White Dog Cafe - University City
White Dog Cafe - University City

White Dog Cafe - University City

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://whitedog.com/university-city.html
  • Phone: 2153869224x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday – Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner:
    Monday – Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday 5pm - 8pm
    Grill:
    Monday – Saturday 2:30pm - 10pm
    Sunday 2:30pm - 8pm
    Happy Hour:
    Monday – Friday 4pm - 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 2153869224x
  • Special Events: 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.
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White Dog Cafe - University City reviews from OpenTable diners
259 reviews since March 30 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (151)fit for foodies (136)great for brunch (100)special occasion (99)great for lunch (94)good for groups (77)romantic (61)great for outdoor dining (42)hot spot (29)vibrant bar scene (27)kid-friendly (21)late-night find (18)notable wine list (17)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Food was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Would ask to sit in a different room next time. We felt uncomfortable because of the decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood gem!
    Lisa
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Lovely little cafe! Can't wait to return for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Outstanding food and awesome decor, but best part of our experience was Andrew, our server! Charming, personable and his service couldn't have been better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant, Wonderful Food
    EdHooker3VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    visited Philadelphia and entertained colleagues one night for dinner. great menu, creative chef-inspired dishes, appropriate for children of all ages.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I went with some friends before a meeting. I took advantage of the dining days and enjoyed my food. The service was nice and efficient. Another enjoyable time at the white dog cafe
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2eat
    ChinaDoll
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had a party of 7. Very comfortable table. Service was good & food was very good. The fact that it is located right on Penn's campus was a bonus because my brother wanted to tour Penn with his daughter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch
    Moween
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I was bringing my young cousin for her 16th birthday. The staff provided a lovely card with birthday wishes and the dessert was accompanied by a birthday wish writtten in chocolate sauce and a pink candle. Just the right amount of fuss and thrilled her to pieces.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Excellent Experience !
    innkeeper13
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Once again, I was proud to recommend The White Dog Cafe to my out of town guests whose top priority was a healthy menu. Needless to say, they were thrilled with all aspects of the Cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Pleasant place, nice staff, ordinary food. I was expecting a bit more from a restaurant as well-known as this, one I've read about for years and was excited about visiting. And two of my dishes were over-salted - I adore salt, and this complaint is a first for me.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pcje4VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This was our second visit to this location. We frequent the Wayne White Dog as it is closer to our home. We had brunch, and while the decor and service was very good, the food is just ok.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dog days of summer
    CLOakanddaggerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    While I love the White Dog Cafe, the changing, innovative menu, great preparation and whimsical dog themed decor, July 4th weekend something was amiss. This may be common in college towns but the service, which was so professional on my last trip was just overwhelmed this one despite the dining room only being half full. The food was a notch lower than last time as well but still terrific in my view. Not sure if it is the weather, the seasonal staff or just a tough weekend but this was a foul ball of a dinner. Will absolutely still go back, one of my favorite places in Philly...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food , great service.
    micknan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our waiter was great, food was very good and the wine he recommend was really good. The place has a nice atmosphere and we would go back next time we are in town. We walked there from our room at a near by Bed and Breakfast after reading about White Dog online and we were glad we did.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three thumbs up
    gingerspice
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Absolutely delicious. Went for brunch - waffles and chicken and biscuits has been ruined for me forever, nothing will ever compete. Delicious greyhounds, great service. Definitely recommend !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Tg0213
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I loved this place. I also appreciate their use of local and organic foods.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    LuLuVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    would happily return here as it was great food and great service and wonderful atmosphere...Really enjoyed the history and our server couldn't have been more helpful. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Satisfied a tough crowd
    WUB85
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We ate at White Dog on a Wednesday in late June. We were a group of 7 seated in a semi-private room on the first floor that could probably accommodate 12+. As such, ambient noise was not an issue. Our crowd can be difficult - 2 vegetarians, two teenagers and some picky eaters. Everyone found something to eat and everyone enjoyed their appetizers and dinners. The portions were appropriate, the food was well seasoned and everyone had a good time. I recommend the peach bread pudding for dessert. Our waiter was attentive and engaging and service was well paced. I will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Up and down.
    Chuddayo
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Pluses included great local cheese selection, solid pasta entree, amazing desserts (root liqueur w/ love stout, Bavarian with crust). Negs included strange choice of cocktail glass, soup that tasted exactly like puréed beef hot dogs, and a so so summery burrata salad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • InfinitoZ
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The service was excellent as they helped identify what constituted our meal, whether it was local, etc. The bread and butter kept coming out, which is great because White Dog has the best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodandwineafficionado
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Outstanding restaurant on the Penn campus, sort of an oasis, good food, nice wine list and good service. Very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My family and I went for a celebratory dinner and had a great time. From the delicious food to the outstanding service, I would recommend White Dog Cafe for any and all special occasions. I liked that they sat us in what seemed like our own private dining room. I had the strip steak, which was cooked perfectly. I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    xxxx
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Comfortable, intimate, attentive and tasty. A bit pricey BUT i will see you again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    SAMSVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great food. Super service. Love this place. The tartare was wonderful as was the salmon salad. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    White Dog did farm to table before it was the thing and it's still good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I will definitely be back for more! I went for brunch ans had the pancakes with lemon curd and they were delicious. The ambiance is classy pub and I loved the chandeliers and portraits of dogs as decorated military heros. Service was a bit slow but very friendly and did not negatively affect our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had lunch at the White Dog Cafe after my daughters graduation and I must say it was a wonderful experience. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The Cafe was very accommodating as my father is in a wheel chair and they were able to reset a table in a quick time frame for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Jackie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    White Dog always delivers excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downfall of Someplace Great
    PhillyEscapeeVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    For years the WD has been a neighborhood standby for business, social and casual lunch or dinner in the University City neighborhood. Over the last year or so the food has become less and less dependable, the service lazy and the overall experience poor. It's a shame that something that had become part of the neighborhood has fallen apart. I had an almost in edible chicken salad the made me nauseous for the remainder of the day. My dining partner felt her food was awful as well. I think it is only a matter of time before the more forward thinking, modern restaurateurs moving into the neighborhood put WD out of its misery. Try the Fat Ham or Federal Donuts....much better and just up the street.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistant excellance
    innkeeper13
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    As an innkeeper, it is so important to have a resource such as the White Dog Cafe to recommend to our guests with confidence and pride.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Dog
    ArmyBoy
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The menu had a lot of great choices; however, I didn't prefer some of the fancy ingredients that were added into the dish. I do appreciate locally grown, but it seemed a little too uppity ( If I can't pronounce it, then I probably wouldn't eat it). Also, I thought the service would be top notch. Every item that was ordered was delivered to the wrong person; and it was only 2 people sitting at the table. How can you get confused with who ordered what? lol.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    RBpa
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    White Dog Cafe in University City was a perfect location for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite!
    VeeZ
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Any time I am anywhere close to this restaurant, I go. Be it lunch or dinner, both are great. I don't live in the area. If I did, I'd be a regular. Recently I had the Kennett Sqaure Omelet for lunch. Luscious! The reason I didn't rate it five stars on service is that the waiter we had this last visit did not take our food order in a timely manner. In fact, he took the food order of a table that had been seated after us before taking ours. After that, everything went smoothly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • leoneVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I ate at this restaurant many years ago and it was much better at that time. I believe new owner's took it over.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with a twist
    TheLunchBunch
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Food was delicious and most products were from local farmers. Atmosphere was really nice, cute - country inspired decorations. Wait staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal I've eaten anywhere...
    DGaebel
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Amazing. Delicious. Fun. Fresh. We recently had dinner at White Dog to celebrate my sister's graduation. Everything was outstanding! A farm to table restaurant that comes right out and says they don't use anything genetically modified. What a find! The ambiance was funky and fresh, the service was outstanding and the food a delectable piece of art. We found it priced fairly for farm to table and regret we don't live closer. They catered to our gluten free requests (have the g-free biscuits and honey butter - yum!). Hats off to the owner, chef and staff - well done :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    SuzieB
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We had gone here before for brunch and enjoyed our experience so much that we decided to return with my parents and their friends. Everything was great except for one thing: two people at the table ordered the chicken and biscuits, but when the food came out, one of the portions was significantly smaller than the other. Other than that, great experience and the good tasted great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced
    Klamber
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food at White Dog wasn't terrible, but it was definitely not worth what was charged. The salad was a few greens soaked in a mint sauce, and the steak was extremely under seasoned. The fusilli pasta was overpowering, and the burger was average. I would have given the restaurant two stars except for the cheese plate, which was absolutely delicious. On the plus side, the waiters are very courteous, and the drink menu is pretty good.
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  • gone downhill
    DinerPaul
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I work in the area and I've been coming here for years, but this is the first time in a while. The menu used to be more or less continental, but now it's all organic/locally grown and rather pretentious. It tasted OK. I got a green salad with one little piece of prosciutto plus iced tea, and my companion had a burger and fries. For that we paid $32 + tip, which seems a bit pricey. The place was half empty at lunch time, which didn't use to be the case,and I think I understand why. Don't know if I'll be coming back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It doesn´t get better than this!
    Mappster
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The White Dog Cafe is more than a restaurant! It is a place to endulge your senses and to enjoy yourself with your loved ones.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Graduation Dinner
    Lauren
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Wonderful spot to celebrate graduation. Really Excellent food. Top-notch service. Great decor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite at Penn
    grubuffVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Always come here when I go to Penn. Predictably good food. I wouldn't say foodies material though. Love the townhouse ambience. Crazy busy when there is an event at Penn. Bloody mary is good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic