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
I will start by saying that the food was ...
I will start by saying that the food was excellent, the service was pretty good and noise level was very high (Happy Hour in the background). The courses were all very creative variations on common Asian dishes and very well prepared. Portions were small, except for the rice.
The one issue was one of what I would call "bait and switch". The menu pushes the tasting menu of 7 items for $45. I ordered the tasting menu and the waiter had me select the 7 items that I wanted. A few minutes later, the waiter returned and said that since I was only ordering it for one person that I could only have five items. (There was nothing on the menu stating this). I found this to be very unprofessional of the operation, and nothing was offered in return (such as a lower price). I would definitely think twice about coming here again.
Dinner before a movie at the Philadelphi ...
Dinner before a movie at the Philadelphia Film Festival. Service was prompt and friendly but novice enough to take away from the experience of experimenting with a creative cuisine. Speaking of which, the chef's tasting menu coupled with the Saki flights really hit the spot. Every course was well thought out, nicely presented, and deliberately constructed to tease the senses in the right order. The show stopper...Korean Fried Chicken! You heard right...this was not your colonel's recipe but something akin to a gastronomical phantasia!
Will definitely go back.
BEWARE OF RESERVATIONS: I showed up for ...
BEWARE OF RESERVATIONS:
I showed up for the open table reservation I booked at 7:30 for 2. The hostess claimed that I was not on the list until 9:30 so I would have to wait. I showed her the confirmation email from open table that clearly showed 7:30. They said it must have been a 'glitch' and the best they could do was put me on an hour wait. They didn't seem sorry at all and barely tried to be accommodating, I'm guessing they bumped my time but wouldn't admit it. I've worked in food service and I know that there are fixes to problems like this. Luckily seats opened at the 'chefs counter' aka the bar but where they made the food which are first come first serve.
That being said - the food was delicious and they were very good about the portion size by offering to add a fourth dumpling if the plate came with three and so on. I would absolutely eat there again, I just wish they would have cared about the reservation.
There was an interesting variety of item ...
There was an interesting variety of items on the menu. The Peking duck on scallion buns was delicious but didn't have enough pieces of cucumber and scallions for each bun. At $21 dollars they should not have skimped on that. The Dan Dan noodles, edamame dumplings, and eggplant on skewers were really good. We also had the Lancaster chicken with lotus root which was sparse on the lotus root but good. The only comment I have about the dishes is that if you are a person that doesn't like Cilantro (as I am) beware. Almost all of the dishes had cilantro. We also ordered the Yuzu tart which was Tiny to share between 3 people. Overall a good experience.
was very mediocre. ordered the chicken ...
was very mediocre. ordered the chicken skewers. was expecting white meat. was dark meat and very fatty. did not enjoy at all. mushroom salad was good. went with a 6 person party. the kitchen is free flowing meaning that food just comes out randomly and not at the same time. this place is only good if you have people who want to eat the same thing and share as the food comes out. if you have anyone with special dietary needs or a group that has very different culinary tastes, this is not the place for you. personally, I have no desire to return.
The food was great. But the service wasn ...
The food was great. But the service wasn't that good. It was our anniversary and the waiter was uninviting which affected the evening . If I am gonna pay 100 dollars for 2 people, I expect higher service that this. I love their food and have visited numerous times before. Now I would rethink about it.
We had a reservation for 9pm that I did ...
We had a reservation for 9pm that I did on Open Table and when we arrived there, they asked us to be all the party together to give us the table, at 9:10 we were all there and they gave us the table at 10:32 pm an hour and half later, it was a bday party so we stayed there until they gave us the table, very hungry and angry.
The same happened yesterday at the Dandelion they said they didn't have the reservation and we also RSVP through open table, we shoed them the email with the confirmation and they gave us the table like 20 minutes later.
My vegetarian daughter and I had a very ...
My vegetarian daughter and I had a very nice dinner. They have a nice array of vegetarian as well as non-veg choices, & gluten free. Tapas & larger portions. The mushroom dumplings & roasted broccoli were particularly delicious! Would definitely try again!
My first experience here was okay. I cam ...
My first experience here was okay. I came here to celebrate my birthday and try a new restaurant. The food was mediocre and was nothing special. I would give this place 3 stars but because it took us 15 minutes to get seated despite having a reservation and the waitress hustled us out of there, (spent about 30 minutes total waiting/eating) I would not go here on a Friday night. I most likely will not come back here in the near future.
Everything is super rushed. Yet, I keep ...
Everything is super rushed. Yet, I keep returning to Sampan in hope of the great dining experience that I once had. The kitchen plates on whatever bowl or plate is clean; therefore portion sizes are not consistent. I never want to sit with a kitchen view again. It's super noisy, servers everywhere reaching over and around you.
Love this place, one of my favorites whe ...
Love this place, one of my favorites when I am in Philly. The cocktails are delicious and great value , $10. My favorite drink is "The Dragon". I always go with a friend or a co workers and we always over order so I've tried almost everything on the menu. y favorites are the Shrimp Coup Dumplings, the Rock shrimp, Wings, Chicken Boa Bun and the Korean BBQ Beef. The Dan Dan noodles are just ok. I also love the lamp. the Brussels Sprouts are a bit sakty because of the soy sauce but they are still very tasty. Love the lavender Ice cream when its offered (seasonal) . Enjoy!
The food was very good. We ordered the C ...
The food was very good. We ordered the Chef table, which included several different items. There were four of us...old friends that do not see each other often. We got together to enjoy a terrific meal and get caught up on our lives. We decided on the selections for the chef's table and then put in our order. We were told that our items would come out as ready but since we order 8-9 items, I assumed they would be entered so we would have time to enjoy the meal. Instead, I felt like I was at at Fast Food restaurant. Things were coming out two items at a time and we barely finished when then next two items came out. We were finished, first item to last within 30 min. This is just too fast for an enjoyable meal. There is ice cream at the end and we asked that they hold this since we wanted time to talk. In about 10 min, they delivered the ice cream without asking us again to see if we were ready. I would give an overall rating of 3 stars since although I liked the taste of the food, I did not like the meal. I would not go back again.
Enjoyed our meal. Glad we got a reservat ...
Enjoyed our meal. Glad we got a reservation as the place was packed. The food was absolutely delicious, and the potions were great. Our server could have been a bit more attentive, but she was extremely understanding when something in our order didn't come out and she was able to remove it from the bill. Can't wait to go back.
I've been to Sampan a few times and high ...
I've been to Sampan a few times and highly recommend it. The food is very flavorful. My only comment on our most recent visit was the service. The waitress was not very friendly and was a little abrupt to a few of the people. Most of the main entrees came out together but we had to wait for 2. The waitress was again abrupt and said it was a rolling kitchen.
It was crowded and we had a reservation. ...
It was crowded and we had a reservation. We decided to sit at the bar. The bartender was very attentive and gave food recommendations that we took him up on. They were excellent choices. The food was fairly priced as well. The noise level was high but it was busy so its expected.
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.
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