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Sampan - Philadelphia
Sampan - Philadelphia

Sampan - Philadelphia Details

  • 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: Asian, Pan-Asian, Seafood
  • 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 & Promotions: 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAsian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "sampan!! What can I say - excellent food , great service - sit at the bar and try all the small plates and top it off with ice cream"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Everything was delicious! Big fan of the small plates. Our table actually decided that the next time we go, we are just going to get a bunch of small plates. They tell you that it is a free flowing kitchen, which is great! However, it does get awkward when one person is completely finished with their entree and another person hasn't even gotten their meal yet. That is why I think the Chef Tasting is a good idea, everyone gets a little of everything."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "great sharing plates, accommodating staff, great deal for the price flavor explosions! save room for dessert"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Fantastic Asian fusion family style restaurant, the service was top notch and the drinks were very decent. This place definitely rivals the Steven Starr chain!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Heard so much about this place and finally got to go. It certainly lived up to all the hype. Food and service were outstanding. We had the edamame dumplings, spring rolls, beef BBQ, and broccoli, all on recommendations, and we were not disappointed. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great food in the heart of center city. Nice crowd with great service"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I had an over all very good at Sampan. Our party of 4 chose the Chef's Tasting. I was underwhelmed and disappointed with the Edamame dumplings especially since they came so highly recommended by a friend. We did love the Kobe satay and the Kobe fried rice. The other dishes were good but not great - epecially for the money we spent. We each had 1 - 2 drinks and each spent $90.00. The atmosphere was loud, but fun. I did enjoy my meal but was not floored by it. Our sered was fantastic! In fact ALL of the wait staff was awesome."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Faced with a familiar dilemma of feeding vegetarians we were directed to Sampan. Excellent choice! Yes the place is loud and the interior oh so trendy but the food was to die for. OK, so they didn't have either of the sparkling wines we tried to order but they made it right by giving us a more expensive bottle at the lower price. The menu was so interesting the carnivores in the party went vegetarian for the evening. Were I not using a tablet I would write reams about this place. If only it were in my home town so I could do a full on review for the local newspaper. Yes, I really do that. Look for Table Talk at the the Monterey Herald (California)."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great fun albeit listed gluten free menu. Would higly recommend"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We like a good tasting menu, and this is it! Small servings allow you to try many dishes. We loved all the sides. The lobster roll was better then any I've had. The rice dishes were ok. The service was great! Go! You will find something that you will love enough to go again. I'm going back for that lobster roll. I can't wait!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had the misfortune to be helped by Amanda who made it very clear we were her last table of the night and couldn't wait to leave. From the moment we sat down we we're rushed to order, eat and leave. All the meanwhile the table next to us was being helped by a very attentive waiter who constantly checked on them and offered them dessert. We were never asked if we wanted dessert or anything after our meal--the check was simply brought to us. The food was OK at best, nothing out of this world. So to Amanda's horribly lack of attention, I will never be visiting this place again nor would I recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant and great service, an unbeatable combination. Would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Sampan is great, the edamame wontons are to die for and definitely worth it! The waitress was not super friendly so I gave it 4 stars but I've been there 3 times already and I will be coming back!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was good but service was terrible and the restaurant was very hot inside, to the point that it was incredibly uncomfortable and we just had to leave our meal. Hopefully this doesn't happen again but it will take us some time to go back again. The server and manager didn't care about our issues whatsoever and made no attempts to improve the situation."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our party if three order the chef tasting and it was great. We were apprehensive of if would be enough food, but to our delight we could not even finish the last dish to come out. Everything we ordered was amazing and I especially recommend the Kobe beef and Chilean Sea Bass."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A friend took me here for dinner. It was great. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is inviting, the service was great. What more can I say!?"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "As usual, Sampan delivered! We ordered the Korean BBQ fried chicken satay, and it was fantastic. The mushroom dumplings were great as usual. We tried the Vietnamese filet and it was outstanding; the Pekin duck was the usual favorite. The only glitch, although minor as we were not in a hurry, was that the entrees took longer than usual to come out but our server acknowledged this and comped us our desserts, which was a nice touch. Will definitely return again and again!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "First off, the waiter we had just gave off a "too good to be a waiter" vibe, which didn't exactly start the night well, but I figured maybe he was just swamped and I should cut him a break. But, that wasn't the case.... He took the orders, but couldn't explain anything on the menu. He then decided to bring out everyone's dinner, except mine (four other people all sat and waited for me). 20 minutes later I finally got my food after dealing with the waiters attitude. When he dropped off my lomein, it was just awful. It tasted like they forgot my meal and threw this garbage in a bowl and called it food. I make the same dish 100 times better at home, so no need to ever visit this place again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went on the recommendation of our hotel concierge on the premise of light fare. The food here was extremely good and getting a reservation on a Saturday evening was not too tough. Five of us shared several small plates (with the waiter upcharging for five servings) and we each tried one of the large plates. In the end, we were satisfied but not full but it did cost us over $225 and no one ordered a drink! Each of the small plate additions were another $7-10 so be careful what you ask for."