Traxx

4.2
411 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Traxx Restaurant and Traxx Bar are located inside beautiful, historic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. We are a fine dining restaurant with a casual attitude and relaxed atmosphere. Our restaurant serves well thought out and presented American Bistro dishes and is open for Lunch (10:30 - 2:00) and Dinner (5:00 - 9:00) Monday through Saturday. We offer seating on our concourse (located in front of the restaurant inside Union Station), the Dining Room, and on our outside Patio in the courtyard. Traxx Bar is located across the concourse inside Union Station at the main entrance.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm;
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Phone number
(213) 625-1999
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tara Thomas
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Private party facilities
Traxx Restaurant offers our beautiful private patio seating outside amongst the jacaranda trees. If your party is large, we can utilizing the additional patio space managed by Union Station. We are happy to assist with weddings, birthdays, cocktail receptions, etc. Our concourse seating can be booked for private events and we can extend the seating further if need be. We also allow for Traxx Restaurant and Traxx Bar buy-outs. Please contact our Catering Director at 213-625-1999 for additional information.
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Catering
Catering depends on where and how many guests. Please contact our Catering/Special Events Director.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cesar Chavez
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Parking details
Union Station has two lots off Alameda St. (Lots B and D) which charge $2 per 20 minutes or $14 for 24 hours (subject to change). There is also valet parking available. If lots B and D are full and valet is full, alternative parking can be found in Gateway Parking. Take Alameda Street to Cesar Chavez and go east to Vignes Street, turn into parking lot. Gateway Parking charges $2.00 for 20 minutes or $6.00 for 24 hours. We validate only for Lots B, D and Valet (up to 2.5 hours).
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JM
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The most fabulous mussels my husband ever had and he has eaten them all over the world but also,
the worst Rueben sandwich I have ever had...soggy, tasteless, I was shocked because the dishes the others had were marvelous. French fries were perfect.

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b
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately this place has gone downhill from the days when it was a destination restaurant. Food was good. Service could have been better. We were the only table after 7:30.
Fantastic setting that deserves better treatment.

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B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been wanting to eat here for years. We love the history of Union Station. We were not disappointed. It was not crowded and we were served quickly. The wine list is extensive. The menu is limited but that means they are trying to do what there is well. I ordered the Bass and it was served with a delightful dish of many flavors and textures. All delicious. my husband ordered the Steak Frites and it was succulent and not overseasoned. His fries were thin, golden and crispy with. delicate seasoning. For dessert I had the rosemary bread pudding, heavenly, and my husband had the deconstructed cobbler which he enjoyed. It was not expensive and we will be back to try everything on the menu. Our server was excellent and friendly. Wonderful dinner!

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AG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever out of town guests come to LA I make sure to take them to Traxx for lunch. The food is excellent and the service always first class.

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SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has a great location inside the L.A. Union Station. So it’s a really good place for a pre-Amtrak meal. Seating is private in the restaurant or in the open on the beautiful station concourse.
Menu was interesting and varied. Husband had delicious chicken polope and I had a massive pork chop.
The waiter was helpful and friendly. Service was quick.
My only sadness was that it was quite quiet. This restaurant deserves to be buzzing with its location and quality.

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BD
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent flavors and dinner with super friendly service from Dimitri. Very enjoyable. Will return for sure.

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TM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Met with friends for dinner at Traxx. They came in on the Gold line. The station is lovely so we requested an out door table. Makes for great people watching as you chat and dine. Our waiter Dimitri was attentive and friendly. We all ordered different dishes and all were good. They do have sourdough bread and butter but you need to ask for it. We also ordered Old Fashions from the bar which were very well made. After dinner we walked to Pershing Square for the free summer concerts series. Also hit the "Last Book Store". If your looking for something different to do on date night - Union Station/Traxx will put you in a great location with options in walking distance.

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Y
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and service were perfect.
BUT, Traxx no longer validates parking. Not a pleasant surprise after an otherwise lovely evening.

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HP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place to meet after work or between trains.

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LA
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would have preferred their patio seating at lunch, but understood their decision to only seat indoors because of the heat. I always enjoy the service and food at this, the best source of food at Union Station. It is a restaurant worthy of riding the train just to be able to eat at this wonderful venue, something my wife and I have done for dinner.

