will stop back in.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 6, 2016

It was real chill which was surprising for a Friday night.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 23, 2016

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 21, 2016

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...

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 21, 2016

Went for Restaurant Week in Seattle. Loved the menu, location and good service. All guests at table walked away sated and happy. Didn't sample the bar but wish we could...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 20, 2016

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 11, 2016

Excellent food and service. The presentation was great, as well. Would definitely return for another meal.

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