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White Dog Cafe - University City

4.5
4.5
5065 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
An iconic restaurant in University City since 1983, White Dog Cafe is a leader in using environmentally sustainable, organic, and local foods from farms within 50 miles. Known for warm hospitality, and inspiring award-winning food, the White Dog's historic three brownstones offer charming and whimsical dog décor and artwork in its many unique dining spaces and outdoor dining on the sidewalk.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 103 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 386-9224
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Albert Alvarado
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (484) 451-7414
  • Neighborhood
    University City
  • Cross street
    On Sansom Street between 34th and 36th Street
  • Parking details
    Metered Street Parking is available surrounding the restaurant. Penn garage is available on 34th Street and Ludlow.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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What 5,065 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Contemporary American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

5,065 Reviews
  1. Dpforde

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I've been to White Dog Cafe many times - it's a classic. We had a great server, Kevin, that was very attentive. We ordered the Ricotta, Salmon, Fries, Sweet and Spicy Broccoli, and cocktails/wine. The only item we didn't enjoy was the broccoli; the description didn't mention that it was deep-fried - heavy and dense. We each took a bite and then didn't touch it. Kevin was great and asked if we wanted to take it home because we hadn't touched it, but we should have been honest and shared that we didn't like it. It had good flavors, but being fried was unexpected - everything else was DELICIOUS as always.

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  2. Julie

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely dining experience! Reservations are a good idea-There was a long wait for Brunch! Front desk staff super friendly. Server friendly as well and was busy, but attentive entire time. Food delicious. All of us had something different and we all raved about our meal. Atmosphere was fun and a bit noisy but you can have a conversation. Decor makes it extra special with their themed rooms. Def stop here when in Philly- college touring or visiting a student or family/friends meal.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing ambience, and an absolutely perfect setting for our dinner with out-of-town guests!

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on September 23, 2023

    Hello, Thank you so much for this stellar review! We are so pleased to hear that you received 5 star food and service on your most recent visit with us! Please come back and dine with us again soon, we look forward to it! best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe, University City

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our server the food the everything. I have gone to this restaurant periodically since the early 90s even though different always really good.

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  5. SophieS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Wonderful place for dinner in Philly, with excellent local food in a lovely atmosphere.

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  6. ScottP

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We didn't have the stellar experience like we did last year. Getting wine ordered seemed harder than it should be. The beet salad was awesome, the peach cream puff was a big disappointment. I think the wait staff was newish.

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  7. Starfish

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was excellent as always. A wonderful beet salad and lamb bolognese. However the service was very disjointed. Selected a wine and after 15 minutes server said it was no longer available. Selected another wine and after another 15 minute wait server returned with bottles of both choice 1 and 2. Within a couple minutes a different server brought our salad to split. We had yet to receive silverware or plates. Those were brought by first server after another 10 minutes. Within another 2 minutes the second server brought our entrees. Those were sent back because we had just begun with the salad. They finally came at the appropriate time. It was a lovely evening and we enjoyed sitting outside. This was somewhat spoiled by the loud squeaking noise of the front door each time opened or closed. WD 40 might fix that.

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  8. floc

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food is goood. Why almost everything has to be spicy/hot I’m not sure. Mushroom soup delicious but arrived lukewarm. Very good service

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  9. SACnPhilly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The white dog is my go-to for locally sourced food, a diverse menu, a pleasant, but not formal, atmosphere and mindful service that is never obtrusive.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food, and environment. Recommended to all.

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on September 23, 2023

    Hello, Thank you so much for this stellar review! We are so pleased to hear that you received 5 star food and service on your most recent visit with us! Please come back and dine with us again soon, we look forward to it! best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe, University City

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  11. LeslieS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant is super cute. Overall the service and food were good. The empanadas were delicious and well-seasoned. The burgers (both vegan and non) were okay/tasty. Portion size is large.

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  12. AngelaH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was so delicious. The corn bread with the strawberry jam is a must have. Will definitely be going back.

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on September 23, 2023

    Hello Angela, Thank you so much for this stellar review! We are so pleased to hear that you received 5 star food and service on your most recent visit with us! Please come back and dine with us again soon, we look forward to it! best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe, University City

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  13. KeithD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was great. I highly recommend.

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded 7 days ago

    Hello, Thank you so much for this stellar review! We are so pleased to hear that you received 5 star food and service on your most recent visit with us! Please come back and dine with us again soon, we look forward to it! best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe, University City

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  14. MiniG

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place for gluten free (for celiac)! Burger was awesome, and they had a separate fryer for fries.

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded 7 days ago

    Hello, Thank you so much for this stellar review! We are so pleased to hear that you received 5 star food and service on your most recent visit with us! Glad to hear that our menu was so accommodating to your needs! Please come back and dine with us again soon, we look forward to it! best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe, University City

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  15. GillesD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    Food is good but a 3% credit card processing fee on top of a 20% compulsory gratuity and a strong invitation to add another 20% or more. What is that?

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  16. AmandaS

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the food and drinks, absolutely perfect. And Noa, our server, was a delight. Loved it!

