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638 Manawagonish Road, Saint John, New Brunswick NB E2M 3W5, Canada
(506) 672-9050
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good food

This is a small simple restaurant. Nothing fancy but the food is very good. Service was good. We ordered the buffet which is not at all a buffet where you go and pick up your food. What it is are several items on the menu which is eat all you can so be prepared NOT to find a large buffet... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Michael J
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Barrie, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

To date this is the best Chinese restaurant in St. John New Brunswick. Food is well cooked and delicious. The chicken soo gai, chop suey and fried rice were great. Been there 3 times and look forward to more. Finally a Chinese restaurant that cooks food the way it supposed to be cooked. Highly recommended.

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Thank B. M
Fredericton, Canada
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When I lived in Saint John a few years ago, I made a trip to the Sampan twice a month. Authentic food and huge portions. The dining room is very clean and colourful. They do a huge takeout business. I visited again last month and it didn't change a bit. Great service, great food.

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Thank MollyDollyBaby
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

My wife and I go to Sampan at least once a week. If your looking for Canadian style Chinese food you can't do better then this place! Very consistent, excellent won-ton soup and all dishes are fresh and yummy :P

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Thank Shane F
Quispamsis, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

We wanted Chinese food on our return from vacation so our dinner would be easy and clean . We live in Quispamsis where we typically get it at Orient express , however they were closed the night of our return . As we got close to Saint John we googled " top Chinese take-out s in Saint John ". After... More 

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Thank MartiniRon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Sampan has been a staple of our family's eat-out choices for the past 10 years. Although the location may not be the best for parking and there is limited seating, the staff are very friendly and the food is worth eating in or out. Their buffet is non-traditional in that instead of food sitting out under heat lamps, you have... More 

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Thank westsidefoodie
Smithfield, Virginia
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402 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This restaurant was in a plaza. We were seated right away and it was crowded. Service was okay. However the food was not the best Chinese I have ever had. Not much flavor. My husband had General's Chicken that was very tough. He thought that was just the way they cooked it. I had Chicken and Broc. and the sauce... More 

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Thank JLDC
New Brunswick
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

My family and I have been going to the Sampan restaurant on the West side of Saint John for 30+ years. The owners have changed a couple times, but the food remains consistent. This time in March we ordered the take-out buffet style dinner from them for a surprise birthday party. The price was right per person. The ordering process... More 

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Thank Trudy28
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I read a review on Yelp that said to ask for something from the Chinese menu in the back, so I asked the fellow what Chinese specialties they had and he said No, You don't want that; Canadians eat the things from the front pages of the menu. Only after I told him that we had been to China did... More 

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Thank Kenneth W
Barrie, Canada
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is a small simple restaurant. Nothing fancy but the food is very good. Service was good. We ordered the buffet which is not at all a buffet where you go and pick up your food. What it is are several items on the menu which is eat all you can so be prepared NOT to find a large buffet... More 

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Thank Michael J
Orillia, Canada
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Small restuarant, good food, fast and friendly service. We had the all you can eat buffet and were pleased with the food and the pricing. Would recommend.

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Thank Joanne J

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 638 Manawagonish Road, Saint John, New Brunswick NB E2M 3W5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  New Brunswick  >  Saint John
  • Phone Number: (506) 672-9050

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?