White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4209 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 4209 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RobertL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food choices were great.
This is our second time here and food was fantastic.

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vipJorgeM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Food and service great

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vipTomC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is on a beautiful, quiet side street just north of Penn University. It is larger inside than it looks with many small, intimate dinning rooms all carefully decorated with dog themes of course. Oh, and the food is unique and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Good food and atmosphere but service was terribly slow. Sat for 15 minutes before I flagged someone down to take our drink order. Slow to be delivered, appetizers and entrees were very slow as well. We spent 2.5 hours for a meal that shouldn’t have taken more than an hour.

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SandraC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Menu choices fir brunch were a bit limited. Would like to see more choices

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful brunch with family! Great options for all eaters! Love the farm to table!

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TangeeS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is amazing and the wait staff is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food and will be returning again!

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viplina
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place…ambience, staff, food, service. A Philly treasure🙂

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viptm1949
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a quirky, funky restaurant with very good food. Nothing really special, but it’s fresh and nicely prepared. The service is excellent, and the ambience is warm and friendly

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AbbeyK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We had a nice server and the food was great. Only downside is the restaurant was so loud it was very difficult to even have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service with real kind staff! other customers were respectful and food, drink, and desert were outstanding!

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KateL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful old building. The lunch prices are definitely on the high side, but substantial portions of good food.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in a place with small rooms. They add to the ambiance and privacy for a good business meal.

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KathleenG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back, our server was wonderful and food to die for!

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NWLady
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fun atmosphere and delicious pork barbecue sandwich.

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EstherS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was fantastic. Unfortunately Server was subpar but would definitely go again. Everything we ate was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were very good. I had the tuna tartare and the sugar snap pea ravioli. Both were outstanding. Also, the bar tender came to our table to talk about the wine. Great service and tasty food!

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DeborahR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Rachel was attentive and friendly as were the managers Camar and Patrick. Very cute location, Each room is styled different to fit any occasion. Cant wait to go back!

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vipJustlee
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Deliious brunch, fantastic service, and lively place.

LH
LoriH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

End of school to year for my son

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nikki
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful building, solid menu with great cocktails. Staff seems happy to work there, positive place.

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vipBirthdaygirl
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. Seating was outdoors and the plants helped make it feel cozy. We sat at a picnic table and enjoyed the pretzel bread app and cheese board. We ordered various entrees: salmon, pulled pork, ravioli, and chicken. We shared two orders of brussels sprouts, one with bacon and one without. Our server offered great suggestions and we were able to include special requests. We will be back.

Despite indicating it was a birthday on Open Table, our server never mentioned it. I am not sure why Open Table includes it as a question.

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Owl21
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

The restaurant has its appealing atmosphere and the service was very friendly, but not really competent. The waiter, though she was very nice, couldn't provide any additional details on dishes we had asked her about; she kept saying "I will go check". The food quality was average though prices were comparable with much better choices for a dinner night in the city. The chicken was dry with a scarce amount of vegetables on a side. The mushroom soup appeared to be from a powder mix. The biggest disappointment was the tuna tartar with raw tuna leaving an aftertaste; the fish appeared to be not really fresh, somewhat disguised by flavorful dressing. However, we had no issues with talking this order off our check. I would not come back and I would not recommend this place to my friends unless they want to see the original building and lots of very cute portraits of dogs. Oh, one last thing. The restroom was filthy. It smelled and a huge piece of dust fell off the vent when I closed the restroom's door. So it's a no-no.

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DWilliams
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The server was very attentive and really made for a great experience. The fried pickles and deviled eggs were a favorite amongst everyone at the table!

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TawM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was Amazing! The strawberry rhubarb french toast was absolutely delicious and the side of bacon was thick and perfectly crisp! The decor was really fun and unique and our server was cheerful and kind. I will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 of us got together on campus for a 30 year reunion and had a great time. We had oysters, lamb ragout, Thai noodles and some great drinks. It was fun to be back on campus and a pleasure to eat at white dog again.

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vipElizabethW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place

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vipgr8mood
Philadelphia
113 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Great veg options.

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vipMike
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White Dog is among the most reliable restaurants in Philadelphia and a local pioneer in farm to table. We've eaten there dozens of times and always really happy with our experience.

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wha2do
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sprawling inside as multiple homes were joined, giving each room a different feel due to the different art styles in each. Wonderful food, and dog artwork abound inside. Great meal.

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PhillyFood
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Servers went out of their way to make the experience good.

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MAKIA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience from the beginning. We had no wait time w/ our reservations which was great since it was a busy Sunday / brunch time. Our waitress Phoebe was friendly and attentive to our needs. She was gracious enough to switch out my drink when I was not pleased. To say the food was amazing would be an understatement. I have been here at least 5x before and I am always happy with the food quality and service. This is one of my favorite brunch spots in Philly and I will definitely be coming back.

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FantasiaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Basic experience. Nothing too far left or right. Dishes are a bit overpriced. $18 for a tuna tartar is more in line with an upscale restaurant, while this one is more simple casual. The flavor, presentation....nothing blew me away. I didn’t understand how the price was set. My friend’s strawberry rhubarb French toast looked delicious and she finished it all. Crime brûlée was also basic. Everything was just fine.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience5

Loved my visit to the white dog cafe. The only complaint I have is that the hostess wasn’t very friendly and the fact that it’s a dog themed restaurant, they should cater more to the dogs. I brought 2 small dogs and there was no goodies for them or anything on the menu for them.

Also, I thought that they should be allowed inside to at least take pictures and stuff. I was visiting from NY and thought it was going to to be a bit different.

When making a reservation, you say there’s a 10 minute grace period and my reservation was at 7:45. Due to the Uber’s tartiness I arrived at 7:50 and you didn’t seat me for a half hour. Yet there was an open table and that was the one you wound up seating me at. Ridiculous!!

Other then that, I enjoyed the drinks, food and atmosphere

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KishaG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and ambiance was amazing.

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KIRA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

All the outdoor tables do not have umbrellas which makes having a meal there on a hot & sunny day very uncomfortable. The food and waitress service are okay. But the manager was 1 of the least hospitable managers I have ever met. He was very rude.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I came here early on a Saturday for brunch (before the brunch rush) and had a wonderful time. The bottomless drinks are a great value. I just wish the outdoor seating had tents/shade cover, as we were in the direct heat.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was fantastic, once we finally got it. The service was so overly slow, especially for a night where not many other people were there.

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vip9876asdfh
New England
40 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall good. Arrived early for our reservation and were told nothing was available yet, and then stood outside staring at an empty table for 25 minutes which ended up being where we were seated (and not seated on time- seated 10 minutes after our reservation time after having to go back in to ask again). A little frustrating, but once seated the food and service were good. A little pricey for the portions you get but overall a good experience

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White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.6 stars by 4209 OpenTable diners.

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