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food is fantastic. service even better Everything fresh and innovative."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I've been to Sampan a bunch of times and it's my go-to restaurant. My mom, who is a vegetarian, eats more there than I have ever seen her eat anywhere and I could happily make a meal out of the edamame dumplings. The short ribs are fantastic as well."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I absolutely love this place. I've never had a bad dish or experience."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I took my wife there for our anniversary. We were late and they accommodated our request to change our reservation - mind you it was a Wednesday night. We ordered four items from the small plate menu and three items from the large plate. Our first four items arrived very quickly and were very tasty. Our server was a very nice guy but we really did not need his help. The spot is a little loud and not the best if you are looking for an intimate spot. If you are a foodie and like a lively restaurant this is a nice spot."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food was good, a little bit noisy, very crowded, seems like a hot spot, did not enjoy as much as I was expecting too"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "As usual, the food continues to shine. The edamame dumplings are my clear favorites, but the Brussels Sprouts, crispy spicy rock shrimp and the Tuna Satay (in lettuce cups with soba noodles), were close behind. The major issue with this dining experience was the 30 minute wait for a reserved table. The hostesses seems to shrug this off, as in "those early diners are just hanging out too long".... They have a robust happy hour that lasts til 7, so they need to plan for this when taking reservations. It might be different if there was someplace to wait, but the bar is packed (from left over HH). The noise level was pure chaos, and I later found my throat sore from trying to talk to my fellow diners over our drinks and dinner."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great spot when you're looking for a special dinner. The menu features a mix of small, medium, and large plates that are made for sharing. Be sure to ask your server how many pieces come with each; you can ask for extra if needed, like 4 instead of 3 pieces. I highly recommend the Kim Chee Fried Rice as one of your selections; it's delicious and filling. The soy foam on the Mushroom Dumplings really added to that small plate dish. For two couples, we ordered 2 small plates, the fried rice, and 2 larger plates (scallops, Peking chicken), which was perfect for a pre-theater dinner. Without drinks and dessert (not enough time), the total with tip was about $100. Note that Sampan can get noisy when it's full; we went early."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is hands down the best spot in Philly for a first date or with a group before an energetic night out. Tapas style food makes ordering a breeze. Girls love the unique drinks/dessert menu also. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I can't stop talking about the food at sampan! From the earthy delicious edamame dumplings, to the kimchee short rib satay to the amazing entrees, I just can't pick a favorite. To top it off, the staff is great, friendly and very professional. Don't leave without trying dessert!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I'm not a snob but waiting 20 mins to be seated is terrible .... If a manager hadn't notice the slight I might still be waiting .... Great food !"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The chef's tasting menu is wonderful. Expect small portions with bold flavors and variety. You'll leave full to stuffed from the sheer number of items you'll select. Drinks and service are tasty and attentive."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The waitress was very nice and we received great service overall. The drinks were very good, a tad small, but it was the sips menu, so it was expected."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Dinner with family. Recommended by ~25 year old. Great food. The tasting/sampling menu makes it easy to be adventurous. Great energy. Younger crowd."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The portions were not sharable. The tofu was bland. The waitress was slow."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "love sampan! it's my go-to spot for going out with friends!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We ordered from about 5 total items from 3 sections of the menu + drinks - I cant remember the specific dishes but every single thing was absolutely delicious. We only had a little more than an hour before a show at the Kimmel Center and the waiter made sure out food was ready extremely quickly so we had plenty of time to walk over. Excellent food and excellent service"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Went with a group of six who didn't know each other well. So, after being polite about what to order - for self or for table? - we opted to get a random assortment of small dishes. Fantastic! The food was beautifully presented and each dish was delicious! Surprised the veggie-haters with wonderful crispy brussel sprouts. And who knew cheese steak dumplings would taste so good? Favorites were the Korean BBQ, shrimp dumplings and the sesame udon noodles. Yum! The dinner really brought our group together. Great night!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Amazing food..loved the edamame and general tso dumplings..Chillean Sea Bass and ice cream cones!! Drinks were awesome too..Sampantini!! Great and fun service as well..waiter was joking around and was very well informed of the menu..made our experience Great!! Will def be back!!!!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food was amazing. First time and the Chef Tasting was the way to go. The waitress was attentive and personable. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My partner and I decided upon on the Chef's Tasting ($45 per person), where we could select 7 items to enjoy. Each dish was simply amazing! We will be back again. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Tasting menus usually entail the kitchen pre-selecting everything. At Sampan, you have choice between numerous options--a huge plus making it highly worthwhile. The food itself was outstanding as was the service."
    Dined on 5/30/2014