White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.6
2462 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 2462 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MeganM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I even dropped a few credit cards out of my purse and the manager called my cell immediately and we were able to walk back over before leaving the parking area. Quality food and employees (Haverford)

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vipopentablediner354
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable restaurant. Our server was attentive and the food was great. We will definitely return when visiting the area.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the portion sizesOverall it was a very nice experience. We would definitely go there again

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TrizzCarter
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome. The ambiance is relaxed and comfy. The crab dip is divine.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at the Haverford restaurant, great experience. A little pricey but worth it. The bartender was our server, he was attentive while doing double duty.

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Carin
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a reliable and great choice for brunch, lunch or dinner- special occasions or just a nice day out! I love both locations, Haverford for outside seating, Wayne for indoor. Food is always good and service great too!

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vipLeslieK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had Alex as our server. She was super friendly!

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Maria
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We had outside dining reservations. Service was extremely slow. It took almost a one hour before someone came to take our order AND to give our table water. We tried to flag someone during our wait time, was told someone will be out shortly. I understand the restaurant business is short staffed, but to be seated with no water and to wait close to an hour before served is ridiculous.

Food was fine, but the whole waiting experience truly ruined it.

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vipMerrick
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was just ok. The lettuce in my Caesar salad had brown spots

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vipLatashaH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We visited for White Dog for brunch to celebrate a birthday. We were late and they were complimentary after calling to move the reservation twice which I really appreciated.
The food was just okay with the exception of the lamb Bolognese and crab cake sandwich. Oysters were small with shell chips from shucking, tuna tartare wasn’t fresh. Beet salad was small and lacked enough lettuce to really be filling and salmon was added. The salmon was dry and overcook.
While everyone else was accommodating and had wonderful service, our server Ava seemed confused and disappeared for long periods with us having to ask bussers, hostess and other servers for help. And even when she did show up it was usually without what we asked for or forgetting what we asked for.
The final straw was bringing the bday dessert that was given/put I front of the wrong person.
Drinks were solid but nothing to shout about for $17

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Mariya was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience5

I was served caffeinated coffee by mistake on Friday, June 11 while sitting in a booth in the bar. That ruined a night’s sleep. When I contacted a manager, he said he’d look into and get back to me. But despite my prodding, I never heard back. I’m a long time, frequent and loyal client and love the place. I hope this note will get to the right person who will take corrective action.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Cheese board was horrible & left much to be desired. Portions were tiny, cheese wasn’t very good, so wouldn’t recommend it.
Portions were small for the cornbread too, but it was delicious.
Salmon was cooked perfectly, but it came with a cold potato salad (was not described as cold on the menu).
Service was a little slow, but she was kind enough to offer me another side instead at no charge.
Seats were comfortable & decor was cute. Wine was only $10 per glass. Wasn’t very impressed, but wasn’t horrible either. Would go back and order differently next time.

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LynnM
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time venturing into a local restaurant since the pandemic started. The food was delicious, the service was lovely, the drinks were strong, and my partner and I enjoyed the evening. I had the crab cake sandwich with truffle fries, he had the pork chop with hoisin and ginger sauce. Both were delectable. The crowd around us seemed to be having a good time - so did we.

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vipFranV
Naples
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

All 6 of us were Happy

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vipMaryR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Over the years we have been frequent patrons of White Dog in all locations. It has been on the decline in terms of quality of food over the past couple of years. I had the crab cake and it was the worst I have had.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was quite good and I’m a foodie. Even so the prices were shockingly high for lunch. If price is not an obstacle, this restaurant should be on your list of places to dine.

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hillARYB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for lunch. We sat outdoors and it couldn't have been lovelier. Our waiter was awesome. Couldn't have been more attentive. Food is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Was so excited to go to a restaurant for the first time in 15 mo the and went back to one of my old favorites. But was disappointed overall. The service was slow. Items were missed and had to be reordered. And the food was not as good as it has been in the past. The mushroom soup however is still as awesome as ever!

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vipLynne
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Our reservation was for 12:45 since 1 pm was not available. We were seated even though one of our party was late. We ordered wine which was brought in a timely manner. The third member of our party arrived, ordered wine, but it was not brought until our lunch was served. While the plexiglass barriers perhaps helped with Covid, the noise was unbelievable being funneled out and over. I guess our mistake was not only taking into account the amount of foot traffic at lunchtime, but also not realizing how terribly crowded the restaurant felt.. I have not experienced that at White Dog in Wayne.

