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Sam Cafe

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235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
+1 209-383-5350
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Arizona
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524 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sams Café…a mixed bag to review. We had been on the road and wanted something different and decided on Thai at Sams Café. It was a difficult decision because of the reviews. There are some very negative reviews and some very good ones. In general I must agree with most of them both yea and nay. We thought the food... More 

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Thank travelertoo2
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Sam is one of the best hosts you will ever meet. He is funny and know how to treat his customers! He has the best Thai food I have ever eaten! If you don't go! Your missing out. Definitely need to go! Highly recommend by me.

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Thank hilariog967
Atwater, California
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We went in for dinner this past weekend (25th time or more!!) and had our favorites.. For me, it's Pad Thai with a 6 heat level and my lady likes the Pad Sieu. Excellent food at a family friendly budget!

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Thank John L
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2017

This is the worst restaurant I've visited in a long long long time. The place is filthy. The glassware above the bar have a layer of slimy dust on them. The bathroom looks like a gas stations. I should have walked out. Instead I ordered. My water glass smelled like fish. The shrimp on my plate WERE NOT DEVAINED! Who... More 

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Thank JapStickyRice
Madera, California
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49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We love Sams food and his engaging personality. His food is so fresh and tasty we try and eat here every time we are in town. From his pad Thai to his curries you cannot help but love the flavors and he will give you the heat level you crave.

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Thank Michael R
Turlock, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

First of all, Sam, himself is amazing and never forgets a face. As for the eats? Delectable Thai food with enough kick to make your nose run and your heart swell with delight. I always stick with a classic Chicken Pad Thai and a side of their sticky rice. My only complaint is that their portions are smaller than I... More 

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Thank April L
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Sam always prepares our food, including all my special requests, to perfection. Best Thai food in our area. Very clean and Sam is always so friendly.

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Thank alacattle
Singapore
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

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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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 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
Reviewed 27 April 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-383-5350
Description
We've Been Around For A Long Time Making Great Food. Sam Is Great!

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