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White Dog Cafe

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3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (34th Street)
+1 215-386-9224
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food is outstanding. Very fresh, mostly farm-to-table. Vegans and vegetarians beware: certain items on the dessert menu are made with ingredients from animals. And I am not certain that other items on the vegetarian menu are made animal-free, as well. Price is too high. I've eatern here several times and the wait staff is mostly fine. Last visit I found... More 

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Greenwich, CT
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112 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My son and I had dinner hear while visiting UPenn and it seems like the best place to eat in that immediate area. It's not inexpensive, but the food was nice farm-to-table, the ambiance is cozy, and the service was friendly. We had truffle fries, trout, halibut, and the cookie jar for dessert. All were well executed and delicious.

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Philadelphia
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to this outpost of the White Dog several times over the years. (I've also been to the ones in Wayne and in Haverford). We're dog people and love the whimsical dog decor. The food and drinks are always well prepared and delicious give or take a few inconsistencies...but every time, there is always a service flub and every... More 

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PADOVA
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127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the eastern part of town, where are some of the 90 universities of Philadelphia (, yes, 90. Here the business is education), in front of the school of law of one of them, there is this nice restaurant that is everything but a Cafe. Placed in an historical house, is the middle one of a row of three, nicely... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting my daughter @ Penn and this has become a very reliable and pleasant stop during our time together. Food is very solid, service same. I know she wants to finish her PhD but I'm okay with it taking a little more time to sneak in a few more visits !!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just go it's just that good. Ambiance, amazingly sharp servers and excellent food. You just can't go wrong.

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athens
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant in the university city is perfect. The food was amazing and the cocktails also very nice. The restaurant is friendly to everybody, from families to solos.

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Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

Food is consistently good, if a bit esoteric. Be prepared for some out of the ordinary combination of sides w/ entrees. Service is very good. The lamb bolognese is a staple and always excellent.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

In town for business and pleasure, our long weekend in Philadelphia was memorable. Although Friday evening was downright frigid in Philly, my family and I ventured out in the cold in search of a solid, healthy meal. We found warmth and goodness on a plate at The White Dog Cafe. This farm to table eatery offers a full menu of... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

We had read a lot of mixed reviews about this restaurant and did not know how we would fare. We had a super- fresh and crunchy salad with the most delicious homemade dressing. The vegetarian burgers were the best ever! Our server was friendly and checked with us every few minutes to be sure we had everything we wanted.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
Cuisine
Contemporary, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, 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, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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
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 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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