White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.5
1495 reviews
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Contemporary American
White Dog Cafe has been engaging its local community with award-winning contemporary American cuisine, since 1983 in Philadelphia and since 2010 in Wayne. Known for creative menus, using the highest quality farm-fresh ingredients and humanely raised meats and poultry, our menus change weekly to capture the best local, seasonal and sustainable grown foods available. Our inspiring menus are complimented with an all American wine list, local craft beers and seasonal specialty cocktails and refreshing mocktails served with warm hospitality.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 6 women there for book club. Everything at White Dog was top notch! The food and cocktails were delicious. Our server was knowledgeable and delightful. And, who knew, Monday is 1/2 off bottles of wine!

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MC
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Chris our server was first rate. I found the dinner not up to same level I had experienced before. Certainly not terrible but the Bronzino in red sauce?? The bread not fresh but overall a decent experience.

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n
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place, atmosphere, food, service. They seemed to deliver on the farm-to-table sourcing claim, though 2 in our party ordered simple pasta dishes which didn't really have opportunity to highlight ingredients. Server was excellent. Main issue was price: 4 of us with one shared appetizer, modest entree' orders (only 2 meat dishes), one shared desert, and one cocktail, no wine: $180 with 20% tip.... just a bit steep for a casual night out dining.

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a
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and the waitress was absolutely delightful!!

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j
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliable

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KA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Six of us went for brunch on a Saturday at noon. I had made a reservation and we were seated immediately. We had only been to the White Dog in University City (which we love) and had heard mixed reviews on the one in Haverford. Food and service were outstanding. We all enjoyed our meal very much. It was a bit noisy, but nothing terrible. Entree prices were very reasonable and portion sizes were good. I thought $3.50 for a soda and $10 for a bowl of soup was a bit much, but that's where a lot of restaurants make a good bit of their money. I would definitely go there again and recommend it to others.

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W
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of the food at White Dog Cafe is consistent and it is always an enjoyable experience. As one who eats with their eyes first, the presentation matches the high quality of the taste. They have tasty options for those who do not eat meat. Their drinks and desserts compliment the meals. The service and cleanliness of the restaurant completes the experience.

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Michael Selser is excellent. Always using fresh ingredients and keeping farm to table in mind his food is flavorful and fresh. Homemade soups are fabulous.

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J
Raleigh
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy the White Dog--especially at lunch time. Wait staff is friendly, attentive, and very hospitable if you want to sit over coffee after the meal: I have never felt rushed. Good food, reasonably priced.

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MJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Celebrating a bday thought would receive a free desert

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J
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the service was terrific and the food delicious.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Server was horiable. Never checked back on us, she was busy sitting and talking to her group of friends behind our table. Had to ask other servers for more water and coffee. Poor service.

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AC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful brunch, the food was delicious and the staff professional yet very friendly. Highly recommend.

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SW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely birthday celebration at White Dog! There were many thoughtful touches to make for a special birthday. And as always the food was delicious!

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BB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 9 people were thoroughly satisfied. Thanks very much.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dependably good food in a comfortable atmosphere. Loved the Marsala sauce on the chicken. Perfect for a cold rainy night.

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P
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I really like the food and service at this restaurant - but please lose the mason jars used for water. Using these would be fine for an outdoor lemonade at a casual outdoor cafe, but here, it has the effect of over-casualizing the ambiance. Bring back the regular glassware, please!

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful birthday celebration for my sister-in-law. We sat in the "living room," and it felt warm and cozy. Our server, Jonathan, was attentive, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the menu and the specials. All four of us ordered the scallops and risotto which was absolutely delicious. Jonathan recommended a wheat beer (the only kind I drink) which was light and tasty and hit the spot. I can't wait to go back!

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RJ
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and attentive service. Lovely atmosphere.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, and the service was prompt and personable. We had a wonderful time.

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s
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

To exspensive. Tables very close together ,active bar

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RR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food came quickly, which was great. Unfortunately, we sat for more than 30 minutes waiting for a bill and then for it to be taken. This was a disappointing way to end a business lunch.

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PA
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal! Great to come after yoga and eat healthy alternatives, or settle down with a delicious burger! Our come to place to have a nice or a quick meal.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For two soups and sharing an entree , the price point was high!

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F
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Very delicious!!
Salmon was fabulous!
Chris our server was first class, very helpful with the menu since this was the first time for us to dine at White Dog.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and excellent service. Prices on the high side: server told us lunch is a better value and we would definitely return to try it. Arctic char entree special was particularly good.

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DP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday for my girlfriend. Every person who assisted from the host to the server to the food runner all made a point to say Happy Birthday. Very great experience

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d
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

one of my favorite brunch places! love the decor and especially the sunny front room.

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AB
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was slow, unfriendly and cold. Perhaps she assumed that there was no good reason to give good service because the tip was automatically included for our party of 8.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don't forget to make a reservation if you want to visit on the weekend. This place is always so busy but if you are lucky, you will get a comfortable booth and your planning ahead is all worthwhile. I always appreciate a restaurant that has gluten free bread options. I had the winter vegetable salad. The arugula was fresh but I wasn't happy with the crispy sweet potatoes. I love sweet potatoes but the taste was fried out of these. Unless you like a lot of cheese, get it on the side because it will overpower the salad. I got the avocado toast and it was a perfect compliment to the salad and made it it filling and satisfying meal. My companion got the Koch Turkey Sandwich and enjoyed every bite. But who needs all that fried food. I expect White Dog to be more innovative and offer more roasted options. Oven roast your fries and cut back on the fried foods. Main Line diners do enjoy healthy eating options and White Dog should be the place to get at least a few options.

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CO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not a great menu for a restaurant that has a large number of women diners. Love their lunch menu.

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PE
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My request for a booth or a large table was honored at the height of the lunchtime rush on a weekday. We both settled on an omlete, which was prepared to perfection . Staff was attentive but not overbearing - an excellent balance.

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EC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the White Dog Cafe and we enjoyed everything about it! The food was VERY good, nicely presented, with excellent and friendly service. We loved the relaxing, comfortable, and tasteful ambiance. The only drawback was that it is a bit pricey so probably a place for special times rather than a regular favorite.

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p
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food and always a good time. Food was very well done with great attention to detail. Served us in the bar area which is less than desire able for service and view since the rest of this place is quite nice.

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EB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The usual solid experience with interesting menu items.

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BH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very good and the room where we were seated was bright, attractive and inviting. However, we were seated thirty minutes after our scheduled reservation.

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VB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My wife had shrimp and scallops for $38, there were two shrimp and two scallops. I had the New York strip steak for $41 which was choice not prime. Very noisy and packed for a Thursday night

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M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful

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TG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and cooked to perfection. We were seated right away and our good came out at really good intervals. This was a great place for a quick lunch meet up.

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KR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Maybe it was an off night but ....... dining room was too bright, no music. Took forever to get drinks & food. Our adorable server did the best she could.

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