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Sam Cafe

) #18 of 139 Restaurants in Merced $$ - $$$ Asian, Thai
235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
+1 209-383-5350
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good15%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pad thai” (22 reviews)
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Asian, Thai
$$ - $$$
235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
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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...More

Thank Jarsteve
Reviewed 10 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...More

Thank DaminiH
Reviewed 1 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...More

2  Thank Lorne29
Reviewed 15 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...More

1  Thank BPMPMH
Reviewed 14 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.

Thank Sweetamd
Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank John L
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 29 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 11 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
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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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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!
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