Known as an upscale night spot that uses some of the best local ingredients, brunch at the Trace is a delicious, affordable, and relatively casual affair. The shrimp and grits are amazing.
Trace's pastry chef, Janina O'Leary, was a recent semi-finalist for a James Beard Award - and it shows. Her desserts are downright cruel, because though you want to eat every last one, your gastrointestinal system simply won't allow it. No matter: Just remember to order her fantastic "Drunken Donuts" with spiked dipping sauces, and try to share with your friends.
Great Atmosphere, Local Food. Creative dishes that utilize seasonal local food? Okay! In a super-romantic atmosphere? Even better! Take your hipster locavore date here to seal the deal.
Great!. We had a great experience. From the seasonal mixed green salad, to short ribs, to the dessert, the food was wonderful! Service was good too
In a word.....embarrassing. Do yourself a favor...visit Austin, stay at the W, go to a show at the Moody Theater, but stay, stay far away from the host restaurant, Trace. This restaurant could possibly be the worst restaurant in Austin, hands down. We had an 8 top last night, and every dish, and everyone agreed, was barely edible. From the oysters, to the octopus, all garbage. It truly is terrible folks, trust me, walk a couple of blocks around the hotel and you'll find some good grub.
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