White Dog Cafe-Haverford

4.6
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1790 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.5
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We ordered our food 10 minutes ahead of an adjacent party of 6. After a long wait the large party was served ahead of us. I spoke to a maitre d’ who ignored us.

L
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service
Love the eggplant parm and the deviled eggs

BZ
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

burger was delicious. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating.

NT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and delicious food that was savory without being too heavy. The service was exceptional and our server recommended great drinks as well as food. Worth every penny.

S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food.

RJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Food was just ok. Our waitress took her time which made dinner a lot longer than it needed to be. I would debate about going back. The most positive thing I could say is that the mushroom soup was really good.

SW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely brunch to celebrate three family members birthdays.

LT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We made a reservation for 8pm, and were seated at 8:30pm.
We were on a time constraint, so standing for 30min was not part of the plan. The food and drink as always were on point, and the server was good too. The bartender was the so charming as always.

S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

This restaurant is in a nice location, has a comfortable atmosphere, and the service is very good. However, the food was very average for the price. My wife and I will likely not be returning.

LN
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome family get together. The food was excellent and so was the service!! I highly recommend the scallops !!

l
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

White dog’s butternut soup is divine! Had their salmon which was in a lovely sauce
Great dinner! Felt very satisfied
Nice waitress
Will come back often!
Husband had chicken soup and beef pot pie he also enjoyed
Lm

PM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

We were celebrating my Mom’s 92 birthday. We were treated really well. Excellent attention to our needs to make this day special for my Mom.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Our waiter was the best EVER

M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our service was excellent, especially considering it was a Friday night.

c
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a lovely birthday celebration. Wish the Waiter was more attentive. But all and all a very nice meal.

PB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quiet enough for a business meeting, good to great enough to be remembered, priced better than many other upscale restaurants. What else matters? Clearly they care how they're doing. Repeating: Great enough to matter. It's my 1st choice for dining across from Haverford College. Enjoy!

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The White Dog is a go to restaurant for me for business lunches. The restaurant is well lit and appointed, and there is space enough between tables for a good conversation. The food is consistently delicious, and the server willing to tweak the menu to accommodate us. My only challenge is noise, as it’s a place and fairly loud. But on whole, good enough to have me coming back again and again.

R
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently delicious food and excellent service. One of my favorite places to always go back to over and over

OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great local spot. The food is consistently delicious.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Cordial and attentive wait staff. Experience worth the price. Plenty of parking.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous and attentive!

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

This is our second visit there. The food and table service were good. Unremarkable in its category but a perfectly fine place for brunch or dinner. However we had a 12:30 reservation and had to wait 25 minutes to be seated. We almost left.

R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

I have never experienced such a long wait for service in the many times that I have frequented this establishment. The wait time was epic and the server was unapologetic. The staff at the door was numerous and often just standing there and it seemed to me that they could have pitched in and helped out.
No gluten free bread available which was another big disappointment. I almost brought my own, but I talked myself out of it since it has been months since I have had that issue there.
The bacon did not arrive with my breakfast and I had to remind the server that I had ordered it. Additionally, the bacon was not cooked to perfection as it has been every other time, however my poached eggs were delectable and done to my exact specifications. I always appreciate being able to substitute greens for home fries on the Farmer’s Plate.
I am hoping for a better experience next weekend when I dine there yet again.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We had an 8:15 dinner reservation and were seated in a timely manner despite the restaurant being busy. The restaurant’s decor is cozy and the atmosphere was comfortable, if a bit over the top, in its dog theme. I was surprised to learn that one of their cocktails was no longer available that evening. This occurred again come desert when four of the dessert options were sold out. The food that was available was fine, but nothing special. For the restaurant’s pricing, I expected more. On the whole a good, if pricey, experience.

y
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

8pm reservation but wasn’t seated until 8:30pm. Was told it would be a few minutes each time I asked- I prefer a restaurant admit at the beginning they are running very behind so I can choose if I want to wait 30 minutes or not. No apologies from host when we were seated. Dining room was unbearably loud, food was overpriced for how meh it was.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Super slow, indifferent service at a non peak time. Food was lukewarm and had obviously been sitting for awhile before being served.

a
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We came for lunch and had reservations for bar seating. We still had to wait at least 15 minutes. The food is very good, though -- I had a very delicious omelette. Service was pleasant if a little slow. I will come back, though. Easy walk to Haverford Campus and good menu.

KH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We had a really bad table right outside of the kitchen. It was really bright and loud. I’m sure that impacted our experience negative way. We did enjoy the bar though

J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is consistently good. The service impeccable. We came with a large group of 9 and had a time constraint for some to get back to campus for an evening event and they were amazingly accommodating.

JD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food and service

K
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I definitely would go back! I was there for a lunch meeting with a client and the food, the service everything was great. The seats were a bit low, but that is all part of it. It is also a bit expensive but you got a ton of food!

A
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great brunch

e
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Overall, nice ambiance. Gnocchi were very dense and rubbery. However, the mushroom soup and salmon entree were very good.

JJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have eaten at White Dog Cafe in Haverford a few times now and the food and atmosphere are always fantastic! Our waitstaff is always knowledgeable and helpful as well. We will definitely be back and spread the word!

NY
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

It’s all about the soup! The tacos also made for a pleasant late-afternoon lunch. Very busy; wait staff in weeds. Flat Prosecco. The soup was great!

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was impeccable and friendly. We arrived an hour early and they found us a table. We even met the chef who helped us decide on our menu selections. He brought a sampling of the choice I didn’t make just for us to have a tasting for the future. Unbelievable. I will be a loyal customer! Everything we ate was delectable and presented perfectly.

h
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food is always excellent. We enjoyed duck, eggplant parmesan, gnocchi with mushrooms, tuna tartare, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Unfortunately, the server missed many opportunities and was saying "I'm sorry" alot. Setting is very comfortable and pleasant.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great drinks, knowledgeable and friendly servers.

NY
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always welcomed like family. Terrific new fall menu. Kale pear salad fab! Mushroom soup always sublime! Spicy Lamb rigatoni was perfectly cooked and balanced. Bread sadly was odd- perhaps just late-night issue (?). Really terrific wine by glass list, as always.

A
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Wr come here multiple times a year for lunch to celebrate birthdays. The service is always slow. It seems like it is always a 2 hour lunch when even ordering soup and salads. The waitress was very kind but overly attentive in the beginning of the meal and no where to be found come dessert and check time.