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White Dog Cafe

3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3404
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Ranked #235 of 3,731 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 34th Street
Transit: Conveniently located a block east from the 36th Street stop on the Rt. 34 Trolley; two blocks south from the 34th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line, and just around the corner from the 42 and 21 bus routes at 34th Street.
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76% Recommend
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English first
San Diego
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

This quaint restaurant is located in close proximity to UPenn. I had the 4 course special for $35 and it was well- worth the price. Each course was fantastic. The port tenderloin was cooked to perfection. The wait staff was very attentive. I would definitely eat there again.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We enjoyed White Dog Cafe for a "girls night out" with my mom, sister and (2 year old) daughter. I'm guessing most people in University City aren't dining with small children but the White Dog was WONDERFUL to us. No kid's menu of course but the side dishes are a large portion - we ordered the bacon mac-n-cheese for the... More

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

went there for a simple, quick lunch. the atmosphere and outdoor seating are very pleasant. the server couldn't have been less enthused. just phoned it in that day perhaps. horrible attitude, slow, etc. the food was a mixed bag. truffle fries were seriously tasty. friend's omelet was mediocre. the bbq chicken salad I had was one of the worst salads... More

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Santa Elena, Belize
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I recently had an unfortunate experience here, and encourage you to give my story a read before booking a private party at White Dog - University City. In May, we deposited at White Dog for a rehearsal dinner on August 15. We were pleased with the service of the event manager, and were excited to plan our farm-to-table meal. Four... More

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Vineland, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great meal and atmosphere. Drinks were very good. Cheese plate was okay. Order at the bar between 4-7 and get each choice for $4 instead of $6.Will be back again!

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had an enjoyable brunch at the White Dog Cafe, eating outside. They offer a good variety of brunch and lunch choices, and our group had the pancakes, the egg in a hole, and the chicken and biscuits. All were very good.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is an update on my rather negative review from about a month ago. I had gone to White Dog with a friend for lunch and been disappointed by the portion size relative to the cost. About 2 weeks later I was part of a 10-person group that went there for dinner. Although we had a room to ourselves, we... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Hosted our son's graduation dinner for 10...thought the food was very good, though I agree with others that some items are overpriced, especially the appetizers like cheese plate with a tiny amount on the board. Fish and pasta dishes were excellent, steak only fair. Waitress seemed moody. She ranged from very nice and knowledgeable about menu and wine to downright... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were very impressed with the recently updated atmosphere of this very inviting cafe. While it is somewhat pricey, the food is all natural with many Organic selections from the Appetizers to Deserts. Recommendations: Green Meadow Double Cheeseburger; Long Island Monkfish. Items to Avoid: Local Artisan Cheese; Dibruno Bros Burrato Salad. Must stay for Desert: Flan Custard with Raspberries! Yummy!

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Philadelphia, PA
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

While I was in grad school, I used to come here a lot on Friday nights. The bar was cozy and the food-yummy, but cheaper than the dining room. Today, I was back for brunch. The food was delicious. I had an omelet with sun dried tomatoes, bacon and goat cheese. It was just about perfect. The atmosphere is cozy-we... More

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