White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.6
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1868 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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G
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good and service were great.

m
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My guest really appreciated the birthday wishes with a rub off for next time she dines here!

b
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were seated a half hour after our reservation. My sandwich was mediocre at best.

G
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great decor. All kinds of people. Families. Dates. Older younger.
Not the city yet table was on top of neighbor.
EC oysters skip.
I don’t like pierogi. Can’t probably spell pierogi. I loved these pierogies.
Entrees good. Meatloaf and branzino.
Shockingly bad frites. I had them at their other cafe and they were phenomenal.
Yummy cocktails.
Service seemed overwhelmed.

DM
London
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always good!!

l
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every time I've been to any of the White Dog locations, it has been a wonderful meal. The kitchen is fantastic, the staff are amazing, and the locatione are super convenient (and cozy).

CJ
Atlantic City
25 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, service and decor is fun. Have been several times.

S
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful way to have lunch with a grandchild.

JS
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the pear/kale salad with salmon. Always a lovely lunch spot. Will be back!

TG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here on my lunch break to celebrate my husbands birthday! We had a blast! Our server was friendly and attentive, our food was well seasoned, fresh, and flavorful. We had a lovely dessert and the mocktails were fun! I would definitely come back!

LZ
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fresh and delicious . Can’t remember our server’s name . She was fantastic. I keep going back and always will.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Daniel, was incredibly warm and welcoming and did a wonderful job

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Lovely restaurant but food prices high for suburb. Food very tasty but small portions.

L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always reliable. Good food. Good service. Very attractive atmosphere. A neighborhood gem!!

C
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Came in for supper on a Monday night and enjoyed a half price bottle of wine. Food, as always was delicious. Always a nice place to have supper.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

i made my reservation through open table specified a booth in bar area. got there on time did not have a booth available waited a 1.2 hour and had to sit at bar. not pleased

J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and came to the table in a reasonable amount of time. Our server was attentive and friendly, keeping an eye on what we needed without hovering. And the quirky, "Alice-in-Wonderland" ambiance is most of the reason my friends and I keep coming back. An excellent brunch spot, both downtown and on the Main Line!

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mentioned it was my husbands bday when I made reservation. When we arrived everyone we came into contact with knew and wished him happy birthday. Tuna tartare is unbelievably great. Scallops were delish.

S
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. We usually ask for Erica, but she was not working the evening of our visit. Dan was our server and he was excellent. He was very attentive and made many suggestions, of which we ordered. (Barramundi fish special and meatloaf were excellent. Pirogi appetizer was also excellent). We even made room for the best dessert we had at white dog - peanut butter crunch bar!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I MADE A RESERVATION ON OPEN TABLE LAST WEEK AND ASKED FOR A BOOTH ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5TH . NO PROBLEM GOT THERE TODAY AND THERE WAS NO BOOTH RESERVED FOR ME AND MY GUEST, STOOD OVER 1/2 HOUR AND NO BOOTH OPENED, ENDED UP EATING AT THE BAR. IF YOU CAN'T RESERVE THE BOOTH FOR ME THEN TELL ME SO. NOT PLEASED.

JM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant, Professional, and Perfection all describe our dinner at White Dog Café in Haverford on a Friday night. The ambiance always puts one in a cheerful mood, as do the creative concoctions of cocktails that greeted us at the bar, because we arrived early for our reservation. I'm thrilled to see a drink with St. Germain, so it was an easy pick for me. Hubby enjoyed a fine glass of whiskey. Moving on to dinner itself, I was tormented having to choose but ONE appetizer, because I wanted to save room for dessert! We opted for the incredible and always changing deviled eggs, love the protein. Hubby also had the butternut squash bisque soup- served with the vegetables and seasoning in the bowl, our server, Nicole, poured the soup into his dish, piping hot. You could not ask for a better presentation. For dinner, my divine choice was the butternut squash ravioli-- beyond words it was heavenly, creamy, slightly sweet, just perfectly prepared. Hubby had the pot roast, moist, robust, he could not have been happier. And, the cream brulee was crispy on the top, rice puddingy on the bottom. It was worth every calorie! I highly recommend the unusual, friendly, fabulous White Dogs-- they are terrific.

CM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, great service, lovely setting. Would recommend highly

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love white dog!!! And everyone there! The cauliflower is mouth watering! The Staff is something special, see you soon.

BB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were great!

h
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good choice for brunch anyday but especially for New Years for their pajama party.

