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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” (53 reviews)
“steak” (113 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 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 3 March 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
Reviewed 1 March 2018

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
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
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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