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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always on point

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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vipDonJuanE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server / Amber -Did a fantastic job.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was bad! What you can get in Chinatown for less and made better, was overpriced and made me sick. Service was mediocre and not anything special. The servers there are lazy and don’t deserve the tips.

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vipKyleM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing, service was subpar

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AkrutiP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service and amazing food. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food was absolutely delish!

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MARc
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a good experience at Sampan!

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vipMissmayak
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here every international womens day and do the tasting menu. I love this place because ambiance, service, food and drinks are all fantastic. Top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service. Will definitely go back!

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Anon
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was great but everyone’s food was misplaced all over the table, 5 different food runners were just dropping food wherever they cook without checking to see who ordered it. People who had no been there before were not sure what the food was and if it was what they had ordered or not.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pork bao is among the best dishes in the city.

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MariannaV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious, we ordered a bunch of appetizers and sides and it was so good and enough food for everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Bday dinner

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vipLily
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Sampan is usually excellent. My only criticism for this visit is that my kimchi fried rice was a little cold. I love my food hot especially when there’s a poached egg involved.

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vip9876asdfh
New England
36 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, interesting food, good drinks. a little loud inside, but overall very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great with the gluten free!

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vipsween
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and great service!

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vipgeoffhaim
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Let's start at the beginning...the hostess greeted us with a smile and seated us immediately. The server came around quickly and made a few suggestions when we told him it was our first time at Sampan. The drinks were solid great flavor and a good amount of alcohol. The appetizers were some of the best tacos I have ever had. None of the rest of the tasting menu disappointed either. Needless to say we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good time well spent

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and ambiance was exactly what it’s always been and how I like it to be at Sampan.
Waiter was good and attentive, but never acknowledged the special occasion noted in the reservation, which was a little disappointing, bc they have at least mentioned it before and tried to make it feel a little extra special.

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vipJulieK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I have been to Sampan a ton and every time it was awesome but for some reason this time the food was off. I had the tuna rice crackers and the tuna was very fishy and tasted like it was sitting around for a little time. I will definitely go back as it is my favorite restaurant just this one time it was not consistent.

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vipsundaydiner
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a dinner for a group of 9 right after the Flower Show. I never expect much for large group dinners, but our server, Matt, made everything flow and provided excellent service for our evening. We opted for the tasting menu and everything was delicious. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Speciality Cocktails were amazing!!! We tried all but one of them.

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MadiG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful - Foodie heaven!!! Service, ambiance, food... My got to eats when in Philly - - Wish there was one in Leesburg VA :)

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MayaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service and food great as always. Expect a 15-20 min wait to be seated with reservation.

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nomnomnom
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Food And drinks were great. Server was very rude.

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CaitlinW
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was a positive dining experience all around. The interior of the restaurant is dramatically lit and welcoming. Chic and trendy. The tables are very close together, which means you will be friendly with the people next to you. Very friendly and knowledgeable server. We selected the tasting menu for $45 a person. It was a great choice! We feasted on the soup dumplings, pork bao, wagyu beef satay, crab wonton taco, seared duck breast, Chilean sea bass , & the pork and mushroom lo mein. We had 2 desserts, a mango/vanilla and a chocolate/raspberry soft serve. Very delicious. We also had the featured sushi Dessert.

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ThomasJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Did not disappoint will be back

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Cooper
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Showed up before reservation for happy hour at the bar, then did chef's menu. Overall was a great experience.

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SusanM
Key West
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Trendy oriental food joint with a goofy wooden backed, poorly constructed menu that’s hard to read. The cheesesteak bao was weak. The noodle dishes were pedestrian. The swordfish satay was outstanding.

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vipNepafoodie
Poconos
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great service. I loved how the waiters gave you a little rundown of every dish and the best way to enjoy it as it came out. I dined with a girlfriend, and we shared the general tso soup dumplings, crispy rock shrimp, Vietnamese spring rolls, short rib, and Kimchee fried rice. Everything was excellent, although I would skip the rice the next time. That was enough food for the two of us with lots of rice to take home. I will definitely be back next time I’m in town!

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vipGerry
London
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved this place! The bartender was super and makes great drinks. Our server was terrific, very friendly and efficient. And the food was tremendous. We had the tasting menu since there were so many delicious choices, and it was well worth it! Can't wait to go back!

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Tyty
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had amazing meal and a great atmosphere. Yummy dessert

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We celebrated my daughters 15th birthday, we ordered the tasting menu! It really is a lot of food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good time always great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Every time we’ve been here the food and drinks have been incredible. I would recommend for any and every event!

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NicR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a delightful evening! Food and drinks were delicious. Service was on-point!

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KristenT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu is the way to go.. 7 items from each category on the menu. can't beat that!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Understanding the open kitchen concept, we thought the food was served much too quickly. We were a party of 2 and at one point 4 of the 9 items from the tasting menu were on our table. We felt like we were being rushed.....not by the server(who was great) but by the kitchen and management. I understand turning tables is important, but thought the experience was diminished by the fact that we were not able to dine at a reasonable pace

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