White Dog Cafe - University City

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$30 and under
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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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PB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic vegan food, great ambiance and wonderful service!

W
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch! Great service. Can't wait to come back.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I was with my fiancée and two friends for my fiancée birthday and Philly OUTFEST. We made a reservation for four and were quickly seated once arriving. We found the place to be very unique and charming. We were seated in a very bright and beautiful room with a couch and comfy chairs. Our waitress was super friendly and personable. We all got coffee. We looked over the menu full of scrumptious and appetizing food and places our order.

After about 20 minutes of being at the restaurant a guy from the front desk came up and asked that we move to another location because they had a bigger party that they wanted to sit in our location.

We kindly agreed, but were relocated to a much louder, more populated, uncomfortable darker location. We were very much bothered by this and have never experienced such un-professionalism before. We were just upset due to being so impressed with the brunch location at the start of our visit to it leaving quite a bad taste in our mouths.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

They seated us in the basement all the way at the last table when the entire restaurant was open. For the price of the food, the dishes were small and left two of us still hungry. I have been here 5 times and each time I’ve been a little more disappointed

SS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding food again. White Dog never disappoints!

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Responded 6 days ago

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A
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White Dog Cafe’s food along with its ambiance and customer service is Amazing!

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Responded 6 days ago

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RD
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The soups, esp. mushroom , are too thick--like viscous gravy. The curry chicken salad was not good--needs revisiting. The Kennett Omelette is terrific. Waiter, Chris, was great. The ice cream scoops for $2.00 per scoop are way too small.

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Responded 6 days ago

We are grateful for your positive words. Thank you for sharing your review with us and the community!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Part of my party was late and it was no problem for the waitresses. The dinner service was also excellent (and the trout was especially yummy!).

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the great review, it made our day!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service.

I
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I do not think the food is as good as I remember from some years ago. It was all right, bjut hardly any better. I asked for rice instead of polenta with my duck, and I got it, but none of the other items that were listed with the duck on the menu appeared except for some pomegranate seeds.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us get better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly and accurately.

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HR
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently very good. A gem at UPenn!

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Responded on 9 October 2019

Thank you! This review made our day!

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KC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great but we felt kind of sub par being seated in the downstairs area. The upstairs wasn’t that crowded

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Responded on 9 October 2019

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

We took friends that we hadn’t seen in years. The food was outstanding and the service excellent. We were not rushed but still had great attention from our server. It was a great place to dine, chat and enjoy a wonderful meal.

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Responded on 9 October 2019

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PH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Elaine, was the star of my lunch! Also the mushroom soup!!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitress, Elaine was excellent, attentive. Food was delicious, timely and appropriately hot. Would highly recommend. This is based on a dine-in lunch date.

JM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Outstanding service. Everything is so consistent here. Thanks for another great lunch.

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Responded on 9 October 2019

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KA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is not as good as it used to be. Our son is at Penn and we always eat at White Dog when we come to visit him and we have been disappointed with the food our last 2 visits.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We sat outside which was what my friend wanted but it was hot and noisy from cars and of course not the fault of restaurant. The service started out pretty good but while we were enjoying our shared appetizer and drinks, our entrees appeared which was not good timing. When we expressed surprise that they cam out so quickly the waitress offered to put them under the heat lamp in the kitchen which of course was very unacceptable so we kept them. After that, it took too long for the wait staff to take empty glasses and dishes off the small table.
The food was delicious and my cocktail very good. But my second drink order had to be sent back as it was i completely prepared. After a certain point, I noticed a couple of tiny mice running around near the waiters station. Yuck.

White Dog Cafe - University City
Responded on 9 October 2019

Thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us get better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly and accurately.

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WA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My chicken came out dry but it was quickly replaced with a whole fresh entree and a soup gratis while I waited. I was very satisfied.

JH
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...great flavors...very satisfying. Mmmm

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Responded on 9 October 2019

Thank you! This review made our day!

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CO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not as good as other meals we’ve had at White Dog in the past. We invited some out of town guests so I was disappointed that it wasn’t up to par. Service was very slow and food was on the cold side

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Responded on 9 October 2019

Thank you for letting us know about this. Your feedback helps us get better. We are looking into this issue and hope to resolve it promptly and accurately.

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JM
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently good. The gazpacho is a great seasonal addition and was outstanding. Service was good. Always a great meal.

JB
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time. Brunch fully exceeded our expectations. We cannot wait until we have another Sunday to spend in Philly. Mimosas were AWESOME!

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The brunch is awesome and a great value

CC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

KC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten here multiple times but the Brunch on Sunday is our favorite!

OT
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The pork Benedict was delicious

k
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

been here before and we were rushed out yesterday during brunch. rude waitress. gratuity was added when our party only had 5 people (we’re not advised it would automatically be applied). will never go back.

GP
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very fresh and delicious food. Somewhat overpriced. Had a relatively new server who made multiple errors, which affected the entire experience.

c
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit and 3 generations thoroughly enjoyed the experience and meal from start to finish. We were seated in a quieter room due to 2 in our party being hard of hearing, our waiter, Andre, was fantastic and all of our food was fresh and delicious. I look forward to returning during other visits to see my son at Penn. you can’t beat its convenience to Penn and Drexel. I hear the brunch is amazing too!

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

They gave me a birthday card and my heart melted ❤️ always an amazing experience! Top notch in terms of food, hospitality and environment. Makes a cat person convert to a dog person!!

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet again, an amazing experience only this time shared with the parents. They loved it the same. Amazing plates, great wine and cocktails, wonderful service and incredible ambiance.

R
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, the service friendly and effective. My favorite restaurant near Penn.

f
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food - and hidden away on Sansom Street. Outdoor seating really nice. And the waitstaff are attentive without being overbearing.

TS
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were very disappointed with our brunch this past Sunday. Sadly the restaurant has really lost it’s charm and feels like a chain restaurant! The server was completely overwhelmed, food took a long time to arrive, and felt poor in quality for the pretty high price. (i.e, the salad dressing that came with the wedge salad was describes as “a condiment dressing: mustard, mayonnaise , and ketchup 🤢) with small cold fried shrimp that felt like red lobster 😩

Go back to your small restaurant roots!

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

S
Calgary
30 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Went for breakfast- very mediocre food potatoes mushy 2 of our plates were cool not warm or hot toast was cold. Neat space but food is why you go to a place. Won’t go back many other places that can prepare bacon and eggs properly.

PM
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great spot for brunch! Food is fantastic and they offer an interesting and varied menu. Very pretty restaurant, especially when the outdoor seating is available.

EM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love White Dog and have eaten there several times (Actually in two of their locations). Normally very good food and service. It can get very busy, so plan for that!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

The server was top notch, but the food was nothing special. The hummus appetizer was ok, but the eggplant Marsala was awful

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