Sampan - Philadelphia

4.7
3300 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 3300 People Are Saying
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Do not make a reservation here and expect to be seated on time. Booked at 10 pm reservation for a large party and sat down an hour later. Don't waste your time calling them to confirm or update your reservation "they do not speak to the restaurant". My party and I stood around in the crowded bar area waiting, without updates, until we had to get a manager involved. After we sat down for dinner, the experience was great! The waiter was very nice and the food is amazing. Will not return to the restaurant with a large party, it almost ruined my sisters birthday!!

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

Fabulous meal and great service- a bit noisy but a fabulous experience overall!

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

Great flavors, not greasy, delicious Asian food! Also really great customer service!

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

Sampan Philadelphia is a nice little restaurant in a great location. Celebrating the holidays and our friend's 50th birthday. First time there. Waiter was great. Service was fast. Food was excellently prepared. Portions could have been a little bigger. We did the sampler special, we were told it would be split up evenly for 4. Could have used a little more food but overall I would definitely recommend Sampan. Hope to be back there again.

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

Great place for food and ambiance. Not kid friendly at least at night.

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

So loud! So seemingly chaotic! But what service and what delicious food! Sampan richly deserves its reputation and all the hype.

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

It was my daughter’s birthday. We had a group of her friends. The staff was incredibly accommodating and made the night special.

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SB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit. Great food and interesting.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Musts:
-Edamame dumplings
-Chicken Bao Bun

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

30 minute wait with a reservation!! But great food and ppl

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MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy eating and drinking at Sampan. Had a great time celebrating my birthday with friends last Friday.

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j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Super annoyed - put in Open Table notes it was my daughter's 20th bday and that was why we were there - made sure the hostess also knew. Nothing was acknowledged. Server (Atalia A) was SUPER rude - acted as if she was doing us a favor taking the order. No one every acknowledged bday - waitress took my husband's wine glass and never asked if he wanted another - finally he just told her to bring one. Waitress did lousy job explaining dishes. Was an overall REALLY awful experience and was super disappointed since we brought my daughter and her boyfriend (both students at Drexel) to Sampan for the celebration.

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JP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there on a date. Everything was good.

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G
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1st time visit, great food and service...

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, and our waiter was amazing.

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JG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

As usual the food was outstanding but service was a bit suspect. I am visibly handicapped yet we were jammed into a tight corner in which my wife and I were constantly banged into by wait staff. Waitress took our drink and food order and then my wife headed to use the rest room. Within seconds the first 2 dishes were already at our table and they continued to bring dishes even though my wife was still in the rest room. The entire meal felt completely rushed and as if they were trying to get rid of us. Staff constantly tried to remove dishes from our table before we were even done with the dish. Lastly no more than 5 people in succession came by to check on us. Enough already. There is such a thing as up your rear too much. Places that do this do not understand true customer service and never give you a minute to breath and enjoy your food. Of course any of those 5 times was an opportunity for me to say something but I kept quiet.

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K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came to Sampan for the second year in a row while visiting Philadelphia. We were seated very promptly (we were a group of 8 so this is notable). Food was very good and comes out quite quickly. The kids love the soup dumplings and the ice cream sushi. Everything was very good -- food and drinks.

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JF
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my dads 60th birthday and everyone had a fantastic experience! Food is amazing!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was amazing! Can’t wait to go back. Service was also amazing

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to place! The edamame dumplings, kim chee fried rice, and rock shrimp are a must!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great dinner at Sampan! Cheesesteak Bao buns are a must, as well as the Satay. Our server was attentive and very patient as he had to explain the menu to us several times. But my only regret is that we didn’t do the chef’s tasting menu. We were a party of 6 (3 couples) and decided to order on our own. They send the food as it is ready so there were points where some people had food and others didn’t. If we had all partook in the chef’s tasting menu this probably wouldn’t of been the case. My main complaint however is the hostess. She was very unfriendly and somewhat pretentious. Unfortunately two of our people were running late, so she said she could seat us but we had to order right away. Our reservation was at 7:30 on a Sunday, and they close at 9. I’m not sure how they thought they may be able to seat another party at our table. It wasn’t a great way to start off the meal. Host stand needs to be more friendly, maybe crack a smile?

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. Food was good but some of the portions could have been bigger. It seemed pricey for the quality and the portions. The restaurant was too dimly lit.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun environment, great food

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JA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Literally one of the best meals I've had in Philadelphia!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

1. They messed up our reservation. We were late for our 8:30 reservation and I called them on our way around 8;50. They told me they would put us on a new reservation, 9:30pm. When we got there, they told me there is a counter seating available right away but otherwise 15min waiting. I told her it was birthday dinner, so we would wait 15min for the table. But after waiting for a while, I asked how long we need to wait, they told me 1hour from that point!!! At that time it was already 9:30pm, which was our new reservation time. But they kept saying because we missed 8:30 reservation, we need to wait 1 hr for a table, which will be seated nearly 10:30! I was sure they messed up my reservation but no apologies. At the end we just took the counter seats that was already available since we got there. Ruined the birthday dinner experience.

2. Horrible server
Our server brought 3 wrong dishes out of 6 dishes we ordered. Oh, that doesn’t count another wrong order for my wine! And later we ordered another round of wines, and she came back 5 min later, asking what the order was..... !
Ordered dessert cake, she didn’t give us spoons ...... she didn’t come over our place for a while, we had to look and find her to get our spoons... this server was just wrong. I don’t understand how she works as a waitress.

3. Food
Food was salty and strong. We didn’t finish most of foods.
The general atmosphere was great though. But recommend the double knot next door....

Not going back to Sampan

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HH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

The food here is always exceptional. I would recommend coming during off peak hours for the best experience. Lunch/happy hours or weeknights.

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T
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was very disappointing. Very very disappointing... would not go back and won’t recommend.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Way over priced for amount of food you get. We got the $45 sampler and the portions were extremely small even for a "sampler"

Our server was very knowledgeable and great energy. Service was great. Food wasn't.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best. 10/10

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fan of Sampan! Since moving to Philly 3 years ago, I have been looking for the best food at an affordable price. While Sampan I’m on the pricier side, the value and experience is unparalleled. Brought some friends for a Birthday Dinner and the only thing I wish were different were the noise level. If you go with a part greater than 4-5, it’s really difficult to hear people on the other end of the table. In fact, I went to their sister restaurant Double Knot the day after I went to Sampan — great experience and would definitely recommend for a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sampan’s was highly recommended and did not disappoint. The food was delicious. Can’t wait to go again!

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FW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The only issue I have with Sampan is that even if you make a reservation you are not guaranteed to get seated at a reasonable time. I've been here on multiple occasions and the average wait time is 30-45 mins even with a reservation! That's ridiculous. There needs to be a limit on how long people can linger at the table after paying the bill or Sampan needs to respect the guests that made the effort to make a reservation so that they may be seated at a reasonable time. Otherwise, food and value is always superb and just hope they fix this one issue!

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JJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great! Super crowded for a Monday night. Definitely get a reservation. Disappointing that HH specials are only available at the bar!

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O
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was very good but the whole dinner was to stressfull. We booked a table for 6 Person in advance, however we had all the feeling, that we have to rush! Which wasn't enjoyable at all, too bad for the good food.

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VN
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 7 of us went for my friends bachelorette party and had an amazing time. I definitely recommend going before 7 pm to take advantage of their daily happy hour. For me, the highlights were the beef satay, brussel sprouts, and chocolate peanut butter dessert, but everything we ate was delicious! It does get pricey after happy hour ends, but it is worth it! One of the best meals I've had in a while!

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KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time eating at Sampan, and as always a very enjoyable meal - traffic problems caused us to miss our 6:00 reservation, but the staff was accommodating, and managed to get us seated within 10 minutes of our delayed arrival. Food as always was exceptional - and working on a timetable due to orchestra tickets, we enjoyed our full meal with enough time to get to the Kimmel.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was very good, but the food was not. Not quite sure what the hype is or the raving reviews. Basic food, some dishes were flavorless and others were equivalent to what you’d experience at a chain restaurant, drenched in sauce. Overall, subpar and disappointing.

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PP
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best happy hour in the city- such a great deal for food and drinks, and goes till 7pm! Great energy and vibe- can get a little loud so not great for quiet conversations if you are looking for that kind of atmosphere.

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m
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pat is awesome 👏🏼 Food always amazing

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