White Dog Cafe

American Restaurant$$$$
University City, Philadelphia
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  • Scot G.
    Scot Goldberg3 weeks ago
    limited menu. good food. tight tables
  • Dan
    DanApril 11, 2016
    Food is fresh, just a little pricy
  • Candace S.
    Candace SelphMarch 18, 2016
    Have some vegan options, the food is good, and the service was wonderful. The rooms are adorable!
  • Alejandro V.
    Alejandro VillanuevaNovember 20, 2015
    Burguer!!!! Is great!!!
  • Bre B.
    Bre BonnerNovember 9, 2015
    Cute place to go for brunch. Servers were nice and the food was good. If you sit at the bar, instead of a table you get a discount.
  • Dale A.
    Dale AndrewsOctober 29, 2015
    Great local beer on tap. The squash bruschetta was amazing. I got the huevos rancheros which were ok, regretted not buying other thing more afterwards.
  • Paul l L.
    Paul l LeeOctober 25, 2015
    Very creative brunch dishes, service was good.
  • Jonah
    JonahSeptember 20, 2015
    Very cute restaurant with a bunch of interesting rooms to dine in. Great atmosphere. 10% off when eating at the bar.
  • Larry C.
    Larry ChenSeptember 12, 2015
    Great patio environment. Cocktails are good.
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop in for the happy hour, which includes all drafts. Try the beet hummus too, weird but tasty.
  • Stéphanie N.
    Stéphanie NamJune 30, 2015
    Delicious pastas, great ambiance, steak wasn't worth the price, not many vegan options.
  • David H.
    David HowlandJune 9, 2015
    One of my favorite restaurants in Philly. Unique, changing menu of local foods. Cheese plate is always good.
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MonsalveMay 21, 2015
    Beautiful space and amazing food.
  • Nitha D.
    Nitha DApril 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite places in Philly to dine al fresco when the weather is as gorgeous on this spring day.... I could make a meal out of two servings of their delicious tuna appetizer..! Yum☺️
  • Vivian H.
    Vivian HuangMarch 29, 2015
    I want you to know that the orange juice is fresh-squeezed. I checked to be sure.
  • Robin B.
    Robin BerryMarch 15, 2015
    Stuffed French toast was Devine!! Be adventurous and Try a few of the different cocktails! Walked right in and sat at the bar.
  • RC
    RCFebruary 14, 2015
    Very cute place with good food.
  • Resa N.
    Resa NgFebruary 7, 2015
    The tuna tartare is heavenly
  • Cass L.
    Cass LDecember 6, 2014
    Ask for Peter at the bar!
  • Leanne A.
    Leanne AlyssaNovember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The vegan white bean ravioli and the squash gnocchi are so good! The service was pretty slow even though it wasn't that busy.
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HinchliffeAugust 9, 2014
    Great appetizers.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MenziesJune 27, 2014
    Fantastic local food. Definitely recommend.
  • Jurdina .
    Jurdina 👑🐝April 13, 2014
    Best sage sausage
  • Andrea P.
    Andrea PMarch 22, 2014
    Great brunch item: cinnamon pretZel roll!
  • Steph S.
    Steph ShyuMarch 21, 2014
    That happy hour menu though
  • Carol Ann S.
    Carol Ann SchwartzFebruary 1, 2014
    Get the hummus appetizer - amazing!
  • Mary D.
    Mary DunhamNovember 17, 2013
    Out of everything after the brunch rush.
  • Ani V.
    Ani VempralaSeptember 24, 2013
    Friendly spot!
  • Peggy S.
    Peggy SavageSeptember 13, 2013
    Yep this place is hot! Great service!
  • Conor L.
    Conor LaterzaSeptember 4, 2013
    Slow service, waiter was uninviting and wasn't a fan of the small menu.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SherwinAugust 7, 2013
    Beef tenderloin and rigatoni were both amazing!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MaherAugust 1, 2013
    Meh... The ketchup is amazing?? Seemed like it was straight up Heinz. These are not the local ingredients you are looking for... Especially at these prices.
  • Pedro H.
    Pedro HenriqueJuly 31, 2013
    Good place to have a brunch
  • Emily M.
    Emily M.July 22, 2013
    Consistently terrific farm-to-table culinary offerings, and a great drinks menu to boot. Great date venue!
  • Jillian R.
    Jillian ReadingJune 19, 2013
    Tad overpriced but all local. Desserts on small side but delicious. Enjoyed beef tenderloin w chard and flour less chocolate cake.
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigApril 5, 2013
    Tasty but way overpriced. University city high rollers hang out here. The only vegan item on the menu, tofu with sautéed veggies, was darn good.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MesiarikApril 2, 2013
    The kids will ove the doggie decor and you'll appreciate a delicious meal that is local, healthy and sustainable. Brunch is a real treat!
  • Soyoung ★.
    Soyoung ★March 11, 2013
    Cute and cozy restaurant with delicious food! They boast a great brunch menu; definitely somewhere to take your parents or friends when they're visiting.
  • William M.
    William McCullochMarch 1, 2013
    If you sit in the front room, be prepared for noise. It has sort of an old English pub feel and there tends to be a number of loud talkers.
