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About White Dog Cafe - University City

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.

3420 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner: Monday – Thursday 5 pm – 9:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm, Sunday 5 pm - 9 pm
Bar Menu: Sunday – Thursday 2:30 pm – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday 2:30 pm – 10 pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 386-9224

Website:
http://www.whitedog.com/

Executive Chef:
Zach Grainda with Greg Maloney

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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Mon 8:45PM - 9:30PM

Tue - Thu 8:00PM - 9:30PM

Fri 8:45PM - 10:00PM

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Private Dining

White Dog Cafe’s charming and whimsical dining rooms are perfect for private parties or group dining from 10 to 60 guests. Each of our themed dining rooms offers a unique backdrop and is perfect for lunches, working meetings or celebrations.

White Dog Cafe - University City Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (66)
Fit for Foodies (60)
Good for a Date (57)
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Creative Cuisine (54)
Local Ingredients (49)
Cozy (49)
Casual (47)
Special Occasion (47)
Great for Brunch (45)
Great for Lunch (45)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Fun (38)
Business Meals (35)
Organic (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Sunday Lunch (34)
Comfort Food (33)
Healthy (32)
Authentic (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Seasonal (26)
Bar Seating (25)
Good Vegetarian Options (24)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Romantic (18)
People Watching (17)
Great Beer (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Vegan (9)
Notable Wine List (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Made plans to meet friends for lunch at the White Dog Cafe on their recommendation, but they were unable to join us - too bad! Great food (took a bit long from order to table), intimate and fun atmosphere. Glad we decided to try it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 3 days ago

This was one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had. The waiter was abrupt, the food came cold and when we asked for it to be heated it took 20 minutes for it to be brought back. By then we had completely lost our appetite. Also my wife found hair in her dinner. I complained to the manager who apologized and did not charge us for the 'dinner.' Over the years we have had good experiences at the White Dog but we will probably never return to the University City location.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice lunch in a new seating area. Can get very loud when a large group is seated nearby as well.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

All good until dessert. They brought the coffee and espresso, but then it was 10 to 15 minutes until the desserts showed up. By then the coffee was cold and everyone was annoyed. Too bad. Having been here often this is a common feature. Pretty good overall but at least one dropped ball in terms of service nearly every time.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

I really did enjoy the food but for the prices some of the food portions were very small. They really get busy and they don’t have a waiting area so the front entrance is very congested. When your seated the tables are really close together and you can barely have a conversation without hearing someone else talking over you from another table. If you there for just a lunch gathering I say go for it just don’t expect a romanticized outing.

Tags: Organic, Vegan, Good for Groups
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·Dined 5 days ago

Food was great, although a bit pricey for what it is. Unfortunately the server forgot to ring in one person's meal, and they didn't seem to hurry to fix the issue, the rest of the table was finished by the time he received it. They also forgot to bring the side of toast ordered for the baby.

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Phenomenal breakfast in an extremely charming atmosphere. Really neat décor complemented in the fantastic food!

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·Dined 5 days ago

We were in town for the Army-Navy game from La and it was a perfect place for the family to gather for brunch. Food was great and it really is a fun, unique atmosphere--two thumbs up!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We love the White Dog Café when in Philadelphia's University City neighborhood! It is a short walk from Amtrak, the Sheraton, the Hilton, Drexel, and Penn. Situated in a historic building on a charming street, the White Dog Café truly offers something for everyone. Jen was our outstanding server on a busy Friday at lunchtime, and she handled all of her tables deftly. We enjoyed a tofu scramble with a side of gratin mushrooms & a turkey sandwich with a side of butternut squash soup. Both were perfect. Beer & a specialty cold-brew-coffee-honey-and-root-beer non-alcoholic refresher washed it all down sweetly. Highly recommended!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

My cousins and I always go to this restaurant when in town. We love it. The butternut squash soup was delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Consistently good meals and service. A excellent choice in University City.

Tags: Vegan, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food here is over priced and very ordinary. I would only return here for the convenience of a place to go in the University City area.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food & service were both outstanding! We especially enjoyed dining on fresh, local sourced ingredients! Will definitely return!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great food and service. Tables are a little close together.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Sort of glad they were out of my first two choices, since the petite fillet with cheezy tater totes and what I will call spicy pulled beef (actually brisket I think) was excellent. And half-price wine night didn't hurt either, so over-ordered on that as well. Colleagues seemed to enjoy their fish.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great service and food was fresh and healthy. The cheese grits are a must order! Will be back to try dinner.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I’ve been coming to White Dog for over 2 years, and their service and food are always excellent. Their menu is diverse and it is a great place to grab brunch with your friends, have some drinks or enjoy a lovely dinner.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

