Sampan - Philadelphia

4.7
3471 reviews
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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.
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JS
Northern MI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved this place. Get the sampler! It is so fun to try all the BEAUTIFUL foods! Wonderful service also.

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MA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, food and service! Love this place.

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LB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal at Sampan. Best happy hour in the city.

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DD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time as always!

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PF
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, John, managed all of our different dietary restrictions. His knowledge of the menu and professionalism got us through the dining experience without a hitch.

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EG
Mobile
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Picked up my wife at the airport and drove in to the city for an early dinner. New to the area and VERY happy with choice! Fun atmosphere. Energetic. An overall great vibe!
Decided on the chef selection of small plates and was very satisfied. Thought the Korean BBQ Satay would be the favorite until the Sea Bass arrived. Plates were cleared promptly and the entire staff made sure things were perfect. We have so much more to explore in Philly, but have already decided that we will be back.

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s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. I like quiet and we went early after a show so it was perfect. Started to get noisy when we were leaving.

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EK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Having a reservation does not insure you’ll be seated on time. I had to wait almost an hour for my table. Hostess were kind of rude as well.

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YE
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall the food and ambiance were very enjoyable. They were running behind about 30 minutes and there was quite a crowd around the bar / waiting area which was not really pleasant but it was worth the wait.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was amazing. I was not pleased with waiting 1 hour for our table when I made a reservation a month ago. What is the point of a reservation when we had to stand and wait for an hour for our table!

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JT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about Sampan. The chef's tasting menu was excellent, Amber our server was wonderful. The place was packed, great energy.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service! Everything comes out as it’s ready so it’s all hot and fresh, which is always appreciated. I requested intimate seating for my reservation and they set us up in a wonderful spot. Will definitely be back!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beyond amazing! Loved every bite

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V
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Our waitress was attentive and she made really great recommendations.

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JW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was great! Place was noisy but would go back again

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BK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Amazing food. Good ambiance and great service!

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A
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, excellent service, great casual ambience

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Food was very prompt and delicious . Our waitress was great along with Josh one of the managers on staff that night. He came by to check on us and went above and beyond to make sure we were completely satisfied. -john table with 2 girls friday night

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, impeccable service, great value, good ambiance.

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TS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was brought out in perfect timing, always a wonderful experience

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Only the service was very good. Food was adequate- taking Asian fusion too far. Suggest they dial it back

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome! Everyone working was so friendly and was attentive. Food was good. Portions were a tad small but good quality.

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GF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative dishes served by an extremely knowledgeable and helpful staff in a vibrant atmosphere. We LOVED everything we had! The standouts were the green papaya salad, Korean beef satay, the kimchee rice and the Peking duck. We even requested a custom variation on a house cocktail and it too was a spectacularly scrumptious surprise. An AWESOME dining experience at a reasonable price, given the high-end neighborhood. Reserve early as dates sell out a month or more ahead. You will be happy!

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GI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My server was great, food was good, atmosphere was nice, however the seating is to tight. It was hard to have a romantic Valentine's Day dinner when you can hear the people conversations right next to you. The seating is way to tight, I could barely squeeze into my seat.

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MI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour options for food and drinks. Definitely a favorite and must see

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All of the food here is fantastic, especially if you like to try a few different dishes as opposed to having one entree. We had a dietary restriction that was difficult for them to work around and they went above and beyond to do so, super cool! The only minor issue I had was that it was pretty noisy and surprisingly crowded for a Wednesday night, so I can’t even imagine what the weekends are like. Nice sultry atmosphere, but if you’re on a date and looking to talk it might be a bit too loud! I’ll be back without a doubt.

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HF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavors at Sampan are unmatched. The prices are SO reasonable and the atmosphere is simply fun. DEFINITELY worth a visit if you are passing through Philadelphia.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the chef tasting menu and it was great. was so full after it was definitely a great choice for us.

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D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Super disappointed and annoyed is how our night started. My wife and I got engaged at Sampan 4 years ago on Valentines Day, and have returned each year to celebrate. As I always do, I requested a specific table which we had been sat at when we got engaged. Each year when we celebrate, the table is always ready no matter how busy they are, and each time the manager would come to the table with a glass of champagne to help us celebrate. NOT THIS TIME. As tonight was extremely bad weather the restaurant was relatively quiet. Which is unusual for them. We arrived 20 minutes early. Usually we stop at the bar, but tonight they seem to want to rush us to the table right away. I could tell the manager saw our notes in the reservation and completely ignored them. He told the hostess to get us sat right away. Ok, we followed the hostess into the dining room. She sat us at the very first table along the bar wall. Probably the worst table in the house, and there were many empty tables. When I mentioned I requested the table in the corner she mustered up all the attitude she could and replied...”yeah,well, it’s obviously being used now!!”. My wife looked at me in shock. I was like, WTF, IS SHE KIDDING ME WITH THAT REPLY!! Since we were celebrating I didn’t want to make a scene, but I was ready to walk out the door at that point! Who the hell does she think she is. We wanted to have a romantic dinner and we sat with three inches of two big guys dinning next to us, so close we might as well have been with them. The only saving grace was the food and service. Our server Scott was fantastic as is the service always. We will contemplate finding a new venue to celebrate, cause if this hostess and manager who worked tonight are the new faces of Schulson, i’ll Pass and find some place that appreciates loyal guests!! Step up your game Sampan! Treating loyal guests like crap does not make them return.

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KF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service here are beyond amazing. Do the Chef's tasting!!!

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MS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best!

Great Food, Great Service

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A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and our waitress could not have been more helpful! we had a difficult allergy which she was able to accommodate and recommend what we should have. Between the two of us we had 2 entrees and four small plates and left full - we will definitely be going back!

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b
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was great. We were seated for our reservation right away. We told the waitress we were seeing a show and she ensured all of the food was delivered timely and we had plenty of time to get to the theatre. We went with the Chef’s 7-course selections and asked for the Chef’s recommendation of dishes. It did not disappoint!

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OT
Springfield
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love that they have vegan options available and their food is sooooo tasty!!!

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really good place for good quality food. Service is excellent. We were late to arrive for our reservation still they were nice to accommodate us. We have always enjoyed this restaurant.

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T
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls night out in Philly! Nicholas was a wonderful waiter ... great suggestions, great sense of humor and the right amount of attention. Loved our dinner and our cocktails

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G
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Great service.

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NA
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We came 1 min after 15 min grace period (parking driven). They even acknowledged that it was 1 min (and by the way we were in the area for at least 3-4 waiting for them to be done with someone who had table for a later time and was looking for her friends). Still they didn’t have table for us - and clearly they couldn’t give it to anybody as we would see them). So we ended up with two seats at the bar- was ok for us and we had a nice waitress but I really dislike these kind of places. Then of course typical when you order wine and it says 2014 on the menu and they bring a bottle of 2016- those who drink wine will know that it varies by year including price - and usually younger is cheaper but of course you get charged the same as on the menu :) food pulls our numbers up as it was very good and well done, interesting too. We will be back for food with our teenagers but the service can be better if you want to have nicer adults meal.

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AV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food made with a light touch and fresh ingredients. I always feel like I'm clean eating here.

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EC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the cozy atmosphere! Food was really good - brussels sprouts are a must! Only dish we weren't thrilled with was the Pad Thai - a little to saucy and sweet for us. But definitely a fun experience with my daughter! Thank you!

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