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Aksum Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.aksumcafe.com/site/
  • Email: aksum@aksumcafe.com
  • Phone: (267) 275-8195
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm -11:00pm;
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Wayne Whiteside
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Aksum provides creative packages with personalized menus for unique events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 47th
  • Public Transit: 34st SEPTA
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking on Baltimore Ave and free parking lot on 47th and Warrington.
A word from Aksum
Aksum is one of Philadelphia’s favorite BYOB restaurants.
Located in the thriving Baltimore Avenue corridor in vibrant and diverse University City, the year-old restaurant features a bright Mediterranean menu that focuses on simple and fresh ingredients, with accents from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Chef Wayne WhitesideContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Decent meal, decent food. The octopus salad was great, but the chicken and lamb dishes I ordered were not great, especially for the price. Octopus salad is the only thing that would bring me back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I had heard about the restaurant from friends so my boyfriend and I went there for a date night. We were not let down! We brought our own wine. The service was excellent, and our waitress let us try a sample of the soup special. All of the food was very tasty. There was a private party going on the night we were there so it was relatively noisy, but that would be my only complaint."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I never would have expected such amazing food hidden away so far from center city. You will not be disappointed by your experience."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Very accommodating wait staff and the food was delicious"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Great food. Great service. Easy to find street parking."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "There were five of us in our group and we all loved the food. I would highly recommend Aksum!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Even for brunch, Aksum succeeds in serving interesting and well-prepared food. It is very reasonably priced too. Worth every penny!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent, large portions, prices reasonable, nice atmosphere. It is BYOB"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The special occasion prix fixe was great from top to bottom. Particularly notable was the lobster bisque - not typical mediterranean to my knowledge, but velvet deliciousnous nonetheless. Both the lemon desert and the mousse were delightful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my husband to Aksum for our 10th wedding anniversary. I was very pleasantly surprised at this little neighborhood gem that has been right under our noses the entire 11 years we have lived in this area. The food was absolutely delicious and the service wonderful. This is a great place to dine with someone or even alone."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I recently discovered this great little gem in west philly. I have not had a bad dish yet and have eaten here twice already. I am planning to going back again soon as I find the food and prices well worth it. . I have tried most of the appetizers and a few of the entrees, it seems that you can't go wrong. The . Oreo stuffed beignet for desert is remarkable. Really great food and very reasonable prices."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Nice place to try for something dfferent and outside of Center City. The food was good, but I wasn't wowed."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We arrived at Aksum to find that there was a large party going on, making the restaurant noisy and crowded. The owner, Sabba, could not have been more gracious or accommodating. She found a place for us to sit, kept us happy, and well fed, for about 30 min., until the restaurant cleared out. She found us a lovely table, where we were served a delicious dinner, by thoughtful and attentive staff. The food - appetizers such as lentil salad, hummus, grape leaves, and calamari, and entrees - red snapper, shrimp pil-pil, sirloin steak, and curried tofu, were all spectacular. The food was fresh, full of flavor, and presented beautifully. Our party of 4 were all incredibly pleased with the entire experience of dining at Aksum. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We loved our visit to Aksum. The four of us sampled more than our share of appetizers. The service was great, and we had a chance to speak with the owner. She was lovely and helpful in her recommendations as well as providing us with a brief background about the restaurant. There was a good mix in the patrons which means that it can be a bit loud if you are sitting next to a banquet table of University students. Don't let that dissuade you from going. The atmosphere in new and inviting. You must try the unique and very reasonably prices dishes."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Aksum was a wonderful experience. There was enough variety on the menu that one member of the party, a vegetarian, was able to find a menu item with no problem. We will certainly return."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My wife and I shared an appetizer, a salad, and a main course. We were seated promptly; good service; ambience was simple but elegant, although we were seated out of the main dining area, at a table for two, between the bar & the window. Not a bad thing but if you don't like small spaces, ask for a different table. Dishes were well seasoned with interesting flavors. Worth another visit to taste more."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Brunch was so amazing! We went back for dinner. An exquisite mediterranean menu that combines global flavors in a sensible way. The salmon and red snapper cooked to perfection. We particularly liked the spinach salad as an appetizer. The service is great - friendly, attentive, and personable. Ambience - warm, and very pretty."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We love Aksum! Its always fresh and delicious. Its a great BYOB with fantastic Mediterranean food that won't kill your wallet!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "2nd time there, and after toying with the idea of writing a restaurant blog critiquing Philadelphia restaurants with the truth of someone retired from the business after 30 years, this placed has inspired me! wow - great food, service, ambiance - we sat outside with our dog - the server was great - she was sweet, polite and knowledgeable about the entire menu - the food - well you know its good when their clearing in between courses and the plates are empty! definitely a great find! go - run - to 4600 Baltimore Ave., West Philly - easy parking - if you're not sold on the great desserts and/or the hooka there is wonderful ice cream within two blocks (little babies)..."
    Dined on 8/13/2013