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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OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

S
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and our server was very nice and extremely thoughtful in her recommendations! Love this place.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints food was spectacular

C
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food filled with perfect flavors and textures. Great service.

B
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef's tasting menu was the best. We're never disappointed with this place!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Chef tasting menu was ok. Satay was good. Dumplings were flavorless.

HW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The food was very hit or miss which made it just meh. For the price I expected to be wowed. The wagyu beef was excellent, the filet mignon was overcooked. The cocktails were very good though. Would recommend the bar.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always

AM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 1ambience 4

Great food and prices during happy hour - there was a long line so arrive early as space is limited to bar and outside

c
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sampan is a super fun place to go but highly recommend a reservation. It gets hopping. We had a res for 5:45 due to theater tickets and there was already an hour wait for those who didn't plan ahead. There is lots to choose from on the menu. They offer a price fixe for $45 p/p where you can select 7 dishes. We had 3 people and tried it. There was a LOT of food. I think we could've had a 4th person help us out as we could not finish it all. If you do choose the tasting, be prepared for left overs. The Soup dumplings are delicious (although lightly doughy), The BBQ beef was fine. Kinchi rice was really good (kind of wish it was brown rice). The Sea Bass was pretty spectacular. The Pork Bao was a dud and the chicken stir fry was solid but no spectacular. The glazed chicken wings were also fine. Overall, I would go back but be more thoughtful with our selections.

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

Did tasting menu for our table of six and it was just outstanding! Love Sampan

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and excellent food

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

Overall great experience. Service is amazing, and ambiance is unmatched!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had 6:00 reservations and got seated at 6:40. But then service was fast. Food was interesting and tasty. Cocktail/beer menu was a little small but good stuff

d
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food chicken was extremely dry as well as the short rib. I was very dissatisfied . Most the dishes we order didn’t come out hot.
This is not the place I remember ..what happen Sampan??

SY
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and lovely atmosphere. Our dinner was romantic.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time at Sampan... Food and service were excellent and the chef’s tasting menu is a must!

F
London
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my bestie here for a final 50th birthday celebration. We had the $45 per person tasting menu. This is the way to go and the food was excellent. Eugene was a great waiter. The atmosphere in the restaurant is very nice albeit a little noisy. Great location downtown. We loved it and will be back.

FJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time I went I didn't have the best experience. We went to celebrate my husbands birthday and everything was great except our wine has mosquitoes in it. When we asked for another glass, they basically took the wine, poured it into another glass with the mosquitos still in it and served it back to us. We sent it back a second time. But of course they did not compensate us for the wine or anything. It was disappointing because we loved the food and the ambiance. I decided to give it another shot. And so the second time I went back to celebrate a friends birthday, it was amazing. Food was great, the service was great, very energetic place and I am hoping to take my husband back so that I can change his mind too!

JS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is jumpin...lots of people, very loud so I would not recommend for a romantic date night, but the food was excellent. Even with a reservation, you will wait for a table, because it's just that much fun to be there, and people are not eager to leave. I would totally do it again. I highly recommend the chilean sea bass and the short rib fried rice...but be careful is you have to watch your sodium levels..

AS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great variety.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Overpriced bland food

CA
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service amazing, just love it, I recommend the restaurant

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is always amazing here. The only issue we had was we waited 45 minutes to be seated and we had a reservation. Besides that, Sampan never seizes to disappoint!

J
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

LOVE the food here it’s what brings me back. Service here has been missing the mark recently. My reservation has been at least 30 mins delayed the past three times I’ve been here. Neither the hostess or the waitress apologized for the wait and seemed annoyed when we checked on our table 20 mins after our reservation. Once we were seated it took another 20 minutes to get drinks.

LN
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and our server was wonderful! There was a slight wait of 15 minutes past our reserved time but the food was worth the wait and weight 😜. Those small plates had me stuffed.

MA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing restaurant with an eclectic menu! Staff and service are always excellent!

Definitely check out if you have not been here yet!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was great

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

Everything is amazing. If there's a tasting menu, let them choose for you. You will be in culinary Bliss!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came for restaurant week. The food was good but truthfully not worth the $

LB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent! Wouldn’t expect anything less from the Schulson group. Definitely will come back again.

JS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the service to the food was amazing!! Sampan never disappoints!! Can’t wait to go back :)

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

Restaurant week! Siblings out catching up!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was good

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

During restaurant week we chose to give Sampan a try , we enjoyed the ambiance and just the total vibe of the place , but when it came to ordering we were told that we each had to order the same thing which didn’t work out to well for us as I don’t eat meat and also allergic to nuts as my wife is allergic to shellfish , being as though we were told that we can ONLY order the Same thing , needless to say we didn’t like it because our options were limited, a manager by the name of Erin , she asked us how our food and everything was , she heard our displeasures and understood as to how and why we weren’t satisfied. We really appreciated how she listened and understood where we coming from as customers, she went as far as giving us a $75 credit towards another visit , we just really appreciated how accommodating Erin was and how she handled our situation. Thank you Erin

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Dining with dad :)

MT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal and drinks!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Food was pretty good.

LJ
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience & food, one of my favorite spots however the bathrooms are gross 😩

T
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Would definitely recommend.

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