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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Asian, Pan-Asian, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Everyday Happy Hour: Everyday
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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
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
Very good food, excellent cocktails. The tasting menus are absolutely worth it. It is a bit dark and loud so it isn't the best place for children. The biggest complaint I have were the bathrooms: when you walk into them there is some background noise that you can eventually identify as lines from movies. This doesn't match the environment of the restaurant but it wouldn't be a big deal if it weren't for the fact that there were horror music lines mixed into the quotes. Its pretty startling to hear "I want to play a game" as you're unzipping. Everyone in my party that used the restroom found this to be pretty unnerving and it didn't make sense to why anyone to choose to use that as background noise (just use the pleasant music that was playing in the rest of the restaurant).
Came here for a first date. Waitress was extremely annoying. After we ordered drinks we were told that they needed our table for a large party and we had to pay our bill and leave. It was so embarrassing. We were rushed out after ordering drinks. I would never come back after this experience.
Seemed like we were being rushed. kind of like they want to turn over tables fast to make more money. Servers came back to take our plates too quickly and did not ask- just took! Food was great though.
If you want a slow, relaxed dining experience this is not the place.
One of, if not the best meal I've had in Philly. Super packed on a Friday night and we were able to try 8+ different dishes in under and hour, with dessert included. Fantastic service and the food was better than it looked, which is incredible considering how much detail went into plating and appearance. I don't ever give out 10's to restaurants but Sampan gets one!
Unbelievably delicious! Creative tasty food in a modern eclectic spot. Outstanding service from knowledgeable and fun servers.
Best bits: crispy Brussel sprouts, edamame dumplings, duck, satays (beef, chicken or OMG scallops). Just go; you're gonna love it!!
This is one of our favorite spots. The food is creative and the flavors always blend well. It's always an easy date night decision. If you're going between 6PM and 10PM, book a reservation or expect an hour wait. The servers are very personable, the bartenders make fabulous drinks, and they have great vegan/ vegetarian options. We love it here!
We where pleasantly surprised with the service & the delicious food at Sampan. The server was extremely helpful with our food selection since this was our 1st visit. We will definitely be returning for another sampling of the cuisine. Any one who loves delicious Asian food will love this place.
Both of my visits here have been to enjoy drinks at the bar. I happened to order happy hour food items this time around as well and was not disappointed. The quantity is great, the food comes out hot and fresh, there are several vegetarian options for those seeking that as well. Drinks: I liked the kamikaze mist cocktail, it's tequila based.
The food was great but the drink situation was a mess. We ordered our whiskey neat and we got them on the rocks and our waitress returned with the same whiskey poured into a new glass that had been watered down by the ice. It was only after we complained that she returned with the actual drinks that we ordered. Also, we did not know that whiskey ordered neat has a surcharge of a dollar; that should be indicated on the menu.
Good food, but really noisy! We brought some clients here for dinner. I had not been for a while and had forgotten how loud it is inside. However, it did not seem to bother our clients, and they LOVED the food and the sake flights.
We had: edamame dumplings, pork pot stickers, mushroom satay, chicken satay, short ribs with noodles , chicken fried rice, brussel sprouts and broccoli (there were 5 of us!). Favorite was short ribs, least favorite was broccoli (boring and steamed). Best desserts ever, especially the rice krispie sushi! YUMMY.
We were dining pre-theater on a Saturday evening and at 6 PM the restaurant was already very active! We were running late but the front were very understanding and accommodating! We wound up getting on of the tables at the front near the window looking out onto 13th, which was really fortunate. The one knock about Sampan has to be the noise level. With our table we only had to deal with sound coming from one direction and not all sides. Full bar with plenty of specialty cocktails and decent but not extensive list of wines by the glass. The menu offers plenty of small plates options but we opted for one small plate and an entree each. Our server, Amber, who was excellent, suggested that, since the servings are a little slight, that we might want to add a side. We normally would not but chose something different, the duck fried rice which was outstanding. We switched appetizers because my wife does not do spicy and the tuna cracker had some zip to it. The hamachi crudo had a wonderful presentation and was very flavorful. The sea bass and scallops entrees were very good choices. Amber was right, the portions are not large so the side dish came in handy. Definitely try the Yuzu tart for dessert and the sushi was interesting; vanilla ice cream wrapped in a peanut butter rice krispie treat served with chocolate sauce on the side. It had been seven years since we last visited Sampan and came away with a so-so feeling but, upon this visit, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and stop back sooner when heading to the Forrest for a show!
The new fried chicken preparation is vastly inferior to the previous one. The umami chicken is nicely fried, but almost devoid of any flavor. The Korean Fried Chicken was succulent and extremely flavorful. Also, the brussel sprouts came out as 80% loose leaves and 20% actual sprouts.
To be fair, the General Tso Soup Dumplings are incredible. I very much enjoyed the BBQ Chow Fun.
Reserved for a group of 10, changed to 6, changed to 7... staff was very willing to accommodate and easy going. We were seated right away although it was a busy evening. Our waiter was not as knowledgeable about the menu and options as they probably need to be in such a fast paced environment. The restaurant is extremely loud. Drinks were watered down. The food was amazing. In all, I would love to return and I highly recommend the tasting menu.
My girlfriend was visiting Philadelphia for short couple of days and we were excited to try Sampan for a fun and overdue date night. We even arrived 10 minutes early so that we can get seated on time. We waited by the bar for another 20 minutes beyond our reservation time to be seated while three other parties of the same size for the same time arrived after us and were immediately seated. Turned out that they mistakenly seated the wrong couple ... understandable, but not even so much as an apology was given. Onwards and upwards; or so we thought. We finally got seated and then waiting another ten minutes to get a menu... again seeing another couple get seated next to us, greeted, and to have their order taken. No attention was paid to our table by the same waitress who didn't even mention any specials or explain the menu. The food came, and needless to say it was great as expected. It was both creative, delicious, and palate pleasing. Unfortunately the service continued to leave much to be desired and left a sour taste in both of our mouths. While my water would get filled periodically, not once in the entire meal did my dates glass be refilled(we had to resort to trading glasses with each other). We put all that behind us and we're ready to relax and finish our drinks while we waited for the dessert. EXCEPT, our waitress swiftly whisked away the empty plate remaining ... along with our 1/4 full fish bowl that we were still drinking. We turned to get her attention but she was gone... along with what was unfortunately left of our expensive but refreshing dark and stormy. The mini ice cream cones for dessert were a cute reprise but, although Sampan's food met my expectations, the service itself tarnished what would have been an otherwise great evening.
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