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AF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly waiter, very accommodating as we were early for a reservation , and very relaxing atmosphere

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LJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food - beautiful historic locale. Thumbs up

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BG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Will not be going back. The food was fine. But the service was really weak. To start, when my girlfriend and I arrived, their outside seating was full. Inside, it was literally empty. We were the first people to be seated, and we got a nice table in a little window alcove. Then, new customers come in, and they PUT THEM RIGHT NEXT TO US! The entire restaurant, which isn't that big, was empty, but they seat this party of four RIGHT NEXT TO US. Why? They were a normal foursome, no complaints about them being overly boisterous or anything, but it's four people talking RIGHT NEXT TO US, that didn't need to be RIGHT NEXT TO US. We could have had a very special, quiet, intimate dinner, but no. In the entire time we were there, two other parties came in, and they were seated, spread out, on the other side of the restaurant. Then, entrees arrive. My girlfriend has the pork chop. Waitress says I'll bring you a steak knife. I point out I have no fork, as it was taken (as it should have been) with the salad course. So we wait, our hot food sitting in front of us. And we wait. And we wait. Finally, I say, can she survive with regular knife, and could she grab me a fork off the empty table nearby. And that's how we ended up eating our meal. Steak knife should have been brought to her before food arrived, as should my replacement fork. Also, they have one bathroom for the restaurant. Not a single mens' room and a single womens' room -- one total. They were also doing a wedding reception that night, so even though the restaurant was quiet, there were a lot of customers. My g.f. waited in line about ten minutes to use the rest room, and so did I when I went after her. Ridiculous. And finally, I'll take the blame for not researching it beforehand, but I thought they'd validate parking. They do not. I used the short term lot near the front of the train station, and ended up paying $12. Could have been worse -- max is $16.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was delicious, the service was terrible. There were few patrons in the restaurant and we still couldn’t find our waiter half the time.

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BV
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always fun to sit at Traxx and watch the masses come and go in this beautiful train station. Food is very good and Tom, the waiter, is always a delight. My only beef is that they used to validate the parking and now it costs $20 to valet park (the self park lot is always full). Big marketing mistake in my opinion.

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s
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambience were very good to outstanding. However, the first surprise when we arrived was that the parking in front of Union Station was not available (the attendant did not clarify the reason), and we were directed to the Public Parking behind the building (no big deal so far). When I presented my parking ticket at the end of the meal for validation, the waiter informed me that the restaurant no longer validated the parking. Upon paying at the automated teller in the parking lot, the cost came to $16.00 (for 2 hours of parking) while at dinner. The cost of the meal was a bit on the high side of what might be considered within reason (not a reason for me to not return, considering the quality of the food and service), but adding the parking cost to it ensured that I will certainly consider very carefully if I ever wish to go there again.

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CC
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traxx location cannot be beat if you need to meet someone at Union Station. We had excellent service. Th chef even turned a Cobb sandwich into a Cobb salad for me without my asking (I just requested no bread). I will definitely return.

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UE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointed with food. Like the convenience of meeting someone for lunch in a beautiful setting (Union Station). Food was quite uninteresting and price was too high for unremarkable lunch. Will find other places to eat at Union Station next time.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Anniversary

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ND
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Traxx is not what it used to be. Food was okay but not great - lentil soup had too much pepper, Caesar salad had too much salt. Service was not great - we couldn't get a second glass of wine in a timely fashion. There were very few desserts on offer, and nothing written down, so if you didn't catch what the waiter said, you were out of luck. But the worst thing, that really makes me hesitate to go there again is that the restrooms smelled horrible, and the sink was out of order. I watched our waiter go to the restroom, and knew that when he came out he couldn't have washed his hands because the sink was out of order. That made me pause. So, not sure if I'm going back.

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EO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a great location to meet up with friends from out of town - easy for Metro, Metrolink or Amtrak meet-ups. We were coming from Long Beach and Claremont and Union Station is a great halfway stop. Food at Traxx is always good, service can be slow so if you are in a hurry let them know before you sit down. The good news is they are okay with you hanging out and chatting after eating.

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JF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Union Station is awesome setting. Great people watching. Pasole Soup is awesome.

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B
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The waitperson guided us immediately to our reserved table. The setting is awesome - the background of the historic train station. The menu is small, yet, unique. We were a party of six - three enjoyed their choice - crab cakes, salads. Three of us found our choice to be overdone. An assistant to the waiter stacked the plates at the end of our meal which was second class service - in a high end restaurant plates are never stacked when cleaning the table. Consequently, he dropped silver making a loud clatter. We were celebrating a birthday - so a complimentary lemon tart was served with a candle. We ordered more desserts and found each to be delicious! All in all, we were return!

