White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.6
2287 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 2287 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Waited 30 min. for water, 1 he. for appetizers and entree came after siting there for 1 1/2 hrs.

No explanation, no I’m sorry we are running behind, waitress overwhelmed.

Very poor service. Tables coming after us received their meals before us.

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ChrisM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Nice menu, but for the prices of this place it should be better. This is our second time here, and service has been blah. Both times our food came before we had utensils on the table. We had a soup, and salad delivered and sat there looking at it without utensils. The first time we were there the manager was arguing with an employee about making "rollups" utensils rolled up in a napkin. We thought it was a one-time issue and came back because we liked the menus, but obviously, it hasn't been resolved It wasn't a great experience. The greeters and servers were not particularly friendly and we felt like we were an inconvenience to them and the place has an overall disorganized feel to it.

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EricaWiseman
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Amazing food! Can't wait to go back!

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vipSpecial
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food

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vipmichaelf
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

verybusy on the weekend but had a positive experience...like all of the Fearless properties

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Good menu, comfortable outdoor seating,
Ran out of specials early in the evening.
The new manager Brian was very friendly and helpful. He helped us pick a nice bottle of wine.

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vipbowtieollie
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

It has been a long time since I had to compose a review with my tongue in my cheek.
White Dog Haverford is NOT White Dog Wayne.
The bartender in Haverford needs to go back to school, or the waiter needs to be alert and verify what a customer orders. I ordered a Manhattan and the Luxardo cherry was missing in action. No problem, the waiter said, I will provide two on your next round.
Excuse me? So the second round arrives and now the orange rind was MIA.

Operation is not buttoned up and this was not my first visit. Perhaps I will return to Wayne where the quality AND the presentation are First Class.

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AshleyD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed our lunch! The wait staff was friendly and our food was delicious

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AbigailC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

White dog truly never disappoints. We sat outside in the tent which was spaced out- the noise level was at times tough to communicate with the person across the table due to the tent walls and a large party. I did find hair in our crab cake and let the service staff know but the reception was that not that big of a deal. Especially at times with Covid, it’s a little baffling at how that could happen- I get it, mistakes happen.

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LoveTheMainLine
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

DANIEL IS WONDERFUL! Thank you for taking care of everything...all the coffee 🤣

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Kearmictt
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a good place to meet a friend for lunch. There is outdoor seating under a tent, with heaters. It was still a little chilly the other day, but we could have eaten inside, and we managed to sit out there for over two hours, and were never rushed. We both ordered the avocado BLT, which is delicious, but very messy. The Kennett Square Mushroom Soup is always wonderful. We hate the ridiculous mason jars for drinking!! They make the drink dribble down your chin! Nothing cool about that....So the waitress was happy to give us regular glasses.

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LoisP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very enjoyable luncheon experience. Food was tasty, the atmosphere pleasant, and the staff welcoming and pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always order the same selections off the menu at White Dog Cafe and Love it!
Amazing mushroom soup, tuna tartar,
and a superb cocktail!
This is the first time since the pandemic that our friends and my husband and I opted to dine inside the restaurant! We all felt comfortable with all of the safety precautions in place!
Our waitress Keira was very friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming!
Looking forward to our next dinner out!

DK
vipDaleK
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outdoor seating (under a tent in a parking lot) is quite pleasant, despite the location. Service was attentive and quick. The lunch menu is limited but interesting. My husband really enjoyed his burger, and there is a good choice of cocktails and draft beers.

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Geno
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion. We celebrated my wife's birthday. Everything was exceptional from the service to food and drinks.

JJ
vipJoshJ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great outdoor dining with a large tent and excellent ventillation.

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analisa
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

SM
vipScotM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food
great service
tent was warm
had a great time there

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Sandra
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch with my Mom and sister! The food and service were outstanding. Looking forward to the next visit!

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PLM1
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and Service Outstanding. We were outside so atmosphere was less than ideal.

