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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.


27 W Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Maple Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 591-9777

Website:
http://www.traxcafe.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Free Pull up parking available, complimentary!

Public Transit:
Located on the SEPTA R - 5 line

Executive Chef:
Steven Waxman

Additional:
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

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2012

Service, menu variety and food was very good. Recommend this place to anybody, because of the variety!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2012

One of favorite restaurants located in the borders of Ambler Borough. Small BYOB restaurant that can be very quiet on during the week, but loud on weekend night. Love that the owner/chef grows fresh herbs on premise and ses in his dishes.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2012

fabulous food and service -- BUT ONLY sit outside as the inside noise is intolerable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 10, 2012

We went to Traxx for our 5 year anniversary. We sat outside on a relatively cool summer day and we enjoyed the ambience. SEPTA trains went by every 15 min which didn't really bother us. It reminded us that we were eating at the old train station. Service was exceptional. The Prix Fixe meal was a mixture of good and very good. We had gazpacho and salad to start (both good - nothing really special), lobster ravioli (very good) and BBQ ribs and chicken (good - tender but depth of flavor in the meat could have been better), and chocolate mousse and peach cobbler (both good). For $30 a person it was a good deal. It's just that we weren't that floored by the Prix Fixe menu and the regular menu is much more expensive ($30 just for the entree).

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2012

service was not that good. just as other reviews, they need more people. place is very small inside so noise level is high. food was okay. the lobster ravioli was fantastic. entree was eeehhh.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 31, 2012

Always excellent service by a dedicated "foodie." Great menu that changes frequently.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2012

I know a lot of people really like Trax, but I find it an average dining experience. It is extremely loud and it is difficult to have a conversation. There is really nothing memorable about the food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2012

The entire building and location is unique - a former train station in Ambler. Everything was excellent about our visit. It was Restaurant Wk in Ambler and the one thing that stood out when I looked at the menu was the variety of choices. Some restaurants limit you to 3 choices from each course. Trax gave about 10 entree choices, and so varied. The food was top notch, the servers so nice. It is a BYOB, so that was good. You can also eat outside and look at their garden, including a herb garden. We definitely will return to TRAX.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2012

Appetizer fennel salad and vegetables served with entrees, including the cole slaw (with no mayonnaise, only a light vinagrette, thankfully) were delicious and perfectly prepared. The spareribs and chichen we ordered were both meaty, yet overcooked and hence a bit dry and not as tasty as they would have been otherwise. The desserts were very good, a peach cobbler and chocolate mousse -- both perfect for hot summer weather. Staff was very friendly and courteous.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 27, 2012

My husband and i went to Trax for the first time on Friday evening--it was Restaurant Week in Ambler and we wanted to try something new (for us!) Wish we had not taken so long to try it out!! The menu was varied and EVERYTHING we ordered was delicious. We will certainly be back and bring friends with us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2012

We ate here during restaurant week so the menu was different than their normal menu. We enjoyed our salads (shaved fennel and tomato-mozzarella) and our peach cobbler was wonderful. Poached salmon and braised pork-chop dinners however were less than interesting. Inside is a little noisy because it's small with wood floors but we could talk. We may try again with their regular menu and sitting outside.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 24, 2012

I was at Trax during Ambler Restaurant Week. The choices on the special menu were varied and they all sounded wonderful. Everyone in our party chose different items except for dessert. The warm peach crisp with fresh peaches & vanilla ice cream was the perfect ending to a delicious dinner. We love that the c.hef grows his own vegetables & uses local fresh produce, etc. as much as possible. Excellent!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2012

We enjoyed the restaurant very much. Warm romantic ambiance and fresh ingredients used in meals.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2012

Exdept for train stop alarms, and local traffic. Peaceful area with garden plantings.
Food is always good. Could have used a little more creaminess in the mac and cheese. Key lime pie was wonderful. Cold tomato soup wonderful!. Wished i had ordered a bowl instead of a cup.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2012

I've been to this restaurant 4 times and for the most part had the same feelings each time. The entrees are over priced, the service is exceptionally poor, (they don't have enough help), and when the restaurant is full, it is exceptionally noisy. We won't be going back again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2012

We have eaten here a few times and have always had excellent food. Not just good, but excellent. A little pricy, but it is well worth it. The outdoor seating and BYOB make it perfect for a nice summer night to celebrate a special occasion, but you are near a busy street and train tracks, so you have to not mind some noise. Sometimes they have some live dinner music too, quiet ambient stuff, not a deafening band or anything.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2012

We sat outside for a great meal and great atmosphere. It was fun to be on the old platform of the train station surrounded by a beautiful garden. The waiter was kind to give the two of us a comfortable table for four at my request, as it was early and not yet crowded. I loved the whole experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 19, 2012

Food was wonderful; service very good......but a very noisey room!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2012

Located in the former Ambler train station, Trax is a comfortable destination restaurant with flavorful, fresh homemade cuisine. Outside seating in pleasant weather allows you to count the trains that occasionally interrupt your conversation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 13, 2012

