White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.6
2694 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
What 2694 people are saying
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vipWaneH
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waitress was overly zealous - kept interrupting - pressed us to order too frequently

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Kaybee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is amazing. Very cozy atmosphere. The food was fantastic and the presentation was beautiful. Our server was excellent and very attentive!!! Overall fantastic experience. Will definitely go back again!!

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vipLily
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick was a wonderful waiter! The omelet was great!

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viphobes
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good food nice surroundings and nice service. will come again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cosy dinner for a friend’s birthday. Great food and service.

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VtheV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a first date brunch and really enjoyed the food, service, and friendly host staff. Will return soon:)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was slow. Also very tight accommodations. Felt like we were dining with strangers at next table. Food was very good!

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Bestpretikitiki
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

I love the White Dog in West Philadelphia West Philadelphia and have gone to many times to remember over the past 40 years. This was my first time in Havertown and it felt like a upscale chain, and I guess it was.

We were a party of 5 with reservations but sat directly in line looking into the kitchen with a extra chair stuffed into a four top, not the best experience for a $400 dining night out. But it was Thanksgiving weekend and I will definitely give this location one more try, but might stick with the original just for a better lever of dog art.

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LorraineS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White Dog is my go to place! The food, drinks, ambiance, and service are always spectacular.

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Foodee
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready when we arrived for our reservation, service was good. Food was delicious. Our table’s favorites were the mushroom soup and the braised short rib pot roast.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exceptional. We had a wonderful time, as always, and highly recommend White Dog Cafe to anyone!

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vipAlbertine
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We dine there a good deal, and selected it for my son’s birthday because we have generally had good experiences. HOWEVER, this time was chaos: We had to wait almost an hour for our food. The cheese plate was a joke: 3 tiny pieces of cheese and some fruit. The noise level was unbearable. I booked some time ago and requested comfortable seating but we 5 were squeezed in. The ravioli, Bronzino, and steak were ok once they came, but the chicken- 2 orders- was dry and tasteless. We had planned to celebrate my son’s birthday during dessert, but left before dessert because of being uncomfortable, the length of time it was taking to get served, and the incredible noise in the back room, where we were. All told, a horrible experience. We paid in cash, but I would like To be reimbursed for the two chicken dinners and the skimpy cheese plate.

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vipGrandmaNancy
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to White Dog just for the decor! But once you start eating it’s another reason to live this restaurant! Butternut squash bisque is excellent as is the mushroom soup! Caesar salad was enough to share! Our server Marina was sweet and not overbearing!

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vipJOHANNESC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic and the food was good. Overall I think the prices are a little high for what you get but not crazy.

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vipGavin
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Waitress was lackluster. Couldn’t get drink orders right. Seemed to be elsewhere. Normally great experience but not this time. Will be back and try again

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Gudfood
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our best eating out experiences in a long time. This could become a favorite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Our server Makoto was a delightful man.

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PatriciaF
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place! The atmosphere is great, especially for dog lovers. The food is very good. We had the duck breast, lamb bolognese, salmon and squash ravioli which did not disappoint. The focaccia is amazing. I have never had a negative experience here! Highly recommend.

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Nana
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant, wait staff very nice, but the food is disappointing. I had an avocado BLT for $17 - 3 little slivers of avocado, one end-slice of tomato that I would not have used if I was making my own sandwich and two pieces of bacon. Meh.

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HollyT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daniel, our server, was excellent! Celebrated my mom's 70th birthday and it was perfect!

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Eibbed55
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mara made the experience terrific. Super server!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Although we had to sit outside in the cold (only available reservation), the workers were very considerate. We got our food quickly, but the food was not hot. Overall, good experience and will be back!

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Jennylane
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waitress!!

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Lisab
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The White Dog Cafe is truly amazing. Not only have they maintained their outstanding service and food throughout the pandemic, but they have brought an experience to outdoor dining that can’t be beat anywhere! Where else can you have a 5 star dinner with 2 dogs with ambiance and heaters? The short rib special was so delicious and my 15 yr old scarfed down deviled eggs with caviar, duck breast and truffle fries for his birthday! How about that?!!!

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DougS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

White Dog has become my Go To place for informal business lunches. Principally, because they're the only restaurant on the Eastern Main Line that serves raw oysters at lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service - we ate outside and we were afraid it would be cold but once heat lamp warmed up we were never uncomfortable.

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vipJoyceC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food in a lovely, casual setting. Excellent wine list. Fun "mocktails."

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Another great meal!

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MarciaT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, delicious food, good selection, perfect round table for 9!

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Villanovan
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I love White Dog cafe. I am a senior at Villanova and it has long since been one of my favorite restaurants. I am not usually one to leave reviews, and I have always had such positive experiences here, but I feel like I should leave a review as my server made a comment that upset me. I ordered the half chicken and asked for fries on the side instead of the normal sides it comes with. I was told that they were out, and asked if I had a backup option. I ordered the waffles instead and told my server that I no longer needed fries as a side, and he replied with "yeah, you don't need any more carbs". I know he probably meant it as a joke, but it made me and my friend who I was dining with very uncomfortable. I don't think it is appropriate to comment on what guests are ordering, and both I and the friend who I was dining with have struggled with eating disorders in the past and it is triggering to hear others comment on what we are choosing to eat. I have never had a negative experience here before and usually have exceptional service here so this comment upset and surprised me. I'm not sure if I feel comfortable coming back after this service.

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NicoleM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and our waiter Daniel was great. Decor is beautiful, perfect neighborhood gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very unique and interesting ambiance! The food and service were both great!

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MaRa
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty and well prepared, all the staff were pleasant and our server, Emily, was excellent.

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LorenM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I thought the meal while delicious could have been served at a higher temperature. I thought the food was lukewarm. The service was excellent, our waitstaff person Emily did a terrific job. The reason we didn't send the food back was the place was exceedingly busy and I thought it would take to long to reheat the food. I've eaten at the White Dog in Haverford 4 or 5 times in the last 3 years, mostly for a late lunch and the food was always just right temperature wise.

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EstherC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant when we visit our daughter at Bryn Mawr. Delicious food and great service!

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vipPrincessLenox
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The lunch menu is a bit precious. A couple of simple, unadorned sandwiches would be nice.

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vipDale
Philadelphia
210 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a neighborhood restaurant for me so I eat there often - usually lunch. Always good food and great service. My favorite for lunch these days is the Avocado BLT - yummy!

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MonicaD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very professional service and delicious food. We really enjoyed sharing the hummus starter which had a lovely assortment of toast and veggies!

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vipJoanneB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Too many unmasked people in restaurant

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vipClydeHillBen
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I dined with my friend Molly, who I had not seen since we were at university together ~40 years ago. She lives in Haverford, and this is one of her favorite restaurants. We ordered a 2017 Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, which was lovely. Our waitress was enthusiastic but inexperienced, so I gave her some advice on the wine service. We ordered salads to start, I had the special filet while Molly had the salmon, and we shared the Frangipane dessert and I had a wee dram of Whiskey. We spent 4.5 hours catching up, and closed the restaurant down. Great experience.

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White Dog Cafe-Haverford is rated 4.6 stars by 2694 OpenTable diners.

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.