Sampan - Philadelphia

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$31 to $50
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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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SD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun downtown restaurant with good vibe and fun menu choices. Drinks a little weak & over-priced but food was priced right and very good.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

You can tell Sampan is highly regarded because as soon as you walk in it’s absolutely packed. Everyone who worked there was nice and attentive to everything going on so things flowed smoothly. By the time we sat down, my boyfriend and I were very hungry and I think this was mainly the issue in why I don’t give them 5 stars. Sampan is a restaurant to go if you want tasty food, the cuisine is high level and the dishes are very original. But, if you’re hungry you don’t have any other option but to fill yourself with the side dishes which oddly enough seemed to be the most generous portions in the menu. Basically, the food was absolutely amazing, just make sure you eat before you get there.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service1ambience1

Normally in the past I’ve enjoyed my meal at Sampan but this last visit was a bust.

We were seated at a random table towards the back that was in everyone’s way because of its location to the kitchen and bar.

Our first three courses came out immediately not giving us time to eat and enjoy. Then we had an extremely long wait time for our main courses which came out cold.

Overall I was disappointed this time around

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner! We did the chef’s selection (at least I think that’s what it’s called) and it was a nice dinner.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service at Sampan exceeds expectations every time. The chef’s tasting is highly recommended and a great way to experience the menu.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sampan NEVER disappoints. The drinks and food and service are all a 5. You won’t be sorry you are here.

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The tasting menu was a fun choice for a large hungry group. It was also a ridiculous amount of food for $45. Service was attentive and friendly

BP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sampan was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone seeking modern asian cuisine. Every item we had was great and our waitress was excellent. We were also treated to a free small plate because our table wasn’t yet ready when we arrived. One and only complaint would be that the courses came out much too quickly. We read to reviews that warned us to be prepared for them to come quickly, but this was a bit too quick. Several items my girlfriend had to eat on the colder side because she simply couldn’t get down all the food quickly enough. Regardless, it was all delicious and the fast service was not the servers fault but simply how the type of very restaurant operates. I will definitely come back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic and I will definitely be going back

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Per usual, Sampan was absolutely delicious!! Fast service, knowledgeable staff, amazing service. Everything was perfect! I’m starting a food blog and this was on my list to revisit. Amazing!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good and tasty first visit to the restaurant. Enjoyed everything we ordered especially two kinds of dumplings. Everything is to share which makes it fun. on a Friday night lots of people out to enjoy themselves and fun atmosphere

JD
New England
40 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great food and great vibe very busy and loud but great feel.

FF
Atlantic City
32 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loud & crazy with phenomenal, fabulous food that keeps getting better & better! A must!! Will always go if possible.

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The only reason for a lower star is that we had some issues with the reservation and the staff was a bit odd about accommodating our group. We had a reservation for 12 that needed to be increased to 13 people. The restaurant said they could not accommodate 13 without a contract. However, when we booked 2 separate reservations and asked to be seated nearby, they accommodated ya with one long table that really only fit 10-12, the 13th was really hanging off the booth. We also asked to be seated early since about half had arrived and the bar was full to which we were told we could not because there was a party after us? This is illogical since seating early would have gotten us out earlier. Once we were all seated though, the food was delicious, good prices, and we really enjoyed it. The lighting is a but hard in your eyes being very dark and blue but you adapt. I would highly recommend but not for a bigger group.

JB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We took our niece because we heard Sampan is a vibrant energetic foodie place for young people. Food was very good, service was good, noise level was and table location was awful (she did not mind :)) Am I old? And our table was plopped in the middle of a thoroughfare --lots of bumping into us by passersby. I would go back ONLY if we could be guaranteed a quieter table.

BV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chef's tasting for 2. Every dish was incredible - no exception. Our server Jonique was super helpful and her attentiveness added to a superb dining experience.

GC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious as always. We did the tasting menu and it’s a great deal. They ended up missing one of our items but we were so full that it wasn’t an issue. The waiter comped is for a glass of wine because of the error which we greatly appreciated. Happy to celebrate my boyfriends birthday there!

M
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Lamar is great at the bar!

VN
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Excellent wagyu beef, pork belly appies, crispy calamari salad, and filet mignon on the tasting menu, which is highly recommended. Friendly and efficient service and great ambiance. Would definitely return!

NF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef tasting is amazing! So much food for only $45 a person! I wish they slowed down bringing it all out. I understand that it comes to the table as it’s prepared but I felt rushed to finish a plate before the next one. Still great though! Amazing service. I will definitely be back soon!

ES
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, never disappoints. Grafitti bar in the back is a great place before dinner.

d
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

The place is obnoxiously crowded and loud. They lost my reservation which required a phone call and then waiting around while getting jostled by myopic people with baby strollers? When we got seated the evening improved greatly. The food was very good.

S
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food wasn't as good as I had hoped. Atmosphere and service were awesome.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute place! A bit of a New York vibe!

MC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Pros: Food was spot on. Excellent blend of flavoring in each dish to compliment each other. Portions were as expected but we left satisfied. Service staff was awesome. Each server was polite and very knowledgeable of what they were bringing to the table.

Cons: Tables were entirely too close to each other. We had two men sitting next to us, which felt like they were at our table. I even joked when they sat down "table for 4 I guess?". It wouldn't have been a problem except their conversation was extremely annoying and completely disrupted an evening with my fiance and I. I can understand the desire to fit as many people in a high demand restaurant as possible, but at the price of $200 for the two of us before drinks, I would expect a little better from the experience.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Too loud. Food was ok but not worth the price

GD
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal in a vibrant environment. Our server Eugene was excellent, and helped us with our Chef menu selections. Don’t miss the Pad tai and the chicken dumplings.

GA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and great food! I'll definitely return.

CT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs tasting menu is definitely worth it. Great experience.

MS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sampan was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. Everything we had was top notch - we especially liked the General Tso Soup Dumpling, Pork Bao Bun, Korean BBQ Beef Satay and the Peking Duck.

KF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Would love to recommend to friends overall great experience but felt rushed due to the volume of patrons

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so apologetic about our 20 minute wait for the table that they sent us a free appetizer. All of the food was great and came out quickly

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A girls night reunion after a year without seeing each other. The server was so knowledgeable and extremely careful as we had allergies in the group

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and loved the atmosphere.

SS
New York Area
239 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Plates are very small, left there hungry. The edamame dumplings were tiny, 4 to a serving and totally tasteless. the Peking duck was also bland and chewy while the calamari salad had way too much cilantro and not enough calamari. Not impressed and won't return

e
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sampan provided an attentive, excellent experience for my wife and myself. It was a busy Saturday night and the place was packed, but the service and quality of the food was not affected in any way. We had the tasting and all of our courses were excellent, generally well-portioned, and came out well paced. Highly recommended.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an amazing experience when we eat here. From the food to the service it’s always 5 stars.

JN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Some things have really changed and the food isn’t as good. The edamame dumplings were lumpy, the rock shrimp wasn’t crispy and the chicken boa just wasn’t as good as before.

M
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Hopefully this was just a bad night we did not enjoy anything we ate besides the rib

DH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour specials were amazing, service was perfect, food was so delicious - we tried everything!!

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