Asian Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
  • Brandon C.
    "Best deal!! Edamame dumplings all the way!!! Below is crab tacos"(15 Tips)
    Chet M.
    "Dumplings, pork buns, fried rice, and Dan Dan noodles all fantastic."(8 Tips)
    "Amazing! Get the tasting menu and make it easy."(11 Tips)
    Afrikana B.
    "Try the roasted broccoli and the soup dumplings!"(8 Tips)
165 Tips and reviews
  • happy hour
  • dumplings
  • tasting menu
  • good for dates
  • satay
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  • Amber
    AmberNovember 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best happy hours ever. $2, $3 and $4 plates - highlights include the bao buns, edamame dumplings, crispy brussels sprouts and kim chee fried rice. If the weather's nice, sit out back.
    Upvoted Dec 30, 2016
  • Dionne W.
    Dionne WaughOctober 20, 2013
    This was one of the BEST meals I've ever eaten! Their happy hour menu was killer and though I tried several things, their Brussel sprouts were the best damn vegetable I've ever eaten! It's a MUST try!
  • Holly G.
    Holly GliddenJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The happy hour is amazing! Good food selection with dishes all under $4. You have to try the Jumani Fizz drink which is Champagne sake and sangria or have fun with a scorpion bowl! My favorite place!
  • Aileen T.
    Aileen TseMarch 19, 2013
    this place has slowly become one of my favorite places, esp. since i've been here about 3-4 times over the last 6 mos or so. my favorites are: kimchi fried rice, edamame dumplings and kobe beef satay
    Upvoted Dec 30, 2016
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CastonguayAugust 9, 2014
    Absolutely wonderful. The tasting menu is an excellent choice and allows you to enjoy a number of Sampan's amazing dishes. The wine list has a good selection at several different price points.
    Upvoted Dec 30, 2016
  • Erik B.
    Erik BurbullaJanuary 10, 2015
    Definitely get the short rib. It was really really solid along with the Brussels sprouts, beef satay and calamari salad. It was also cool to sit at the kitchen bar and watch them cook it all.
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezFebruary 15, 2016
    AMAZING FOOD. Pork buns, Kim Chee fried rice, brussel sprouts , rock shrimp. Open kitchen where you can see the men prepare greatness.
    Upvoted Dec 30, 2016
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 12, 2013
    Starters include "Hot" dishes like Thai chicken wings and Berkshire pork belly banh mi, while shaken tuna tartare and Maine lobster rolls're featured as "Cold" fare. Read more
  • Kris J.
    Kris JohnsonSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for happy hour so you can try a little of everything! Kim chee fried rice and spicy wings are my Fav. But whatever you decide you can't go wrong.
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon CainAugust 31, 2015
    Modern Asian place with "urban" decor. Get the chefs tasting menu for first time visitors! Best deal!! Edamame dumplings all the way!!! Below is crab tacos
  • Mary C.
    Mary CJuly 26, 2013
    Can't remember what it was called...something like Chef's Flight or Chef's Choice but it gives you options from all categories so you get a chance to sample the food. Everything was amazingly yummy!
  • Kelly
    KellyJuly 22, 2015
    Helllllo edamame dumplings - outstanding rec from the bartender. Perfectly crisped Brussels sprouts, with a lil kick. Fine pork potsticker and shrimp dumpling, but a bit too much mint on the Bao Buns.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkApril 3, 2013
    Don’t miss the Edamame Dumpling. Fragrant with truffle and served in sake broth, it’s the chef’s signature. Via Read more
  • Ogul U.
    Ogul UnerNovember 9, 2013
    Great options, even for vegetarian! The shrimp and lobster dumplings, the pekin duck and the broccoli side dish recommended. The ice cream is awesome for dessert! The service is also good.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BMay 31, 2014
    Highly recommend the tasting menu. Portions are substantial and you have lots of choice as to what's actually included. It's impressive!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BernardiniOctober 5, 2012
    The Kimchee fried rice was so good and so comforting!! We also had the glazed salmon which was overcooked unfortunately. The filet was very ordinary as well. Fun place, we would go back.
  • Karen E.
    Karen ElizabethNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The whole place is amazing, and Chef Kamla makes every visit worthwhile. Sit on the kitchen bar to get up close & personal with your food. And make sure to get a Scorpion Bowl!
  • Alexandria-D'or L.
    Alexandria-D'or LeggettNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    AMAZEBALLS. My lovely friends and I were enjoying the best happy hour in Philly when the waiter surprised us with free desert got each of us. I love this place.
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaJuly 18, 2015
    Without doubt this is an innovative restaurant that does Asian cuisine really well. They recently changed the chef, the Korean fried chicken which once was my favourite, sadly isn't good now.
  • Colleen S.
    Colleen SheaDecember 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork Bao buns are a must, you'll want to keep ordering more! Same with the edamame dumplings! Make sure you get a scorpion bowl to share
  • Valerie D.
