Trax Restaurant & Cafe
Trax Restaurant & Cafe

Trax Restaurant & Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.traxcafe.com/
  • Phone: 2155919777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Waxman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Catering: Trax Restaurant & Café since 1998. Birthday & anniversary parties, family events, meetings, holiday and office parties, reunions, showers and more. Call Chef/Owner Steven Waxman at 215-591-9777 to design a menu tailored to your needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Saturday afternoon & Sunday private parties available. Weekdays also available.
  • Private Party Contact: Steven Waxman 2155889234x
  • Special Events: Outdoor dining, First Fridays, Cooking Classes, & local organic farmers market every Saturday from May till November(visit Ambler Farmers Market)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maple Ave.
  • Public Transit: Located on the SEPTA R - 5 line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Pull up parking available, complimentary!
A word from Trax Restaurant & Cafe
Chef/Owner Steven Waxman opened Trax in the restored Ambler train station in 1989, after many years in his family wine business. Chef Waxman’s early career in the wine industry took him across the globe from Napa Valley and Burgundy – sampling fine wines & eating outstanding regional cuisine. Those early culinary experiences coupled with apprenticeships in restaurants along the East Coast motivated him to open his own restaurant, where people could enjoy food as extraordinary as the wines in their private collections. His goal was to prepare a menu that would satisfy the most discriminating palate – his own.

Whenever possible, Chef Waxman gets ingredients from small, local purveyors and farms that he knows he can trust. Some of the herbs and vegetables are even grown in the restaurant’s award-winning garden, which won a “Community Greening Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
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Trax Restaurant & Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)great for outdoor dining (42)fit for foodies (32)romantic (28)special occasion (19)good for groups (9)scenic view (9)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Did not like that there was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Did not like that there was a fixed menu for Valentine's day. Expensive meal that was not worth the price. The scallops were mushy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was not good and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was not good and the fixed price menu was pretty expensive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    My wife and I have frequented Trax on many occasions. We are never disappointed with our meal choices. Would highly recommend this neighborhood gem in the Ambler area. You can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    techdiva
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We had a great time. You could tell it was a chef's menu because the dish selection was limited, but varied for different palettes. The blending of proteins and flavors was interesting. If you like a "chef's" restaurant and like to try new stuff or just like a classic done very well, I recommend this restaurant. The staff was polite, informative, and courteous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute decision
    fjmdinner
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We found ourselves empty nesters for the night and not wanting to cook. Fortunately we were able to secure a late reservation at Trax. We have been there several times and enjoy the cozy restaurant within a restored train station. Dinner selections of beef, veal, fish, chicken and pasta entre's are prepared with local ingrediants. Service was attentive and our meal was served promptly. Our veal and pasta dinners were prepared to perfection. For us, a big plus is the BYOB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bait and switch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We chose this restaurant due to the extension of restaurant week which was clearly posted on their website. When we got there and asked the waiter, he, at first, said it was over. Then when we asked again he checked and explained that you had to reserve that menu. As he walked away and we questioned him again, he said he would work something out. What he worked out was that we paid more than restaurant week in the end. It was very disappointing. We checked the website right there at the table and it said nothing about this special reservation. Restaurant is nice but really loud. It is hard to hear people at your table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful night out
    Shelley563
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Trax is a wonderful little place located in a converted railway station. We had dinner on a Saturday night before a show at the nearby Act 2 Playhouse. It was restaurant week and so there was a 3 course limited menu. Everything was delicious and the waitstaff was friendly and took very good care of us. We are hoping to go back soon to try their regular menu. It's BYOB, so don't forget your wine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trax!
    NancyD
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Our recent dinner at Trax Cafe was fantastic! We had the bet table in the house, to the left of the fireplace in the window. Very cozy! Our meal and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly, loud
    djunat
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This was our first visit. It was Restaurant Week and the restaurant was very busy and VERY LOUD - too loud. We had to wait about 15 minutes for our reservation, which I know is something that is not always within a restaurant's control. But because of the small size of the restaurant, there is no comfortable place to wait, so we had to wait in the entrance. Food was good but not memorable. I might try the restaurant again, but definitely not on a busy night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trax never disappoints
    susan
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The food is well prepared, with flavors that explode on the first bites. Amounts are not too much. A bit expensive for a dinner for 2 - we bring our own wine and with a 20% tip averages $100. We could eat less appetizers and desserts, but, oh my, they are so worth ordering.We love our community gem - it is on our top 5 places to dine out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a bad meal
    BigE
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Trax never disappoints in their menu selection or their friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!!
