Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
About Trax Restaurant & Cafe
Trax Restaurant & Cafe is a neighborhood eatery that serves a range of classic bistro fare and seasonally-driven menus that reflect the local produce and meats of the Ambler, Pennsylvania region. Trax Restaurant & Cafe has a cozy ambiance and a casual feel while still managing to offer an elegant dining experience.
Start your dinner at Trax Restaurant & Cafe with some butternut squash soup, seasonal farm fresh salad or roasted golden beets with goat cheese. Larger dishes include porcini crusted pan-seared salmon, sweet Italian sausage Pomodoro over penne pasta and braised brisket with country gravy. Desserts include fudge chocolate brownie with raspberry truffle and cheesecake du jour.
Ambler, PA 19002
American, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
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.
Free Pull up parking available, complimentary!
Located on the SEPTA R - 5 line
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
Special Events & Promotions:
Outdoor dining, First Fridays, Cooking Classes, & local organic farmers market every Saturday from May till November(visit Ambler Farmers Market)
Trax Restaurant & Cafe Ratings and Reviews
We’ve been to Trax in the past and have loved it. However, this visit was extremely disappointing. The service was sub par. Our waitress was inattentive, abrupt, and “forgot” to tell me that the kitchen made a substitution to one of the main features of my entree. It took her a very long time to come back to check in on our table after initially placing the entrees. We were more than halfway through our meal before seeing her, again. When I finally had the opportunity to question her about the substitution she said “oh, I forgot to mention it”. The entree was supposed to come with fava bean hummus and instead came with cheesy grits (which I don’t like). One of the main reasons I chose the dish was for the fava bean hummus. As a person with a food allergy it also dawned on me that never once was it considered that I may be allergic or simply might not like or want the entree anymore based on their substitution. As it turns out, I don’t like grits so I was really left with a pile of poorly seasoned roast pork and a few green beans. The appetizers were fine but underwhelming and odd. The choices seemed better suited as sides than appetizers. Overall, the food was mediocre at best and definitely not worth the price. The restaurant was also so noisy we had a hard time talking. It also felt like our waitress was screaming at us when she told us about the specials and took our order. We are not fussy people and it pains me to give a bad review. Unfortunately, this one is warranted. What was supposed to be a special night out turned out to be a big disappointment.
I used to be a big fan of Trax but the service and food quality have declined markedly. Our waitress was initially quite abrupt. She didn't change her tone until I told her to repeat the desert choices slowly. When I asked her about ingredients in several dishes she grudgingly answered my questions as though she was doing me a favor. My friend had the pork dish and I had the beef and both were fairly bland. There was no salt or pepper on the table and we weren't offered ground pepper. Not sure it would have helped the dishes much but it couldn't have hurt.
Our experience was not the best. After being seated and given menus it was 25 minutes before anyone asked if we were ready to order. (Another 5 mins and we would've left.) It was very cold there, and we noticed many fellow diners had their coats on. The building used to be a railroad station which was neat, with interesting features, but the lighting was very poor. Our small table was in a hallway, lit by only 2 tiny tealights flat on the table. When the food came, it was impossible to actually see it (other than nondescript lumps on the plate). I was tempted to use my cell phone flashlight app. but was too embarrassed. The food was good but not fantastic - nor quite worth the price. Perhaps we've been spoiled by too many better local restaurants.
Four of us went to celebrate my Birthday. I hadn't been to Trax in several years. Overall, the food was absolutely excellent. I had the rack of lamb, my wife and friends had special fish dishes. All were excellent. Only points against were my dessert - pumpkin mousse that was excellent - until I got around 2/3 of the way to the bottom. Then, it was spoiled - sour/bitter taste. I didn't want a substitute so didn't make a fuss. The service was overall excellent, and we felt no rush. Really enjoyed our 2.5 hour dinner. I will go back!
The food is very good. We were 4 and all had something different. Prices are reasonable. Our concerns are that the room is very tight-tables are right on top of each other and that it is so
extremely loud. We could not hear our own conversation as our four top was adjacent to two parties of six. Its a shame that the noise level is so high. The service-waitress and busser professional.
Wow. never had a bad meal here! amazing flavors and many many gluten free options which is so nice. I was so happy to finally eat onion soup again since I've been gluten free I can never order it because even if a restaurant leaves out the slice of bread there is always a little flour in the soup base. This soup was excellent and my brisket had amazing flavor. Everyone loved what they ordered - pork chops, shrimp dish, etc.. Very eclectic menu. my only issue with this place is it is WAY TOO DARK. I like to actually SEE what i'm eating especially when its this good! I hope the owners read this review and somehow add more light in there. it is BY FAR the darkest place I've ever eaten. You can never take older people because they wouldn't like it at all. Maybe I'll start doing take outs there so I can come home and see the beautiful food! but other than that its one of the best places in Montgomery county to eat.
Food was excellent, however, we were very taken aback by the new policy of not providing bread for the table. We agreed to order the $3 bread order with dip and were unhappy with the quality received as we were hoping for something substantial to dip into our dinner sauces. I cannot imagine it costs that much to provide a simple order of bread - even if they just upped the entree prices by a couple of dollars to offset that.
We frequent Ambler restaurants but had never been to Trax. I had heard and read good reviews so decided to make a reservation. The staff was friendly and welcoming upon arrival. The menu was diverse, and the specials interesting. The food was outstanding - the best meal in Ambler and beyond! Fresh ingredients, expert preparation, and 4 satisfied customers. We even had a visit from the chef to top off the evening. A great experience in Ambler!
We always enjoy Trax. We had a table for two on the back patio. The appetizer was delicious and so were the entrees. First time I had lemon mouse for dessert and it was wonderful. It actually had lemon zest in it. Our waitress was also fantastic - you enjoy dinner so much more when you have good services. We keep coming back and intend to come back again.
By far, this is our favorite restaurant in our area. Indoors is not too noisy, and outdoors is quiet until a train goes by (which is not frequent). Since this is an old train station, this is to be expected and is part of the ambience. Inside there are a small number of tables nicely spaced, and a view of the small kitchen in the back.
The food is great and reasonably priced. The owner/chef has been there for 25 years and always seems to have something new on the menu, and every dish we have had there has been very enjoyable. I can't say this about any other restaurant - any.
The owner has a green thumb and grows many of his ingredients on the grounds. The fennel is amazing (and plentiful - you can sample it) and the grape vine is astonishing.
Also, we have always had very good service from his staff. They are friendly, responsive and very willing to accommodate special requests. For instance, we once went with someone a little hard of hearing and they brought us to a table that was ideal for him. In this last visit, our waitress brought a cushion for someone who wanted to sit a little higher and when she overheard a comment about a birthday, brought a special treat at the end of the meal.
This is a BYOB, common in our area, and with the moderate prices on the menu, the excellent service and the great food, this is a place that is easy to love. I think we only go to other places so that we don't feel we've fallen into a rut.
(And parking: there's plenty!)
We waited a full 20 minutes before the four of us were seated even though we had a reservation. It is irksome to stand in the small entranceway while other inconsiderate diners are well past eating their dinner and are sitting there taking selfies, looking at photos on each other's cell phones and sipping their wine like they could care less. The wait staff should be more assertive in letting these type customers know that other diners are waiting for a table. They could give a hint by removing plates and glasses and using body language that says "It's time for you to leave". We got to a point where we were staring at these individuals when finally one them got the hint and coaxed the others to pay the bill and leave.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.