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124 S 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Walnut)
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Tue 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Dine early at the bar and save.

This place serves Asian fusion as tapas, dishes that get all shared. You can not go wrong with any item on the menu. The biggest bargain though is the Happy Hour when only limited menu is offered but practically at a half price. So dine early, enjoy and save!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Pavel K
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164 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place serves Asian fusion as tapas, dishes that get all shared. You can not go wrong with any item on the menu. The biggest bargain though is the Happy Hour when only limited menu is offered but practically at a half price. So dine early, enjoy and save!

Thank Pavel K
Norfolk, Virginia
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148 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting and happened to catch them on restaurant week. The service was outstanding.....and the food was so unique and very flavorful. We really liked our dinner. The one thing I will say is that if you are going there on a date and trying to have a conversation the music is so loud. I am not sure why... More 

Thank Yorkdog
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I dined at this restaurant with a group of colleagues and clients. It was a great experience because the dishes are easy to pass and share, and there are so many delicious options that you want to sample it all. Our server was a little bit uptight but the food was so good it didn't matter. I highly recommend every... More 

Thank Amy U
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I went to Sampan for the first time this weekend, and each had the chef's tasting menu ($45 per person). What a great value for the price! We had 7 courses, including the edamame dumplings (MORE PLEASE), chicken bao bun, korean bbq beef, kale salad, and dan dan noodles. It was so much food, and it was... More 

Thank Galilayo79
West Chester
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

My wife and I went for dinner before the show at Forrest Theater. We went with the $45/couple chef's tasting with the following choices: Edamame dumpling, mushroom dumpling, Wagyu beef, crab wonton taco, lamb and shrimp pad thai (spicy) and it was all excellent and won't leave you hungry. Terrific service from Patrick as well. Highly recommended.

Thank John B
London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Sampan is a great place that I have been to several times and last week was great like the previous times. So what is it worth knowing in advance?... - This place has a great buzz and it’s relatively loud. - If you go on a Sunday or Monday you will probably get straight in. If you turn up without... More 

Thank rob776
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69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I've been to sampan twice now and it just gets better. They have a happy hour if you sit at the back bar. Drinks are good. Food is amazing. Our waitress this time was a bit too obvious about her agitation with us tying up her table, but when you work 50+ hrs a week and go out for a... More 

Thank Taram2507
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

I took a group of 9 in total to the restaurant for a Saturday night meal. While our waiter was nice enough, the service was terrible, It took forever to order drinks and they came staggered, the wine arriving 15 minutes after the last cocktail which was 10- 15 minutes after the others. It took over 3 and 1/2 hours... More 

Thank marlag
Collingswood, New Jersey
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99 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Good Asian fusion food served tapas style. Great service. Would not return. Too loud. Asked hostess three times to turn down music to no avail. Couldn't hear wait staff or friends. Leaning in, shouting. No fun

Thank ellenh63
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Seated promptly, great service, slightly expensive. Flavorful food. Enjoyable experience even though it was rather loud.

Thank Katie L

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 124 S 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: 215-732-3501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?