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
59 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (40)fit for foodies (32)romantic (27)special occasion (18)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
  • 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
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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
  • Disappointed Diner
    Scott
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    After two rave reviews from colleagues, my wife and I decided to celebrate our 40th anniversary at Trax. Long and short: I wish we had gone elsewhere. We were shunted to our table for two in a dark corner (my wife used a pocket flashlight to see the menu). The noise level is very high because all of the surfaces in the restaurant are hard wood; it was difficult to hold a conversation. Service was efficient but brusque. Most of the food was good but not outstanding. (My wife's $30 filet mignon had a large mass of fat and gristle, and who serves plain white rice as a starch any longer?) We were so little impressed that we decided not to order dessert, and went to Cold Stone Creamery instead.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's BYOB but there is a local Wine
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    and Spirits shop up the street. Trainspotting alert: There are actually trains running through the station and tables set close to the tracks. We sat inside where it's extremely cozy but in a quaint way. Everything we had, from appetizers to desserts, was superb. New York Strip cooked perfectly, crab cakes were delicious. We're definitely going back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Evening with friends
    Texas
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    We get together with another couple once or twice a year. We always like to dine at a place where we can engage in conversation without a lot of background noise. We also especially like BYOB venues. Trax Café delivered on both accounts offering us a delicious meal enjoyed by everyone. There were a few seasonal "specials" offered including a shaved fennel and apple salad and a homemade pasta entry with sausage and herbs - both were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have eaten here on several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    We have eaten here on several occasions and they have always been very good. This by far was our worst experience. The salads were way under par. The salmon was rare and we ordered medium. The service seemed to want to rush us out the door. We will give them another chance based on our past experience.
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  • A delightful evening at Trax ...
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    We frequently find ourselves in Ambler for dinner and when we want that special meal, Trax is the place. Last week we were treated to an outside table on a delightful evening, even when the R5 trains went by. Our server, Daniel, was very helpful in guiding us through menu selections and our meals were wonderful. My wife is sensitive to black pepper and the chef was very accommodating to make up a scallop risotto with an alternate, pepper-free sauce. Chef even stopped by our table to check on our entrees and was pleased to hear that we were very satisfied. In one sentence, a great BYO with a delightful menu and knowledgeable wait staff. Do try Trax.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Outdoor dining was lovely and plenty of space between tables so we had privacy. Very good food and large portions for this type of dining. Janelle, our server, was the only negative. She was in a hurry to get her Saturday night started after work.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great menus and pleasant service...
    Floraellen
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Great menus and pleasant service....relaxed atmosphere. Really liked the limited but varied menu...and daily specials. Will look forward to a repeat visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    LarbecVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    There is nothing to complain about, but for the money they charge, one should expect something more than ""Nothing to complain about." The food was tasty and well prepared, but the OMG response that comes with a great resturant just wasn't there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood gem
    skardmVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Ambler continues to improve it's number and quality of restaurants. But Trax was one of the first and has remained consistently good. Steve Waxman, the owner, puts care into the running of his restaurant and has been a contributor to the growth and development of Ambler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    We were recommended to trax about 10 years ago and we go for our anniversary and birthdays every year. Always walk away raving about our experience! Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    DessertFirst
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Excellent food served by friendly and attentive servers. The atmosphere is comfortable and sitting outside is a treat. It's a BYOB and parking is close by. Ambler has lots of good restaurants and this is one of the best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went there during restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Went there during restaurant week and all 4 dishes were excellent. Continues to be our favorite BYOB in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to usual standards
    Diningout
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    We've dined at Trax before and found the food really well prepared and tasty. Not so during Restaurant week. We ordered from the price fixe menu. My husband ordered a caesar salad which was nothing special and I ordered a tomato mozzarella starter that was fine. The main entrees we ordered were the lobster and scallop alfredo which were a big disappointment. You had to really hunt for the lobster which I still question was even included and the bay scallops were too small and not tasty. The dessert finale of peach cobler was overcooked and dried out. For $35 per person this was not worth the money. We wished we went somewhere else. To top it off we were seated ON the railroad tracks. Which was a mistake.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was delicious, with an
    Funky
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    This was delicious, with an interesting menu. It was Restaurant week, so it was very busy, but the quality of the food was still very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    The 'Price Fix' menu was very creative - and the three courses were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • customer service wont get a repeat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    I was really disappointed by our recent visit to Trax. They messed up my husband's order and no one apologized. I even switched dishes with my husband and the waitress Kate didnt even notice when she checked up on us. I tried to ask her for another dish but she rushed off with the dish and another server delivered it. VERY disappointed. Will not be returning. Customer service ranks above food any day of the week.
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  • The food was (and always is)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    The food was (and always is) really fabulous and we were very excited about the outdoor seating. However, our table was a little too close to the kitchen door. Next time we will ask for a table closer to the train station.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Down by the trax
    KJAmbler
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Overall great experience. First time dining at Trax, sat outside way down by the railroad. there is a line of tables along the tracks, pretty secluded and apart from other patrons. Food was excellent, wife and I had the daily specials (swordfish and risotto). Pefectly cooked and seasoned. Service was also excellent - great knowledge of the meals, pairing with wine, some local knowledge about the Ambler train station. Our reservation was at 8, so the trains were still running every 15-30 mins, so a little loud when it come through. But reminded me of little restaurants in Europe near small stations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely outdoor dining..delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    My husband and I just moved to the Ambler area and decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary @ Trax. It was a beautiful night and we sat outside, which was lovely. Their food was impressive. I've been to so many restaurants recently that over season their food. The food at Trax was prepared perfectly with fresh, local ingredients. I would definitely return, although I've heard that dining inside during the colder months isn't nearly as nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but Good Food
    mar10xyz
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    Trains rush by too often for comfort. Still worth a one-time visit.
