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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4.6

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4.5

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4.4

value

4.3

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (70)
Fit for Foodies (64)
Creative Cuisine (63)
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Hot Spot (55)
Tasting Menu (53)
Fun (53)
Special Occasion (50)
Vibrant Bar Scene (48)
Tapas (45)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Bar Seating (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Casual (33)
Happy Hour (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
Romantic (29)
Good Vegetarian Options (24)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Authentic (19)
Spicy (17)
Cozy (16)
Late-night Find (14)
Business Meals (13)
People Watching (11)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Healthy (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quick Bite (5)
Vegan (5)
Great Beer (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Organic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Here we are, Valentines 2018 and we're at our favorite place, Sampan. I made a small request to the hostess Kenzie, hope I spelled it write, asking to sit at the corner table by the window, I mentioned we had gotten engaged at that table 2 years ago. Without any hesitation she said no problem and were sat there right away. Proving she was the utmost professional, she made a mention to our server, Kaihly what I told her and she came to the table with complimentary champagne. Same thing happened last year when we returned for our first Valentines as a married couple. But enough with the accolades, could keep going on, let's talk about the amazing food. Each visit we have the Chef Tasting menu, and it never disappoints.

The food is ridiculously amazing!!! Each course was better than the one before. From the Pork Belly Buns to the Filet Mignon, which BTW, was the best filet ive ever had. Truth be told I work in a high end steakhouse and wish we cooked our steaks as well as these were cooked. They cut like butter!!

Like I said to my wife, I've never repeatedly eaten at the same restaurant, and have been "Wow'd" each and every time. I hope Sampan ( and Kaihly) will be there for a long time to come, so we can return each and every time we have an occasion to celebrate!!!

Thank you Sampan for being the best you can!!

Dave Cohl

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

A very busy Sunday, as Monday was President's Day. I think they were a little unprepared for the amount of people.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service. Perfect for pre-theater dining. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and service, but extremely noisy.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

We arrived 10 minutes prior to our reservation and had to wait a half hour by the front door for our table. It was obviously extremely busy. management apologized and told us the table had been there for over three hours and they were going to ask them to re locate if they were done eating. We finally sat and had our order taken at 9:30 pm , we opted for the seven course tasting menu. By 9:54 we were completely done our meal and being asked what we wanted for dessert. After not seeing my friends for several months and then being totally rushed through dinner after waiting for so long, this was a total let down. My water was never re filled, my coffee came with no spoon or sugar and then an attitude when we asked , as if an inconvenience. It was a night we were very much looking forward to and we just did not enjoy ourselves. Food was delicious, portions were ridiculously small, filet didn't even have two slices for each of us. There was five extremely small slices for 3 people ....Just a very unexpected experience. Would not return or recommend

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·Dined 3 days ago

Best soup dumplings. Great menu. Tried 8 or 9 dishes. Reasonably priced. Comfortable seating and distance between tables. Will go back soon.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a 7 pm reservation for 8 people. Our table was not ready upon arrival and we stood in the fairly crowded bar area. We were finally seated close to 7:30 which caused a bit of anxiety as we were going to a 9 pm show. Once seated however, the service was very good. To save time in making choices we decided to go with the tasting menu. Once that was decided, the food come out very fast and was excellent. I particularly enjoyed the pork bao bun, the swordfish satay and the brussel sprouts. The mini ice cream cones, especially the chocolate orange, were delicious. There was one small error in that we made our server aware of my husband's avocado allergy but the tuna rice cracker was served with the avocado. This was quickly remedied with a new serving of the same minus the avocado. She also threw in an extra dish that was not part of our tasting menu. The food was plentiful and the leftovers packed up for our hungry college student.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

A little slow getting sat, but not too long. Busy night with good energy. Food was excellent.

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·Dined 3 days ago

It was way overpriced for what they give you, and we had dinner reservations at 6PM booked a week ahead, but we couldn't be seated until 10 minutes later, which normally wouldn't be a big deal, but the food was not worth the wait and huge crowd at all.

For example, the kimchi fried rice-- it was more like warmed rice mixed with kimchi juice, shrimp, and one tiny piece of actual kimchi. The rice didn't even have the "fried, crispy" texture fried rice should have, so it literally just felt like warmed soft rice, not fried rice.

