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Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Pacific Rim
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124 S 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Walnut)
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything I had was amazing! The food was tender and delicious. The happy hour prices were terrific!

Thank Denise V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nate the waiter was great at explaining the menu and restaurant. The service was fabulous. The food was tasty and layered with flavor. Highly recommended. I had the fried duck rice. I usually stay away from fried rice but I read that it was a popular dish. It included a very large portion of fresh duck and great flavored. I... More 

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186 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Downgraded from very good to average due to service. Went for happy hour and was pleased to see the selection of food on that menu. Bao Buns, noodles, dumplings, egg rolls, bahn mi, and the list went on. The beverage selection was a bit limited, but still decent. During happy hour you can only order one beverage at a time.... More 

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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to Sampan 3 times now and it gets better and better! I've been craving it severely since the last visit. The kim Che fried rice is my fav. Pork belly sliders and Brussel sprouts a close 2nd and 3rd. Service is always great. Ambiance is beautiful. Great location in the city near Woody's and El Vez. Also, if... More 

Thank Taram2507
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Sampan. You can't beat their happy hour. I recommend the pork bao bun and kim chee fried rice, but pretty much anything on their happy hour menu is delicious.

Thank InspireFire
Paris, France
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1,352 reviews
1,089 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 625 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great looking menu, with plenty of Asian-style tapas: very good but a bit of mass production, the dishes are well thought but deliver out of understaffed kitchen, focusing on output rather than quality, with the front of the house following similar pattern - the service is fast but not very precise and any special order or subsequent order are... More 

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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is located in Center City surrounded by other great bars and restaurants. Reservations are easy to make or modify via opentable. Service and ambiance was great. Food leaves the kitchen as its prepared (free flowing). They have a tasting menu, gluten free menu and also a vegetarian menu.

Thank Giants2007
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

5 people pre-booked on a busy Tuesday night (we were part of a large convention in town). It was only when i got to the place i realized that it was the same place that, several years earlier, I'd had a big argument with them over the 'mandatory' service change they added to the bill as our party was large... More 

Thank drc225
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110 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 476 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would have loved this place when I was in my 20s, back when food was just that thing you had to contend with before you went out for the evening. Sampan is cool and the bar is hopping. If you're looking for a place to hang out for drinks and maybe a quick bite to eat on the side,... More 

Thank Eiregirl
Toronto, Canada
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here last night with my cuz. It's one of her favorite places in Philly. We made it in time for happy hour and so ended up ordering a whole bunch of items from the happy hour menu. My favorites were the kimchee fried rice and beef satay. The specialty cocktail was a sake margarita, which was pretty good. We... More 

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 124 S 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • 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?