White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.6
2365 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff 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 2365 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSusanT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had the Salmon with potato salad. It was ok but not the quality I have come to expect from White Dog. I expected great.

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vipKaren
Denver
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I love White Dog Cafe but the menu rarely changes and when we were there for lunch this week the service was terribly slow. love the muchroom soup. Crab cakes are not nearly as good at MerionCricket club, Haverford

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KarenS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Courteous accommodating staff. Delicious food. Outdoor seating is excellent

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Troutfly
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

At dinner last Sunday, the meal was fine as usual,but the service was faltering poor! Did not seem any body knew anything. Waiter 5 minutes for oyster forks, same for soup spoons.
The "for the table corn bread" it might have served a toy's table but 4 people - no way.
We will be back and hope that the service shows improvement.

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LewinB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent brunch, fresh local ingredients, cooked to perfection.

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vipLpc1
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

While I opted for outdoor dining, I did not expect to sit in a parking lot with a heater nearby. When asked to move into tented area, I was told it was for larger groups. Only upon suggesting that I was leaving did that option become available.
Very limited menu even though I think they have the capacity to seat more people with the tented area than before COVID.
Probably will not return although food was okay.

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vipJules
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently delicious food. Very accommodating.

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vipReillz
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome

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Megang
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, great drinks and excellent service. Will definitely go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food has gone downhill. Oysters were horrible, service (outside), was poor. Won’t be going back any time soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It is unfortunate that the receptionist could not find our reservation. In the end they did but that took 35 minutes. The salad took another 45 minutes to get to our table. The salad was mediocre. We love sitting outside and the waiter was good but the whole service around was disappointing.

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vipJazzdrums
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They responded very well to COVID-19. The food was very good and the service, as always ,was excellent. It is a solid restaurant on the Main Line and I am becoming a regular.

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Villanovagrad
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quirky, fun place with a nice menu and delicious food. We were a party of four, all ordering different items, and everyone was happy! Our waiter was efficient and charming....wish I remembered his name!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

It was an early birthday dinner with my friend and it was the most uncomfortable experience last night. First we was seated right at the entrance of the tent n it was Cold!!! We asked to move our seat n they did which was nice. It felt like they forget we was there and 30mins later after asking, we got a server who looked like he rather be doing anything else but there. We felt so uncomfortable n we left without eating our dinner or deserts!! I was really looking forward to the desert too😥😥

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Mpete123
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

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vipStephanie
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was great. The decor was so cute. They really leaned into the dog theme. Will be back next time I’m in the area.

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LydiaH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was absolutely amazing!!! We will definitely be back!!!

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Tina
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing. Service was friendly and attentive. Great experience!

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vipGlenn
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We keep returning for the food and the outdoor seating, but service troubles persist, and we'll have to think twice before going again. They seem to have enough runners, but not enough waiters. On two of the last three visits, we've had to wait 15-20 minutes for the waiter to make the first approach to our table. The menu could use a few more reasonably-priced entrees for weeknight dining. The $49 filet mignon seems out of whack for a suburban restaurant. (We miss Du Jour.)

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Marie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate at a booth at the bar area, Sam was great as was the food and cocktail.

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pbr88
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at White Dog is always excellent. We ate in the tent and we were warm even though it was windy and chilly that day. The service was a bit delayed - they were very, very busy at lunch.

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bjp1
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. The staff and food are consistently great. Thank You!

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EugeneB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks were excellent. The service was good, too.

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vipOutoftowner
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outstanding overall experience. Wait staff was friendly, attentive, but not intrusive. Pace was relaxed, food was very good with some unique selections and seasoning. I have always enjoyed White Dog in Philadelphia, and I will include this location in the future as well.

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BerryS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was very slow. It looks like they were short staffed.

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JohnD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

This was the worst experience we’ve experienced here. Our server was indifferent and inattentive, frequently ignored us. The crab cake sandwiches were soggy and inedible. We asked for a box multiple times to take home half of a burger and never got it. We spoke to a manager and we’re dismissed. We have brunch there probably 20 a year, and will not be going back.

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ChrisM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Service was slow even though we were some of the first people to arrive. Super pet friendly. We sat outside with our dog and they brought out a bowl of ice water for him :)

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EricaWiseman
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSpecial
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food

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vipmichaelf
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
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
32 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

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

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AbigailC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
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 on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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Kearmictt
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
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 on 15 April 2021
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
10 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
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!

FAQs

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

White Dog Cafe-Haverford is rated 4.6 stars by 2365 OpenTable diners.

White Dog Cafe-Haverford does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://fearless.mfmark.com/fbcanvas.

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 bookings at the moment.