We also ordered the general tso soup dumpling, and the dough was almost raw. You could very easily pinch off a chunk of dough and roll it into a ball because it was so dang soft and undercooked. The inside did not really contain much "soup" either. It was just mushy and there wasn't really much flavor, which was hard to accept considering they called it "general tso".

My boyfriend and I really had high hopes cause it always seemed nice from the outside, and we genuinely wanted to like it. So I'm really sad and reluctant to admit that we had such a largely disappointing experience. We felt bad especially towards the end because, while it wasn't the waitress's fault, the last thing we ordered never came. My boyfriend and I would never come back here ever. (If it's any context at all, I'm Korean-American and my boyfriend is Irish).

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

We went there for a Valentine’s Day date for the first time. We ordered the Chefs tasting and because we didn’t know much of any of the food on the menu we took our waiters advice on what to order. He did not steer us wrong. Every dish was amazing!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Sampan was outstanding. We were a little late to be seated but the manager immediately came and addressed us. Once we sat down the service was great and the food...well beat Asian food I have had. Recommend if you are looking for a nice dinner with your spouse or significant other or with a group of friends for an occasion, make a reservation and go enjoy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Sampan was awesome as always. The food and service were fantastic and we can't wait to return. The edamame dumplings are great and gets lots of press, but the chicken wings are amazing and should not be missed. The tables were a little backed up and so they didn't seat us immediately, but they were very attentive, the manager checked in on us, and they definitely made it right. All around, another great night at a wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Great atmosphere and my waitress Amber was great love the place , be back soon 👍🏾

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was great and ambience was perfect for a special occasion. Making a reservation was disappointing due to being seated 20-30 minutes after the reservation time. However, everything else was perfect and they even remembered the rose on the table that was requested.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

It was a little pricey for the value in my opinion. Food was good. Everyone raves about the dumplings but they were alright to me. I would go back but only if someone else was paying.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing and came out pretty quickly

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

One of the best places I ever been to in philly. Specifically, being a veggie, I never got so many options to chose. I would highly recommend all the couples around to visit this place. Thank you team SAMPAN!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

I had a reservation and still had to wait 30 mins to be seated.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2018

LOVED everything about this restaurant. We will be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The food was excellent, everything came out quickly. The portions we're a little bit on the smaller size for the price, but overall great

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Choose this restaurant as a casual date night after visiting the Observation Deck. Upon entering we were immediately greeted and seated. We had an amazing waitress who explained the menu thoroughly while also offering her personal top choices. We ordered two drinks and they were not watered down. That’s a MAJOR plus for me. This a small plate restaurant, however, most dishes feeds 2-4 people depending on preferred portions. My personal favorite was Rib Tips and Chicken Stir Fry. Prices were a little high in my opinion , but the food was delicious and ambiance was well worth it. Just writing this entry I can’t wait to go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Service and food were both fantastic. Highly recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food could be warmer, but service and energy were great!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our second visit to Sampan and it was as fabulous as we remembered.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I’ve been there numerous times. I’m never disappointed. The food is great and the cocktails are enjoyable. I recommend it for any occasion.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food! Unique combinations of ingredients really bring out the flavors of the dishes. A bit expensive outside of the happy hour menu.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We brought my 92 year old father in after time at The Franklin Institute. He was a foodie before being a “foodie” was hip. He loved everything he had, and thoroughly enjoyed himself. Wait staff is always outstanding. Always a solid choice for great food and great service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service and food were both excellent

