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White Dog Cafe - University City

4.6
4.6
4735 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 82 times today

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Farm-to-table, American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 3:00 pm–4:00 pm Brunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 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: (855) 398-9144

  • 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 4,735 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Philadelphia

    Great for brunch

  • Philadelphia

    Contemporary American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. HB

    HandyBrandy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere. Highly recommend!!!!
  2. VG

    VivianG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Menu choices at White Dog are quite limited. Food is adequate but would not be there if the location were not perfect for my planned activity.
  3. o

    oldfoodcritic

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent. But they charged for bread (without informing us). That's not good, but increasingly common. However, the bread was VERY STALE AND DRY. That is unacceptable for the 2 bucks they added.
  4. BL

    BLKcustomer

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is always a fun place to eat. The food selections are always unique. Our server was very nice and attentive. The one thing they always have on the menu which is a must have is the mushroom soup. It never disappoints.
  5. S

    Sammy3576

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It's a great spot and good food but simply overpriced. The burger was $24 which is pretty ridiculous for a burger. And they now add 2% bc of the fact that costs have gone up. It feels like they're raising pricing AND charging 2%.
  6. PG

    PatG

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Regular dining spot for me. The oysters on the half shell are exquisite!
  7. I

    Ingrid

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful! We sat at the bar.
  8. s

    susieking

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Our server was harried and overly busy. Our orders were taken incorrectly, so my husband's salad and entree came together while my salad did not arrive. My entree and salad were then delivered together. The food was good (strangely, the salad lacked dressing?) but the trout was cooked to perfection. Mango sorbet was very good. We had to have the bill corrected as neither of us had ordered a "hot tea." The server adjusted the bill once the error was pointed out. No doubt restaurant venues are still in post Covid recovery mode.
  9. R

    Rose

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! We asked for a quiet table and got one. Our server was super. Drinks a little weak but food was great especially the pasta
  10. S

    Simona

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Unfortunately, I was very disappointed by the food I ordered last night for dinner. On the menu it was written sweet potato gnocchi, but what I received was a lukewarm dish where the gnocchi were not homemade and they certainly did not have any hint of sweet potatoes. Instead, little cubes of uncooked potatoes, I suppose they were sweet potatoes, were spread around the dish. The condiment was overly salted, the gnocchis were the kind you buy in stores, and the kale leaves did not add anything to the total experience. I tell you the truth, I never had such a bad meal in Philadelphia. I had to add also that I am a native Italian, so I totally know my gnocchi. I made them with my own hands many times. I know how they taste when they are homemade. My friend had the cauliflower Milanese. Taste was OK, yet the toughness of the breaded envelope was remarkable. The coffee was lukewarm. The service was nice and the ambience wonderful. But that’s not enough to have a good evening at the restaurant. Also, as an Italian that is used to travel pretty much all over Europe and in the US, I would have a suggestion regarding the ingredients that you put on the menu. The first impression I had was that whoever created the recipes tried hard to look cool. After the meal, however, the sensation was just one of pretentiousness. I think that the best way to have success is to remain authentic to the recipe. Don’t overdo it. Too many ingredients in a dish confuse the flavors.
  11. KK

    KyleK

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great brunch! The Nashville Hot Chicken French Toast is not to be missed.
  12. MS

    MercyS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    This place was highly recommended by several different people to try on our trip to Penn. we were really looking forward to it. I have to say that the place has a great vibe, the food was superb and we will definitely be back to give it another chance, as long as it's with a different waitress. Wait staff don't always realize that they have the ability to make the experience superb or mediocre, regardless of the food. This was the case here. Our waitress had no personality, seemed to be in a rush all the time, had little tact and no finesse. For a restaurant of this caliber, I expected the wait staff to mimic the food and the ambience. If I was being served at Denny's, I would have been ok with the bill being slapped on the table, or waiting for the spoons to be able to enjoy my dessert. And probably would have expected to have had my dinner come soon after my appetizers arrived, giving us very little time to really enjoy either. But this was not Denny's. And we only had one night to experience White Dog, so the chances of being able to replace the memory of this experience will probably be non-existent. Hire well. Or train well, please.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time here ! I love their food so delicious. The drinks were so good too ! Our sever was the best very attentive!
  14. F

