White Dog Cafe-Haverford

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1749 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good. Erica waitress is the best!

i
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good menu. Excellent food. Friendly service. Never disappoints.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quiet during lunch in bar area

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Very poor service- disorganized and haphazard.

FT
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Compared to other times we have been to the WD our experience this night was sub-par.

ML
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We had reservations and had friends from out of town join us. We showed up 5 minutes early. We were seated in a wooden booth at the bar section. We asked for a table in the restaurant and we were told we would have to wait another 30 minutes. Our guests missed out on the ambiance of the restaurant and had to we sit in the bar with HSN playing on bar TVs. It was embarrassing and such a disappointment. Our server was lovely. Honestly, reservations should never be placed in the bar section.

W
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have given the Dog two tries. Once good food but poor service, this time it was reversed. The food is incredibly bland. I doubt I will go there again.

K
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Butternut squash soup was excellent! Would have enjoyed more variety on the entrees, but my salmon was very good. More gluten-free options for my husband would have been appreciated. When I made the reservation, I did state it was our wedding anniversary. Coincidentally the couple next to us was also celebrating their anniversary and were given a complimentary dessert. We sadly got nothing.

SN
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner and celebration. Thank you!

OT
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was incredibly slow… A salad with grilled chicken at it at $22 is a very high price point for every day lunch. Love the restaurant, food and Decour but I’m always disappointed by the slow service and cost

N
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food excellent, drink great, comfortable
Only complaint, I ordered a glass of to be served with my dinner, I did not receive the wine and finally saw the mgr walk by and told him to tell the server to cancel my wine order as the other diners at the table were half way thru their dinner.
Also had to request a soup spoon for my first course ,
We will dine with you again and we are sure the next experience will be better

PA
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, great food and great service. In the future I will avoid going before 7pm on a weekend, as it appears that the cafe has significantly more families with young children. Although I love kids I'd rather not have them screaming through my dinner. :)

MK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is perfectly fresh, and I particularly appreciate the honest flavors. The short rib was super tender, and the gravy and vegetables around it were perfectly flavored. No part of the dish overpowered the others. The puff pastry "dog bones" floating on top were delightful and lent lightness to a hearty dish.

J
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was TERRIBLE!!

M
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress, Gordana, was excellent. She was pleasant and patient. It was nice of her to recognize my daughter’s birthday with a treat for dessert.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was great. Very attentive and food was very good

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere are top notch!

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance were excellent. It was a very busy night and we showed up with and additional person and they accommodated us with no problems!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New autumn fare was delicious

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal that was locally sourced, highly recommend this place to anyone visiting the area!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The overall food quality seems to have slipped over my last three visits

l
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So glad White Dog is still going strong. Still a unique dining experience where the food is fresh and well thought out.
I usually stay away from bread but they serve such good bread that I couldn’t resist.
Still a bit pricey
But will definitely visit again!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

JB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Only issue are the seats at certain tables are very low! Should be higher.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprised how interesting menu was presented for restaurant week. Elysian was an excellent server.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was lovely and the food was outstanding. Our server was knowledgeable and professional... cannot wait to go back!

TB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nicole was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the service, the drinks, all excellent. Couldn’t be happier with our anniversary dinner.

Y
Philadelphia
185 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love, love, love this White Dog restaurant. Quieter and more subdued than Wayne. Menu and food were great including the Vegan Menu. Service was spot on. Dine early for quieter times.

NP
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always agreat dining experience. We go so frequently they know us, and what dishes we like. Homey environment.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and service are amazing. It is a little noisy and parking can be a challenge but the food and ambiance make it all worthwhile. Great place to meet a friend.

M
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy lunches at White Dog Cafe. The menu is interesting, the food good, and we do not feel hurried.

K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful restaurant with an incredible bar area. We sat in the dining area and were pretty close to the table next to us but were able to hear our own conversation without raising our voices. That's rare. The hamburger was one of the best I've ever had. I don't eat it on a bun so the quality is very evident and this one was quality and cooked well. The one glitch was that the burger came with fries which I don't eat. If I had known that (I don't think it was specified on the menu) I would have asked for a different vegetable. Overall a great place for lunch!

G
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!! They also happily accommodated dietary requests!! Love the food!

g
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The White Dog never disappoints. The food is great, the ambiance is wonderful and the service is excellent. You can go more casual at the bar or more formal if you like.

AJ
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to White Dog many times for various occasions. The food, service, and ambiance is excellent. We have recommended this restaurant to many friends and family.

AS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, excellent food, very nice people

R
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

I love the White Dog Cafe and I am a frequent visitor when I am in this area. I love that I can get gluten free bread with my meal and that they use high quality, often locally sourced ingredients. I ordered the Farmer's Plate and asked for gluten free bread. It came with a dry multi-grain toast that I had not seen before as a gluten free option. I had to ask for butter. When I took a bite, I felt some doubt as to whether or not the bread was gluten free. I tried another bite or two and then became quite concerned that it might not be gluten free. At that point the waitress came over and I asked her if the bread was gluten free and she said that it looked like a multigrain bread and removed it from my plate. Another server brought out the familiar gluten free rolls to me. Later the waitress came back and said that the bread was gluten free but not baked in a gluten free facility so that there could be some contamination. This was quite upsetting for me because I really did not trust the waitress at that point. I am going to take a break from dinning at the White Dog and then I will be traveling, so I'll try it again when I come back to town.

P
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

It took 27 minutes to get the bread basket, oj glass arrived with a chip on the lip, Bloody Mary arrived with Gin despite me specifically requesting Vodka, the biscuits were hard, French toast was eggy and the short rib hash was luke warm at best.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Butchers cut and mushroom soup were outstanding! The cheese plate and mushroom gnocchi were serviceable but not exciting. The cocktails, wine, and particularly the port were just sublime. Thank you for a lovely evening :-)