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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best Thai food ever in Merced, CA? Yes!

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 from Sacramento down Highway 99 it's a stop for us. Sam and his wife that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Sacramento, California
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Fresno, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

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.

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Phoenix, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 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 The ceiling needs a complete renovation and the tables and chairs are very outdated.

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Sacramento, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 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 from Sacramento down Highway 99 it's a stop for us. Sam and his wife that... More 

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Merced
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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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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