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“Excellent meal but we rushed through it”
Review of Sampan

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Ranked #39 of 4,405 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Walnut
PA
Level 6 Contributor
243 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Excellent meal but we rushed through it”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Yum. This was one of the best meals that I'd had in months. The sea bass was terrific, the mushroom salad was out of this world, the broccoli was divine. In a word, there was nothing that I did not like and my mouth and stomach were very happy. My only complaint is that it was so incredibly loud that having anything resembling a conversation was nigh onto impossible. I understand that younger people think that loud in a restaurant means "a happening place" but research has shown that people will have a less favorable impression of food if the atmosphere is aversive. The noise level was very aversive and we just rushed through the meal so that we could get outta there and give our ears a rest. The management might try to invest in some sort of noise abatement because we would have stayed longer to linger over drinks and spent more money if it was amenable to conversation and savoring the excellent dishes. Their loss. It was a Saturday night so we are going to try them during the week and try early reservations next time. It might be a more pleasant meal.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Yum”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

This was my second visit to Sampan for their happy hour menu. I can't believe how good it is and how much they give you for very little money. The only reason I did not give them a 5 was because the Korean Fried chicken was overcooked, it smelled amazing and the flavor was good but it was stringy. The rest of the food was wonderful and the drink was good and very strong, don't drink there and drive. The bartender was very friendly and made sure we were well taken care of. You can have the happy hour menu inside or at their bar outside, we stayed inside on this visit. You can watch the kitchen from this spot which is interesting. We will be back, well worth the trip into the city.

  • Visited October 2013
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Levittown, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Spectacular Little Resturuant”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

It is a small restaurant with adequate lighting ( not to dim). The noise was very minimal. The food was spectacular and the portion sizes were generous. Although pricey, an absolutely amazing restaurant.

Visited September 2013
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Thank 33ralphe
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Montevideo, Uruguay
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“tasting!”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

food very tasting: have to try crusty rock shrimps and lobster ceviche! prices ok, decoration quite taky though... worth it

Visited September 2013
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Thank ineu
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Deerfield Township, NJ
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

Great food and a great atmosphere. My whole family loved it. We visited a couple of days ago during restaurant week in philly. Chose seven different dishes that we all shared, and each dish was fantastic. Will definitely go again.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Don P
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