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on September 23, 2023

    Hello Amanda, Thank you so much for this stellar review! We are so pleased to hear that you received 5 star food and service on your most recent visit with us! Please come back and dine with us again soon, we look forward to it! best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe, University City

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had Kevin as my server and he was amazing! Food was great atmosphere was great I even went to the kitchen to say hi to the cooks and they was pleasant as well!!!! If you haven't been please go you will not be disappointed ☺️☺️

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  18. twodrs

    Naples

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, good service, will return for another enjoyable experience.

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  19. dkmorganjr

    Nashville

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Always solid. Glad to see good portions at a good price at a restaurant.

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  20. MelissaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious. Especially the strawberry jam and cornbread that was served as the breakfast bread. We have eaten here before and find the quality is the same every time we go. Excellent!

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on September 9, 2023

    Hello Melissa, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this stellar review! I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us! That corn bread is probably my favorite thing on the menu, so I am thrilled that you enjoyed it as well. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe University City

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  21. EdwardG

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience. Great food and service. Ask for Gabi, she was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on September 9, 2023

    Hello Edward, Thank you so much for leaving us this stellar review! We are so pleased to hear that you received 5 star food and service on your most recent visit with us! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe, University City

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  22. MaryH

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a nice spot to have lunch with my family. It had been decades since I last went when I was a student nearby. The service was friendly. The food was good though the chicken on my salad was dry. The rest of the members of my family liked their dishes. The atmosphere was quirky with the dog motifs but nice.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Today was a perfect day. My boyfriend took me to brunch for mr 33rd Birthday. It was his first time but i come often, today was extra delicious and Noa, our server was on it.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Too loud, food was very bland, overall bad experience will not be going again

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  25. GordanV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The ambience and the food quality was ok , yet the service was not on the level how to handle unexpected situation. We were a group of 8 people 7 adults and one toddler (2 Years old ) looking for a good food , ambience and well service. A hair in the plate and toddler spilling the red wine glass definitely are the accidents that might happen , yet service staff should react properly to offer us a new table to seat and not to stand for the next 40 minutes in the corridor next to the bar. Also an adequate excuse for the hair in the 🍲. We deserved a better treatment for almost 500$ bill.

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  26. Francophile

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The White Dog Café in University City never disappoints! Great menu, excellent service and perfect decor for every dog lover.

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  27. Jeremy

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the emphasis on fresh and local ingredients, farms, and vendors. There is a wide variety of great dishes here and I have never found any dish disappointing. On this trip, the chicken was tender and juicy while the lamb bolognese was rich and filling. There is a good selection of local beer and decent wine options. The service from the friendly and knowledgeable staff is always spectacular. I look forward to coming back here on my next trip through Philadelphia.

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  28. Thomasv

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    20% tip included w/o asking? 3% credit card fee? Not coming anymore

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Food was terrible. Service was great. Ambiance was terrible

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love white Dog. One of my favs on E coast so make a point of getting there

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  31. ChristinaF

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The restaurant is very large with good ambiance, the service was mostly good- the hostess and waitress were good but a third person delivered the meals and smacked them down on the table so hard I was afraid the plates would break . I had the beet salad which was good but the croutons were stale…also had the mushroom soup, which I’ve had at long wood gardens and loved- this was not anywhere near as good. My husband had the BLT which was tasteless and my son had the turkey wrap which was the winner, good portion and had flavor! So, for 3 for lunch with 1 beer and 2 waters I felt like $75 was a bit expensive for the quality of the food,

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  32. UCityDame

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch - the food was very good. Their specials are always a treat, and one of our party enjoyed that very much. It's one of my favorite restaurants!

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  33. BrianC

    New York Area

    149 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent night out!! Drinks, an appetizer, bottle of wine, entrees, tea and desserts! All served by Juliet!! She is professional, attentive, and engaging. She really added to our experience and is appreciated!! New this visit was trying the shrimp cake slider appetizer! Really good. The trout special is also worth having again! This is the best restaurant in University City. It was also great to meet General Manager Kate Duffy. We will be back!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is so much fun. A very unique place with an interesting farm to table menu. I loved it!

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  35. EricM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location Great atmosphere Great food perfect for any occasion

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  36. TsUn

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Food good, cute place, put at a teeny tiny table with only 2 occupied tables in the whole restaurant so we felt shoved in a corner at a diner. Didn’t even have room for our food plates and it killed the vibe of a $100 dinner.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food wasn't very good. Maybe we ordered the wrong stuff.

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  38. JLBL

    Philadelphia

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent; server was friendly & efficient; always there when we needed her Great wine selections!🍷

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  39. JosephT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here. Just as good as the last! Food is excellent! Highly recommend!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience with awesome food!! The Deviled Eggs were over the top! The spicy lamb bolenaise was perfect on every level.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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You can order delivery directly from White Dog Cafe - University City using the Order Online button. White Dog Cafe - University City also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 386-9224.

White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.5 stars by 5065 OpenTable diners.

White Dog Cafe - University City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 103 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for White Dog Cafe - University City

3420 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On Sansom Street between 34th and 36th Street
  • Neighborhood
    University City
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Metered Street Parking is available surrounding the restaurant. Penn garage is available on 34th Street and Ludlow.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Albert Alvarado
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 386-9224
  • Private party facilities
    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (484) 451-7414
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