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: 8888586536
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
My boyfriend and I always love going to ...
My boyfriend and I always love going to Sampan whether it's for a date or to stop by for their Happy Hour. We always start off with our favorites, edamame dumplings and bao buns. The service is great from the hostess to the servers and the individuals who bus tables. The scene is energetic, but not overbearing. The food is super quick and the drinks are made very well. What I love about their cocktails are that they do not fill glasses with ice and watered down drinks. The happy hour specials are something to definitely check out as well! Can't beat half price menu items. I come here for edamame dumplings over Buddakan's overpriced edamame dumplings any day!
Food was amazing. Our server was great. ...
Food was amazing. Our server was great. We were seated 39 minutes after our reservation time and observed people who arrived after us seated before us. Two small apps were delivered as compensation for the wait. Nearly 40 minutes after our scheduled reservation time is a bit excessive though.
I absolutely do NOT understand why a res ...
I absolutely do NOT understand why a restaurant won't seat an incomplete party - especially when its a party of 2, so 50% are already in attendance. I was meeting a friend at Sampan for an early (5:45 pm) dinner on a freezing cold day. I arrived maybe 7 minutes early because it was too cold out to walk around and was told I could not be seated. It was 5:40 in the evening. The restaurant was almost empty. When I inquired "Why?" I first got the answer "it would interfere with the kitchen's schedule." How, I asked, would my sitting and having a glass of water (and maybe a glass of wine) interfere with the kitchen? That elicited the response, "It's restaurant policy." Which is really a terrible answer. I stood against the wall and fumed.
When my friend arrived we were seated very politely and the manager came over and apologized but again said, "It is restaurant policy." I was hungry and cold and was not mollified, even when one of our small plates was provided free of charge.
But to the meal and our server. Ryan, our waiter, was excellent - attentive but not too attentive, appropriate on recommendations. The food was very good. At the moment I don't plan to return, but if you and your party can all arrive at once, you will find the atmosphere pleasant and the food tasty and interesting.
Food was delicious. Chef's tasting menu ...
Food was delicious. Chef's tasting menu would be a deal if you got to each create your own menu, but instead the table has to create a shared menu. Mini soft serve at the end is an unexpected highlight. Service for drinks amd food taking was very slow. Once food was ordered it was fine.
Food was solid. Girlfriend was craving p ...
Food was solid. Girlfriend was craving pork baos and we found this place which had them on the appetizer list. The baos were delicious, and everything came out nice and fresh and to order. A very modern take on Chinese food while also staying true to a more authentic taste.
Small plate format, medium original and ...
Small plate format, medium original and certainly pleasant, with excellent dessert. Edamame dumplings merely good. Sea bass served in lumps, which was disconcerting, but nicely spiced and high quality. A bit noisier than the norm. Service very attentive though a bit by the book. Would I return? Sure but not a slam-dunk
Delicious. I'm never disappointed. You c ...
Delicious. I'm never disappointed. You can't go wrong with the tasting menu but even if you want to order a few items off the menu, that works too. The edamame dumplings, wagyu beef, kimchi fried rice are my top three but the list can go on for days. Great for a date night, special occasion or just in the mood for great food - Sampan is incredible.
Fun vibe, unique menu, delicious food. W ...
Fun vibe, unique menu, delicious food. We chose the tasting menu of 7 selections (total) for $45. The servings were adjusted for 2 and we got a good assortment of different food. Beef rib, spicy chicken Bao bun, grilled kale and calamari , just to mention a few. The mini soft serve ice cream cones were a perfect ending. A great evening.
Food is excellent as always. One of my f ...
Food is excellent as always. One of my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. You can never go wrong with anything on the menu. The only thing is it's always packed and even if you get reservations they don't seat you on time and you have to wait 20 minutes to be seated. The personnel are very nice and efficient. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Food was truly delicious! My boyfriend a ...
Food was truly delicious! My boyfriend and I did the tasting menu (7 courses + soft serve for $45 per person). The portions at first were slightly small for my taste. However, it ended up being the perfect amount of food in the end. I was full but not rolling myself out of there because I overate. The food was AWESOME! I highly recommend the Korean BBQ Skewers, Pork Bao Bun, Pork Potstickers, and Filet Mignon. They were some of the items we had with our tasting menu and they were awesome!! I will be back!
This was our fourth or fifth time at Sam ...
This was our fourth or fifth time at Sampan, and we were not disappointed. Every meal we have had there has been excellent. We always get the chef's tasting menu, and have yet to eat anything we do not like! Seriously, there has not been a single bad bite. The service is good as well. The only thing that is not our favorite is that it is very dark in the restaurant, but the food makes up for it.
The tasting menu was great. It was also ...
The tasting menu was great. It was also a good value for all the food that we got! The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was fun and lively. My only critique is that the tables were so close together that it was almost impossible for someone on the booth side of a table to get out.
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