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“Popular with local Chinese patrons...decent service”
Review of Sampan Cafe

Sampan Cafe
Ranked #598 of 757 Restaurants in Alexandria
Cuisines: Chinese
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Popular with local Chinese patrons...decent service”
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 be a substitute chef as the dishes taste different. Lobster and whole fish are good here...the big tables often seat big groups of Chinese speaking customers ordering from the "set" menus...definitely worth asking your server what the dishes are. Dim sum on the weekends is OK, but nothing extraordinary.

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank David W
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English first
Alexandria, Virginia
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“My little Chinese Gettaway on Tuesday!”
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 = DIRTY! The best place to eat it hahaha!
I'm not saying they are not keeping up to safety inspection but if you have ever been to a chinese joint in NYC CHINATOWN your probably tabled with rats haha... China is also dirty as hell!
THE FOOD is solid and the servers are great...
I would recommend dim sum because the cart seems a little slow to go around!
Order the "special fried rice" it's like a seafood combo!
If you like Fu Kee in Seven's corner or Paul kee in Silver Spring MD this place is the bomb!

  • Visited November 2011
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1 Thank Chicken1985
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Virginia, USA
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Do NOT Eat here!”
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 delivery.

Just wanted to warn others . . .

  • Visited October 2011
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1 Thank Morgana777
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