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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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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
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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
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.
When we arrived the restaurant was empty, granted it was early - 5:30pm. When we left, at 6:50pm, the restaurant was still empty. Other restaurants in the same area were hopping with people. This is truly unfortunate as the food and service at Trace were wonderful.
We started with the Ahi Wantons and Warm Spinach Dip. The Wantons consisted of 3 large chips with a pile of ahi tuna on each. The dip was ample size and came with an abundant portion of bread and crackers. For main course we had the Crispy Skin Salmon and the Braised Short Rib on Saffron Pappardelle Pasta. The salmon was perfectly cooked and delicious. The short ribs were tender and came with a good sized portion. The pasta was slightly overcooked but had wonderful saffron flavor.
The bottom line is we most likely won't return. It's just lacking ambiance which is a key element to a dinning experience.
Not only did we have to track down someone to seat us, but the food wasn't good. The sushi I ordered my local grocery store does a better job at. My daughters steak was big but it was also tough and flavorless. Just not somewhere I would ever recommend or revisit. SUPER NOISEY.
Within a short 2+ block walk to Benaroya Hall Seattle (Symphony). Décor is stark, Seattle Industrial. Food was very good as was the server. But it is a little difficult to find your way to the dining area (walk through the bar). I had the Caesar Salad and the Short rib (total was $35 plus tax and tip). The short rib tasted like pot roast and was a real treat. I would order it again. We parked at Benaroya and walked the 2+ blocks before a lecture at Benaroya. I recommend it highly.
I was skeptical at first from reading other reviews online. But we enjoyed every dish tonight. Octopus fritter is like "takoyaki", has very good flavor. Pulled pork slider and spinach/artichoke dip are very good. We ordered steak, salmon, pasta and chicken as entrees. Loved everything. Service is great. There was some misunderstanding for our reservation. But their manager, Zach, called me ahead of time to explain the situation to me. So we were not surprised when we got there. And he also managed to take care one of the starter dish for us. Only one small complaint is the noise level is a little too much because there was a group of people having their holiday party behind us. Overall very good experience. Will definitely return.
Bartender was very attentive. We didn't know how long we were going to be or if we were ordering food since we were waiting for a friend but the staff were great about checking in with us.
Modern, relaxed ambiance made it a great choice for unwinding after work.
Service was very slow and mostly non-existent. Despite there being only 3 other tables occupied for lunch, we waited for 30 minutes for our food and 20 minutes for dessert. Not once did anyone refill our beverages or even check in to see how things were. Very disappointing.
Great Eggs Benedict, all downhill from there. The dining room is a quirky high-ceiling space with some odd elements. The sum of those elements is more than the room design as a whole. Despite almost a 1:1 ratio of servers to diners, it was almost impossible to get coffee refilled- mind you, this is Seattle, people! I'd look elsewhere.
My girlfriends and I stayed at the W Hotel Seattle, and we thought Trace would be a convenient choice. Unfortunately it took over 30 minutes for our drinks to arrive, then another hour for our food. The ambiance was nice so I would come again for drinks. We went again for brunch and the timing of food and drinks were about the same.
The visit was to Palomino, not Trace. Sometimes, apps have glitches. Setting up the rez was smooth as always - everything said Palomino. The problem was at the restaurant check-in. They did not have the rez on their books. Since I had it on my phone, it was easily resolved; however, that could be an inconvenience to the restaurant and the patron on a busier night.
Otherwise, Palomino was wonderful, as always, and the service was good once we straightened out the problem with where we were seated and having a server. We asked for a table one over, no problem. However, that tables server was not due to start his shift for another half hour. After about 10 minutes of no service, we queried another server and she set things straight, and took care of us, even though we were not in her section.
This place has a really good bar vibe. It's a little spread out and hotel lobby-ish when you first walk in, and the hostess stand is hidden behind a pillar on the right side of the room. Whenever a restaurant has both non-Japanese fare (steaks, etc.) along with nigiri/rolls, it feels disjointed to me. This place was no different, but that's a personal note. The food itself was very tasty and memorable. We went for dinner before the symphony and the dining area was empty (we were one of 2 tables out of 20+). The bar was very busy and active with happy hour folks.
Our first time at Trace, and we'd definately go back. The food was excellent. Our waitstaff was excellent too, but the food took a long time to come out. That's why I rated the service a 4 star. Waitstaff was 5 star, but kitchen time was 3 star.
Lastly, we had an excellent Malbec blend before and with dinner. One we hadn't had before, but am looking forward to having there again.
