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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

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (4)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We go to Trax about once per year and in recent years it has gotten better! For example, the food -- while always very good -- was rather salty. But no longer -- our meals were quite delicious.

If the weather is favorable, the outdoor dining experience is great...reminds us of dining in cafes in France.

Hint: Trax is BYOB so start with a cocktail at Bridget's, then take your favorite wine to Trax!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food was really delish. Seating is A bit tight and def more than a bit loud! Overall enjoyable night since we ate fairly late and it started clearing out.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We came for my husband's birthday dinner at his request. It was perfect! Everything was delicious! We even got to chat with Steve, chef/owner. A lovely evening...

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Enjoyed very much and will return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Trax remains a favorite place in Ambler. It is BYO which makes it even better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Food was outstanding. Love the ambience although a bit noisy. Will go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 20, 2017

This is a place I've often overlooked in favor of newer, trendier places. I'm not sure why; I went to Trax last night and had an excellent meal. Our server was very good, food was excellent and, while it was perhaps a bit on the pricey side, the quality warranted it. I'll be back again soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The food is always wonderful; interesting and delicious. The only downside is the noise level, but we still keep coming back for the food and service.

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Excellent!!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I've been to "Trax" several times over the years,but my last visit was excellent. The host and the waiter (Karen?) were fun,friendly,and efficient. I enjoyed the bread and oil instead of an appetizer;my friend tried the peppers and mozzarella w/ balsamic drizzle. Delicious! For entrees,I had the crab cake (only one-which surprised me-but was enoughto satisfy after all) with rice and vegetables; he had the rack of lamb (cooked medium-rare as ordered). Everything was excellent. I could have been a vegetarian that night: all the vegetable accompaniments were that good. My friend had the key lime pie for dessert and that,too,was very good. All in all,a great night out. I won't wait so long for my next trip out to Ambler.
One warning: "Trax" can be very noisy; it's housed in an old train station so just be aware.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 31, 2017

LOUD and a little tired. Food was uneven. Needs a tune up.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Trax has a nice ambiance. It's cozy and warm.
However we were disappointed with the food. My pork chop was charred and over cooked. It cost almost $30. The salads were just mixed greens with 2 tiny tomato slices for $10 each. Not a great deal.
Restaurant is extremely noisy when busy. They need some carpet or drapes.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Awesome food. Chef Waxman creates wonderful food. And the warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream is the perfect ending !

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Organic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 25, 2017

The food was great best onion soup I have had in a long time. Services was a+ me me and my wife will be back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

6 women celebrating a birthday- a very nice evening

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 7, 2017

When I saw the menu for an all mushroom dinner, I wondered if the menu would attract patrons. I also noted that the Ambler Mushroom Company was listed as the supplier. I never dreamed that a mushroom farmer would make Ambler its location to grow mushrooms. At least they would be “extra fresh.”
My wife and I decided to give it a try and invited our son and his wife (a vegan) to join us. When we arrived, the restaurant was filled to capacity. We even had to wait for a brief period for a table.
We all thoroughly enjoyed each of the four mushroom courses, from appetizer to entre. It was an enjoyable and interesting dinner. Congratulations to Trax for trying something different!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

We had heard about this restaurant and finally went. It was in a word disappointing. The place is great, service great, but the food was not. The appetizers were fine. Both of us had the new york strip special. The cut was not good- too much gristle. The fat was not trimmed and was not well rendered. The cook was supposed to be medium rare- both were rare and somewhat burnt on the outside (cooked too hot I suppose). The cost is high (>$100 for 2 w/o drinks as it is a byob). I don't mind the cost, but the food has to warrant it. Missed the mark on this night.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We liked it a lot! Good food, excellent service, and an acceptable noise level. We will be back !

