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Sampan - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Sampan - Philadelphia

4.5
4.5
4005 Reviews
$31 to $50
Asian
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Pan-Asian, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (215) 732-3501
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Michael Schulson
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    Sampan was designed with entertaining in mind. Two identical dining rooms flank a central bar to allow for a total of 120 guests to occupy both dining rooms or a cocktail reception in excess of 150. The outdoor Graffiti Bar can host up to 75 additional guests with the same menus offered.
  • Private party contact
    Bridget Baran: (215) 732-3501
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Cross street
    Walnut
  • 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,005 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3Value

NoiseEnergetic

4,005 Reviews
  1. CarolD

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around excellent!

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  2. JaneC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my second time here. The first time was just the two of us and we got the tasting menu and it was great. Came back to celebrate my mother’s bday. I don’t think older

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  3. Sarah

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, service not so much, with the exception of our waitress who was attentive and apologetic. We made our reservation on OpenTable and arrived promptly at the time of our reservation. After we arrived, we were told it would be ~5 or so minutes until our table was ready. We grabbed a drink at the bar and started to wait. After 20 minutes, we went back up to the counter to check on our reservation, and the greeter seemed incredibly flustered - apparently they had totally forgotten about us. Nonetheless, we were seated and our waitress came and saw us promptly. She helped us order, suggesting some really good choices (two small plates, an entrée and side to share between the two of us). We got one small plate, then the entrée. The waitress returned asking if we wanted anything else, to which we responded that we were still waiting for 50% of our meal to arrive. She rushed to check on things, and we finally got the rest of our food, along with complimentary ice cream, which promptly melted before we had a chance to eat it. The food was fantastic, but really disappointing that it was so frenzied - we had a hard time being able to enjoy the ambience and our food because it arrived chaotically and out of order. Not something I would expect from such a pricey restaurant.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was cold and not very flavorful. We were placed at a random table right near the bathrooms.

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  5. Rasheeda

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed sitting at the kitchen counter

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  6. LizS4

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had to wait for a little while despite having a reservation but once we were seated everything when smoothly and quickly! The food began coming out minutes after we ordered. All the food was amazing, we ordered a variety of dishes and there were 0 complaints about anything.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a Great experience just need to change a few things back to how they were. Instead of Poached eggs on the kimchee fried rice go back to the fried egg. Also bring back the one inch punch drink.

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  8. LydiaM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant and food. We first came with a large group ant then brought back a smaller group because of the experience the first time. Very much enjoyed the concept and we will be back. Shout out to Brooke our server who created a great experience for us once we sat down. Lydia

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  9. countrymouse

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    No matter what I order here, it's always delicious. Have never been disappointed. And will always come back.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Reservation was at 8, and they weren’t able to seat us until 8:35. Once we were seated though the food was fantastic and service was great. It was just the initial wait that left a bad first impression.

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124 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Walnut
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Asian, Pan-Asian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Michael Schulson
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (215) 732-3501
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    Sampan was designed with entertaining in mind. Two identical dining rooms flank a central bar to allow for a total of 120 guests to occupy both dining rooms or a cocktail reception in excess of 150. The outdoor Graffiti Bar can host up to 75 additional guests with the same menus offered.
  • Private party contact
    Bridget Baran: (215) 732-3501
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