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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 16 times today


366 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm -11:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(267) 275-8195
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Wayne Whiteside
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking on Baltimore Ave and free parking lot on 47th and Warrington.
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Public transit
34st SEPTA
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Gift Card
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 366 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Food and service is consistently great as always.That the reason we always frequent Aksum for dining for a couple of years now. A true West Philadelphia gem.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Aksum is a favorite brunch destination of mine in West Philly. BYOB, affordable, and great food with creative specials. I recommend Aksum every time I’m planning a brunch with friends, and they are always impressed. Lots of vegetarian friendly options as well.

1.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Aksum is usually my go to restaurant for brunch they have a good brunch menu, but the last time I came the waitress dropped my plate on me and was so nonchalant about it. I came here yesterday evening and had to wait twenty minutes total after asking our waitress two times to bring us a fork (it wasn't that busy) by the time she brought us one of course our food was cold. After we paid our bill and left our waitress comes running out yelling for us to come back inside because she gave us the wrong bill unbelievable!!! I was a little hesitant to return after the plate incident but decided to give them another try, but I'm sorry I won't be returning after this horrible service.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

My first time at Aksum was great. Though I've lived in the area for a few years I had never been there, so I made a reservation for an anniversary dinner with my boyfriend on a Sunday evening. When we arrived, we noticed that it was pretty crowded (the restaurant is fairly small). However, we were seated after only a 2 minute wait by the sole host/server working that evening, Heather. We brought a bottle of wine (since it is BYOB) and Heather opened it right away for us and took our orders promptly after telling us the specials and recommending some of her favorite dishes. A large party of college students arrived shortly after we did, and there were two groups of 6 there as well, so we were expecting to wait a bit for our food. However, our starters came out very quickly, and the entrees followed soon after that. All of the food was delicious and presented beautifully and the service was excellent. (Thanks, Heather!) We will definitely be returning to Aksum.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

I enjoyed the waffle with duck, bacon, a sunny side up egg and preserves. It was absolutely delicious!!!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a party of 6, birthday celebration! The service was GREAT!! This is a Great place for BYOB!!! Mussels was amazing!! The Spicy crab bisque was awesome!! Honey Salmon Entree and the Seabass Entree was very good!!! Lamb entree’s was very good as well!! There was no complaints!! And we topped it off with the Oreo Beignets!!! We will be back!!

vipEBM123 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner on a bitterly cold night. All the staff were friendly, helpful, and welcoming. Amongst us we had a range of salads and main courses--we all enjoyed everything we ordered but the beet salad, corn soup, and fattoush salad were all very fresh and nicely seasoned and of the main courses the lamb shank and vegetarian tagine were particularly good. Our wait person was very accommodating about one person's multiple food allergies. We'll be back.

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

My food was cold and so was my date's food.
My server was horrible she hardly came over to the table and when I told her the food was cold she nodded and walked away.
I've been here more than once and this is the second time my food has been cold with semi-warm coffe.

Terrible experience.

vipOpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was delicious 😋
Service this time was mediocre.
The restaurant was freezing :/
I spoke to the owner/manager, she made a lot of excuses, she never once apologized and was dismissive.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Aksum is a favorite for dates and get-togethers with friends as well as co-workers in the area of the University of Pennsylvania. Near enough to have a lively mix of grad students and neighbors, but far enough not to be dominated by the usual clamor. The environment is aesthetically pleasing, and the arrangement of tables pleasing. Windows open during summertime, with outdoor tables. The food is really excellent, always flavorful, perfectly seasoned and cooked, interesting and comforting. The service by wait person Jamila is exceptional, classy, smooth, seemless, anticipating our questions before we even think to ask. It's a real treat. Location on Baltimore makes it a bit out of the way, well worth it. A hidden gem. Recently, on a Wednesday night, it was quiet at 6pm, but got quite full by 8pm.