Sampan - Philadelphia

4.7
3382 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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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week, everything we tried was delicious. Pork bao bun and shrimp pad Thai are must tries. Love the color changing lights.

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

I didn’t like the long wait even with rsvp. Also the food wasn’t as good as the previous times I came here. The Korean bbq satay and glazed salmon were the only 2 dishes that were great out of the 6.

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

We made a 7 P.M reservation for Restaurant Week and were not seated until 7:30. It was too crowded to stand in the entryway waiting on the table without touching elbows with your neighbor. The staff were all doing their best to keep everyone satisfied despite the delay. We had a drink at the bar to kill time (my gin and tonic was definitely more G than T and I'm not complaining!) and were then squeezed into a very cosy table. As a vegetarian, I was able to choose 5 dishes of my own and my guest did the same with the regular menu. This was still the $35 each rate, even though we didn't split 7 dishes between us (a great deal!). The atmosphere was lively and fun, and overall we had a great time. If you don't mind a slight delay or a cosy space, then I think you will as well.

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

We love Sampan. The happy hour can't be beat, and the tasting menu is perfect for a group that loves to eat. We were there for restaurant week and Patrick was our server. He was phenomenal. Friendly, attentive, fun, and really helped make our night great. I can not say enough about how his service made our experience memorable.

We visited to have the chef's tasting for restaurant week and had a wonderful meal. The Pork Bao Buns are our favorite. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the BBQ Beef Satay is melt in your mouth good. We like to guess the soft serve flavors that come at the the end of the mean and we could not detect any pineapple flavor in the "vanilla pineapple" ice cream we got, but aside from that, everything was perfect.

We will be back, of course.

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H
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was exceptional but the 3 stars is due to service. I had a reservation for 8pm but did not get seated until closer to 9pm. The manager FINALLY offered the group of women seated at our table a round of the drinks at the bar if they would get up after my group stood around for 45 minutes. He didn't offer us drinks when we were finally seated but sent a plate of "snacks" to the table which was really a bite sized piece of food for each person in the party. We would have preferred a complimentary bottle of wine or something more substantial.
A restaurant shouldn't accept reservations if they can't manage them.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service.

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

Great service and food. We did okay with 5 plates for two people. I really appreciated that the waiter asked about any food allergies. Service was great overall and the ambiance was cool for a weeknight out.

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

The Kontai Road drink was delicious. Food was fresh and every dish was a hit. The pork belly was especially delectable. The ambiance was perfect.

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

CC restaurant week menu was perfect

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

It was fantastic! My only comment being that I do felt like we were being rushed out a little bit. I understand they were busy but still. Otherwise great food and overall great service.

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

I had a reservation at 8:15 pm but was not seated until around 8:30 pm. I did not even notice the wait because me and my date grabbed a drink at the bar while we waited. Even though I did not complain, the manager was kind enough to send us a free appetizer. I thought that was very sweet considering we weren't even upset. I've gone to the restaurant countless times. One of my favorites in Philly. The ambiance, the food, the vibe...love it all!

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

Friends and I went to Sampan for Restaurant Week and loved it! The food was SO good and we loved that we could all share and pick at different plates. Seating was a little cramped but intimate and had a nice atmosphere. Overall excellent meal/service and would definitely go again!

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

Sampan is a nice low key spot with great food and an elegant atmosphere. There is also a nice bar with a happy hour menu for those who want something more lively. The bar is separated from the dining area . Great for a date. The tasting menu is fantastic, alot of food, and well worth the cost. Good for sharing.

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

The four of us went there for Restaurant week. We had the 7 course tasting menu. We enjoyed every item we had the food was fabulous. We will definitely be returning. I can’t say enough about this place. Loved it!!!

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m
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice place the food was very fresh and prepared to a tee ,it was a fine take on Asian dining in the United States.

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

Had a really great experience at Sampan. We came for restaurant week and had an amazing meal. Each dish was better than the last. It was an incredible value for such amazing food.

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

Very nice evening!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant deal offered a lot and we left very full.

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KB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!! I love this place and it did not disappoint, as usual!

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HA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the wait staff was very attentive! Will definitely be going back again

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C
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week, and we left extremely full. We would highly recommend! There were generous portions of our seven courses. Our favorites were the Korean BBQ beef satay, hot chicken bao bun, crispy Brussels sprouts, and crab wonton tacos.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scott made my sisters first dining experience at Sampan something she talked about the entire drive home. When a restaurants food and atmosphere is dynamic and then to top it off have high quality top of the line service is always like finding the golden ticket to get in at Willie Wonka’s.

Sabrina W.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome

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T
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my 80 year old "foodie" mother! She loved it! I had to order for the both of us (she couldn't see the menu, too dark). But, our waitress was wonderful! Very friendly and patient...
We had a lovely "pre-theater" dinner ....

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TC
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food (limited gluten free - but all items glorious) and great service!

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LC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic experience and food however food came out a little too quick

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G
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Hostess could use some social skills and to come off of her pedestal. It's a super hip spot, but no attitude needed. Definitely took some of the fun out of things. Not impressed.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I had a reservation for 7:30pm, however, we weren't seated until 8:15/8:20pm. To me, it's unacceptable. The reservation was for 10 people, and we were sat in a booth which was barely giving us enough elbow room. Mind you, there was an empty table right next to us that was eventually offered to us to spread out- but at the end of our dining experience. The whole evening felt unorganized and lacked professionalism. I have dined here many times and have thoroughly enjoyed myself. Last night was quite the opposite: dishes were mixed up, orders weren't correct, and we were all squished. I don't typically write reviews, but I was celebrating something special, and my evening felt quite the opposite.

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i
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food taste, variety, and presentation were excellent. Terrific selection of sake. Noise level a bit much.

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J
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sampan is one of our favorite places in the city, and this visit did not disappoint! This was our 5th or 6th visit, but the first in a few years. As always, we got the chef's tasting, and we leave the decisions up to the staff. Every single dish was wonderful. A few highlights were the rock shrimp, the sea bass, the pad thai, and the wagyu skewers. But to be honest, there were no lowlights. We have yet to have a bad dish at Sampan. Our server was excellent - attentive and knowledgeable, but not overbearing. We cannot wait to come back!

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PB
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We were a party of 4 with a reservation crammed into a 2 top. After a short wait we were promptly reseated so the problem was corrected. Didn’t start well but food was great and it ended well!

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r
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great but I had to wait for my table for like 20 minutes even though I booked a table

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K
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative , excellent! I can't wait to come back. We highly recommend the General Tsos Soup Dumplings, Cheesesteak Bao Bun, Swordfish Satay, Spare Ribs with lo mein and the XO fried rice!

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K
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, exceptional service, great energy! I loved it.

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JD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Sampan is always so delicious. The duck was phenomenal as was the wagyu beef. I could eat the crispy brussel spouts every day.

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DG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made the reservation for NYE at Sampan simply because I walked by the day after Thanksgiving with my mom and she suggested I'd give it a try for our NYE dinner. I am so glad that I did! The food, we did the tasting menu option, was amazing. My favorites were the short ribs with noodles and the Brussel sprouts. While NYE was super busy, our waitress was attentive and had helpful suggestions for what to order and how each dish would compliment the other. We will definitely be returning on future trips to Philly.

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s
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing and great food! A must go. Get the chefs tasting to really experience all it has to offer.

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DW
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years eve

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J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Sampan is great as always! Our waitress Angelica gave us a great service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great Atmosphere

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