All was well! Loved the lowest floor. It was a new edition and nice and quaint

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good over spiced and we won’t return. It’s all about being near penn but there are lots of excellent restaurants in there hiladelphis. This just isn’t one.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was pleased to be able to get a table for our large group. The Waitress was effective in getting our orders and delivering the food in plenty of time for us to make it to our theater show. I was disappointed by the hamburger, which was done way more than medium rare, and the French fries which were overly salty and a bit stale. I was tasting them for hours after the meal. Fortunately, my wife was satisfied with the trout. Overall, I don't feel confident enough in the quality of the food to order a $46 NY strip steak, or the other more expensive entrees.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The ambiance is fabulous! Good food, good service and unique menu.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great ambiance, but food was relatively cold due to slow service and overcrowding.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had an awful server - very indifferent and slow. Our tip reflected our displeasure but there is no way a restaurant like this should allow such service. She was a young woman,long curly dark hair pulled back, wore glasses. We should have spoken to the manager.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food is poorly prepared; not the quality this restaurant used to have.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Never disappointed at White Dog Cafe. They have farm to table options that are very tasty and a friendly staff.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Bad waiter

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Dinner salad with steak. was very poor. We would not return. Hard to understand why it gets such a high rating.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a nice quiet table for 5 in the back of the restaurant. Loved the interesting decor. Our meals were very good. I had the tuna tartare and mushroom soup. Very good. I will return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Consistently great. Had squash fritters for first time -- excellent. Mushroom soup is always a star. Waitress memorized our order (7 people) including customizations, substitutions, and last minute switches. We were totally impressed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Had lunch here. Shrimp tacos & a cup of mushroom soup were perfect. Hummus for the table also delicious. My companions, first-timers here, also enjoyed their meals.

Tags: Organic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food was good, but I was a little underwhelmed by the atmosphere and decor. But that may have been because it was rather hyped up by my brother to be nicer...but also to be fair he may have been referring to the Wayne or Bryn Mawr location.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Had a great dinner at the White Dog Cafe. Entrees were brought out a bit too soon (just a minute after getting the bread basket...) but were delicious. We got the duck, cod, and a striped bass special that everyone enjoyed seemed to enjoy along with a dessert to extend the dining time. Quirky decor in a converted row home make it a restaurant worthwhile checking out if in the University City area and looking for a nice dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great service and atmosphere. Thanks to all for helping to celebrate the post marathon brunch.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Lovely place with terrific food and friendly and efficient service. The Pork Belly Eggs Benedict were very nice. And we all enjoyed the half dozen deviled eggs appetizer but they should offer the jalapeño avocado deviled eggs by themselves. We could have eaten a dozen of those by themselves.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I took a friend to White Dog for a birthday brunch. We both liked that they offer bottomless mimosas. The food was great, its located on an adorable block. The interior is fantastic despite being a bit cramped. However, in our 2.5 hours there we only received 3 mimosas each despite paying for unlimited, and not because we drank slow. We requested refills several times, but often saw our waiter hovering around the hostess stand talking and we had to ask him several times before he actually gave us our refills. After paying the check (which I still tipped very generously despite the slow service) our waiter returned to top off our mimosas and commented that he would have topped them off more frequently had he known we would tip him so generously. We were pretty put off by that comment, and left our brunch sober (a first for us, especially coming from an establishment that offers unlimited drinks for a set price).

I would definitely recommend their food and dining here for the overall experience, as its a beautiful building on a great block with awesome choices for a foodie like myself. However, I don't suggest it as a "bottomless brunch" location. I would love to only blame our waiter, but I overheard neighboring tables that also partook in bottomless brunch with other waiters making the same complaints. They seem to be a bit stingy with their alcohol, and should probably stop offering unlimited alcohol specials.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our server Jessica was great! Answered all of our questions and very patient. Food came in a very timely fashion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

White Dog remains a favorite of ours. We hadn't been in awhile and returned recently to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. It still has a great vibe. The food was very good, though my wife and I had one of those "honey they shrunk the portions" moments; it seemed like we received less of a good thing. For example, I ordered the Barnegat scallops and there were only two on the plate--okay, it did come with delicious pork bellies too, but still.... That said, the cheese board was outstanding, and the desserts are seasonal and wonderful. Service was very good, though we did feel a bit rushed through appetizers and the main course; the good news is the food arrived quickly, though a little too quickly which didn't leave much time to linger and talk over each course. We did make up for it over dessert and made that last. I don't think they were trying to rush us out the door but probably moving with alacrity during a busy time. Getting the balance right between moving too quickly and too slow over the course of the meal is a developed art, and they were just a bit off that night. All said, we'll be back. Still love White Dog; it's good for Philly and good for us.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our family had a special dinner there to celebrate my promotion and our daughter's ballet performance at Penn. It was difficult to choose from the menu, as everything sounded excellent. We tasted each other's selections and had an array of beautiful fish, pasta, and salad, all cooked to perfection with real discrimination in the cooking techniques and accompaniments. Desserts were also excellent. I would recommend White Dog for a special occasion, or (if it's in your budget) anytime you want food cooked with care. It's an unpretentious place that will make you feel well taken care of and happy that you went!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a great experience n Sat., Nov. 18. Service, food, ambiance all superb and neat bar scene to start the night,

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had an hour wait ! The hostess was not only extremely rude and condescending to the staff but was the same with the customers. All of the customers, while we were waiting forever, commented that she was rude and obnoxious. After that looonnnnnggg wait the food was mediocre. May want to think about getting a new hostess she tainted everyone’s whole experience. Have been going here for over 3 decades and worst experience I’ve ever had at a restaurant! Will definitely make me reconsider going here again!!!

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