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, 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
Great seven course prix fixe menu for re ...
Great seven course prix fixe menu for restaurant week. Some dishes were good, and others were excellent. The kale salad with calamari was fantastic, as were the scallops. It was a really fun way to try a new place. In terms of atmosphere, it was kind of dark and on the loud side. The food made up for it though!
Went for restaurant week. They do a uni ...
Went for restaurant week. They do a unique type of restaurant week menu, which I think makes things a little less economically feasible vs. other restaurants' version. However, the food is undeniably amazing, the ambiance is great, and the staff was spectacular. Also, the cocktail list is very good.
The service was okay the waitress didn't ...
The service was okay the waitress didn't really come check on us until everything was finished. we attended for restaurant week and the food was all amazing except the dan Dan noodles were way to salty we didn't even touch them after trying, and the waitress didn't care that I told her how salty they were. The drinks are very expensive for no reason.. I got a cocktail and it was a pretty small skinny glass for $10? no thanks. but everything else was pleasant.
My second exerience at Sam Pan. it was ...
My second exerience at Sam Pan. it was unique, delicious, interesting. I would love to come back with a friend or with a Crowd. great experiences although a little loud. Love the bathrooms. Great service. The beer was icy cold. Look for us again soon.
The seating was really tight. It was im ...
The seating was really tight. It was impossible to have an intimate conversation because not only were you sitting on top of people, but any movement from adjacent tables caused everyone to shift.
There were quite a few couples who left once they saw the narrow path that they had to squeeze though to sit down.
Food was so sour, especially the pad tha ...
Food was so sour, especially the pad thai and mushrooms in salmon and filet mignon. Not family style portions, more like tapas style on big plates. Definitely overrated and actually think the yelp reviews all rigged
I am a regular patron of sampan and usua ...
I am a regular patron of sampan and usually love it. Went there for restaurant week and it was the WORST experience. Not only were we seated over a half hour late, but when we finally were seated, the food took forever to come out. Furthermore, their restaurant week menu was quite misleading. Online, it appeared that every diner would receive 7 courses, however, this was not the case. The table had to decide on the meal together and they would be portioned for the table. I left hungry and highly unsatisfied. Definitely not worth wasting a Restaurant Week pick on.
I was a little disappointed with Sampan. ...
I was a little disappointed with Sampan. I have been wanting to go for several months now, having herd awesome things about it. I went for restaurant week last week, and it was just alright. The restaurant week special was the chef's tasting menu, priced at $35 instead of $45 - so a pretty good deal. I was with 1 other person, and we got to choose 7 items to share (from various parts of the menu). The food was good. There were a couple things that were great - the edamame dumplings and the filet mignon - but everything else was just good. That's normally not a problem for me, except when I'm at a place where the prices would indicate that it should be above par.
The other thing that bothered me about Sampan was that it was extremely rushed. They have a free flowing kitchen, which means that the dishes come out as they are finished. Normally I like that, especially when you're doing tapas or shareables. However, at Sampan they had delivered all 7 dishes plus dessert in under 45 minutes. We were in and out, including ordering food and drinks, eating, drinking, and paying the bill in about 50 minutes. It felt incredibly rushed, and again, when you're paying $30+ per person (not including alcohol), I expect to have a nicer dining experience, which means time to actually enjoy the meal and the people you're with.
Also - I'm sure this is restaurant-week specific so for anyone thinking of going for that time - it was very crowded. We shared a table for 4 with another couple because the tables were packed in so tightly. It was also really loud, so maybe not a great place for intimate conversation. This doesn't bother me much and didn't really impact my ratings, but just FYI.
food was really good. went during restau ...
food was really good. went during restaurant week and got the chef's tasting menu. food came out in a weird order. didn't get our side dish of rice until 6 items in. Very loud. don't go if you really want to have a conversation.
Took my friend here to celebrate going b ...
Took my friend here to celebrate going back to college. For it being restaurant week the service was really good and our food came out in a very timely manner. Not to mention we got to pick from every section of the menu! Which means it was an AWESOME value.
I went to Sampan for restaurant week wit ...
I went to Sampan for restaurant week with 3 other people. We had to choose meals to share, which was fine but not what we thought originally. When our first course came out, there were only 2 small tacos for a table of 4 people. We asked our waitress and she told us we should've 4. For every part of our meal had to continue asking for the rest of our portions. When the main course came out, it was a small piece of fish that we had to split between 4 people, so we each got about 2 forkfuls. The bill was 198$ for the 4 of us, which is ridiculous for the amount of food we were given. It was very disappointing. I would not go back.
Food was awesome, had loads of fun with ...
Food was awesome, had loads of fun with friends but our server was not very nice. When we ask questions she gave us look made us feel dumb. I would have order more food but because of her attitude we decided not to. I wanted a drink and she was talking to person next to me so I gave a chance to finish. I did put my hand up and she looked at me and I thought she was ask me what I wanted to order instead she walked away. Not a good experience..
As always, Sampan is consistent with it' ...
As always, Sampan is consistent with it's flavors, service, and overall experience. This visit felt a bit rushed, with course coming out just moments after ordering, however, the food and service were fantastic and the meal was satisfying. I never leave disappointed! On this visit, I tried a few new flavors and was not disappointed. The edamame dumplings are sublime...
We had the tasting option and enjoyed it ...
We had the tasting option and enjoyed it very much. This option allowed us, a party of four, to select a variety of dishes, which enabled us to sample a sizable part of the menu. This only enhanced our desire to return to Sampan to have those dishes we sampled and those we didn't get to. My only complaint is the loud music, which makes conversation challenging.
The food was very good. We asked for a q ...
The food was very good. We asked for a quiet table because we were having a special reunion with a friend and her daughter. Unfortunately the restaurant was so loud that you could only hear the person seated next to you and you could barely hear the person across from you. Great restaurant with good energy. Not a good choice if you want to have a discussion. We were very disappointed that we were unable to catch up with our friend.
I booked a reservation at Sampan to cele ...
I booked a reservation at Sampan to celebrate my birthday with some friends. They called me the day before to confirm the reservation - which I appreciated. The ambiance of the restaurant is very lively, even on a Tuesday night which I appreciated because it isn't much fun to go to a dead restaurant. The service was subpar. Maybe our server was having a bad day or just didn't like our table, but there was an air of distaste from the moment she sat us down and my friend asked how much a tea would cost. The food was okay, the appetizer portions are a bit small. I would recommend the edamame dumplings and the duck fried rice as my two favorites. I do give the waitress/restaurant credit for bringing complimentary ice cream out for my birthday. Overall, I think it was a good experience, with decent food, and good energy.
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