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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CM
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

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

J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was amazing as well!

JA
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
73 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
17 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!

MD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The restaurant seemed to be very overbooked for Valentine’s Day. I made a reservation for 8:30pm but was not able to be seated until 9:15. During dinner, our server was very frantic and overburdened with tables (they were probably understaffed). My alcoholic drink intended for a rocks glass was served in a mason jar, we were given butter knives to cut our steaks, and it took 30 mins for the server to return with our check when we were ready to leave...at 11pm. The food was great but the dining experience was unsatisfactory.

I had great hopes for this restaurant because it had such positive reviews. I’m hoping that this was due to sheer volume and lack of organization for the occasion.

DR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my Sweetheart for Valentine's Dinner and we were both blow away. The service was great and the food was absolutely great and will be back soon.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, a bit expensive but local dishes/ingredients so makes sense. The "bees knees" drink was amazing!

DH
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Attentive but not overbearing service busy lunch crowd of Penn staff

TV
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the white dog cafe and always have a great experience!

OT
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have enjoyed White Dog for a period exceeding 25 years. Isn’t that an extraordinary run! I loved the Judy Wicks period and find my time well spent with new owners. Eat it all, no questions asked. Ask for Isaac, he is charming. See you there.😎

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Bottomless means bottomless not 5 drinks and done

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun! Bottomless brunch was amazing! Food was great and our waitress Mallory was so cool!

HM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This place has a lot of character and a nice menu. The espresso isn't great, and the food is pretty rich. I think I had a better time when I sat at the bar and got a cocktail with brunch. I'd still recommend it, though.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was fabulous, as always. Fresh, interesting and delicious. Service was terrible. We waited forever for our drinks, appetizers and entrees were brought out randomly. Everything took far longer than it should have.

H
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Requested a quiet table and gratefully were seated downstairs and it was perfect.
Christina was our server and she was professional, not overly friendly, and helpful with the details of several dishes.

D
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Our waitress was terrific. Thanks for everything!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I have been to White dog multiple times. I think for brunch it is the perfect place but dinner is not that great!

i
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't walk, run to get the hot catfish sandwich with home seasoned chips. Its amazing!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful lunch in a fun atmosphere.

FC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone to White Dog Cafe on many occasions, especially before or after Penn home basketball games. The food, service and atmosphere are consistently outstanding. A family favorite!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make sure you trying the cauliflower app!

LK
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Blackberry cabernet sorbet was a beautiful burgundy color and was so flavorful, especially the cabernet.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! The food, service, drinks.... all awesome!

RK
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

For drinks only...food sucked...........

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KS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Love the atmosphere and decor but the lunch service was very slow. Took 40 minutes to get a burger and turkey sandwich...and that was sitting at 1245. Wasn’t restaurant was 1/2 full. Food was delicious but not worth the time for lunch.

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