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124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4528 (Walnut)
+1 215-732-3501
16:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Tue 16:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri 16:00 - 00:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

I love this restaurant. From the location to menu, everything about this place is executed well. I have been here numerous times and I am impressed by the consistency.

Thank Ashley L
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

The food and service were excellent. Every dish was perfectly made. Getting the small plates is the way to go.

Thank Lee V
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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145 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

The place is pretty good. Tried it twice to be fair – not sure I will be coming back however. Overall experience for me was hit or miss. Service was good, no complains there, our waiter was attentive and had great recommendations. We did have to flag him down a couple of times, but no biggie. He actually recommended the... More 

Thank Irina B
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45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

My family went there just at the beginning of happy hour but of course couldn't really sit together unless we were at the bar. As our kids are teens, we wanted to sit together. BIG MISTAKE! It's apparently way more expensive to sit and eat. That kinda dampened my enjoyment. We ordered 7 dishes and that didn't quite fill us... More 

Thank JanieHare
Manassas, Virginia
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102 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

The atmosphere was great. Mostly young and hip crowd. We ordered 5 of the small plates so we could try a lot of different dishes. We ordered the Edamame Dumpling, Pork Pot-stickers, Pork Bao bun, Crab Taco, the Crispy Spicy Shrimp and then a side order of the Shrimp Fried Rice. Everything was very good. My fav was the Crispy... More 

1 Thank DebraandMike
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43 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

I went to this restaurant with a friend for a birthday dinner. The food, while small portions, is delicious, and there are plenty of options to chose from. The prices may be a little more expensive but you are dining at one of the top Zagat rated restaurants in Philadelphia. The atmosphere is also loud. If you are planning to... More 

Thank Nick S
Delray Beach, Florida
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

We heard Sampan is best known for their happy hour, but we never made it until late night. Everything that was sent out was better than the next. The edamame dumplings were to die for, the beef skewers, cod, scallops and chicken satay were all great and very tasteful, cooked just right. Veggie fried rice was delicious and excitingly different... More 

Thank Michael G
Owings Mills, Maryland
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129 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

We were referred here by our concierge to get a drink before a dinner reservation, so we stopped in briefly. The bar area is small but the bartenders are great and took our order for sake right away. The menu offers lots of options for small plates and apps up to entrees, although the portion sizes are on the smaller... More 

Thank Michele W
Trenton, New Jersey
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87 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

Always start small, then work your way up! I suggest the chicken and pea dumplings (4), the korean kobee beef (2), and the shrimp or chicken skewers (3). For your entrees, the kimchee fried rice and pad thai are amazzzzingggg (split it)! Also the ice creams for dessert are always changing, so ask each week about the new flavor. The... More 

Thank Katie M
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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144 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

We went for Happy hour but there were no seats so we paid full price. The only ones sitting at a table. It was good but very expensive. $28 for a small portion of duck. Dumplings were good but it was $90 with only one cocktail. If you can get a bar seat go if not go home!

1 Thank Bobpierson

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4528
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-732-3501

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?