About Sampan - Philadelphia

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.

124 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Asian, Pan-Asian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Everyday Happy Hour: Everyday

Cross Street:
Walnut

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 732-3501

Website:
http://www.sampanphilly.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Schulson

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.

Private Party Contact:
Bridget Baran: (888) 858-6536

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

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

Sampan - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (59)
Tasting Menu (59)
Creative Cuisine (58)
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Fit for Foodies (55)
Hot Spot (55)
Fun (45)
Good for Groups (44)
Happy Hour (44)
Special Occasion (42)
Vibrant Bar Scene (41)
Tapas (38)
Casual (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Romantic (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Bar Seating (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Authentic (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Business Meals (16)
People Watching (15)
Spicy (14)
Late-night Find (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Cozy (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Vegan (5)
Great Beer (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

They were really friendly i enjoyed my birthday !!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service. Asian fusion is order of the day. Strongly recommend going with small plate tasting menu if this is your first visit. Very busy, expect seating to be close, but can still carry on conversations comfortably.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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·Dined 4 days ago

Love the food, been here couple times, but for the first time some of the food came cold and meat that we ask for medium rare came out well.😔

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Food and service wonderful. My table had so little light that I could only read the menu with the help of a flashlight.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The tasting menu is a great way to sample the many delicious dishes here. Food quality is excellent; preparation is creative. Service is great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

We were seated 30 minutes after the time our reservation was for, which happens commonly at this restaurant. When I told the hostess that this has happened before, she made an excuse and didn’t even apologize for the lateness. This takes away from the quality of everything else (

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Amazing dining experience. They did well with a large group and we all left full and Happy

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

AAOA site visit of Philadelphia, you seated us under Rosemary.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Super meal and awesome service for an exceptional experience!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful meal. Love this place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Sampan is one of my favorite spots in Philly. I've been many times but this weekend was one of my best experiences. They were very accommodating and friendly to our group of 12 for a bachelorette!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Tapas, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was superb. Food was overall excellent. Only drawback was that it was very loud.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I’ve never had a bad meal here. Food is always spot on. However, this time was a terrible dining experience. I placed my order around 8 pm (5 people, huge order) and I think everything ordered was rushed to my table by 8:15pm. What kind of experience is this? Have you ever heard of coursing out a meal? This shouldn’t be like eating at Panera or Shake Shack. I’m spending over $60 per person, I expect some kind of dining experience. Don’t rush me out of there. If it was my first time, I’d never go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I love love love the food here. However some small plates are really small and overpriced whereas with others you get a lot of food. The price is good and you can try a lot. However the restaurant on a Saturday night is too loud, too quiet, and they rush you out.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our first visit and we went with the 7 course tasting menu. Each bite was well presented and, more importantly, very tasty. By the end we had plenty to eat and the miniature twin soft serve cones were a perfect palate-cleansing finish. The servers were friendly and helpful. All in all, we will put in on our go-to list when we are in town.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing food and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Friendly staff and hip atmosphere. The food was very good with unusual flavors.

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for a Date, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Birthday meal among 11 friends. They gave a sparkler in ice cream cone which was nice. 9 arrived on time but they didn't want to sit us until whole party was there. Doorway was chaotic.. We were all present moments later for our reservation and still waited about 20 min for the table to get ready (and people to leave where we were supposed to sit). We couldn't even get drinks at bar bc it was too crowded. (Happy hour is insane because the offer is only good at the bar).
Food tasted good. The lobster was difficult (one was not cracked all the way and we had to really work it out), and meals are shared and come out as they arrive. Smart I think so everything is hot. Drinks were unique but took a long time (over 15/20 min). We had a big group but seemed like the bartender could use help. A few had simple orders, like straight whiskey or plain RC soda products. Duck is good, all bao buns were good too.
The color changing walls are a nice touch and if you can sit at the kitchen prep area, that is cool too.
I like this restaurant and have been many times but honestly probably won't come back unless it is 2-4 people and we can sit at the bar. (Note if you can't get there by 430/445, I wouldn't bother as the bar is not that big).

