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6116 Franconia Rd, Ste B, Alexandria, VA 22310-2577
703-971-5404
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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I often ask myself why I go to these typical Americanized Chinese restaurants, tucked away in strip malls all over the country. Every once in a while I do run into one that has a different or fresh touch to them, but this appears another deja vu. Anywho, just here for a quick lunch and run... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2014
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Fairfax, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I had better dim sum at Sampan twice before today. Today lunch was a big disappointment. The selection was not as nearly many as other dim sum restaurants in DC area. 'Steamed lotus leaf wrapped sweet rice' was not fresh; the chicken in the rice had an unpleasant taste. I had to return it. We ordered 14 items, but only... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

As a kid, my family used to visit this restaurant once or twice a month. My parents friends lived nearby, so this was the social highlight of the month. 30 years later, my wife and I decided to try this out while we were visiting family in nearby Springfield. Wow. What a surprise. Everything was great. Friendly service. Excellent food!... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We called in an order for pick-up. Went and picked up the order. There was tons of food. Very large servings of very good food. Will go back again.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I often ask myself why I go to these typical Americanized Chinese restaurants, tucked away in strip malls all over the country. Every once in a while I do run into one that has a different or fresh touch to them, but this appears another deja vu. Anywho, just here for a quick lunch and run. All the usual greasy... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Upon a recommendation from a friend, we stopped by there for lunch on a Sunday. Even though the place was half empty, we were seated in a back table close to the kitchen (1st red flag) and it took a while for the waitress to come over with the tea (2nd red flag). We sat there for 10-15 minutes while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

We were in to DC on vacation and were very hungry. It was 11pm and we called them up and ordered. They went the extra mile and delivered to our hotel door, even though it was past their time of delivery. Excellent food and very authentic.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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161 reviews 161 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Okay, there are a whole lot of dim sum places out there, and a lot of them are around the Arlington Blvd, Falls Church area. This one happens to be in Alexandria, and although it may not offer duck tongue, it does have duck feet and many other "usual" dim sum dishes. My friend and I kept ordering things as... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

Although this place has all the typical "American Chinese" food (and it describes it as such right on their website) they also have a "specials" board in Chinese only...it's definitely worth it to ask what's there. Also, this is a place that is worth walking around and seeing what other patrons are ordering. Some days, I almost feel there must... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

My family and I usually go to Fu Kee because honestly there was nothing good around... Then I heard of Sampan! Great place and perfect staff member! I love the Pork Chow Fun with gravy mmmmm good... The last reviewer might have a lot of good reviews, but come on this is a Chinese restaurant! ANY ASIAN PEOPLE KNOW CHINESE... More 

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Virginia, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

Ordered delivery from this restaurant over the weekend. Had been to there before and had delivery, food was always decent, but not spectacular. Anyway . . . my husband found a finger nail in the stir fried noodles with curry. Absolutely disgusting. We are so grossed out that we could never set foot in this place again or order for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6116 Franconia Rd, Ste B, Alexandria, VA 22310-2577
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: 703-971-5404

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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