White Dog Cafe-Haverford

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1613 reviews
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Contemporary American
White Dog Cafe has been engaging its local community with award-winning contemporary American cuisine, since 1983 in Philadelphia and since 2010 in Wayne. Known for creative menus, using the highest quality farm-fresh ingredients and humanely raised meats and poultry, our menus change weekly to capture the best local, seasonal and sustainable grown foods available. Our inspiring menus are complimented with an all American wine list, local craft beers and seasonal specialty cocktails and refreshing mocktails served with warm hospitality.
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LM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Father’s Day and it was my stepdad and mom’s first time there. We all had a great time! Delicious food as always; very fresh!

We started with the cheese plate and it was the perfect size appetizer to hold us over. And then we each had entrees (from salads, to burgers, to salmon, to short rib); something for everyone. The drinks were good and strong and the dessert cake was fresh and warm!

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FL
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have been to the White Dog several times, but not for over a year. It is still a great restaurant. Everybody enjoyed their meal, and we were made up of late 20's and early 60's.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Light lunch good food & service.

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AD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue. Amazing food both in variety and quality. This was our second time there for brunch. Can't wait to go back for dinner.

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MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 8 with 6 from out of town - Service was excellent - our waitress was very friendly with a wonderful sense of humor - she had great insight on the menu and the wine list. The lamb shank special was excellent as were the scallops. The entire eating experience was memorable. Looking forward to another visit.

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OT
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual!!! Never disappoint! Thank you Brittany!

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c
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were a party of four on a Thursday night in June. I'd asked for one of the roundtables in The Livingroom so we could have a special night. Our waitress was a lovely person, but the service was missing. For example, she couldn't quite figure out when to serve the white wine we brought. When we were ready for it it was warm. There were a few ice cubes in the bottom of the wine cooler, so another server filled it for us.
One Margarita from the bar was sent back. Hamburgers were fine, other entrees just okay.

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DB
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First for happy hour, wonderful food and great prices.

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d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s always a very positive experience! Great food! Love the dog paintings.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Birthday

Food was good

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DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had not seen each other in sometime and had an enjoyable leisurely lunch where we could catch up. The restaurant was not very crowded and the staff were very pleasant and kind and did not rush us in anyway.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely and wonderful meal to celebrate my birthday! I love the atmosphere and the fact that the restaurant was quiet was really helpful for my dad, who is losing his hearing. Such a great night!

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LD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. The decor was fabulous, light and inviting. Our server made sure we had what we needed. We didn't have to wait long for our meal. I would definitely recommend and go again.

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KN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White Dog Cafe was wonderful. We arrived early and enjoyed a drink (or two) at the bar and the bartender was awesome in his recommendations. The brunch was great and I would definitely return when visiting the PHL area. All of the staff was welcoming and hospitable. Our party grew in size and they were very flexible with accommodating us.

Kudos to the WDC staff.

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OT
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Been many times. This was brunch for my husband's 60th bday celebration. Service was good. Food was a little "off." Waffles were a disgrace. 4 or 5 tiny round waffles that were not even good. Crab dip was not up to par. I've had it many times. The best thing were the warmed doughnuts and the $16 special for all the drinks you want. Burgers were a little overcooked. Just not up to par for White Dog. Mybe an off day, but it was a big day for us!

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r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chefs create a religious experience with their art. While eating the split pea soup a died and went to heaven.

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m
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We don't go to the White Dog nearly often enough, but when we do, it's always been a good experience. They combine excellent service and food with striking interior decor and a nice bar service (interesting beers, wines, and cocktails all combined.) Great place for a special occasion.

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it!!!!

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S
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael Selser is an excellent chef. His barrata salad, seasonal gazpacho, and his shrimp and pork belly skewers were excellent.

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c
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had the shrimp tacos, came with 3 tacos and the turkey club sandwich both of which we would recommend, It was plenty of food!
Be sure to check out all the whimsical chandeliers.
Very friendly staff.

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KZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the produce was so outstanding— so different and better from most of the other food I get at restaurants. My server was so I knowledgeable and helpful picking out vegan options. The tofu lettuce cups were amazing!!
Thanks!

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AH
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience. Great food, knowledgable servers. A favorite!

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TR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked last minute following a graduation and were accommodated. I am very grateful because there were some hungry guests I was bringing! We were greeted in a friendly manner and seated rather quickly. We had a wonderful server named Kelly who was warm and welcoming! We enjoyed our burgers, crab sandwiches and delicious desserts. It was a perfect celebration! It was not our first visit to White Dog and it definitely not our last! Thank you!

