Sampan - Philadelphia

4.7
3232 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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.
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
What 3232 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect experience here!! Our favorite place in the city!

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KK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time celebrating my birthday at Sampan! Our waiter did an excellent job explaining the menu and helping us make decisions! Definitely recommend the Satay and the General Tso’s chicken soup dumplings!

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FP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Sampan. The food is outstanding and the selection is great.

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SH
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always always a great meal, exceptional service and cool vibe. Love it here!

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday dinner and had a great time! Our waiter was super nice and accommodating. He even helped us take pictures :)

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JK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but way too noisy for conversation. We had a group of 10 people and could barely hear the person across the table, let alone the person 2 seats away. Everyone agreed we wouldn’t return

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P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not only was the food outstanding, but the service was extraordinary! The wait staff was informative and helpful.

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Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Imaginative, varied menu that isn't precious. The small plates are more generous than many served elsewhere. A very impressive dining experience.

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D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Bit too noisy for business dinner. Great for dinner with loud friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had reservations for 9 but they accommodated us when we got there at 930. We sat outside. They bring the food out as it is ready but it’s small plates so it was fine. The food is sooooo good! Great ambiance even with the outdoor seating.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST. In every way. Creative tasty yummie *!!!!!!!!!!!!!**!!!!!!!!!!!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great ! Five stars!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, literally everything we ate on the Restaurant Week menu was amazing. Our server, and my server the day prior for happy hour were knowledgeable and super sweet/friendly. Love the decor! I’ll Deff be back alone, or with my bf. 🙌🏽

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m
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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MD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Food is amazing every time!

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MT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The small plates at this restaurant allow you to try many different things and each one is better than the last.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Drinks are a bit over priced. Either give more substantial drinks or lower the price. Nice ambiance for a date. A bit dark for casual dining with friends. Overall, I enjoyed the experience.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Pork belly bun is a must.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Celebrating a birthday and they brought the dessert with a sparkler. Gluten free friendly also.

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and delicious tasting menu. The food comes out quickly and the service is exceptional.

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JN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This Restaurant has tapas portions and the food is very tasty.

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came here on a date night and it was loud and packed, but that was the only slight drawback. The sake flight (4 glasses!) and chef's tasting menu are definitely worth it.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was awful our waitress sucked she was communicating with my date only she rushed us all night lighting was the worst couldn’t see a damn thing!!! Food was sooo outrageous over rated!!! Plus our waitress forgot the best most anticipated food we ordered.... the filet .

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AW
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Went second time in one week and the experience was very different. We sat down at 4:20 and had to look for our server after patiently waiting for 10 min. We were told that we got seated at a table where the actual server had but started work yet. So we put in our 7 course order at 435. My husband had to flag down our waiter at 500 to ask about our food. He told us that the wifi must have gone down when he put the order in. We didn’t believe that for one second. The service the week prior was very fast and I had something to compare this weeks service to. Manager came over to apologize but there was no discount offered. Then we were flooded with all our our food at once and had no space on the table. To give an idea of how fast it was we were finished by 5:24!! The food was good but I then felt rushed based on their mistake. The manager could have offered a few bucks off of the meal or something which is customary.

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RS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people were extremely nice, the atmosphere was awesome, and the food was spectacular!!

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MF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sampan was absolutely delicious. Definitely coming back after restaurant week

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our server and the food was amazing! Just wish I could have been sat with our party partially arrived so we could've enjoyed more drinks

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BH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was amazing. The servers were outstanding . Unfortunately, the hostesses were HORRIBLE. I had a reservation at 5:30pm, arrived at 5:45pm, however I called to explain I'd be late (they explained 5:45pm would be okay). I checked-in and the hostess said she only had seating at the chefs bar but there were a ton of tables open. I agreed, 4 separate couples walk in and they all get seated at tables (no reservations). At 6pm, I check in with multiple hostesses regarding our seating and we still needed to wait. More people continue to walk in and get seated. By 6:15pm, I'm frustrated because they have zero communication with me and other people are being seated. Finally, we were seated at 6:20pm at a table with attitudes from the hostesses. Poor communication, poor customer service and poor organizational skills.

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AA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice ambiance. Nice service. Diverse menu with many choices. Flavors and textures could be better. Also, with a green light difficult t

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TK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for restaurant week. Picked 7 dishes to share.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food! It was very busy because of restaurant week and that didn’t slow the amazing staff or kitchen down - they were great!

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DE
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sampan did not disappoint, as always! The food is always delicious, the atmosphere great, and the drinks top notch. We came here for restaurant week and had the tasting menu and it is the best! Such a great value. Everything on the menu is delicious and keeps your mouth watering. Highly recommend. They always keep us coming back!

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend got a migraine in the middle of dinner and we had to take the rest of our meal to go. Management was so sweet checking on us and they rushed our orders so we could get out. Delicious food and great service, thank you, Sampan!

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HD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Food was incredible. The courses came out really quick and service was very good. It was honestly one of the best meals I've ever had. Five stars.

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EB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and me wanted to celebrate our 9 month anniversary somewhere nice. I’ve been to Sampan before, he has not. He loved the food, the atmosphere, the portions for the meal, and did I mention the food? Lol such a nice date spot and good for a night out with girlfriends too. I’ll be back and bring more people with me!! Come for restaurant week you be disappointed as you get 7 courses for $35!

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good and we had excellent service. We came for restaurant week and got so much food! We were all full by the end and couldn't finish it all. The variety and combinations were unique and put together very well. I would definitely recommend it and would come back here again.

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, delicious for and presentation. Staff very engaging with patrons. I have recommended and will continue. I will return outside of restaurant week..

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s
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We lucked out and got kitchen counter seating during restaurant week! We tried the chef's tasting menu, and was blown away by the simple-but-delightful heirloom tomato salad. Our service was excellent, and the food, very, very good. They topped off an incredible experience with a surprise birthday ice cream sushi roll, which was so appreciated. We will absolutely be back.

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MT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Our Restaurant Week experience was “OK”, not great, not bad. Service was efficient, we were in and out in an hour, not that we were in a hurry...... Food tasted good, but far from the best Asian Fusion we’ve had in Philadelphia. Glad we tried Sampan at Restaurant Week prices doubt we will return at full fare.

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