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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (57)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Creative Cuisine (53)
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Good for a Date (51)
Local Ingredients (50)
Great for Brunch (47)
Cozy (47)
Casual (43)
Great for Lunch (42)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Special Occasion (37)
Good for Groups (33)
Fun (32)
Business Meals (31)
Authentic (30)
Sunday Lunch (29)
Comfort Food (27)
Healthy (27)
Bar Seating (26)
Organic (25)
Seasonal (25)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Romantic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Great Beer (14)
Hot Spot (14)
People Watching (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Quick Bite (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Vegan (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Tasting Menu (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tapas (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Really great place overall. Atmosphere perfect, good service. Good really good.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

White Dog Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants for a slightly more leisurely lunch in University City. We were able to get in-and-out within 90 minutes. The food is delicious. We especially enjoyed the mushroom soup appetizer and the creme brulee dessert.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

White Dog is always my go-to for business meals as it never fails to impress those from anywhere!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Not great for kids, hostess was very overwhelmed when I asked to be seated in a different table due to high traffic she jumped to conclusions that I should speak to a manager when questioning a table change . Food was good busy brunch won't rush back .

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Was in Philly for the day with my gf and we looked online for some of the best brunch restaurants in the city. White Dog's menu was the most appealing so we made a reservation. We arrived early and were seated within 5 minutes. The restaurant is in a brownstone home so the atmosphere/layout is different. It works though. Diverse crowd. Service was good. Food was good. We both enjoyed what we got (Turkey Club and Omelet). Bottomless Mimosas and Sangrias are options for brunch. I'd definitely go again and I would recommend it to others.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

The atmosphere was great. The food was overpriced. Service was horrible.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Had brunch here for the first time in over 20 years.

The restaurant was very busy as usual and the service suffered from this unfortunately. We weren't in a rush so we didn't mind the slow service but others in the restaurant weren't as patient.

Our server was attentive, but not overly friendly. The food is good for brunch and the location and vibe are both wonderful.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

food was amazing and the atmosphere really fun. Highly recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

second time ive been there and served cold food. overpriced.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Awesome food. Quick service. Pleasantly surprised.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Went here on a Friday night for my wife’s birthday with my brother in law visiting from Texas. Picked the restaraunt for It’s menu and ambience. The ambience was great, lots of nice little rooms and excellent decor with wonderful dog pics. The appetizers we ordered were meatballs, tuna and hummus. All of these were really really good. For the main course we ordered Ny strip and bass for me and my brother in law. My wife was smart and chose the mushroom bisque for main course which was again delicious. The odd thing is that the main courses the NY strip and bass were not good. They came out dry and did not taste fresh at all. The flavor was good but both the main courses felt as if they were old and had been sitting out for a while. I love steak and this was the first time ever that I left 50% of the steak untouched cause it was that bad. Trust me you don’t leave a 50 dollar steak untouched everyday. I talked to them nicely they said it was brought straight from the kitchen so I simply said “ it’s fine “ no point making a big deal. They gave us free dessert which was average for the cost if I actually had to pay.
So overall go here for their ambience which is great, their appetizers are awesome and their coffee is also very good.
It’s possible that their main courses that night were just off the mark but after coming home I found a few more reviews on yelp of people talking about their main course during dinner not being up to the mark. People did say breakfast and lunch are usually very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent choice for being in the neighborhood area. Excellent food choices and service was prompt and kudos to MATTHEW our server

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great brunch menu and were incredibly accommodating. Can't wait for a return visit!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The decor is all dogs, all places. The menu has interesting choices at high prices. The execution does not match the hype. We were there for brunch with a party of 7. There weren't many other customers. My poached eggs were overdone, and the whole order had cooled to room temperature. The first serving of coffee was only slightly warmer, although the refills were hot. The weather was bad, and maybe this was an off day. But perhaps the regulars are there more for the atmosphere than the food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Cool building with interesting rooms. Very uninspired cooking and presentation. Vegetarian menu was a plus.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

I asked for a quiet space and we got a quaint little room with no other people seated! perfect.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Grill wasn't working for steaks or burgers. Tuna tartare had an odd smell to it and the color was interesting, didn't look fresh. Cod was okay but everything else (all the fishes) were terrible, could have cooked better at home.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Awesome dinner with great service
Best night of the entire holiday season

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The atmosphere was awesome, cozy and unique, loved the dog art. The food was amazing, great bar selection.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and great service. Cozy, elegant vibes. Also great for vegans/vegetarians, as they have a special menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always a great time at White Dog and last night no exception. However one of our meals arrived to the table cold. Of course the management remedy the problem by removing the charge. This was just not up to the usual standards of the restaurant.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Really great ambiance, very romantic!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been dining at this place few times and it never disappoints. Great food, friendly staff, highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We ate at the White Dog on New Year's Eve at 5 PM so it was very quiet and our service was exceptional.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

While to ambiance of this place is great, especially if you are a dog lover, and the drink menu was very fun and tasty, everything else was a big disappointment and overpriced.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The Mrs. ordered the scallops, and complained of every component of the dish being too salty. After tasting it myself I only noted the brussels sprouts as such, but they were EXTREMELY salty. Otherwise not a bad dish, but nothing noteworthy. I ordered the petite filets, and they too were only so so. I’d like to write this experience as the kitchen maybe having on off moment, so I won’t rule out another visit as we both loved the decor.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fun, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Incredible service. Sustainable food offerings are delicious. Gluten free dishes are available and tasty. Great atmosphere.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Overhyped restaurant in University City. Save your money and go to City Tap or have sushi at Pods. Inexperienced girls working the reservation/seating, horrible truffle fries, mediocre food. Friendly servers.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The fish tacos were just ok. I’ve had much better in Wayne. The shrimp was too large for the small flimsy tortilla which fell apart. The shrimp soup was very good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food is always fresh and delicious and from local farmers, which makes you feel great about the food here...

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

I've bern eating at White Dog since the 90s, as always the food and service is always favorable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Probably the best meal in Philadelphia.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent food and service. We have been here many times for lunch and dinner. The new parlor room is fantastic. Great Happy Hour offerings. Our go to place in University City.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent service, delicious food and great atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, People Watching, Romantic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our waitress seemed clueless on how to split a check. Very frustrating.

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 (Naples)·Dined on December 18, 2017

An interesting restaurant near Universities, with an eclectic clientel. Decor was friendly and topical. Food was excellent, with a good selection of local products. Service was first rate. Overall cost was a little pricey even considering that wine was half price on the day we attended. Definitely worth a visit

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great place and delicious food. We were very well taken care of by our waiter!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I was very excited to dine here but I was disappointed in my drink and food. The mimosa tasted like it was made with a very thin juice, and my food came out cold. My poached egg was cooked all the way through :(

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The endless mimosa brunch is amazing. I’m in love.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Disappointing that of the six persons on our party, five had meals served only warm. The only hot meal was a pasta dish. I expected way better than that from their kitchen

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