Sampan - Philadelphia
Sampan - Philadelphia

Sampan - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sampanphilly.com/
  • Phone: (215) 732-3501
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Everyday Happy Hour: Everyday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pan-Asian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Schulson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Hors d' oeuvres packages start at $15 per person per hour and dinner packages start at $40 per person. Open bar packages start at $25 per person for the first two hours and $7 for each additional hour should you be looking to entertain. Bar packages must be combined with either an hors d' oeuvres package or a dinner package and are not offered on their own.
  • Special Events: Sampan is the perfect location for entertaining. Two identical dining rooms flank a central bar for a welcoming feeling with great energy. The restaurant can seat up to 120 for a sit down dinner or in excess of 150 for a social gathering. The outdoor Graffiti Bar can host an additional 75 and is fully heated and open 10 months out of the year. Our event coordinator will work with you personally and all menus are fully customizable.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Limited street parking is available, in addition to public parking lots on Sansom Street in between 12th & 13th Streets and 13th & Broad Streets. There is also a parking garage on the corner of 13th Street, in between Chestnut Street & Market Street.
A word from Sampan - Philadelphia
Sampan, an intimate new restaurant located in Center City, Philadelphia, serves a fun menu of modern Asian small plates, ideal for mixing, matching and sharing. The comfortable, inviting setting offers guests an intimate, up-close-and-personal experience with Chef Michael Schulson and the acclaimed cuisine that has made him one of the country’s most sought-after chefs. Designed by Philadelphia’s Sparks Design and Urban Space Development, Sampan offers seating for up to 120 guests in a warm, comfortable setting. The restaurant features reclaimed timber, distressed metals and a rustic, natural aesthetic anchored by a custom-crafted, color washed painting that illuminates the room and lends a soft, glowing ambiance to the cozy space.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Sampan - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
262 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (180)hot spot (134)good for groups (128)neighborhood gem (90)vibrant bar scene (80)special occasion (72)romantic (45)late-night find (36)great for outdoor dining (31)great for lunch (18)notable wine list (17)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Too long to wait!
    StefneVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We waited over an hour to be seated and had a reservation! I love the food here but wouldn't recommend dining there on a weekend. The hostess was very rude and overwhelmed because all those with reservations were waiting entirely too long. They shouldn't over book and I've often had to wait for long periods of time with a reservation on weekends. They didn't even offer to comp a drink or desert. Unacceptable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    food was not worth it . Server took forever. They should not assign too many tables to a server if they can't handle it. Definitely will not be back here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nite out in the city
    Andreanana1
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I had reservations on Friday, November 21st at 10pm for 2 ppl. I have eaten at Sampan several times and love the restaurant and its service, so I wanted to bring my friend from out of town here to check it out as well. Nate, our server was very nice and we were seated immediately. The service was fine up until we were waiting at least 30min or more for the rest of our food. WE had already received our spring rolls and shrimp but we were still waiting for our kim chee fried rice and short rib. Folks that were there after us had already received their food in its entirety. I knew something was wrong when our food finally came out Nate wasn't the one bringing it out but another man (I'm thinking a manager) came and apologized for the long wait and served us our rice. The short ribs followed and the gentleman also asked if we wanted any complimentary drinks. I wasn't really drinking that nite so I just ordered another hot tea and my friend ordered a beer. The food was to die for, as usual, and we were also given complimentary ice cream and the sushi roll like ice cream dessert as well. Though the wait time was extreme, they did try to make it up to with the complimentary desserts and drinks and also whatever drinks we did have prior they also comped them as well. I will return to Sampan because I love the food and I appreciate them trying to make it up to us for the long wait time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • koki
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Food is fresh and exquisite, a tip-top experience, unforgettable and almost euphoric: (food-ual) Visual presentation will pleasantly fool your taste buds unexpectedly. My humble suggestion is to try churros: My closest analogy is like eating clouds - light and fluffy melts in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AsiaSean
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Quality...shall I say more..............................................................................................
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night
    PhillyFoodie
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The food was delicious, it was a perfect night. My only complaint was the door was left open on a cold night. Some of us had to wear their coats the whole time. The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ari1
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was sooooo good. Awesome place to share food with people and order a bunch of different stuff. The server we had was really good, attentive, and friendly. Definitely go here the food is amazing. Recommend brussel sprouts, orange chicken, edamame dumplings, tuna crackers, kobe beef...etc
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Asian Fusion Family Style
    Lisa
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The atmosphere was cozy. The wait staff was very friendly. The food was amazing. The brussel sprouts are a must-have and the Chilean Sea Bass was incredible!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was the second time I've eaten at Sampan and it was great. The small plates are wonderful. They allow you to try a myriad of dishes, just make sure you go with people who are looking to share! We did the tasting menu so it was portioned for two and it was just the right amount of food. Our waiter was both attentive and knowledgable about the menu. He recommended a sake that went nicely with our meal. Would recommend to someone looking for a night out. Beware if you're looking for a quiet atmosphere. This is definitely more of a hoping place on a crowded foodie and nightlife street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, drinks and ambiance!
