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235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
209-383-5350
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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    Very good
  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Had to try it.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
Candace C
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Merced
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

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.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

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.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 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 was pretty spicy very spicy actually haha it was hard to eat but it was... More 

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California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 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 

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Minden, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

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

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Merced, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 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.

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Cocoa, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 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 

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Merced, California
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36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 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 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: 209-383-5350

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Thai
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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