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Sam Cafe

235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
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Ranked #2 of 143 restaurants in Merced
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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89% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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76 reviews 76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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The World
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268 reviews 268 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 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

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Merced, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 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.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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187 restaurant reviews
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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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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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