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TRACE at W San Francisco is committed to creating an enriching and thoughtful culinary experience by fusing the vibrant, local personality of the Bay Area with our dedication to socially responsible cuisine. At the helm, Executive Chef Jason Rea leads his team to source local and sustainable ingredients, serving meals that can be confidently traced back their natural origins.
TRACE is located at W San Francisco, an electric urban retreat with a refreshing vibe and extraordinary service. Situated in the heart of the SoMA district next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Gardens, and Moscone Convention Center, the dynamic W San Francisco is the place to relax, mingle, share, taste, and explore in San Francisco.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 6:30am -10:30am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm -10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Resident DJ's spinning Friday and Saturday nights at UPSTAIRS Bar and Lounge.
$15 validated parking @ W Hotel, Howard Street entrance.
Two blocks from Montgomery Muni and Bart Station.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Enjoy Trace in the most intimate setting. Contact us to reserve semi private areas for your next corporate or special event. Fusing the local personality of the Bay Area with our dedication to socially responsible food makes Trace the ideal destination.
Trace Ratings and Reviews
The Resturant was quite empty and we had fabulous service. The prices were high $14 for 4 oysters and $19 for 2 midsize scallops. We really loved these two starters. The main we had was hanger steak with polenta and greens for $36 the meat and greed were not very good at all.
We arrived an hour earlier than our reservation because our plans changed, and they were very accommodating! The service was impeccable, checked in very often and refilled waters and drinks, but still gave us space to enjoy ourselves. The Brussels
Sprouts share dish was so delicious! Portions were actually quite large. Entrees were delicious but I was more impressed with the smaller plates. You could easily serve two people with 2-3 appetizers instead of entrees. The hotel is across the street from Yerba Buena gardens. We'll be back for a drink and light bite again soon!
While I had a great experience the menu was very limited and major trendy. Ended up getting a burger because it was really the only thing on the menu that I could make sense of. The location, ambiance, and availability through Open Table drove our decision to meet here.
Upon arrival we were told the kitchen was about to close, at 10:30 am, and seemed to annoy the staff for our inconvenience even though we had a reservation for this time. The food was fine and the Bloody Mary was nice, but the service was not ideal. Will not return.
Trace was a pleasant surprise as It exceeded our expectations in both food and service. The service was competently executed with a knowledgeable waiter and capable service. Generally, hotel restaurants provide the same boring menus that are almost chain-like but the selections at Trace are comparable to any good restaurant in San Francisco. The menus are priced at the higher end but the portion sizes are not small resulting in a good value. Well worth another visit.
I was a bit disappointed. The food was good, but you can get great food in the Bay Area very easily. The prices were high. The wait staff was very very nice and efficient so no complaints there. The dining room and the bar area are cold colors and hard edges. The dining room is not all that attractive. I didn't hate it, but I wouldn't go back. There are just so many better restaurants in SF that this one isn't worth the time.
We purchased the deal from Travelzoo to try the tasting menu at Trace. We ordered half a bottle of wine with our courses, and even with the deal, our bill was still over $100! For the main course, I ordered the halibut which was tasty and my husband ordered the skirt steak which was bland and unexciting! The restaurant is located conveniently near Moscone Center, but there are other places to try before I'll come back to this place even though the service was great.
We bought Travelzoo coupons to try their food. Everything was good but when it comes to their seafood, they are very weak. We were told that the scallops were wonderful but when we got it, it was too salty. The wild halibut was definitely frozen as it has that frozen taste to it and the salmon was really fishy. However, the meats were all very good. Need to improve on their seafood.
Both Michael Bauer and Patricia Unterman, local San Francisco food critics, reviewed Trace favorably. However, neither found the atmosphere comfortable. Keeping this in mind, we sat away from the bar area on a hopping Saturday night. We found the service excellent, the wine list good, the food quality very good, and it was comfortable. Portion sizes are large, although expensive. A satisfying meal can be constructed with a few drinks, the share plates and appetizers. Although the Mains are prepared very well, they are standard fare: flank steak, burger, salmon, halibut, etc. Overall it was a satisfying experience and the food is very well executed.
Pedicab took us to Tres by mistake which would make us 10+ minutes late for our 7pm reservation. Tried repeatedly to call Trace to ask them to hold our reservation. No one answered the phone.