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vipWendyP
Philadelphia
73 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always consistently good. Perhaps a bit more variety in the future would be nice but understand the issues now.

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vipFoodEE
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food, drinks and service. A great place to treat ourselves to a night out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience!

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vipJamesD
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

First time we have eaten inside since the covid restrictions. We disappointed with the maintenance on the interior, ie. stained upholstery, beat up tables, etc.

The service was slow and the food was not up to par with past experiences at this location.

It will be a while before we go back.

JM
JoseMaria
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent choice if you happen to be in the Haverford area. We visited the colleges around the place and had lunch at the White Dog Cafe. Excellent food, nice decoration.

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KimberlyR
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

1st time here. Overall we were disappointed. Was told 30+min. wait for table - but was able to get one right away on Opentable while standing at hostess. Steak was overcooked. Told should be med-rare, came medium and server admitted a bit overcooked but did nothing about it.

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vipDale
Philadelphia
202 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We eat here frequently as it is close to our homes and has lovely outdoor eating space. Food is usually quite good but not much to rave about. Prices s bit high It was crowded our recent visit and service was a bit spotty

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vipJeff
Philadelphia
131 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We have dined here many times, thus had our usual high expectations. The restaurant was packed. We were seated on time and then waited 20 minutes to get a server's attention. Once we finally put in our orders, the wait was not long. The food, meh, to be honest. For the prices they charge, the kitchen needs to step up its game. Tiny portions, high prices. Our place setting included a bread plate and butter knife... but, where was the bread. At the end of the day, I'm afraid we'll be dining elsewhere.

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vipBobB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great care in cleaning. As always a great experience even given the current situation.

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vipTrachandaG
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my Aunt’s birthday.

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Christine
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White Dog has the best food and ambiance in the area!

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vipNewby
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date day! We went at lunch and had a terrific meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Overpriced, small portions, - not good for a salad lunch

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Richard
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

If you sit outside for dinner, request the side of the tent out of the sun.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time food was delicious and the service was great

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vipANdyS
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food and service was great. Loved the outside seating. Biggest problem was they only had 1 person bathroom for the whole restaurant on Easter Sunday. One of the bathrooms was out of order. The 1 working bathroom was also not clean.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We had a really disappointing dining experience today for Easter Sunday. We arrived on time and had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. When we were finally sitting, it took 20 minutes to even get a drink. Apparently they had the the bartender making all the drinks and serving all the tables in the bar area on his own on Easter Sunday. When we asked the manager about it, he said they had 600 reservations that day and were doing the best they could. It sounded like a terrible excuse for extremely poor planning on a holiday. We weren’t even told the specials when we sat down.

Aside from the poor service, we were seated in the bar area next to the bathroom. Not ideal, but we were hungry so we didn’t care at first. However, there was apparently an issue with the bathroom and there was a line of people waiting and basically standing on top of our table the entire meal. I honestly felt like I was dining at a Chuck-E Cheese. The worst part is, aside from the terrible service and the bathroom situation, no one even came up to us to acknowledge what was going on or to apologize. If I’m paying you $18 for a waffle, I expect better service. Otherwise, I would go to iHop. We were disappointed because we typically have great experiences here and this was just awful. Not sure if we will be going back.

AJ
AliciaJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was put out when we were offered water and dog treats for our puppy and never got the dog treats after numerous requests. Not sure why they would be offered and then never given. You start to feel as though your business is not welcomed when something like this happens. I will think twice before going to White Dog/Haverford in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite brunch spot in the whole world

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vipLynnC
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit to the White Dog. The decor was bright and fun and the staff very attentive. Our food was delicious as well and they accommodated all our requests. We will definitely be dining there again!

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You can order delivery directly from White Dog Cafe-Haverford using the Order Online button. White Dog Cafe-Haverford also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (610) 896-4556.

White Dog Cafe-Haverford is rated 4.6 stars by 2287 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.