Tags: Healthy, Great Beer, Tapas
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 28, 2016

We had a wonderful evening! The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. Our waiter was funny, entertaining and knowledgeable! We all voted to come back soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Excellent shaved fennel salad! Friendly & efficient staff.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2016

One of the best meal I have had in a very long time. The spice infused olive oil with fresh baked bread kicked off an amazing eating experience. The brussel sprouts with bacon lardons were absolutely delicious. The macaroni and cheese with spinach was rich and creamy. For entrees we had the crab cakes with rice and vegetable medley. The portion size was perfect. I couldn't quite finish it after devouring the appetizers. For desert we ordered the cheese cake and chocolate mouse. The mouse was the perfect combination of rich and light. The cheese cake had nice flavor but I couldnt quite nail the texture, it was a bit spongy and cake like as opposed to the traditional creamy texture. Overall the meal was outstanding. The wait staff was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2016

The staff is exceptional. The menu is sensational. The attention to customer satisfaction is impeccable. If you haven't been to Trax's in Ambler, go.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2016

Tax has a special place in our hearts. Steve Waxman bought fine farm to table dining to Ambler PA. It remains that way today.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Fridays are still "fish" days for us. On our last Friday visit to Trax, I was anxious to hear the daily specials. When I heard the fish special was Blackened Trout, I knew what I would order. I had it on a previous visit and thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife had the salmon with a cumber sauce. Because she does not like cumbers, she ordered the sauce on the side. But, the sauce was so delicious she finished it! We both had the roasted beets for an appetizer. Another HIT for us!!! We split the brownie sundae for desert. A great way to end another outstanding meal at Trax.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2016

We've been going to the TRAX cafe since it first opened back in the 90's. Have never had a bad meal and enjoy going there more after each time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Trax has great food and a charming rustic ambience which can be very romantic. The servers are knowledgeable and attentive. We ate outside on a beautiful night; it was perfect. Occasionally while eating inside we have experienced the limitations of the old building and its HVAC system, but the food is always interesting, fresh and well-prepared.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Food always consistently good. The salmon was excellent!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 8, 2016

I have been going to Trax cafe for as long as it's been open. A long time. With my family or just as a romantic dinner, the food just taste delicious and consistent every time!
There usually is something special cooking on the menu that will surprise your tastebuds. Our server Mike took care of us and pleased with the friendly people there.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Everything was very nice except the noise level!!! I could barely hear my husband from across the table! If you're looking for a nice romantic restaurant this isn't the place!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Lots of fun with very attentive wait staff. Specials were very good and the soup/salad appetizers were fresh and tasty.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 28, 2016

They have a really creative dipping oil that they serve with their warmed baguette that consists of olive oil swirled with cayenne - amazing. 😋

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2016

Food was very good. Had the onion soup which was outstanding I highly recommend it.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 14, 2016

Great food in a cool setting. Service was timely and personal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2016

We have been there a few times over the past month and each time it is excellent

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 19, 2016

We visited Trax for dinner on a Saturday evening after making a reservation, which is recommended as the location is fairly small. It is situated in the old train station near downtown, with only about 15 indoor tables. Food and service were excellent; I noted it is a BYOB establishment so come prepared if you want to have wine with dinner. Overall a very nice choice within a small vibrant small town environment.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Happy that Trax takes 10 PM reservations for after show dining either at the Ambler Theater or the Keswick. Menus is eclectic without being bizarre or unnecessarily trendy. Wait staff is always personable & professional.


Remember to BYOB!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2016

My wife and I each had the fluke and the taste was amazing. The meal was so lite that it did not leave us with a full feeling
Highly recommend

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Always great! Very much appreciate their gluten -free menu options.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Hidden in the Ambler train station, this is a must try. The food is outstanding and the service is terrific! Everyone has a smile on their face and they go out of there way to make sure you have a terrific dining experience! During the warmer months there is outside dining. Do yourself a favor and give it a try!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2016

We had an excellent meal. The salad was excellent and so was my crab cake.
The service was excellent but it was very noisy

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