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

based on recent ratings
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4.7

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Tasting Menu (57)
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Hot Spot (51)
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Special Occasion (44)
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Happy Hour (42)
Vibrant Bar Scene (40)
Tapas (35)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Casual (31)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Romantic (26)
Bar Seating (23)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Authentic (18)
Spicy (18)
Business Meals (15)
Late-night Find (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
People Watching (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great Beer (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Vegan (4)
Scenic View (3)
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Healthy (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Absolutely amazing cuisine. Table of 10 including a vegetarian, non-beef eater, and a patron with a poultry allergy; all left extremely satisfied with full stomachs and a healthy appreciation for the finely crafted offerings. A must visit if you're in the city on business as we were, or if you're an area resident. Great fun and delicious eats.

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Quite a scene, and good food too. Overall a fun place. The food is tasty and the tasting menu is a good value. Good service at the bar & table. Great for a group.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always amazing

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food!! Only slight negative was but the portioning and timing of items from kitchen. Since they do not do courses/time the servings in the kitchen, you have to really think about what you order if you want to try to do an appetizer and courses to your meal.

The fried rice, soup dumplings, and pork belly buns were awesome.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was awesome. We had the chef sampler deal for $45 each. Highly recommend this place!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had a lovely dinner at Sampan. My group went with the chef's tasting menu and was very pleased. Typically the entire group must participate in the tasting menu, but since I am vegan they allowed me to order separately. The separate vegetarian menu was great, with clear markers for dishes that could be vegan. The waitress was extremely accommodating. She even gave my my own vegan dessert (sorbet) to enjoy while the rest of my group had theirs. The food was delicious as well.

Tags: Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

First date since our son was born!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My girlfriends and I really enjoyed it! The only thing that we would change, will be the lighting. It was so extremely dark that you couldn’t even see your food,
Our favorite parts of the meal were the swordfish Satay & The Chilean sea bass. Oh and I cannot forget the edamame dumplings!!!
We will definitely return🍷🍴

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This restaurant never fails to impress. The cocktails are excellent. The food is incredible and in perfect proportions. You leave full but not bursting.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

First time here. Waitstaff very attentive and helpful. Small plates approach is great. So easy to share and try all the different flavors. Sake flights are a bargain. Will definitely return.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

This was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Everything was fresh and hot. Our server was very attentive and brought us water as soon as it got low. Definitely would recommend this restaurant to a friend and I’m planning on coming back very soon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Trendy cute place. Overpriced but food is pretty good!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I ABSOLUTELY LOVEREEEE Sampan! This is my most FAVORITE restaurant ever!! The food is phenomenal and the wait staff down to earth! A great gem of the city! I ALWAYS tell people to check it out! Love love love this place

Tags: Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great small plate options. Server (I think her name was Ann) was on point. I don't mind the volume, but it is quite loud. Not the place for a quiet dinner. Will go again. Gourmet wings...amazing.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food tasted good but service was rushed and food was all brought out at the same time. Most things were then cold by the time we ate them. We ordered the tasting menu and it does not make sense to get course 2 with the main course. Overall we were disappointed and hope that the restaurant addresses this.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Overall our experience was fantastic. We ordered a number of plates for the table to share so we could try more. The food was delicious! I did not like that there are multiple hostess stands and they won't seat you until everyone has arrived. The mulitple members of my party were all at the restaurant, just at different stands, which the hostesses did not track, and therefore waited extra time before figuring out that everyone was there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

My waitress was wonderful. I wasn't too fond of the hostess. She seemed to be a bit short tempered. Over all I enjoyed the food, drinks and the surprise ice cream that came out for my fiancé's birthday.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife and I had done some shopping previous that day we then went to sampan we been there many times first time that we actually sat down add a regular table, we usually sit at the bar everything was excellent our waitress, food, very pleased .

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Had an amazing meal. The Pork Bao Buns were to DIE for. Service was fabulous. The only downside was that it was a bit noisy, so I wouldn’t recommend this for a quiet date night out. Otherwise, we’d go back in a heartbeat!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We met friends in Philly for the weekend and had 4 kids ages 7-12 with us. We were seated immediately and the waitress was attentive. There were lots of great options on the menu and the food came very quickly. We thought the duck was amazing, the kids loved the soup dumplings and everyone loved the satay. Reviews said it was noisy but that didn’t bother us. Drinks were great. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. Great for a date or group outing. You are encouraged to try and share as much as the menu offers. The food and drink combinations are delightful and the atmosphere is uniquely modern

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great food, the tasting menu is absolutely perfect. for $45 you get to pick 7 items from the menu and dessert!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Nice variety of interesting food. Our vegetarian guest was able to eat well. Very dark and impossible for us to see the menu or our food with a phone light.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

They were really friendly i enjoyed my birthday !!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Waitress was not too friendly and constantly rushing us through our meal. The edamame dumplings were not the original broth and honestly not good anymore. Too many dishes needed salt which was disappointing.

We spent a ton of money and got a lot of dishes, but left thinking I would never go back. Buddakan is a much better value and the staff are always really nice.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was great! It was so good the first time that we came back this second time.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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vip
 (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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