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White Dog Cafe - University City

4.5
4.5
4538 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

7:00 PM


Booked 61 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

  • 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 4,538 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 / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked

  • Philadelphia

    Great for Brunch

  • Philadelphia

    Contemporary American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. SM

    StuartM

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Second time in a row service was extremely so and unsatisfactory. Food was ordinary at best. We won’t be returning or recommending anytime soon.
  2. G

    Gamy

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our Server Grace was excellent. The Beet& arugula salad was excellent. My drink Honey Mule I couldn’t taste any Vodka in it. This was my 3rd time dining at the White Dog.. I ordered the fried shrimp cake to go it was good probably would’ve been better if I ate it there👍🏽 I definitely will be returning.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Our server had a bad attitude and seemed very annoyed by our requests. She huffed and puffed constantly. The experience took away from our family gathering. Very disappointing. Whenever you have a party of 8 and the gratuity is included, it seems as though servers treat you unkindly.
  4. HR

    HappyRandy

    New York Area

    79 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    79 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Have visited many times and this is the first time I was so disappointed. Had eggs that were over cooked and scrapple that tasted like flour and very bland. None of the favor one expects. Service was poor as the sever would disappear, didn’t check to see how the meal was, when asked for jam of the toast had to request twice. Runner mixed up our entrees and just general lack of attentiveness. Very disappointed.
  5. MJ

    MerrryJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Charming and cozy setting. Amiable staff. Food was fine. Fun evening!
  6. MA

    MAGA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated in Parlor area. Best spot in the building. Got plenty of attention, food served hot and tasted great.
  7. JW

    JohnW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Despite having a reservation it took a very long time to be seated, and the service was not very prompt. Food was pretty good.
  8. JP

    JayP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience is amazing! Multiple eclectic, intimate rooms, art work, statues make for an enjoyable experience. The staff was friendly & energetic. I met my mom there. She has not been here since the 90's & either have I. I was looking for great food near 30th St. Station & White Dog Cafe was a top recommendation. I went back & will go back again. My mom will not stop talking about how much she loves this place.! Nice size portions & the food was outstanding. You will not be disappointed from an experience at White Dog Cafe. It was packed on a Wed. at 6pm; glad I had reservations. People go there for a reason & that reason is to have a great experience.
  9. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Fine. Nothing special. Portions are normal, quality is fine. Plenty of other choices around town.
  10. AT

    AllyTutt

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful server, out on the patio. The patio was amazing and shaded, and we would have been happy inside as well. Food had a mistake, and our server fixed the issue immediately.
  11. k

    katbee

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    3 orders of eggs over easy with farmer's plate and all 3 were overcooked. Burrata salad very good but lacked in spring peas and was loaded with radishes which was not mentioned on menu as part of this salad. Food came fairly quickly and quiet downstairs made it easy to have conversations.
  12. A

    Amaryllis

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We reserved an outdoor table because of an immune-compromised member of our group, and all the outdoor tables were in use when we arrived. While management was ready to seat us indoors, we opted to wait outside until a table opened. Management was attentive and deeply apologetic for the inconvenience, checking in with us multiple times and offering to bring us drinks, etc. while we waited, even though they were super busy for Father’s Day. They went above and beyond to make up for the initial frustration; both the service and the food were excellent. We would absolutely dine here again and we’re grateful to have been able to still have a special lunch to celebrate the day in a way that felt safe to us. On the lunch/brunch menu, we particularly enjoyed the churro waffles, the deviled eggs, the always incredible mushroom soup, and the pulled pork sandwich. The tofu scramble was fine, but not as much of a standout.
  13. l

    lindseyr

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was good, waiter was good, hostess was rude to us and to staff
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day breakfast just my husband and I… Haven’t been in about 20 years! The decor and food was wonderful. Wait staff were hospitable and accommodating. We will definitely return in the future!
  15. r

    raidersix2002

    New York Area

    169 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Slow crowded and understaffed. Have lost their way
  16. PG

    PatG

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast was delicious, as it usually is.
  17. A

    Agagag

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meeting w friend…very good service
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully decorated, excellent quality food and attentive staff. High standards are reflected in cost- $28 for my lunch salad. Nicest place near campus though.
  19. SD

