White Dog Cafe - University City

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$30 and under
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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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KG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The restaurant is always great. I had the Bao buns for lunch, which were good. The peppers were a bit too spicy for me and I love spicy food. It would be good to offer a little bit of hot sauce in leiu or in addition to the fresh peppers.

EG
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wine extremely overpriced!!!

LA
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allan was our server and was very attentive. We were seated by a party of 4 that were kind of loud, so we had to strain to hear each other. We both enjoyed our brunch and drinks! Thank you.

KJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch! The ambiance was quaint and food was excellent. Our service (shout out to Anya who was fantastic) was wonderful too! Highly recommend!

J
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great once again!

NH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A pleasant dinner in a nice intimate setting. The service was very good and the food tasty.

TK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing place! The atmosphere is amazing. The food is delicious and the service is perfect.

DP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Party next to us was extremely loud and seats are very close to each other which isn’t my favorite. My hubby has trouble hearing in crowds so that made things difficult with the volume of the part next to us. That being said, food was excellent and service was good. I would go again and hope I wasn’t seated next to the same people 😂

BM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect, relaxed setting with great food and a great dog theme. I was dining with a vegetarian friend and she had plenty of menu options to choose from, as did I (as a meat eater).

JL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious but it was very crowded. Next time, I will go when they are NOT offering bottomless cocktails.

CI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did not sit me on time reserved through app , it was delayed.
Best pork belly ever, always.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food as always, however we booked our reservation at 11 and weren’t seated until 11:30 which was frustrating waiting in such a small entry way. Otherwise great service!

i
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Always love brunch. Sat near some frat boys who love to hear themselves talk loudly. Its extra special when they add profanity. Doesn't take away from the taste of the food. Besides it's adjacent to a college campus so to be expected furthermore, accepted. Won't stop me from.coming....just buyer beware:)

OT
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding per usual!

VC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

For Saturday lunch we waited 15 minutes to be seated, then an additional 30 minutes before we were able to order, despite repeated requests to our waiter. My husband had to go upstairs to the bar to find our waiter and physically accompany him back to our table so that we could place our order. The food came 30 minutes later and was fine but by then everyone was so upset that the meal was ruined. We would never go back.

KP
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our first visit to White Dog. We were also very happy that we made reservations because it was packed, even for lunch.

RC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The bottomless drinks for $18 dollars makes for a fun day with friends, and the delicious food is a plus on top. Every room is different so it always keeps the place interesting no matter if its your first time in or your 10th.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service could have been a bit more attentive and professional, but still very pleasant experience.
Love the decor and the benches are really comfortable.

a
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Loud, obnoxious company sitting next to us throughout most of the dinner, within a small room which made the noise even louder.
I've ordered the burger with truffle fries before, but this time the burger was cold and the fries were soggy, quite unimpressed. It was embarrassing to bring my friend to this venue after raving about it from my previous 3 experiences with others. Not sure what was going on but don't plan on returning anytime soon for another $80 cold/soggy meal.

Good parts - our waitress was sweet and let us sit in after our meal and the restaurant had closed while they were cleaning; and parking was readily available on the street for an 8:30 pm reservation

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic. I loved the different rooms and the feel of each room. I was a little disappointed by the service initially. Even though I made a reservation, my daughter and I still had to wait 10 to 15 minutes to be seated. Then it was another 10 to 15 minutes before the server came to give us water for our table. After that it got better.

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch. Can be noisy

CM
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We had brunch in the middle of the Sunday crush, so things seemed to be stressed. The coffee arrived cold, the orange juice warm, probably due to the delay in getting the drinks out. Service was slower than I anticipated even considering the crowd.

Food was good, but not great. I certainly expected something more remarkable than what was served. Our party of three had a variety of starters and entrees, although all of them arrived at the same time. The one omelet was cold, as if it too were waiting for the rest of the food to be delivered.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Had a reservation for 12:15 and was not seated until 12:50. Food was cold when served.

J
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing! I will promptly need to come back for brunch. The biscuits and gravy was an amazing side to my red velvet churro waffles. Everything was fresh and delicious.

DF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been there in close to 30 years and all was as I remembered - great food and great atmosphere.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Our reservation was at 7:15 and our food arrived at 9pm. The order was incorrect when it finally arrived.

T
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was amazing as well!

JA
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening. Servers helped each other, food and drink was terrific! Just a great experience.

Cheese plate was a nice starter, burgers with fries were tasty and salad added a great mix of flavors!

Drinks were also terrific and mostly local.

BT
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fish. Server was friendly, anticipated our wants and brought dishes quickly. Very pleasant experience.

SK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience. Delicious food. Very inventive. Excellent service. Beautiful restaurant

D
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Delightful atmosphere, good food, pleasant, welcoming staff. Nothing not to like.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Many of the food items were not available.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Even with reservations, there always seems to be a lengthy wait to be seated at a table. Over 30 minutes with a lunch res.

Food always sounds terrific on the menu but falls a little short on the plate. Example #1: Avocado BLT...not a difficult dish to execute, but this had lots of bread and not very much in the middle. Not even very much sauce on the bread. The bacon was tasty but not much of it on the sandwich. You’d think a BLT would have a decent amount of B. Example #2: Catfish sandwich...small piece of fish. Sure, if your charging $7 or $8 then maybe shouldn’t be that big. But these dishes are upwards of $16+.

On a positive note, the chips and truffle fries were excellent.

Probably won’t go back...seems to be a consistent theme...but it’s always busy. I’m sure they won’t miss us.

JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day brunch went perfect! We will definitely be back soon! The restaurant is super clean, unique and modern!

Y
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent brunch offering that is creative without being crazy. The space is cozy and comfy, too. The restrooms are smidge snug; not sure how a large person could fit in those spaces. Overall, fabulous and we'll be back!

AP
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!

V
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White Dog is a great package for a weekend or week night meal. Eclectic decor, solid menu with plenty to offer all palettes- and consistent so you can rely on getting your favorites. Service if attentive. Lamb Bolognese is rich, beet salad is fresh and plentiful.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing! Definitely must try the red velvet churro waffles before they change their seasonal menu!

BC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Always a fantastic dining experience! Great food and great ambiance!

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