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“No power!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sam Cafe

Sam Cafe
Ranked #11 of 158 Restaurants in Merced
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Merced, California
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182 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“No power!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 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 a neat temperature scale so that you can order spices mild (1) to very hot (10). My wife and I both selected 4 - which was perfect for us.

Sure was glad I had cash since their electronic systems were down.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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442 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“We generally enjoyed our meal”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank aledm
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Merced, California
2 reviews
“Fresh Authentic Thai food”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gloria241
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Bethesda, Maryland
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely food”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank crochetcraftgirl
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Cesena, Italy
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1,146 reviews
362 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,073 helpful votes
“nice eve”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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