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White Dog Cafe - University City

4.5
4.5
4587 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 78 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 Daily 9:00 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, 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: (855) 398-9144

  • 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, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 4,587 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Great for Brunch

  • Philadelphia

    Contemporary American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. BW

    BonnieW

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress simply amazing. The food no words…. Just delicious. Fav. Beet salad
  2. MF

    MarkF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and Jessica was a very nice server
  3. M

    Macman

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service, good cocktails and wine. Hummus was a bit dry but overall would come back again.
  4. C

    Carol

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service -- delicious appetizers, main course, and dessert.
  5. G

    Gate

    Palm Springs

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Outside of my Açaí bowl which was great, everything else we ordered was mediocre at best. Way too much salt in the. Biscuits and gravy. How can you order toast, it doesn’t come toasted and when you send it back and ask for it to be toasted more, it comes back even worse? Ridiculous. And for the first time during our trip here, our server was awful. Not responsive, unfriendly, and just plain bad. We won’t be back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food amazing service beautiful restaurant
  7. e

    ekreads

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Steak salad is great. Ask for dressing on the side - we used only half the given dressing and it was sufficient. The burger was quite greasy, don't recommend it unless you are prepared for a greasy burger, the type that soaks and disintegrates the bottom bun. Love the decor and ambiance.
  8. LB

    LuliB

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleased that The White Dog is operating with a full menu and great staffing.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to dine to learn professional information in friendly, classic Philly environment.
  11. DR

    DREK

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my favorite place for brunch, amazing service and amazing food. Oysters are fresh, and I mean FRESH! All food was amazing and if you get Gabe as your server he is AMAZING
  12. d

    danimacpa

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was great - nice food and drink menu. Real variety of typical brunch selections with local touches. Definitely follow your main course with the warm donuts
  13. AH

    AlwaysHungry

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of 9 gathered to celebrate! Everything we had from the brunch menu was terrific, Nashville Hot Chicken and French Toast, Churro Waffles, Pork Belly Benedict, Kennett Square Omelet, Farmers Plate and Breakfast Pot Pie. Have been before and will be there again.
  14. Y

    Youv

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely recommend Jazmin - an excellent server.
  15. LL

    LucasL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor brunch spot. The churro waffles are truly decadent!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful delicious lunch was had by all . The service was top notch! Thank you !
  17. JC

    JeanClare

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our brunch. Service was attentive and the food was excellent
  18. BG

    BarbaraG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal with an old friend. Very attentive service. Good prices.
  19. J

    Jules

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had the breakfast pot pie. Wow - this is good stuff. It won’t help your diet (which I hope you’re not on anyway!), but it will sure make you happy. Yummmm.
  20. B

    Bananas1513

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    It was a very lovely restaurant in its self, the service was great. The food was a tad over priced for my liking, for a salad you have to do 99% of the work (cutting up half a head of lettuce, removing the tails from my shrimp. I was just over all disappointed. Came here years ago and loved it.
  21. RW

    RobertW

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food came very quickly which was good as we had a train to catch. Omelets were delicious. Pulled pork sandwich good but very messy,
  22. SC

    SusanC

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fabulous. Good vegan options for brunch
  23. E

    Emmy

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No matter which location I go to the food and service is always outstanding!!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so amazing. Location is soooo cute. Had the strawberry French toast which was a hit!
  25. TL

    TraceyL

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Waiter wasn’t as helpful as he could’ve been and my guest didn’t get what she wanted.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    Ants, ants, ants. So many of them we loved our table only to find more at the next not a pleasant experience.
  27. MB

    MaryBee

    Atlantic City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great server and excellent food Bonus for being walkable and offering resos through OpenTable. We have visit this location and another WDC and have been very satisfied each time. That said, it’s time to make repairs to the restrooms.
  28. L

    Lioness

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall great experience! Outdoor seating was accommodating. Seats not very comfortable. Great service. Good, tasty food, however slightly overpriced. Limited midday menu was very disappointing.
  29. JD

    JohnD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server Jessica F could not be more pleasant and attentive to us. She was very helpful in our selections for lunch and checked on us frequently. Food was very good and portions perfect fir lunch. Highly recommend!!
  30. t

    tm1949

    Philadelphia

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This review is for the weekday brunch. It was an absolute treat. The food is exceptional, the quiet environment at 10 AM on Tuesday morning is soothing and the restaurant is cozy. The Bloody Mary followed by churro waffles and sinful bacon was a perfect combination of flavors, topped by very good coffee. My tablemate's Belini and French Toast were just as good. A bit on the high side, price wise, but then this would not be an every day affair. Was worth it.
  31. MH

    MouseHater

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was the perfect venue to celebrate staff member’s promotion.
  32. L

    Lizzy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! The atmosphere is amazing and so is the food. Our waitress went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here with my boyfriend. I love the the ambiance of this place. The decor in the tea rooms are colorful and gives the place a modern playful sophisticated atmosphere. The food offerings are great and my meal was delicious. I ordered the churro waffles with lemon curd with apple chicken sausage and my boyfriend ordered the stove top pot pie. Both were delicious and the perfect portion. I will be back!!
  34. J

    Joti

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved the strawberry french toast - fresh, savory, but also not too sweet. The restaurant interior was beautiful, and service was outstanding. Also love that it's a brunch spot that takes reservations!
  35. N

    Neane

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    We are big fans, wanted to love the food but this time..the chicken was over-cooked and although we rarely do this, we sent it back. It was immediately replaced with another plate of cooked to the point of dryness dry chicken. This must have just been an off night, as the food is always so fantastic!! And the service couldn't have been better. We will go back. But for a dinner that came to $100 with tip, we were disappointed
  36. K

    Kkitchen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful server answered questions sweetly. Nice atmosphere to catch up with a friend and enjoy a flavorful brunch.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food, decor and location
  38. AB

    ABB21

    Phoenix

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice outdoor space for a happy hour snack.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love White Dog. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, and the price is fair.
  40. C

    Chrissy

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is amazing. Great decor. All rooms come with unique style. Makes you want to keep coming back to experience it all. Food fresh and clean. A must in University city! Staff was very welcoming. Thank you Maura

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

FAQs

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 4587 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 78 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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 Daily 9:00 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, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Albert Alvarado

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, 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: (855) 398-9144

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