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.
The food and service were both great! A lot of GF and vegetarian options, which is wonderful for a crowd with dietary constrictions. My only complaint was that they did not sit us in a table that was big enough for the three adults and a baby.
Decided to go out to brunch and found this place listed as one of the better brunch places in Philly. Made reservations and arrived a few minutes early. I was seated rather quickly and thats where any service ended. The table was incredibly wobbly but i put a few sugar packets under one leg to stabilize since the server never came back with a leveler. Received a cup of coffee after 10 minutes of waiting and server took our order. And then never came back. After 40minutes she returned to ask "are you waiting on your check?" - uhh, no. i was waiting on our meals but i can see thats never happening and so we walked out. What an absolute disastrous affair. Worst service/No service. The most incredible part is the "manager" who was there sitting at the bar just looking at everyone and not checking on a single table the entire time we were there waiting. This place is garbage and I would never recommend this anyone. Stay away.
This is one of my favorite BYOBs in all of Philadelphia! Everyone working there is so nice and attentive. The food is always well seasoned and super delicious!
Have already recommended to three friends - really great, fun meal.
I’m a frequent customer of Aksum especially for brunch and am usually satisfied. This visit was not a good one. The items my date and I wanted (which were different) were not available. We both had to order something else and although it tasted ok it was luke warm. I had a reservation and had to wait 10 minutes for a table to be cleared. The waitress didn’t seem to be aware of the menu items. It is unlikely I will go back to Aksum. I was very disappointed.
I was there for brunch on this past Sunday 3/17/19 and it was obviously not enough staff to accommodate everyone. We waited at the door for at least 5 minutes before being recognized and seated. Once we were seated, it took at least 10 minutes or more for someone to come over after I asked if anyone was coming to wait on us. We finally ordered food and the food came out barely warm, no syrup for the pancakes, no spoon for the coffee. We were so surprised and fed up that we just walked out. I have never experienced that kind of service at this restaurant. It was not a good day and I’m sure others were not pleased. The servers were overwhelmed. I would like to return but hopefully with a better dining experience - like I’ve had in the past.
Food was fresh and obviously prepared with care. One dish was very salty (and I'm not usually that sensitive). Restaurant was full, and many people arrived at the same peak time, which seemed to overwhelm the kitchen, but the server was aware and apologetic.
Not many food choices on this visit. No salmon; no rib eye steaks. A bit disappointing.
This was our first visit to this restaurant. We made a reservation and arrived on time. We noticed that it looked quite inviting, candlelit tables, quiet. Only one other table was occupied, by 2 people, when we arrived. There was one wait person, who offered us our choice of seats. She came by promptly to bring us water, breadsticks and olive oil. She also took our order (appetizers and entrees) in a timely manner. After about half an hour, she came by to tell us they were out of pita (at a Mediterranean restaurant!). After 45 minutes, we still had not even received our appetizer. Every time we looked her way, she turned her head. We could hear people talking and "working" in the kitchen. We finally decided to leave. I would definitely NOT recommend this experience to anyone.
We arrived for our 6:30 reservation and the restaurant was closed. The phone went to voicemail.
Very wonderful & eclectically imaginative & executed menu! Service superb & quite friendly! Very cozy restaurant setting but wish it was bigger. We will return!
We never got our Appetizers because the server forgot to put the order in. Lamb Chops was a little dry and the food wasn't very hot but everything else was great.
I was there for dinner and I couldn’t find the Mediterranean Anywhere I felt like I could cook the food myself. However I been there for brunch and they have a really good chicken and waffle.
Food was excellent
service was substandard - some parts of the order were not put in on time and food came out late and undercooked
Kitchen seemed overwhelmed on a busy saturday night
The food was awful. The squash risotto was tasteless -- except for the salt -- and inedible. The roasted beet salad came with beets from a can, no walnuts, wilted spinach, and nothing resembling the champagne dressing listed on the menu. The waitress was very nice and did not charge us for the risotto. My husband's dish of pasta with shrimp was also sub-par. We had the impression that the the cook had no experience or knowledge of preparing the dishes we had ordered and also lacked the necessary ingredients.
Food was good, but expensive for what it was. Bad floor plan. Our table for 2 kept getting bumped into.
