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Aksum

4.5
360 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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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Cuisines
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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What 360 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEBM123 (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on January 4, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
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.

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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.

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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.

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Misscarter95 (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on December 17, 2017

The BEST French Toast on earth #idodeclare. If I don't know anything else, I know good French Toast. In all of my travels around the world (I used to live in Abu Dhabi), I can only recommend three places for great French Toast. Aksum is definitely one 😍😍😍... And I don't have to fly half-way around the world to get it 🙌

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MichaelL (Philadelphia)
3.0
Dined on December 9, 2017

I’ve been to this restaurant on a few occasions and always had a fine experience. On this occasion, although I made reservations far in advance , I had a horrible table in a corner with no view and they dropped the item I was going to have as my entree .
It was also my wife’s birthday. The waitress had to be new because she was unsure if the dropped item was still available even though it was off the menu.
Next time I’ll do the brunch.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 2, 2017

My first time there, will not be my last. I don't like my food piled top of each other (vegetables ,mashed potatoes then the chicken). The chicken was good, but could have been a little more tender.

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vipAmbroseC (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on November 29, 2017

Fantastic place, food was great for omnivores and vegans alike.

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Dedward (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined on November 26, 2017

Our Sunday afternoon brunch was very crowded and so noisy that we sometimes had difficulty hearing one another!

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing as always!

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
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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Cross street
47th
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(267) 275-8195
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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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Executive chef
Wayne Whiteside
Additional
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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