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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
I seriously loved this place! I had no idea how good it would be. I had seen reviews, and it had a high rating, but the food itself was out of this world delicious for the most part. And even what wasn't "out of this world" delicious was still ALMOST out of this world delicious. The thing I'd recommend most is the oysters. Seriously the best I've ever had, and that's saying something because I've eaten a lot of oysters. Also, simply the bread they serve - you must try the walnut bread. And the Shanghai noodles are PERFECTION! For main entrees, I had branzini and my bf had chicken - they were both very good. Service very good and ambiance nice and modern.
As a hotel restaurant goes, it was fine. I didn’t realize it was right on street level when booking. Needed a restaurant close by. Very cool decor, service was very accommodating and great server. Brussels sprouts were awesome! Pear and endive salad was a bit lack luster...not impressed. Chicken dish was very good, the flatiron steak was not! It was tough, had huge gristle in the middle of both pieces. Seemed to be either sitting too long or reheated as the polenta was hard around the edges. Yuck. Didn’t complain as I was tired and just wanted to go, but $36 for a steak I couldn’t eat was disappointing. Too many good restaurants in SF to eat mediocre.
Christmas Day fixed menu was very expensive for what we got. It cost us over $650 for 5 people. For that we got a shared starter which turned out to be 3 dishes to serve 5 people, one small entree each and three deserts to share between 5 people.
Very disappointing, would not recommend this restaurant if there is a fixed menu
My co-workers treated me to lunch for my birthday today. We've been here several times before and always received great service, but today was over the top! They were so attentive, even in timing my birthday cake, trying to serve it before the ice cream melted, but not wanting to rush me!
I wish all restaurants would model their service after Trace. The team here is wonderful & genuine!
Great lunch! We all had the express lunch - excellent small bowl of tomato soup, roasted chicken sandwich & ended with a delicious ice cream sandwich. Our waiter was knowledgeable, didn't rush us, & just the right amount of friendly. Highly recommend if you're in the area for something at Yerba Buena Center, etc.
Food was great quality for the price. I had a great waiter with excellent recommendations. Very good Chicken Marsala and he tried to tempt me with some awfully good looking desserts, but I managed to hold my ground! It's a little noisy but that may have been due to the groups.
Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant can be a disaster. My experience at Trace was just the opposite! I had the traditional turkey dinner with all the side dishes. The quantity and quality of the food was exceptional and the price was very low compared to what other restaurants were offering for Thanksgiving dinner. Based on my Thanksgiving dinner experience, I will definitely go back to Trace for a non-holiday meal.
This was our second visit and unfortunately it wasn’t great. Service thoughtout was poor for the price. Charcuterie was an A+ meat provider but poorly presented, no mustards, and just thrown together with arugula on top. The waiter wasn’t sure what was what. The chicken breast main seemed a bit dry. The bronzino, normally a wonderful fish served whole was only one side and seemed precooked and heated. The waiter asked if I knew how the fish was as served so I was disappointed when it was not served how bronzino is normally served. Too bad.
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.
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