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Aksum Cafe

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4630 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143-6608 (47th)
+1 267-275-8195
17:00 - 23:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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Rochester, New York
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302 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed dinner at Aksum while visiting Philly. We ordered one entree (Rosemary Chicken) and two tapas (Roasted Beet Salad and Fried Calamari). Each of the dishes was delicious and very interesting. The calamari were sauteed, with a spicy tomato based sauce. The beet salad was very nice, with rich, creamy goat cheese and walnuts providing a... More 

Thank Richard S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

An upscale but very congenial neighborhood BYO in West Philadelphia with good, affordable food -- the lamb and seafood entrees are outstanding. Vegetable sides tend to be overdressed (e.g. Brussels sprouts with way too much bacon), but there's a good array of appetizers. Also a great spot for brunch.

Thank batur2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

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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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
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
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
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
Reviewed 24 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 19 helpful votes
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 

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Philadelphia, PA
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334 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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 

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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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