White Dog Cafe - University City

4.7
4396 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 4396 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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HarishC
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of favorite places to dine in Philly. We have been here several times

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Clementine
Detroit
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Short rib was exquisite.

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SeanA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious; I didn't drink bc of Dry January but the beer, wine, and cocktail selection seemed quite nice as well. Had an excellent dinner there!

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vipOpenTableDiner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, beautiful food with tons of flavor. Service is great. The restaurant is so cute with old décor of dogs everywhere. Lovely place to dine and I highly recommend!

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vipJanB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Juan was a great waiter. Food was delicious!

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PaulG
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a birthday dinner and everything was perfect. The food, the pace of the service and the experience were top notch. We hadn’t been here for several years and the quality remains unblemished.

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vipmindybarry
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Really interesting craft cocktails. Great flavors in the food.

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cato
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was fantastic and the service was professional and well done. Everything is clean including the restrooms. It’s a beautiful space and a great area of the city. A great spot for brunch and to catch up with old friends.

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ThomasC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful ambience. Food choices varied and appetizing. Service was excellent and the food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday dinner and food and service was overall great

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LeylaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and cute decor. If i knew that New Year’s Day is pajama day.. I would have done that too :)

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ZJanneh
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing! The server was very attentive! I will definitely go back!

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vipGreatnight
New England
30 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Wonderful service. Ambience is great!

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Sjk920
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Although a "cafe" in name, even if you eat here for a weekday lunch in December they oddly seem to discourage the ordering of coffee or tea.. None of the three menus presented to us (lunch, alcohol, dessert) had any info on hot beverages or any other nonalcoholic drinks but mocktails. Nor did the server ever ask if we wanted such. I hoped for tea but thought I would be a nuisance to ask and so resigned myself to a mocktail made with iced tea, which I found too sour. Only at the end of the meal, when our credit card was accidentally used to pay for some other table's order that happened to be for the same dollar amount(!), did I see on our receipt that the other table had successfully ordered hot tea. Sigh. Also, there is a dessert that would greatly benefit from a well-placed hyphen: "apple butter cake" is NOT an apple-flavored butter cake (which sounded wonderful) but rather a cake (small and dryish) flavored with apple butter. So-so. Our meals, salmon and trout, were both fine, if unexciting. The pretzel bread appetizer was delicious and definitely (if unfortunately) the $9 highlight of the $90 meal...

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Jo258
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

The service was decent and the food was ok. I didn’t appreciate the pre-selected gratuity that was not earned. I don’t quite understand the good reviews and will not return.

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DREK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, service was outstanding! We never had to ask for refills. Food quality was very good as well. Definitely coming back again

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JesicaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! We all had the burger and fries from the brunch menu, and loved it. Drinks were delicious. Service was great too! Cozy and chill vibe inside. Perfect for a brunch get together.

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vipLynke
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

White dog is a neighborhood favorite! Remains consistent with excellent food and service :)

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HowardH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

My guest and I ordered the mushroom soup, which was as delightful and tasty as always. We then ordered and shared the tuna and the shortrib. The tuna was done to perfection but the short rib was rather tough, sinewy, and, unfortunately, not hot when it was brought to the table. The restaurant was not crowded at all so there would have been no rush or anything else to be concerned about. Having been a customer in the past, especially when entertaining business clients at the White Dog, I must admit that the short rib dish did not come even close to the "melt in your mouth" texture that one would expect.

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ColleenM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

love this placed! Sat outside on a cold night. Service was prompt. Food was good as usual. Only downside was that they seemed to be having problems getting the heaters going. Two were not working and people had to move inside. Luckily, ours was. Also brought our own blankets and so we were nice and toasty.

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Samantha
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our second time eating there, just as wonderful as the first. The menu is delicious and the bar and servers have been so cooperative and mindful of our weird questions and requests. Can't wait to go back!

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AndrewF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome find - will return !

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and food, however both the soup and burger could have been hotter. Cooked perfectly, just more on the luke warm side.

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Beppymck
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated right away and our waiter was at out table within 2 minutes. Our food was fantastic!

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MadelineB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect for our small group dinner before a concert performance at Penn Arts. Every drink and food selection was delicious. Our server was very attentive and kept us on time. We were given one of the smaller rooms which made it easier for our group to hear one another during the meal.

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BoutPhil
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a good choice for a Friday evening meal w/ a colleague!

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vipAlidaM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was topknotch! She knew I was worried about my entree being too spicy and on her own initiative she requested that the kitchen put the dressing on the side.

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DRRR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Took advantage of the warm evening. Service was great, as usual. Food options were okay. Things we ordered were tasty.

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YumiO
Miami
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for happy hour. Tasty foods and lots of cocktails to choose from. Very reasonable. Loved it! We will be back soon!

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vipHomeKooc
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Nice ambience, good service, okay food (esp. for the price).Please be more clear on your reservation system that happy hour ONLY applies to the bar area or sitting outside. This was a rude surprise and hence did not meet value for money (snack options were also limited). ESP during covid times where we are trying to avoid crowded places (bar area was PACKED).

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KewlKate
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was delicious and the atmosphere eclectic! Some training should be given to wait staff aide! Soup served after the entree’s were served! Asked for no pickles and the roll not to be grilled and on the side! Pickles served and the roll was grilled but on the side! 👍 Force of habit! Some twicking is needed! The Cajun Catfish was delish! Would come again but with concerns!

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DanielleW
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, local selections, season options. Drinks were tasty. Music was fabulous. Ambiance was unmatched. Living room was a great place to be sat.

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vipsam4michelle
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We were a party of three for Sunday brunch. We had drinks, apps and entrees. Everything was terrific except the one entrée salad was pretty heavily overdressed to the point of being inedible for the person who ordered it. The waiter took it back and did not charge for it. Great place and that salad was an anomaly. Would go back 100%/

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vipDolceV
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite in Philly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was just great -prompt without being cloying. Food was yummy

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tom, my server, was phenomenal. The food was excellent. Highly recommend their brunch offerings!

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vipNols
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

The only negative thing is the White Dog’s complete noncompliance with the ADA standards
From the overly high steps to the entrance to the location of the bathrooms, the restaurant is very difficult for a person with mobility issues to navigate

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was incredibly knowledgeable of the menu and made great suggestions.

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vipHopeP
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice menu and always a great execution. Consistently yummy and interesting,,

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CyndyC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and amazing service. What else can you ask for!!

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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 takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 386-9224.

White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.7 stars by 4396 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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