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For 2
Date
Mon, 2/19
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10:00 PM
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White Dog Cafe - University City

4.4
2954 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Local Ingredients (54)
  • Neighborhood Gem (51)
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Vegetarian
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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

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Phone number
(215) 386-9224
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Zach Grainda with Greg Maloney
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Neighborhood
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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.

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Mon 8:45PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Thu 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Fri 8:45PM - 10:00PM

What 2954 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

The staff at White Dog are very kind. My friends from out of town were visiting and they did not pester us as we lingered over our drinks at the end of the meal. We sat down later in the evening so we knew we were not holding up other patrons waiting to dine. It almost goes without saying that White Dog has excellent food; this time I wanted to acknowledge their service.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
2.0  Dined 2 days ago

We have been to this restaurant 2x before, but there seemed to be major problems this time. The seating was uncomfortable and cold. The food/menu seems to have slipped also. The hostess did her best to seat us as close to our reservation as possible (although they seem to have overbooked) and our server was good.

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vipMichael (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

We sat in the new lower floor area and the service was terrible. I couldn’t get my water refilled and the servers seemed frantic.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

It’s a fun place and the food was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined 2 days ago

Sad to report that the White Dog was not a very good experience. Menu items sounded great, but did not deliver on their promise. The food was mediocre at best. I do have to say our server was a sweetheart, but the "manager" who was walking around was less than gracious when we needed some assistance with an item that we ordered. She was snooty and made us all feel uncomfortable as if we were bothering her when asking about ingredients in a dish. We just wanted to be sure that we had ordered the vegetarian mac and cheese b/c it tasted like pork. There was a carnita mac and cheese on the menu too. It was a simple question and she was just not gracious or cool about it at all. Why are you there? Just to walk around looking at the tables and guests or to actually help your guests have the best experience at your restaurant? So strange. No one at the table enjoyed their meal very much. Just meh. We will not be returning and will be sure to dissuade anyone who asks about the White Dog. I'm sure they won't miss our business though, because the place was packed. Just not enough good restaurants in that area. It's a shame...

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Belated Valentines Dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Bun burnt....wrong tea.....very tiny table when other larger tables available....disappoointing

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

So much better than the radnor location. Little pricey for what it is as it embodies dining persona of the penn campus crowd. Regardless a solid choice.

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vipStarnessr (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Always good and reliable. Lives up to its reputation.

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JTBOS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent all round!

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JodiR (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We have spent several Anniversaries, taken out of town guest, business lunches, always great food, service and experience at the White Dog!

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Cectayl7 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food!! Fun place!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

A bit disappointed in the food considering all the fantastic Philly restaurants we could have chosen. We chose White Dog because of it's proximity to where we were staying at 36 and Sansom and figured a restaurant around as long as White Dog would have upped its culinary game. Food was good, but far from memorable. Had Icelandic cod, sweet potato and black bean enchiladas and mushroom soup (with no hint of truffles). But complimentary rolls with house-churned honey and salt butter were excellent, as was the service.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Loved that brunch is not a buffet spread , but a choose what you want type menu. The side order bacon was perfect. I believe everything the 4 of us ordered was thoroughly enjoyed!

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