Sampan
Modern Pan-Asian restaurant & bar
Chinese · Washington Square West · $$
The Zagat Review
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.2
Service
 
"Imaginative" Pan-Asian small plates draw "large, chatty crowds" of "young professionals" to this "classy" , "modern" Washington Square West bistro, partly because they're so "affordable" (especially off the "well-priced" tasting menu); happy-hour "fun" abounds at the Graffiti Bar, and the open kitchen's a "great seat" too, but some caution the "fast pace" and suggest "if you want to talk, go by 6 PM."
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hours Open Today · 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Chevron
Monday
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
location 124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA phone +1 215-732-3501 website www.sampanphilly.com directions Get Directions
Known For
Business dining
Celebrity chef
Great cocktails
Groups
Drinks
Outdoor seating
People watching
Special occasions
Takeout
Lively scenes
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Google Reviews
4.4
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I'm going to sound old here, but it was just too dark and too loud. We had to use our cell phones to read the menu and the sake sampler. Even the bathroom was dark - I couldn't see well enough to check my teeth for food. The whole atmosphere felt like it was trying too hard. We were seated right away though (Tuesday at 7pm, party of 5, but maybe we got lucky), and the food was great. The server was nice and attentive, but unable to split the check... she said it would take too much time and she didn't remember what we ordered. I was a server before, and it just wasn't that hard to split a check, so I have a hard time buying that excuse. The bathrooms were setup to be very gender-inclusive, which is a great consideration.
Stephanie Sayler · May 23, 2018
This place is always mobbed. Great place though to grab a drink because of the cool mixed drinks. I haven't been here for a little bit but went back last week. I remember the food being a lot better but nothing I got was knocking my socks off. Absolutely will be going back to give it another try.
James Campenella · May 9, 2018
It has been a while since I lasted visits this place - I tend to gravitate to new places to see the latest trends and sometimes assume the older places have fallen behind. That said, the food options here were fresh and still good. The space remains hip like its sister places next door (eg double knot) and both the bar and chef's counter are great spots to stake your ground at an enjoy a meal.
Peter Jaslow · June 10, 2018