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Sampan - Philadelphia

2863 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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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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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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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Cross street
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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.
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 2863 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined a day 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!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

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

4.0  Dined 2 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.

5.0  Dined 2 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!

4.0  Dined 3 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.

hollochille (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Food was amazing and came out pretty quickly

5.0  Dined 4 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!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

vipVyVyB (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

LOVED everything about this restaurant. We will be back!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

Andy (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Service and food were both fantastic. Highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

vipLily (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 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.