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White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4.6
4639 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 92 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 4,639 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Philadelphia

    Great for Brunch

  • Philadelphia

    Contemporary American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. AE

    AcademicEater

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    White Dog is a classic U City place. Very interesting and creative menu and always the highest quality. Can get busy and loud at peak times, but that is also part of the experience.
  2. m

    matthewc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Cute place, waiter was super friendly, food was mediocre
  3. S

    Suturedoc

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food and service good. Annoyed by having to pay $2 for a slice of toast to go with my eggs. Had to ask for butter. No charge for that.
  4. RD

    RichD

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A quirky restaurant with many small rooms eclectically decorated. The food is very good, and as they like to point out, all locavore and organic.
  5. R

    Resortist

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really cute restaurant with so much attention to decor and theme the service was excellent. The brunch selection was quite large and the food was amazing. The Benedict is unusual, but I’d order it again. Waffles, French Toast, and all the farm fresh salads are amazing. Definitely a brunch worth going to.
  6. JA

    JoeA

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Enjoyed the experience overall, food was fantastic, as usual. There were a few problems. Hate being nit-picky, but prices for a hamburger just should not be over $20. No way is that fair. Drink specials were interesting, servers were not great about telling us much about specials- food or drink. Went there for dark beer and burger, could not do either with a lack of nitro for tap. Worst part, and maybe it’s just my pet peeve, when we got apps, a little late, we told waitress to give us time to eat them, and NOT to bring our main courses. Apparently she did nothing to stall the actual meal server, who cluelessly plopped them down in front of us when we had only eaten a small amount thus far. It made us feel rushed, and we did not order a second round of drinks, as well as no desserts. It cost the restaurant I suppose, but for the money we spent, it disappointed us quite a bit.
  7. BC

    BrianC

    New York Area

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and our server Matt totally made our dinner. We ate a bit early as we went to dinner after attending the UPenn football game. It is an easy walk from Franklin Field. The beet and arugula appetizer was great. They have a branzino special. Highly recommend! Great to again see Manager Alan. Thank you!!
  8. PG

    PatG

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Earrl morning breakfast is good and quiet.
  9. D

    Delidel

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Jess and all the staff did such a wonderful job taking care of us. The food was delicious, the brownie was to die for (although you might want to share it) and it's a beautiful place to spend an evening. I can't recommend it highly enough!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great dining and atmosphere. Our service wasn’t great in terms of timing. Our appetizer came before our drinks and we didn’t have small plates so we had to wait for those after a couple mins of having our appetizer. Aside from that we had a wonderful experience and the staff was very friendly.
  11. DO

    DONNAB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful out door patio! It felt very ...french quarter, new Orleans. Beautiful inside, cozy ambiance with stylish furniture and unique wall hangings. The food was very taste! Well worth the price!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mother here for her birthday brunch. Everything was so delicious . We shared the churro waffles and we each had our own meal as well as the delicious mimosa kit. The meal was great , our server was knowledgeable and kind. Great experience for Sunday brunch.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and wait staff
  14. S

    Stacey

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    i think the strawberry french toas was a very small portion and we were disapointed as it did not taste like strawberry shortcake at all.
  15. ST

    SummerT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a perfect spot for Sunday brunch! We celebrated September family birthdays at White Dog and there was something for everyone! Worth the trip just to experience the building!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cute place. Went for brunch. Service was good, food was excellent. Would definitely return when visiting Philly.
  17. BO

    BOBandANGEL

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Waiter: Tonight we have the duck as a special Me: Great! I'll take it. Waiter: 45 minutes later (after everyone at my table was served): Sorry, we don't have the Duck. Me: :/ Manager: "crickets"
  18. L

    Luna

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The White Dog Cafe never disappoints. The food and service were impeccable. I look forward to my next visit.
  19. D

    Deborah

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!
  20. LB

    LauraB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely adorable restaurant. Food was delicious! Our server forgot our starter but we just x'dvit off and ate our brunch. Very busy, very loud but its setup intimate rooms so you feel more cozy. Def. Make a rezzy
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried a variety of drinks, appetizers, meals, and desserts and they were all delicious! The whole group left full and happy!
  22. ES