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Phenomenal food. One of the best Asian restaurants I have eaten in

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Amazing! So good. Get the hot chicken bar buns

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food and vibes.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Phenomenal from start to finish. The drinks were fantastic! We didn’t want our dinner to end. You can’t go wrong with the chef’s tasting, 7 selections and in house made ice cream?! Amazing. The staff was attentive and friendly. It’s our goto spot when we visit Philly. Thank you to Sampan for your hospitality and giving us another excellent dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Tapas
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I usually enjoy everything at Sampan but my experience last night was not the best. I normally love the food but I wasn't impressed last night.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, great service-- the tasting menu was delicious! Not a TON of food, but everyone was full and satisfied!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I would like to thank the friendly staff for a great time. My girlfriend and I showed up late for our reservation. (Totally my fault) they accommodated us even though I inconvenced them. I appreciate that and will definitely be going back. (Food was great too!)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

just a great experience. we were early for our reservation so we were given the option to be seated early at the chef's table, which gave us a view into the preparation of the dishes. Our server was really great, there when we needed her, and not there when we didn't. food was great, fun vibe

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Healthy, Vegan, Fun
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

First time at Sampan and had a wonderful time. Our server was incredible - super attentive, informative, all the things you could want. We had a great time! The place was crowded by the time we left, so reservations are recommended!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

They have a great happy hour menu. Next time I need to check out the extended menu at double knot.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This was my 2nd visit to Sampan, and both visits were excellent! I recommend the chef's tasting, as it allows the chef to showcase his or her best dishes. Even with one of our party having a shellfish allergy, they customized just his tasting to his dietary restriction and didn't force everyone to do the same thing. Great place and I'll be back when I'm in Philly next time!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food was excellent. Very crowded and rather loud. Altough we had reservation no table available so offered us seating at kitchen bar. Next time would sit at table as better for food sharing. Would absolutely go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were seated 30 minutes late. The waitress was rude and forgot to bring out a dish that we ordered. When we asked her about it she seemed annoyed that we "still wanted it" and begrudgingly got the chef to pack it up to go. The food is good but the waiting staff and host staff need a lot of work.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Must eat general tso’s chicken soup dumplings and green papaya salad. So yummy.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My husband and I ordered a couple of small plates for appetizer and each ordered an entry. I finished my very small fish entry before they even brought his. We prefer to eat dinner at the same time and not watch each other. The food tasted good,but portions size were pretty small. I’ve Ordered a drink w/vodka but only tasted Ginger Ale .
Our waiter wasn’t very attentive at all.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I love the ambiance at Sampan, every time that I go the place is packed. The food is a little adventurous so keep in mind who you are going with.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Hip ambience. Fast food service. Phenomenal food. Awesome experience overall. It does get pretty crowded so would recommend having reservation: even for happy hour!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were a little disappointed this time and have been to Sampan many times before. This was for a birthday with around 13 people so we did the tasting menu. Many of the dishes were super spicy and things came out of order. We got the Edamame Dumplings after the sea bass and stir fry. Seemed odd. Some of the dishes lacked flavor that we are used to getting. I was disappointed with this particular night there.

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Nice food but a little overpriced

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food and service were excellent and the ambiance was great - but not for a group dinner where you hope to talk to anyone other than the person next to you. It was just too loud. I would definitely go again, but not with a large group that is trying to connect with one another.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Oh my goodness! I can not put into words how fabulous the food here is at Sampan! Waitstaff very knowledgeable and attentive. We did the chef tasting menu and each dish wowed us! Will be one of our top Philly spots from now on!!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

First time at Sampan. Great selections and excellent food quality and service. The Chef's tasting menu is the way to go with a group......makes decisions a lot easier.

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