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D
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always delicious I love the “kitchen” room. It is bright & fun. Great staff.

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SR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was great! So attentive and sweet!!

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O
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great ! A.C. was a bit strong, had to keep my jacket on to temper.

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly wonderful service and delicious food; we had a super time.

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SR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My boss took us out and we all enjoyed it and thought the service and food was very good. Yes I would recommend it

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JA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, selection of food and drinks are always amazing and delicious

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! Server David was super attentive, friendly, and gave great recommendations. Would definitely return for my next brunch!!

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P
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous. Food was delicious and healthy as always. Service was great. Thanks

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Our reservation was for 1:00 and we indicated it was for a special occasion. We arrived early (12:45) and the girl at the front desk, who looked totally bored with the whole thing, told us it would be about 10 minutes and went back to whatever it was that she was reading. She never offered any options like "would you like to have a drink at the bar while you're waiting?" This, while the restaurant was half empty. So we went to the bar to kill some time.

The bartender gave us a drink menu and asked us what we wanted. We requested a minute to look over the selection and he walked away. Ten minutes later he had still not returned but was involved in conversation with someone at the end of the bar. So I walked over to the receptionist (the disinterested one) and asked about our table. "Five minutes" was all she said and again ignored us in favor of whatever she was reading. We walked outside to kill a few minutes, saw empty tables, and decided to eat outside. Food was OK and our waitress was really sweet. Other than that this place was a bust.

We've been going to the White Dog ever since Judy Wicks opened the one on Chestnut Street. We are personal friends of hers and I can guarantee you she would NEVER tolerate the treatment and lack of concern we experienced in Haverford. Wayne and Center City have it all over this location.

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White Dog has delicious food creative menu happy attentive staff and lovely ambiance

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RG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and decor. Definitely will return.

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HV
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun and tasty. A lil pricey. Drinks especially

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l
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We chose The White Dog in Haverford to celebrate a retirement. Our server was very good; attentive, friendly and professional. Four of us met for this lunch. 3 of the 4 of us were very disappointed in the taste of our entrees. One guest sent her food back because it was smothered in too many mushrooms. ( a featured skillet dish). Another guest said her Kenneth Sq omelet was unfortunately top heavy with onions, and the cubed potatoes that were also on the plate looked as if they were hours old. They were dry & a bit shriveled up. My own entree, a featured Spring salad (Burrata & Spring peas) had very little arugula in it & the additional chicken I requested was tough and dry. Luckily the guest of honor very much enjoyed her Salmon Benedict !! Of course we could have voiced our disappointment, but once the skillet dish with too many mushrooms was sent back, we didn't want to distract from what we were celebrating, so we just dealt with our disappointment. The restaurant was busy, but not so busy that better attention could have been paid to our menu choices. Thank you.

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j
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The arugula and beet salad was very small and pricey. I was expecting something substantial for a salad for $14. The goat cheese was almost non-existent and there were only several small pieces of beet and not even two cups of arugula. My sister ordered the same salad with chicken added and the chicken was a large grilled chicken breast - that was a positive. I should have returned the salad to the kitchen and ordered something else. Ambience is nice and quirky with all the dog themed decorations. The restaurant was packed for lunch so it was a lively atmosphere. I would recommend the restaurant because of their many vegetarian and gluten free options but was disappointed with this salad.

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HR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this eclectic restaurant with a whimsical dog theme. The service was attentive, but not over bearing. The arugula BLT was delicious on fresh bread and the aioli gave it a bit of a kick. The French toast was excellent as was the beet salad with avocado toast . Several of us had strawberry rhubarb Bellini’s but I was especially excited with their mock-tails, as I could not partake in alcohol. The downside was it was noisy and it’s above average prices may be a deterrent for the average person. I highly recommend the restaurant and would go back again for special occasions.

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EB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

While the food here was great (7 in our party and everyone loved their meals)! the service was totally awful. Our server was pleasant enough, the food great but none of that was enough to make up for the service. Despite having a reservation made 5 months in advance, we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, when we did sit down it took another 15 minutes for anyone to come to our table. We were given water but had to ask for bread twice. We placed our order and after another 15 minutes our server came to tell us one of the entries was no longer available THEN we waited almost 30 minutes for our food to arrive. All in all the service kind of ruined a special occasion for us (my daughter’s college graduation). If
There had been a line out the door maybe I could understand a little better but there were open tables throughout the night. White Dog has two other locations and I can tell you we won’t be going back to Haverford.

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m
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a special Villa Nova graduation lunch. White Dog Cafe presented to our grad a special congratulatory dessert which was a really delicious surprise! Thanks again mmmm!

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