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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contemporary American, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30 am – 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
$30 and under
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Zach Grainda with Greg Maloney
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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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
Lovely place with terrific food and friendly and efficient service. The Pork Belly Eggs Benedict were very nice. And we all enjoyed the half dozen deviled eggs appetizer but they should offer the jalapeño avocado deviled eggs by themselves. We could have eaten a dozen of those by themselves.
I took a friend to White Dog for a birthday brunch. We both liked that they offer bottomless mimosas. The food was great, its located on an adorable block. The interior is fantastic despite being a bit cramped. However, in our 2.5 hours there we only received 3 mimosas each despite paying for unlimited, and not because we drank slow. We requested refills several times, but often saw our waiter hovering around the hostess stand talking and we had to ask him several times before he actually gave us our refills. After paying the check (which I still tipped very generously despite the slow service) our waiter returned to top off our mimosas and commented that he would have topped them off more frequently had he known we would tip him so generously. We were pretty put off by that comment, and left our brunch sober (a first for us, especially coming from an establishment that offers unlimited drinks for a set price).
I would definitely recommend their food and dining here for the overall experience, as its a beautiful building on a great block with awesome choices for a foodie like myself. However, I don't suggest it as a "bottomless brunch" location. I would love to only blame our waiter, but I overheard neighboring tables that also partook in bottomless brunch with other waiters making the same complaints. They seem to be a bit stingy with their alcohol, and should probably stop offering unlimited alcohol specials.
Our family had a special dinner there to celebrate my promotion and our daughter's ballet performance at Penn. It was difficult to choose from the menu, as everything sounded excellent. We tasted each other's selections and had an array of beautiful fish, pasta, and salad, all cooked to perfection with real discrimination in the cooking techniques and accompaniments. Desserts were also excellent. I would recommend White Dog for a special occasion, or (if it's in your budget) anytime you want food cooked with care. It's an unpretentious place that will make you feel well taken care of and happy that you went!
We had an hour wait ! The hostess was not only extremely rude and condescending to the staff but was the same with the customers. All of the customers, while we were waiting forever, commented that she was rude and obnoxious. After that looonnnnnggg wait the food was mediocre. May want to think about getting a new hostess she tainted everyone’s whole experience. Have been going here for over 3 decades and worst experience I’ve ever had at a restaurant! Will definitely make me reconsider going here again!!!
The curried pumpkin soup was delicious and so were the Parmesan truffle fries. The waiter we had was very attentive. I got my main course and the fish was not fully cooked. I notified the waiter and he immediately took the plate and had the kitchen make a new one. When I received the new plate it actually tasted better than the first one. A manager came over and apologized for the undercooked fish and offered us a round of drinks/dessert. We declined because we were pretty full. I will say, in my opinion, some of the plates are over priced. Overall is wasn’t a bad experience, just too pricey.
I was disappointed with the quantity of the food, considering the price. It wasn't bad, but the portions were skimpy and I just felt that it was overpriced. The brussel sprouts were cold. The salmon portion was tiny. The chicken was slightly overcooked. On the other hand, they were very accommodating as far as supplying delicious gluten free rolls, and the service was perfect.
White Dog never disappoints. I love that it is seasonal fare, especially in the fall which is my favorite time of year. I had the rainbow trout with cauliflower puree, roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts and bacon lardons. It was wonderful. Fish perfectly cooked, vegetables roasted to perfection. I appreciated finding a good option that was lower-carb, as that is a dietary restriction I have. Will go again!
I used to come here all the time when I lived in West Philly. However, since I left, every visit has left me more and more saddened about what used to be a great place. The food is still good and our server was great. The rest of the customer service was AWFUL. Everyone from the front desk to the many servers swirling around. I think one of the managers was on the floor as well. No smiles, no greetings, no courtesy while we were waiting for our reservation time. I literally had one server push me aside to go up the stairs by the bar. Shame really but I won’t be back.
The service was excellent. Atmosphere pleasant. The ahi tuna salad was unusual & delicious-- Brussels sprouts, cabbage , broccoli--raw or blanched & crunchy, with a creamy dressing, topped with rare ahi tuna. Fresh warm rolls with butter... BUT-- $29!!! A bit pricey for a lunchtime salad entree.
We went to this place for lunch. It was busy but our reservation was handled great and we had a table within 5 minutes of walking in. The decor was really cool with the dog theme and the waiter we had was great. The food was good, but a little bit too expensive for it not be amazing. The mushroom soup is amazing, but the blackened shrimp tacos (which were not blackened, so assuming it was a flavor profile), were just okay. I would still recommend the restaurant though, as all the food was good and service, decor and location were excellent!
First time at the White Dog Cafe in the Philly University City area. Outstanding food and decor (just don't go if you dislike dogs). We had 12:30 Lunch reservations in the Dining Room. The place was packed. The dining room was quite loud but we noticed other smaller rooms that would likely be quieter. That was the only negative, but overall a great place to dine.
I had dinner with some special friends on a busy Saturday night. We like White Dog for the atmosphere and for sentimental reasons since we used to go there 30 years ago. It's still fun from an atmosphere standpoint and for that reason I'll go back. The service that night, unfortunately, was terrible though. I realize it was busy but that's not surprising for a Saturday night. Our water glasses were usually empty, requested bar drinks never arrived, we were essentially never checked on. At one point a member of my table had to get up herself to fetch a fork from the station where all the silverware is kept because we couldn't get one otherwise. For the amount of money we know we're going to spend at White Dog, service needs to step up before loyal customers look for new places to dine.
We like the White Dog very much, and chose it to celebrate an anniversary. It was a Saturday night and crowded, which perhaps explains the sub-par service: no checks that our orders were OK, food delivered hurriedly and without eye contact, no bread served at our table, rarely saw our own waitperson. The food, as usual, was very good, and veggie-friendly.
Based on the price, the food did not compare to similarly priced restaurants. Felt the restaurant was taking advantage of a past reputation but faltering. Our experience prompted me to check to see if ownership had changed and It had in 2009. Our server was not good at service which became easier to understand why when we got our bill for 5 people and It had already included a 20% tip. We would not return.
My wife and I were celebrating a special evening that included her first time being allow to eat raw oysters. The 6 for $6 raw oysters during happy hour were a good size and very tasty. The $14 martinis were a little pricey, but that is expected when eating in the city. The Farm to Table dishes were very good. We will be back.
The space is very crowded and quite noisy, and it's a little pricey, but the food was surprisingly great. I had the carnitas cubano and it was tender and the perfect combination of salty and sweet and vinegary and a little spicy and the bread was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was delicious. My friend got the spicy lamb bolognese, which was hearty and flavorful. It was a very pleasant surprise.
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