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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
This was my 4th or 5th time here. Every other experience was phenomenal! This time the restaurant had hardly no air on a hot day, server got 1 of our dishes wrong, duck was overcooked and the replacement was also overcooked. Overall food was subpar. Chicken tasted reheated and soft shell crabs were not cleaned properly. The beginning of the meal was very rushed then the end of the meal slow. I also did not think the service was very attentive. Very disappointing experience from what use to be 1 of my favorite places.
Food was great. There was a problem with the hoods when we got there, so the menu was limited, but they did repair them before we were finished and we were able to get everything we wanted. The reason for the lower ambiance mark is only because the temperature was so warm in the restaurant that a summer humid night in Philly was cooler than outside than inside.
Sampan made a wonderful first impression. The food was amazing and the wait staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. I especially loved how as the food was ready it was brought directly to the table. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends!
The AC wasn't working so it's was incredibly hot inside the restaurant. No notice provided guests with reservations of this situation. The server was overwhelmed and forgot to bring items to the table. The food was mediocre to bad, when it had been great so many times before. Very disappointing experience.
This place has no air conditioning in the summers and it has an open kitchen. It was a horrible experience.The food is too expensive for the quality. The taste is so bland, they call it fusion but I think they just lazy. Service is quick which means it's inconsistent. Many alternative avaliable right around the corner.
Visit this place often for happy hour and decided to try dinner here. Everything we ordered was great from the spring rolls, Kim chee fried rice, and the pekin duck among others . . .
There was a strange situation where they sat us very close to each other when there were plenty of empty seats (it was a Monday night). The two couples surrounding us were clearly agitated as well.
Otherwise I would always recommend this place for the food and prices!
My husband and I took a spontaneous road trip to Philly. A fellow person in our elevator of hotel heard us mention we were looking for somewhere to eat and he recommended Sampan to us. He said every time he is in town he makes sure to go. He was correct as we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. We were stuffed. We did have to wait awhile for our table but hung out at the bar. The girl was very nice and recommended items to us as well. Our waitress was also so nice and gave great suggestions. Thank you.
We have been there before but only for drinks. This time we brought our friends to ty our first meal experience. We wanted to try as much as we could and we ended up ordering around 13-15 plates. A good mix of small plates and entrees. Everything we had was delicious. Our only complaints were that they tried sitting our party of 4 at a table meant for 2/3. I'm glad we spoke up bc there was no way our meals would have fit. Also it was really hot in there? We would definitely return. The food was amazing and our waiter was really helpful.
I come to Sampan pretty often but the hosts and servers on this occasion were extremely rude. I had a reservation and the hosts were completely unapologetic about my table not being ready on time although I was there almost thirty minutes early. I had to wait extra time and when I went to check, the host was visibly annoyed by my asking for an update.
I went to Sampan with a classmate for happy hour. I had the kim chee fried rice and crab rangoon. She ordered the crispy brussel sprouts and BBQ beef chow fun. We both ordered sage blossoms to drink. First, the sage blossom was surprisingly smooth and refreshing. The fried rice, crab rangoon and brussel sprouts were also good. But the chow fun was AMAZING. I will definitely be returning.
We had an awesome experience at Sampan while visiting Philadelphia. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservations and they took us right away. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and our food came out quickly. We did the chef's tasting for the table and everything we tried was delicious.
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