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White Dog Cafe - University City
White Dog Cafe - University City
  • Address:
    3420 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    University City
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

White Dog Cafe - University City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://whitedog.com/university-city.html
  • Email: info@whitedog.com
  • Phone: (215) 386-9224
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday – Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm
    Monday – Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11pm
    Sunday 5pm - 10pm
    Monday 2:30pm - 10pm
    Tuesday – Saturday 2:30pm - 12am
    Happy Hour:
    Monday – Thursday 5pm - 7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Zach Grainda
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Both private & semi-private, distinctively decorated & comfortable rooms are available for parties from 12 to 80 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: If you're looking for an elegant venue specializing in award-winning contemporary American cuisine, made from the finest organic ingredients, the White Dog Cafe is the best choice for your next private event. We are able to accommodate parties of 12 to 175 for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dinner.
  • Private Party Contact: Tamas Szene (215) 386-9224
  • Special Events & Promotions: There's always something happening at the White Dog Cafe, from thought provoking discussions to dancing in the street! For information and to make reservations for our wide range of special events, visit www.whitedog.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 34th Street
  • Public Transit: Conveniently located a block east from the 36th Street stop on the Rt. 34 Trolley; two blocks south from the 34th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line, and just around the corner from the 42 and 21 bus routes at 34th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On-street & garage parking is available in the immediate area.
A word from White Dog Cafe - University City
White Dog Cafe is nationally known for it’s contemporary American menus, fashioned from the highest quality farm-fresh ingredients and humanely raised meats and poultry. Their menus change seasonally to capture the best locally grown, organic and sustainable foods. Please visit the White Dog Cafe website (www.whitedog.com) for menus, event details and reservations.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My Son is a grad student at Penn. We recently visited and came upon reviews of The White Dog Café online. What a great neighborhood gem! Their farm to the table cuisine is just delicious! We did the tasting menu with wine pairings which was delicious and a great value. WWill totally go back again, as will he in our absence....."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Really enjoyed out first visit to White Dog - We visit Phillie often and will definitely be back again. Soups - mushroom and leek were outstanding! Kale salad very good too for appetizers. We had Salmon and Halibut for entrees and were very impressed. Our waiter was exceptional - perfect blend of professionalism and excitement about the restaurant. He knew the menu very well and offered plenty of suggestions and assistance. Great Service. Great Food. Lovely Ambience. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Perfect. The tasting menu paired with beer is awesome. Attentive service. knowledgeable and ready to serve. It was a very busy saturday night, but the two of us thought we were the only ones in the restaurant. The white dog cafe is really great. Thank you."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Had the chefs tasting menu which was wonderful! Delicious with nice presentation. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Lunch food was great - excellent soup. Decent menu. would recommend more salads."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "These were the most uncomfortable chairs I have experienced. We have dined in hundreds of restaurants around the world. We are not heavy people at all, please replace those black chairs."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "For what it is, very overpriced. My wife had a glass of wine, a hamburger and coffee. I had hummus, pork tenderloins, and tea. The bill with tip came to about $100.00. I have not eaten here in about 20 years, it would be at least another 20 years before I do again. There did seem to be some interesting other restaurants on the same street, I will probably try those ."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The places was crowded and full of life. It was hard to hear the others at the table. The service was great. The fiood was tasty. My food came out cold, but they were very gracious and redid it. We were there for a birthday brunch and they brought out some ice cream and a candle as I had requested in the reservation. I was very grateful for that."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Service was excellent, waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. We were running a little late due to traffic, phoned ahead, were informed. "Relax, no problem." Quickly seated upon arrival. Nice touch!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This is a lovely place, with great service, but the food was disappointing. The entrees consist of whatever the featured protein is- and basically nothing else. My husband scallops,and I ordered tofu. That's what we got. A plate of six or so scallops, and a plate of 10 chunks of tofu. No vegetables, no significant garnish. There was a pool of pureed something next to mine. For $28 in University City, I expected more."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "BUT has become a bit pricey compared to the White Dog I remember. STILL great food, local ingredients, but more upscale atmsophere"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Met my children there and we were all coming from different states! One was late but the restaurant was very kind and patient. We never felt rushed, despite the fact that we were one of the last tables to leave. The food was amazing and we loved the many small dining rooms. I will go there again when I am next in Philly."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The staff was absolutely wonderful! Our hostess was fantastic. She was courteous and went over the menu, explaining the ingredients. She was sympathetic to my issues with regard to spicy foods and even brought me a glass of milk to soothe my stomach. The food was fantastic! The lamb sliders were great! I loved the riggatoni, even though it was quite spicy. It had a lot of heat, which I was warned about, but I ordered it anyway, hence the milk. I would recommend it to my friends, and I will be coming back again. I want to try the burgers. My friend who has been to White Dog before says they are fantastic. I so appreciated the service we received. Our server/hostess was fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Brunch menu was unique and all locally grown. Bloodhound drink was the best Bloody Mary around! My favorite part was the ambiance and decorations. If you are a dog person you can't miss stopping in! Walking distant from the train station in Philly."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I first ate at the White Dog Cafe almost 20 years ago, but this was my first time back in Philly in quite a while. I was hoping the restuarant was still as good as I remembered, but it was better. They recently redecorated and hired a new Chef, and the results are outstanding. Both long time customers and newbies will love the location, Ambience and food. The wait staff were very friendly, attentive and knowledgable. The Market menu (fixed price 4 courses) for $45 is a major bargain, and the wine pairing for an additional $15 is a nice bonus. Menu recommendations include the Mushroom Soup (out of this world), Fried Pickles (I know, but try them) and any of the seafood dishes. The cheese course is a nice way to start or end the meal."