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Sam Cafe

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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Singapore
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dropped by for dinner on the first day in Merced and ended up coming back for a meal here everyday for the next 3 days! Sam's a friendly guy and makes you feel welcomed. The food is good and you are asked to choose the level of spiciness from 1 to 10. Tried different items each day and they were... More 

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Thank RichardsRN
Atwater, California
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

My lady and I have been to Sam's probably 20 times so that should tell you about the quality. The combination Pad Thai is my regular dish and she likes the Pad Seew. We've always had great meals there and will be coming back in the near future

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Thank John L
Merced, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

When you walk in the owner is there and greets you with a warm smile and hug. He personally makes sure that what you order is correct, and if you want something special he will make it. The food is fresh and wonderful as is the service. Some times we will go in and tell Sam, surprise us with something... More 

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Thank Amedee C
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Although it's not in the best part of town, this is a great restaurant and I've never had any problems with my vehicle or any of the local neighbors. A great feeling inside with quick service and very good food. It's worth driving a little further to go there.

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Thank Jarsteve
Merced, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

The food a majority of the time is exceptional and full of flavor, however there are some days when the chefs forget to put the toppings (the lime, peanuts, fresh spring onions) and sometimes they lightly sprinkle vegetables on the vegetabke pad thai. It is an easy fix, but still annoying when you have to send your food back. I... More 

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Thank DaminiH
Claremont
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208 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I am not Thai but I have been to Thailand and eaten in "homespun" Thai restaurants in the US. This restaurant holds its own. We are vegetarians and were able to find a few dishes to suit our tastes. All were really good. The owner is upbeat and even though he was short-staffed he was able to provide excellent service.

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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

The owner is the sweetest person I have ever met. He genuinely cares about his costumers as well as students from the UC. All of his food is carefully prepared and very good. I also love that you can pick the spice levels of certain dishes. I LOVE the pad Thai!

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1 Thank BPMPMH
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I ate here on a recent business trip. They were very friendly and even made me something that was not on the menu. Everything I ordered was fresh and delicious. Don't let the area this restaurant in in put you off.

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Thank Sweetamd
Atwater, California
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We eat there 3-4x per month and it's great. Sam is a super host and the food is fantastic. I love the Pad Thai (heat level 6) and my lady likes the Pad Siu. We also have the Chicken Satay and Combo fried rice and all that is $40. We love Sam Cafe!!!!

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Thank John L
Fresno, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
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
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?