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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
Pros - food and service.
Cons - strong odor of Clorox, coming from the kitchen. OK, they clean it, but I do not want to smell it. To be fair, we were there before 6, and perhaps they just opened up... but still, clorox is not a smell I like to have, while dinning.
MY wife and I went for restaurant week with a recommendation from co-worker. The food had interesting twist and surprises that were tasty. While I did enjoy the experience, I asked my wife the most important question, would you go there again? Her and my answer was no....
So if you like trying new spots, this is good. Just not good enough for repeat in a philly town with a lot of variety.
Although Sampan came highly recommended to me, it was not quite what I envisioned. I had hoped for quieter ambiance, ability to hear friends' conversation at my table, and food that was a little less spicy (and salty). I can see how it might appeal to a younger crowd, but frankly I prefer a more meditative space in which to eat, less rock music blasting in the background, (and with service that moves a little more quickly...)
Food at Sampan is delicious. We all ordered the chef's sampling. The food came out VERY fast. Every dish was very tasty. We all enjoyed the sampling.
It is a very busy place, thankfully we had a reservation.
Noise level was very high. We had trouble hearing each other at our table and had to ask the waitress to repeat things.
Overall, a fun night out.
The tables are really close together which became a nuisance when the waiter was serving food to the table next to us. The waiter's behind was at the height of our table and nearly made contact with our food. It was a very tight and uncomfortable space. The restaurant was also very loud. I kept having to ask the waiter to repeat himself and he kept asking us to repeat ourselves. Also, the restaurant was too dark. Many people had to use the light on their cell phones to read the menu.
Great place, great food, I'll definitely be back! But they pack people in there. We were basically sharing a table with the people at the table next to us, and it was hard for me to get to my seat without bumping the couple on the other side of us, and I'm not a particularly large person.
Overpriced for the tasting menu even during restaurant week, as the portions were small. The food was good, but nothing special. We were asked multiple times during each (of 7 courses) how the food was. Although we appreciated the attentive staff, it felt intrusive. We felt rushed and received bill prior to receiving our final course.
Overall the restaurant was great and my first time there. However, the menu is a shareable one, so it was somewhat difficult to pick from menu due to my boyfriend having food allergies and I do not (to shellfish).
I would eat there again, but go with my girls who aren't allergic to seafood since we are sharing plates.
Amazing food. Had the Edamame dumplings, vegetable fried and pad thai. The service was excellent as well, food came out very quickly. My only critique is that it was very dark inside and sometimes difficult to see the menu/food. Would definitely recommend and go back again.
One member of our party has food allergies. From my pre-reservation call about available options, to check-in at the podium (our reservation was flagged so the server was aware), to our wonderful server, we could not have asked for a better experience. Oh, I must not forget the kitchen's willingness to tweak some things to accommodate. I've always loved Sampan, and its really earned my loyalty now!
We celebrated our anniversary at Sampan on Friday night & listed that in the reservation. Not sure why we are prompted to list that if it is not recognized. The food was very good, the server was very polite & friendly, the ambiance was very nice. The big miss was the service time- food came out very slowly. The server took extremely long to process our check.
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