Sampan - Philadelphia

4.7
3580 reviews
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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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AC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, we had a group of 8 and everyone loved their meal!

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CT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of my friends were in town for a medical conference, and we decided to go to Sampan for dinner after receiving a recommendation from another friend. The three of us ordered the chef's tasting menu, and we could not stop remarking how each dish was equally as delicious as the one we tried before it. We enjoyed nine dishes total, and as we were leaving we all remarked that it was the best meal we have ever enjoyed in our lives. The food was unreal and the service was also the best any of us had ever experienced. Because I live outside of Philadelphia, I'll be back!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did pre-fixe menu, great for large groups and served family style - delicious!

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BK
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow....This place is a Gem....good food, excellent service, and the price is right. We were visiting Philadelphia for a conference for 4 days...and ended up going to Sampan 3 times. The servers and manager Jamie were great!!! We are going to find a way back! Don't miss it. The unique woodwork outside made us check it out, everything else made us come back, again, and again.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fun atmosphere and great shareable food!

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JT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and great food! I thought it was busy for early Saturday, but now I know why.

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JS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the tasting menu. Awesome experience and food. I had friends visiting from out of town, and they haven’t stopped talking about it.

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l
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice experience, we had a party of 8 and got the Chef’s Tasting Menu. There was so much food and everything was so good. We had a spicy beef, duck, shrimp pad tai, tuna, edamame dumplings, chicken dumplings, roasted brussel sprouts, sea bass that was to die for and so much more. Always a great experience and service was excellent.

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FG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Will definitely be back, everything was very good!

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TD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is a little below average. It’s a fun place to go and the Happy hour menu is nice. That being said, food is not authentic but that’s to be expected since it’s fusion.

The two biggest problem I had with my recent experience here, was our waiter was a jerk. And second our food was very salty. After our meal, I just felt gross and bloated.

I don’t think I’ll be returning. With all the great restaurants around in Philly, there are much better options.

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DL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was excellent! The menu has a special selection of Asian unique cuisine. The chefs 7 is a variety of small plates that are awesome. Enjoyed every selection. I highly recommend this place.

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BF
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The friendliness of the staff was amazing. Felt really comfortable to be there.

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UW
New York Area
212 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Sampan and won't be my last. The three of shared the tasting menu and it was varied and delicious. Fish, duck, beef, veggies. And the teeny ice cream cones for dessert -- delicious! Our primary server was helpful and charming as were all of the folks who served us.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu is amazing! Great service from Nicolas with great suggestions for menu!

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MP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food and service were solid.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, super filling if you do the chefs tasting but really worth it. Huge variety of food. And great drinks. Had a great time

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LM
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food. We opted for the Chefs Selection, 7 course meal. And it was the best decision to make. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. Highly recommend this place.

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LK
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent swordfish!

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was aesthetically pleasing, creative and tasty, but a little too salty. It needed more of some other types of seasonings rather than salt. Noodles that came with the dishes also were a little on the greasy side. We did the tasting menu which allowed for several plates. Plates are very small which I know is the thing for tasting menus, but I thought it was a little overpriced for what you got.

Service was excellent.

We had a reservation at 5:00. We were seated immediately. Music was a little too loud for an early dinner reservation. I can understand that volume at 8:000, but at 5:00 I thought it might be a little more mellow.

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BB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager gave us a free round of drinks because he needed us to switch tables for a reserved party.

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C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They will not seat you until all of your party is present. I understand restaurants want to do this but I subtract points as it is an inconvenience for me. Food is always tasty here. Too noisy for me, it is hard to hear my companions.

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PM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, the food is really good and the choices are very interesting. A couple of items were good but not as good as the previous time (edamame dumplings and the hamachi ceviche) and the lobster noodles were a bit disappointing and also hard to deal with because some of the lobster pieces' shells were not cracked, which made getting to the meat difficult and messy. I wish the place wasn't so incredibly noisy. It is very difficult to have a conversation and perhaps even enjoy the good food with so much noise, but that seems to be the trend these days!

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OT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good experience. Service was spotty. Inattentive.

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good - unique food and very friendly/kind staff. GF options too! We'll be back the next time we're in Philly.

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R
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Somewhat forbidding exterior hides terrific restaurant. Great for after theater, since it opens at 4 pm on Sunday.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Schulson Collective never disappoints!

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T
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnifique, could easily eat the entire menu and still go back. Good dranks too.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was great can’t remember his name, the rabbit rolls were awesomeee!!!

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MC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were phenomenal! It’s a great restaurant for a Friday or Saturday night outing. The only downside is the seating is kind of tight.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Very bad service. Seated 30 minutes late and the food came all at once

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HO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience dining at Sampan! It took about 15-20 minutes to get seated after our reservation time because the restaurant was packed on a Saturday night- the staff was very gracious and bought us an appetizer to thank us for our patience. The food was delicious, as were the cocktails, and our server was very attentive and personable. Would highly recommend this place and will consider visiting again the next time I'm back in Philly.

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J
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Perhap Saturday night was not the best choice--but while the food was very good, the noise level was such that conversation was more or less impossible.

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent; service was wonderful and efficient. Great experience.

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s
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So much fun and loved all the food. Great experience!

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LH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had dinner prior to going to theater nearby. The food was excellent service was great. However a bit pricey. Definitely catered to young crowd because the noise level was pretty high but I asked for a seat away from a lot of the noise and they did try to accommodate us.

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TT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food.. tried the tasting menu and it was well worth the cost. One down side is that the bar area is very small, and you can’t get happy hour drink prices once seated at your table. Great service and lots of options on the menu.

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AR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is really good. We were a party of 3 and did the tasting menu. I didn't think the portions were sized properly for our group. We left satisfied but wishing that we'd had a proper taste of some of the bigger ticket items like the filet and lobster. It did feel a little rushed like they were trying to just move us on through by bombarding the table simultaneously with our different items but it was explained that it's how they operate beforehand. Not a fan of that aspect. Lovely ambience, friendly server. I thought the Pad Thai was exceptional. I'll probably be back for that alone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!! Everything was delightful! The customer service was excellent. Will definitely return.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing time!

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I arrived a little later than planned and had limited time. They assured me that they could take care of me and that they did. I received my order within minutes and the wonderful staff continued to check on me to make sure that I had what I needed. I have to say too that the edamame dumplings were amazing, so much so that I had two orders! Joshua was particularly wonderful. I look forward to going back very soon!

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