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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

Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Pre/post Theatre (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Authentic (5)
Casual (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Romantic (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Business Meals (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

One of my very favorite restaurants! It is definitely one of the best in Ambler! It never disappoints.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very disappointed we had to pay for bread. However we thought for $3 we would buy it. It arrived with 4 bite size pieces and a spread. We felt since we are now paying for bread the portions should be larger. Certainly not worth paying for

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A VERY NICE NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAUANT VARIED MENUE WELPREPARED FRIENDLY AND EFFICIENT SERVICE

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Really fantastic food and ambiance. Service was fantastic as well

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Very nice place. My friend & I went on a weekday, and the atmosphere was relaxed and quiet. The food was good and the service was friendly but professional. I would not hesitate to return.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We had a great night. Food and service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

First time at Trax and it was amazing! Creative menu, great service, cool ambiance. Bonus that it's BYOB. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had an excellent meal, sitting outside and enjoying the warm air and passing commuter trains. This Is a great outdoor venue. We had not been here in a while and did not remember how good the food is. We will be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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!)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a great dinner for our anniversary. We sat outside and enjoyed the evening. The food is always good here but I wish the menu had a few more items to choose from.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

A very enjoyable byob restaurant with interesting offerings. Both my husband and I had the crab crake entree, friends had the shrimp with grits and an ahi tuna entrees. . . all were very good.

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

It was great! We will be back.
The only downfall was the train noise, but it was very infrequent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Every time I go, I wonder why I don't go more often. Always delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Always enjoy Trax. Dinner in the summer months allows us to sit outside. Prime Ribeye was great. Plus with BYO you can bring your favorite wine.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This was our first visit to this quaint BYOB! We will be back often. The food was exquisite. Staff were all very friendly. We ate outdoors right on the railroad tracks, a few trains went by which was fun, otherwise a quiet scenic spot. Inside was elegant! We asked if they were dog friendly and were assured that yes dogs are welcome outside, though none were there that night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Went on a Saturday night, first time dining at this establishment. The menu is limited to a few appetizers and main courses. After a few minutes of looking at the menu we made up our minds in what we would like to try. When our waitress came over to take our order she informed us that they were out of one appetizer ( there is only three to choose from) and out of 2 main courses( only six to choose from) and of course it was what we had in mind. This was on a Saturday night and the restaurant wasn't that busy. Sad to say this is a one and done for us. Too many other great restaurants in Ambler.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary with al fresco dining. Service and food were great. I enjoyed shrimp and grits; my bride, the crab cake. We'll be back soon.

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Excellent food, prepared fresh and using local ingredients. Chef really knows how to cook!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2017

I had not been there for a couple of years, but the unique ambience of this train stop restaurant and the quality of the food were as great as ever. It was a beautiful evening and perfect for the outdoor tables. I had taken a friend out who also used to dine here very often with her late husband. She enjoyed seeing Steve, the owner, again and it brought back fond memories for her. We are both "tasters" and fortunately, there were several excellent appetizers and sides which we shared, as well as desserts. We will definitely come back again, especially while the nice weather lasts.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 2, 2017

The ladies of my family have a dinner every year and each of the four of us take turns picking out the restaurant. This year it was my turn and I couldn't wait to announce my selection of Trax. Our waitress was knowledgeable and attentive. My sister said the guspascho was really fresh and all of our meals were so delicious, especially those of us who ordered the crab cake with sweet corn truffle sauce.

Chef Waxman, once again, you did NOT disappoint! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 30, 2017

great neighborhood place varied menu appetizers and entees very well prepared friendly service byob parking lot

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Beautiful dining room, friendly casual service, and excellent farm-to-table menu, done in a very unpretentious and thoughtful way. Affordable and BYOB!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

As we've come to expect, our group of seven was treated to an excellent meal with prompt and attentive service on a busy Saturday night during Restaurant Week in Ambler. Such consistency has made The Trax Restaurant and Cafe a 'favorite' among the many dining options in the area.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

It was Restaurant Week in Ambler. It was a price fixe of $40.00 pp. If the meal had been good, no problem.
They referred to it as 4 courses. The " first course" was bread. It consisted of 4 Melba size pieces of toast with a vegetable spread. It was small, to say the least and calling it a
" course", get real!
My husband's salad was fine, but small. I did enjoy my gazpacho. The main course again, was small. The veggies were the highlight.
Dessert was a lemon mousee, in dire need of more refrigeration. It should not have been served at room temperature.
The flies flitting around through the entire meal were distracting and very unappetizing.
This meal was not worth the price.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Food was delicious and we were able to sit outside despite the rain. The evening cooled off nicely and it is much quieter outside aside from the trains passing by.
Our table however was too close to the one behind us and when that table was seated they banged into us and were right on top of us for the duration of their meal. Not a good thing.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Kudos to the chef! We dined with a gluten free friend who absolutely loved her meal with the gluten free options. And the rest of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals as well. Creative and delicious, this chef never misses!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Excellent meal with local produce and main courses. We sat outside which was quite pleasant and under cover so even when the skies opened up we were dry. Peppers and mozzarella appetizer with tomato was great. Red fish special entree was a hit.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The Chefs always surprise me with their creative dishes and flavors. How does one describe the delicious hibiscus ver blanc sauce?

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We ate here a few weeks ago & enjoyed it so much that we decided to come back and dine again. The 7 minute egg appetizer with bacon jam was off the charts along with the radicchio salad & gnocchi with sausage. Soft shell crabs delicious! Outdoor dining perfect! A great BYOB restaurant in the neighborhood with plenty of free parking. Staff very attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Seasonal, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

HAVE NOT BEEN THE FOR A WHILE IT WAS ALWAYS GOOD OUR MEALS WERE EXCELENT APPETIZERS 7 MINUTE EGG AND A MEAT PATE WERE FIRST RATE A SOFT SHELL CRAB GUMBO
AND PORK ROAST ALSO OUTSTANDING REASONABLY PRICED AND BYOB MAKES TRAX A RESTAURANT TO VISIT

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Saw that they were a sponsor of Act2 Playhouse, so decided to give it a try and it was wonderful. One of the tastiest steaks i've had in a while.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The gnocchi appetizer was delicious. The Soft shell entree was wonderful and full of flavor. Consistently great food. Never have we ever been disappointed with the food or service. Great neighborhood BYO.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Enjoyed the ambiance, food, service and occasional train rolling through(great fun)!😊

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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