White Dog Cafe - University City

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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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EM
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's been years since I've been to University City's White Dog Cafe, but it was just as good as I remembered. The burger on a gluten free bun is the best GF version of a burger I've had in Philly. The bacon mayo is to die for! And the truffle french fries are yummy! Our server was fantastic.

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GF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Table service was good. Bartender ( we preceeded our meal eith a drink at the bar) was not the friendliest nor very attentive. She always seemed preoccupied, perhaps filling all the table orders...

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food , service was great! Overall loved the experience, only con was that it was a little warm sitting inside

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance. We really enjoyed our meal!

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CW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A colleague and I came to White Dog for lunch to treat ourselves to a relaxing lunch after a stressful week at work; we were not disappointed. I had an omelet and salad; my colleague had the chicken salad on a croissant. We both were happy with our meals. The warm crusty rolls with sea salt honey butter were perfect, as always. Our server (Kevin) was friendly, helpful, accommodating and funny; I will ask to be seated in his section when I return! I created my own omelet that wasn't on the menu by combining two omelets that were, and he was happy to oblige. For dessert we split the dark chocolate hazelnut cake with coffee ice cream and creme brulee (wow -- three different desserts on one plate) - and it was delicious and perfect for two to share after eating a big lunch. Love the dog paintings on the walls and especially loved the full-sized golden retriever painted on the restroom door!

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DV
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I was early for my reservation and waited at the bar to be seated. The restaurant is pretty spacious with multiple rooms and in my reservations I asked for an quiet/airy table for a lunch meeting. Well the hostess sat me a large room which also had an entrance to the kitchen. Neither was this a quiet or what I requested. I asked to be moved and after a few minutes I was moved across the hall to a smaller room. Then had to wait 15 min for my waiter to notice me.
The waiter was great but the hostess should have informed him that I was seated in his section. The original room was so jammed packed, the noise level was so loud and I'm glad I asked to move. If you ask for special requests during reservations-- honor them and don't give your customer an attitude when they ask you to reseat them.

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A
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

My lunch was small and not very good. It was a brisket gyro with very little meat. I won’t return.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was hit or miss. Nothing terrible but some dishes were lacking in seasoning. We also went on a Sunday in the summer so it wasn’t busy at all.

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f
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They didn’t have air conditioning in this weather. It was a sauna in there. Food is just average nothing special.

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KG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isaac was an awesome waiter. Gave us the inside scoop ton places to visit in Spain, too!

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N
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food
Beautiful, multi room, fun atmosphere
The best service at the bar and the table. My friends and I spent a long time drinking and eating and talking at our table. The server could not have been more welcoming, knowledgable and friendly.
Thank you White Dog

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HS
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are fortunate to have the White Dog in walking distance for a very nice working lunch. We love the atmosphere and the food is always fresh and delicious. I personally appreciate how easy it is to get a vegan or vegetarian meal.

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KC
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were traveling from Dallas and the White Dog was recommended. I am Celiac and eat gluten and dairy free. The food was excellent and I had many choices to choose from! Outstanding! Great wine too!

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RK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, happy with the food and environment, will definitely return

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Birthday breakfast in my new favorite room, the Solarium.

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J
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal at The White Dog Cafe. The food was excellent and the service was just as good. The atmosphere is so cute. I loved peeking in at all the different rooms and furnishings.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! I will definitely be back. Great food. Great service. .

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YC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The White Dog has gone from a fantastic farm to table to a fairly good Americana type bistro, but it has taken many years to get there. I can tell that they are cutting back because there were too few servers this night and one poor waiter running back and forth. The food was excellent, but if you don't take care of staff to keep everyone balanced, sooner or later it will catch up with you. I will check in next year!

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P
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place for lunch in University City. Consistently good food, excellent service, welcoming staff-great!

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I've had in a long time. My cocktail (Lucky Lady) was also phenomenal. We actually went back twice in one weekend while visiting because we loved it so much. Also... that honey sea salt butter & bread was enough to give this restaurant 5 stars alone.

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r
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

when you've worked in the business for over 20 yrs and search out places that are peaceful, empty, and delicious...this is one of my spots. keep in mind, the peace and quiet only happens in the summer when the upenn and drexel students are away for the summer break.

when you want a garden view, great brunch, and a skeleton crew on deck...this is the place!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent and super cute place. Would have given 5 stars but server carded my 29 year old niece and wouldn't serve her a glass of wine because her license had just expired. Thought that was a bit much.

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AS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to go here! Great food and service. We will go back!

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F
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One entree was missing a main ingredient when served, but the server corrected it immediately on being informed. Great lunch!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most enjoyable experience!

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JL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a date , brunch, or anything for couples, family, and friends. Very nice ambiance and decor! Super hipster and vibrant. I love how the food is super fresh and natural.

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RJ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect ambiance, delicious food, attentive service
Loved it!

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A
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I've been going to White Dog UC for over five years, but last Saturday I and my many guests were treated terribly. They wouldn't seat three of us, including one child, because it wasn't a "majority" of the dining party, in spite of the fact that there were very few people in the entire restaurant. Then when everyone arrived, we were led to our table to freeze under the air conditioning even while there were other empty warm spots elsewhere, but when I asked the manager to move us, she wouldn't while confirming and defending her "no sit down" policy. The food took forever to be served, and was cold very quickly to the lucky of our guests who did get it. In fact, it took so long that I got a parking ticket as we went past our time. Overall, after years of happy dining there, I can't see how I'll return!

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g
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation Lunch: very prompt early seating, great service, diverse menu and a delightfully episodic venue.

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

soup barely warm even after returning to reheat

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KD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved the outdoor seating & quaint atmosphere. The strawberry cream cheese stuffed French toast was delicious! The service was great too, will definitely go back.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I come to Philly for work once a year and I always stop here. As a dog person, I love the ambience. Always great food and drinks.

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C
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and truly great service by Elaine. We were a large group of women and she handled us like a pro!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice lunch with a group of people. Perfect location for this event. Would highly recommend White Dog.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

店員さんが親切でお料理が美味しくてセンスもいい。

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YH
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Resting on its laurels as one of the few restaurants for adults in University City. Decent food at ok prices. Slow service. Noisy.

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B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent!

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always spectacular and depending where you are seated it can feel like you're in a new restaurant each time

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j
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ashley was excellent in every way and made my birthday brunch amazing

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NG
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and great ambiance. I would definitely return and recommend

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