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White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.6
4.6
3212 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 75 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:45 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:45 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (610) 896-4556

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sean Lamb

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 389-3060

  • Neighborhood

    Havertown

  • Cross street

    Lancaster Avenue and Haverford Station Road

  • Parking details

    Parking in Haverford Square

  • Public transit

    Haverford Square Train Station is right behind the restaurant

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,212 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JB

    JocelynB

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was superb. The brussels sprouts were mouthwatering and truly yummy. The Caesar Salad with salmon was so good. (How'd you grill your salmon so yummy and moist like that?) The Creme Brule for dessert was fresh and delicious. Also, we had a friendly, attentive waitress, which helped make the visit fun. We were very, very pleased with everything. Thank you, White Dog Cafe in Haverford!
  2. M

    Merry

    Philadelphia

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food —as usual
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from reception to waitress
  4. s

    sharone

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful decor, great service birthday brunch. Food and drinks delicious

    White Dog Cafe-HaverfordResponded 7 days agoHi sharone! Thank you for the compliments, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback! We hope you join us again soon for Brunch or Dinner! Thank you, Oy Rathpakdy, General Manager

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Dinner at White Dog was, as always, delicious. Our server could have used more training in what relatively discerning adult diners might expect, even early on a Friday.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite date night spots. Staff is friendly and food is yummy. My fave is the mushroom soup.

    White Dog Cafe-HaverfordResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your date night at White Dog Cafe Haverford! We hope you join us again for another date night! Thank you, Oy Rathpakdy, General Manager

  7. RS

    RShea

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a great experience!
  8. SB

    SBnj

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always !
  9. GF

    GreatFoodKim

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love this restaurant. I actually drive an hour to and from my house just to attend our meetings there because it’s a “feel good” place for you soul and stomach.
  10. h

    hungry

    Philadelphia

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was fine: quiet room, good service, very attractive decor. Good food and lots of it.
  11. SA

    ShellyA

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    White Dog is one of my favorites. Food is always consistent and delicious. Clearly our waiter/the bartender was not having his best day. Interactions less than friendly at best.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very unique place that stays true to its theme. The cocktails were excellent and had a wide variety of options to choose from. We had the banana bread and it was to die for. The burger and fried chicken sandwich was excellent. Would recommend to anyone thinking about going here for brunch.
  13. BH

    BabaH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server, Jazzie was excellent. Loved the ambience- decor, background music, etc. However, although I do eat out a lot, $20. for a class of cabernet was way too expensive! The ravioli were great,, but I should have asked for the price of the cab. I thought I had asked for the house- I guess I misunderstood. All in all, it was a nice place to dine! Barb Higgins
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely vibe and service. Brunch Menu selection was very limited though.
  15. J

    Justo

    Los Angeles

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great place for brunch!
  16. A

    Annmarie

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We have enjoyed coming to White Dog in Haverford. Love the decor. Good food. But this last time it was sooo noisy that all at our table of 7 (back room) had trouble conversing. It was a surprisingly negative experience in a place we truly love..
  17. AA

    AnAnniversaryDelight

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Seating/Maitre d’ staff was much more personable and engaging than last time - food was excellent and service good - an overall enjoyable experience

    White Dog Cafe-HaverfordResponded on January 20, 2023Hello AnAnniversaryDelight! Thank you so much for your feedback, its much appreciated! We hope you are able to join us again soon at Haverford! Thank you, Oy Rathpakdy, General Manager

  18. DR

    DRHBR

    Philadelphia

    146 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great mushroom soup and tuna tartare as always. Caesar salad was ok but nothing special - dressing not plentiful or that good. Service pleasant but spotty- brought over wrong tuna dish before correction to proper one. Price a bit high for most dishes. Nice bright room ( middle room).
  19. S

    Stay

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My husband and I went to White Dog Cafe after hearing a lot of positive things over the 10 years we've lived in the area. I'm sorry it did not live up to the hype. The service and food were underwhelming though overall a nice exeprience. We were seated in a booth at the bar. The cocktails and appetizer were brought out in a timely manner, both quite delicious. We realized after waiting a very long time for our main courses that our waiter was not only the waiter for every table in the bar area but appeared to be the bartender as well. For this reason, I do not blame the waiter for our less-than-great service but rather management for understaffing. There were two hostesses and plenty of people walking around. It would have been nice if our waters were filled without having to ask. I got two appetizers as my main entree and both did not live up to their titles. The mole chile, while tasty, did not have the depth of flavor I expect from mole. I didn't detect any mole flavoring actually. The general tso's cauliflower was nicely cooked and tasty but did not have the signature kick of the familiar general tso's flavor. My husband's juevos rancheros looked lovely and tasked fine but, again, did not deliver on the depth of flavor. Overall, the experience was good and we'll try it again.
  20. DB

    DespenaB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday 🎉
  21. TB

    TommyBoy94

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy the bar booths.
  22. D

    Doug

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've Been To All The White Dogs, But This Is The Closest! The menus are fairly uniform since WDC branched out beyond University City into the Wayne and Haverford locations. Still not sure why those two are so close together, but they have distinct enough differences in square footage and ambience that it's like going to a different restaurant. The prices are what you'd expect for the Main Line, and on certain complex dishes that's fine. But on boilerplate menu items like soups and salads, there's not enough to differentiate them from menu items at other comparable places to warrant the massive markup. But as I love oysters and there are so few to be found on the Eastern Main Line, I'll continue to go back!

