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Aksum
Mediterranean Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 11:00 pm
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4630 Baltimore Ave Philadelphia, PA 19143
4630 Baltimore AveUSPAPhiladelphia19143
(267) 275-8195aksumcafe.com
$$Mediterranean Restaurant, Brunch Restaurant
Mediterranean Restaurant
Brunch Restaurant
Hookah Bar
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Today 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 5:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 11:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
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A BYOB Mediterranean Kitchen & Hookah Lounge. At Aksum you’ll experience delectable Mediterranean cuisines and tapas in a festive and friendly atmosphere.
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Hardwood floors & red walls pair with tapas, entrees & evening hookah at this Mediterranean cafe.- Google
People talk about grilled chicken rosemary, marinated chicken breast, mediterranean kitchen, hookah and french toast
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Jonathan Garces
reviewed a month ago
I love this place. Brunch is exceptional. The dinner is also great. You can really tell they take pride in every dish. It only took a couple of visits for the owner to remember me. The music is very nice. Awesome coffee. One of my favorite spots.
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Minh Chau
reviewed a year ago
Aksum, another neighborhood joint, is a small ~12 table establishment located a couple blocks from Clark Park. Its name is derived from the Aksumite Empire that covered Eritrea, Yemen, Saudia Arabia, and other present day countries...or at least that's what the "About Aksum" says on the menu. I'm not a big fan of Mediterranean food as I find it rather bland compared to the more powerful spices that are infused into other cuisines like those found in Latin America and Southeast Asia. And I don't like olives! But, I thought I'd give this a shot as it's in the neighborhood. The decor and atmosphere at Aksum is not "high end" but certainly much higher end than most of the other restaurants in the Cedar Park area (the only comparable restaurant in this regard is Vietnam Cafe, which is a 60 second walk away). The prices are also adjusted accordingly. The question I had was - are the flavors and the service worth the higher price tag? Maybe. The rosemary grilled chicken was plated beautifully, and the chicken breast marinated in the house's rosemary sauce was super tender. The olive pine nut tapenade that was layered on top of the chicken had a strong, bold flavor. The garlic mashed potatoes, however, was bland and blah. I wouldn't have known they were garlic mashed potatoes had I not been told there was garlic in them. The grilled asparagus were grilled asparagus. For the entire restaurant, there was only one waitress. This seemed about right when I first walked in as the place was only at 20% capacity. But, when it started reaching 80% capacity, the waitress definitely had more on her plate than she could handle in a timely manner. It took 15 minutes from asking for my check to actually receiving it...and then another 5 minutes to get my credit card back. A third of an hour gone. Aksum uses Square for credit card payments, and I was surprised when they brought out an iPad. I thought I had won something, but they just wanted my autograph.
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Mafei James
reviewed a year ago
Came for Brunch the food was bomb. I had the sweet potatoe pancakes mmmm melt in your mouth yumma! The owner is such a sweet heart
Plesantre Yofulnam
reviewed 7 months ago
It's so great in the summer when they open up the front and you can enjoy brunch (or even late night dinner) and enjoy the open air. Food is wonderful! The ambiance is nice. Service is great. It's one of the more romantic places in West Philly.
Alex Kellogg
reviewed 2 months ago
The staff was nice but the owner seemed rather rude and almost disrespectful at times. The food is not bad, but no way the attitude should come with it.
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james zeleniak
reviewed a year ago
Love this place. Great mix of hearty Mediterranean-influnced meat and fish dishes that you can enjoy along with options for your vegan buddies. Had lamb shank with Isreali saffron couscous the other day that rocked. Love the outdoor space when weather permits. Hookah? Why not? Great desserts and rich coffee. Folks also go nuts for the Oreo Beignets.

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