• Sampan Restaurant

  • 3.5 stars
    (7 reviews, average rating: 4.0/5)
  • Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
  • (506) 672-9050
  • Manawagonish Rd Saint John, NB E2M 4X9
  • Neighbourhoods: Quinton Heights
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LauraM
1 Review
2013/04/23
  • ALWAYS GREAT SERVICE :)
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • As i have lived on the west side for over 13 years my first choice has always been sampan, and prior to this years ago my mother even worked there. I was always greeted with a smile, very friendly service, reasonable prices and good food. If i did not go in with my daughter i was always asked how she was doing.. I can't say anything bad about this place at all.. Thank you for many years of great service :)

  • Order: chicken balls, chicken chow mein and many items, too many to list. lol
 
minicoopermg
1 Review
2012/09/08
  • I used to go to this restaurant when I was a...
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • I used to go to this restaurant when I was a little girl and loved it. Now 20yrs later the food is just as good and the service is so friendly. Just this evening my family went in for take out and we were waiting for our order in the car and they actually ran it out to us and thanked us for our business. Food was fresh and delightful. Best egg rolls I have ever had!

  • Order: Moo goo guy pan, spare ribs, lemon chicken,chicken balls and egg rolls
 
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SaintJohnFoodie442
1 Review
2012/04/08
  • LOVE IT
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 9 or more
  • LOVE THIS PLACE. Its the best Chiness Food in Saint John. Great Prices. Home made Egg Rolls. Food its always fresh. We eat here at least once a week.

    The lady that said it was gross is crazy there is no way in the world she ate at the same place. The owners are really nice. They may not be over the top lovey dovey but its because they are always super busy. Just wondering if the lady with the bad review likes chiness food because i have never ever had better anywhere.

  • Order: We get combos or the ALL YOU CAN EAT
 
FredFlint
1 Review
2011/01/14
  • Good Staple Chinese
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • This is a good place, especially for take out. The portions are huge and the service is good. I eat there a couple of times a month and its the best Chinese in SJ.

  • Order: General Tso's Chicken
 
alwaysdining
4 Reviews
2009/09/10
  • I stumbled upon the this restaurant one day when...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • I stumbled upon the this restaurant one day when I was in a hurry for a quick lunch. I was not disappointed. Since then, my husband and I have returned many times.

    The Sampan is just a little "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant in a strip mall. The decor is not fancy, but I go there for the food.

    The prices are very reasonable and the service is prompt, the staff have always been pleasant and attentative, and the portions are generous. There is always extra to take home.

    Sampan offers a Chinese-Canadian menu, and there is a true Oriental menu. The restaurant frequently has Oriental patrons.

    I have not have Chinese food this tasty since the original House of Chan was open in Hilyard place.

    My one suggestion would be for the owners to upgrade the washrooms.

  • Order: Something different each time I go.
 
sampannothankyouman
1 Review
2009/07/19
  • I give this restaurant a 0 out of 10! My Husband...
  • Overall
    1.0 star
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      1.0 star
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • I give this restaurant a 0 out of 10!
    My Husband and my two friends went out to celebrate my first break from my two and a half month old baby girl and went to SamPan Restaurant.
    We went in the place was dirty and the table cloths were stained and ripped open, but being the people we are we still ordered.
    The waitress was very rude and the food was not good at all. After our meal we asked for the leftovers to be boxed up and upon that request they denied it then called us "bad customers, and @$$hole customers". My friends went out to get their wallet in the car and just ignored the yelling coming from the so called "store owner". The cooks, waiters and all the people who worked there surrounded the car still calling us @$$holes and demanding to be paid or they would call the cops.
    My friend and my husband said cool off we are just
    getting the wallet and walked back into the restaurant. Again they asked to get their food boxed up and again we were denied of the food that we already ate out of. My husband and friend asked why can't we have it? you'll just be throwing it out right? they said uhhh....yes. (In my opinion I think the reason why they want the unfinished food is because they want to refry it and give it to other people to eat, the rice was very hard and flavorless like it was refried)
    While my husband and my friend was inside trying to work out something so we could take the food my other friend wanted to drive around so she could just pick them up after they paid for the food. There was a guy in the back of her car when she started it and he pounded very hard on the trunk. She replied to him stop pounding on the car my husband is inside paying for it, get away from the car. I jumped out of the car and my husband and my friend were still in there getting yelled at by the owner. I had enough and I picked up the plate of food and I said to her listen all we want is our food just bag it up we will pay then we are never coming back to this place.
    In return to that comment she told me to shut up and we were @$$hole customers multiple times and I got a bit upset and said no you shut up.
    I got so upset that I just walked out and sat in the car.
    My husband was in there still trying to talk it over and she said to him "would you kill a baby? cause that is what you are doing to us" he answered "NO what does killing a baby have to do with eating at a restaurant? The guy behind the counter said just pay us. They replied we will we just want our food boxed up. He replied okay just as long as you pay, they are a hard family to deal with I will talk to her later."
    They picked up the take out boxes and gave it to the woman that was yelling at us and she proceeded to slam the food in the take out boxes and put them in a bag and left it on the table. We paid like we said we would and we didn't get an apology or anything for being treated such as this. I'll never go back and I'm making sure I put the word out there that SamPan is the worst restaurant I've ever eaten at.

  • Order: I ordered a large plate of sweet and sour chicken balls, chicken chow mein, egg roll, rice
 
2013/04/24

Recent Comment by: LauraM

BS, i have been going there for years, THEY ALWAYS ask if you would like to take left overs home and never rude, table cloths never been torn nor dirty.

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Dave and Donna H
2008/10/07
  • Try it you'll love it!
  • Overall
    5.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      5.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 5
  • We always order the combos (generous portions) and the individual dishes. They have a chinese menu which is small but excellent (Authentic Cantonese) and they have a great variety of dishes to choose from. The Cantonese Chow Mein is a large favorite with shrimp/scallops etc. Always go there.

  • Order: Combos and flip a coin on the Chinese menu selection or the normal take-out list of individual dishes.
 
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