White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4036 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful restaurant. Food was absolutely delicious 😋 and service was also amazing definitely would recommend

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Tammie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Presentation was great. Drinks were good and not watered down. Ambiance awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn’t know they had brunch and it was a pleasure. Service and food was great. Blood Mary was just average.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, as always. We got a whole section (small room) for ourselves.
White Dog is generally my go to place, to eat and to work. The only thing that can be bothersome sometimes is the music. But you can ask them to make it a bit quieter.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration with my kids

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vipKerryW
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Outside dining. Superb service.

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Pete
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The server forgot to mention there was a bottomless mimosa offering. Definitely would have picked that first over a cocktail thats almost the same price.

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PoisonIvy
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service even with a health pandemic taking place. Walking up Sansom is very intimidating with large number of ppl enjoying outdoor seating, for someone with a lot of anxiety it was very difficult to get through the small block.
However once inside, the staff was super courteous & the restaurant was magnificent. The wine bottle I ordered was fantastic & worth the price. The food was delicious but it was hard to select a meal if you have any dairy allergies.
Overall it was a fantastic time & I'm glad I chose this location for my meal.

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Nyda
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. Irena was an excellent server, answered all our questions and made great suggestions. Staff was great and friendly, 10/10 highly recommend.

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PollyB
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White Dog in University City never disappoints. Was impressed with the safety measures in place got COVID-19.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute place and yummy food. Service was outstanding!

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Jayl
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food!!!

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KhadidraG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from the service to the food!

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Pditty
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday Celebration

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vipDavidJ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful nite in University City!

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jdafkldjf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for happy hour, outdoor area has good ambiance but can get loud with the bar next door.

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vipMariaG
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

$50 + tip for 2 lunch salads and 1 Diet Coke ~ seriously? And the chicken was overcooked/dry and the tofu was salty.

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vipgr8mood
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor seating area on a quiet street with lush plants. The squash soup tasted like fall in a bowl. Excellent service.

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Aprilin66
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch spot for any occasion

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KimS
Key West
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal and the atmosphere/decor is cool!!!

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agrp
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Horrible service. I had to go to front person and ask for a server after waiting for more than 10 minutes.

Although the restaurant had plenty of space, I was put in an area with tables close to each other.

The table nearest was really loud and one of the women kept coughing.

It’s unfortunate because the food was good!

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Eric
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would visit for sure again, very good food value.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Pork belly Benedict was delicious. Oysters were great. Drinks were also delicious. Got the bottomless mimosas on a Sunday. Also, Apple cider mimosa and espresso martinis were amazing. All around great experience! Very clean.

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IvanB
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Highly recommend it for great food and atmosphere

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I had the best time at brunch! We did have a little bit of a wait even with a reservation, but we expected such as we specifically wanted a seat outside due to covid. We didn’t mind, they seated us as soon as possible. The pork belly Benedict may have been the most delicious breakfast I’ve ever had! The server was nice and accommodating with bottomless mimosas and was working as safely as she could. I can’t wait to get more friends to go back with me! :)

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Tori
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great but server continuously forgot things for us. Mostly condiments, so it wasn't a big deal but for example, I had toast with my meal but they did not bring any butter or jams out along with my guest who had French toast got no syrup with her then when we asked for the items by the time we got them our food was pretty cold and we never got the salt and pepper we asked for. Very minor things. Overall, food was great. Tables could have been a bit more spread out but still felt comfortable dining with everything going on.

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Rachel
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White Dog Cafe was a lovely night out for our anniversary. We were seated in an area by ourselves which was nice for privacy and for social distancing. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. Our only issues was narrowing down what we wanted to try!

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks and service were all amazing! They had a gin cocktail with cider that was incredible.

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idriveworldwide
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always tasty at White Dawg and the service is on point . My favorite server/bartender is Kevin. He's so professional and attentive that he makes every visit to White Dawg exceptional!

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vipRobertM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here multiple times when visiting our daughter who lives in UC and it is always a great experience. Same for a brunch on Sunday. We ate inside and the tables were spaced with plenty of room and it felt "uncrowded". The food and service were awesome as usual. And who does not love a bottomless Mimosa! Thanks, White Dog!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was so nice and made the reservation even more fun and the food is always amazing

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HeatherR
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at White Dog after many years, mostly just because it's not near where I live because my first experience was excellent too. We dined outside and White Dog did a fantastic job creating an ambiance that felt safe and festive at a time when we crave that. The street is closed for outdoor dining and the music and flowers were lovely. The Dining Days menu was a great value with a variety of options (including vegetarian). Attention to detail and quality was consistent throughout the meal and local ingredients are used in the cocktails as well as the food. Highly recommended!

Mushroom soup was stunning and presented beautifully
Pulled pork mac & cheese was fantastic and unique - hugely flavorful
Dessert trio (Dining Days only) was tasty
Salmon was perfectly cooked and elevated by the dill crema and the beet & rye berry salad was bright and a beautiful complement
Lamb bolognese was the winner! My girlfriend was so blown away by the best pasta dish she's ever had that she's trying to track down the recipe. Very memorable!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch! Service was amazing. Food is spectacular you can never go wrong with bottomless mimosas.

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Tara
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We waited three hours for our food. Even drinks took an hour and a half. Service was so slow. Waiter ignored requests for condiments. Unacceptable service for the cost and food was cold after hours of waiting.

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Mariam
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came for brunch with my friends and we sat outside. It was a little chilly. The food was amazing! I ordered the breakfast pot pie and it was incredible. My friends ordered the pork belly Benedict and double cheddar burger. They were both happy with their food. We also ordered bottomless ($18). The drinks were made well and I would definitely come back again!

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SophiaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! One of my favorite brunch places in the city

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful

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jessicac
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The team at White Dog did an excellent job. The service was exceptional. I had the burger, which was fine - nothing too exciting but it was good. My cousin got the fried scallop bahn mi and said it was fantastic. Fries and chips were great.

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vipDolceV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a friend who had never been to White Dog and he loved it.

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