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The Branding Iron Restaurant

640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
+1 209-722-1822
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good26%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“gazpacho” (35 reviews)
“prime rib” (49 reviews)
“steak” (100 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

WOW, impresssed right when you walk inwith a feeling of the West/Southwest. Great deco with branding iron logs everywhere. Rustic feeling and great food smells. I wanted steak but settled on the Chicken Piccata and sides of Broccolini and perfect sweet potato fries. Nice glass...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great dinner. Flat Iron steak was fabulous. Very busy place. Always make reservations before planning large group dinners 6 or more due to the number of other people enjoying dinner there will be a little wait. But so worth it

Thank Jan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner on a Friday without a reservation, big mistake. Place was very busy so, we decided to sit in the bar section. Different food choices but good nonetheless. I ordered a burger and my partner ordered shrimp. The food did take a while...More

Thank Shawnay L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place gets busy so be sure to make reservations! Our family of 5 went here for dinner while in Merced for a wedding. Food, services, and atmosphere were Fabulous. Not too pricey either. Definitely would recommend

Thank O9942NSnancyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My hubby and I both had prime rib. It was cooked exactly as requested and was absolutely delicious. Our server was friendly, responsive, and prompt. We loved this place and wished it was close to home as we would come every week!

Thank Dianne H
parlevoo, Manager at The Branding Iron Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much! We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Please come and see us again when you are in the area.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a very nice restaurant . Specialty is there meet that is Super Super good . We take also some vegetables that was very good . Suggested

Thank fabioborsoi
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Went in this restaurant thirty minutes before closing, but we had a table for dinner. Very good food, prime rib superb and good service. Local beer to try. Just a little bit disappointed for charging a suggested gratuity on the bill. Maybe I could have...More

Thank Ilovelondon1962
Reviewed 12 July 2017

We ate at the Branding Iron while driving from Yosemite to Monterey. It seems popular with locals but I suspect there aren't many options in town. The food was fine, but certainly nothing special. The gazpacho is quite good, as advertised. I had their 'special'...More

Thank MKstays
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We have dined at the Branding Iron for many years; it's an old Merced stand-by. Unfortunately, the quality of food has been declining in recent times -- especially the beef, which is the specialty. The service is usually good, but for what they charge, I...More

Thank T5940NUdavidh
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

If you're ever in Merced and want a high class meal with service to match , this is the only 5 star place in our small town. Bring money because it ain't cheap. But it is worth every penny. Dinner for two with drinks will...More

Thank MarkDebbieMarion
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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 95340-4721
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-722-1822
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