L
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

My husband and I frequent White Dog Haverford as our go to restaurant. We chose a late (9 pm) reservation for NYEve hoping that the main crush would have been seated by the time we arrived. I appears we were correct. It seems that it didn't help our cause with either service or food. I ordered a very expensive glass of chardonnay and because of the price, requested of our server to ask the bartender (I noted when waiting for our table that the bar was not overly crowded) that if the bottle was not fresh to please open a new bottle. I'm familiar with this particular wine. The glass that was served to me was worse that the worse house wine that was sitting opened for three days and had turned. Our server didn't return to inquirer if the wine was satisfactory and after our starters were finished, my husband had to call her over to get her attention. She gave us a snappy retort that the bar tender told her it was a fresh bottle and what else did we want. We sat there and watched as a different server passed by twice with our entrees and try to serve them to a different table. Our starters were still on our small table and the entrees wouldn't have fit anyway. By the time he figured out where to bring the food, it was cold. I ordered the crab cake special. The sauce was so over salted it made the entire dish inedible. I could write this off as New Years Eve and a late night, however a restaurant of this caliber and at these prices makes it difficult to accept at any level these blunders. My husband considers their hamburger the best on the Main Line and loves their truffle fries. So I guess at some point we will try again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food not exceptional.
Just ok. Prefer lunch fare or happy hour rather than dinner for the value. Some good appetizers like the salmon latkes, good mushroom soup and omelet.
Dissapointed on New Years. Food was mediocre.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this spot for date night with the fiancé. The dishes and drinks rotate often enough, and everything ordered tastes delicious. I highly recommend giving it a try.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year's Eve early dinner and the experience was awesome. Our server Olivia is the best on every level. We adored her.

JL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been toWhite Dog in Haverford many times, and it touches all of the bases for us. Consistently good food, good and caring service; good atmosphere. Easy to make reservations. Front desk is friendly and efficient. Parking plentiful what else could we want.

SU
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience5

the meatloaf was very salty and very old and dry
the brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes were very good
the latkes were bad

s
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is the quintessential Main Line restaurant. I went here for brunch on Sunday and it was packed. Definitely make a reservation before coming. The service was a bit slow in the beginning but it quickly picked up and we were absolutely fine. I ordered the mushroom soup, which is a must if you are going to White Dog. I had the BLT which was delicious and the portions were fine. They do have a bottomless brunch drink special for $18.00 per person I believe and you can order any mix of a mimosa, bloody mary, screwdriver and greyhound which is nice (if you can drink that much). I always recommend this place to friends. You won't be disappointed.

m
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

We were there for Sunday brunch. The hostesses were great and our waiter did his best and was attentive but the food was not up to the price. My salmon Benedict was ok, but I have had better... it was too salty and the muffin was chewy like it had been under the lights a while. My husband had the Farmer’s plate and a) bacon was raw b) potatoes were doused in garlic and c) he asked for sourdough instead of whole wheat, but English muffin arrived dry and stale. We reported it and the plate was replaced with essentially the same thing except a plate of quite fine sourdough bread arrived. It is a loud space so be prepared. I think they had oversold and probably exceeded the capacity of the kitchen. The waitstaff all did their best, but the product was not worth their efforts that day,

n
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Server was fairly attentive and somewhat helpful with menu. The mahi-mahi dish was excellent but the chef special —crab cake dish was cold when it was served. The staff attempted to correct but clear that it was just microwaved and affected overall taste etc. nice dining room but had to wait for a table even though we had open table reservation. Would try again but mixed review

JD
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top service and food

KE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Glad we had reservations. Service was very good and food was also good. Tables are close and sometimes makes conversation a challenge. Understanding that, I would wait for a booth.

BB
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lunch with friends to celebrate the holidays. Our server was cordial, capable, and helpful. The ambience is cozy, trendy, and fun. The restaurant was full with mostly women having lunch together. The food was original, good, and large portions. We had a nice time in a convivial atmosphere and would return again.

P
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Love the food here. Very consistent and tasty.

A
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Chicken quesadilla and side soup: chunks of fresh locally sourced chicken- just right amount of cheese. Fresh home made pico de gallo and guacamole. butternut squash soup with a hint of maple syrup- yummy. Fabulous presentation. Upbeat and cozy atmosphere. Food came out at same time. Stellar service.

KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was very good. Service ok. After each course arrived waited a very long time for silver ware to be brought. 2 x had to seek out any staff member to request forks to be able to eat.
Food was very good. Seating was very uncomfortable, chairs so low the table was at mid chest level, table legs made getting in and out an athletic challenge. Would try a different room next time, food would be worth another try.