Sampan - Philadelphia

4.7
3140 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Pan-Asian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Everyday Happy Hour: Everyday
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Phone number
(215) 732-3501
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Schulson
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Private party facilities
Sampan was designed with entertaining in mind. Two identical dining rooms flank a central bar to allow for a total of 120 guests to occupy both dining rooms or a cocktail reception in excess of 150. The outdoor Graffiti Bar can host up to 75 additional guests with the same menus offered.
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Private party contact
Bridget Baran: (888) 858-6536
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Catering
Hors d' oeuvres packages start at $15 per person per hour and dinner packages start at $40 per person. Open bar packages start at $25 per person for the first two hours and $7 for each additional hour should you be looking to entertain. Bar packages must be combined with either an hors d' oeuvres package or a dinner package and are not offered on their own.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Walnut
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Parking details
Limited street parking is available, in addition to public parking lots on Sansom Street in between 12th & 13th Streets and 13th & Broad Streets. There is also a parking garage on the corner of 13th Street, in between Chestnut Street & Market Street.
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Sampan is the perfect location for entertaining. Two identical dining rooms flank a central bar for a welcoming feeling with great energy. The restaurant can seat up to 120 for a sit down dinner or in excess of 150 for a social gathering. The outdoor Graffiti Bar can host an additional 75 and is fully heated and open 10 months out of the year. Our event coordinator will work with you personally and all menus are fully customizable.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3140 People Are Saying
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4.7
food
4.4
service
4.5
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Everything was delicious, especially the sea bass and the cheesesteak bao

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Sampan is always one of my favorites and again didn't disappoint. Went with a party of 8 for a birthday dinner (booked about a week in advance for a Thursday night). There were also some dietary restrictions for members of the party (2 were vegan, 1 pescatarian), and the staff was able to accomodate (they have a vegetarian menu, for example, with vegan-friendly options labeled). 5 of us shared a bunch of items and they were able to add pieces so that there was 5 of everything.
Particular highlights: General Tso's Chicken Soup Dumplings, Edamame Dumplings, Kimchee fried rice, Wagyu Beef skewers, Sea Bass, Peking Duck

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food & service was great

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

We loved sorting outside and watching the city go by. Our server however was less than par, although friendly, he was inattentive and seemed to be unaware of the practice of checking on his bar orders.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Waited almist 15 minutes after reservation time. They did comp us with an appetizer. Food was delicious... service average.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was kind of bland and subpar (particularly the dumplings), the service was fine but not particularly friendly, and it was too loud and dark to see or hear anything. I will say that the restaurant is very beautiful and the food looks very good, it just doesn’t taste as good as it looks. I thought it was overpriced for what you get.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Our server was awesome, I forgot her name though , maybe Rachael ? anyways she was outstanding, young sandy blonde hair we dined on Sunday pm august 12. She was sooooo good to us, we sat by the window facing the street , food was awesome, and that waitress was exceptional !!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Awesome food and staff attention as usual....we were on a very tight schedule to get to a show at The Mann and you made it happen....thank you!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Everything was really good. From service to the food. But there was a mold in the water cup. However, I would definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

I have dined here often and never been disappointed.. it checks all my boxes for atmosphere great food awesome service !! It's a winner

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Incredible food. Chefs tasting menu was a great deal, but so much food. Bao buns and soup dumplings are a must

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Our second time to Sampan on a visit to Philly. Love the creative choices and preparations. Staff very knowledgeable and friendly.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I had put anniversary as our special occasion and nothing was done. No dessert, or app, nothing.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Despite being VERY busy, all tables and bar seats filled, the service was impeccable. The server always seemed to show up at just the right time to take orders, refresh drinks, check up, and provide the bill. My date and I sampled an item or two from 4 of the 6 menu sections with a total of 5 plates shared amongst two people. Everything tasted great, absolutely no complaints; and though 5 plates seemed like it might be too little food, we were both full and had leftovers.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We did the chefs tasting and the food was some of the best I’ve had in Philly.. chicken bao buns, shrimp and crab egg rolls, crab tacos, bbq beef, filet and chicken stir fry.. at the end you get mini soft serve. Cannot wait to go back !

