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White Dog Cafe

3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3404
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Ranked #221 of 3,733 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $9 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
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.
Description: White Dog Cafe was one of the original farm to table restaurants, founded in 1983 by social activist Judy Wicks promoting community environmental sustainability. White Dog Cafe is committed to serving the finest organic ingredients from local farms promoting sustainable, healthy dining and a strong community. Our contemporary American cuisine is prepared from our heart, blending seasonal ingredients and bold flavors with a refined presentation. Both our Wayne and University City locations provide unique and comfortable dining rooms paying tribute to everyone's beloved best friend. Open for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner with Happy Hour specials.
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77% Recommend
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English first
Moorestown, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

First time visiting this adorable cafe in University City; friends made the reservations for a Saturday night dinner. Started out at the bar with average service and good drinks. Moved to a comfy table for 4 for dinner. Warning if you're seated against the wall with the birdhouses - watch your head when you sit down. Very easy to bump... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The location is one of the most beautiful in Philly! In the heart of the university city! In a street famous for typical Irish raw pubs! Personally I eaten the French toast and was really the best of my life!

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Great seasonal local produce comes in a creative tasty menu. Very friendly staff. We enjoyed dinner outside with our dog. We really liked their local beer.

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Stony Brook, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Cafe has recently been renovated in various rooms I would generally refer to as "Modern Dog" or "Traditional Dog." You get the idea, very tastefully done rooms in various exaggerated canine themes - but it is interesting and really works (notice the traditional large "dog bone" mantel over the fireplace in the front parlor room.) Various paintings have a... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Had dinner on a monday night and it was delicious. The service was perfect. PLUS they have gluten free rolls and menu options!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I heard the founder (Judy Wicks) speak in the morning at a conference about how she started the White Dog Cafe' and then I got to eat there that evening. This was one of the best meals I've ever had in a restaurant! Our server was very attentive and took plenty of time to give a full description of every... More

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Enjoyed lunch here the other day. Ordered one of the specials, a salad with shrimp, blue cheese, bacon and avocado- was very good. I especially appreciated that the bacon was sliced in bite sized chunks and was not hard or over cooked. It was a perfect portion. Since I am trying to watch what I eat I was fine that... More

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San Diego
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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