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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” (37 reviews)
“prime rib” (52 reviews)
“steak” (111 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Branding Iron is an "old school" steakhouse such as you would have gone to on special occasions in the 1950s and 60s. If you want modern or trendy then this is not the place. If you want to go somewhere reminiscent of an old...More

1  Thank Bob C
Reviewed 4 February 2018

First ate here in 1962, same location, maybe same owners, same great bar and solid steak house menu. But really it's the servers that steal the show, always ready to answer any food or other question. Never standing around,always busy getting ready to please the...More

Thank John I
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

I have been going to this restaurant for 40 years. Yup my first fancy steak house with a boy and his family in the 9th grade. Its pricey but worth every cent. Steak and lobster are to die for. A reservation is a must unless...More

1  Thank Tami D
Reviewed 21 January 2018

Food is very consistent. It has gotten pretty expensive for Merced, but if you go, you know what you are getting reliably. Love the Gazpacho, Rustlers Stew in the winter, French Dip for lunch (and the fries are good too).If you have ever been here,...More

Thank Christina K
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

I took my wife out to dinner on a weekday governor escape trip. We have always greatly enjoyed the food , service , atmosphere and excellence at this fine diner. You will not be disappointed but it ain't cheap. But , it's worth every dollar.

Thank MarkDebbieMarion
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Visited after seeing good reviews on Tripadviser. They were not wrong, although we didn’t have a reservation and the place was very busy they were able to accommodate us after about a 15 minute wait in the bar. Our server was very attentive and made...More

Thank Rosie H
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Went here after a softball tournament with some friends! Maybe cause we are cattle ranchers but this was a total waste of money and a disappointment!! My prime was terrible and cold! My husband had T bone and it was tiny! Had to keep asking...More

Thank KurtHeather S
parlevoo, Manager at The Branding Iron Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

We apologize that you had a less than desirable experience and that your server did not pay attention to your drink refills. With that being said, we do not have a T-Bone steak on our menu so I do want to know if you were...More

Reviewed 31 December 2017

I had a cup of clam chowder and the Calamari and it was done as well as if I was at a sea food house on a dwarf!

Thank vphillips97
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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, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Bar Scene, 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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