    Fridin

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food, good service. Definitely would recommend it. Try the Chicken and French Toast
  15. PD

    PhillyDiner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding dinner at White Dog. Never disappoints. Fall menu had some great additions. Service and food were terrific. Can't miss.
  16. k

    kathy

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Hamburger overcooked. Never got extra dish for sharing after 3 requests. Slow service.
  17. C

    Colleen

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Maura was great! Food was very good. The drinks were amazing! We did not feel rushed at all!
  18. AS

    AngelaS

    Treasure Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch at the White Dog Cafe. Food and service excellent.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebratinf Birthday and first Run after surgery. Food was delicious, and place was super fun, cute, and quaint.
  20. S

    Sassywilk

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Been coming for 30 years. My kids now eat here all the time. Never lets us down
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, had to wait for place settings when dessert arrived
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great night celebrating U Penn Family Weekend with our nephew Luca! Awesome experience!
  23. SW

    SarahW

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were put in an area where our table was pushed in a spot that should have not had a table. People kept knocking into my chair and my pocketbook was pushed off my chair numerous times so not a comfortable location at all. This and being very, very loud made it the least enjoyable experience have had there to date.
  24. DM

    DebiM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Pros: Whipped ricotta , truffle Parmesan fries, and tuna tartare excellent, tasty desserts, duck tender inside. Cons: Disliked being seated behind servers station and banging elbow into cellar wall while using my knife, deviled eggs too salty, not automatically given knives for steak and duck entrees.
  25. TL

    TracyL

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place. Great food.
  26. F

    Fishbait1989

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    They were very accommodating for a business lunch where our arrivals were scattered. Consistently very good food. The staff is attentive, sincere and courteous.
  27. KS

    KarthikS

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, one of the best lunch spots in the area.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, server Kevin was a delight, and manager Joseph made us feel so at home by checking in with us.
  29. KW

    KennethW

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful lunch... Food, service, ambiance. Highly recommend.
  30. BF

    BariF

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was really yummy. Also appreciate that when we arrived we mentioned we were in a time crunch. They were very accommodating and took our order quickly and the food came out really fast. Looking forward to going again soon.
  31. LD

    LisaD

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Food is usually good. This time it was meh.
  32. B

    Brunchlover

    Las Vegas

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A favorite when visiting Philly! Terrific food, always great and the specials were amazing! Wonderful, friendly service and we love the canine decor!!!
  33. J

    Jeanne

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Very unique restaurant with lively atmosphere and great food. A few misses on this visit but still a great place to eat.
  34. ES

    ElizabethS

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent savory dishes in a a funky and canine inspired fun atmosphere. Loves the Kennett Square Mushroom Soup, striped bass in a bouillabaisse like sauce, Idaho trout, and double cheeseburger. The truffle oil fries were crispy and ooooh soooo good!
  35. C

    Chammieluv2dine

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This was the second time dining at your restaurant. We have always enjoyed our meals. This time I enjoyed the trout. Delicious. The squash soup, hummus and deviled eggs were also amazing. Every flavor and taste decadent. We ended with the crème brûlée, worth all the calories.
  36. j

    jennifer

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Sat outside on an unusually warm November night. The food was ok and the service was subpar at best.
  37. LB

    LaBelleVie

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great 36th Wharton reunion in the Oak Room. Our server Phoebe handled our exuberant group with aplomb. Pasta with lamb bolognese, goat cheese & fig appetizer, chocolate hazelnut cake, and Iris pinot noir were all delightful. The company was the highlight, and we appreciated the White Dog’s accommodating us in a private room. Wonderful new memories in a familiar place!
  38. LS

    LoriS

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The waitress was very kind, but service was a little slow
  39. MW

    MargeW

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal with excellent service. The pups enjoyed the attention too!
  40. k

    kathrynm

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We have always loved the White Dog but yesterday our food was cold and our server was non present a lot of the time

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 4735 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 82 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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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 Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 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

  • 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: (855) 398-9144

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