White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4142 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 4142 people are saying
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vipdw61
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The server was fabulous. The food was at best poor. The sandwiches were soggy and cold. The fries were served also cold. The champagne cocktails were great.

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OpenTable Diner
France
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Have been coming here for decades. Never disappoints.

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BrockC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The service the food and the ambience was wonderful

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Finny
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White Dog Cafe was absolutely incredible. I can’t say enough good things about it! The food was stellar, the bottomless brunch drinks were excellent, and the service was spot on. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful experience and I can’t recommend it enough.

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beeranddisney
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our brunch very much and will definitely plan on coming back to try other meals.

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lisa
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Dined solo and sat at bar. Bartender/ server was so nice and attentive despite being crazy busy. Had a great cocktail and their burger and truffle fries- Both very tasty, slightly messy to eat as all really good burgers are.
Recommended by daughter, but she was unable to join me while studying for finals.

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vipstaceyT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We made a reservation for outside days before and when we got there they said that there were two other reservations before us that needed to be seated. What is even the point of making a reservation if when you get there you’re not seated and wait 45 minutes when they said “about 10 minutes?” We ended up eating inside and the service was less than lack luster.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Food is amazing. They messed up
drink order but tried to play it off like they didn’t. Not a huge deal, but they never refilled our (empty) water glasses and offered a coffee refill and never came with it so the whole experience was kinda meh. I think this is probably because the staff are just way overworked (too many people there!) but still, for the price, the service should be more on-point.

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Teresa
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Food wasn't great🙃. It was also very clean

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catfish and truffle fries were outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could eat at this restaurant every day for a month and be happy. It's one of my favorite spots in the whole city.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! Our server Cierra was such a pleasure. She made the experience even more enjoyable with her presence. Wonderful Job to the chefs and staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely Philly vibe with outstanding outdoor seating. Excellent energy, service, variety. Small plates, entrees. Something for everyone. Definitely recommend!

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BrandiG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Originally I ordered the tuna but they were all out. (Must be as good as it sounds!) I went with the burger, my mom had the chicken and my aunt had the pasta. We also ordered the deviled eggs and the cheese tray (needs salami and more bread lol) Had the rose, pinot grigio and a new drink called blueberry smash, with bourbon. Everything was wonderful. The server was very polite! The gentleman who took our temperature and seated us ( young man with braids) was super courteous. Everything was awesome. Looking forward to visiting again during my birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service!

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Dolls88
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved the place ! It was super friendly and very accommodating 💕
I definitely would return 💕

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BalcavageD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good: Cute setting-- they really created an adorable outdoor space, perfect for dining and chatting. Friendly. Comfortable. Some food was good (Get the Kung Pao Cauliflower)

Bad: Service was painfully slow.

All in all: it's nice but it's not what it used to be. I would not go back.

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SEW8
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was great. I didn't like any of the drinks. They were tart and tasteless, waste of money.

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haley
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sat 45 minutes after reservation. Given bottomless mimosas at 2:23 then told after the fact that it would end at 2:30. Poached egg was hard not runny on eggs benedict.

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vipWade
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

In the over 30 years going of going their that was the worst service that I have ever had at the white dog. Waitress forgot to bring out a round of drinks and the steak was great but our French fries were cold. Hopefully it was just that night. Used to be a great place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couples brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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Honey215
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I visited White Dog for an afternoon meal on Saturday. I have been several times before and it was my friend’s first visit. We both loved our food and our server Christine was great-she was super cool and friendly!

Will be back again soon!

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PedroR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect

Just missing a faster attention in check inn

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LocalPhiladelphiaEater21
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a cute restaurant with its theme, such amazing waitresses and waiters that are all so incredibly kind

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DanF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant besides being a little dog crazy (and dog friendly) goes above an beyond to use local ingrediants and made from scratch meals. They have taken over 3-4 brownstones in a college part of Philly and they have kept many of the interior rooms intact so there are multiple dining areas each with a few tables and each quite different. Our waitress was wonderful, the food was top notch and the value was excellent. This was a great night out. They do have a large outside area open with heaters and tables outside. There is music from the bar down the street and the street is blocked off at night at least for walking only so if you want a little more action sitting outside is definately the way to go. All in all, when I am back in philly I will be back here.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

La comida muy buena, pero pedí un entrante y se les olvidó. Se perdona. Realmente estoy esperando a otoño para ver si ponen el cordero que ellos hacen que es delicioso. En general muy bueno todo.

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vipMeghann
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to White Dog Cafe for their bottomless brunch and it was a phenomenal experience. The food was delicious and service was great. We never had an empty mimosa glass. Choosing what to get as an entree was the most challenging part of our dining experience because everything sounded (and looked) incredible. I can't wait to go back!

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vipdob59
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch, food was terrific, drinks outstanding and the service especially our server was the best. A can't miss for lunch, dinner or brunch.

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MAHtrn
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was very slow and food was mediocre for the prices.

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MAvisitor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and atmosphere was great, nice outdoor seating area.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went out to dinner with my boyfriend on a beautiful 70 degree day and sat outside- it was super crowde, but you wouldn’t know because all the patrons were extremely respectful and kept to an appropriate noise level. The food was amazing, such a different menu. I had the mushroom soup and the Thai steak noodles... soo good. We also got the vanilla bean creme
Brûlée... I’m obsessed with this place!

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tessak
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

- Adorable place
- Very hard to social distance
- Our apps and entrees came out at the same time, and all before our drinks
- We ate fast so food didn't get cold- 4 plates and 4 drinks on a tiny 2 top
- Mushroom soup, deviled eggs, pork mac and cheese, and lamb bolognese were amazing
- Wanted the banana cheesecake, but apparently it was a menu error since they didn't have it so they subbed it with a mini coconut cake- no flavor at all
- We overheard that it was our servers first day which explains why we waited for forks, spoons, weren't offered dessert, waited forever for check, etc.- totally understand and she was sweet... but why wasn't anyone helping her?
- Passed about (5) employees on the way out, nobody said goodbye. Not crying or anything, but it's always weird to pass numerous hostesses without a thank you

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theatergal
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food. Great staff. Gets very busy. Pick slower times for best selection and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding! The ambiance was lovely in each room!!

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Bill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a late lunch on a COVID Friday. Food was excellent, the bartender was good, and the Hop Devil on nitro was like dessert.

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GraceM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent; when we first arrived, we were immediately greeted by a friendly host. The food was fantastic! We ordered the deviled eggs again because they're a favorite, and the pretzel bread was amazing - too delicious for words!! This most recent visit followed a trip to the zoo with our two boys; our 1 year old ended up sleeping through lunch in his carseat lol, but our 10 year old loved all the dog decor and the mac and cheese!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming, quiet, excellent food and wonderful service. Always a pleasure to dine at White Dog

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son’s birthday

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White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.6 stars by 4142 OpenTable diners.

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