We went there for our anniversary and it was great. The food is fresh and they even grow their own vegetables when in season. It is a BYOB which is not a problem for us. Trax Cafe is located in the old Ambler train station so you do have the occassional train go by blowing its horn but they were not that disurptive. One thing I thought might bother me but didn't was there were no salt shakers anywhere to be seen. However, the food was so good I did not feel the need to add any!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2012

Service was a little slow initially, but then improved over the course of the evening. Great food and a beautiful spot to sit outside!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2012

I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. We sat outdoors close to the railroad tracks. One issue was that the SEPTA trains blow a whistle that is very loud as they arrive at the station. So if this may bother you, ask to sit inside. The dining is elegant with white table cloths. I enjoyed one of the specials, a fish with a spicy Thai sauce and I had gaspacho as a starter. Very delicious. The salads, vegetables and bread were very fresh. We particularly liked the red pepper olive oil for the bread. The service was a little slow. There was a mix up with one of the appetizers in our party and she had to sit while the rest of us ate. The price was very good and it is a BYOB.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2012

One of the best BYOB's in the area. Food presentation was excellent and made to order. The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable and professional, attentive without being intrusive. We would recommend this restaurant highly.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 26, 2012

It was pleasant sitting outside. The food was pretty good. I got the duck and it was a little tough. My husband's crab risotto was better. It was a little expensive for what we got- not sure it will be on my list to go back to anytime soon (or else I'll just order the risotto).

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 22, 2012

I love the patio of this restaurant, surrounded by home grown vegies that are harvested for dinner. It is adjacent to the Ambler train station and some would find the noise of the trains distracting, but we found it to be charming. Food is delicious. A lovely bowl of spicy home-made gazpacho topped with two large shrimp was a very generous first course and could have been a "stand-alone" as a lunch entree. Service is very attentive but not at all overbearing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 15, 2012

Love everything about this place!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 12, 2012

fabulous all around; a real treasure. i will go again and recommend to friends as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2012

This was my second visit to Trax and it was again a wonderful experience. It is BYO which is always wonderful; and the food is delicious! I had the crab cake which was good (definitely not the best I have ever had, but very good none-the-least), and the other members of my party had the pork, salmon, and crab risotto. They were all RAVING!! For a salad we had the arugula...it was good, but nothing to scream about. Last time I went to Trax it was for a Pre-Fixe menu...I think that is the way to go as I felt the prices were a little high for what you received.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 28, 2012

Trax should have been better than it was considering their prices. Also, the dining room was too dim and the server was notSo fabulous. The food was only okay, nothing was bad, it just Wasn't interesting or special.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 26, 2012

I have been to Trax several times. Food is always excellent. I had the rack of lamb, and my wife had the scallops. Deserts - we should have shared. Tables are close, especially in the bay window area. More space in the main room. Great local place in Ambler.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 26, 2012

The food is consistently good. This place is a great neighborhood restaurant with outside dining that is especially romantic when it is raining and the rain is softly tapping on the roof. I highly recommend Trax's.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2012

Always a pleasure to sit outside and pretend I'm making a railroad movie and am surrounded by the extras. LOL Food is creative and the waiters are knowledgeable.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 31, 2012

Been here several times, but Saturday night was not one of the better meals I've had there.
Probably try them again in a few months and see if things are different.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 31, 2012

VERY GOOD FOOD DIMINISHED BY SERVICE - INCORRECT INFORMATION AND SLOW

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 31, 2012

one of the top 3 meals I have ever eaten! Flavors were unbeleivable!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 6, 2012

Everything fresh and prepared well.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 3, 2012

The apps were very good - fresh mozzarella and then these bay scallops. All four of us thought our dinner were ok/good. Portions are little small. Our table was directly over the heating vent, when the the system kicked on the guys at the table were sweating.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 3, 2012

Very good food, but extremely - unpleasantly noisy.
Also, sitting near the window was a bit cold and drafty.
But - was overall enjoyable for the excellent food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2012

This was my second time at Trax. The first experience was fantastic. However, this time, my entree was definitely sub-par. I had the scallops and risotto. The risotto was way overcooked and sticky. The scallops were greasy and tasted as though the oil they were cooked in was not hot enough. I didn't even get a chance to say anything to the server as I don't think he even came back to check on us after the first minute. On the plus side, my husband's entree (filet) was very good and so was my goat cheese fritter salad. I am going to hope this was a fluke, as I really enjoyed everything last time. However, I might be cautious, since I can make a much nicer risotto at home and save the $30 my entree cost.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 17, 2012

First you should know that the online menu is not representative of the menu you will receive when visiting. As the online menu is what attracted us, we inquired about the stark difference and received a flippant response from our server of "we change our menu." This was perhaps a foreshadowing of the horrible service to come. We rarely saw our server. The food was mediocre at best. One our the appetizers was completely missing an ingredient (there were only three ingredients in the appetizer) and after I flagged down a server I was told it was "under everything else." It wasn't.

I've heard people rave about this place and quite frankly I have no idea what they are raving about as we were not even slightly impressed and won't return.

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