  • Nedgra V.
    Nedgra VidalFebruary 26, 2013
    Good food...a bit Expensive for me.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 17, 2013
    Grab lunch at the White Dog.
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WaringDecember 1, 2012
    Delicious Pennsylvania Sunset
  • Jasdev
    JasdevSeptember 14, 2012
    Such small proportions, not worth the money
  • Kelly P.
    Kelly PSeptember 1, 2012
    For your entree try the duck with mushrooms or the chicken that comes with INCREDIBLE bacon mac & cheese! Literally mouthwatering!
  • Kelly P.
    Kelly PSeptember 1, 2012
    Pricey but very good! We went on a very crowded night (new Penn students) but received complimentary drinks to make up for the wait. Our waiter, Josh, was very friendly & informative about their menu.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 15, 2012
    During the week from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. get half-priced local craft brews, $5 farm-to-bar cocktails and half-priced nachos and chicken wings. Read more
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 14, 2012
    The Green Meadow Farms pork scrapple sliders with smoked cheddar and housemade balsamic ketchup on the White Dog Café menu are amazing. Read more
  • Andrea D.
    Andrea DugganMarch 10, 2012
    Fantastic 10 dollar unlimited brunch-drink deal!
  • Kristi
    KristiMarch 3, 2012
    Mike the sous chef does amazing things with food!
  • Evan S.
    Evan SiegelMarch 3, 2012
    The BRAND NEW Chocolate Chip Waffles are INCREDIBLE!
  • Kristi
    KristiFebruary 26, 2012
    The Buffalo Vegan Cheesesteak is amazing!
  • morgan f.
    morgan finkelsteinFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They took nachos off their happy hour menu!! Beware!
  • Hannah M.
    Hannah MinJanuary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The mushroom soup and cider make for a wonderful lite lunch!
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    Get a complimentary Chef Yost soup recipe when you help a family in need by donating to The Salvation Army. Text SHARE to 80888 to donate $10
  • Curl S.
    Curl SweatshirtNovember 30, 2011
    The Harvest Cocktail was a great non-alcoholic happy hour treat! Awesome nachos at the bar too b
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreOctober 14, 2011
    Fried green tomatoes are good and the glazed tofu is amazing!! Good beers on tap, great service.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyOctober 7, 2011
    Pet owners can dine alfresco at the White Dog Café and score a bowl of water for their pooch.
  • travel42
    travel42September 19, 2011
    A unique and diverse food menu, though the real draw here is dessert: try the Chocolate Lover's Sampler.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 12, 2011
    They make the mushroom soup like it's all they serve here. It's the tastiest bit of the woods you'll find in this city. Read more
  • Charles B.
    Charles BAugust 31, 2011
    best Burger in West Philly. great soups as well.
  • Raphael P.
    Raphael PoplockJune 27, 2011
    Lamb Bolognese is money Read more
  • Cari
    CariMay 26, 2011
    I didn't realize how far this place has come since I was in college at Penn. Fresh, local and organic ingredients, unusual combinations...delicious effect. Read more
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DitmireApril 24, 2011
    I ate here in 1989 and loved the fresh, innovative cuisine in a quirky, warm tavern. 22 years later, I returned and fell back in love with the cuisine, incredible service and the best Brussel spouts.
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  • Tara F.
    Tara FueshkoMarch 26, 2011
    Order the Lobster Mac n Cheese!
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MerrittMarch 24, 2011
    Loved the tuna tartare and the lobster mac and cheese
  • Caroline J.
    Caroline JaneMarch 19, 2011
    The crab quiche is excellent!... Also check out the list of local brews
  • MM
    MMMarch 15, 2011
    Wonderful lunch!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 6, 2010
    For brunch, try the Seven Stars yogurt parfait with its Morello cherry puree, or the big ol’ (read: unfinishable) stack of buttermilk pancakes topped with caramelized organic bananas. Read more
  • Igor S.
    Igor SimicDecember 1, 2010
    The Mesquite Burger is fantastic for lunch, with the Smoked Turkey Panini as a close second.
  • Jimmy V.
    Jimmy VaughanNovember 2, 2010
    The white dog cafe is spectacular!!! Not only great food, but first class service and the ambiance is great. The chef's presentation is one of the greatest pieces of the dining puzzle as well.
  • Barrett L.
    Barrett LaneAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour is 5-7. Get a half priced craft draft and nachos.
  • ung hee c.
    ung hee choAugust 29, 2010
    You'll love its delicious food, peaceful atmosphere and neighborhood
  • Fernando B.
    Fernando BarrenecheaAugust 20, 2010
    A great surprise y love this place!!!!
  • Noah
    NoahJune 28, 2010
    Chicken cobb salad is good. Hold the blue cheese.
  • Autumn W.
    Autumn WaldenMay 14, 2010
    H.P. Blavatsky. Order of the Golden Dawn. Mystic. She used to live here. Nuff said.
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin SchwarzMarch 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Hawaiian tuna tartar.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LurieDecember 11, 2009
    Luscious duck breast.
  • JD W.
    JD WhittingtonApril 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chihuahua Huevos Rancheros son increíbles
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