White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
3707 reviews
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Contemporary American
White Dog Cafe, an iconic restaurant in University City for over 30 years, is a leader in using environmentally sustainable, organic and local foods from farms within 50 miles. Known for warm hospitality, inspiring and award winning food, the White Dog's historic three brownstones were recently completely renovated offering charming and whimsical dog décor and artwork in its many unique dining spaces and outdoor patio.
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A couple of friends and I went to White Dog Cafe for bottomless mimosas for my birthday. The food was super tasty & our waiter Jeff was really knowledgeable and pleasant.

LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love having Sunday brunch here!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed brunch and the quality of ingredients. Not enough comfort vegetarian options for me. Everyone enjoyed their meal at the tableS

CH
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

We really like White Dog. That said, it's actually really poorly managed. This visit, we had an excellent server, attentive etc. But the management is horrendous. This was for brunch, and the restaurant has 11 different rooms, that said, to no apparent reason they had giant tables with children in seemingly every space. A couple asked to be moved and we're seated next to us instead of beside the table with 5 under 5. The "hostess" was rude to them, we spoke up in support of their position and she told us that we were being discriminatory to suggest that there might be a better way to keep everyone happy. In short, she should be fired. Her attitude was absolutely unacceptable, and I would imagine that she has cost you more than just theirs and our repeat business. It's a shame, great food, fun menu and an otherwise great staff undermined by a bitter woman who doesn't care at all about the business. I would as a business owner absolutely have a very hard time writing her a check.

AP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers name was Chris and he was amazing! To start off he noticed we had a 3 year old with us and he immediately got her a cup with a lid and then offered to put her food in right away. So her food came out before we even ordered which was so nice! Chris seriously went above and beyond for all of us! Not only was the food absolutely amazing but the environment is so amazing as well. A really chill vibe in there and the building was amazing. If you are in the city you HAVE to eat there. You will not be disappointed and ask for Chris!

L
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Tara, was so nice. She made excellent did/drink recommendations. She also told us a little history about the restaurant!! The food was delicious!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and menu options.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic and the breakfast was the best breakfast I’ve had in a long time. I recommend the churro waffles, they are phenomenal.

MR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a very nice breakfast in their new solarium downstairs with large windows that open towards the back of the restaurant. It's very bright and friendly. The food was delicious and we spent extra time there talking with no rush to leave.

JW
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner - a real treat. Looking forward to visiting again next time I’m in Philadelphia

j
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great food, great atmosphere. Staff did a good job with our party of 7. Everyone enjoyed it per usual. Thanks!

LK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the visit to White Dog Café. There were three of us and all enjoyed our food. It was easy to talk. The location is in the middle of U Penn. We took a LIFT to get to the restaurant and then walked back to our daughter's apartment.

TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a great place, food organic, local farmed, tasts great.

B
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, device and ambiance is consistently excellent👍.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Mediocre for sure. Will not be back

FF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites in Philadelphia. Funky, fun and great food. Their famous deviled eggs are always a treat.

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White Dog Cafe is awesome! I was so delighted by all of it. It's awesome!

GZ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved for brunch here and was greeted and seated quickly. We all loved the decor, so cute with all the dog pictures.

I loved the fact that they're farm to table. Our server was pleasant and tentative. We like that he asked if anyone had any food allergies which means they really care about their patrons.

I have to say the menu was quite eclectic but nonetheless there's something for everyone. I ordered the pork belly benedict and it was really good. I would most definitely go back again.

VI
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing brunch !!! Quiet out door scenery! Highly recommend

TH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The space is very nice. They play soft music and you can comfortably talk to your dinner mates. Service was great and the food was very good. One of the best options in University City.

t
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sleeper restaurant in University City and all of Philadelphia. Fresh food, great service, easy parking, and healthy choices for all.

AS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, beautiful restaurant, always a good time

NG
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious & more than decent sized potions. Service was excellent

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing casual brunch

CG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I think the portions are too small. Just a bit ordinary. Staff were pleasant and helpful.

E
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This restaurant has been a mainstay of UPenn faculty dinners for many years. Unfortunately, however, it has now been repurposed as a theme restaurant for people who like cutesy sculptures of small dogs, but don't know or care much about food. My steak was a bad cut, badly cooked, served up at an inflated, premium price. The red wine being promoted by the restaurant was unpleasantly vegetal, and my first bottle had been ruined by interaction with the cork. The only thing that at all redeemed this abysmal restaurant was a very nice waitress who was making every effort to do her job well. Sorry, but this place is a shambles. I will certainly avoid it like the plague in the future.

CI
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch. Absolutely delicious. The waitress was very very nice. Great decor. HUGE THUMBS UP.

KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately our lunch today was a disappointment. We had 1230 reservations, were seated quickly, server greeted us quickly, took order, brought water -- eventually bread--- then nothing. We waited over 50 minutes for our meal. (Salad, soup and taco)
Once received, it was obviously hastily prepared - my wedge salad ($24) was nothing more than a chunk of lettuce with a few radishes and fried shrimp. My partner received the wrong soup and when we asked for the correct order, the runner was clearly confused. This was a business meeting. Our server was non-chalant about the delay in serving and offered us extra bread, " to hold us over....".

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful.

D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service in U Penn campus. We were seated outside porch (facing a street but not busy and pleasant) they had $35 dinner menu (3 courses) for Dinner Day week so we ordered Branzinino and Steak Frits, both nice. We were so full so bright back half of our food. I think this is one of the best value place in the area.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite!! I always feel The White Dog does food perfectly. Everything just tastes as if has thought behind it and was made with love. The staff are so knowledgeable about the ingredients- you can tell they actually take pride in serving fresh, local, dignity food:). The kung pao cauliflower may have been the vest thing i’ve ever eaten! I also make sure to visit every fall for their phenomenal butternut squash soup. The carrot bisque is also amazing. Never been disappointed here.

CR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Outstanding ambiance. Highly recommend.

D
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a wonderful and unique spot in the middle of University City. There is nothing like it anywhere in the city and it is a real treat for all. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or just a diner that loves unique recipes with or with out meat or fish, you will love White Dog!

o
Philadelphia
173 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I wsent for University Days promo deal for $35. The choices were good but I specifically asked server if the top sirloin entree was tender. He said it was and recommended it. Unfortunately, it was to the contrary. The empanadas appetizer was very good ans was the chocolate cake desert.

F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

There was an odd odor in the dining room where we were seated. My food was under seasoned and underwhelming.

MM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always.

A
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, beautiful art and decor, fabulous menu and cocktails. I went two nights in a row while in Philly for work.

TB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3 of us, ordered a couple apps each and drinks. We had the beef empenada, mac and cheese with pulled pork, melon salad, cheese plate. All were amazing, especially the mac and cheese/pork, really liked the cheese plate. We had the blueberry cobbler, was very good. We really enjoyed our visit !!

R
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I've loved this place every time I've been except last night. I had a reservation for 9:30, which j understand is late, but it was an option so I figured it would be fine. I was called 3 minutes before where I was told the kitchen closes at 9:30 so I had to order immediately. My date and I ordered and our food arrived cold and underdone. It was BAD but it wasn't worth it.

S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was exquisite. The grain salad that came with bronzino was so tasty that it could have been a meal in itself. Bottles of wine 1/2 priced on Monday’s is a nice feature. And the chocolate cake had such a smooth tasty icing. Yum.

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