Sampan - Philadelphia

4.7
3631 reviews
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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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JD
New England
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Food is always great with a real variety of taste and texture. Service first rate with lots of managers circling to make sure things are going well. Not a place fir a quiet dinner, very buzzy but a great choice for friends or small group

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DN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was overall fine, but it didn’t feel worth it for how much we ended up paying. Also, it was really dark and rather loud making it difficult to hear / talk to my friend.

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AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was great but way too salty. The waiter was blah, didn’t seem too happy to be there

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R
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I put five stars in food but it kept knocking me out.

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k
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sampan does not disappoint! My server, Brooke, was absolutely outstanding! Sampan is very lucky to her! From now on, when I reserve, I ONLY want Brooke😊

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual! Brought my mom there for the first time and she LOVED it!

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third time dining at Sampan and it was the best visit yet!

Our server was amazing, she was so friendly and extremely knowledgeable. She truly made the meal what it was. We were seated a few minutes past our reservation time (which we truly did not mind since we were able to hangout by the bar and get drinks) and our server was very apologetic and caring. The food was perfect and we enjoyed EVERYTHING that we ordered. We are counting down to our next visit!

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K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! We tried the tasting menu and loved everything. Staff was great too!

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i
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, per usual! Our waitress was phenomenal! We came in for our anniversary and she overheard us mention and went out of her way to bring us over champagne and congratulate us (it’s the small things). Outside of this kind gesture, she was already very attentive and on top of her game. Our waitress truly made our experience even better than normal! Food was great. We love Sampan!

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RR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, the chef's tasting was a blast for the entire table. Such a great time with our friends! Our waitress was outstanding, and her recommendations were perfect! A must try for all!

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W
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, waitress was well versed on the menu. The maitre d was rude, obnoxious, unaccommodating and unwelcoming.

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MT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Inconsistency about whether or not you could be seated for happy hour past on prior experiences. Would not have gone to the restaurant if this was clear.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food flavor and presentation was good. The portions were too small tough for the price.
Service overall good, but we were celebrating a special occasion (birthday) and weren't not even asked about it.
Ambiance looked nice, but was excessively loud.

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PS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a vibrant restaurant and bar! Tapas and service made it more of an experience than just a dinner. Our waitress was a delight and made such wonderful recommendations for our group. Loved trying so many new and different dishes. Superb.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best first date ever

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TL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, very interesting food combinations and menu choices, service was prompt and gracious, the food could not have been better! We have returned to Sampan many times and highly recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was phenomenal. The service was great only because our waitress (Samantha B) was very attentive and friendly she made us feel very welcomed. Also the foods and drinks was very delicious.

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JD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food. Great service. I had the short ribs and it was amazing super tenders.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for my girlfriends 30th birthday. Great food and drinks

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JS
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the vibe is very cool!! The chefs always accommodate dietary needs!!!

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G
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place to celebrate an occasion and share plates with a group. Fun, energetic environment and very attentive staff. Only complaint is the excessively high noise level. Otherwise great

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J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I always forget how much I love Sampan until I go. Its one of those gems where the food is inexpensive and consistently amazing. I already have a 2nd reservation for this week!

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

Absolutely incredible!

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Shame on this arrogant management! We were a party of two; my dinner partner arrived early as I was driving and stuck in traffic and called to say I would be late. Rather than seating him (insisting both parties had to be present—for a two-top, really???), they asked he wait at the bar where he ran up a sizable tab (expensive martinis). When I arrived (20 minutes late, remember he was early and I had called), they told me they’d given away our table and said they could seat us at communal table or wait 30 more minutes. And not nicely! Ridiculous! I grew up in a restaurant and asked to see the manager, got a second-rate head hostess who nastily gave me the same story. Stood my ground, wouldn’t move and asked for the manager. My dinner partner was there on time for a two-top. Could understand if we were late for 3 or 4 more people, but for 2? No way. The manager seated us right away and apologized profusely. Error in management due to young, rude and stupid staff. Food was fabulous. Sadly staffing and customer service does not live up to it. Will never go back or recommend. Dining experience STARTS with customer service. These kids were just plain stupid and unwilling to understand the error of their major mistake. Shame shame shame.

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AC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was a mixed bag- some was great but some was only mediocre. Seasoning a bit off. Cool bustling atmosphere.

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

Great experience.

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J
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every course is amazing. Probably just had one of the best scallops of my life!

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DC
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Visiting from DC. The Menu is very creative. Our meal was well-prepared and well-presented. Management and staff were delughtful. Excellent service and table delivery - thanx, John.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good and well priced for “Asian tapas” but it was really loud and hard to hold a conversation. Nice options for gluten free folks like myself. Noted in my reservation that it was for a birthday and it wasn’t acknowledged so that was a bummer 🤷🏻‍♀️

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KB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious! It’s really cool to sit at the bar and watch them prepare everything if you are a small party of two or three.

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DB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to hang for dumplings and wine. Acceptable noise levels to carry on a nice conversation.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal!! Loved the food and service was great!

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d
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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AB
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best meals I've been to in recent memory!

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love Sampan. Have been many times before. The only reason that I gave service 4 stars is because of the hostess. We were running about 10 min late for our 7:15 reservation, when we called to let them know, they informed us that if we were more than 15 min late they would have to release our table to someone else and we may have to wait. Reasonable.

We got there at 7:25 ( 10 min late) and then they told us we would have to wait as our table was no longer available and showed us the bar if we wanted drinks while we waited. We noticed quite a few 2 tops that were open, after waiting for a little while, we asked the hostess about the open tables we saw. She said they were waiting on individuals with reservations before us!? If someone had a reservation time that was before ours, they should have far surpassed their 15 min table hold window, so it made no sense and was a little annoying.

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JL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food is so delicious I would definitely go again!

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MH
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and fun. Noisy but that’s to expected. Tasting menu was a bargain!

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AB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to go with a small group. They make it easy to share with the tasting menu. Great drinks and food never disappoints!

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JE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away. The food came quickly and in 3 waves so we could have a chance to try each dish before the next round came. Flavors were good, one red pepper in the chicken stir fry spiced up the night. Drinks were quickly made and tasted sweet.

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DW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience

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