White Dog Cafe - University City

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$30 and under
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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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We really enjoyed the restaurant. Foos was very good and "doggy" ambiance was great. Not inexpensive but definently worth a visit

OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Guest directed to wrong table, first and second courses arrived together, both tepid, pre-order drinks arrived after tepid food. All only saved by cheerful attitude of embarrassed waiter Cary. She deserves a raise.

BW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do stop by and enjoy this absolute unique gem of University city, Philadelphia

KD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was wonderful! The decor was interesting and definitely kept my eyes open. I went with a few friends, were from the DMV area so we were looking for a combination of good food and a good vibe. This was definitely it! The food was so tasty and great portion size. Not too much food and the mimosas were LIGHT which means they were JUST RIGHT! You get what you pay for! The space was kind of tight but that didn’t matter after a drink or two! I’ll definitely be back!

Hannah was a great server too! Fast and friendly! TIP YOUR SERVERS!

K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good accommodations for vegetarians/vegans. The decor is fun too

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. A neighborhood go to that manages to feel special every time

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Prompt service. Relaxing atmosphere. Attentive staff. Entree came out too quickly after appetizers, but no rush to eat and leave.

PN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for saturday brunch for my birthday and they sat us immediately. It looked busy so I was happy i made the reservation in advance. Our waitress was amazing we did the bottomless brunch special. She was upfront and said the bar was a little backed up so she put in orders for our next 3 refills to make sure we were getting our moneys worth, and continued to come over with pitchers to top us off. Food was amazing and they even gave me a little birthday gift, a scratch-off gift certificate to their family to restaurants!

BB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

the blackened cat fish was excellent. Flavors tingled my taste buds. the only vegetable were baby peppers, I would have preferred other veggie. other than that, it was wonderful.
Banana cake for dessert was ok.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Environment quiet enough to hold a conversation.

Q
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Overall we love White Dog so we will always give 5 stars for the restaurant itself but this visit was just average at best. We will stick to the Wayne location which always has excellent service. There was nothing above or beyond about today’s lunch though my Nashville Hot Catfish Sandwich was good and hubby enjoyed his burger. We usually get crazy great service in Wayne.

JS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a classic spot on Penn's campus and the original owner was a farm to table pioneer. I enjoy it every time I go.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating our daughter’s birthday! We had our own space and great service. The food was delicious and the dessert was amazing!

j
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful meal we just had at White Dig university city. With the exception of some very loud people at the large table next to us, the meal was simply perfect. Looking forward to returning soon to taste more menu items.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Went for a weekend brunch - dining area was extremely loud. It was louder than a bar. I was unable to hold conversation with my party.

EL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I ordered the grilled swordfish special entree with quinoa risotto and a very unusual mushroom and it was fabulous. My daughter had the burger, which she loved. The servers were friendly and efficient.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent service. Food was amazing.

CF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the White Dog always. Food choices, service and ambiance are great. Please serve toast with omelets!

SD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Had very poor service. A waitress having a bad night and very mediocre food. Not a great experience. Always had a good experience at your Wayne location.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PERFECT AS ALWAYS!!!
LOVE THIS PLACE

JL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - We were there before and brought two new bees this time - everyone was very happy - well done

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went before PSU vs Iowa men’s basketball game at the Palestra...great choice...was like a PSU tailgate!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Glad I decided last minute to make a reservation on Open table because within 15 minutes the place went from almost empty to packed!

S
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch at the White Dog Cafe two times during our trip to Philadelphia. The servers were very attentive, the coffee was excellent, and we really enjoyed our meals both times. I particularly enjoyed the apple pie french toast!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food wasn’t the best, service was alright too.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overall a great experience. The food was average and over-priced.

Cute place and reminded me of a more modern Dandelion on the inside in a way.

Great service staff!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

i've been to white dog on several occasions for brunch and it's been mixed experiences. tonight was my first time there for dinner and i was so impressed! excellent server (julius i believe), amazing food and reasonable portions. romantic, cozy ambiance was only slightly dampened by large party at the table next to us but the tables were spacious enough to not feel too loud

DM
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with a beautifully designed interior and professional, attentive service.

S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farm to table. Amazing dog themed decor. Amazing rooms. Wonderful food.

This. Place. Was. Wonderful!!

s
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Disappointing. Have been multiple times and always enjoyed it. The waiter was nice but kinda clueless. Service was very slow and they were not to capacity. Waited a long time for food. Drinks were good and appropriately priced. Eggs were over done. My salad was WAY overpriced! $22 for a mushroom udon salad with tofu and there was one slice of mushroom (there was a good size of tofu). I would not have opted for it had I paid attention to the price. While it was tasty, it was an obscene price especially given the quantities. Bathrooms were not clean and doors didn’t lock on all of the doors.
Not hurrying back after this experience.

t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. I always look forward to the cheese platter for dessert. Love the decor, although some tables/rooms can be cramped. Service and food always terrific.

FK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in room with several tables, but we could still talk and hear each other. The food was fantastic, the room was beautiful and it was a wonderful evening.

OT
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Meal at 3:30. 2 adults, 3 kids. Service was just slow. Our entrees didn’t come out until 20 minutes after we finished our appetizer. Then 20% gratuity was added on automatically. A little odd. Food was very good.

H
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Have loved this place for years! Meal was delicious, staff lovely.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with family and friends

TO
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exceptional. Great food with a focus on farm to table fresh. They have a dog lover theme which resonated with us. Absolutely will return and highly recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch and service. Can’t wait to go back.

WM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, The White Dog Cafe blew us away with their delicious food and outstanding service. This is a restaurant not to be missed. Go there, get pampered and well fed by a wonderful staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, and drinks were good as well. Loved the bread and honey sea salt butter!

i
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the rolls and butter. Service was friendly and food was great.

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