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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 11:30 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

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

Specials

Happy Hour at the Bar

Tuesdays from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wine Down Mondays

Mondays from 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Happy Hour at the Bar

Tuesdays from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Details

Enjoy $5 specialty cocktails, house wine, sangria and $4 select draft beer. Happy Hour Menu offers specially priced small plates, local artisan cheeses, raw bar delicacies, sandwiches and shared plates. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Sep 19, 2017 - Jan 19, 2018 on Tuesdays from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Wine Down Mondays

Mondays from 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Start the week off with a relaxing dinner. All bottled wine is half price with the purchase of an entrée. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Sep 19, 2017 - Jan 19, 2018 on Mondays from 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM.

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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

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (59)
Fit for Foodies (58)
Good for a Date (54)
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Casual (47)
Cozy (47)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Local Ingredients (44)
Great for Lunch (43)
Special Occasion (42)
Great for Brunch (38)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Fun (36)
Sunday Lunch (33)
Good for Groups (31)
Business Meals (30)
Organic (28)
Healthy (27)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Authentic (24)
Comfort Food (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Seasonal (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
People Watching (17)
Romantic (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Great Beer (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Quick Bite (10)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great service and atmosphere. Thanks to all for helping to celebrate the post marathon brunch.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Our server Jessica was great! Answered all of our questions and very patient. Food came in a very timely fashion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a great experience n Sat., Nov. 18. Service, food, ambiance all superb and neat bar scene to start the night,

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

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!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We had brunch after a special morning event. The lunch menu had a special omelet which was excellent and there were many other choices. The server was helpful and nice.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Have been coming to the restaurant for many years for business meetings because of convenient location and low noise. Over the years, I have observed increase in prices and decrease in food quality and service. Will probably go elsewhere next time.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Drinks were very good. Food was okay but very overpriced

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Organic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Great business dinner. The multiple small rooms provide a nice environment. Great variety and quality on the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent food, sourced locally in great ambiance and service. The place to go
In University center

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was exceptional!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Def make a reservation, the place is always packed, with good reason.The food is great! The service is professional and friendly.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fun decor, Great tables downstairs, excellent food and very good service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great place for lunch. The atmosphere was cozy and the food delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The server continuously got items in our order wrong and was just plain careless.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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!

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The place was great. Food good, but our waiter was less than engaging. Too bad

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always good but pricey for dinner. Service is excellent. Best for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Horrible service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Not as good as it has been over the years, but still very popular. Service and kitchen are not able to keep up. Food selection for brunch/lunch limited. Convenience on campus is its biggest asset. We will find someplace else next visit.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Love the dogs and love the food. Definitely go there. Brunch is a must. UNLIMITED BREAKFAST COCKTAILS.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was great but the food came out cold for my friends- had to send it back. My dish was overdone- poached egg was overcooked. Very loud space where we were located. Cute place as we loved the theme but not sure if I'll go back on a Sunday morning.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fall brunch menu was full of local ingredients & seasonal flavors.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Favorite on Penn's campus for a long time. They always satisfy above and beyond

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Organic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was great. The food was good and the prices were reasonable. I liked the ambiance.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Perfect as always. Delicious food and perfect atmosphere.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Pricey for what you get. Good for breakfast, would skip it for dinner.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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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