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638 Manawagonish Road, Saint John, New Brunswick NB E2M 3W5, Canada
+1 506-672-9050
Wed - Mon 11:30 - 22:00
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Saint John, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My partner and I had smaller amounts of sit-down and take-out food from this restaurant several times during the past ten years. We were never favorably impressed by the quality of it, but the many positive reviews currently posted online prompted us to test the waters again during the past week. The wonton soup we were served consisted of large... More 

Thank Kim J
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Best Chinese in the city of Saint John. The food is flavorful and their are dishes to suit all guests (I highly recommend the General Tso Chicken it's amazing) the family run restaurant makes you feel welcome and remember their customers. I have been going here for 13 years and that won't change.

Thank Tracey B
Quispamsis, New Brunswick
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

The Buffett is as always, all you can eat.BUT NOTE EACH DISH IS PREPARED FRESH AS YOU ORDER. No steam table mushy or lukewarm food. You tell your server which dish you want again and they make it fresh. More egg rolls, fresh and hot, more soup, certainly, hot and fresh!

Saint John, Canada
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We ordered wonton soup, Shanghai Noodles, and a chicken dish. The noodles were coated in grease but had good flavour. The chicken dish had a big pool of grease under the food and appeared to have had processed chicken in it which tasted pretty bad. Very gummy like and not chicken tasting. The wonton soup was decent, the giant pieces... More 

Thank Yuu00
Sandpoint, Idaho
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61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Given that Canadian Thanksgiving is not an easy time to fine an open restaurant, we were relieved to see Sampan's lights on! I'm glad we did as it was a perfectly adequate meal. My husband had a #4 combo and there was nothing left. I had Szechuan chicken, and it was just fine. It was not outstanding, and not bad.... More 

Thank Kam M
Saint John, Canada
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109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Sampan on Saint John's Westside is a great Chinese food restaurant. Their combos are very large and ready in 10-15 minutes. The Won Ton soup is very good.

Thank Shawn H
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We arrived with our friends and practically tasted all the manu. All the dishes were medium to worse. I ordered the crispy noodles with chicken and the dish was just not edible! The nudlles wete glued together in a chunk like they came from a box. I returned the dish and the waitress said she is going to charge me... More 

Thank Katya D
New Brunswick, Canada
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We have eaten at all Chinese restaurants in Saint John, and this is consistently the freshest and best! This is our family's favourite restaurant. Visitors from the big cities agree. Definitely offers authentic (mostly Cantonese) Chinese dishes but also the usual Canadian/American-Chinese fare. They used to have amazing dim-sum but stopped offering it a year ago. Family owned, you get... More 

Thank Eastie2015
Moriches, New York
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

The pictures show different sorts of dumplings, so I expected a "real" Chinese meal. They no longer serve anything other than one kind of fried dumplings -- in fact, all of the appetizers were fried. The food was average, although I enjoyed the vermicelli noodles. Not a particularly healthy meal though. And the restaurant smelled like someone may have been... More 

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Yarmouth NS
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112 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

This restaurant was just up the street from the motel where I was staying so was convenient. It has a large menu but I chose one of the 6 Special Combo's which was a good move. It came with a nicely crisp egg roll and a larger plate of Chicken Balls, Chow Mein, Spare Ribs and Fried Rice. It arrived... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 638 Manawagonish Road, Saint John, New Brunswick NB E2M 3W5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  New Brunswick  >  Saint John
  • Phone Number: +1 506-672-9050

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?