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "White Dog Cafe is always the perfect place to grab some reliably fresh and delicious food. We reserved a table online through OpenTable, but the wait would have been 15 minutes otherwise. Despite looking like a small place, the restaurant actually has a huge back and downstairs area. The service is always impeccable, food delicious, and wait time is next-to-none considering how many customers they cater too. A gem in the UCity area!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Was a great find!! Food was fresh and amazing! Music was fun. Service was excellent ! Loved the Room we were in downstairs!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I found the luncheon - which was a bday luncheon very nice BUT the potions were miniscule, specially on the $19 charcuterie platter. $19 - come on!!! Way too much for so little. Otherwise, lunch was good."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Probably the best restaurant I've ever eaten at. Terrific food, wonderful service, admirable farm to table goals. We can't say enough good things about this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Good food and service but uneven room temperature left us hot and cold."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was a complete find. All local meats and produce from local farms. Good was awesome and atmosphere outstanding."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We tried the prix fixe menu and every course was very good. My wife enjoyed all of the chef's wine pairings with each course and I had the beer pairings, which were all well chosen. The service was good in spite of a packed house. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were visiting colleges in Philadelphia and had Sunday brunch here. Great food, mimosas and atmosphere. Despite a packed house, we experienced great service. A popular place, and well deserved!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Had brunch there on Sun. Service was so-so--only had coffee refilled once. Time it took for food to be served seemed lengthy for this time of the day, but it did seem as thought out server was busy. Maybe short-staffed? Otherwise, ambiance is so cute--love the eclectic look, food tasty, and location is relatively easy to get to. Will return & hope service is a bit more on the mark!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We always come here for brunch. We do not go anywhere else. Best bottomless option by far, food is always amazing, service is fantastic, and the neighborhood is great. Parking is never a big deal and I always leave happy! Always bringing a new group of friends here."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Have eaten here 4 times and never disappointed. Although we did have to wait this time 20 minutes even though we had a reservation, it was not the restaurant's fault. The people who were sitting at our table would not leave. The hostess made a special point of asking if it would be possible for us to sit in a very large booth or would it be too crowded. The booth was absolutely perfect as was the meal and the service."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food was delightful and the service and ambience was excellent. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Every time I come the wait staff is really good. I felt like the total dinning experience was perfect and it was just a Friday lunch. Food was prepared perfectly and the wait staff was very attentive. I will continue to suggest White Dog to people who ask about a great place to go while in University City."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is an unpretentious restaurant with food that is better than one would expect. Actually, that's unfair. This is a good restaurant period. The servers are knowledgeable and unobtrusive. The bartenders know how to mix a perfect manhattan and are friendly. And if you are looking for a place to take to take your Penn kid for dinner, you should all be happy."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "White Dog is always a reliably good dining experience. I especially recommend for we students whose parents are visiting. The service is great and the food is delicious. Finally the quirky decor really makes it stand out."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Loved the new decor in the the room where we were seated for brunch ... Enjoyed the omelette, bottomless sangria and triple chocolate mousse cake! Having moved out of the area, we had not visited for quite a while but it was better than ever! Combined with a tour of the Barnes ... Perfect!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had a lovely Saturday lunch in one of the tiny, quaint dining rooms. The menu was interesting, the food was good, the service was outstanding, and the decor set a charming, intimate mood. The location is great for anything in University City and Sansom Street itself is a step back in time. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were looking for a spot close to Penn and Drexel to meet long time friends visiting colleges with their daughter. The restaurant came highly recommended by two Philadelphia-educated physicians and they were right on the mark. It was fun, friendly and the food was good. Even with a 7p reservation, they allowed us to linger and catch up."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "White Dog is a staple for us. Whenever family is visiting its a perfect place that is reasonably priced with great food and something on the menu for everyone. We always love it here."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've been dining at the White Dog since it was founded 1983, and I suffered through the year or so of dreary confusion after Judy Wicks sold it to restaurant mogul Marty Grims. I took a party of 9 there for dinner following a lecture at Penn. The food was very good, as is once again the norm. To drink, I asked our waiter, with a smile, for the house red, saying that, for a group of this size it would need to be cheap. We enjoyed 4 bottles of the La Loach Cabernet. It was very nice. And well it should have been, because when the bill was presented I learned it had cost $50 per bottle! A complaint to the restaurant a few days later came to naught. That's what house wine costs in Philadelphia, they said. Not so, of course."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I have dined at White Dog a number of times and was so pleased to see during my recent visit that they are revamping the entire place. While it's not quite yet finished, what has been completed thus far is very appealing. My partner and I both had the usual turkey cobb salad. The heat in the honey mustard salad dressing cleared our sinuses to the point that we both looked like we were crying. The waitress cheerfully offered to bring us new salads. Since it was only the dressing that needed fixing, we suggested a little more honey and that seemed to do the trick. Despite the average food experience during this visit, I will be back."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The garlic potatoe soup was the best. Not over powering but a great smooth taste. The beet salmon flatbread was the best flatbread ever. After this any other flatbread will come out flat tasting. The lamb rigatoni was not as great and too spicy but probably should save that kind of dish for dining in an Italian restaurant . Excellent service and waitress recommended an apple turnover for dessert and we were glad she did"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Eclectic groups of diners, from young families to couples to larger groups. Pictures and paintings of dogs are everywhere. Good food, delivered quickly despite crowded Saturday night. Friendly and attentive bar and wait staff. Only drawback was that bottle of dinner wine (red) was chilled."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were in Philly for my wife's birthday weekend (really it was the whole week!). We wanted nice place for Saturday evening dinner and we certainly found it. Food, service, and ambiance was truly great. We had a memorable meal. Great little neighborhood find in and around the Philly Universities. We had a drink at the bar first and it was very nice. We would go back next week."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is my second time coming here and enjoyed the ambiance. Great food!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014