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B
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Met with friends who were traveling by train from LA to Houston. Had dinner at Traxx in Union Station. The restaurant is located in Union Station and offers selections in distinction to the several fast food spots there. It has a rather limited menu to chose from but the food was done well and showed well...nice presentation is what I am referring to. Not really set up for kids. I had a hamburger done the way I like. My friends had a “steak fritas” dish. They did not care for the sauce but that didn’t take away from the meal that much. Desert was a shared chocolate cake. Average. The kids preferred Ben and Jerry ‘s. Ambience was subdued. Allowed for easy conversation. Enjoyed the evening.

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f
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique spot to have great meal. Located in the lovely Art Deco union station entrance, we sat on the indoor patio for great food and people watching. The service was wonderful and the experience memorable.

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f
Los Angeles
150 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This restaurant is very convenient for meeting a friend who lives far away and you each don't want to drive to meet. I live in Orange County and met a friend who lives near the L.A./Ventura County line. The restaurant is fine, but not more. The server messed up my order and it took her three tries to get it right. The tuna (ahi) salad was just OK; as soon as I saw the ahi, I knew it wasn't going to be great. The lemon tart for desert was very good. There will be next time because of the convenience, but I'll try something else on the menu.

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DP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re occasional diners at Traxx and always enjoy the food and the location and ambience of being in the lovely and historic train station. This time it was tied to the Bach 333 birthday celebration.

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C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Customer service is great and friendly...makes for a fun enjoyable meal. I love their hamburger and fries!
Only disappointment is that validated parking is no longer available. Parking is pricey as a result.

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M
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Only downside to having lunch at Traxx is the cost of parking $16.00. Food and service was very good. Unfortunately restroom was out of order and had to go to opposite side of station for bathroom facility.

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F
Orange County
52 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Convenient place when you're at or near Union Station to dine with good food selections.

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PL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up with my niece and her boyfriend during a brief visit to Los Angeles and we could not have chosen a more welcoming and interesting place to do it. So convenient too! I arrived from upstate via Amtrak and then left after dinner for LAX on the Airporter bus, a seamless transition, and I got to spend quality time with my family members over an absolutely delicious meal . The Union Station setting is a real gem, very 1930s and LA noir evoking as well. The wait staff were very friendly and efficient as well. This was the perfect meal in the perfect place and a great way to wrap up my visit to LA. From now on, I am going to enjoy a meal there every time I am in LA, thanks Traxx!

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p
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful dinner for 4. Enjoyed everything except there was a cold breeze that came through the entire dinner as they couldn't close the front door. Other that the chill the food and service were excellent. I recommend they get their door fixed.

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j
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a place inside Union Station. Very good food, interesting menu, great service! Traxx new twist on Pozole was fantastic. Beet and heirloom tomato salad was excellent. We will be back!

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EG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting in Union Station and beautiful classy restaurant. Had the Waldorf salad which was delicious. Only thing that left a bad taste in our mouth was that our coffee was served with sour milk. Attentive crew.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch.. Fabulous food and drinks

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AG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Although I've eaten dinner many times at Traxx this was only the second time I have been there for lunch. I had the chicken Cobb sandwich and while it looked good on the menu, the chicken was over-cooked and tough. This is the first time in the many times I have eaten there that I had an issue with the food, so it will not deter me from going there again.

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w
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to reach via train and have a great business lunch when you need to connect with people from out of the area. Service was excellent and food was very good. Easy to have a conversation without having to shout. Courtyard gardens at union station are a nice place to hang out or continue the conversation. Soup was excellent!

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LG
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All four of us ordered different things for lunch and each one was very well prepared and very tasty. My mussels appetizer was very generous and the sauce was truly perfect -- not too buttery and well seasoned. I also had butternut soup that was delicious; thick and creamy but not too creamy.

Pleasantly surprised, actually, that it was such good food. The service was not great - the waiter tried, but had to cover so many tables, things were slowed. (Or maybe it was the kitchen.) However, we truly didn't care, because we hadn't seen our out-of-town friends in awhile, so had lots to talk about.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a fun experience eating in a historic train station. Watching people pass by on their travels was interesting to see. The sandwiches and burgers we had were great. I would go there again.

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LH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is located in a nice setting inside Los Angeles Union Station
however the menu is very limited so there are not very many choices and the food was only so-so
Possibly the bar is better choice for happy hour or just to be inside union station

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