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/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
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.
Sampan used to be one of our top ten res ...
Sampan used to be one of our top ten restaurants in the area. The beef dishes were too salty and tough. The tuna tartar used to be excellent. Unfortunately, we knew it was not right when we both bit into it. It was fishy. We ended up being ill for the past three days -- ill enough that we probably lost a few pounds but not ill enough for us to end up in the hospital. Very unfortunately. We are crossing Sampan off our list of places to eat. Sorry.
Was there to celebrate my grandson's 9th ...
Was there to celebrate my grandson's 9th birthday. He enjoyed trying different food to eat. Thought it was very nice someone bought him a little ice cream cone, but taken aback to see that I was charged for it. Otherwise, pleasant experience.
Always a great meal. 4 of us arrived o ...
Always a great meal.
4 of us arrived on time, we asked to be seated but were told they could not seat us until all arrived. We squeezed through the crowd in hopes of getting to the bar. I went back to the Hostess stand and said that the remainder had just parked, could we be seated so we could get drinks. The hostess was accommodating.How server Eric came over quickly for drink orders. He was brand new and of course our table was asking for vodkas that he was not sure about. He did know what they had but did go to check on other request, absolute mandarin, (who drinks absolute anymore LOL) The last two arrived and he took their drink orders also.
We all agreed on the tasting menu @ $45 ea... well worth the price. Eric did a great job of explaining the items we could choose... all of his recommends were spot on.
Some key items were The Korean BBQ Beef satay were melt in your mouth outstanding!. TheXO Scallop were wonderful, crusty flavorful and done perfectly. The duck fried rice and roasted broccoli (yes broccoli) were worth the trip themselves.
Only item that was just "OK" was the filet... we may try the short ribs next time back.
The only issue that drives us and many others nuts is that the "side dishes" always seem to come out at the end of the meal (yes we have been here before). The food is served "as ready" we talk about ordering just the sides, then 5-10 min later order the rest so we can enjoy them all together.
Absolutely freaking spectacular Every pl ...
Absolutely freaking spectacular
Every plate kept getting better and better
Spend $45 and get 7 amazing options - you'll be full by the time you're done and get unique mini ice cream treats to finish off an amazing experience in an energetic setting!
Great good as always! Only thing was 2 ...
Great good as always! Only thing was 2 separate items that were delivered to our table that we didn't order. Oh well, we got to eat those items anyway and they were awesome. They did not forget to bring anything we ordered.
The food and service at Sampan were both ...
The food and service at Sampan were both great. We got several dishes and they were all delicious. I recommend the General Tso's soup dumplings -- yum! We went for our anniversary dinner and I had done a search for "romantic" restaurants and found Sampan. Although the lighting was low, the restaurant was loud and crowded. Better for non-romanitc dinners.
My boyfriend and I had dinner at Sampan ...
My boyfriend and I had dinner at Sampan to celebrate his 21st birthday. I called the restaurant ahead to let them know about the birthday and was really excited because I read that they bring a sparkler out with dessert. However, unfortunately they must've missed the note about the birthday and we didn't get to celebrate as hoped.
Food was great, although dishes came out ...
Food was great, although dishes came out a little fast, faster than we were consuming them, so table got very crowded. Noise level was high making it hard to have a conversation. Service was very friend and efficient. Would definitely go back for the food.
Food was just as good a second time back ...
Food was just as good a second time back. Fried chicken, edamame dumplings, Brussels sprouts, DanDan noodles, and pork bao buns were all tasty and the perfect amount for 5 people. It is unclear that happy hour doesn't happen in the dining room. Service could have been a bit more attentive, the last two dishes came out pretty slowly after our server checked twice to see if they had been brought out. We were not asked if we'd like dessert either. Would return for the food and sit at the bar if we go back any time soon.
Sampan is me and my boyfriends favorite ...
Sampan is me and my boyfriends favorite restaurant in the city and tonight we celebrated out one year anniversary with them. Our waitress Alex was great she even brought us two mini comes with a sparkler for our celebrating. The food was phenomenal as always and the drinks were delicious as well. It's never a bad review! A+++
We definitely recommend the small plates ...
We definitely recommend the small plates and satay and sides! I would probably leave out ordering from the large plate selection, our char Sui pork was very chewy and difficult to eat when put in the bao buns and we did not have a knife to attempt to cut the chewy pieces. They were lacking the flavor that you could get with the other steamed buns. Our server was attentive at first and very helpful with our seafood allergy. Unfortunately our service declined as our dinner went on, he checked on us for the first half our meal but then forgot about us. We were sitting for about 30 minutes with nothing on our table until one of our party went to go find our server and ask for our check since we gave up hope of any type of dessert course and just wanted to leave. We were not the only ones to notice that we had been forgotten. He dropped our check off but did not return the processed receipts and had someone else drop them off.
The food was very good, the only thing I ...
The food was very good, the only thing I would like to add is additional lighting. The restaurant is very dim and when you're ordering food that you've never tasted/had before its a bit difficult to check out what you're really eating.
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