    Patty
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at Trax. It is a small, intimate little place, which I just love. It was noisy, but not so much so that you couldn't enjoy the evening. When they put some jazz on at the end of the night, it was better. I wish they had started the music earlier. I would definitely recommend Trax, and we plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambler's gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Trax is by far the best restaurant in Ambler. The food is always fresh and delicious, portions are perfect-you don't leave hungry but also don't feel like you gorged yourself. I'm never let down. Keep it up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Trax
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Trax is the best place to eat in Ambler, and it's not even close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Family Tradition
    dick
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    As has been a family tradition for the past 14 years, we celebrated our NYE with dinner at Trax. As expected, we were not disappointed. My son and I had the sushi grade Tuna entre which was cooked to perfection (RARE) and undoubtedly the best I ever had. My wife and daughter had the crab and shrimp risotto topped with large, tender scallops entre which they toughly enjoyed. My son's wife, a vegan, had pasta with vegetables that she said was just "perfect." Our daughter's friend had the veal chop entre and when he finished there was "nothing left." Since Trax is a BYOB we were able to bring our favorite white and red wines. And Kate, our waitress, was, as usual, a pleasant and efficient server always anticipating our every need.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night out
    LCDiamond
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Very nice menu and nice night out. Good was good and great menu choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner...again!
    JJbiggy
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    We met friends at Trax to celebrate our child's college graduation with a nice dinner. Food and service was excellent. Pork Chop was absolutely outstanding! Prices were reasonable for the quality and amount of food. Glad we went here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We should have been advised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    We should have been advised that there was to be an extremely noisy office party going that evening when we made our reservation. There was no way we could have any conversation with the other couple at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I've been to Trax three times this year, so I believe I have gathered enough experience to give it a fair review. I find the service to be good and sometimes excellent. This is a hard rating because some dishes are unbelievably tasty and gorgeous, while others are blah/bland. Here are some examples: The short rib special was fabulous, while the bouillabaisse I had this past weekend was perfectly cooked, yet bland. I was struggling to taste some saffron, which was the main reason I ordered the dish. The roasted brussels sprouts appetizer is really tasty, while the baked macaroni and cheese app was bland. I will keep trying, but I'd really like to know which dishes are tasty and which I should avoid.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Food and service were excellent. Environment was marred by noise. Like the rooms of many old Reading Railway stations, this room suffers from bad reverberations that serve to amplify the noise from any noisy parties. As old railroad devotees, however, we enjoyed our table in the old waiting room which was by the window so we could watch the trains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • price and value
    cattleman
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Trax has a great location and the quality of the food was very ,very good. main concern was that the prices were high .I would have expected a little more attentive service in a restaurant priced at this level and it was not a busy night. These two issues could be improved.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold Weather
    localyokelVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food is delicious but when it's cold outside expect to be cold inside and dress accordingly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    suefrVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Once again we returned to Trax and had an absolutely delicious meal. There were four of us, all had different entrees and we were all quite happy with our choices. We all did price fixe--ribs; pasta with mushrooms; chicken; salmon. Just the right amount of food and the quality is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always on TRAX
    MerleeVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I have praised everything about this little gem in Ambler many, many times which is why I keep returning, usually with friends and family. The menu is always in keeping with the seasons, especially in the summer when fresh herbs and veggies from Steve's garden are included in every dish. The duck finds its way to my plate nearly every time but in between it's the crab cakes, scallops, or a special new to the choices. Definitely the fruit cobbler for dessert, to be shared by the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful BYOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Went with my husband after a recommrndation from a friend over 5 years ago. No idea why I waited so long. The food was carefully prepared and the entire menu came together nicely. The staff were courteous and professional and there was a good vibe throughout. An all around terrific dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great serv
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Great food and great serv ice but it is loud on a Friday night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    Amblerites
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    One of the upper end restaurants in Ambler. Excellent portion sizes of great food! Always a great menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best French Onion Soup Ever!
