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White Dog Cafe - University City, Philadelphia, PA

White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4.6
5242 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
An iconic restaurant in University City since 1983, White Dog Cafe is a leader in using environmentally sustainable, organic, and local foods from farms within 50 miles. Known for warm hospitality, and inspiring award-winning food, the White Dog's historic three brownstones offer charming and whimsical dog décor and artwork in its many unique dining spaces and outdoor dining on the sidewalk.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 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: (484) 451-7414
  • 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 5,242 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Contemporary American

5,242 Reviews
  1. RondaS

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service by Samantha was excellent. All entrees were delicious. Seating was comfortable.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Adorable cafe that takes the dog theme to the next level with great food

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  3. PaulG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The only reliably good restaurant in the area. Always a treat.

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  4. youngProfessional

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Cramped up table, and I didn’t have any place to put my feet comfortably. Poor taste of burgers - patties ran too dry - I had to leave some unfinished. Finally, my beer came 40 minutes into the order, no fizz - clear it was sitting out. Terrible value of money for $80 order. Will not be coming back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A very enjoyable evening. We were there on Valentine's Day,and , despite the unusually.high number of people, the food was very good. I had the ravioli with risotto, and goat cheese, and I loved it. My partner had the Turkey a la King, which she liked very much. Beware, however, of the clams on a half-shell. They were microscopic in size; the restaurant should have been embarrassed to serve them.

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  6. GeneF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a Valentine's Day dinner. We went into Philly from our suburban home and it was worth the trip. We were especially pleased by the noise level, which was moderate, as advertised. Our meals were delicious. All in all, a very nice experience.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The hostess was very rude to us. Restaurant was a bit empty and we mentioned that perhaps we didn’t need reservation at that time (we had reservation) and she answered rudely and not looking at us: “Who said you don’t need it?” We answered that it wasn’t our intention to offend her and she didn’t even answer or look at us anymore. Too much attitude for the front face of a nice restaurant like White Dog

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  8. Aidan

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I always love White Dog! it is a great place to bring friends when in town. The seasonal menu is delicious with great diversity of options, and the atmosphere couldn't be better.

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  9. JanetW

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The mushroom soup was lukewarm. The salmon was undercooked. The chicken was bland. What has happened to you?

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  10. JaneB

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately the magic Judy Wicks created is gone. Everything was edible, but lacked polish, sophistication and panache. I’ll stick with Pod from now on.

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  11. Donuts

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's been qell over 10 years since we've last ate at White Dog Cafe and we were thoroughly impressed. Great service, a perfect seating for 3 and an amazing menu to choose from. The pork shank and the stuffed shells were simply yum!

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  12. Lisa

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely staff, and we weren't rushed out! My friend and I hadn't seen each other since before the holidays and we had lots to chat about! Thank you for a fun night!
    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hello Lisa, Thank you so much for this stellar review! We are so pleased to hear that you and your friend both enjoyed your most recent dining experience with us! Please come back and dine with us again soon, we look forward to it! best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe, University City

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  13. JoMS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great space in an old brownstone. Many good choices on the menu. And service was excellent. First time there and I would absolutely go back.

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  14. EricB

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been going here over 30 years. There have been changes but it is a good solid standby. The food was good but not fantastic, a good not excellent lunch. The waitress was engaging and kept it interesting. The place has history and it would be good if there was some acknowledgment of that in the decor etc.

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  15. FLvisitor

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Bathroom cleanliness needs to be improved.  bathroom floors were constantly wet. Staircase narrow, hard to navigate for persons with reduced mobility. 

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  16. maggie

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant! We loved the food and atmosphere.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience and Rachel was amazing! Wishing her an amazing pregnancy and thank you for today!
    White Dog Cafe - University CityResponded on February 9, 2024
    Hello, Thank you so much for this stellar review! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! So glad that Rachael took such great care of you. Please come back and dine with us again soon, we look forward to it! best, Rhiannon Fabel Assistant General Manager White Dog Cafe, University City

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  18. EileenG

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress had a lot of difficulty opening our bottle of wine. The cork broke and she seemed to need advice on how to continue. More importantly she described the specials to us without indicating their prices. One of the specials was more than twice the price of most of the items on the menu-it was $66.. We only found out this after we asked before ordering. We only asked because on a previous visit the waiter told us the prices of the specials so we were prepared. Someone else might have ordered it without knowing and then been shocked when they got the bill. Also-area where we were seated was very cramped with a walkway that made negotiating it very difficult for staff.

