White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4025 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
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute place and yummy food. Service was outstanding!

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Jayl
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food!!!

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KhadidraG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
104 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
1 review
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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CurlyRunner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great service! Truffle fries were AMAZING! Salmon was perfectly cooked! My entire salmon dish was delicious and a beautiful presentation. Mushroom soup was not bad, but I wasn’t interested in eating an entire bowl. Dessert was not bad, but not my favorite and was a large portion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Was told there was bottomless mimosas and then after they took our entrees away the staff informed us that they could not serve us anymore. They did not tell us that when we ordered bottomless mimosas. I would not have paid for bottomless if I was going to be served 3 mimosas.

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vipAmyS
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time at White dog cafe with excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We often go to Whitedog, it is our absolute favorite place for brunch. This is our first time going after they’ve been closed for the pandemic. Portions were smaller than they used to be but still very good. Will be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just wonderful! I love this restaurant

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Blot
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Nice ambience. Food was very good.

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CindyP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great visit at white dog café. Service was great, ambience was perfect. Loved the salted caramel dessert.

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nahcanri
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Honestly, my friend and I went to White Dog for Dining Days because White Dog used to be our favorite. However, our experience was horrible. First, our waitress switched our pricing from Dining Days to separate items, just because we ordered bread and butter that was not part of the 3 course meal. We specified that we are doing Dining Days when ordering, and had to wait forever to let her know that we are waiting for our dessert since we were finished with our entree. Also, they no longer with bread and butter (which used to be my favorite) and you have to order it, which is overpriced and it just gooey muffins. I did not like it at all and regretted it the moment I saw it. Our waitress also kind of forgot about us once more customers started coming, and we had to wait forever to get her attention and fix things about our check and even getting the check. I don't know if I would like to go back anymore.

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AmandaC
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the BEST restaurant in Philly!

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AndrewC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always Amazing Food and Drinks even during our 2020 Pandemic Apocalypse.

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AmandaC
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST restaurant in Philly!

FAQs

White Dog Cafe - University City does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.

White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.6 stars by 4025 OpenTable diners.

White Dog Cafe - University City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://fearless.mfmark.com/fbcanvas.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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