The hostess stand is tucked around the corner. So, we, along with other diners, did the tour of the restaurant because we didn't see the stand. Food was good. I ordered the flank steak which was very good. Service was a bit too efficient. A second after I put my fork down after my last bite, and a server swooped to clear my plate. I had to nod to acknowledge I was "finished" since I was still chewing my food. Good dinner, but it will be a while until it reaches the top of the list again for our Seattle outings.
Food wonderful per usual. Service stepped up on Sat. night . Few people eating dinner at 6 pm prior to symphony. Waitress Jeannie knowledgeable and gracious and helpful.. servers presented food in a timely fashion. A step up from other reviews. We're happy for the up tick on service ! Thanks K and R
The newly remodeled Trace is awkward. You enter the hotel lobby and the bar is front and center but no hostess or anyone to greet you to enter the restaurant. It's a step up into the space that is going for a retro look with gold-on-gold but the tones don't quite go together. The food was good, the space is weird. We were one of only five tables in the place, lots of servers standing around but no one engaging w/ guests.
Food is better than Earth and Ocean was but the concept is off.
We wanted a nice place in downtown before theater which was not one of the ubiquitous steakhouses. We had heard that the W had redesigned its restaurant and decided to give it a try. We were disappointed to find it uninspired and uninspiring. Service was slow and amateurish, even though only a few tables were occupied. We had to ask a couple of times as to the status of our drinks and the bread arrived at the table just prior to our check, almost as an afterthought. Wine list was not very interesting and food was okay, but not memorable. New decor , with hard floors and wire chairs, came across as cold and like slightly tired cafeteria, not as a fresh take on retro. Overall a forgettable hotel dining room.
Birthday dinner. Food was outstanding, exceeding expectations. Everything was imaginatively prepared and presented, and delicious. Excellent choices for vegetarians and vegans, as well as carnivores. The restaurant was only a few weeks old when we visited, so the confused service is understandable. Despite their inexperience, the wait staff was very attentive and tried hard to please. The bartenders are as skilled as the kitchen. Will definitely return.
Always an excellent meal at Trace. The food is very fresh and impressively prepared. We went for brunch recently and I don't think I've ever had a finer omelet. Trace is the kind of restaurant that you can enjoy casually after work or dress up and enjoy a romantic evening out.
The food was fantastic. Pacific northwest themed with a twist, different than other places. The halibut was cooked to perfection, the pork was the best I've tasted and the braised beed pappardelle Is amazing. Pricing is competitive. Service was attentive. Newly renovated with interesting decor. Definitely a must try.
Our first time at Trace. Unfortunately, due to extremely bad traffic (leaving from Everett) we arrived 1/2 hour later than planned and had to rush a little through dinner. We had theatre tickets. The staff was very accomodating in getting our food to us quickly. I ordered halibut and my husband ordered salmon. Both were cooked perfectly. We also had the house salad. Large and nicely dressed with a very good vinaigrette. Next visit we hope to have time for a more leisurely meal AND dessert.
I'm a big fan of W Hotels. Seattle W does not meet my expectations. The new hotel lobby look is cheap and strange (just my opinion.) Trace feels like a cold, hard-surfaced cafeteria. The wait staff seemed very confused when I showed up for my reservation. Three of them asked "can I help you" as if I was there to try on shoes. There's no real logic as to where you check in if you have a reservation, so I probably looked just as confused as they were. My guest had not arrived yet, but the server asked if he could take my order (and I don't mean drink order). It was a very disconnected, trying-too-hard experience and there's too many other great places with better ambiance to waste my time at Trace. The food wasn't bad.
Very good meal. Service was good though they kept changing as the meal went on. Pretty dead in the restaraunt for a Saturday night though the bar section was busy. Not a place for a romantic dinner but the food was tasty and presented well. Decor was modern, not cozy....
The entire evening was wonderful. Everyone was generous and welcoming. It was a special evening.
Trace is part of the W Hotel. One a Friday evening at 9PM, we were one of just two tables in the restaurant. While the quality of the food was excellent and we had a wonderful server combined with a beautiful new restaurant, it was very pricey for what you got. Rolls were about 40% more than most places. Dessert on the other hands was reasonable ($8) and amazing. And the bar scene is always great with wonderful music. Might be better to come for drinks, grab desert, than dinner.
We found that the food was put together without any obvious effort. The menu was extremely limited, and one would think that this would make result in each dish being special. Instead, we were treated to food that could have been reheated (in the case of the pasta, I would bet on it). I think they should stop pretending and serve bar food, or make an effort to compete with the many other fine dining establishments in the same area.
We ate am early dinner, 5:00-6:30 on a Friday night and were the only people in the restaurant. If you like a quiet place with good food then this is a hit. The fish dishes were prepared very well, but you will want to order an appetizer or two as the entree sizes/sides are very light. The W bar next door had some great cocktails and a good atmosphere.
Two of our menu items were delicious, the fish. The soup was fabulous, but the rest of the meal had a lot to be desired. The service was not impressive, it was slow, and they forgot a soft drink and we had to ask two more times for it. The restaurant only had one other table in it, so the slow and inadequate service was disturbing.
The Open Table restaurant description is inaccurate. I don't think Chef Stevenson is there. When I was there in August the menu and food didn't fit the description so I asked if there had been a change of chef and was told there had been.
The food was good, but strange, on a Friday night there were only 2 tables... W Bar was quite busy though...
This is the third and final time I will go to Earth & Ocean. Each time I have gone, both lunch and dinner, the service has been slow to non-existant, I have had to get up and go find the wait-person several times on every occasion. The food is mediocre at best and the atmosphere is cold and lackluster. This is not a good value or experience. The W was such a fun place to go when it first opened but they have done nothing to stay fresh and relevant. There are much better places to go with better service, food and ambiance at a much better value.
