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.
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 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.
Sampan - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews
I NEVER write BUT my at Sampan was TOO G ...
I NEVER write BUT my at Sampan was TOO GOOD not to! The service was spot on and the food was DELICIOUS nice and hot and flavorful. be disappointed!
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!
Food is DE-LI-SIOUS!!! Boa buns...AMAZIN ...
Food is DE-LI-SIOUS!!! Boa buns...AMAZING! drinks are good too! all worth it.
The food is amazing. The vegetarian menu ...
The food is amazing. The vegetarian menu is great.
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.
Great food and atmosphere. Quick service ...
Great food and atmosphere. Quick service and attentive staff
Very good I eat everywhere and it is a ...
Very good I eat everywhere and it is a high recommendation of mine
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.
The edamame dumplings were a huge hit wi ...
The edamame dumplings were a huge hit with everyone at our table and we were daydreaming about thise delicious morsels even on the next day!
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.
We did the chef tasting and boy oh boy w ...
We did the chef tasting and boy oh boy was it a lot of food , and all our favorites! The service was amazing ! We had a party of 15 and Patrick didn't miss a beat !
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.
Sampan is a very good restaurant. It's ...
Sampan is a very good restaurant. It's perfect for an Asian small plates dinner. The Dan Dan noodles are fabulous. All of the small plates are good. The Korean chicken was delicious.
We had reservations but they were worthl ...
We had reservations but they were worthless. Hostess forgot about is after my full party checked in. Just a night mare. Will not go back
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.
I cannot get enough of the buns. They ar ...
I cannot get enough of the buns. They are my absolute favorite thing on the menu.
Asian junk food, lots of fried and very ...
Asian junk food, lots of fried and very salty food
Delicious food as always but our server ...
Delicious food as always but our server did not seem too pleased to be waiting on us.
Food was good but not great
I would really just go there for a cool environment and good drinks. If you are looking for amazing food this may not be your first choice! Overall though I had a good time
My husband and I tried Sampan for the first time a year a go and it quickly became one of our regulars. The food is delicious! We tend to stick to the smaller sharing plates as we like them a lot more than the bigger dishes. The edamame dumplings and the soup dumplings are to die for!
This was our first visit to Sampan and I ...
This was our first visit to Sampan and I can safely say we will not be returning. The atmosphere was lively, so we really thought we were in for a fantastic meal. Unfortunately, this was not the case. We ordered several small tapas plates. Grilled peppers, chicken and shrimp satay and the sea bass. Apparently the only seasoning they use at Sampan is salt and they use it sparingly. The grilled peppers was just that. Grilled peppers. No seasoning( not even salt), no sauce, nothing. The peppers weren't even spicy. The chicken and the shrimp satay were at least salted, but that didn't help much. The sea bass was the most flavorful, but it wasn't good enough for a return visit. My husband, who will pretty much eat everything and enjoy it, was disappointed. Earlier that day, we invited friends to join us and thankfully they were unable to do so. I wouldn't subject anyone to that meal.
Amazing with a capital "A"
I love this place! The few times I've been, I have not had any issues with service, food, drinks, etc. The food is great! Pork Bao Buns are my favorite and everything new I've tried, I have thoroughly enjoyed. It is very lively and can get loud. Didn't bother us a bit though. This is a great spot for catching up with friends, having drinks with your fun coworkers after work, and even casual date night. I suggest everyone try this place! I can't see you being disappointed.
The food was delicious loved the tuna ri ...
The food was delicious loved the tuna rice crackers! Yum! Service was excellent.
Fantastic Asian Fusion
One of the best restaurants of its genre--or really at all--that I've eaten at in a while. The menu is plates of various sizes and is really designed to be shared. We had a group of 8, got 2 entree-sized portions and about 10 of the smaller plates, and all of them were delicious. The rock shrimp was to die for. The cocktails were very tasty, too.
The food was terrible, over salted, Cook ...
The food was terrible, over salted, Cookie cutter food, not worth the price. Obviously taken over by new management that is more interested in turning over a fast table then providing quality.
One of my favorite restaurants. My husband loves the Asian flavors and sampan does it great. Small plates so you get lots of tastes...not inexpensive though. Yummy.
Even with a reservation you still have t ...
Even with a reservation you still have to wait too long for your table
Never a Disappointment
We had been here before without our kids. This time, we took our family to celebrate a son's birthday. Again, we were blown away by how great the food, service and atmosphere was. We had the tasting menu and we were all stuffed by the time dessert was brought to the table. Yummy! Can't wait o go back again!
Very hot ( temperature). Not very friend ...
Very hot ( temperature). Not very friendly staff.
I was so disappointing. I go to Sampan a ...
I was so disappointing. I go to Sampan all the time and it's always a hit. This time the service was awful, the waitress disappeared often, other people tried to help us, then they disappeared when we requested things, they never came. I love the brussel sprouts and that is why I keep coming back. I had to send the first batch back - they were dry, and not cooked all the way. the second batch was awful to. The crab tacos weren't the same, and the chicken skewers were just ok. I never have had such a bad experience in food and service. I brought my sister for her birthday and was raving, and we were both so disappointing. I will give it another try, I'm hoping they just had an off night, but I sure hope that it doesn't happen again.
We enjoyed our meal and understood the family style dining except after we ordered our waitress cornered the "men" telling them we did not order enough. Since we were six people and it was very loud they added items, essentially padding the check, and a few items were duplicated. We really did not appreciate the duplicate orders and ended up taking a lot of food home, because of this I think we will pass on eating at Sampan again. It is a shame that a greedy waitress ruined our experience.
Food was really good. Some favorites we ...
Food was really good. Some favorites were General Tso soup dumplings, pork belly sandwiches,waygu beef satay & duck fried rice! Service was excellent. Ambience was really cool. Can't wait to go back. Credit card machine wasn't working. Cash only.
Outstanding experience. The food was ex ...
Outstanding experience. The food was extremely well prepared and full of flavor. The staff was all very helpful. The ambience was energetic and fun. The sake was good and reasonably priced. Honestly, one of the best meals I have had in quite some time.
Our server was excellent. He suggested t ...
Our server was excellent. He suggested the $45 prix fixe for the four of us and it proved to be the perfect way to go. Love the design and the energy of the room - and the amazing variety of flavors in each dish we had.
Went for a special occasion with family and were not disappointed! Made a reservation but a table inside was going to be a while, so the hostess offered outside and it was phenomenal. We made friends with the 2 men at the table next to us, and the street noise was minimal (especially in comparison to the noise inside). Food was excellent, our server was friendly and informative, and we will definitely be back!
Great Happy Hour!!
It was my first time here. I had a fabulous time!! The ambience was great. The people working there were very friendly! Happy hour is the best!!! The food and drinks are very good and not expensive at all. I can't wait to go back, and have told all of my friends about this great resturant!!
To loud and table wasn't ready even thou ...
To loud and table wasn't ready even thou I had a reservation. Bathrooms need to be male and female!
As good as it was 8 months ago when I ch ...
As good as it was 8 months ago when I checked it out. The Bowl was awesome too!. Will be checking it out again.
The food was excellent and always quick ...
The food was excellent and always quick to come to the table.
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