    lovekia21
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Loved the food, the drinks were perfectly balanced, and the servers really cater to you. It was a great place to catch up with a girlfriend and I enjoyed the upscale elegance and ambiance with reasonable pricing. Will be going back soon for happy hour next time (menu half off!!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner
    CameronVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My buddy and I select different restaurants in the city once a month. We chose Sampan. I remember eating there a few years back and had a great meal. This time it was just average. Service was OK and the food didn't blow me away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot spot
    Acm5255VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was a great night out, the menu has a lot of variety, and some really fun options. I'd say the mushroom dumplings were the best thing we tried, and would definitely recommend them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sampan 11/7/14: 7 out of 10.
    ButterBaconGarlic3
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was my second time dining at Sampan. The first time I went with my friend and we had plenty to eat and share amongst two people. This time I went with a group of 4 and we all got one appetizer each to share, we had to get two orders of some things to make sure we all got a decent amount of food, and we just got one meat and one fish dish along with duck fried rice. This was more than enough and we ended up having leftover. Hamachi ceviche is my favorite dish there! Everything else is really flavorful as well. The only downsides include the duck fried rice which is very over seasoned, and the music was way too loud on a Friday night. We had to yell to have conversations. Cocktails are decent and food always comes out decently fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely try it...
    Travelinguy
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I went to Sampan last week with 4 colleagues from work. We had the chef's tasting, which was a great choice. We selected 9 different aps/entrees from the menu and they brought enough for us to share them all. Everyone gets to taste each choice. There was more than enough food for everyone. Not 1 complaint about any of the selections. Try the pork buns, and the sea bass. Both were awesome. So glad I found this place. Can't wait to come back and try the rest of the menu! PS. Everyone in my party was thoroughly impressed with this place, which is not easy to do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    Mediocre
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The Kung Pao shrimp was amazing! Also, try the bbq beef. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farewell dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I chose Sampan for my farewell dinner and as always, I had a great time! The food is ALWAYS amazing, the service is great and the ambiance is perfect! Sampan never disappoints!! I'm hoping I can find something that I'll love just as much in D.C.!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    NoLib22
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Everyone I know raves about Sampan, but this was the 2nd time I went and the 2nd time I was disappointed. The first appetizers were great. But the fried rice was worse than something I would get at a take out restaurant. Also, the tempura shrimp is the exact same as the Bang Bang Shrimp at Bone Fish Grill, and the Duck entree that we had was again disappointment. I was not impressed at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food!
    Foodnut
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I've been here two times in the last three months. I don't live nearby otherwise I would be there more often. I've tried several selections off the menu using the chef's tasting selection. All of the food I chose was great. The beef short rib just melts in your mouth. One of my favorite meals I've had in several years.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    speedy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was great. Each selected item was better than the previous course. The only problem was our table for two was set for three and a little to small for my liking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining before the theater
    ll2dineout
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    After I had been to Sampan with a group,I recommended Sampan to my husband for a great restaurant before a show. The waiter was very friendly and helpful with suggestions from the chef"s tasting menu. He also asked about gluten and food allergies. We enjoy exploring new tastes and twists on the familiar and this menu let us "picnic"on many small plates. We really enjoyed our selections- crab tacos, sea bass, Kobe beef satay, and brussel sprouts (try them !) to name a few. Service was prompt but not rushed. We will definitely return, and I have recommended Sampan to others who also enjoyed their dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious! But door to outside open
    shells1234
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had a really delicious dinner - great for sharing plates, and as a vegetarian I was thrilled with their vegetarian menu (though beware! the edamame dumplings come in a broth derived from fish! you can get it on the side but why is that then even on the veg menu?! so glad the waitress told me!). Everything looks beautiful and tastes even better. However we were seated near the front and the door to the outside kept sticking, bringing in 40 degree drafts from outside. After my friend got up about 5 times to close it, we notified the manager and he said he would be on the lookout for it and close it when possible, but it still was stuck open really often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service
    Love2eat85
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Got rushed out during a business dinner I was hosting for 9 people because they needed one of our tables for a reservation for two later that night, will definitely never host any business events here again. Did the chef's tasting menu and they brought out all 9 courses within a 5 min timespan which caused a lot of our food to get cold.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best restaurants ever.
