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235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
+1 209-383-5350
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Although it's not in the best part of town, this is a great restaurant and I've never had any problems with my vehicle or any of the local neighbors. A great feeling inside with quick service and very good food. It's worth driving a little further to go there.

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Thank Jarsteve
Merced, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

The food a majority of the time is exceptional and full of flavor, however there are some days when the chefs forget to put the toppings (the lime, peanuts, fresh spring onions) and sometimes they lightly sprinkle vegetables on the vegetabke pad thai. It is an easy fix, but still annoying when you have to send your food back. I... More 

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Thank DaminiH
Claremont
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303 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

I am not Thai but I have been to Thailand and eaten in "homespun" Thai restaurants in the US. This restaurant holds its own. We are vegetarians and were able to find a few dishes to suit our tastes. All were really good. The owner is upbeat and even though he was short-staffed he was able to provide excellent service.

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2 Thank Lorne29
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

The owner is the sweetest person I have ever met. He genuinely cares about his costumers as well as students from the UC. All of his food is carefully prepared and very good. I also love that you can pick the spice levels of certain dishes. I LOVE the pad Thai!

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1 Thank BPMPMH
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

I ate here on a recent business trip. They were very friendly and even made me something that was not on the menu. Everything I ordered was fresh and delicious. Don't let the area this restaurant in in put you off.

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Thank Sweetamd
Atwater, California
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2015

We eat there 3-4x per month and it's great. Sam is a super host and the food is fantastic. I love the Pad Thai (heat level 6) and my lady likes the Pad Siu. We also have the Chicken Satay and Combo fried rice and all that is $40. We love Sam Cafe!!!!

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Thank John L
Fresno, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Overall the food was okay, nothing amazing about it. The panang curry was not good, I've had better. Wished the food was cooked with less oil, especially the orange chicken. The portion sizes was too small for the prices we paid.

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Thank tuelor
Phoenix, United States
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117 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

The food and service was very good. We felt like family there. However, Sam needs to update the decor! The ceiling needs a complete renovation and the tables and chairs are very outdated.

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1 Thank Rick B
Sacramento, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

All I can say is wow! We have now been there 4 times now and it's the best Thai food my wife and I have ever had and travel all over the globe! We have programmed Sam Cafe into our GPS and anytime we travel from Sacramento down Highway 99 it's a stop for us. Sam and his wife that... More 

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2 Thank Szguitar
Merced
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

I've eaten at Sam Cafe a few times. When Sam is there, it's great; when he's not it's pretty mediocre. Not bad ever, but not special. I will say that they allow their customers to choose a level of hot between 1 and 10. I generally get 7 which is pretty hot, but not lip numbing, nose running, eye tearing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-383-5350
Description
We've Been Around For A Long Time Making Great Food. Sam Is Great!

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