About Sampan - Philadelphia

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.

124 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Asian, Pan-Asian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Everyday Happy Hour: Everyday

Cross Street:
Walnut

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 732-3501

Website:
http://www.sampanphilly.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Schulson

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.

Private Party Contact:
Bridget Baran: (888) 858-6536

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

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

Sampan - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (56)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Hot Spot (48)
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Fun (42)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Tapas (39)
Tasting Menu (38)
Vibrant Bar Scene (38)
Happy Hour (37)
Special Occasion (36)
Good for Groups (35)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Romantic (22)
Casual (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Authentic (17)
Spicy (17)
Late-night Find (10)
People Watching (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Business Meals (8)
Cozy (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Great Beer (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Visited for the first time on the first night of Center City's Restaurant Week for my birthday. My party of three was seated right on time and had prompt, great service. The special tasting menu selection was great and had adequate options for my vegetarian companion (more non-meat entree selections would be recommended, though). Although the portions were small, by the end of seven courses, we were all pleasantly full. The food was exceptional, I can't wait to return and will definitely recommend to others for a chic dinner in the city.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

We had a girls night out during restaurant week and decided to try Sampan for the first time. It was wonderful. The food was amazing... edamame potstickers and the tuna on rice cakes were two favorites. We also loved the filet and the vegetable rice. Our server was so attentive. We ordered 2 bottles of wine and when they realized they only had one bottle left, they offered a different (amazing) bottle at the same price.
We did have to wait a bit for our table but the hostess was so apologetic and even gave us two appetizers on the house for the trouble. It was little details like that, combined with outstanding food, that made this place terrific. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was excellent, except it took about 1.5hrs for the last two courses of the tasting menu to get to our table. Luckily we weren’t in a rush so we didn’t mind too much.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

We have been to Sampan on a few occasions prior to attending events at the Academy of Music.
The restaurant is a short walking distance from the theater. The food is excellent. We prefer to do the "7 Selections" option so that we can sample several of the dishes in one sitting. The meal comes out at a slow pace, so if you are attending a show you should leave a decent amount of time to eat. Also, if you let your server know you have theater tickets, that will help to move things along. The place is always packed (even at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon when they open!) so be sure to make a reservation. We use Open Table since they have 15 minute incremental seating times and provide notifications for your reservation.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food. Excellent service. I highly recommend this restaurant and will return when I'm back in Philadelphia.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Food and service were great. Didn’t get seated til 8:15 for an 8:00 reservation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

I get that it's their esthetic, but it's super dark inside. If you're going to use Edison bulbs, please have additional lighting for the menus and for sake pouring. The food was a little too saucy, but the flavors were solid. The spicy cucumber salad was awesome. The broccoli was phenomenal, the Brussels sprouts were a tad bit better than average, and the edamame dumplings were meh. The oyster mushrooms were a little too sweet, but the Korean BBQ satay was perfect. Pad Thai had good flavor wise but way too saucy. Crab Rangoon was disappointing as was the ceviche.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was delicious and always is!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

This place was incredible . First date with an incredibly young lady. We ordered great choices from the menu and were surprised at how prompt the service was. The ceviche was so good I did not want to eat it there, I had to take it home. Yes I’m weird like that. She ordered Brussels sprouts and vegetable dumplings/pot stickers and the sauce was incredible. This is now our place and we will be back!

Tags: Organic, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

My first time here. Arrived at 8Pm, was seated right away as I had reservations. However, place was packed, lots of walkins and they all were waiting. Loud, noisey. The food made up for those shortcomings. Excellent and tastey dim-sum like menu. Highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food & service!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Usually love going to this place but last night the music was way too loud and was seated next to a large party of frat bro type men who were extremely loud and kept staring at my table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was great

