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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 11:00am – 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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (54)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Good for a Date (49)
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Great for Lunch (48)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Cozy (47)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Great for Brunch (40)
Casual (40)
Special Occasion (39)
Business Meals (31)
Fun (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Comfort Food (29)
Authentic (28)
Healthy (28)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Bar Seating (26)
Organic (25)
Good for Groups (23)
Good Vegetarian Options (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Seasonal (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Worth the Drive (17)
Romantic (16)
Great Beer (14)
Hot Spot (12)
Quick Bite (12)
People Watching (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Vegan (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

What a nice little gem! Food and service were excellent and the atmosphere was so nice. And the décor, so interesting. We loved it and look forward to another visit.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Restaurant was interesting, but a little snobby for those who don't embrace the entirety of farm to table dining. We found the choices a little limiting and our initial seating right near the work station of the servers to be annoying, especially when there were many other tables available on a low key Sunday evening. The waitress actually was annoyed when we asked to be placed in a less busy area, then put us in a dark corner. It felt like a spiteful maven her part. The waiter had marbles in his mouth and we could barely understand him. Food was good, but my son said it best when he said probably not a restaurant he would return to. We initially went for the dog decor, which was cool .

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 3 days ago

A great find in a beautiful old Philly townhouse. All the food we had was excellent from the cauliflower steaks to the sea scallops special. Don't skip desert either. Some of the dishes are a little pricey, but the quality and creativity is there with every dish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a lovely time at White Dog. The staff was very accommodating with our party of 3, including a rambunctious 8 month old. We were seated in the back room in a big booth. The energy was great. The mushroom soup was sublime and they have an awesome bottomless brunch cocktail deal which was a nice surprise. We will definitely return to this location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The staff at White Dog are very kind. My friends from out of town were visiting and they did not pester us as we lingered over our drinks at the end of the meal. We sat down later in the evening so we knew we were not holding up other patrons waiting to dine. It almost goes without saying that White Dog has excellent food; this time I wanted to acknowledge their service.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

We have been to this restaurant 2x before, but there seemed to be major problems this time. The seating was uncomfortable and cold. The food/menu seems to have slipped also. The hostess did her best to seat us as close to our reservation as possible (although they seem to have overbooked) and our server was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We sat in the new lower floor area and the service was terrible. I couldn’t get my water refilled and the servers seemed frantic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

It’s a fun place and the food was great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Sad to report that the White Dog was not a very good experience. Menu items sounded great, but did not deliver on their promise. The food was mediocre at best. I do have to say our server was a sweetheart, but the "manager" who was walking around was less than gracious when we needed some assistance with an item that we ordered. She was snooty and made us all feel uncomfortable as if we were bothering her when asking about ingredients in a dish. We just wanted to be sure that we had ordered the vegetarian mac and cheese b/c it tasted like pork. There was a carnita mac and cheese on the menu too. It was a simple question and she was just not gracious or cool about it at all. Why are you there? Just to walk around looking at the tables and guests or to actually help your guests have the best experience at your restaurant? So strange. No one at the table enjoyed their meal very much. Just meh. We will not be returning and will be sure to dissuade anyone who asks about the White Dog. I'm sure they won't miss our business though, because the place was packed. Just not enough good restaurants in that area. It's a shame...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Belated Valentines Dinner

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Bun burnt....wrong tea.....very tiny table when other larger tables available....disappoointing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

So much better than the radnor location. Little pricey for what it is as it embodies dining persona of the penn campus crowd. Regardless a solid choice.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Always good and reliable. Lives up to its reputation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent all round!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

We have spent several Anniversaries, taken out of town guest, business lunches, always great food, service and experience at the White Dog!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

It was an okay dining experience. The patrons across from us were talking way too loud. It was quite annoying. I expected more according to the reviews I’ve heard.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Have been going to the WDC since an undergrad in the early 90's. Always loved the eclectic vibe, cool service, and focus on locally sourced exceptional ingredients. Returned with friends last week, and was so disappointed. Remodel made everything new and devoid of original charm. Menu was overdone, and the food mediocre. Steak was thin, badly cooked, and flavorless. Hush puppies were on point though. Service inattentive and not so helpful. Overall would not go back, which is disappointing as I've loved and recommended the restaurant for nearly 30 years now...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food!! Fun place!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

