We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Just not good enough”
Review of Trace

Reserve with OpenTable
Trace is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #468 of 5,693 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: SoMa
Cross street: Howard Street
Transit: Two blocks from Montgomery Muni and Bart Station.
Level Contributor
136 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
“Just not good enough”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Very short menu with little choice. Food cooked off ok but required seasoning. Wine list also short and expensive. For a W hotel simply not up to scratch.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank ellysian
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

177 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
“Wonderful - Fabulous Dinner at the Trace Restaurant - W-Hotel”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Had to share this raving experience. Dinner with the wife on a special night for us, dinner at the Trace Hotel. We went with the 'tasters menu'. Don't hesitate, just let the kitchen bring you the best, most refined tastes of the kitchen.

Each plate was paired with excellent wine. Each experience was amazing. The staff was professional, friendly and could not only explain what each plate was -- exactly -- but also shared outstanding and informative wine references as well.

We also learned, (Notable mention) -- that several Trace staff members were very involved in caring for Bees on the W rooftop! Guess where the fabulous honey comes from?!

Environment is Modern, clean, low lit, clean design and great for a special experience.

Over all excellent dinning experience. My wife and I loved every moment.

  • Visited October 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank marsurf
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Randolph, New Jersey, United States
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Our waitress was very good.”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

The restaurant and bar are hip and very chic looking. It caters to a young and hip crowd. I guess we expected a gourmet meal in the restaurant since it's such an expensive hotel but sorry to say it was just an average meal.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Diane P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Los Angeles, CA
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food, service, and ambience”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

the food is sourced locally and the staff are brilliant--at 10 meals here and would go back any time. Try the flatbreads!

Visited October 2012
Thank johnee99
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Greenwood, Indiana
Level Contributor
55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent place for meeting folks and having drinks.”
Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Trace was a very nice bar/restaurant. The staff was courteous and friendly. They also remembered you if you visited more than once. The food was very upscale and the bar selection was great and they had a lot of local beers on tap. Great atmosphere and the place was always hoping. Loved it.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank KevinTravel19
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Trace also viewed

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA

Been to Trace? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing