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Sampan - Philadelphia

4.6
2993 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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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.
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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 2993 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
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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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Sampan never disappoints, not surprising since it is one of the best happy hours in the City. Went for a birthday dinner with a bunch of friends. Most of the menu is like tapas style but there are good sized entrees as well. The food was flavorful and brought out hot. The portions are appropriate for their size and the pricing for appetizer/entree was very affordable, especially when shared. The quality of the service was phenomenal. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, patient, and knowledgeable. It was the first time I went for my annual birthday celebration, but am seriously thinking about making this a tradition.

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1.0Dined 2 days ago

The host station was complete chaos. My reservation was for 9 pm. At 9 they told me it would be 10-15 minutes. At 9:20 they said my table was being set and it would only be another minute. Several people that arrived after me were sat before me. At 9:30 I gave up and left.

Beware: they don’t honor reservations.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Great ambience and food. Super busy, if you make reservations, the entire party must be present in order to be seated.

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was great as usual, but the service was disappointing. We wanted to order more food but our server was nowhere to be found. After waiting for a while we chose to close out and go somewhere else. Not sure if we'll be back to be honest.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We waited 45 minutes to be seated tonight and it was honestly an awful experience. Another group who was 25 minutes late for their reservation were seated before us even though we were 10 minutes early for ours. After 35 minutes the manager promised us free appetizers for our wait but we received nothing. If we hadn’t been told that we were being compensated we wouldn’t have thought anything of it but it made an already annoying situation worse. Very disappointing. I’ll stick to happy hour.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Had an open table reservation and still had to wait an hour for a table. They did comp two apps, very nice of them

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We waited thirty minutes for our table and they gave us two free small plates. You decide if two edamame dumplings is worth that kinda crap.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great place with a great ambiance. It was my boyfriends 21st birthday, and they brought complimentary ice cream. Great time.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Very enjoyable, will continue to come back!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent food; great recommendations from server on what to get from the tasting menu. Only negative was the noise level. Music was too loud; could not hear what was being served to us by the staff. Softer music would be better.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great restaurant with amazing food. Everything we got was delicious and the prices are very reasonable. Definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The front attendant wasn’t that nice 😫

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Went for my birthday , food was good but our waitress was terrible . Didn’t refill our drinks , forgot menus and didn’t take off food we never even ate or received . This was my second time in and it was nice but the service would make me second guess coming again .

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The menu was unique and everything was delicious!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Sever was weeded, but it was pretty busy. Overall he was really nice though!

Called to say that I’d be late, had friends check in beforehand...hostess was a little standoff ish. Wouldn’t partially seat my party on account that I wasn’t present, so we had to awkwardly wait in a busy doorway.

I’m assuming who is the GM did come around and ask how everything was, which is nice.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Amazing food and Ryan, our server, was fantastic. We ate a little bit of everything and it was all excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent!!!

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I’ve been to Sampan twice and unfortunately my experience on both occasions were underwhelming. Quality food but overrated and overpriced.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Amazinnng! Love going there and the cheesecake was so good I got it twice. Prices are awesome and food pretty good.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Interesting and sophisticated plates featuring Asian flavors with a dynamic flair.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Sampan never fails to impress. The menu of small plates, ranging from classic pot stickers to swordfish satay and everything in between have a modern feel, yet have a traditional Asian taste. Be aware, the lighting is minimal and the sound can get a bit loud. Must try the edamame dumplings (with a touch of soy sauce) and smashed cucumber salad (perfect palate refresher)! Also, the location cannot be topped. Sampan is surrounded by other great restaurants and bars so you can grab another drink after dinner!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Had to wait for our reserved table to be ready. Was told to wait by the bar and that they would come and get us when our table was ready. After 15 minutes we went over to ask if our table was ready, and they said "yes it is" and they escorted us to to our table. I received a notice from opentable the next day that I was a no show for my reservation. Obviously something went wrong.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We made reservations for 9:30, we got to the restaurant at 8:45, we didn’t sit until 10:10, even as larger parties who arrived after us were seated ahead of us. The restaurant did send over complimentary appetizers, but when we got our bill they were included in the price. Our server was very helpful and the terrible service wasn’t her fault, just makes you wonder why they would take reservations?

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Had an excellent birthday dinner here!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Sampan has great food - and everything was delicious. However the service could improve. We waited over 30 minutes for a table

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great food, service but a bit noisy!

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Amazing food but poor service and noisy dining environment.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The highlight of our meal was the service. The low light was the miniscule portions of the appetizers & small plates. The flavors of the dishes were good but not exceptional.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I made a reservation purely because the last time we tried to get here before a show, the wait was incredibly long for a walk-in. Sitting at a table, we couldn't order from the happy hour menu, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise because we might not have tried all the things we tried. It was all amazing: especially the kimchi fried rice, cheesesteak bao buns, and peanut butter rice krispy sushi. Highly recommend & will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It was quite crowded and fairly noisy, but we were shown to our table in a timely manner and service was efficient. Food, as always, amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent meal and service. Highly recommend sitting at the bar counter facing the kitchen. Great place for a date night or sharing lots of small plates with friends and family.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We’ve been to Sampan many times — mostly drawn by the edamame dumplings. This time, we took some friends on their first visit to the city. The food was consistent with what we’re used to but the service was markedly worse — inattentive wait staff, wrong orders brought to the table, our plates taken away when we were still working on the meal.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food, great service! Would definitely recommend to a friend!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful as always.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Amazing experience as usual! Love the free flowing kitchen, incredible customer service, ambiance and let’s not forget the delectable dishes!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food, but if you want a quiet leisurely dinner this is not the place. Extremely loud and hectic, the predominantly black interior and uber-low light levels also make for an un-relaxing experience.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Tasting menu is a great way to experience the many flavors of this restaurant. Chic place, nice crowd for a Saturday night. Was in town for the weekend and was very satisfied with the choice for dinner. Hip part of town too.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Loved this restaurant! We did the tasting menu for the table and had one person with a shellfish allergy who were able to select numerous things within her allergy. We had the cheesesteak bao buns and ordered an extra order after the first was devoured. We also enjoyed the duck bao buns, edamame dumplings, wagyu beef satay, pad thai and every other course we tried! We were here for my birthday and brought out the soft serve ice cream with a sparkler in it! They had blueberry and thin mint both of which were delicious. The sake was awesome as were the mixed drinks. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants we've dined at in Philly. Highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Was enjoying my food until found a hair in my fried chicken :-(

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia. Asian-inspired Tapas. Highlights include the edamame dumplings, the General Tso's soup dumplings, the Tuna Crackers (which we got gratis because we had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated for our reservation, but the staff was very gracious and updated us frequently), the Kimchee fried rice, and the Wagyu beef skewers. The last item was so good, we got it a second time for dessert!
We also got a sake flight which was very tasty.

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