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124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4528 (Walnut)
+1 215-732-3501
11:00 am - 9:00 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
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Winslow, New Jersey
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a delicious meal at Sampan! From the pork bao buns to beef satay to noodles, never a bad bite! Food comes from the kitchen quickly with many servers to help. Staff is always friendly and helpful with suggestions. Have had to wait at times, even with a reservation. Can be very loud during dinner, making it difficult for conversation.... More 

Thank Andrea B
Atlantic City, New Jersey
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called earlier trying to get a reservation however they didn't have anything available till 10 PM. The gentleman on the phone suggested that we try to walk in and possibly we could score some seats at the bar. So we took his advice and we were lucky enough to score 2 seats at the bar where we had a... More 

Thank Jackie B
Smithfield, Utah
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the food at Sampan. The dining atmosphere was stimulating and the service was excellent. I was alone on a business trip so I sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the chefs work their magic. I tried the tasting menu so that I could try a variety of the interesting options. I selected Edamame Dumpling, Tempura Frito Misto,... More 

Thank Daniel H
North Wales, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on a busy Saturday in January, had a reservation, all went perfectly! Meal & service was excellent, top notch & a fun cool atmosphere! Ordered lots of items & everything was excellent to even better! Would highly recommend & will definitely go back!

Thank PMG301
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very "in" place. The food and service were good, decor "chic", but not good for a date as the music and overall noise from patrons is so loud that you have to nearly yell at your table mates to be heard.

Thank 771Chris
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed Sampan's 7 (I think) course tasting menu with a friend this past weekend. Highlights were the Pork Bao Buns, Sea Bass, Crispy Shrimp, and Filet Mignon. The food was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth divine, and came out at a perfect pace. It was also more than enough to fill me (also, at $45 per person, the meal was a GREAT value,... More 

1 Thank ARG1125
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

This Japanese fusion restaurant is extremely tasty and has a wonderful happy hour joined with the Graffiti bar behind the restaurant. The brussel sprouts are absolutely divine, and their beef dishes are tender with high quality beef. Great for a nice romantic dinner, or as a great happy-hour with friends (out back).

Thank Faith M
newark, de
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

If you want a meal that is different and very tasty, then you should visit the Sampan. We went here after an afternoon concert on Friday and were seated immediately. We had pork bao bun, crab wonton, korean bbq beef satay, edamame dumplings, and a new dish that was shrimp and porridge. Everything was very tasty and unique. This amount... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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135 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Loved this place! My husband and I went with friends, each of whom has some food issues. The server worked with us so that he and I shared one tasting menu and they another. It seems like it's going to be too much food but it's not. My favorite things among the seven included the duck fried rice, the fried... More 

1 Thank Catiebeth
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168 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Sorry to disagree with the great majority here but I found this place very mediocre. The one bright spot--excellent, attentive service. But the ambiance is basically "loud bar" throughout the restaurant. The food was hot and fresh but the dishes weren't very good. I had the "tasting menu" which let me sample five different dishes. The tempura rock shrimp in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, 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: +1 215-732-3501

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