    MartyAttorney
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I am from NY and would drive down to Philadelphia just to eat at this restaurant...it's that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food and service. Bad hostess, and did not get seated at our reservation time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlexBVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Generally a good visit, they accommodated our larger group of friends. We opted for the tasting menu, and while it was good, we had a pescetarian, that choice dominated a fair bit of our offerings. I was hopeful that for that person's restrictions, there would be substitutes. Anyway, what we were offered was pretty good. The dumplings were good, and brussels sprouts were a bit salty, but I couldn't stop myself from eating more. The chilean sea bass was pretty good as well. I couldn't stop eating the Kung Pao shrimp. I was hoping for a Peking duck/chicken option, but didn't happen. I'll go back again. Also note, when it's warmer, there's a bar behind the restaurant. Slip down the alley near the front door to get to the Graffiti Bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sampam
    lisamyers1VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We reserved our table via open table and were seated within minutes of arriving. We decided to do the chef's tasting menu and what a great choice. We ordered, shrimp dumplings, lobster/shrimp spring rolls, Korean fried chicken, short ribs, scallops and desert was cute little icecream cones-fruit loop and chocolate pretzel. The food was so flavorful. We had the humongous vodka drink which was too much for two people but it was delicious. Highly recommended. Superb service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hr
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a great time sat night and thought the food was fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeetEats
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Tasty chic with fun service. A very hip place to bring out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • fusion dim sum
    PeeJay59
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Downtown location walking distance from hotels near city hall. Tasty food in small portions for sharing. Loved the brussell sprouts (larger portion than other offerings) and the quail was great (one person portion sized).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Mareetz
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have enjoyed Sampan before and had not been back in awhile - I found the food and service better than I remembered. Everything was delicious (the various lamb, duck and tuna dishes were outstanding) and perfectly capped off with rice-crisy treat / ice cream sushi roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place!
    critiqueVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Tried this place for our first time and we really liked both the atmosphere & food. Wish I had more room to try other menu items, but that just means we'll have to be back soon! For an early 5pm reservation, the food came out real quick, so I only wish there was a bit more time in between to really enjoy it. One of the specialty cocktails was yummy (rum/cinnamon/apple) & I would've liked to try one of the others. Our waitress was very nice and described the menu quite well.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing asian food
    sam29
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Really good dining experience. I tried the chef's menu, selecting a variation of 5 dishes. Try to avoid seats at the counter, to close the kitchen when you leave the restaurant with a huge smell of frying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, too much noise
    RossMcKVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food at our dinner at Sampan was great! We took the tasting ($45 apiece for 7 courses), which was a huge bargain. One great course after another. I can highly recommend the seared scallop, the pekin duck, and the pad thai. But everything was excellent. Wine list is nicely chosen for the cuisine. Friendly, helpful staff. The only flaw - it's loud. As in *very* loud. As in, have a good conversation outside and smile across the table thenceforth. Well, maybe that's a bit exaggerated - but we did have to speak very loudly. Otherwise it's super. And it might not be so bad on something other than a Friday/Saturday night. Highly recommended for the food and bang for the buck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, flavorful and GF
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My friends and I recently went to Sampan prior to going to the theater. We found the atmosphere fun, the waitstaff knowledgeable, and the food delicious, fresh, and healthy. They offer a separat GF menu which met the needs of one from our group with gluten intolerance. We ordered small plates to share, and the drinks were unusual and delicious. Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time!
    macmom
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had a great time. Food was flavorful and creative! Service was wonderful!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asian fusion done right.
    mare713
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Good ambiance, wait staff, and food....all you can ask for a lovely dining experience. I had the chef's tasting that comprised of 5 dishes you pick off the regular menu. The pork bun is simply divine which is probably very unexpected since it's a pork bun...but the perfectly crispy exterior and succulent interior was perfection. There was no sauces weighing the bun down (the way most places serve it). The other choices were good (wagyu beef appetizer, roast duck, fried rice and mini ice cream cones) but they still didn't stack up to the pork buns.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was excellent
    mariae2VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I always forget about this place. Came for a friend's bday had about 8 dishes and everything was delicious! Favorites included the edamame dumplings, Peking duck and Brussels sprouts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pan-Asian that tries BUT THE NOISE
    FoodFriend
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The menu reads well and excitingly. We chose two different kinds of dumplings, a Vietnamese pork salad and a scallop dish. The dumplings were well-prepared. The Vietnamese pork salad was disappointing. The meat was a little over-cooked and hard, the salad tried to emulate the chill and citrus flavours of South-East Asia but had too much liquid. The scallops were huge and delicious. We were welcomed heartily, taken directly to a table we had booked. We were attended enthusiastically. Like many popular eating places today, this is a VERY noisy environment that can be heard from outside in the street. I wouldn't suggest this is the place for a romantic evening out yet people did converse somehow with great enthusiasm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    Mams23
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have been twice and both times were wonderful experiences with level of service, food and drink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    MariatiniVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We love the Chef's Tasting Menu at Sampan. The hardest part is agreeing on what to order! The food is always delicious and the portions are just right so you leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Wine list is good. I don't love how cramped the restaurant is - we always end up too close to the diners next to us which is uncomfortable. Atmosphere is nice. Servers are very knowledgeable regarding menu items. Recommended restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.