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JonD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. OK service. A bit loud inside.

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ShannonT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely business lunch at White Dog - great service, food and environment!

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Sabrinadrvr
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a nice dinner and dessert, the food was good and just the right amount. Our waitress was nice, but I didn't feel as though she didn't pay attention to us. The restaurant itself is lovely and we enjoyed our evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The GM is the most rude, un-inviting, aloof and disinterested man. And it’s every time!!! I’m not one to write anything negative but how the Fearless group not only hired but keeps this person as the face of this fabulous restaurant is actually frightening.
I’ve been coming here for over 10 years and I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. The only redeeming part of our lunch was our bubbly, sweet energetic server.

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vipSusiee
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I felt portions were small and when I substituted with subtracting an item it was charged an additional amount

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vipSmithers
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, very quiet tonight, service and food was very good. I'm glad to come back and visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We went to brunch for my Mom’s birthday. They spilled a full drink all over her and two chairs, to where she needed to change seats. I know it was an accident but they did not even take her desert or drink that was spilled off of the bill. I didn’t want to say anything and make the person who spilled it more embarrassed, so I just paid the full bill. Kind of left disappointed with the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great
Service excellent
Food delicious

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vipDale
Philadelphia
205 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I have eaten here many times, including brunch, and always enjoy my meal. However this time I ordered the Lancaster omelet, which I’ve always enjoyed but this time it was dried out, overcooked and served almost cold. Very disappointing That said the two people who were with me enjoyed their meals. I am hoping mine was not a sign of diminishing quality and just a one time problem

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Erica was probably the best waitress we’ve ever had. Knowledgeable, attentive and engaging. She made the dinner feel extremely special.

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roxieluv
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I FEFOR THE MONEYLT FOOD WAS PRICY GOOD BUT NOT A VALUE - SERVICE FROM OUR SERVER INCREASED OUR ENJOYMENT

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food was ok but overpriced. I ordered the oysters and had to send a couple back. Service was ok because it was kind of busy. Ambiance was horrible...I felt like I was in my grandmother’s living room. I guarantee my cocktail had no alcohol in it. I won’t go back.

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Susie
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were great, dining room was chilly, bring a sweater!

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PPPP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Wonderful service. Lovely environment.

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Purplehaven28
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We eat at the Haverford White Dog Cafe fairly regularly, I have always enjoyed my experience until now, we had reservations, we were seated pretty immediately. The wait for service was extremely long, waitress barely acknowledged me but addressed my husband, we received our meal before receiving our drinks, the meal was good as usual though, the cheese board was nice, hubby expressed that the honey should be in a dish so it doesn't spread onto everything else, making everything sticky. He highly enjoyed his mushroom soup, and marinated cucumbers and pork chop entrée. I enjoyed the lamb bolognese. Then at the end of the meal, we sat for almost 30 mins in the outside seating unattended , my husband got up to go inside to get the waitress when she came out, she took my credit card for payment then came back and attempted to hand it to my husband instead of placing on the table in a neutral position or to me

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vipmagill
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We have been fans of white dog since it’s opening; yet the last 2 visits with outside seating have disappointed.
Service has been extremely slow!
Last night we had a 6:15pm reservation; took almost 25 minutes to place drink order and took 45 minutes for our cocktails to arrive. The server seemed very overwhelmed.
And food took even longer to appear.
Not a good valve for the money; unfortunately we will be taking a break from dining at White Dog Haverford.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Second visit was okay. My truffle fries wasn’t fresh as the first time i dined at the cafe, but it was okay

Server was nice.

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Steve
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kennett Square Mushroom soup is irresistible - so I didn't.

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NicoleC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and breakfast and lunch variety on the menu for brunch/lunch hours. Quiet atmosphere and free easy accessible parking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

One of the worst white dog that we have visited. Made a reservation two weeks ahead, only to arrive at the store and were sent to a tiny table that’s less than 0.5ft to next table of 5. The front desk is racial. Of all those empty seatings with far better locations and table seats, we, as Asian couples, were sent to this tiny table of two while seeing other 2 white couples after us were sent to a far better seats. The other couples were sent to a table of 4 seats, when they have only two, like us. Good was okay, except that the chicken I ordered was cold inside. Food was sent back to be redone. My wife’s taco was okay- comparable to other white dog locations.
The server was attentive, nonetheless.
Not a COVID-friendly restaurant as they suggested - if you are not 100% comfortable sitting

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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 2462 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.