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Sam Cafe

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235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
+1 209-383-5350
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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 fresh air. Food could not have fresher or better prepared. It will be my pleasure... More 

Thank Blaine C
Minden, Nevada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 for the very kind and caring service.

Thank FrankMin
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 always fun. Good food and good company. Definitely recommend, especially for pad thai

Thank Gloria M
Oxnard, California
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134 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 us feel very welcome. Highly recommended.

Thank Dan R
Cocoa, Florida
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 hot and delicious in no time! What a lovely surprise! We love Thai food and... More 

Thank rmom23
Merced, California
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181 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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 other customers as we were enjoying our delicious larb and kung pao chicken. They have... More 

Thank Photom299
The World
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 and the answer was “yes” so we went. We ordered one Tom Yum Goong soup... More 

Thank aledm
Merced, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

have dined at Sam Cafe a few times, the food is fresh, no long waiting. Love the levels of hotness to choose from. Nice atmosphere.

Thank Gloria241
Bethesda, Maryland
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

I forgot exactly what I had but the peanut sauce and rice noodles are really good here. Fav Thai restaurant in Merced.

Thank crochetcraftgirl
Cesena, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2012

well, merced is a very tiny town that u meet on your way when u travel in california. we had a pleasant dinner and evening in this place. i d suggest it if it happens to u to be in merced

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Thai
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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

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