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White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4.6
4807 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 89 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 386-9224

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Albert Alvarado

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 398-9144

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Cross street

    On Sansom Street between 34th and 36th Street

  • Parking details

    Metered Street Parking is available surrounding the restaurant. Penn garage is available on 34th Street and Ludlow.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 4,807 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Great for brunch

  • Philadelphia

    Contemporary American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. k

    kimberlyf

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service!
  2. M

    Marti

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Casey was an awesome server!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service and excellent food. The credit card service fee is annoying but I understand a lot of vendors are doing that in this economy.
  4. SB

    SamanthaB

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the atmosphere/dog vibes and the food was excellent. We’ll definitely be back!
  5. VE

    VEL2

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I ENJOYED the dining experience ! Our Spicy Orange Margaritas were OUTSTANDING! Our entrees were EXCELLENT as well. Great experience!
  6. KR

    KristenR

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! Our waitress was wonderful, the ambience was great, and the food was delicious!
  7. d

    domb

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    There were problems with the bar (which server warned us about). Food came 15 minutes before wine & when winebfinally arrived one glass had 1/2”more wine than the other. We experienced similar issues at our last visit, in September.
  8. MA

    MsAyeGee

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed everything from the mushroom soup, pork special, cauliflower main dish, gnocchi and short ribs. Our sides, roasted mushrooms and crispy Brussels Sprouts were scrumptious. We finished with a delightful crème brûlée. Add in some Prosecco, some Cabernet and some Bailey’s with a dash of great conversation. We had a lovely dinner.
  9. PT

    PTWu

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Omelet is good. It's a lovely place but kind of noisy.
  10. M

    12Many

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The dinner was great until I was handed the check and noticed that the restaurant added a 3% surcharge for using a credit card. I am wondering at what point these restaurants will realize that their customers do not appreciate being nickel-and-dimed for a meal that already cost several hundreds of dollars. I am sure the majority (vast majority?) of people who eat out these days prefer to use a credit card. If you insist on recapturing that expense just account for it in your prices!
  11. BL

    BrittanyL

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing as usual. It was just so service wasn’t exactly on point. But after we ordered our waitress checked in with us a few times. Would definitely recommend it!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing and the service was fantastic. The Nashville Hot Chicken and French Toast was one of the best things I've ever eaten for brunch! Oh and also, don't skip the churro waffles, and the banana bread, and the butternut squash soup. I think you can see where I'm going with this, just don't skip the brunch here! It's really that good!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing! Butternut squash is a must & surprisingly the oysters are top tier! & what’s not to love about an espresso martini!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and frequent WDC all over the Phila suburbs, and this one is hands down the best. The food, the drinks - all a step up from the others.

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on January 17, 2023Dear valued guest, We thank you for the amazing feedback! We put in the effort to ensure we are top tier and it feels great when it shines through! See you all next time! Thanks again for choosing us at White Dog Cafe! Michael Kelly Service Manager

  15. KS

    KevinS

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    This was not good. My wife had a pork dish that was all fat,I had a duck dish that the meat was dry and tough. I ordered a glass of wine with dinner and it came with the check. They have great ideas, but the quality of the meat they are using is of poor quality.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We liked the late afternoon menu and the food was delicious.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Super-busy, so our server was definitely running ragged, but she handled it like a pro & was very bright, cheerful & engaging… great food, great vibe as always!

    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on January 17, 2023Hello valued guest! Thanks so much for the amazing feedback! We are so happy to know you enjoyed all the service and great vibes! Our servers are surely professionals and always give their best! We look forward to your next visit! Have a wonderful week! Michael Kelly Service Manager White Dog Cafe

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great atmosphere. Def coming back soon!
  19. M

    Misleading

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a winner, love the white dog. Everything was excellent— our server was great and very personable, the ambiance delightful and the food amazing.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Server forgot our appetizer and instead of asking if we still wanted it, just brought it out after our mains came. The music was on and off, way too quiet. Food was just okay. Felt like we got sat in a corner away from the be
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant decor is so ornate and it feels homey. The Kennet Square mushroom soup was D-licious. Perfect cozy lunch spot.
  22. EI

