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Sam Cafe

235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
209-383-5350
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Ranked #5 of 136 restaurants in Merced
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Thai
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  • English first
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English first
Merced, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

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

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Rome, Italy
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593 reviews 593 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
1,362 helpful votes 1,362 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 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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Boston
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Ok food nothing to get excited about. Very nice owners, perfectly fine atmosphere and service that is going as fast as they can but is clearly stressed. We would definately not return.

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Merced, California, United States
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14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

If you like spicy food get the pad thai at #10. best pad thai in merced, Sam is a huge supporter of student groups at UC Merced.

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Edmond, Oklahoma, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Based on trip advisor recommendations, we stopped in at Sam Cafe on our way to Yosemite. What a treat. My husband ordered the pad thai and I ordered the combination pad thai. I have eaten a lot of pad thai, but this was by far the best. The owner was a delight to visit with. We enjoyed it so much... More

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Elkridge, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

The neighborhood is frightful - the food is delightful. Some of the best soup I've ever eaten was in Sam's, What a great place! Really wish I could get Asian food as authentic and delicious where I currently live.....

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San Francisco, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This is a fun little family Thai restaurant on the west side of highway 99. Service is really super and the food is very good Thai. I have had Pad Thai ther a couple of times, it is always very good and served with a smile. The family patriarch usually stops by to check on each able at least once.... More

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Atwater, California
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37 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Not the best neighborhood, but great food. Can be very spicy so if you like little spice I would order it at a level 1 or 2 tops.

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Roseville, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We stopped by this place on the way home after reading good reviews on Yelp. The owner has been in business a long time, and I think they were closed for a brief time, and now open again. The neighborhod is not great, but if you can get past that, you will have a nice meal. Traditional Thai food, and... More

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