A bit disappointed in the food considering all the fantastic Philly restaurants we could have chosen. We chose White Dog because of it's proximity to where we were staying at 36 and Sansom and figured a restaurant around as long as White Dog would have upped its culinary game. Food was good, but far from memorable. Had Icelandic cod, sweet potato and black bean enchiladas and mushroom soup (with no hint of truffles). But complimentary rolls with house-churned honey and salt butter were excellent, as was the service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Loved that brunch is not a buffet spread , but a choose what you want type menu. The side order bacon was perfect. I believe everything the 4 of us ordered was thoroughly enjoyed!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Was so looking forward to eating here. Such a huge disappointment. We were a large party, half were elderly. They took us for a ten minute trek to our table in a basement by the door to the kitchen. The older members of our party were barely able to do all the stairs. We questioned the odd location of our table and they said we should have told them not to seat us there when we made the reservation and that we better be done in 2 hours when another party was slated to sit at our table. I had never eaten there, so not sure how I should have known there was a dungeon which was a ten minute walk from the front door! The table was so cramped that we could barely fit and there were dozens of huge pillows on the bench so we had no room to sit. It was really a table meant for 6 people that they squeezed all 8 or us into. There were multiple ear shattering crashes in the kitchen two feet from our table, so it was quite stressful. And the entire reason I wanted to eat at this restaurant, being a dog lover, was the artwork. But NOT ONE SINGLE PAINTING of a dog in the dungeon. The only dogs there were the dogs atop the posts coming down the harry potter staircase that eventually led us to the dungeon. The food and cocktails were delish, but be prepared to take out a second mortgage!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very disappointing. Although I had a reservation, it took several minutes and several people blankly staring at a computer screen to seat us. The web site mentioned a dog theme, but the room we were seated in had no dog decorations. We ordered a hummus plate to share as an appetizer. It never arrived. My daughter ordered a salad and tater tots. The tots did not arrive with the rest of the food. We had to ask for them. I had a $24 cauliflower steak that was not completely cooked in the middle. For the prices, the quality of the food was not great. Won't be going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Very disappointing. We were seated in the lower level next to an extremely loud table. Our server wasn’t too friendly and seemed overall annoyed. My daughters burger was so burnt she couldn’t even eat it. We liked the decor but that was basically it. Definitely won’t be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

This is our first or last time to the White Dog. It is a special occasion destination for us. The food, service, and ambience were wonderful. The only thing that kept it from being perfect was that a side dish, ordered as part of dinner, arrived almost at the end of the meal. This is very unusual for this restaurant and will certainly not deter us from coming again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

First time we tried White Dog Cafe in University City for a lunch with friends. The food was excellent and well-portioned. The server was friendly and service was swift so we can eat and talk and still get back to work within our lunch hour. We will definitely be back again.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We went to White Dog when my parents came to town. My mom is hard-of-hearing which I mentioned to the maitre d/host. He kindly sat us in a room that felt private; it was so nice and quiet. I really appreciated that he listened to my request and provided us with the best accommodations. The food was also delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Good service and a fine meal - everyone enjoyed a long delayed get-together here. From greeting by the hostess to final thank you to the waiter, this was a good dining experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Was most excellent service , food and dining experience. Jill, (I believe that was her name) was wonderful as our waitress and exceeded all expectations...

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch, and everything was delicious. I got the endless mimosas which were awesome. My boyfriend got the Samoa French toast that is the special for the month, so good. The noise level was really loud but that was also because it was super bowl Sunday. Our waiter was super knowledgable about the history of the restaurant, which I thought was really interesting. Would totally come back

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Honestly the food was AMAZING. The waiter however gave us the WORST service of my entire life. It was birthday and the waiter couldn’t have been more miserable and nasty. I have been serving for years and never in my life have I experienced something as awful as this. We ordered the bottomless mimosas and sangrias and our waiter TOOK THE SANGRIA from my friends hand and told her with the most attitude only one drink at a time, she didn’t even have time to tell him she would like to finish her drink before he could snatch it. Bottomless mimosas are supposed to be a fun experience yet i couldnt wait to get out of this place i just wanted to get my money’s worth AND he dropped the check on his own time without asking us if we’d like another round.

This was February 3rd and my reservation was at 12:45. And i will never be returning

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent meal and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wait staff was very friendly. Menu had nice variety of starters, salads and seafood. All 4 diners ordered seafood dishes and were happy with our choices. Only fell short on the sweet potato cake served under my otherwise perfectly seared salmon. (The cake was dense and cold). However, the fish, braised red cabbage and horseradish crema made up for it.

We finished things off with a “Cookie Jar” for dessert- sort of a Spuds Mackenzie-looking cookie jar filled with an assortment of cookies, including some shortbread “dog bones”- in line with their dog theme. The best cookie was the oatmeal cherry - wish the whole jar had been filled with them! Fun dessert for sharing - and comes with a glass of milk.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Cozy, Organic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great venue to have a meal before a Penn sporting event or to celebrate the win after the event!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Delicious, beautiful, and creative dishes topped off by wonderful service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our waiter was friendly and attentive, but he wasn't overbearing. I took a friend and this was her first visit, she couldn't stop raving about it.
I enjoy the food and atmosphere every time I go.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Such a fun bottomless brunch !!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Everything was delicious! Atmosphere is perfect and service is excellent! Couldn’t be better!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Have dined here off and on for years. Disappointed that the quality and taste have slipped considerably. Sausage in omelette special had a very funny taste, to the point my wife pulled all the sausage out. (We like sausage) and the 4 of us agreed it was weird. Potatoes, were included in my entire, however did not appear when it was brought out. Had to wait for the side....and then they had a soap residual taste. (All of us got potatoes....agreed) service.....got the bottomless mimosas....and had to ask for a 2nd glass, and then waited again.....that was not worth it, and also had to ask for coffee...after our first cup and waited...
It was not busy at the time of our arrival, (11 am). Things did start to pu around 1230.
Hope they take notice, this has been a fun place for many. But with service and food like this,
It will be a shame.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We made reservations at 5:30 since we were headed to the Palestra for the Penn / St. Joes' basketball game at 7:00. We were not the only ones with that idea. The White Dog was slammed. However, our waiter was professional and courteous and we made it to the game for tip off. 3 out of 4 of us had the mushroom soup. It was superb. Great food and great service. I can't wait to go back.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Fun, Healthy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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