Sampan - Philadelphia

4.7
3765 reviews
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Asian
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.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great asian fusion experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Wait was long , almost 30 minutes and we had a reservation, service was average.

HA
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+ experience.

SF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a chance booking a last minute reservation here during a quick trip to Philadelphia and WOW what a great find. My teenage daughter and I loved it. She is looking at colleges in area and it gave us a great feel for the cool vibe of the city and being that it was packed on a Wednesday night speaks volumes about what we thought about the food and service. Top notch! Not a quiet spot but we were looking for lively and that is what we got.

j
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One the most amazing Asian Fusion experiences of my life. The menu offered so much that we went with chef’s sampler. Simply over the top. Amazing. Go when you are in Philadelphia! You’ll be glad you did!!

GI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food

A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress suggested the dishes she thought would work best together on the from menu as we has selected the taster menu. It turned out her choices were excellent and we had a wonderful meal.

RC
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. The food was absolutely phenomenal. Recommend the 7 course menu, so worth it.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really really really really really really really really really really really awesome food

AA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Waitress was awesome! They were very busy and she was very attentive.
Drinks slow from bar - too much ice and not enough drink!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Short and simple dinner! Coconut saki was refreshing. Always a great time!

D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super delicious food and the ambiance is great for a date. Noise level is pretty loud since it is always busy, but it is manageable.

KR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere..

TJ
Baltimore
80 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Wonderful food choices! Cool vibe inside Restaurant! Definitely would return…

CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. If I lived in Philly I would definitely be back. The Tso dumplings were mouthwatering good and they had a neat rRice Krispy dessert which was unique and delicious. I highly recommend this place

J
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Wait staff incredibly rude, wouldn’t sit my party together because they were overbooked. It was my birthday too, no remorse was given. The most they could do was sit 6 of us outside in the sweltering heat and the other 4 inside- even though we had a reservation. Disgrace of a business.

SL
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! My date and I had the sampling menu (or was it prix fix), for $45, and there was so much food and it was worth every penny. I loved the fish dishes and the pork bao buns.

BS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was very loud and crowded. We had a 7:30 reservation and were not seated until 8. I asked for a glass of prosecco from 3 different people. Overall it was not the best experience and we have been there many times. It will be a while before we are back.

B
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I thought the food was good and it’s a chic place to have a fun night with friends. I thought the menu was a bit expensive for the amount of food received and the service was not great. The staff really need to step up with paying attention to tables and if you make a reservation they should never hound you but simply wait calmly.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter we had was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! This was my second time dining with Sampan and it was everything I remember it being and more. The atmosphere is lively and rich in detail and the service is wonderful.

I think this restaurant is best enjoyed with the tasting menu. Lots of small plates that will leave you so full at the end of the night! We sampled everything from the Cheesesteak Bao to the General Tso Soup dumplings, Wagu Beef, Crispy Rock Shrimp. The list goes on and on.

I also love the location of this restaurant. It’s right in the middle of the nightlife action in Philadelphia. Young and fun. I highly recommend a visit!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sampan was amazing! Our favorite restaurant in Philadelphia so far. Chef tasting - definitely do the korean bbq and rock shrimp!

DM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hell yeah!!! Y’all better go and stop playing!!! This restaurant is the truth

SS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The glasses were so dirty OMG hopefully people of color stop going there no blacks were there
Disquiting

KD
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent the kitchen was super slow. Manager made it up by comping my meal. From the outset they said the kitchen was free flowing meaning dishes came out at different times. That's lip service as far as u can tell. Just say ur kitchen is understaffed and slow. Free flowing lol just an excuse. We were there for our anniversary soness looking for romantic spot, it was loud and too dark. Not for us. Really wanted to like this place too.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Check in was tough...was told we’d be seated in 5 and was seated 25 minutes later after we inquired about the delay. Otherwise service at the table was excellent and food was delicious!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Management and staff were very apologetic about the delay in seating. It was very busy for a Tuesday night so I was understanding. They went above and beyond to ensure we had a great experience once we were seated.
Great food, exceptional service.

JG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience and really appreciated the complimentary appetizers and birthday sparklers for my girlfriend!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience and colors within the establishment were phenomenal. The experience was unforgettable. Would recommend as an “affordable Morimoto”.

MT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sampan is my favorite restaurant in the city! It never disappoints. The food is always amazing and better than expected and the value and amount you get for the price is exceptional!

BD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!! Food was delicious as always...

XR
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service at Sampan was great, our waiter was awesome and super helpful, his recommendations were great could not have had a better experience.

AC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. We ordered a lot of small plates, which I highly suggest. Not a fan of the chicken bao buns, only because everything else was so flavorful. I would definitely suggest this for a fun date night!

w
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Inconsistent quality but overall good food.
1/2 hour, uncomfortable, loud wait even with an open table reservation.
Not rushing back.

AC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They were very accommodating to our large party of 7 and some of them running behind. I was even given a free dessert to celebrate my new job. Definitely would go back.

E
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was interesting and creative., Quite good actually BUT the noise level was unbearable. It was impossible to hold a conversation The wine prices were ridiculously high

OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good food and atmosphere! Highly recommend the soup dumplings and the Korean bbq beef!

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love 💕 the service love the food. I called to say we will be late no problem, service was great, the way they served the food was beautiful.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Took too long to get a table inspite of making a reservation.

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