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Sampan - Philadelphia

4.5
4.5
4029 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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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always on point
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  3. DJ

    DonJuanE

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server / Amber -Did a fantastic job.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    It was bad! What you can get in Chinatown for less and made better, was overpriced and made me sick. Service was mediocre and not anything special. The servers there are lazy and don’t deserve the tips.
  5. KM

    KyleM

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was amazing, service was subpar
  6. AP

    AkrutiP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick service and amazing food. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food was absolutely delish!
  7. MA

    MARc

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a good experience at Sampan!
  8. M

    Missmayak

    Atlantic City

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I come here every international womens day and do the tasting menu. I love this place because ambiance, service, food and drinks are all fantastic. Top notch!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal and service. Will definitely go back!
  10. A

    Anon

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food was great but everyone’s food was misplaced all over the table, 5 different food runners were just dropping food wherever they cook without checking to see who ordered it. People who had no been there before were not sure what the food was and if it was what they had ordered or not.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Pork bao is among the best dishes in the city.
  12. MV

    MariannaV

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious, we ordered a bunch of appetizers and sides and it was so good and enough food for everyone.
  13. PO

    PatrickO

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Bday dinner
  14. L

    Lily

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience at Sampan is usually excellent. My only criticism for this visit is that my kimchi fried rice was a little cold. I love my food hot especially when there’s a poached egg involved.
  15. 9

    9876asdfh

    New England

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, interesting food, good drinks. a little loud inside, but overall very good.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great with the gluten free!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambiance is amazing. Although I am not 100% convinced that was wagu beef. Very, very loud and congested seating.
  18. s

    sween

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal and great service!
  19. g

    geoffhaim

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Let's start at the beginning...the hostess greeted us with a smile and seated us immediately. The server came around quickly and made a few suggestions when we told him it was our first time at Sampan. The drinks were solid great flavor and a good amount of alcohol. The appetizers were some of the best tacos I have ever had. None of the rest of the tasting menu disappointed either. Needless to say we will be back.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good time well spent
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and ambiance was exactly what it’s always been and how I like it to be at Sampan. Waiter was good and attentive, but never acknowledged the special occasion noted in the reservation, which was a little disappointing, bc they have at least mentioned it before and tried to make it feel a little extra special.
  22. JK

    JulieK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I have been to Sampan a ton and every time it was awesome but for some reason this time the food was off. I had the tuna rice crackers and the tuna was very fishy and tasted like it was sitting around for a little time. I will definitely go back as it is my favorite restaurant just this one time it was not consistent.
  23. s

    sundaydiner

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a dinner for a group of 9 right after the Flower Show. I never expect much for large group dinners, but our server, Matt, made everything flow and provided excellent service for our evening. We opted for the tasting menu and everything was delicious. We will be back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was exceptional and the service was great.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Speciality Cocktails were amazing!!! We tried all but one of them.
  26. MG

    MadiG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful - Foodie heaven!!! Service, ambiance, food... My got to eats when in Philly - - Wish there was one in Leesburg VA :)
  27. MM

    MayaM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    service and food great as always. Expect a 15-20 min wait to be seated with reservation.
  28. n

    nomnomnom

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service1ambience5
    Food And drinks were great. Server was very rude.
  29. CW

    CaitlinW

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    This was a positive dining experience all around. The interior of the restaurant is dramatically lit and welcoming. Chic and trendy. The tables are very close together, which means you will be friendly with the people next to you. Very friendly and knowledgeable server. We selected the tasting menu for $45 a person. It was a great choice! We feasted on the soup dumplings, pork bao, wagyu beef satay, crab wonton taco, seared duck breast, Chilean sea bass , & the pork and mushroom lo mein. We had 2 desserts, a mango/vanilla and a chocolate/raspberry soft serve. Very delicious. We also had the featured sushi Dessert.
  30. TJ

    ThomasJ

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Did not disappoint will be back
  31. C

    Cooper

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Showed up before reservation for happy hour at the bar, then did chef's menu. Overall was a great experience.
  32. SM

    SusanM

    Key West

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Trendy oriental food joint with a goofy wooden backed, poorly constructed menu that’s hard to read. The cheesesteak bao was weak. The noodle dishes were pedestrian. The swordfish satay was outstanding.
  33. N

    Nepafoodie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and great service. I loved how the waiters gave you a little rundown of every dish and the best way to enjoy it as it came out. I dined with a girlfriend, and we shared the general tso soup dumplings, crispy rock shrimp, Vietnamese spring rolls, short rib, and Kimchee fried rice. Everything was excellent, although I would skip the rice the next time. That was enough food for the two of us with lots of rice to take home. I will definitely be back next time I’m in town!
  34. GB

    GerryB

    London

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved this place! The bartender was super and makes great drinks. Our server was terrific, very friendly and efficient. And the food was tremendous. We had the tasting menu since there were so many delicious choices, and it was well worth it! Can't wait to go back!
  35. NB

    NatalieB

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST!!! Sampans food is out of this world...get the fried rice and definitely the scallops. It’s set up a little different where you share most foods and they come out as they are ready - so don’t expect to order an app then entree for yourself. Drinks are yummy but as expected $$$.
  36. T

    Tyty

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had amazing meal and a great atmosphere. Yummy dessert
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! We celebrated my daughters 15th birthday, we ordered the tasting menu! It really is a lot of food!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a good time always great service!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Every time we’ve been here the food and drinks have been incredible. I would recommend for any and every event!
  40. KG

    KelseyG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places in Philly! The food is amazing, the drinks are great, and the ambiance is very nice.

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Sampan - Philadelphia is rated 4.5 stars by 4029 OpenTable diners.

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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

  • 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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