White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.5
2516 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 2516 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNancyG
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Fish was dry and the dishes were lack-luster. Not the White Dog of my memory

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience1

This was my first time eating inside a restaurant since COVID began, and I only chose White Dog because the restaurant said everyone would be wearing masks when entering and moving around the restaurant, and that seating would be socially distanced. Neither of those things were true, so it was a deeply uncomfortable experience. I met a friend there who traveled a distance to celebrate a special occasion. Despite the good food and excellent service, I will not return to White Dog anytime soon since this was majorly false advertising about how the restaurant is currently addressing the pandemic.

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JonathanC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice atmosphere and outstanding service!

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MrsS
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was impeccable! Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Had the fried green tomatoes app- great! Mushroom soup a fantastic staple! Carbonara special delicious and the salmon good too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food and atmosphere were fantastic as always. We were taking out time with ordering however our server was not attentive to our order and forgetful. Overall experience was great.

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viplobster101
Philadelphia
378 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. We had mushroom soup, Caesar’s salad, tuna tartar, smoked salmon latkes, hamburger, mahi mahi sandwich, spicy lamb bolognese. There were 5 of us and everything was delicious. We needed pillows because chairs were a little low and the staff was wonderful. Great evening!

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AlisonB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Things started out well. Our service was attentive and knowledgeable. The appetizers were excellent (salmon latkes and heirloom tomatoes ). But, things went downhill. Our server never gave us a drink menu we requested to order more drinks. And, she never came back to check in us after our entrees arrived. Our entrees were just ok. The pork on our sandwich was pretty dry and the orecchiette seemed like it was sitting in its pasta sauce for too long.

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LindaC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

First time food has not lived up to expectation-crispy calamari salad-calamari was inedible-they could have used as sling shots! disappointing--my dining partners pork chop was superb. Crab dip was over salted.

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TeresaN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed a delicious meal made better by a thoughtful and kind server. A wonderful summertime treat!

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vipmediafoodie
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Have dined at White Dog many times over many years. The noise level at White Dog Haverford was almost unbearable. This spoiled our reunion with friends. Will not visit this White Dog location again. This problem needs repair.

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easy2pleez
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

On time for noon reservation, and White Dog accommodated request to be seated outside. However, the outdoor tables are in a hot parking lot, partially in the sun.

Informed waiter that we had to be finished by 1:00. Ordered lunch at about 12:15: our salads with salmon and chicken did not come out until 12:55. Immediately asked for box and check. Waiting 40 minutes for a salad during lunch hour is unacceptable.

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Swede
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my second recent visit to the Whit Dog. As expected the ambience was
comfortable and delightful. The food was excellent in taste and presentation
The service was friendly but not intrusive. A great value all around.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Menu is difficult. Hard to choose something off the menu “as is”. Very nice ambiance

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CandyL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, beautiful atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience here with my partner - our server (I believe her name was Erica- the British one) was incredibly knowledgeable, polite, professional, and punctual and had great recommendations. The food was great as well - the bread and mushroom soup were amazing and the oysters were good but too pricey (18 for 1/2 dozen I believe). The trout was delicious and the orecchiette pasta was good too. Cocktails were average. Overall, great service and food, but a little pricier than I expected!

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vipUnhappyexperience
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour!

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vipMAGICAL1
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites. Love the menu atmosphere and great service❣️

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vipmarcia
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends from out of town

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DespenaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food was great! I was a little disappointed about the rise in prices. But overall a good experience for my friend’s bachelorette brunch.

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Valentine
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our meal with one exception. Kitchen door was open with a lot of clanging. Even when restaurant was emptying out it was still noisy due to that. But it’s a lovely place and we enjoyed it and I would eat there again. I would request not to sit near kitchen door which is in main dining room as you walk in. Loved the decor and seating. Food was great.

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KananS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was superb!! Our waitress didn’t seem too on her game. She wasn’t able to answer questions and we had to flag her down three times (for drinks then a fork then water… not sure she ever just checked in us on her own but we were having a great time so we didn’t give it much attention. not super annoying just not… stellar.) we’ve been to the Wayne location tons. the ambiance is far better there and decor is more on point. The Haverford location feels like a hotel ballroom with bad wallpaper and carpet that someone tried to make hip with dog art rather than the great vibe in Wayne. But for food, Wayne is great and Haverford is exceptional. - this location was much better.

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Abbyrd4
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the hit crab dip! Fabulous and the pita abs baked lavash crackers were the perfect match. Mushroom soup was outstanding!

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vipFrankie
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependable, high quality food and service.. New, innovative items often available.

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Nree
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was terrible
No attention whatsoever
We had a total of 5 different wait staff
We were sat at a piédestal table where the wheelchair did not fit
The crab cakes were barely warm and partially cooked
The soup was almost cold
We had to ask for silverware
The cocktails came after part of the food order
Dining room staff training a necessity
Not what Judy Wicks had designed

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Sat at bar. Single bartender waiting on five couples at bar, plus two tables inside, plus two or three patio tables, plus lus drinks for the entire restaurant. Took >1hr to get two rounds of drinks and two apps. Left without ordering lunch because we couldn’t keep waiting for service. I don’t think it was the bartender’s fault, per se, but definitely something that spoiled our experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good. Will come back

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outtodinner
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We absolutely loved sitting outside. It was sunny and beautiful. Service was very good. The appetizers get a 5 star. Tuna Tartare spectacular. Entrees weren't as good - still good.

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PBrane
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Salad was a little soggy, but the calamari was nice and crispy. My friends meal was excellent, halibut with fresh corn and tomatoes.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Brunch and the menu and the food didn’t disappoint.
Our server was very friendly and helpful and food came out quickly. Definitely will go back

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vipHahndoc
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The menu is limited. The food was varied. We had ice cream for desert and it was ice like, which means it was thawed and then refrozen.
The wait staff were wonderful. The seats were comfortable but the chairs are so much lower than the table I felt like a child.
The people were great, greeters and servers.
I wish the menu was a bit more varied. The desert was just unacceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful, table ready on time. Staff was aware of special occasion.

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vipTimO
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, fresh and delicious. As dog lovers we loved the decor, but anyone would enjoy the place. It would be great for a date or even a family with kids. Good service, reasonably priced and spotlessly clean. Check it out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in bar area because not as loud as main restaurant.

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vipTheresaS
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful. Our server was attentive and made excellent recommendations. You must try the lamb bolognese and rigatoni and the salmon and succotash. Pair it with the spicy watermelon Margarita and your dining experience is complete.

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vipFinley
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Requested a booth when I made my reservation but they gave it to someone else. Needed a quit table for business meeting. The restaurant was very noisy with loud music playing in the background.

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vipeileend
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great and very creative menu options. This was my first time at this location. Fantastic salads, customized as requested. Creative beverage options with and without alcohol. Server well versed in GF options on the menu. Friends opted for sandwiches and were very pleased. Saw some great looking burgers being served around me and have enjoyed them in the past. Too full for dessert this time but options were tempting.
This was a lunch gathering. Seating was a little close in the back area, but manageable. Noise level was higher than normal. I attribute this to past-pandemic enthusiasm.
Service with a big smile and appropriately attentive!
I’ll be back!

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M4C9
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very crowded for lunch. Crab Dip overcooked. Have had better experiences there. Something was off.

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vipmainliner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Seems lack of help. Long wait for service even tho server was very nice and apologized.

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vipNat1
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a delightfully decorated restaurant with great food and service.

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White Dog Cafe-Haverford is rated 4.5 stars by 2516 OpenTable diners.

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