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Trax Restaurant & Cafe
Trax Restaurant & Cafe

Trax Restaurant & Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.traxcafe.com
  • Phone: (215) 591-9777
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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 (215) 588-9234
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed a great meal with excellent service. Love this neighborhood restaurant and I need to eat here more often!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Quiet, friendly, charming, super clean, classy, amazing fresh food prepared by a wizard (from A to Z) and you are served promptly but can take your time too. BYOB is great."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Trax is always an enjoyable evening. The food is good and the chance to sit outside by the railroad tracks makes it a fun night. I like the new summer additions to the menu. The gazpacho was excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We ate outside on a beautiful June night. Expected the train noise so no surprise but it was a weekend so not too bad. I think the hostess could have been dressed more appropriately than black spandex head to toe and neon sneakers. She looked like she was going out for a run. The food was wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Took my mom here for dinner as it is now one of her favorite spots. I requested a quite table by the window and when we walked into the restaurant, our table was waiting as requested. The ambiance in the restaurant is quaint and subdued and it is fun watching the trains go by. The restaurant is dark, but nicely lit with tea lights that makes the dining room very relaxing. The food was very good and Kate our server was very friendly and efficient and makes sure that you are well taken care of. Prices are a little on the high side, but since it is a BYOB, it is still a better deal than most nice restaurants."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "What can I say? - this is our 6th or 7th time dining here - the food and service were once again excellent. As it was a nice evening we dined outside at a table close to the train tracks, and train traffic was low. We enjoyed our dinner so much even if a train had gone by we didn't notice! Staff and servers provided were their usual great service. They had my favorite soup, and adjusted my wife's order to accommodate her gluten intolerance. Can't wait for an excuse to go back again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Best risotto ever! The scallops, stuffed portobello mushrooms and prosciutto wrapped asparagus were fantastic too. Don't stop there - the deserts were great too! All of this and some great ambience from a soulful and angelic voice playing some coffee house style music on the guitar. A great dining treat all around!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I would highly recommend this BYOB restaurant. The food was amazing, especially the asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, crab risotto with scallops and the sea bass. I would suggest, if sitting outside, to sit away from the railroad tracks. The noise and wind from the train is annoying. Other than that, this is a great place to go."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "From the warm goat cheese fritter to the dark chocolate mousse everything we were served was a feast for the senses! Beautifully plated & absolutely delicious! We sat out in the garden, which was lovely! The only issue was that our server seemed to have a very large area to cover and therefore a little scattered. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It was a wonderful night for outdoor dining - temperature just right - no bugs and the overhang kept away the gentle rain that fell intermittently. When a train goes by it is a conversation stopper (and then restarter), but it is overall very pleasant on a nice night (from previous experience, I'd give the indoor dining ambience a 3 star score- it's a bit crowded and loud, when everyone is packed in). The food is reliably good at Trax - the crab cakes and lamb dishes are among my favorites."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Love going here. Love the chef's creations and the service ia always great."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "we have been there many times and will definitely go back, food always great! BYOB which is great too. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Could be we just ordered the wrong thing. Our friends are vegetarian, and they were thrilled with what the chef prepared for them. My salmon was tasty but overdone, and my husband's slow cooked braised beef was not tender at all. The atmosphere is fun --with the trains rolling by, it's different and kind of cool. The service was friendly and attentive. I would try again."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Tenth time here and food always good and usually interesting. BYOB is also major draw. On nice days can sit outside ( although train going by can rarely be a pain). We recommend Trax to even our most critical foodie friends and have never gotten negative feedback. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food is fantastic, but both times I was at Trax there was a large group that was so loud I found it hard to carry on a conversation with my dinner partner. The dining room is very small and intimate, and if there's a large group, it's almost impossible for anyone else to have an enjoyable experience. We asked to move outside, which was very nice, and weather permitting, I would recommend eating outdoors on their back patio. If you're a fan of trains, the R5 roars past periodically, which offers a sense of travel romance."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Once again, the food was excellent. Brought my Mother to dinner and she thoroughly enjoyed the Lamb special. This is my fifth or sixth time dining here and it has never disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This was our 3rd visit to this restaurant and we made reservations for a Friday evening. The restaurant was totally empty, with one other couple besides us. The waitress was arrogant, discourteous, and with such few people she still seemed, to rush us, and when we requested to wait to order our dinner, we felt she wanted to see what was good for the chef and kitchen staff. We are very disappointed and felt it was a most unemployable evening, when we just wanted to relax and enjoy after a busy week."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Lovely evening... Really delicious food, nice atmosphere. Will return soon!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Wanted to go out but were concerned about it being Passover. Lots of options made ordering relatively easy. No surprises, "waiter" was good, food was very good, we'd go back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "If you are just looking for a casual dinner and trying some place new, this is worth a visit. It is extremely small, which makes it very "warm", but the noise level can get a bit loud, although not in a disruptive way. (there is outdoor seating, we could not use, but would definitely change the space/noise factor). The service was friendly and attentive. BYOB - which keeps the bill reasonable. The food was presented well, but no real "wow" factor. If having a fabulous culinary experience is your goal, then this is not the place for you. if you just want a night out with friends in a pleasant atmosphere with tasty, although not amazing food - You should put this on your list."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A fun evening out; attentive service, delicious food, nice ambience."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Smallish, a bit cramped and quite noisy. That said, the waitstaff is attentive and the food sufficiently varied and good. The cod special was OK, the salmon quite good and the mushroom bisque excellent. Desserts limited in number, but sufficiently varied and quite good. BYOB, with iced bucket provided for white wine. We used it as a pre-theater meal (Act 2 in Ambler just a few blocks away) but it's fine for just a single evening out."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "It's a very small space so it's loud and hard to regulate the temperature. We were alternately hot (the heating vent was under our table) and cold (when the front door opened). Food and service were great."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Trax is a great place to enjoy a really good meal. It's BYOB so you save money. We got the french onion and salad wedge with house cured bacon. The soup was unique as it used white onions and Gruyere cheese mixed together with some croutons for a new taste. The salad was only OK. For the dinner, we had the bay scallops and lobster meat over fettuccine with vodka rosa sauce and tilapia with rice, mango salsa, and crab meat. Both were outstanding. We finished with the chocolate mousse. Great food and nice setting. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Always have great food and great service. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Our fourth time at Trax; once again fantastic food. Always something new to try, plenty of choices, and great service."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our experience on Valentines day was exceptional. Trax offered a price fix 4 course menu. The choices gave a wide variety of choices, all of which were tempting. The price was extremely fair and as a BYO, the experience was very memorable. Definitely on my list for a favorite place to dine."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was not good and the fixed price menu was pretty expensive."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Trax never disappoints in their menu selection or their friendly service."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Trax is the best place to eat in Ambler, and it's not even close."
    Dined on 1/11/2014