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great food! A great meal!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Awesome spot for a friends get together! AmaIng food. Comes out as prepared and nice and hot !

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Food is FANTASTIC here one of my favorites in Philly. Our waitress was wonderful and recommended the Chef’s Tasting which was fabulous. Highly recommend!

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1.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Was awful, forgot half our order and wouldn’t admit it. Wait staff was rude and portion sizes were microscopic

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

One of my favorites. Always great and interesting food.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Amazing as always!! Server was fantastic

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was very good. Satay mushrooms were incredible. Shrimp pad thai was excellent. Vegetable dumplings were good. Service was nice. We had to wait an additional 30+ minutes to have a seat after our 7pm reservation where we arrived at 6:55pm. Management staff person was attentive.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Get it! Edamame dumplings are delicious

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Very good food, great friendly service.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I am sorry not to be able to recommend this place. The food is inventive, delicious, and the portions seem right sized. However, and sampan is not the only restaurant that suffers from this, the noise was deafening. We did go at a busy time. Nonetheless, no restaurant should support this level of din. It’s simply made it Impossible to talk to a dining partner even seated next to you.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food was delicious and although very busy, service was timely and quick though it dwindled a bit toward the end of our meal. It was extremely noisy and the tables were pretty close together, but we'd definitely return. Eager to try for mid-week lunch when it's a bit quieter or maybe for some apps before a concert or theater.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Great place.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Wonderful service and suggestions from our waiter and a great meal! My clients loved it.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Outstanding food, awesome waiter, great prices and fantastic time!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

I like the place. The food taste yummy. The food quantity to 7 course meal wasn't really enough for dinner. It was however good but we ended up going to other places to eat. I think the server should let us know that the 7 course meal isn't enough for dinner instead that's like food tasting meal.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Very pricy but also very good food. I’m not 21 so the bar was not an option, but the quality of the flavors makes up for it. I didn’t mind the noise although it was fairly loud, cramped and busy. My only complaint is that when they recommend 3 or 4 small plates per person, with the plates labeled “small” being $8 and some of the smaller plates being $9 to around $15, 3 or small plates raises the price very quickly, and it feels like they’re trying to squeeze as much money out of you as possible. I would recommend for groups, just don’t pay for the table, and make sure everyone is ready to spend a minimum of $25.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The service was fast and friendly, the food and drinks were excellent. The server helped us pick the right amount of food for our party size and was knowledgeable about the dishes and ingredients. We had dined at Sampan the last time we were in town a couple of years ago and were delighted to find that they've maintained their high standards. We look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Sampan was amazing. Definitely will be returning soon.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We had the bao buns - delicious! The chicken bao bun is spicy and the pork bao bun is sweet. We had the general Tso soup dumpling- it was tasty for what it was BUT if you have had authentic soup dumplings, this may disappoint you. The dumplings had very little fluid in them and were stuck together when served. The flavor of the chicken was on point.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The food selection was amazingly plenty. It featured unsurprising from the east and also the western style. We chose the tasting menu with seven plates, some were larger than expected. The service was prompt and courteous. The noise level however was pretty high and the lighting was too dim to read the menu, nor to really appreciate the food, especially on the tables away from the window.

We will definitely come back and will select a window seat for an even better experience!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Good food. Good vibe, good service. Will go again.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Sampan was awesome! Would highly recommend their Happy Hour! It was a great deal and great food. Awesome for a fun date night or a night out with friends.

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1.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Huge disappointment. Not worth the money (~$50/person).

Food: Very salty. Not authentic Chinese or Asian flavor.
Ambience: Super noisy. Very difficult to hear each other.
Service: poor. Was refused seating when I arrived. The receptionist insisted that they only seat fully arrived groups. But the seating area was very empty, while the doorway and the bar area were super crowded, which makes this policy absurd.

Won't go there again, and won't recommend any friends to go there.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Most amazing birthday dinner! The waiter was great and the service was amazing! Be back soon!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had the pleasure of meeting the manager, Justin. He was very kind and ran us through all the specials, as well as stayed to talk for a few minutes since we were from out of town. I would definitely recommend this restaurant in the future. If you are lucky Justin will be working again!

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