White Dog Cafe - University City

4.7
4084 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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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 4084 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KarenK
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food outstanding . Enjoyed the atmosphere. We enjoyed eating there

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Brunch was mediocre. Has potential to be great and I’ve heard good things, but first impression was a doozy. The hosts were not pleasant or welcoming, which should be a top priority. Server was kinda, meh. And food was just okay. I would go back and give it a second try because I feel like the potential is there.

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HungryDiner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always love this place. After I have been there a few times, there are still new areas that I have yet uncovered. This place is like a little maze but each room has a distinctive theme and concept that's pretty cool. The food is amazing as usual. Salad is very fresh and tasty. Perfect lunch/brunch experience.

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ErinV
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy White Dog Cafe. It's our go-to when visiting our son in Philly.

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vipclinewalt
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love a meal at White Dog when we visit our son at Penn. It’s never a disappointment. They are handling COVID restrictions very well.

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DanLanTan
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience4

Made a reservation for outside at 5:30. Arrived and they said that our reservation was only a “preference” and that we would have to wait 45 minutes to sit outside even though they had 3 benches available outside. They said those are saved for parties of 6 only. Doesn’t make sense that a restaurant would turn away a reservation when you have open tables. Also never heard of a restaurant not honoring a reservation. Very poor customer service, don’t rely on a reservation!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time. Food was very good!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My only two complaints were that we arrived for our reserved table at 1245 and we had to wait about 30 minutes. Also the toilets could have done with a clean.the food was amazing and our waitress was wonderful

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Marie
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Everyone there was very nice towards us. They accommodated us when we wanted to sit outside because of the nice weather. The food and drinks were reasonably priced and i would definitely go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The decor is lovely and the food is very good. The server is very nice but seemed a bit out of sort, forgot the sugar with the coffee and tea and then forgot the spoon. Got message from OpenTable saying we didn't show up for our reservation, which we did. Overall, still a good brunch option near the schools. We will go back the next time we visit the area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was lucky to get a reservation on the first nice Friday night of the season, and there was even live music. Food was great and had a fantastic night even though there were just a few service hiccups. Will definitely be going back, and dog friendly was a huge plus!

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Keith
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Generous staff and great drinks/food. A great place for happy hour with a unique ambience.

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PatriciaP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat outside. They seated us at a table near the entrance. It was packed with other diners who stood around us waiting to be seated. They were all wearing masks but I still felt a bit uncomfortable. The food was very good. The carrot ginger soup was particularly memorable. I got the catfish sandwich and my companion got the burger. Both were tasty. I’ve eaten here many times over the years and it is reliably good. I would just suggest rethinking the outdoor table arrangement or moving check in to the outside area.

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Nickky
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, love the little cozy dining rooms, food is amazing, great choice of mixed drinks too.

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Julia
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely dinner! Everything was absolutely delicious.

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ChaseC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were seated 45 minutes AFTER we arrived on time for our reservation. Food came out lukewarm, and drinks never arrived. Overbooked and over priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very busy brunch so our reservation for 1pm was mor like 1:20 but other than that everything else was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun atmosphere, they were running behind with reservations, so we waited an additional 15 min or so. The rest are great. Food is delicious as any of the Starr restaurants, did not disappoint. I’m also a dog person, which makes the dining room so much more fun

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vipSabrinaM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place for brunch in the city

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vipEvolve
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and great service, will return.

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vipKatiemae
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing here. So delicious and fresh. I felt like we were a little too close to others in a small room though and the waitress touched the water refill pitcher to the rim of the glass, both of which I thought were scary with covid. Also, they had really good music playing elsewhere and we couldn't hear it well in our room. We could hear the conversations of the people at tables next to us. I ordered our burger medium well and it came medium rare. We ate it anyway and it was delicious. I had the beet and a regular salad and my husband had the carrot soup. We also ordered a half portion of the sweet potato gnudi and mushrooms au gratin. And the pretzle bread..omg. Everything was so good. My husband and I are both vaccinated, so I didn't run out the door screaming over the covid stuff, but I think its safer to refill clean glasses from the waitress station rather than taking a pitcher from table to table. The service was good otherwise- our food and drinks came fast and I was starving, so that was nice!

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vipStuartM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Understaffed, overcooked meat, watery deviled eggs, mushy fries, spices underused/overused. Server did her best. Until I go back, I will give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume these were all symptoms of a ‘bad day’

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vipMaria
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I enjoy White Dog very much and have been here a handful of times. The most recent time I went, service was slow and the workers were evidently stressed, which I get, it was a lively, warm Saturday evening. But, with that being said, the energy the server was providing made things uncomfortable, telling us that if we know anyone who wants a job to send them to White Dog, something about unemployment, and sarcastically mumbling "my pleasure" when we'd thank them for various things. It was uncomfortable honestly. We kept insisting they take their time and we were in no rush, that we saw how busy it was, but I was pleased to be done our meal and leave. I still recommend White Dog but this was a really off, strange meal time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely! fabulous service. one of my favorite brunch spots in philly.

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Alexis
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, great staff, amazing food. Love the dog theme!!

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vipvinojam
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

2 out of 4 orders were wrong. Server seemed overwhelmed.

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EunB
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch I've had in a long time!
Thank you and i would def recommend to all my friends! This was my stomping ground while in grad school in the mid 90's!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience4

I love Sierra (not sure if I’m spelling that correctly) and Sophie. Excellent service!! I will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

28th birthdAY celebrations 🎉

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing. The food and service was amazing.

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DM210
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Waitress was good. The boy who delivered our food didn't know which plate had cheese, so he moved the toast with his hands. no-no!!!

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vipLondon6dj
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I always like dining at White Dog Cafe.
Food was good. Server, Flo, was unfriendly and appeared like she wasn’t thrilled to be working. I was having a business meeting. The restaurant was basically empty. We felt like we were bothering her. Other than that this is a very nice place.

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Appreciative
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always a treat! Good COVID protections are in place, and the servers are friendly and conscientious. Please support restaurants!!!!

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vipMariaH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very attentive service. Will definitely be back again!

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vipLadyHenry
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had Sunday brunch. Good menu selection. Tasty food. Downside, they got part of our order wrong (my son ordered a burger, I ordered mushroom soup. The server presented me with an omelette). Was this a big deal? Not initially. But, AT NO POINT did our waiter let me know that the kitchen was getting my order ready. After waiting for what seemed like forever for my soup (correct order) to arrive, I had to ask a waitress (not mine), to ask the waiter serving my table to come over to us so I could ask about the status of my order. Also, my son's burger was starting to cool because he didn't want to start eating before my dish arrived. Did I enjoy the soup? Yes. Was it worth waiting for? Maybe. Was the portion generous for what I paid? No!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious. They also have bottomless mimosas, bloody Mary’s, and sangria.. but only the mimosas were good in my opinion.

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MarkW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New server Justin was very good. Food was excellent!!

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AnneMarie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a last minute lovely night out with friends. The service was top notch and funny. The food is always stellar and this night was no different. We convinced another person, our friend, that White Dog is the s#!t.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sierra (waitress in training) is a QUEEN. Flo is too. We loved them both. Great bottomless brunch deal and even better service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Excellent food, subpar service.

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White Dog Cafe - University City is rated 4.7 stars by 4084 OpenTable diners.

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