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About 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.

4630 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm -11:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
47th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(267) 275-8195

Website:
http://aksumcafe.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking on Baltimore Ave and free parking lot on 47th and Warrington.

Public Transit:
34st SEPTA

Executive Chef:
Wayne Whiteside

Additional:
BYO Liquor, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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Aksum Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for a Date (11)
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Great for Brunch (10)
Special Occasion (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Authentic (6)
Healthy (6)
Romantic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Vegan (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Good for Groups (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 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.

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 (Atlanta)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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·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.

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food3
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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food5
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service4
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 (Philadelphia)·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!!

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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (Birmingham)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·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 🙌

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food3
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service2
value3

 
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing as always!

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, service & ambiance.
It was freezing in the restaurant.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food was great! I had a great time! I also had great Lemon Lavender Tea.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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food5
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

the brussel sprouts were amazing, highly recommend

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food here is hands down phenomenal. The dishes are a perfect blend of creative and comforting. The ingredients are always fresh, I have loved everything I have tried. They menu included gluten free/vegan/vegetarian options, and they are accommodating of changes due to dietary needs. The service, though not perfect, is always friendly and welcoming. This place is a neighborhood favorite of mine and will continue to be, hopefully for years to come.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

For some reason it just took a really long time for our entrees to show up. The server was very apologetic and gave us a dessert but it was just strange. I’ve eaten here before and haven’t had that happen. It was disappointing because we were bringing a friend back to her old neighborhood to try the place and wanted her to like it. Will be back and hopefully this won’t happen again.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our first visit and it was great. Nice menu selections and portions. Very tasty. We drove in from Ambler area and were delighted to find on street parking just steps away. We were not rushed and enjoyed a lovely night with friends. The music was a bit loud at first but them it was turned down.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Its a little small but if you can get around that the food was good and the staff was nice.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Glad I found this, a welcome change from going into center city for dinner. Great service, awesome neighborhood gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Faven the waitress was outstanding!
The food was Felicia and the ambiance was good.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

It was amazing. Nice atmosphere, fresh and great tasting food and our server was excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our service was absolutely amazing! Brought our own bottle of champagne and ordered a carafe of OJ which was really lovely.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Enjoyed the seating with the open windows. Love the BYO option in Philly. Great place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Small portions of mediocre food except the crispy Brussels sprouts and the Oreo beignets which were outstanding

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and an attentive, capable team!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As usual the restaurant never disappoints! I completely enjoyed my meal....

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Not a weak dish. The lamb shank was a stand out. Nice staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent Service from the moment I made the reservations through the end of our dinner. I had picky family members in attendance and they loved the food and ambience. Our waitress Monet was second to none. Elizabeth who I made reservations with was professional and kind. My Mother-in-law was very grateful for such a wonderful experience as we celebrated her 77th Birthday!!! Thanks Askum Staff :-)

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Waaaay better than I expected!
I expected great things, but they definitely exceeded my expectations!

(MUST ORDER THE CRISPY BRUSSEL SPROUTS TAPAS! You're welcome!)

Tags: Disabled Access, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was delicious. I can't wait to go back. Nice and cozy place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Aksum is always a top choice. Food is consistently great and interesting, service is excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Pre show early dinner. We were quite early, but the staff kindly sat us early and let us order appetizers before the kitchen officially opened. Everything was delicious. Next time we're going for brunch.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Superb food, lovely atmosphere, one of my new Philly favorites!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Dinner was excellent. While we had a server who was in training that slowed things down a little, overall the service was attentive. Fig and apple salad had a beautiful presentation and nice, light dressing. Salmon was seared to perfection and spicy mashed potatoes had a nice kick. Didn't try the desserts, but from what I saw, they looked amazing!

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 17, 2017

A great restaurant with a rather exotic menu. The food is absolutely delicious as are the desserts. A friendly unpretentious ambiance however a place to go for a special occasion. Highly recommended.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Casual
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