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Sam Cafe

) #17 of 137 Restaurants in Merced ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Asian, Thai
235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
+1 209-383-5350
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good15%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pad thai” (22 reviews)
“shrimp” (5 reviews)
“curries” (2 reviews)
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Asian, Thai
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235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
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Reviews (63)
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21 - 30 of 63 reviews

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
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Not the trendiest part of town, but definitely the best Thai food in town. I have eaten here several times (lunch and dinner), and was very pleased with the food and service. The owner -- Sam -- personally greeted us at our table and made...More

Thank Dan R
Reviewed 27 July 2014

We stayed in Merced for four days, and Sam Cafe was our favorite thing there. We had dinner there twice. We are vegetarian, and although the menu doesn't look vegetarian-friendly and we almost left, the waitress promised to make our food vegetarian. Food arrived steaming...More

Thank rmom23
Reviewed 21 June 2014

It was perfect timing. We ordered our meal and drinks, and right after we were served, the power went out! Guess what? It did not affect us. The food was great, the service was perfect, but lighting was a bit dim. They were turning away...More

Thank Photom299
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We were generally happy with our meal at Sams Cafe (235 W 12th, Suite A, Merced, CA 95341, tel. 209-383-5350). Sam Malaythrong was not there that evening but our service was very good. We had called beforehand to find out if Sams made Mee Krob...More

Thank aledm
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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
  • E-mail
We've Been Around For A Long Time Making Great Food. Sam Is Great!