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Sam Cafe

235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
+1 209-383-5350
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good16%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pad thai” (21 reviews)
“shrimp” (5 reviews)
“soup” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 9:00 pm Hours
Asian, Thai
$$ - $$$
235 W 12th St, Ste A, Merced, CA 95341-6158
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The host/owner is a friendly character. The food was fine. Thai noodles and soup, but the booths are worn out, hard to get in and out. They need to close and do a total makeover. Thai Cuisine II is busy because they figured this out.

Thank Henry G
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Parking is often difficult but the food is very good. I make it a point to eat there before dark so I can maneuver through the very small parking lot without hitting another vehicle. Nice staff and the owner is often in house.

Thank Serenitygardens
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Great owner, supportive of UC Merced students. The dessert with jack fruit is my favorite. Not my favorite Thai place in Merced. Suggest go vegetarian if you eat here.

Thank Christina K
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

We have been to Sams many times. It is always special when he is there. He stops by to chat with you and makes sure you are well taken care of. They will make your food at whatever spice level you can handle. We like...More

1  Thank Michael R
Reviewed 5 April 2017

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...More

Thank travelertoo2
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...More

Thank hilariog967
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!

Thank John L
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....More

Thank JapStickyRice
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank Michael R
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...More

Thank April L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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: +1 209-383-5350
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We've Been Around For A Long Time Making Great Food. Sam Is Great!
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