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Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Pacific Rim
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124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4528 (Walnut)
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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
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Baltimore, Maryland
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71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is hopping but they were able to sit me at a bar facing the guys cooking the food. I had 3 small plates: shrimp kimche fried rice (not like chinese fried rice), vietnamese chicken satay and chicken bonbon. I tear up just thinking about how much I miss that meal. If in Philly I would hit El Vez... More 

Thank Outdoorsbuff
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My date and I picked this restaurant after having the most versatile offerings for Philadelphia restaurant week. We are so happy we picked this one as both the food, the service and the atmosphere were great! Our food selections were tasty, inventive and unique. It was great having 7 courses for us to share and try different items. Located in... More 

Thank curlyKar24
New York City, New York
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled upon Sampan because the wait for our original choice was almost 2 hours. Actually I am so glad we chose this place. So much fun. The hostess was so nice and really tried to accommodate us without a reservation. Our wait was only 30 minutes, and during that time we had a drink at the bar. Everyone was so... More 

Thank Harlemstyle
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Sampan for the first night of restaurant week and my bday with my siblings! Had a great time the food all came out as samplers so they were enough to eat we were full! The mini ice cream cones were good also!

Thank Jasmine R
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77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The dining experience is great! Get the tasting menu and share with the table! The dumplings were awesome all of them, the beef selections all good, and sea bass to die for! The waitress really helped us out! Btw great service and quick delivery of food. The food is free flowing so when ready it comes out! Only downfall for... More 

Thank Kim K
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had some of the best Asian fusion I have eaten for a long time. Great atmosphere and friendly service...

Thank Stephen M
Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this place by accident, as we walked towards it we thought it was closed. We hit it at happy hour, between 5-7 which meant that there were lot of smaller sizes bites that were available at cheaper prices, including some of the drinks. We sat at the bar and were able to see everything being cooked. Our waitress... More 

Thank jeannetteahughes
Catterick, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trend in recent years is for 'free flowing' kitchen service where the food comes out to you whenever the kitchen has prepared it. Sorry to say, I don't like this 'con'. All it means is that the kitchen get to make things when they are good and ready and often the customer- who's paying for the priviledge-suffers long gaps... More 

Thank C S
Asheville, North Carolina
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Fun place. Great food. Like many hip places of the sort (not that they are common of this exceptional quality) it is a bit loud for conversation. Food, drinks, and service all excellent.

Thank BigCityBeing
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

A great place to visit with a group or a date night. Food is excellent and great variety. We had a group of 5 and did the tastings menu and it was portioned out beautifully and each dish was outstanding. A must is the kimchi fried rice and beef short ribs low mien

Thank Steven M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Pacific Rim
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4528
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: 215-732-3501

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?