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White Dog Cafe

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3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (34th Street)
+1 215-386-9224
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I think the place is one of the best around UPenn. Went there for brunch and dinner, first with a friend and then alone. The menu is quite varied and they have daily specials.

Thank Maria A
Los Angeles, California
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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Entering the historic space, filled with dog references and decor, creates an anticipation that is upheld by the menu. Dishes offer creative touches, such as figs atop the sweet potatoes, an arugula pesto accompanying the swordfish, maple and bacon brussels sprouts. The waiter was very welcoming and helpful. Modifications were cheerfully accommodated, as were shared portions. Dinner was served promptly,... More 

Thank LA1289
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't been to the White Dog for several years and knew it had changed hands. It's nice to have a restaurant with locally sourced vegetables and meats Soups are divine. The salads were very good. I saw someone nearby who had to remove some of the turkey breast from her club sandwich. It was that big. Prices are a... More 

Thank Susan D
Illinois, USA
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed a business dinner at White Dog Cafe. The atmosphere was unique and provided good material for small talk, with all the different dog decorations. I had appetizers and the crab cake dinner. The food was good, but not amazing. I would like to return and order some different things.

Thank MountainGoats2
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118 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful food with a great variety both in terms of price and selection of food! Salads were incredible and no one at our table had anything left on their plate, which is usually a good sign! Nice wine list, some craft cocktails. Sat at the bar for a bit when we got there--friendly folks and good service. Would definitely eat... More 

Thank Gail W
New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my daughter here for brunch for her 24th birthday. Loved the lively colors and the decoration. We love dogs, so this was an awesome place because it's so unique. Cute block with outdoor seating as well along other brownstone buildings. Our server was excellent. He was very attentive and took care of us. I guess he overheard us talking... More 

Thank MercyNewJersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our second (and last) visit to this restaurant we experienced excellent service, good food, and excessive prices. The food is really nothing to write home about. Yes, it's very good but creativity and quality does not justify the high prices. Crab cakes were billed as being mostly jumbo lump crab; they were ok but certainly not jumbo lump crab.... More 

Thank nolantho
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eat here regularly. Always consistent. High quality eats. Great omelettes and soups. The most outstanding dish I've had there is the pumpkin ravioli. If you see it on the menu, do not pass it up. Truffle fries are very tasty but sometimes are not always fresh and i've had to have them swap out for a fresh batch. Gets very... More 

Thank Jane G
Houston, Texas
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the little street this restaurant is on and the decor inside is pretty cool! I was out to dinner with a few colleagues and we really enjoyed it. The service was good and the food was excellent. It was a bit expensive, especially considering the portion size. I got the swordfish, which was accompanied with some veggies. It... More 

Thank p13marina
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

One of the too restaurants in university city. Bit expensive buy they serve quality food. To me, best for dinner. Dinner with friends and family or solo. Inside decorations and lighting was awesome

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
Contemporary, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    (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: +1 215-386-9224
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 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. Our three locations in Wayne, Haverford and University City 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?