    mariecl
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    This is my new favorite restaurant! What a fantastic experience! Went there for my birthday and had a wonderful dinner. Started with theFrench Onion soup which was light and not salty. Had the braised pork which was extremely tender and the flavor was delightfully subtle. Everything was fresh, well prepared and presented. The service was very good, attentive without being intrusive. Have highly recommended it to my friends. Looking forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once a year kind of spot
    pickyeater
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We go to Trax once a year. The food is usually good but we always think the servers are fair. Requests for drinks water bread come slowly. It is one of the reasons we do not frequent Trax as much as we would like. Because it is a more upscale kind of restaurant you would think the servers would be more catering to the diners. Small local places usually go to the next level in customer service. Trax has not found that type of server and its been years ...... with that said... the food is very good and the mealsare enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but good for easy night out
    SmurfgoddessVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Food was good, our server was just OK, restaurant was very noisy so don't expect to have intimate evening but it was fine for nice meal. Menu limited and they don't easily accommodate to change on a Saturday.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of our favorites
    happy
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    trax cafe has been our favorite for a few years. the food is consistently good. The service is. usally excellent and it was good this timme, just not a very friendly server. It is a little on the loud side, but the ambiance and food more than make up for it. My only complaint is that the menu really has not changed ina. long time and i would like tosee more chicken/vegetarian options from time to time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekday Surprise
    BYOB
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    We dined on a Tuesday night for my husband's birthday and virtually had the place to ourselves. The food was delicious and the service was attentive and pleasant. In the past, we've typically dined here on a Saturday night but we will definitely think of it in the future as a great mid-week option.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    SuZie
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We were seated promptly with a reservation. Service was excellent with no feeling we needed to rush. Our server was able to answer questions we had and make suggestions based on our tastes. The food was served attractively and hot and was most delicious. The appetizers had interest, the pork fell off the bone and the crab was wonderful. Portions were quite enough and not too much. We enjoyed the surroundings. The room was a little loud when we first came in, but settled as we progressed through the evening. Thank you for a wonderful evening!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh seasonal menu
    VyctoryaVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Trax is my favorite local restaurant. Mushroom ravioli & pesto cream sauce last Friday nite was fabulous. Servers always upbeat & enthusiastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Trax
    Jilly
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Delicious food and great atmosphere while sitting outside. There was a large noisy party inside, so I would be careful about sitting inside--it seemed extremely noisy to me. Also--a dog friendly place, which I didn’t realize or I would have brought my little one. The table next to us had their little puppy and he was adorable. The service was friendly but SLOW--not a problem for us because we weren’t in a hurry at all. They were very busy! Food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Risotto Risotto Risotto
    dbearesqVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I love a good risotto. The crab risotto special with shrimp and pesto was excellent. My wife loved the boulubais with a filet of skate on top. A shared peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream was a perfect end to our meal. The local chestnut hill coffee was also very good. Trax will definitely be a repeat destination for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Had a lovely dinner
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Great food! Had a lovely dinner over a reunion with old friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were headed to a show and
    goodfood
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We were headed to a show and it was a great stop for dinner. The food was very good and the service was also. Tables are a little close together and some people talk in loud voices but all in all it was a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was good; in the
    Walter1VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Everything was good; in the past, food and service was inconsistent. At this visit, all was good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Mediocre
    Bogo
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    We went to Trax on a Thursday evening. The restaurant was dark and none of the candles were lit on the table. We had to wait for our initial greeting (water, wine opening, etc.) because we could see that our waitress was busy watching Jeopardy in the kitchen with the other staff. The food was average at best and we ultimately finished our wine outside because we felt rushed to leave (we were one of two tables in the restaurant and the other couple left by 7:30). I would not recommend Trax to anyone and hope they can get themselves "back on track!"
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    • Noise LevelQuiet