White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4253 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4253 people are saying
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSyreetaW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the only location that consistently has the cauliflower and that’s the only reason I go to white dog café I’m obsessed with it 😂 but I also like the tuna tartare, truffle fries and salmon
I eat here weekly I love the service and food and the quality of it being farm to table
Recommend, recommend, recommend 1000%

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Dagg
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Love the restaurant, my family was content with meal. I just wish it was more Vegan options on the menu.

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LaurenB
Omaha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the accommodations!

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Howard
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helicopters - I imagine, going to and from the hospital were very loud.
Liked everything else very much

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall the experience was really good. It was warm inside even with the air on. But the service was amazing and the food was delicious and the price for bottomless was GREAT!!!

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JenniferS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent meal with husband and teen son! Helpful and knowledgable about gluten-free. Only reason not 5 stars was service was pretty slow, even considering we were dining early when it wasn't very busy.

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RSiii
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Had reservation but took forever to be seated. A bunch of empty tables so not sure why. 3 hostesses and all seemed clueless & overwhelmed. They were turning away walk ins when so many tables were empty. Maybe understaffed not sure. The kicker was the know it all, rude, full of himself waiter. I asked if there were any specials and he said in a snotty tone “ everything here is special” and walked away. Use to be one of my favorite places

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Neat, eclectic restaurant in old brownstone near Penn campus with diverse menu. Good spot.

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Mathchef
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very nice lunch. I had the pulled pork sandwich and my husband had the catfish sandwich. Both were well prepared and delicious. Service was very courteous and helpful.

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LawrenceZ
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must better food and server this time than from the day before.

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vipcaptainmj
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent, fresh and generous portions. The wine was especially good for a single glass and a generous pour.
The atmosphere was comfortable and inviting,

The service however, left something to be desired! Although we finished our appetizer cheese board, it remained on our table throughout. Dinner dishes, clearly finished were left until I had to ask the waitress to remove them. Her reaction told me that it didn't even occur to her that having dirty dishes remain on the table after the check has been settled and you are having a conversation was not a delightful experience. Staff was not overwhelmed. They need to be better trained. Even a bus boy cleaning the table next to us did not make a move to clear our dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite spot! Good food and dessert as always!

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Deborah
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a group celebration brunch. It was first time any of us had been to the White Dog and we were all blown away by the food, service (so friendly and attentive) and most of all the ambiance...amazing. We had the artisan cheese plate, salmon toast and heritage tomatoes, all three perfectly presented and delicious. The main course of omelets and french toast had unique combinations that were perfect together. And the staff, we cannot say enough good things. They were just so friendly and accommodating, they made our celebration flawless. We brought a special Anniversary cake which they brought out to us for pictures and then went back and plated it for us. And for the atmosphere, a 12 out of 10. Over the top perfect, especially if you are a dog lover. We can't wait to go back.

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LawrenceZ
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Beef noodle salad: beef was fatty. Service was bad. Very slow, not enough servers to service the indoors/outdoors

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KarlH
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic resteraunt! I had made a reservation on OpenTable and they were able to accomodate my request. Staff is very friendly, the service was quick, and the environment was very nice. I highly recommend eating here.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I’ve enjoyed the White Dog since I was a student 30 years ago. Just returned for the first time in about 10 years. It seems to have weathered the pandemic well. Remains cozy, farmhouse chic. Found it incredibly loud in the back when it was full, but noise eased up as the crowd thinned. View out the back windows leaves much to be desired—looks out over a construction trash dump. But the cocktails and food were fantastic. Will return.

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vipElaineD
25 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent , I had salmon , tuna tartare appetizers. My only issue was that the salmon entree could have been warmer. I also had a watermelon margarita. Would definitely go back as the food and service were excellent and atmosphere was charming and unique

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KarenG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Waitress was very busy. She walked by our table many times but never spoke to us or indicated that she would be back soon. So no water, no order taking, for over 15 minutes. Last time she walked by, not seeming to talk to us, my husband snagged her. Although we are understanding about understaffing, there is no excuse for not even speaking to us.
We ordered the pretzel bread. At first it was warm, but when it cooled off, it was dry. I wondered to myself if it had been frozen and then thawed. We ate some of it until it got too dried out.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was great however the meal and drink left much to desire. The catfish sandwich was basic af as well as the Mac and cheese. The parm fries were pretty decent as well as the ricotta cheese app.

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Lbailey315
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White Dog was amazing. The food, our service, & the decor was top notch! Will definitely be visiting again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Christine. Recommendations spot on

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MelM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Colleen was a phenomenal server and deserves a raise!!!! Best service in Philadelphia within 6 year span of living here!

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vipJim10011
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good brunch. We were seated outside and enjoyed the delicious French toast and Lancaster omelette. Service was good. I would highly recommend.

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ElizabethC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with freshly sourced ingredients

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AlliS
Cancun
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the White Dog Cafe with my daughter for brunch.
Food was delicious
Server was awesome
Every time I go I get seated in a different spot-This time it was downstairs in the ‘garden room’- so fun!

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Linda
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started outside on a nice evening which slowly started to look dark and ominous and requested to be moved inside, which the staff was more than willing to accommodate. We loved the atmosphere both outside and in and two of us had the blackened catfish which was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Food menu offered everything we desired. Matthew’s service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour at the bar was 10/10 experience. From the food to the drinks to the prices!!! Everything was amazing

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Gizmosmom
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating and friendly. I felt welcomed. Definitely will come back.

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DrewT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was pretty good would not recommend the cauliflower and the pulled pork
The pizza bread was really good

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vipAlobar
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The grilled Haloumi fot the Greek mezzo salad was missing & we had to ask for it. The double cheese burger was done well. The spicy lamb bolognese arrv’d at the table warm, not hot. The service was a bit inconsistent. Overall, this was not the dining experience I am used to from the White Dog.

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MaryB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had another wonderful meal at the White Dog in University City. Lovely surroundings, excellent service, and innovative, delicious food. Highly recommend.

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vipBInspired
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at White Dog Cafe and the food was exceptional.

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Megan
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

White Dog is a great upscale neighborhood spot with reliable quality. We really enjoy sitting at the bar and interacting with staff and guests. Excellent cocktails! We recently visited on a very busy night, the staff were very professional but clearly a little backed up with orders. We ordered the mac n' cheese with pulled pork, it came out room temperate but the sauce was still excellent. The wellfleet oysters on the menu that night were very well prepared. The tuna tartare was underwhelming, the guacamole was too much and overpowered the tuna. The bao buns on the starter menu were the star of the show! All in all, this is a great place for a meal in the downstairs room on a quiet night and fun for drinks and snacks on a busy night.

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vipDerrickL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Oyster was fresh. gazpacho was refreshing and delicious. The soft Pretzel bread was warm and soft and goes great with the dips.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was very good, and it was a nice ambiance, however that did not make up for it the absolutely terrible service we had. We were a bit early for our reservation so we grabbed three seats at the bar to have a drink before dinner. After 15+ minutes we had not even been acknowledged by the bartenders. Once we were finally seated outside, multiple tables around us who had been seated after us had their food before we even saw our waitress for the first time to take our orders. Once we finally placed our orders for both cocktails and our meal, ours meals actually came before our drinks! We saw our waitress a total of two times— to take our order and when she brought our check.

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vipASBMR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful restaurant, we love it here

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gwaters
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My food was raw… also pretty sure we didn’t see our server for 45 minutes after she seated us. Then again after she brought our food.

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sysy
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor seating was excellent! Service was very good! Thanks!

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White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.6 stars by 4253 OpenTable diners.

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