Sampan - Philadelphia

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing! So funny, knowledgeable about the menu, prompt and very friendly! She made our experience more enjoyable.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding service, great food

d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My friends and I were so excited to dine @ Sampan during restaurant week. The tasting menu is an amazing deal! I have to say the food was amazing as always. It was also so nice that complimentary dishes were brought over to compensate for the seating 45 minutes after our reservation, however our server was just awful. We are not a complaining bunch but she was terrible. No energy, she wouldn’t even look at us and kept looking at her reflection in the lighting fixtures when she was speaking to us, it seemed like she would rather be anywhere else. And when we asked for an additional soft serve cone because they were one person short she let out an audible groan. The food at Sampan is always amazing and we will definitely be back, but unfortunately this soured the experience.

TM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of my friends and I went to Sampan for restaurant week and we absolutely loved it!! The menu was delicious and all shared plates. We were so full by the end of it. It was also my friend’s birthday and they brought out a sparkler on top of their soft serve. Wonderful food and great service! Definitely recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sampan is always a go!!!! Delicious food

KR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sampan never disappoints. Their General Tso Soup Dumplings are my favorite thing to eat in the entire city!

J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Excellent food, and very good happy hour. However, every time I have gone to sampan (and this is over 20 times now) your reservation means nothing. If you reservation is at 6 pm you won’t be seated until 635-645. It is my only Real complaint about the restaurant. Food is always great and comes out quick. Servers are a little rude at times but haven’t had a problem myself. Would recommend but make sure to arrive at least 30 mins early!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was soooooo good!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

TB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danielle was AWESOME ! Food was delicious and nice atmosphere.

AB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I Love Sampan, the good is amazing and I love the atmosphere.

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The various courses were unique and so delicious. Server was helpful and knowledgeable. Great ambience.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there for restaurant week with my sister. The Service was great and the food was even better!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Sampan for restaurant week and will definitely be returning. Started the night off with a Moscow Mule, which was absolutely delicious. We were able to try 7 different dishes with the restaurant week tasting which were all fabulous. Stars of the show were the scallops, beef satay, general tso dumpling, and crab wonton tacos. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. Overall it was an amazing experience and I cannot wait to return.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Sampan is my favorite place and I was so excited to visit for restaurant week! The food is always incredible and I love the atmosphere.

JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was not ready at our reservation time; however, Sampan gifted us with an appetizer and dessert on the house. We had a great time at the bar until our table was ready. Great service, which made waiting for our table not bad at all.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was awesome- date was awkward and weird

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for restaurant week. It was very crowded. The food was awesome, they offered their seven course tasting menu. Definitely will return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Make sure to get the General Tso’s dumplings - they’re incredible. The restaurant week menu is such a good deal too - you get so much food. This place is one of my favorites in the city!

m
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came for restaurant week and was not disappointed. We had to wait about 20 minutes for our table despite having a reservation, but once we were seated service was excellent. Highlights of the tasting menu were the shrimp pad Thai, beef satay and pork bao buns. Will definitely be back!

AB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was glad they honored my reservation and I did not have to wait more than 5 minutes when I arrived at my specified time. The food was amazing for Restaurant Week. The service was great, they were friendly and quick to serve food and clean up. They even offered us complimentary dessert. Would highly recommend going there for not just the unique and tasty food but the overall experience.

CK
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A blast, delicious food and a great vibe, would definitely go again. Thankful for the restaurant week deal

AR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for Restaurant Week and was able to taste 7 different dishes. Everything was super delicious, especially the Pork Bao Buns!

RR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with a nice atmosphere. Would definitely go back

MS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FOOD WAS INCREDIBLE. Went for restaurant week and the price was so worth it for the amount of food that was given. I can’t wait to go back again soon. GO YOU WONT REGRET IT!!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. We will be going back!

PL
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting, unusual, and very good food, in a small plates format. Heavily staffed, assuring fast service: service was friendly, accommodating, and very good. Highly recommend for a hot spot in Center City!

A
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and awesome! Even as busy as they were with Restaurant Week, our waitress was attentive and caring.

s
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Sampan with great food. Everyone is nice and pleasant

DG
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a meal at Sampan is a treat. The menu is wonderful, and choosing is difficult, but well worth the effort. The restaurant's vibe is very appealing. The service is impeccable and attentive. Reservations necessary, in my opinion.

H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for the tasting menu on restaraunt week - it’s a great way to try the menu for an affordable price but not a ton of food!

MS
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fantastic meal through Restaurant Week! Preferred our various appetizers more so than the entrees. The Wonton Tacos, Korean Beef Satay and Philly Pho were so delicious and original. The Filet Mignon and Shrimp Pad Thai was not as high of quality and somewhat average. The Chili Prawns were great, but very, very spicy AND I adore spicy food. We will be back just concentrating on trying the smaller dishes. Our server was not very friendly, but there were a large number of staff running food, refilling water, and taking dirty plates.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our restaurant week dinner hit all the marks, not 1 bad dish. Our favorites: General Tso soup dumplings, edamame dumplings. Also delicious: green papaya salad, szechuan chicken stir fry, xo scallops, & crispy brussel sprouts

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my boyfriend’s birthday and it was perfect. Food was great, service was superb. I’d definitely go again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a superb experience dining at Sampan for the first time during Restaurant Week. We opted for their 7-course tasting menu, which was too good of a value to pass up. We enjoyed every dish, especially the Crab Wonton Tacos (a must have in my opinion!) The cocktails were great as well, especially the Ming Mule. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. We will definitely be back!

MH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Waited half an hour to be seated at our reserved table. Place is lively, and the hosts look confused all the time. Service from our waiter was outstanding. He genuinely took the time to explain everything and had a great personality. Food is good if it isnt burnt or drenched with sauces.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Everything was nice but food was rather mediocre

MS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food and friendly wait staff. Waited 20 min for a table despite having reservation

AS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food tasted great, servers were attentive, lighting was dim and candelit tables but added to the ambiance. Wasn't too loud inside, but it was pretty full. Food didn't take too long to come out and we always had at least one dish on the table. Recommend the crispy rock shrimp. Chicken katsu bao and pork potstickers were average, but all other dishes we tried were great. Steak was tender and juicy. Lo mein was tasty but didn't include much meat. Chili prawns were good, but a bit on the spicier side for the average person. Just a warning, portions are fairly small, but the food does taste great.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great. We went during happy hour , were seated and told we could only get happy hour drinks at the bar..
The food was great but I wish it would’ve been served all at once.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was nothing that we didn’t delightfully enjoy!
Will revisit for sure!

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