    ShannonD

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal, with great service, at the Center City location. Our only critique would be that the bill included 20% gratuity and our server did not inform us it was on there. We spotted it before paying the bill, but would have appreciated the heads up. I recognize it is customary for groups of 8 or more, and sometimes even 6 or more, but as a group of 5, we were not expecting it. However, overall it was a great experience — the food was fabulous, and our server was attentive as well as helpful with making our final menu decisions.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Atmosphere lovely but omelette lack luster mostly cheese and little mushrooms or spinach. No bread is a shame. This steak salad expensive for why you receive. I had to ask 3 people for water.
  21. KV

    KarenV

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the White Dog Cafe. We visit every time we are in Philly. The ambiance created by the excellent service, excellent menu and lovely dog theme make it one of my favorite restaurants!
  22. SB

    StephanieB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and wait staff.
  23. F

    Foodlover21210

    Baltimore

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was so great about accommodating our late arrival for the graduation dinner, and we had great service and a delicious meal. Definitely try the pretzel bread!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    No service for 35 mins
  25. KG

    KarenG

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service but very loud.
  26. BM

    BerthaM

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Extremely loud in back room. Nice menu, well executed. Service okay. But don’t think I’ll return.
  27. TI

    ThemI

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    From the time I check in at 4:40p until we left at 6:15, I found attention to service fairly low. I waited at hostess stand for 10 minutes before being greeted (hosts were standing chatting amongst themselves) them told “to wait a few” while they push two tables together for a party of 4. Waitress very slow to greet us, bring water, takes order -then the food and drinks came firing out of the kitchen. Of note the dining rooms were pretty empty - maybe the staff were taking it slow on the pace to the evening rush. Plenty of staff around so it was not that.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    We had a 7:15 reservation and our order was not taken for about 20 minutes. No one mentioned to us that the restaurant closes at 8 on Sunday. The server could not describe the food when we asked questions, forgot the drinks, told us she didn’t think she could get us a second round of drinks because they were closing and about half way through dinner, she put the check on the table and paced around us and the other table in the room to get us out. No offer of dessert or coffee. She also told us they “cannot control the temperature” of the tuna. Just awful.
  29. MA

    MAKIA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great. As always the food was spectacular.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Upon opening the door we were greeted like friends! (I was impressed with their sincerety!) We had an amazing experience from appetizer to main course. (Love the pretzel bread.)
  31. HK

    HollyK

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is great! Comfortable atmosphere, fresh menu and delicious food. Can’t wait to come back again.
  32. C

    Cincin

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Was seated downstairs and it was a party of six next to us who were celebrating something. The noise was very high-level.The food was excellent. The server was not overly friendly.
  33. RN

    RiverN

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was delicious, and it was cute to sit outside!
  34. T

    Top23

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Having been to the White Dog in Wayne, I was excited to try the University City location. Boy, was I disappointed! Service was slow and spotty. It took 10+ minutes just to get water and wine. The cauliflower appetizer was drenched in super sweet glop. When our entrees arrived (steak frites and meatloaf), mine was cold. My husband had finished his before my replacement arrived. I appreciated my meal being comped, but it wasn't enough to make up for a wholly unsatisfying experience.
  35. P

    2Picky

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First farm to table in Philadelphia. Great bar, food very good, but pricey. Steaks should be aged. Mine was tough.
  36. D

    Deborah

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Another excellent meal at The White Dog. One small quibble: The new pretzel bread recipe was not up to standards. I doubt we'll order that again. Dry and not pretzel-ish.
  37. CM

    ChristinaM

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    End of school year
  38. PP

    PsychProf

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The simple fact is that the food, ambiance, and atmosphere is wonderful. The menu options, particularly for those with dining restrictions, are varied and excellent. The restaurant is extremely pricey, but its location has a lot to do with that. As a result the value for your dining dollar isn't all that great. Consider the White Dog for a business meal, celebration, or some comparable occasional dining treat.
  39. S

    Steve

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate outdoors!! Beautiful evening and fine food!
  40. JN

    JamesN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place. I am a very hard grader so, 4 star review for me is a 5 start review for everyone else. Everything we had was very good. I would have liked to see a bigger cocktail menu and the alcoholic drinks available listed on the menu.

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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White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.5 stars by 4538 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today

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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

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