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Sam Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Asian, Thai
235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
+1 209-383-5350
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good16%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pad thai” (21 reviews)
“shrimp” (5 reviews)
“soup” (2 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Asian, Thai
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
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21 - 30 of 64 reviews

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.

Thank tuelor
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 The ceiling needs a complete renovation and the tables and chairs are very outdated.

1  Thank Rick B
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...More

2  Thank Szguitar
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...More

Thank Cosmosticon
Reviewed 7 February 2015

Glad we did. Combo Pad thai very good as was the Kung Pow Chicken. Loved the Thai lemonade/ Would do again when in the area. Looked like lots of locals and repeat customers.

1  Thank Candace C
Reviewed 3 January 2015 via mobile

Like many others who reviewed Sam's Cafe, we stopped here on the way through Merced. It's well worth it the stop! Delicious food which Sam puts his own individual spin on and a personal touch.

2  Thank John H
Reviewed 4 November 2014 via mobile

I've only had they're pah tai here -!: & OmG soooooooo delicious! no joke, u have to try it. you can chose ur level of spicy ness whether you want a 1 or 10 I chose 8 once... I love spicy food and level 8...More

1  Thank karynayla
Reviewed 12 October 2014

A gem is a gem, regardless of where you find it. A rather challenged area of Merced is very blessed to play host to an excellent operation. The employees here are among the most pleasant and genuine I've ever encountered, truly a breath of very...More

Thank Blaine C
Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

Coming back from Yosemite with two friends, we where looking for a place for dinner. We ordered satai, chicken coconut soup, spicy shrimp and fabulous pad tai. Everything was tasty and we all left very satisfied and ready to continue our trip. I recommend also...More

Thank FrankMin
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

I went to UCM and loved Sams Cafe for 2 reasons, the food and ownership! It's a friendly place with much to choose from. Loved the pad thai spicy level #7 with chicken or shrimp or combo. We need fundraising events here and they were...More

Thank Gloria M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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
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