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This post office turned stylish restaurant is presided over by a 10-foot-tall gilded Buddha who seems to approve of the sake cocktails and the fusion food that pairs Asian ingredients with various cooking styles. The edamame ravioli appetizer and chocolate bento-box dessert are tasty, but most of the appeal is in the theatrical decor and people-watching also in evidence at Buddakan's outposts in New York City and Atlantic City. A long "community table" provides an opportunity to dine with anyone else fortunate enough to snag this center-stage space. Be prepared for a loud and lively atmosphere as the evening wears on.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 325 Chestnut St., Old City, Philadelphia, PA, 19106 | Map It
  • Phone: 215/574–9440
  • Website:
  • Location: Old City

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch weekends.
Updated: 05-19-2011

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    Delicious Lunch!!

    My husband and I decided to go for dinner to Sampan after several friends’ suggestions. When we arrived, the maître showed us our table and the menu. He was very friendly and very helpful because we asked everything about the food and the chef specials. After his advice we decided to go for the Chef tasting: three dishes plus dessert. Everything was delicious, especially the Char Siu Pork Bun and the dumplings. The dessert was amazing and the wine couldn’t be better. For the quality of food, service and atmosphere it was not expensive at all. At the end we paid 110 dollars for food (dishes and dessert) + wine + tip. The only bad thing is that it is really crowded and is not very romantic, but lunch isn’t anyway. It was good though

    by KyleBurrel1979, 10/17/12

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