White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.6
2377 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2377 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Solid burger and steak
Cesar salad was yummy.
Good service

The orecchiette pasta was terrible - bland, not worthy of being on the menu

Not good value - $$$$$

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vipsandyB
Philadelphia
95 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was great. And much better than Wayne location in service and atmosphere. Had a lovely Mother's Day brunch. Alex the server was wonderful. thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience. The food was delicious and the service exquisite.

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PeteE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waitress nice but seems serving a table for the first time in her life. No bread in the restaurant , 2 crackers for cheese plate (ran out), food cooking inconsistent (rare vs medium rare). Soups were very good. With advance booking there is no reason for this to happen.

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Fanny
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our first experience at the white dog cafe and the last one, we waited over an hour to get food that was flavorless, and below the quality and exclusivity you would expect from any restaurant.

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LindaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect..... because the weather was chillier than anticipated, we were accommodated for an interior table, well spaced from other parties.
The wait service was attentive, did not rush us with decisions, platters delivered timely with beautiful presentation. Food was excellent in taste, preparation , quality and quantity.
It was an overall great experience, as we all recover from the past year of limited restaurant exposure.

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RJBerman
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere, the menu, the service and the staff. It was a wonderful reunion brunch with my eighty nine year old aunt for Mother’s Day🥰

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RYANM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, but our waitress made the dining experience even better. She couldn't of been better will definitely be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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DonnaT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was disappointing and the waiter was not very friendly

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MarthaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service! Food was delicious and ambiance was just darling. Love it here!

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Leslie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate in the tent which was very convenient but very loud! Otherwise everything was great!

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vipKaren
Denver
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I love White Dog Cafe but the menu rarely changes and when we were there for lunch this week the service was terribly slow. love the muchroom soup. Crab cakes are not nearly as good at MerionCricket club, Haverford

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KathrynB
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Extremely disappointing

Could not recommend after this particular visit

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CynthiaP
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

After waiting 35 minutes our entrees came out before our appetizer and had to be sent back to sit under lights. Then it took another 30 minutes after we were done our appetizers to get our entrees.

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vipLpc1
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

While I opted for outdoor dining, I did not expect to sit in a parking lot with a heater nearby. When asked to move into tented area, I was told it was for larger groups. Only upon suggesting that I was leaving did that option become available.
Very limited menu even though I think they have the capacity to seat more people with the tented area than before COVID.
Probably will not return although food was okay.

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DavidH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at White Dog is always fresh and delicious. They have a great musical soundtrack. The bartenders Justin and Sabrina are top notch!

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AGDC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cocktails very good. Food was excellent although the kitchen forgot to put the crab on my salmon as was described on menu. Our server got the manager to adjust the check for the missing crabmeat. We had the turtle brownie sundae which was amazing! I would recommended this place.

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EliE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot, extremely popular for Saturday lunch! Quite a scene. Despite the crowd, great service and excellent quality.

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vipbobc
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Crab cake sandwich under cooked, wrong meal served to another, food took 45 minutes and waiter was inattentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food has gone downhill. Oysters were horrible, service (outside), was poor. Won’t be going back any time soon.

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SeanS19122
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We ate outside, under the tent. Everything was being handled well in terms of social distancing. There was a little puddle next to our table, probably from rain earlier in the afternoon. It actually started to get a little noisy after most of the tables filled up, but it was tolerable because of the wide spacing.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It is unfortunate that the receptionist could not find our reservation. In the end they did but that took 35 minutes. The salad took another 45 minutes to get to our table. The salad was mediocre. We love sitting outside and the waiter was good but the whole service around was disappointing.

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vipJazzdrums
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They responded very well to COVID-19. The food was very good and the service, as always ,was excellent. It is a solid restaurant on the Main Line and I am becoming a regular.

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Villanovagrad
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quirky, fun place with a nice menu and delicious food. We were a party of four, all ordering different items, and everyone was happy! Our waiter was efficient and charming....wish I remembered his name!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

It was an early birthday dinner with my friend and it was the most uncomfortable experience last night. First we was seated right at the entrance of the tent n it was Cold!!! We asked to move our seat n they did which was nice. It felt like they forget we was there and 30mins later after asking, we got a server who looked like he rather be doing anything else but there. We felt so uncomfortable n we left without eating our dinner or deserts!! I was really looking forward to the desert too😥😥

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Mpete123
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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vipStephanie
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was great. The decor was so cute. They really leaned into the dog theme. Will be back next time I’m in the area.

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LydiaH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was absolutely amazing!!! We will definitely be back!!!

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Tina
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing. Service was friendly and attentive. Great experience!

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vipGlenn
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We keep returning for the food and the outdoor seating, but service troubles persist, and we'll have to think twice before going again. They seem to have enough runners, but not enough waiters. On two of the last three visits, we've had to wait 15-20 minutes for the waiter to make the first approach to our table. The menu could use a few more reasonably-priced entrees for weeknight dining. The $49 filet mignon seems out of whack for a suburban restaurant. (We miss Du Jour.)

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Marie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate at a booth at the bar area, Sam was great as was the food and cocktail.

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pbr88
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at White Dog is always excellent. We ate in the tent and we were warm even though it was windy and chilly that day. The service was a bit delayed - they were very, very busy at lunch.

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bjp1
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. The staff and food are consistently great. Thank You!

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EugeneB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks were excellent. The service was good, too.

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vipOutoftowner
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding overall experience. Wait staff was friendly, attentive, but not intrusive. Pace was relaxed, food was very good with some unique selections and seasoning. I have always enjoyed White Dog in Philadelphia, and I will include this location in the future as well.

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BerryS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was very slow. It looks like they were short staffed.

JD
JohnD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Waited 30 min. for water, 1 he. for appetizers and entree came after siting there for 1 1/2 hrs.

No explanation, no I’m sorry we are running behind, waitress overwhelmed.

Very poor service. Tables coming after us received their meals before us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

This was the worst experience we’ve experienced here. Our server was indifferent and inattentive, frequently ignored us. The crab cake sandwiches were soggy and inedible. We asked for a box multiple times to take home half of a burger and never got it. We spoke to a manager and we’re dismissed. We have brunch there probably 20 a year, and will not be going back.

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ChrisM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Nice menu, but for the prices of this place it should be better. This is our second time here, and service has been blah. Both times our food came before we had utensils on the table. We had a soup, and salad delivered and sat there looking at it without utensils. The first time we were there the manager was arguing with an employee about making "rollups" utensils rolled up in a napkin. We thought it was a one-time issue and came back because we liked the menus, but obviously, it hasn't been resolved It wasn't a great experience. The greeters and servers were not particularly friendly and we felt like we were an inconvenience to them and the place has an overall disorganized feel to it.

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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 4.6 stars by 2377 OpenTable diners.

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