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White Dog Cafe

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3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3404 (34th Street)
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.
215-386-9224
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Today
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Description: White Dog Cafe was one of the original farm to table restaurants, founded...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert
Private Dining

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  • 134
    Excellent
  • 126
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very special

We had a terrific meal at the White Dog Cafe. We started with a beet salad which was exceptional. We then had a dish of mussels and another of gnocchi. Everything was excellent. We'd definitely go back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
garlicshrimp
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stamford, ct
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
  • Private Dining
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329 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
stamford, ct
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We had a terrific meal at the White Dog Cafe. We started with a beet salad which was exceptional. We then had a dish of mussels and another of gnocchi. Everything was excellent. We'd definitely go back.

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New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We went to a White Dog for brunch today and we're glad that we had a reservation because it was busy. We were seated promptly and were served coffee right away. Order was taken but it took quite a while for the food to come out. It was excellent and since we were having a good time with our friends... More 

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Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I went to dinner here with a party of 13. Our server was friendly, attentive and added to the overall positive experience. Our party had a variety of meals from hamburgers, mushroom ravioli, short ribs and rainbow trout. Everyone enjoyed their meals very much. The restaurant was even able to accommodate a gluten allergy. The decor of the restaurant is... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place has a long history. After the renovation, white dog cafe is reborn into a classic yet a hip place. If you are going here for a casual night out, you should sit by the bar! Their wine and beer selections are great.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We went to White Dog for my birthday. We found the menu very limited. My son had to order a $32 steak because he's a picky eater and there wasn't anything else he could eat. The soup was very hot but not too tasty. Maybe because they didn't add any salt. The entires were so so. I couldn't eat the... More 

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The place is good and interesting with some different choices of food. I had a great lunch time in a cold day in December.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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167 reviews 167 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I had dinner here on a Saturday. It was crowded so first get a reservation. I realized it was crowded for a reason. It's very good. The inside of the place is very neat. Very cool lay out. Lots of space and uniquely decorated. Nice bar. We had a great appetizer (Cured Meats & Charcuterie) that could have easily been... More 

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Mohrsville
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Our family stopped in for a fairly quick sit down lunch. They quickly let us know the amount of time to have a table, or if we are comfortable with eating at the Bar it is a 10% discount. We had a very tasty meal as a party of 6 at the bar. Great food, great flavors, great service. Of... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Great food, great service and perfect atmosphere. You don't have to be a dog lover to come here but for those of us that at are, the dog art is a pleasure to look at. All of the food is organic and free range with many of the seasonal ingredients coming from local farmers. And it's absolutely delicious. I had... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Re-visited the White Dog because we enjoyed our last visit. I have only been here for brunch and if that is what you are looking for DO check it out. Local sourced, organic ingredients, unusual combinations, this is the place for you.You will not be disappointed with the choices, prices and service. Parking , well it is Philly.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3404
    (34th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: 215-386-9224

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?