Aksum has delicious brunch foods, that are always high in quality. My daughter had her first communion party there, and they served many of us with consistent quality. The dinner is also delicious, and I recommend the alcohol free sangria
We had brunch and the food was delicious and 5star we had the French Tost and chicken and waffles. The service from our waitress wasn’t 5 star, we hope the she was new and in training and will definitely go again, hopefully the service will be Tyler this time😀
Our waiter was extremely friendly and personable but our service was a bit slow.
Best Sunday Brunch in West Philly! Incredible BYOB Brunch experience!
A great place for Brunch. Cute and small. Delicious flavors. Service could be a bit better. It seemed a bit slow and like they weren't use to waiting more than 2-3 tables. For eg, we had a reservation for 3 people and were placed on a table with three seating. But the table setting was only for 2 and had to be requested for. And then the other time, we were halfway through our Appetizer when the main course arrived, and we were still enjoying our App, and the server almost wanted take that plate from under our forks (lol!). Not a super big deal and not a hindrance to the experience. But could work on those details.
On the other hand, loved the involvement of owner. Dropped by our table a couple of times to check on us. Which was fantastic!
Overall, would recommend 100%.
Excellent evening. The food was very good. It was noisy due to a large party
Great service, small intimate atmosphere, good food.
Excellent food and service. Will definitely eat at Askum’s again.
Excellent vibe. Lobster bisque was fantastic. Really friendly service.
Food was pretty great! Unfortunately we didn’t receive our food on the right order. Seafood bisque was outstanding, but then we waited a long time for entrees bec they forgot to bring the salad! Atmosphere was cramped, music sounded tinny like from a transistor radio. I think the chef is very good but the space leaves a lot to be desired...Overall will not return to this restaurant...
I don't know if it was because of Valentine's day. The menu was very limited. My waitress seemed to forget about us quit often. My steak was supposed to be a filet mignon. It was really tough. Didn't seem like filet. Then my food was really cold when they brought it to me. I told my server she took my plate brought it back with the same steak that I had taken a bite out of. Looks like the put it back on the grill so u know it was well done by the time I got it and it was still cold. When i got the check they took forever to bring my card back and when i did get it back they brought it back with this tablet that only gave you an option to tip 20% or higher eventhough my waitress didn't deserve the 15% that I had originally planned on giving her.
Very tasty and inventive food very busy and a bit cramped nice in the warm weather with windows open and outside seating
Excellent food - the Brussels sprouts are phenomenal. This is one of our fave byob restaurants in the city
Delicious food in a wonderfully cozy local spot. Service was prompt, food well prepared, the chicken and waffles was divine!
Loved to food and the server was very pleasant. However, it was VERY chilly in the establishment. I will be going back.
One word... EXCELLENT!!!! I would recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and neighbors in West Philadelphia:-)
Great food always. Service and ambiance can be hit or miss sometimes depending on when you go. Enjoyed brunch though. And the BYOB is fantastic.
I always enjoy eating at this restaurant! The food was delicious (had the shrimp and grits) , and the service was great!
Awesome atmosphere food is excellent and byob ...our server was very pleasant and patient..I’ve been before although this is my first brunch visit I can’t wait to return
Service was exceptional, our waitress was amazing
We went for a prie-fixe NYE dinner. The food was wonderful—the people in the kitchen really know what they’re doing—and the service was attentive and friendly. We had a great time!
Could not order from regular menu. Food was luke warm. Had taken way too much time for desserts. Not worth the price. Very disappointed.
We used to love Aksum but the food selections and preparation are now mediocre at best. Our two favorites, and dependable entrees, lamb shank and chicken with shrimp, are no longer on the menu. At our recent meal, the chicken breast with capers was not the perfectly prepared one we were accustomed to, the lamb burger was over cooked and dry, the very thin rib eye (at $30) came with more poorly prepared potatoes than anyone could possibly eat. And they were not fingerlings as advertised.
Unfortunately, we've now tried twice with the revamped menu and both times have been disappointing. Don't know if it's a new cook, new menu planner, or both. Too bad. We used to love to go and to send people there, too.
I have brunch here often , love that it is a BYOB food is good and atmosphere is great.