White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4373 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
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipJillB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

White Dog Cafe never disappoints. It is great place to meet for lunch and/or dinner. It is truly a neighborhood gem!

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vipmnate
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mac and cheese winner winner!

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KevinW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. very cosy and the food selection was excellent!

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LizW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

An ok experience. However, the Nashville hot catfish—said to be extremely spicy—was only moderately so, no bread was possible to go with the soup, the coffee was lukewarm at best. Not up to the old White Fog standards.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. We came in for brunch before we took our baby back to Allegheny College. Food was good, service was good.

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isabelA
Fayetteville
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time with great food and reasonable prices for the food quality. Our server was wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely time during happy hour. Would recommend dimming lights at bar once it’s dark out.

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vipKayW
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We've been here multiple times and have always been pleased. This time our appetizers and our lunch showed up simultaneously to a very small table. Making it difficult to keep all of the plates on the table and our entrees ended up cold by the time we finished our appetizers.

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vipRcharles
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We were originally placed in the larger room and the noise level was overwhelming. It made talking with my dinner companions almost impossible. At our request, we were then moved to another room with only a few tables and that made it possible to enjoy our meal. I can only recommend that other diners consider requesting a table in a quieter area or finding an alternative place for dinner.

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JayniceD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went with my boys after a college tour visit. They were impressed (this is a nice place, Mom). We’d definitely go back.

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DanielS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved for brunch. Fast and friendly service. Allowed you to reserve outdoor seating, which was great because of COVID. Food was outstanding. Excellent variety and very fresh. Our table ordered a variety of dishes, from eggs to pork belly, to soup. You can tell that the food is fresh and well-prepared. Excellent meal all around.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the fun decor, our server Kevin was outgoing, efficient, knowledgeable and fun. The food was great! They were able to accommodate our 3 different diners dietary restrictions. Overall great expereince!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with our puppy to celebrate. Food was incredible

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ScottL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a dog lover it was nice to see no signs of cats anywhere… lol!

So many cool separate dining areas that you could go 10 times and have a different experience each time. We were in the whiskey storage basement and it was quiet enough to easily talk amongst our party of 5.

Brunch food was way above average. All 5 got something different and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great receptive staff

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CarolineC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was jam-packed when we arrived for our reservation. They need to do a bit better with crowd management. We had arrived in time for Happy Hour, but they never mentioned the Happy Hour offerings. Our food did come quickly, and the service was friendly.

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PeterC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited the White dog Café in University City several times and have never been disappointed. with our visit. We will continue to go back again.

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Kmoliver119
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My first time there. I really enjoyed atmosphere and food, service was stellar

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Honey215
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I came here and enjoyed our meals and drinks. We were seated as soon as all 5 people in our party arrived and our server was very nice. I have been to White Dog Cafe many, many times and always enjoy my experience and this was the first time for a couple of my friends and they truly seemed to enjoy it.

The fried pickles and the deviled eggs were a HIT for sharing!

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LayahT
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance! A little pricey but it's definitely worth it!

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vipcatwiz
Philadelphia
87 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic sunday brunch spot. Savory omelettes with Kennett Square mushrooms. Chicken apple sausage side was great as well. Service attentive even though the place was hoppin".

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Pacing of the meal was too fast. Entrees were dropped before the appetizers were even half finished. Food was decent but not amazing as per the price. Restaurants are just getting back in the swing of things, White Dog isn’t there yet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Tables were well spaced; food and service were excellent. Had a wonderful time here catching up with old friends- staff was attentive but didn’t make us feel rushed to leave.

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hopper
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Say right down and the service was great. Lots of character and food was terrific. Definitely returning!

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jchacko26
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with three of my friends and we had an awesome experience. The food was delicious and the waitress was attentive. All four of us finished our entire entree and loved our drinks. After brunch, we walked around a few blocks and returned back to grab drinks at the bar and it was as very crowded and it was difficult to get the bartender’s attentive, however it’s understandable considering how busy it was in there. Overall, we had a good wonderful experience and will come back again!

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sabe
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t be better. Great service. Outdoor space is lovely but will return to dine indoors post-pandemic!

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vipAnonymous
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We often use White Dog cafe for business lunches and it's usually reliable. Yesterday, however, it was not up to its usual standards. Service was slow (admittedly it was slammed) and distracted (had to ask a couple of times for usual things). Food was okay, not as good as in the past, really just adequate (when did they stop giving out the complimentary rolls?). But what made it impossible was that the group of people seated near us were talking so loudly, and even began shouting over each other to be heard, that we could not talk at our table. We ended up leaving as quickly as possible without the usual nice follow up of coffee and chat. Feedback given to the hosts' station was met with befuddlement. Unlikely to be selected for the next business lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best!

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Snerges
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our first time for 4 ladies from surrounding suburbs who do dine out frequently. Considering at how large your establishment is, we were crammed into a four top with others on both sides. WE are all fully vaccinated. Next time I would ask for another dining room. Also our waitstaff never asked us if we wanted coffee or tea or desert. Some us probably would have ordered one or 2 items. Our bill came to over 200.00 and we tip well. Restaurant was not busy. Lots of open tables.
It was a 4:30 seating and we were on time. Not sure why we were rushed out on Sunday, November 7th. Maybe staffing? I hope to get back again.

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Mila
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It is wonderfully designed dining rooms. Food is good, but we were waiting almost 50 min for the dishes to come.

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Emilyh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambiance. Such a cool spot! Loved it there.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Literally drove to philly just to go to white dog and homecoming.

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MeredithT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food here is always good! The hot pretzel and the ricotta appetizers are yummy. My husband gets the lamb bolognese every time.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Much much better than a sharp stick in the eye.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect meal with phenomenal service.

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vipTonyJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was well done and our group thoroughly enjoyed it.

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icandoit45
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, burgers were really good and so was the tuna tartar. Service was very good but kitchen staff was a little too inflexible with food choices and substitutions. I’m not that fussy, we asked for basic stuff like different toppings for the burger from the other burger offered but the wouldn’t accommodate. That’s the only negative, the rest was a good experience.

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vipJazzdrums
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Still a fine restaurant - very busy on a Friday night. Good foot - especially the mushroom soup. Always a good meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great ambiance. Service was very slow. Gratuity included for 5 or more and we were 5 so can't help thinking the lack of attention was due to the fact their gratuity was already included. Putting that aside, would consider going again.

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Jake
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Fun restaurant with delicious food. The service unfortunately was awful!

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White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.6 stars by 4373 OpenTable diners.

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