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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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Overall we love White Dog so we will always give 5 stars for the restaurant itself but this visit was just average at best. We will stick to the Wayne location which always has excellent service. There was nothing above or beyond about today’s lunch though my Nashville Hot Catfish Sandwich was good and hubby enjoyed his burger. We usually get crazy great service in Wayne.

JS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a classic spot on Penn's campus and the original owner was a farm to table pioneer. I enjoy it every time I go.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating our daughter’s birthday! We had our own space and great service. The food was delicious and the dessert was amazing!

j
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful meal we just had at White Dig university city. With the exception of some very loud people at the large table next to us, the meal was simply perfect. Looking forward to returning soon to taste more menu items.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Went for a weekend brunch - dining area was extremely loud. It was louder than a bar. I was unable to hold conversation with my party.

EL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I ordered the grilled swordfish special entree with quinoa risotto and a very unusual mushroom and it was fabulous. My daughter had the burger, which she loved. The servers were friendly and efficient.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent service. Food was amazing.

CF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the White Dog always. Food choices, service and ambiance are great. Please serve toast with omelets!

SD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Had very poor service. A waitress having a bad night and very mediocre food. Not a great experience. Always had a good experience at your Wayne location.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PERFECT AS ALWAYS!!!
LOVE THIS PLACE

JL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - We were there before and brought two new bees this time - everyone was very happy - well done

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went before PSU vs Iowa men’s basketball game at the Palestra...great choice...was like a PSU tailgate!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Glad I decided last minute to make a reservation on Open table because within 15 minutes the place went from almost empty to packed!

S
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch at the White Dog Cafe two times during our trip to Philadelphia. The servers were very attentive, the coffee was excellent, and we really enjoyed our meals both times. I particularly enjoyed the apple pie french toast!

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overall a great experience. The food was average and over-priced.

Cute place and reminded me of a more modern Dandelion on the inside in a way.

Great service staff!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

i've been to white dog on several occasions for brunch and it's been mixed experiences. tonight was my first time there for dinner and i was so impressed! excellent server (julius i believe), amazing food and reasonable portions. romantic, cozy ambiance was only slightly dampened by large party at the table next to us but the tables were spacious enough to not feel too loud

DM
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with a beautifully designed interior and professional, attentive service.

S
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farm to table. Amazing dog themed decor. Amazing rooms. Wonderful food.

This. Place. Was. Wonderful!!

s
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Disappointing. Have been multiple times and always enjoyed it. The waiter was nice but kinda clueless. Service was very slow and they were not to capacity. Waited a long time for food. Drinks were good and appropriately priced. Eggs were over done. My salad was WAY overpriced! $22 for a mushroom udon salad with tofu and there was one slice of mushroom (there was a good size of tofu). I would not have opted for it had I paid attention to the price. While it was tasty, it was an obscene price especially given the quantities. Bathrooms were not clean and doors didn’t lock on all of the doors.
Not hurrying back after this experience.

t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. I always look forward to the cheese platter for dessert. Love the decor, although some tables/rooms can be cramped. Service and food always terrific.

FK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in room with several tables, but we could still talk and hear each other. The food was fantastic, the room was beautiful and it was a wonderful evening.

OT
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Meal at 3:30. 2 adults, 3 kids. Service was just slow. Our entrees didn’t come out until 20 minutes after we finished our appetizer. Then 20% gratuity was added on automatically. A little odd. Food was very good.

H
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Have loved this place for years! Meal was delicious, staff lovely.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with family and friends

TO
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exceptional. Great food with a focus on farm to table fresh. They have a dog lover theme which resonated with us. Absolutely will return and highly recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch and service. Can’t wait to go back.

WM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, The White Dog Cafe blew us away with their delicious food and outstanding service. This is a restaurant not to be missed. Go there, get pampered and well fed by a wonderful staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, and drinks were good as well. Loved the bread and honey sea salt butter!

i
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the rolls and butter. Service was friendly and food was great.

n
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was so great, all staff was so kind and helpful, the menu is good, plenty of vegetarian options and non-vegetarian options for the variety of people in my family, and The most beautiful setting

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prefect brunch! Plate setting is so pretty

OT
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love the white dog. Everything pleases the senses in this place.

White Dog Cafe - University City
Responded on December 15, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We love that you love the White Dog Cafe! Looking forward to your next visit with us and thank you again!

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience, great service, fresh food, amazing dessert, fantastic decor - original!

GJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always loved White Dog. We had not been in years, and really loved the updated decor - sensational!

BS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The server was inaudible, repeatedly thanked us “for our patience” to cover up her lack of service, and got our bill wrong. I appreciate the question about allergies and the manager’s willingness to correct the servers hasty mistake (“there aren’t any x in that item”). However, this was not the quality experience we had enjoyed a year ago at the White Dog Cafe.

NB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

My daughter, granddaughter were underwhelmed by the brunch menu. My granddaughter’s Farmer’s breakfast eggs were very runny and she ate only one (just one piece of toast?) to make up for it, I ordered the 3 Whoopie Pies. Tasty cake makes them fresher and more Tasty. The small room was noisy when a college group came in to celebrate.

OT
Atlanta
117 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Very disappointed in this choice to celebrate our friend’s birthday. The service was so poor that we will consider other options in Philly for our next brunch.

b
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was our first time here, and we definitely will be back!! cute spot all decorated for the holidays :) the staff was fantastic & were so cute about my friend's bday! thank you!!

S
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not happy. 5 people shoved into a small banquette and 6th person left to sit on a chair in the middle of a busy aisle with a seat so low felt like a little child at the adults table. Didn’t bring enough menus. Brought 5 rolls for 6 people. No spoons or sugar with coffee. Disappointing and expensive for what we received.

White Dog Cafe - University City
Responded on December 15, 2019

Hello Suzie, we're very sorry about your last visit to White Dog Cafe. Your feedback helps us get better and we will be addressing these issues to resolve them promptly. Thank you again for the review and we hope to see you again to show you our improvement.

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NB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was good, table was good. Noise level was very high however, and so I would have appreciated a more quiet table for having conversation.

White Dog Cafe - University City
Responded on December 15, 2019

Thank you for the review! We apologize that the room you sat in was not quiet enough for you and your guests. We can certainly bring you to a more private area on your next visit. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon!

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