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181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3107 (Formerly XYZ) (Howard Street)
+1 415-817-7836
Mon - Thu 06:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 23:00
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209 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb scallops appetizer, best ive ever had. Steak was delicious and the vegetables that came with it were stunning but it did need Fries to soak up the gravy.

Thank John C
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Before going to SFMOMA, we stopped in for only coffee. Servers were attentive and didn't bother us for not ordering anything else. Nice quiet venue to sit and chat.

Thank Kimo17051
new york
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I recently dined at Trace on a Friday night and loved it! The restaurant is located at the W hotel. The ambiance is quiet, romantic and the decoration is beautiful. To start we ordered oysters, Brussel sprouts and shanghai noodles. The oysters were beautiful presented and all dishes were delicious! For our entrée, my boyfriend enjoyed his steak but the... More 

Thank christine t
San Francisco, California
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Staff is excellent and sweet. Order the Chilaquiles with sausage. it's a treat! Also sit by the windows for an amazing vie of buena vista park

Thank rxdxt
Truckee, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Great food. Slow service and not the most attentive waitstaff but it was at the end of a holiday weekend so maybe they were all tired.

Thank TruckeeMomma
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017

The food is stunning. So tasteful and very fairly priced. Service is great. People overlook Trace and that is a mistake.

Thank rwollack
Los angeles
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Excellent kitchen, breakfast and Brunch were delicious, but the amazing service we got from Yaya and Damian is what really stood out. Thank you for making our experience a memorable one.

Thank Jvernassal
New York City, New York
1 review
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Had a very nice lunch at Trace. The food and service were excellent. We had a very nice expeerience.

Thank carlrubens
Toronto, Canada
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69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

small menu and we found it difficult to find something that appealed. do try the avocado toast. lovely toasted bread with avocado, pine nuts, pomegranite seeds and light dressing. the Breaded chicken was good. the fresh drinks were good. my breakfast came with overcooked poached eggs and dry over cooked roasted potatoes, service staff were ok, but the food took... More 

Thank sarah c
Roseville, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

The service was good. Menu was limited. Menu written in fufu language. Didnt understand items on menu. coffee was terrible

Thank guyfromroseville

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$40
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3107 (Formerly XYZ)
    (Howard Street)
  • Public Transportation: Two blocks from Montgomery Muni and Bart Station.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > SoMa
  • Neighbourhood: SoMa
  • Phone Number: +1 415-817-7836

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in SoMa

Neighbourhood Profile
South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighbourhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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