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The Branding Iron Restaurant

640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
+1 209-722-1822
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good26%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“gazpacho” (38 reviews)
“prime rib” (53 reviews)
“steak” (115 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great meal perfectly cooked steak with all the trimmings. Excellent happy hour half priced drinks and appetizers. The steak appetizer is a meal by itself.

Thank Mark Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have had lunch here at least once a month for a year. Great food choices. We often split a French dip with salad and sweet potato fries. It costs the same or less than lunch for 2 at most fast food...More

Thank Dennis v
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Branding Iron read well as a steak house and we were not disappointed, the coffee rib eye strongly recommended was excellent. My wife said her fillet was cooked to perfection and tasted as well as it looked. An excellent meal

Thank thehorseracer
Reviewed April 25, 2018

For many years now I've looked forward to a layover in Merced just to visit The Branding Iron Restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxing, and the service is always outstanding. You get what you ordered on time, not before. After a few hundred miles of California...More

Thank J R W
Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

Initially was given bad table with no lighting. When we asked about moving hostess said difficult without reservations ...half tables were open and remained open as of 825p leaving time. Gazpacho was average ...more like soupy salsa. Bread was a garlicky roll. Steak was fairly...More

Thank travelwidely
Reviewed April 9, 2018

The Brandon Iron is a long established restaurant and bar. They have great food! If you want steak and lobster to a fantastic hamburgers and drinks, this is the place!

Thank whatathrill
Reviewed March 29, 2018

The place is casual and quite comfortable dining for couples to a larger group. Varied menu offers plenty of choices and the beer/liquor/wine selection is easy to find something for the discerning visitor. Consistently good service we've experienced and it's the first choice to go...More

Thank MusiqMon
Reviewed March 21, 2018

Being going here at least a few times a year for years and will always continue to go back. Yes, the prices have slowly increased but are still reasonable when you know you are going to get a perfect cut of meat with friendly efficient...More

Thank tonyirish
Reviewed March 16, 2018

I had the salmon special and it was perfect. The seasoning gave it a subtle but noticeable "tang" The broccolini sp? was done just right and had a nice light coating on it. Their grilled bread could use some more seasoning.

Thank Maxwell N
Reviewed March 3, 2018

The food here is wonderful - it’s the only place in Merced that does an outstanding steak. The sides are good, the atmosphere definitely lives up to its name. I would have it 5 stars but the service is incredibly inconsistent. I’ve been there when...More

Thank Joey M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-722-1822
  • E-mail
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