    EricS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Unique atmosphere. Very tight corridors and seating. But fun to be at. Really good food. Hummus was baller status. Deviled eggs were bangin. Def check it out.
  23. DG

    DrGMK

    Atlantic City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rachel our server was very sweet and efficient
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Overall the experience was very good, except for my taking a hard fall off of the steps leading from the bar area to the reception area! The manager immediately came to my assistance. I informed her that the uneven floors with steps in the bar area are not readily noticeable and thus should have a warning sign alerting customers of the drop (or step-up) between the two floors to avoid potential accidents. She agreed; since according to her, there were other instances of near misses on the steps. We exchanged contact information, and she assured me that the issue will be addressed with the owners so that corrective action can be taken. Other than the aforementioned the rest of my lunch with a long-time friend was very pleasant and without incident. Again the staff was great but there should be an evaluation of the facility to ensure potential safety hazards are identified and made safe. Note, there also appears to be uneven floors with steps leading from the bar area to the private dining areas towards the back of the restaurant (without alerting customers of the drop/step-up).
  25. JC

    JoseC

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always a pleasure returning to dine at WDC. The entrees and service are consistent over the 37 years we have been coming here. Highly recommend the trout entree and the deviled eggs. Mushroom soup is to die for. So do not wait too long, yo are missing out on a fantastic experience!
  26. AE

    AngelEyes

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food and vibes, below average service and very congested ambience.
  27. LW

    LisaW

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very cute restaurant . The food and service was very good . The price is reasonable
  28. LK

    LKMM

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Was never offered a drink menu or asked if we would like drinks. Soup (gazpacho) was unbelievably salty. Was told fries that came with the burger would be truffle parm fries, they were not and they were stale and kinda burnt. Burger was huge and tasty, though! While I appreciate the local sourcing, and the creative menu, it all looks good but seemed like an off night maybe? For the high prices I do expect better.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    College move in
  30. WB

    WendyB

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comfortably upscale and near Penn and Drexel campus. Good place for parents to take their students when they visit. Food is excellent with appropriately fancy takes on traditional menu items.
  31. BT

    BoTai

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back to try more items on the menu
  32. P

    Pmc1117

    Philadelphia

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor seating; relaxed dining; good happy hour!
  33. LS

    LisaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my consistently favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent and love farm to table. We are supporting local businesses who source the produce, meats, fish. Plus the art is so fun especially if you love dogs.
  34. J

    Jennifer

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food tasted disgusting. Place was unclean. There was no air conditioning and it was hotter inside the restaurant then outside.
  35. NY

    NYCdiningisawesomw

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch! Food was wonderful. What a unique place. Loved the decor and how there were so many separate dining areas.
  36. LK

    LindaK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We sat outside on a lovely night. Waited a while to place our drink orders, and when they came, unfortunately the waiter spilled two glasses of red wine on two of us. He was mortified. I get it. Accidents happen. We chose not to make a scene. Manager came by, asked if we were ok. We were not hurt, just soaked, so we said we’re ok. Still stunned by the event. While trying to clean up, a server tried to set our appetizer down. On a table still wet with wine. Wine was comped, but meals were not. Food was ok - trout bland, fries too salty, not enough bread to dip in crab dip, ravioli and burger were good. We paid our bill, quietly went in to speak to the manager and got a luke warm “sorry” and nothing more. Very disappointed in manager’s response and overall quality of the food and service. Will not return.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great to have a place that serves brunch seven days a week! And close to the movie theater to go see a movie after!
  38. M

    Mandelbrot

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Crab ravioli was a bit watery. Good idea for a recipe, but poorly executed. Overall too pricey for the quality.
  39. DB

    DanB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience2
    Apps were great and server was great. Iced tea was really bitter and the server asked the manager and they said they only brew the iced tea once a day which is not good. Otherwise, it was good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time here for brunch, great food and service. Will definitely be back for lunch.

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 4.6 stars by 4639 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 92 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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