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Thu, 2/22
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Trax Restaurant & Cafe

601 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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: 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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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)
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
What 601 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lefty (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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.

vipStella (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined 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.

Deelee (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

Beadfox (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

vipFireman (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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!

vipMSoup (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Great2Lunch (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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