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Trax Restaurant & Cafe

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608 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem

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.


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 591-9777
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Steven Waxman
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Maple Ave.
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Parking details
Free Pull up parking available, complimentary!
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Public transit
Located on the SEPTA R - 5 line
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Special events & promotions
Outdoor dining, First Fridays, Cooking Classes, & local organic farmers market every Saturday from May till November(visit Ambler Farmers Market)
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
What 608 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We dined al fresco and enjoyed the ambiance of the greenery and passing trains.

We were so happy to see the cayenne infused olive oil is back! Chef hit a home run with our seafood dishes. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Hadn't been to Trax for a few years. Our first visit was spoiled by an extremely loud family group whose raucous behavior dominated the restaurant. We arrived on Saturday for our 6:15 reservation to find the restaurant virtually empty and blissfully quiet. That didn't last long. In 40 minutes it became EXTREMELY LOUD. (Oh--was I shouting? That was just to make myself heard across our small table.) As always, good food chosen from a quite limited menu, well prepared, reasonaly attentive service which fell off as time passed, understandably as the two waitpersons weere challenged to cover the full dining room. Overall--we were eager to return to Trax because we'd come to expect good food artfully prepared. But the unpleasant ambiance pretty much crossed them off our list for future dining.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

This lovely Ambler train station restaurant offers fine food, good service, and reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Shrimp & grits & salmon delicious! Food is consistently great as is the service.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service and food. Top notch

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great meal last night. The chef even had some excellent chopped liver and matzoh available for anyone celebrating Passover, very thoughtful! Excellent meals for my wife and I on a date night :)

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful to find a restaurant that is truly gluten free. The staff was knowledgeable about the menu. Food was amazing, husband said best meal he’s had in a long time. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, great chef, fun place to dine. Fresh ingredients, excellent menu choices, cozy atmosphere, service moderately slow on Saturday night but pleasant and friendly.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The food and service was great. The restaurant however was cold sitting by the window

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Trax has been a favorite restaurant for my friends and me for years. Creative and delicious food and great cozy spot with outdoor options.

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2.0Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Vegetarian option was quite boring- Vegetable plate. Expect more in 2018 !

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing food. Servers were super friendly and helpful. We had an amazing time.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We had the rack of lamb and the trout special. Both were cooked to perfection and very tasty! Side of mushrooms complimented our meal perfectly!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was outstanding. Nothing left ion our plates. And the sever was right—the chicken was amazing!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Rack of Lamb was the best I’ve had in a long time. Crab cake delicious. Noise level made conversation difficult.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Food and service were great. Will be back again soon

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food. Small portions. Expensive for New Years ever.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been going to the Trax since it first opened back in the 90s. Never a bad meal, always makes us want to come back for more.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Honestly one of best meals we ever had! Went with my daughter who is home from college. Snowy night, we wrrent

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Awesome food as usual; great service and great tasting food. Quiet evening so noise was very low.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We went for the Christmas Eve feast of the seven fishes and had a great meal. Each course was unique and well executed with lots of flavor and variety, we will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent , casual , gourmet, suburban , BYOB, Christmans Eve 7 fish dinner !
She crab soup amd lobster ravioli are out of this world.
why go to city ?
great Job Steve!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Fabulous cuisine! Everything was So tasty and very fresh! Cozy atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 3, 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and service!

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Really fantastic food and ambiance. Service was fantastic as well

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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