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had an absolutely wonderful dinner. Our group was large and they did have us wait a little for our table which was somewhat inconvenient because we were in the way of many however the food was phenomenal and service was exceptional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great spot to go with friends or your companion. Made a reservation and it was needed. Place was crowded in the entrance but once you get your table its worth it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We were hoping to get reservations at Doubleknot- our favorite restaurant- but it was booked up. So we decided to try Sampan. Although not quite as "adventurous" as DK, it was excellent. The lobster didn't quite live up to expectations nor did the shrimp- both could have used a little more taste. However the pork bao bun was even better than the duck scrapple bao bun at DK. Overall, the meal was not quite as good as DK- but damn close. Our one gripe was that the food was coming out too fast (not a complaint that you hear very often). We asked that they slow it down a little, but our request went unheeded. The manager asked how everything was going, so I let him know about our request. He apologized and sent over an additional dessert at the end of our meal- a very nice gesture. Our waitress was very attentive as well as the wait staff who removed empty plates almost immediately.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The place was crowded the bathrooms were filthy. The food comes quickly to the table but it’s not hot. We were very disappointed with the restaurant and wouldn’t recommend it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Have been to Sampan a couple of times, recently revisited with friends & realized how much I miss the place. Quality of dishes have always been consistently excellent. My go-to dishes are: Korean chicken wings, kimchee fried rice, & brussel sprouts. If you want to try a bunch of things on the menu, I'd suggest the Chef tasting (You will be stuffed). It won't be too long before I return, Sampan.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Not the best experience
We waited for over 30 min for our drinks at the table and ordered the 7 course menu- we had to ask for our drinks three times and then all the food- as in Every course- came out before we even got our cocktail?? We sent some
Back and they actually brought it out again after we asked them
Not to over and over
Such a hot meSS!
Manager gave us a free drink but it was a hot mess-
The food was cold and other than the sea bass- I’d never eat there again
The place wasn’t even busy and they gave us seats on opposite corners of table at chefs table - and that’s WITH w reservation made way in advance
I eat in the area a lot and never been so disappointed in service
It has potential food wise but service has to be fixed in a big way

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I love Sampan, the food is amazing and the staff are so nice.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for dinner before a concert, don't know why it had to be so dark, the have nothing to hide food is great. Lighting so dark, all of us including millenniums had to use phone lights to see food.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Tonight I finally had the chance to dine at Sampan, I'm not sure if this is considered a 5 star restaurant but it felt like it!!! The atmosphere is great and so are the workers. We were seated immediately. The noise level is loud but it's one of those type of places, and it is very dark inside, bring a flash light lol for the menu. Everything move quick here. The menus are very simply put and once we ordered I can't even explain how quick the food came, the food was great we ordered roasted Scallops (I would do without the sauce on the plate), Brussel sprouts, Wok Charred Lobster (the way the noodles work in this dish is amazing they're originally hard but once mixed they're soft, the chef honestly should try pairing the scallops with these type of noodles it would be a banger)and had Rice Krispy Ice Cream Sushi for dessert. All the workers worked on cue. When we were done one worker cleaned our table while our waiter was helping another table, he saw them clean the table off and as soon as he was done he came over and made sure we were ok and handed us the dessert menu. It really was perfect. I think it's good for first dates, after work or even just spending a night in town. There's bar seating here as well if you're looking to just drink the bartender look like he was mixing up something sweet!! The price range is great. The seating is a little cramped and sometimes share a table with the person right next to you, but whatever. Give it a try!!! I suggest reserving on open table, while we were checking in people were pouring into this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My wife is SE Asian so we are more discerning when it comes to Asian food. We ordered 5-6 small dishes. The food is best described as Asian Fusion. Some dishes were good, including the pork belly buns. The kitchen is open and I don’t believe I saw any Asian chefs, maybe a factor in the short comings of some of the traditional Asian dishes. The papaya salad was quite weak. We requested some more fish sauce to improve the dish and received a sweetish sauce. The waitress, who was familiar with fish sauce, explained that is what we hey use for fish sauce. I would NOT recommend ordering the Pad Thai noodles. They were very weak, worst of all the fried tofu was like cardboard. I would recommend the Brussels sprouts which were excellent. We did not think restaurant was as loud as some have said.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We always have a delicious meal at Sampan & this time was just as outstanding! We will be back!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Excellent experience. We were a work group of 12 (+1 last minute) arriving after a meeting in Center City. We chose Sampan because of it's location. We were happily greeted and told we would be seated shortly, and we were. Our orders ranged from small snacks to dinners, some drinks and desserts. Everyone was helpful and efficient, and everyone except our server (who couldn't seem to muster up a smile) was friendly.

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