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“We generally enjoyed our meal” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sam Cafe

Sam Cafe
235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
209-383-5350
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Ranked #4 of 145 Restaurants in Merced
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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“We generally enjoyed our meal”
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 (described as “spicy blend of chili, lemon, lemongrass and shrimp” $10.95). It was delicious. We ordered the Mee Krob (described as “crispy egg noodle topped with meats, vegetables and gravy $8.95). It was very disappointing; the noodles should be rice noodles, not egg and the gravy was very Chinese-tasting, not Thai. Our next dish was Goong Krawb (described as soft shell crispy shrimp with Thai spices and herbs $10.95). That dish was good. Finally for dessert we had the creamy rice with mango ($5.95). It was a good dessert and a good enough meal. We ordered too much, of course, but wanted to keep tasting Sams’ dishes. We also had 2 glasses of Sams’ house red wine ($6) but didn’t like it. We spent $56.43 plus tip.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Merced, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Fresh Authentic Thai food”
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.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lovely food”
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.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cesena, Italy
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“nice eve”
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

Visited May 2012
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Boston
2 reviews
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“Nice people just marginally ok food”
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.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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