    White Dog Cafe-HaverfordResponded on January 12, 2023Hi Doug, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback, its certainly appreciated! We hope you are able to dine with us again soon and enjoy some oysters! Thank you, Oy Rathpkady, General Manager

  23. MO

    MommaOf3Foodie

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing! She paid just the right amount of attention to us. The hot items came out hot and the cold items were cold. The food was very flavorful. An all around wonderful dining experience.

    White Dog Cafe-HaverfordResponded on January 17, 2023Thank you so much MommaOf3Foodie for leaving us your compliments on your dining experience! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at White Dog Cafe Haverford! Please join us again soon :) Thank you, Oy Rathpakdy, General Manager

  24. M

    Marz

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Broccoli Rabe was very spicy - too much so - sent back Replaced with brussel sprouts - very good strip steak was not tender but had good flavor cheesecake very good Cobb salad very good except grilled chicken was over cooked Service and staff very good
  25. N

    Nicolas

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food creatively prepared pairs well with excellent bar and service.
  26. MV

    MaryV

    Philadelphia

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as usual.

    White Dog Cafe-HaverfordResponded on January 7, 2023Hi MaryV! Thank you for the compliments! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to your next visit! Thank you, Oy Rathpakdy, Manager

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm and cozy scrumptious dinner tucked into a booth by the bar. Family time together with our son catching up and enjoying each other and homemade ravioli, burger, beet salad, filet, fries and some desserts! And the Unconditional Pinot noir! Thank you Ed for your flawless and thoughtful service and suggestions! Hope to see you again soon! Great job!
  28. JW

    JaneW

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual a great experience. A terrific server, great food and food options. Wonderful mushroom soup, excellent salads with really fresh greens. Washroom large and immaculate.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Nick, one of our servers, was great! He gave us awesome recommendations. Everyone enjoyed the food and the ambiance. The second server who brought out our entrees was a bit rough. Instead of placing my cousin’s dish in front of him, she pushed it in my face. I didn’t want to argue about it but a few of my other cousins found it rude and didn’t appreciate when the plate was pushed to my face.
  30. C

    Curlyeats

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    40th birthday celebration. Had to inform the server a few times about that. They didn’t take the dessert off the check.
  31. PF

    PhillyFoodie

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great! The crab dip and Caesar salad were delicious. It just took a while to seat us even though we had a reservation
  32. LT

    LaToiS

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    White Dog had a variety of food to fit my family's needs of picky eaters. We enjoyed the pajama brunch. The staff made us feel comfortable and welcomed. The atmosphere was amazing. The selection were great

    White Dog Cafe-HaverfordResponded on January 3, 2023Hi LaToiS! Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback! So happy to hear that you enjoyed our NYD PJ Party! We hope you and your family are able to join us again in the future! Thank you, Oy Rathpakdy, Manager

  33. PM

    PhyllisM

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Pear salad was served on a heap of arugula rather than baby greens as stated on the menu. I asked for the dressing on the side and got a container of plain olive oil. Blue cheese on cheese plate was 90% rind and grapes were unwashed. Server never checked in on us after the food arrived and we had to chase down the hostess to get our bill. We used to love coming here but the service and food quality have significantly deteriorated.
  34. SB

    StephanieB

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night! Food was excellent, delicious wine, great service. It was NYE so I expected to have to wait, but we were seated right away, service was on point. Fun night.
  35. T

    Threespins

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We were rushed. I know it was NYE, but the cheeseboard came with my salad. Dinner was dropped off too soon. Sent it back to be held until I was ready. The 3.25% extra for using a credit card irks me. Do better.
  36. MD

    MaryD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and manager were extremely kind and helpful. Highly recommend the Haverford cafe!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely restaurant…the decor, service and food were all wonderful. And my kids liked it too! We’ll definitely be back again!
  38. EH

    ElizabethH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were surprised how quiet this restaurant was. Looking forward to going back.
  39. AO

    AlwysOut

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant is very nice, and the service is top notch! The food is great! a bit pricey - but totally worth it!
  40. H

    Heather

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time, service was fantastic, food was delicious.

    White Dog Cafe-HaverfordResponded on December 30, 2022Hi Heather! Thank you for taking the time to leave us your thoughts! We appreciate the compliments and look forward to your next visit in the New Year! Thank you, Oy Rathpakdy, Manager

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-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 3212 OpenTable diners.

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 75 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for White Dog Cafe-Haverford

379 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lancaster Avenue and Haverford Station Road

  • Neighborhood

    Havertown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:45 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:45 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking in Haverford Square

  • Public transit

    Haverford Square Train Station is right behind the restaurant

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sean Lamb

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (610) 896-4556

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 389-3060

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