We didn't really have a bad experience at Earth & Ocean but there really wasn't anything that great about it either. The food was good but not outstanding for the prices. And the service was kind of luke warm and not overly friendly. I did really apprecaite the very diverse menu as there were plenty of unique options to chose from.
Outstanding food, super service. Does not look like a whole lot of food on the plate but when you finish, you are full and satisfied.
small portions, overpriced wine
All was surprisingly good for lunch. The three course lunch for $15 is the best deal in all of Washington!!! Perfect foie gras; salads with organic ingredients; and gnocchi with fresh peas and veggies perfection. Cocktails so delicious!!!! All was perfect in every way!!!!
The atmosphere....sophisticated, without being stuffy....upscale, without being cold !
The food/menu....diverse, without being overwhelming...an option for every palate and taste !
The service....simply "OVER THE TOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Jennifer was FABULOUS...FUNNY...ATTENTIVE...KNOWLEDGABLE....and a HOOT !! The "W" is fortunate to have such gifted individual in their employ !
Whenever we're in Seattle, "E&O" will be "must visit" !!!!
Went on a Saturday night. Only two tables were full. Asked waitress what they were known for and she didn't really have an answer besides an appetizer...not a good sign....as well as proceeded to tell us they had no executive chef at the moment. We decided right then to just get an appetizer and leave. So we did and went and ate somewhere else.
Food was ok, maybe it was the dine around seattle menu limitations. Pork rilette was underwhelming, tasteless in part, if you can believe it. The pork belly was ok, not melt in your mouth but there was flavor. Now dessert - three mini warm carrot pain - was delightful. The ice cream that it was paired with was non-descript and the pineapple "salad" it was on was not necessary. A nice touch was the coconut shavings. Very nice finish to a just ok meal.
Food was terrific, waiter very nice and personable; ambiance was below average --strictly hotel DR. The chef deserves better.
Food was really sweet. I had soup for a starter and it was so sweet. Followed with mussels for my entree and it was also sweet; dessert is expected to be sweet but it was so sweet that i cannot eat it.
I think the chef has a sweet tooth.
Food and service were both below average
Excellent food, service and menu as usual! love it every time
There's bad service, and then there's the expectation of good service and someone's incredibly poor attempt to provide it. E&O provided a half-hearted attempt at good service and it clearly didn't suffice. Nobody was in a bad mood, the place wasn't busy - it wasn't bad service, it just wasn't anywhere near what fine dining should provide (at $130 for dinner for two, I expect a lot more). Food was OK to good but not great. Will not be returning with the abundance other great places in Seattle. For a valentine's dinner, there's no reason I should be left waiting to order another drink followed by waiting for 10 minutes for it to arrive. After app, dinner, and 2 drinks we left to find dessert elsewhere.
We chose this restaurant for a pre-theater meal because it was--near the theater. On this Saturday night, only 3 or 4 tables were taken. The menu was confusing and took some time to figure out. The waiter was pleasant but unable to answer our questions. The butternut squash soup was very tasty. The bread was good. The salt prawns were tough, and the polenta was swimming in smoked bacon grease. The gnocchi were tasty enough, except that they were swimming in some cringe-inducing fluid. And it really did take almost an hour for our food to be served, so we had to rush out out of the restaurant to make it to the theater. It was a very, very costly bowl of soup!
Tried the 3 course dining meal. Excellent value/food. Great service. soup and salads were a little disappointing, not bad but not exciting flavor but appetizers, main course, and dessert were all delicious.
The food and service were excellent. I am not sure why it was so empty though.
Earth & Ocean is nestled inside the ground floor of one of the major fancy hotels along 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. When we visited, it was just days before Christmas, and where we chose to have dinner before enjoying a performance of A Christmas Story, The Musical at the 5th Avenue Theatre. The restaurant was surprisingly empty. Either out of boredom or charity, the kitchen threw in a couple extra appetizers and dishes: worthy morsels rich with a stimulating mixture of flavors. I opted for the chef's 'sip and serve' which came with fennel salad, braised pork belly and a kind of apple tort with a warm red wine. The pork belly was fantastically melt-in-your mouth indulgent... today, I'm going to the gym! A good meal and fine evening.
Lunch was really yummy, and the service was outstanding.
Won't be back. Limited menu options and our group agreed that food was OK at best.
With all other area restaurants booked until 10:30PM, it seemed lucky that Earth & Ocean had an 8PM reservation available. When we got to the restaurant we were surprised to find it was empty and we were the only table there. This is never a good sign and surprising for the W hotel. But I have to say the experience in my private restaurant was great - food was amazing and the service impeccable. I would definitely go back. I'm not sure why no one else has discovered this gem but it is well worth the stray from other overhyped overpriced neighbors.
The service was horrible. The restuarant was npt even busy and it took over an hour to get our food. I cannot imagine how long it would take if the place was busy.
I was disappointed with our experience at Earth & Ocean. The Pear Affair martini was delicious and came in a huge class (loved the large size), as well as the appetizer (crab hushpuppies), squash soup, and the dessert. However, the entrees were not that great. My husband had the pasta special and I had the sea scallops. The scallops were tiny, not well cooked and the rest of the plate was not very well presented nor very appetizing. I don't think we'll be eating here again.
Dinner was exceptional! We ordered the chef's tasting menu, along with a wine pairing. What a special evening it was! The food was inventive, and the wines chosen were perfectly matched to complement the courses. We also learned background about each wine as well. The executive chef was at the restaurant the evening we were there, and we met him, which was a treat!