    Valerie DeeJuly 16, 2013
    Loved the pork belly satay, lobster ceviche small plate, beef fried rice & scallop main plate! So many fun things to order and is served sharing style!
  • Katrina C.
    Katrina CroswellOctober 17, 2015
    Tasting menu for two worth every penny. Still dreaming about the soup dumplings and Korean fried chicken. Great for a special occasion meal!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 6, 2012
    Big size and big flavor describe the lunch menu's tasty pork banh mi. Take a stroll to the back of the restaurant for the vividly colored Graffiti Bar.
  • Nick M.
    Nick MitchellOctober 24, 2014
    Try the chef's tasting. Great way to try out multiple dishes. Everything was delicious. Small plates that pack a big taste!
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineFebruary 24, 2011
    Chef Michael Schulson takes Chinese dim sum favorites and turns them on their head with results like edamame dumplings and crab wonton tacos. What to order: Philly cheesesteak. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 1, 2011
    Add the besty,, large, and dangerous Scorpian Bowls, and Sampan wins. Michael Schulson's menu is quite tasty but it's all about the punch out back in the Gravitti Bar. [Ultimate Al Fresco List] Read more
  • Lelder
    LelderMay 12, 2013
    The dumplings are some of the best food I have ever had. Also, they are on the happy hour menu that runs everyday to seven.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GlazerSeptember 19, 2011
    The 9 course, $35 restaurant week special was well worth it. Service was greatly improved over my last visit. Solid Pan-Asian cuisine.
  • Samantha E.
    Samantha ErinOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Crab Wonton Tacos, Roasted Broccoli, any of the Satays and ICE CREAM! Dont miss happy hour either, super cheap food and delicious drinks everyday from 5-7!!
  • T Michelle ..
    T Michelle .June 12, 2014
    Get there for Happy Hour 4-7pm and enjoy cheap eats and awesome drinks. The edamame wontons are amazing!
  • Jocey
    JoceyMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best happy hour!! Try the kim chee fried rice, beef satay, kobe slider, kobe hot dog and pork bao buns!!
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerDecember 9, 2015
    Delightfully delicious. The soup dumplings are (dare I say it?): life changing. Modern space. Helpful staff.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 15, 2012
    From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. get discounted specialty cocktails, wines and beers plus a whole menu of Asian bites. Read more
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RJune 26, 2012
    Loved the outdoor seating. Had the lobster ceviche, potstickers and pork bao were amazing. Highly recommend this place!
  • Sam T.
    Sam TroyDecember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour is the way to go. Edamame dumplings are the best! Chicken bao bun is awesome too!
  • Candace J.
    Candace JohnsonJanuary 21, 2014
    I love it here great food short ribs rock shrimp salmon Brussels sprouts Cantonese rolls are great
  • halalbite
    halalbiteApril 4, 2014
    Crab wanton tacos, seared tuna, pad thai shrimp and spicy crispy shrimp are great. Brussel sprouts are ok.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniDecember 5, 2015
    Fantastic Pan-Asian. Dumplings, pork buns, fried rice, and Dan Dan noodles all fantastic.
  • Destiny H.
    Destiny HoltJuly 17, 2014
    Fabulous! Service was amazing and the food was delicious. Great place for a night out with friends.
  • Bryan F.
    Bryan FenoffOctober 22, 2011
    This place is PHILLY Asian. Everything is philly. If you like scrapple, try the suckling pork. If you like vinegar, the Brussels sprouts are over powering...
  • Bob B.
    Bob BruhinMay 13, 2014
    Delicious and nearly flawless...until the waitress vanishesfor fifteen minutes when you need your check.
  • Vidula
    VidulaJuly 11, 2016
    The food was amazing - try the crab wonton tacos and the edamame dumplings. But service was TERRIBLE
  • Alison T.
    Alison TJuly 9, 2011
    Walked over here to avoid an hour and a half wait at el Vez. No wait and great food. Try the hamachi ceviche - almost as good as mine =)
  • John M.
    John MullenJuly 28, 2010
    Excellent shrimp Pad Thai and chicken satay. Be sure to ask for your server for a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon pounder (on the menu at "Market Price").
  • Dave W.
    Dave WalkAugust 2, 2014
    You can ask for a vegetarian menu and they can do the chef's tasting menu veg-style too
  • Candace J.
    Candace JohnsonFebruary 19, 2014
    Sampan is great and the happy hour is better but get there at 4 seats at the bar are limited
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great restaurant I've only gone for happy hour and never for dinner. I have to check it off my list of things to do 😉
  • CJ W.
    CJ WellmanJuly 11, 2015
    Try the wonton crab tacos. An amazing way to start dinner
  • Vivek S.
    Vivek SharmaFebruary 18, 2014
    The food was really good.However the service was lacking.We went with a group of 15, & 3 our of party including myself didn't receive all of our food. They werent too accommodating.
  • Shannon K.
    Shannon KennedyMarch 9, 2013
    Fantastic. Many vegetarian options & great atmosphere, I love the blue illuminated walls
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