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4630 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143-6608 (47th)
+1 267-275-8195
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Aksum is a great BYOB. You can't go wrong with their brunch. It's a cool neighborhood vibe with lots of character. Attentive service & nice attention to detail...down to the music playing in the background (loved their Pandora station choice). I'd highly recommend the smoked salmon omelette & the almond crusted french toast. Yum.

Thank Angel L
Falls Church, Va
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped here near our B&B and were not disappointed an eggplant appetizer was excellent as were stuffed grape leaves. My wife had duck which was very tasty as was my lamb shank. However both dishes were a bit on the salty side. The service was very good.

Thank a7263333035
Nw York City
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Excellent dining experience on a day that was not going very well. I ordered the salmon with green beans and it was delicious. I had a window seat separate from the crowd and it was an excellent experience. The wait staff was great also.

Thank neversaycant1
Wynnewood, PA
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

This was our second visit to Aksum. This time we brought family from Florida. It was a beautiful night and the windows were open. We love the location and the people watching as well. Our party of nine shared three delicious appetizers, calamari, hummus and Brussel sprouts. All were fresh, tasty and savory. We ate chicken dishes, lamb, salmon, tofu... More 

Thank miriamWynnewoodPA
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Our family of four found, Aksum cafe online. After reviewing the menu, we enthusiastically reserved a table for early afternoon. On arrival we noted that the wall of windows at the front of the store were open. Looked inviting. When we entered, a wall of heat hit us. It was so unbearable, it took your breath away. First we were... More 

Thank Marta D
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

One of the worst dining experiences ever. My son invited us to dine with him and other family members to celebrate his fraternal twins 18th birthday. Reserved party of eleven was seated upon arrival. Table was set with three tall wine glasses each containing three tall noodles.Do the math. The waitress never offered any refills. This painfully noisy place was... More 

Thank Harriet F
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

This is my Favorite BYOB in Philly! My wife and I have never had a bad meal at Aksum and would go more often but we also love trying new restaurants. The Lamb Shank is tender and juicy and seasoned with a spicy sauce that gives it a unique and flavorable taste - VERY GOOD. The appetizers are well worth... More 

Thank aed00056
Philadelphia, PA
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327 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2015

We selected this place because its proximity to our meeting/hotel and the menu! It had food for all - meat, fish and vegan options... a home run when you are the planner and happen to also be a vegan! When we arrived around 6:30 on a weeknight, the restaurant was not as full as it soon became. And, for some... More 

Thank smep013
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Very good service; great food; great tapas and entree selection. The only downside we had was that a couple of the dishes we had were not served as hot as we would have liked. We ordered the Kale Spanakopita and Fried Calamari from the Tapas selection as appetizers. The calamari tasted great but was a little on the cool side... More 

Thank Mike I
Burlington, Vermont
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232 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Background: Looking for a place to have a Mediterranean style dinner after arriving in Philadelphia (for an quickly planned visit), our hosts recommended we consider Aksum. Verdict: The food is good and well presented, the tapas portion is huge, and it was all in a nice comfortable atmosphere. Well Done!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4630 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143-6608
  • Public Transportation: 34st SEPTA
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 267-275-8195

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?