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  • Neighborhood gem
    skardmVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Trax came onto the scene early in Ambler's revitalization and has been consistently good. Ambience inside and out is unique in this former train station. Summertime first Fridays now has a band outside starting at 8:30 PM. Diners can enjoy or you can just come for lite fair and sit outside. BYO is a plus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best byob's around.
    Janeat
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    One of the best byob's around. We love the fresh, interesting food options. Lovely evening!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home-town hit!
    sheipatVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    I love Trax - the service is always great, the food is inventive and delicious, and I love sitting outside and seeing the trains go by. The fact that you have to halt conversation here and there when the train whistle makes it impossible to hear only adds to the ambiance of this "neighborhood gem." My most recent visit was during Ambler's "Restaurant Week," and the $35 3-course meal was top-notch. I had their version of a caprese salad (a tomato sliced and layered with fresh local mozzarella and topped with pesto), linguine with lobster and scallops in a blush sauce, and a peach crisp with ice cream and strawberry sauce for dessert. DELISH!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time
    greatfood
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    My husband and I had tickets to Act 11 playhouse. We wanted to eat nearby. The food at Trax was wonderful. We loved the menu and had a great time. We certainly will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    Babshopper
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    The food is delicious but the service was sooooo slow. How long does it take for a waiter to take your order, fill your water glass, bring lemons and cut a piece of key lime pie??? I wanted to call there and complain and even complain when I was there but I didn't.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    20thanniv
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We had learned about Trax from a show on 6ABC. Well, we couldn't be happier! Food was sooooo good. Perfectly balanced flavors, nice serving sizes, so fresh, my salmon practically melted in my mouth. Absolutely can 't wait to go back! You can not go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Service
    dick
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We have been consistent patrons of Trax and enjoy the excellent food. The service is always good and the wait-staff is pleasant.. We particularly enjoy celebrating New Years Eve dinners with family at Trax over the past 12 years. The owner, Steve Waxman, greets us in the dining room to ensure we are enjoying our meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice BYOB but pricey.
    PaulaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    This was my second visit to Trax. We were able to eat outside however I would recommend eating on upper level since the train passes frequently and is very noisy. Usually food very good but disappointed with a veal dish that was chewy and fatty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    DiningProVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    It was our first visit but not our last. Kate was great and we loved the swordfish special. The place is charming but small, so do make reservations. It wasn't crowded when we were there, but I imagine it gts quite noisy on a busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Rich
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    I was so looking forward to eating at Trax I heard it was a great BYOB. We have eaten at many fine dining restaurants and I was disappointed with the portion size and the pricing. They were out of 2 of the specials by 7:15. When we did receive our food it was very tasty at best luke warm and very small portions. I'm sorry to say that I would not recommend this restaurant and will not be going back.
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  • Good Food, Poor Svc for Reservation
    lcabeza
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    We had an 8:15 reservation. Showed up at 8:05 and there 2 couples in front of us without reservations waiting to be seated. The hostess seated the non reservation couples first, resulting in us having to wait over 50 mins. to get seated. The hostess apologized over and over again but that didn’t help us get seated. They had run out of the 3 menu items (and their menu is very small). I enjoyed what I ordered and didn’t make a fuss because it was a date night with my husband and we hadn’t had one in over 2 months. I wanted to enjoy the dinner as much as I could, but I was very frustrated that they didn’t seat us prior to 2 couples who didn’t have reservations. They should learn how to respect the reservation process or not have one.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food never disappoints - dining
    PhillyscooterVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    Food never disappoints - dining room can be very very noisy, to the point it should evaluate additional measures to deaden sound in the main dining room.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was delicious. Price
    CJL520
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Food was delicious. Price fix before 6 Pm a great deal. Service pleasant. Only downside: Hard to have a quiet conversation. Music too loud. Place very noisy when it filled up with patrons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was uninspiring and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    The food was uninspiring and overpriced. In addition, we were charged a sharing fee which I wouldn't have minded if they had told us about in advance.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have loved Trax for years...
    Jeannef227
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    I have loved Trax for years... wonderful food and service. My only wish is that they do something about the acoustics. Due to the wood floors, the noise level makes this fantastic restaurant a 3-star vs. a 5-star experience. Perhaps some area rugs? Overall, however, the food is always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We sat at table with heat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    We sat at table with heat vent under the table, it was very uncomfortable --too hot. Told the waiter who put a menu over the vent didn't work ---there were other tables availabe but never offered to move. Food was Ok but heat ruined the meal.
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  • Loved our first visit to Trax.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    This was our first experience at Trax. It is very small and tightly seated but, if you are looking for romance there are a few tables that call to the heart. If you are headed to Trax for a date night, tell them you would like a table in the alcove by the window. There were four of us for dinner and each of us had something different. Everything was very tasty. The butternut squash soup and the special asparagas wrapped in prociutto with goat cheese appetizers were excellent. Scallops, duck, pork loin and salmon were all cooked just right. Not inexpensive. For the four of us with a tip dinner came to $180. Nice thing about Trax beyond the great food is it's a BYOB. We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food. Fresh,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Outstanding food. Fresh, effort towards organic and local. Very good service. Tight quarters but tables well situated and noise level surprisingly low. Meals not inexpensive but with BYOB the overall value was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate