White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.5
2602 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
White Dog Cafe has been engaging its local community with award-winning contemporary American cuisine, since 1983 in Philadelphia and since 2010 in Wayne. Known for creative menus, using the highest quality farm-fresh ingredients and humanely raised meats and poultry, our menus change weekly to capture the best local, seasonal and sustainable grown foods available. Our inspiring menus are complimented with an all American wine list, local craft beers and seasonal specialty cocktails and refreshing mocktails served with warm hospitality.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Took my wife out for breakfast along with our daughter for my wife birthday. Arrive at 11:30 placed our orders by 11:40. 45 minutes went by. We noticed that other patrons who arrived after us receive there food. I Had to waive down an employee that wasn’t our waiter to voice our frustrations. Our waiter I believe name “Isaiah” was MIA the entire 45 or so minutes. 10 minutes after the complaint, a manager approached us to apologize for the inconvenience. When the food arrived my wife and daughter food was correct, but my dish was incorrect. The food was pretty good, but everyone was hungry by that time. When the check arrived they charged me for the incorrect dish as well as the correct dish. And for the inconvenience they offered us a free desert. The restaurant failed us numerous times. Our waiter seem reluctant to serve us. And compensation for the awful experience was a free desert that no one wanted. I have dine many of places (including the university location) and this amongst one of my worst experiences. Our 7 year old daughter complained she never waited this long for food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It took a bit took get seated and serviced, but once they took our order everything was timely and the food was delicious.

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vipMESW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Delicious food and excellent service.

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vipjn22
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great as always! Having some gluten free bread, rolls and a gluten free hamburger bun would really make a difference in my dining experience. White Dog used to have these options and it is very disappointing for me as I have to be gluten free.

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vipLinny
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I twice got an omelet with "no onions" even though the wonderful waitress took back the first incorrect omelet. She offered to try a third time or take it off my bill but I refused both kind offers. I took the onions off myself and ate a small part of the omelet. I usually have a good meal at the White Dog. It must have been an off kitchen day.

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carls
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and our out of town guests were very pleased. Thanks!

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KellieS
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Birthday brunch for my husband.
Had the Lancaster omelet , hardly any goat cheese and very dry. My son had the calamari salad and it was loaded with big chunks of tomatoes and very little calamari. The burger was good.
Now on to our waitress. Maybe she is new. She brought on iced tea and forgot about the other iced tea that my husband ordered. Forget the sugar had to wait for that as well. Very very slow service.
I love this restaurant and have dined here several times and it is normally a wonderful experience!

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vipErinM
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents weekend

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Cap16
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience! Ambiance very inviting and comfortable. Food was spectacular. Everyone at our table was extremely satisfied with all entrees selected. Most of all our waiter Dan, is a true professional. His patience and attentiveness made us feel like we were the only family in the room. Well done!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing
Service was great and the food

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MaryB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very good and our waiter was excellent and so friendly. We would definitely go back. It was a bit busy and more noisy because it was parents weekend at Villa Nova down the street, but otherwise a great experience.

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vipJoanK
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful lunch with family on Saturday. Food and service, good as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The breakfast items we order were underwhelming. The mushroom omelette was undercooked and bland. The greens that came with it were not properly dressed. The $15 waffle came with only butter and maple syrup. Not even a piece of fruit. To be fair the waffle itself was moist but certainly not worth the money. Coffee needs tweaking: way too bitter, even with the addition of milk.
The staff was the only endearing piece of the meal. Such a shame. We enjoy the location in University City better.

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DLP1
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

One of our favorite places to take our Villanova U undergrad.

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TramM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to White Dog Cafe on a Wednesday night for a triple date. The ambience was fantastic - loved the setup inside and all the decors; pretty eclectic and definitely dog-focused. Our waiter was super attentive and patient with our orders. He also never failed to refill waters, which is something that waiters/waitresses tend to forget. And let me tell you about the food - THEY WERE DELICIOUS! We got some house-made foccacia and beet salad for appetizers. Everything was gone after 15 minutes! A few of us got the spicy lamb bolognese, which was superb. I got the roasted chicken with yogurt sauce. Chicken was perfectly cooked - super moist and very crispy skin. All the accompaniments went really well with the chicken too. Another person from my party got the salmon and it was also delicious. Overall, it was a very good experience and we will definitely come back. Definitely worth the higher price!

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Kate
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a table for 3 outside. It was a lovely evening and we really enjoyed it. Our waiter, for the most part, was attentive. He forgot to bring a second drink, but other than that he did a good job. Bills arrived promptly, but we were never rushed.
The gazpacho was excellent.
I had the MahiMahi sandwich. The fish was over cooked and dry.
It is a “pricey” restaurant. For 3 people dinner (1 salad, 1 sandwich and 1 main) with drinks and it came to $175.

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vipRobertW
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Very slow service and overdone Berger when ordered rare

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LaureneG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious!

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RebeccaS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is always great. Brunch options are more lunch and only a few breakfast choices.

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LarryR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We sat outside and the food was delicious with impeccable service

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Guaclover
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

From start to finish the restaurant missed their mark. Understand that times may still be difficult with hiring or staffing the appropriate amount of servers. However, we had to go back to hostess station after sitting unattended for 20 minutes. The server also didn’t tell us specials (we overheard another table get told them) and was not friendly or attentive. It was a 2 hour meal but we wanted to order more drinks and dessert but was unable to do so due their lack of attention to our table in a timely manner. I ordered the halibut which was under seasoned and dry. My husband had the burger which was over cooked but tasted good. For the prices and expectations I have with past experiences there it was a sad date night.

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JessicaN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pretty overpriced for average food. I do not plan on going back.

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VictorP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Wine came up late, almost when we were about to finish food. I eat the Mahi Mahi Sandwich and it was not tasty.
We also missed the welcome bread and butter.

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CLJE
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience for me and two of my close friends. Our server was so considerate. She let us “catch up” without constantly asking if we were ready to order. And she was so pleasant and knowledgeable. I am never disappointed by White Dog.

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vipGallaFoodie
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch outside on a beautiful Sept morning. Excellent service and food. Wish the coffee was hotter and freshened but otherwise -- very good.

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vipBecca
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful ladies' lunch outdoors. Our server was excellent, and all the staff was masked. We each had the grain salad that was fresh and delicious. We also had a side of French fries that were naughtily delicious; crispy and full of flavor. Will definitely return when in the area.

White Dog Cafe-Haverford
Responded on September 11, 2021

Thanks for joining us! See you next time!

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vipannalore
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love eating in the bar area. The pasta bolognese is fantastic! Oysters are usually a winner, although last night they were gamey.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never have a bad meal at the White Dog! Love it!

White Dog Cafe-Haverford
Responded on September 11, 2021

Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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vipGabrielle
Cleveland
44 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Charming restaurant!! Loved the ambiance. Food was good, service was great.

White Dog Cafe-Haverford
Responded on September 11, 2021

Glad you enjoyed Gabrielle. Thanks for sharing your feedback!

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JeanetteF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Patricia

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LourdesG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Sunday brunch spot. Wonderful food and drinks! Great wait staff.

White Dog Cafe-Haverford
Responded on September 11, 2021

Thanks for joining us for brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!

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Dinner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

My husband enjoyed his watermelon salad very much. I had the beet and arugula salad, it was missing something (nut?)but fresh. He enjoyed his trout, I did not enjoy my orchiaetta pasta dish. Tasted like the pasta was either pre-made/par-cooked or made in a large batch like a banquet buffet. Pasta dish wasn’t even hot. The cocktails were very good. My husband was impressed they knew how to make a gibson and even had the onions, my martini was delicious. Also, $20. Glasses of red wine shouldn’t be warm. Missed the mark overall I’d say. Or maybe I just ordered wrong. Staff was friendly, the atmosphere was cozy.

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vipIraS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was prepared poorly.
Trout and pasta sauces were not prepared properly (like paste)
Temperature of food was off
The restaurant was 1/3 full
Overall very sad to see the lack of attention

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Bmonkeys
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food, umbrellas very helpful in outdoor dining.

White Dog Cafe-Haverford
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for joining us! Glad you enjoyed our patio dining!

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vipJazzdrums
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The white dog is a solid favorite, and has been around for a long time, even longer if you count and the other White dog near Penn. Very consistent good food. Nice ambience. Well run. You can’t go wrong here.

White Dog Cafe-Haverford
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for saying so! Since 1983!

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GarrettB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food, nice ambience, below average, inattentive service.
Otherwise a very good outing and nice place for Sunday brunch.

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vipCherylL
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

We were the third table to arrive that morning so the restaurant was empty. The hostess squeezed us in to a far corner and then put a table of 7 next to us. The table of 7 included 4 small kids (under the age of 3) who all came with their strollers! The volume doubled and the server couldn't get to us because of the kids' equipment. Needless to say, I complained and we were moved but this could have and should have been avoided. Doubt we'll go back.

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steve
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent in every respect - from the time we entered to the time we left.

White Dog Cafe-Haverford
Responded on August 31, 2021

Looking forwad to seeing you next time, Steve. Thank you for joining us!

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You can order delivery directly from White Dog Cafe-Haverford using the Order Online button. White Dog Cafe-Haverford also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 896-4556.

White Dog Cafe-Haverford is rated 4.5 stars by 2602 OpenTable diners.

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Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.