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great experience! I continue to come back to Sampan; the menu offers many different delicious options great for sharing. The cocktail list is also very good. Only downsides are how dark it is in the restaurant and because the food is "free flowing" we ended up with too much out at once and so a few of the dishes were cold by the time we were able to eat them. My recommendation is to do stagger ordering to help prevent that. My major recommendation are the Korean BBQ Beef Satay, Chicken Bao Bun, Edamame Dumplings and the Ice Cream Sushi!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It took them 40 minutes to sit us.
We were four, but they gave us a table that fit only 3.
Food was messy and greasy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Have reviewed Sampan before with 5 stars, this time I cannot give that top rating. The food was not as good as in the past. We were seated literally in the worst table in the restaurant with a back door to bar area opening and closing all throughout our meal. We always do the Tasting menu and enjoy the pacing of each item. However, this time 2 and 3 courses were delivered at once. Our waiter was very apologetic about the extremely bad location and the cold draft we had to sit through, so it was nice that he felt our pain! We will go back and hopefully sit in a better, more comfortable location and not do the tasting menu again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic place! I love Sampan. We went here for New Year's Eve, and we were seated right away (we had a reservation for 10 pm, we arrived at 9:50, and they sat us). The food is consistently great and most of the prices are pretty reasonable, especially considering the location. The people who work here are very friendly and attentive.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Celebrated New Years Eve last night at Sampan with my boyfriend. We did wait 20 minutes over our reservation time, however since it was NYE we expected the wait. Food was delicious as always! We ordered edamame dumplings, ceviche, crab tacos, chicken bao buns, fried rice & the wok lobster. It is one of our favorite places & we always have good service.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good food but very spicy noodles

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Sampan is one of my favorite places to dine. I haven't been in a year so it was time to revisit. I booked a reservation for 11 people because it was my birthday. There was a delay for our table but the host offered us two free appetizers once we were seated. With the exception of me and two other guests, dining at Sampan was everyone else's first time and everyone enjoyed the food. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and it was phenomenal! My fiancé said he can't wait to go back and try other options on the menu. I can't wait as well:)

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was great! However the waitress seemed a little “lost”. Also, when we make a reservation for 9 we don’t expect to have to sit by the crowded door until after 9:30 for our table. That was a major disappointment.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food and great service. The sampler is a great value

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We really enjoyed the service especially our waiter Ryan who paid close attention to our dietary restrictions. The food was delicious and we loved the ambiance.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Stands up to the hype!! Food was fantastic!! Reservations are a must. We went at 4:30 for our reservation and everything went smooth. Plan to stay a couple of hours and keep ordering the tapas.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We both shared the sharing menu. We both got sick. What else can we say? I’ve eaten there before. Loved the food. Must have been a bad night in the kitchen. Never again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I have been to Sampan before but never tried the tasting menu. This was a great value and everything was as delicious as it always is!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Made a reservation and came for the happy hour. Turned out you still have to wait in line for the happy hour seating. Happy hour food was very good

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was a wonderful restaurant for me and my mute girlfriend!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

FOODTASTIC!!!!! Culinary wizardry! The atmosphere and service are a perfect combination to the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Had THE BEST time. Everything was great and food was amazing especially for me as a pescatarian!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Was disappointed to be seated at 845 with 8pm reservations.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We were in town and made a reservation for our anniversary - did want something not too formal and dressy. It was pretty crowded when we got there but they were still able to seat us 15 min prior to our reservation . They recommended to get a drink at the bar first since they had $4 drinks for Happy Hour. Service was great and we trief the tasting menu and were very happy with our choices. They serve small plates to share, which we like a lot. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Spicy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food great ambience great service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was good but delivered on top of the previous course. Multiple interruptions and felt rushed.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

All style with zero substance, the food and cocktails were store bought and awful. Cocktail had to be sent back as the premixed syrup was just a sugary mess. The duck was dry and without flavor, and the only flavor in the duck bao was the store bought hoisin sauce. Dry, flavorless pork belly. The “filet mignon” was like eating canned gravy and beef, was well done despite being supposed to be medium rare, and was disgusting. Of note, the service was great, but the lack of good food or drinks and how overpriced they were, i would never recommend this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The heat wasn’t working and in spite of five requests nothing was done. Everyone ate with their coats on.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was good although there was some confusion when we ordered the chef sampling for 4 and the food came out for 2

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Sampan! Our waitress was spectacular and knew the menu inside-out. We chose the tasting menu (7 courses with soft serve at the end), and six of the seven dishes were a home run. We loved the hamachi ceviche, the edamame dumplings, the kim-chi fried rice, the short rib lo mein, wagyu beef skewers and the pork belly bao buns. All wonderful. The lobster dish was too tame for my liking and the lobster seemed a bit tough -- additionally there were greens in the dish that kinda killed the overall vibe for me. However, 6 out of 7 certainly isn't bad! Also, the soft serve that was provided was a fun treat - the candy cane soft serve was awesome but the chocolate caramel lacked in caramel and was simply OK. I had the same cocktail, twice -- Eastern Rebellion? It was named something like that, but I loved it.


Overall, highly recommend and I would certainly consider coming back on a future trip to the city.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Visiting in town, this is one of my favorite restaurants. Never disappoints

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Good atmosphere

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