We arrived to ear deafening music in the bar next to an empty hostess stand. The nearly empty Friday 7pm restaurant should have been a clue....
After at least a 3 minute wait, we asked to be seated as far away from the bar as possible.
Our halibut was deliciously prepared atop a bed of spinach under which was a cold, curdled tomato based sauce along with a side a of baby cold shriveled carrots.
Very disappointing...our server coldly asked if I wanted something else (I didn't)...
There were some really creative items on the menu that I've not seen before. A quinoa appetizer infused with goat cheese topped with stone fruits? Fantastic!!!!
The service was completely outstanding. We quite like and appreciated Chee (sp) our server. Full of information and very helpful in ordering. He really knew the menu.
Celebrating our 7yr anniversary at TRACE.
Food was delicious but our server made the experience memorable. Damien was very attentive to even the slightest details. He checked in regularly and made sure we were comfortable & satisfied.
We started with mimosas ( of course) and coffee.
I ordered the madame croque - which was adorned with the perfectly poached egg that oozed over once it has been broken.
My partner ordered the braised beef. The Beef was done to perfection, it was Moist and just melts in your mouth! He beef was a great compliment to the creamy polenta that it sat on.
We finished up the meal with a carrot cake to share.
To sum up the brunch: it was a perfect way to celebrate an anniversary.
Thank you Damien!
My first time here - as well as my friend. Food was great - and tasty, service was very good, checked on us periodically - made sure we had everything we needed. Beautiful and bright décor - nice location. I would definitely be back and recommend to others!
I enjoyed eating at Trace -- the food, service and overall ambiance were pleasant overall. I was there with another vegetarian and a meat eater. I didn't leave thinking 'wow this is the best vegetarian food out there'; but I did find it interesting and very good considering it's not a vegetarian restaurant.
My dish was full of vegetables, which I loved. And it was beautiful -- so stunningly presented I had to call the server over and express my joy. I'm sometimes annoyed by overwrought presentation as it can seem cliched. But this was beautiful and expressive and perfectly matched to the food that was being served.
They had a nice bread service that my fellow diners greatly enjoyed. My meat-eating friend seemed quite happy with his meal.
Then dessert came. Again, it was stunningly beautiful (and delicious). Repeating myself here, but when I say the presentation was beautiful it wasn't done in a way that seemed affected, cloying or overdone. It was like seeing something that instinctively brought me so much joy, it was a celebration to look at it.
The service was good in the sense that the people working our table were present to the right degree and attentive to our needs. It wasn't at the 'fine dining' level, but no complaints.
We chose this restaurant for lunch because of its proximity to SFMOMA. We found it pleasant and creative. My husband had the lamb pastrami, and reported it as very good. My Asian noodle were also very good. We would go back for both the convenient location and the food.
We had dinner reservations at Trace last Saturday night at 6 pm, after we saw Into The Woods at the Golden Gate Theater. We arrived early at 5:30 pm, and ordered the Rum Ice Tea (and the non-alcoholic type) with sweet potato fries at the bar, because we were starving for food. We were taken to our street view table at 6 pm, where we were most graciously hosted by our waiter, "The Bee Keeper". Our conversation with him totally enhanced our dining experience. He was the ideal waiter! A terrific host! We both ordered the Hangar Steak, which was sliced in pieces, and was very tasty. We shared dessert over coffees, and just lingered there until 7:45 pm, with no rush put upon by our waiter. The rest rooms are communal with toilet areas as large as small apartments. We and another couple got a chuckle over this in the rest room. When we left, there were plenty of people in the "W" Hotel bar, where Trace is located, and there was music in the balcony bar. Just a terrific place to hang out, made even more special by our "bee keeper" waiter. Although we live in the East Bay, we are mulling over an overnight stay at the "W" Hotel, which is just down the street from the SF MOMA, Yerba Buena Center, Museum and park, and the Jewish Contemporary Museum.
Surprisingly empty at 7pm on a Friday night with a Gaming convention in town. Possibly too pricey for the amount of food? Past its prime? The decor hasn't seem to change for many years now. Kind of stark and a bit cold. But very clean, white, and crisp. It's a nice environment, albeit a little impersonal.
Food was good. Good thing we had a TravelZoo coupon which saved us ~$40 on the meal.
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