We went for the Dine Around Seattle lunch at Trace, I had never been there although it is close to my office. The restaurant was pretty empty maybe 5 - 7 tables were occupied. The food was really good, but we felt like we were inconveniencing the waitress whenever we talked with her, such as asking for the bill and when the dessert course was going to arrive . Food took a really long time to come out for a lunch service. The dessert course had still not arrived after we had been there an hour. Lunch was almost an hour and a half which is WAY too long on a workday especially when the restaurant was not busy.
We were there for March '15 Dine around Seattle. Had Ramen, Chirashi/Fried Boild Egg Salad as appetizer and main courses. This place should not serve Ramen, Chirashi or maybe other Asian food.
For the Ramen, the noodles were ok, but the soup base was below average for Ramen soup. Chirashi came with diced tuna, sesame on some rice. It was more like a flat nigiri with low quality tuna on top. It was served with some "Asian" dressing salad which doesn't really match the rice and fish (AKA Chirashi).
My Fried Soft Boiled Egg salad was creative and match the expectation.
Panna Cotta was good too.
Overall, I won't go again.
As this was another in a series of well researched dining options for our anniversary celebration, it was also another platinum selection. Our reservations were for 11:30am and when we arrived at 11:15 we were promptly seated. Connie and I had previewed the menu online and both knew what we wanted: She got the Brioche French Toast with apples and lots of yumminess, I got the Buckwheat Huckleberry Pancakes...more yumminess and a huge stack. The quality was outstanding and they had Pink Grapefruit Juice. Our waiter, Russell was another example of someone who excels at his profession, gave us ample opportunity to enjoy our meal and each other without inundating us with appearances (yes, this increases tips as I hate...HATE being over attended to and especially being asked if my meal is ok. Wait staff should have confidence in their chefs, not make me wonder why they're asking about my food. If I have an issue, I will definitely address and send it back to be prepared properly by the professional). At the end of this excellent experience, I invited Russell to sit down and take selfie. We conversed about his career choice and his schedule so I could recommend him to others. He explained that he is usually off on Fri. and Sat. but was covering this particular Sat. in trade for another day off. He gets his son on those days and spends the whole time with him. How can you not just love a good parent with limited child time who spends it properly. The trade off ? A long weekend with his son...very cool. When I brought up our reservation to Ivar's brunch on Sunday, he shared that he had worked at Ivar's on the waterfront for 6 yrs but they closed for remodeling due to the construction along Alaskan Way. He recommended Ivar's brunch and asked us to tell his former GM, Brian, hi...if he was working. This was another great dining choice and is definitely on our return list.
Restaurant was not super busy, and the server rarely came to fill drinks or check in on us. I'm thinking they were short staffed. We were hard pressed to finish dinner in two hours. Food was good, but with the higher end price tag, excellent service should be included.
While we were not fans of the over-lit dining area, (Trace, please lower the lumens in the dining fixtures. It really detracts from a more intimate setting). The food was fantastically prepared, presented, and tasted amazing! As many have suggested, the brussel sprouts were fantastic. The Ahi Poke Wonton Chips were a fresh treat. The Market Board was decent, and the pate lacked a little savory. The sushi is well prepared, and quite tasty. We opted for the Tiramisu Trifle as our dessert; The presentation was a flip-top jar... unique, but difficult. It also lacked the espresso/rum flavors typical of authentic tiramisu, so a "trifle", I suppose, should have been the expectation. Next time, we'll try the Pear & Dried Cherry Cobbler. Yes, there will be a next time!
The food was great the server was really nice but there was only ONE server for sunday brunch on the day of the Seahawks NFC playoffs game!! Who made that decision!?!? Literally took 2.5 hours to get brunch. Poorly planned and they could have served, successfully, so many people had they just thought it thru! Thank goodness we got there early!!
We were here all week visiting Seattle and this was definitely my favorite restaurant on this trip. Friendly impeccable service and very tasty happy hour dishes. Even my four year old enjoyed her meal (not a kids meal but our adult food). We loved the clams, the pork miso soup, the garlic fries, and the lemongrass pork rolls. My husband requested riceless sushi and the chef made us a special roll with cucumber in place of rice. I wasn't expecting to order off the happy hour menu, but was pleasantly surprised it was offered until 7pm. It was like eating Asian tapas! Really cool menu and as everyone says, a swanky place. I would definitely come here again on my next trip. So glad that I picked this place. Only con was the noise.
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