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White Dog Cafe

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3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3404 (34th Street)
+1 215-386-9224
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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

Thank Natureholic
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there because it was a top pick in lonely planet - to be sincere I was expecting more. The squash soup was really tasty, while the sandwich was just good, not amazing. Brunch seems nice...

Thank Cora C
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have enjoyed the fun ambience and great University location of this place many times; for brunch, lunch, dinner and bar scene. Our last visit was really not great at all, average at best. And this included both the service and the food. Probably will not eat brunch here again. Service was slow, Bloody Mary's were just ok, omelets were... More 

Thank sunnsnow3
Bradford, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The vibe, the food, the service and even the background music was all just awesome! Truffle fries........ a MUST

Thank NicoletteKB
Boca Raton, Florida
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is very cozy and beautiful, I liked the ambiance better than the food. It is like a house divided into small rooms and each room is decorated with dog themes, the tables are tiny but the place is super cute. The food was good, had the burger which was tasty. I found the place a little overpriced though.

Thank mariavoyer
Chester, New Jersey
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167 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had an early dinner on an October Monday evening. We shared the cheese board and it was excellent. Entrees included the Arctic Char special and the spicy lamb Bolognese. All excellent. FYI, Monday, bottles of wine are half price! Highly recommended.

Thank Hoyaken
Voula, Greece
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

nice hang out, pretty busy, in summertime,and when university starts extremely busy, so it's good to be early or book ahead. Just had a couple of things for brunch. They also offer healthy choices.

Thank NicoleS755
Amman, Jordan
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67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is in University City (UPenn) . From outside it doesn't look like much. It's a huge place consisting of different rooms with one thing in common the Dogs' paintings but each room is a different design and has a different feel. The food is to die for, the best burger ever. I liked it more for lunch or dinner... More 

Thank Rannoush26
Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In West Philly for a conference, had to make the stop to the White Dog for dinner with my friend who has never been. Made a reservation, which on a Saturday night was a good idea. Always nice, friendly staff, making sure everything was to your liking. The tuna was nice, but only 3 small squares on my plate, for... More 

Thank mcgon
Philadelphia, PA
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I revisited White Dog after a 10 plus year break. We were at a museum on Penn's campus, and spontaneously decided to have something more than fast food or a sandwich for lunch. (The menu was labeled "brunch"). The food was quite good, albeit pricey, and more than my wife could finish. However, we were in a... More 

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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, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
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 19104-3404
    (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: +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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