    EatingInPhilly

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the White Dog was delightful, great service, good food - wish there was more on the plate and it's always more $$ then I think it's really worth, but I pay it anyway because it is that good.
  23. t

    thorlaser

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good food good wine
  24. h

    huahine

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    service not well-timed, courses brought too soon
  25. G

    Gregory

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ate at White Dog twice in two days. The first experience was excellent, the convenience to my hotel was unbeatable, and so I returned. The first day I had the excellent butternut squash soup, and then a terrific three egg omelet with goat cheese and other delicacies. The second day I just had to have the same soup, but then the double cheddar burger which was cooked medium, exactly as I ordered; and finally creme brulee for dessert. I would look forward to returning, next time with my wife along to enjoy!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Steak was overcooked and overpriced
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was great the service was great and the food came out super fast which was awesome
  28. SS

    SandraS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute decor. Food is excellent. We had a wonderful waitress and were treated like valued customers by the host and hostess. We will definitely go back.
  29. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dinner to celebrate dads 85th birthday !
  30. j

    joweats

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, sweet/adorable OTT dog theme. Perfect lunch spot. All around perfect. Mushroom soup was amazing.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always love dining at White Dog. I met a friend for lunch, most recently. The Turkey press sandwich was delicious, along with the house-made chips. The service is always efficient and courteous. It’s one of my favorite places to eat in University City and on the Mainline.
  32. SP

    SusanP

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, wonderful service, and charming atmosphere.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our experience was amazing! I was sad to find out they don’t accept American Express gift cards but other then that it was fine. They even gave us a anniversary scratch off for $$ off our next order.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful way to spend time with family!
  35. CH

    ChristinaH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service
  36. MJ

    MaryJoY

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We recently visited the University City restaurant, having been typically eating in the suburban restaurants. The hostess and waiters were extremely kind and accommodating, and the food was very good, as we expected. The one thing I want to share is that I was surprised that there is no accessibility for wheelchairs at the entrance or within the restaurant, which is different than in the suburban ones. While the host and hostess could not have been kinder, I think every restaurant should either make it clear at the start of a reservation that there is no accessibility, or make changes to the facility to make it accessible. There was no opportunity for my 88 year old uncle to use the restroom, which is down a flight of stairs, and it took some time and attention to help him to get into the restaurant and then up two more stairs to our table. Again, I understand and appreciate how kind the employees were, but in this day and age, I find inaccessibility unacceptable. At the very least, a notice regarding accessibility should be prominent in the reservation form.
  37. BC

    BrianC

    New York Area

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A relaxed and excellent dinner for 3. Adella is an great server. Very attentive and did well to ensure we had everything just right. The food was terrific. Cocktails, appetizer, bottle of wine, dinners, tea, and desserts. Just fantastic!! Thank you!
  38. A

    Andie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was fantastic!! Hostess was nice enough to take our picture on our way out and charge one of our phones- really appreciated her help and positive attitude!
  39. CB

    CliffordB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Waitress did not even tell us of the specials for the evening. She was late coming to the table because she was talking in the back room which we could see.
  40. L

    Looking4great

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The food was disappointing. It was quite busy but the omelets were overcooked and had no flavor, the sandwich also flavorless and I had to ask for more salad dressing for more salad. I eat at the White Dog in Haverford and that is SO much better.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from White Dog Cafe - University City using the Order Online button. White Dog Cafe - University City also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 386-9224.

White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.6 stars by 4807 OpenTable diners.

White Dog Cafe - University City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 89 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for White Dog Cafe - University City

3420 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Additional information

  • Cross street

    On Sansom Street between 34th and 36th Street

  • Neighborhood

    University City

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered Street Parking is available surrounding the restaurant. Penn garage is available on 34th Street and Ludlow.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Albert Alvarado

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (215) 386-9224

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 398-9144

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