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  19. StephanieM

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant, service and food were great. There was a large party in the same room with us so it got loud.

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  20. Traveled

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a handy location if you are going to the Annenberg theater. The food is fine. Our waitress, Skylar was outstanding. Get the espresso martini. It’s the first time in a long time the glass was full. Most restaurants now don’t even fill the glass 3/4. And it was delicious!

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  21. AnaP

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was early and switched my reservation to a happy hour menu which was lovely. There was a great range of small (6$), medium (9$) and large (12$) plates. I had NJ oysters (small but tasty) and a well-made beet salad with goat cheese and polenta croutons. Service at the bar was very professional and friendly. The atmosphere was great and not too loud. As a single female, I felt welcome and included.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server is sooo nice. The decoration of the restaurant is special and lovely. The food taste 7/10.

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  23. AreB

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    After not having been to the White Dog in probably 25 years, I was hoping that I wouldn't be disappointed. I certainly wasn't! Everything from apps thru dessert was simply wonderful. This is one of the best restaurants for vegetarians in the city: I had probably deciding which veggie entrée to get! Unfortunately, there were a lot of noisy college kids there and , even when it started to empty out, the service, though very friendly, was slow.

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  24. RaghuK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, speedy but top class service. Overall high standards.

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  25. CenterCityFoodie

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've never had a bad experience at the White Dog! Food and service are always excellent.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive and knowledgeable server. Excellent quality food. Definitely will be back.

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  27. Douglas

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We've eaten - brunch, lunch, and dinner - at WDC in City many times over the years. Food and service are always good, a consistently enjoyably experience.

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  28. PaolaR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place was beautiful. I loved how each room was different and was clean and our waitress was so attentive and nice. I really enjoy having dinner there will definitely recommend anyone in the area to try them out.

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  29. MaryO

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Dog is always the place to meet up and spend time with old friends.... the food is great.... the service is ALWAYS friendly and gracious. I would rather come to the Dog than go anywhere else.

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  30. PaulinaR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really good and the ambience was also great! Really enjoyed our dinner!

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  31. Yodaman109

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service for a larger party of guys! We all enjoyed our meal and experience. Thanks so much!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love love! Katie and Kevin are absolutely awesome!

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  33. ColleenH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    From the dog themed decor to the great food, I LOVE this place! Great variety of apps, creative cocktails. And the wait staff are great.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mathew the server/ best waiter ever! Was an encyclopedia of every dish, all thing Philly and wine. We’ve been back three times this trip. The food is outstanding and the restaurant is one of a kind and eclectic with the Dog decor . Five stars for us

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  35. Suefeld

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a nice brunch at White Dog when visiting our son at Penn. It’s a terrific place nearby the campus to eat with your student!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress, Skylar, is always lovely and attentive. The food is just outstanding!! We were seated downstairs and it was a little cramped and noisy, but not a big deal.

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  37. PaulC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, fantastic atmosphere, great service

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  38. KeeD

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My brother and I came for a quick bite before a Penn Live Arts performance. The staff were attentive and friendly. We decided to split three appetizers as our meal, each one more delicious than the last. Our favorite was the sweet and spicy broccoli tempura. We are looking forward to another meal there next time we are in the area.

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  39. NESEADiner

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fun family dinner with delicious food. Some of the favorites were mushroom soup, pork shank, ribs and pasta bolognese.

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  40. MarkH

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As a person who has taken advantage of eating at White Dog multiple times I am never disappointed in what they do, the food they serve, and all the little things that make it a great place.

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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

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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 5242 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 79 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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: (484) 451-7414
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