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.
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: 8888586536
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/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
Sampan is me and my boyfriends favorite ...
Sampan is me and my boyfriends favorite restaurant in the city and tonight we celebrated out one year anniversary with them. Our waitress Alex was great she even brought us two mini comes with a sparkler for our celebrating. The food was phenomenal as always and the drinks were delicious as well. It's never a bad review! A+++
We definitely recommend the small plates ...
We definitely recommend the small plates and satay and sides! I would probably leave out ordering from the large plate selection, our char Sui pork was very chewy and difficult to eat when put in the bao buns and we did not have a knife to attempt to cut the chewy pieces. They were lacking the flavor that you could get with the other steamed buns. Our server was attentive at first and very helpful with our seafood allergy. Unfortunately our service declined as our dinner went on, he checked on us for the first half our meal but then forgot about us. We were sitting for about 30 minutes with nothing on our table until one of our party went to go find our server and ask for our check since we gave up hope of any type of dessert course and just wanted to leave. We were not the only ones to notice that we had been forgotten. He dropped our check off but did not return the processed receipts and had someone else drop them off.
The food was very good, the only thing I ...
The food was very good, the only thing I would like to add is additional lighting. The restaurant is very dim and when you're ordering food that you've never tasted/had before its a bit difficult to check out what you're really eating.
Our waitress was terrific and the food w ...
Our waitress was terrific and the food was good. It was our first time there and she efficiently explaining how the menu worked. Love the small plates/sharing concept. Very good satay, spicy delicious new cucumber salad on their menu, and good, but not great, soup dumplings. Edamame dumplings were mushy and disappointing, and skip the duck fried rice - tasted packaged, more rice and fried than duck flavor or duck itself.
We were there at 7 for dinner on a Sunday night, place was pretty empty and they sat us way in the back which I didn't love. If I go again, would sit outside, or at the counter facing the kitchen - darkly lit restaurants are one thing, but when you have to hold up the very small tea-light candle in order to even read the menu, your lighting needs work.
I love Sampans happy hour. 4pm-7pm. Chea ...
I love Sampans happy hour. 4pm-7pm. Cheap apps and drinks that are so delicious. The crispy Brussels are the best and we loved the beef satay. We got their shrimp rice bowl. It was a huge portions and for $4 I couldn't complain too much about the shrimp being bland (still delish)
While the waitress was very accommodatin ...
While the waitress was very accommodating of our special food requests, the service was very slow and the short rib was incredibly overcooked. We ordered the tasting menu and it took so long to get our dishes that the waitress went to bring us our dessert before our last dish came (she thought we had received all of our dishes). The food, other than the short rib, was very good, but this was our second trip to this restaurant and it was not nearly as good as our first trip.
We came here for our once in a blue moon ...
We came here for our once in a blue moon date night and it was wonderful! Samantha, our waitress was fantastic and made our experience lovely. She never missed a beat. The food was out of this world as always. We probably should've sat inside because all of our food didn't even fit on our table. All in all it was amazing and we walked out happy and full!
We went with friends from out of town to ...
We went with friends from out of town to Sampan for dinner because we heard great things, and it lived up to the hype! We all split 5 or 6 plates and there was nothing I wouldn't recommend. The edamame dumplings, chicken bao buns & dan dan noodles were all amazing. Our waiter was so helpful and not pushy even when we were debating what to get, he was great and the service was quick. Highly recommend Sampan for almost any occasion or just a casual dinner.
One of my favorite restaurants in Philly ...
One of my favorite restaurants in Philly, and didn't disappoint. The food was phenomenal - we got the edamame dumplings, duck fried rice, lamb satay, and dan dan noodles. They got rid of the Junmai Fizz but replaced it with an equally tasty champagne cocktail. No sake in it anymore though which is a bummer.
I just moved away from Philly and Sampan was where I chose to get my last meal from - at the end of the meal the waitress brought our table some ice cream on the house to say goodbye. A wonderful end to my time in Philly!
Slow to seat us and slow to serve but th ...
Slow to seat us and slow to serve but they were really busy and gave us two complimentary small plates. However, they didn't tell us they were comp-ed and we were confused, then they accidentally charged us for them. It all worked out in the end, but the food was really good. I'd definitely just order their small plates at Graffiti Bar next time.
I do not like to write bad reviews howev ...
I do not like to write bad reviews however get me once, get me twice... that's it! This was my second try. I was displeased the first time but everyone raved so I went back. The service is horrible, waiters are rude and they ignore you, and the timing of the food and the quality both lack greatly!!!! Example: a bus boy brings over the fried rice and said he will be back to mix it and never came back. We called someone over and he said well, I need a spoon to mix it and went to look for one and it took another 10 minutes for him to come back. I will not go back!
I've hesitated to submit a review of thi ...
I've hesitated to submit a review of this restaurant as I don't usually post negative feedback. However, if an establishment is going to accept online reservations for large parties, they need to not have such a group wait for over 45 minutes for their reserved table.
This was our second time at Sampan and w ...
This was our second time at Sampan and we were disappointed about not getting half the food we ordered as part of the tasting menu before we had to leave for the theater. We were there before on a Saturday night and everything came quickly, but this experience was quite different. Our main courses never came, despite the fact we informed our server of our time constraints; we were fortunate that we were able to locate the manager who took a portion of the charges off our bill.
This place came highly recommended and w ...
This place came highly recommended and while the food was enjoyable, there was not enough for the price we paid. We ordered 4 chef tastings at $45ea (there were 5 of us) and we were still hungry at the end and had to order more food. If you are a real eater, eat something first before you go.
I always enjoy the selection of food ite ...
I always enjoy the selection of food items here.
My fav is the kale & calamari salad.
We ordered a few different small plates and then shared between the 4 of us.
Sampan is definitely a favorite of mine.
Though I was a bit surprised to find that it was considerably crowded for a Mon night & the noise level were more consistent with Fri or Sat night.
Wow! If all you read of this review is ...
Wow! If all you read of this review is this line, ORDER THE DAN DAN NOODLES!!
I opted to go to Sampan, versus another local Asian Cuisine after reading the reviews and looking at the menu and MAN am I happy. The other meal might have been great, but SamPan was AWESOME!!! This was a Date night with the wife. We appreciated the "shared" plates menu style and enjoyed the constantly flowing order delivery versus a single table seating of food all at once. This ensured we were at least nibbling on something great the whole time, and whatever was on the table was hot and as fresh as can be.
We went on a Saturday night, and it was quite busy inside, but our reservations were held exactly as they should have been and we were seated immediately. We each ordered a drink- the wife enjoyed a cocktail and I had a local beer on tap. Food wise we ordered the Lamb Chop Satay, Crispy Rock shrimp, Filet Mignon, Dan Dan Noodles and Crispy Brussel Sprouts. Everything was very flavorful and uniquely seasoned. All items were cooked exactly as ordered. The Dan Dan Noodles were the shining star. Tons of complex flavors, and just the right amount of heat. The Brussel Sprouts were a bit bitter for my taste, however my wife loved them.
Overall We would easily return to SamPan, and intact we hope we do soon, next time perhaps with a larger group of people to all share the awesome food.
The edamame dumplings were amazing, I wi ...
The edamame dumplings were amazing, I wish I could eat them everyday! The service was good, the atmosphere was lively and fun. The shrimp satay was not good, I could only taste a burnt flavor, I actually thought it was awful. I would definitely go back but I would stay away from the satay. Overall: I would return.
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