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The Branding Iron Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
+1 209-722-1822
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I lived in Merced my whole life, I'm 61 now and had never been to the restaurant due to different reasons. Always wanted to go but never made it until this month when I went to visit my family. There was 8 in our group. My younger brother said he had been here and food was great. Well what a... More 

Thank Lila M
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My meal was, as always, delicious. The waitstaff is competent. The atmosphere is so comfortable.....one of the last vestiges of old Merced.

Thank Marlene V
Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this restaurant while travelling from yosemite to LA. Exactly the type of food you want after a long road trip. Fantastic steaks available and great,friendly service

Thank matthewsills
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241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a women's meeting that is held monthly here. The food has always been very good. But what makes this special to me is the server that does a tremendous job ALL BY HERSELF. Making sure we have everything we need and more. Boon, you are the most spectacular person there is. You work so hard for every group that's... More 

Thank VickiG95340
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and daughter came for dinner the food was excellent and the service was great . I would highly recommend the Branding Iron to anyone who was a good meal with great service!

Thank Lee P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Good quality, good portion and good treatment in our way to Yosemite valley. Price according to the other options.

Thank jorginho0_0
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the appearance. It's a bit dated, but the service was outstanding and the ribeye was one of the best steaks I've ever had. It was worth every penny.

1 Thank slohcin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Merced doesn't have many options for good restaurants but you can't go wrong with branding iron. Of course it is better than most of the restaurants and at the same time more expensive. A little cup of soup, cost 6 dollars, the one that comes with the meal, very expensive for that little,so even when the taste is delicious it... More 

Thank Jose S
Felton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We have been coming to Merced on business trips for a few years but had never known about the Branding Iron. What a nice surprise! We enjoyed everything about our dining experience from the decor to the dessert we were very satisfied. The chef's cut prime rib was high quality and served with a fresh summer squash vegetable prepared perfectly.... More 

Thank Mary Jo S
Friedeburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Friendly stuff invited us to a cosy dinner, the steak was cocked fine and the fish was tasty, overall a better experience than usual at this lovely restaurant

Thank SteakHans

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-722-1822
Our neon sign has been designated an Historical Landmark.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?