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The Branding Iron Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
+1 209-722-1822
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Los Banos, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

First time for lunch at the Branding Iron, usually go in for dinners which are very good. Pleasantly surprised by the amount of food for the price. Definitely will be lunching there more often. Food and service were excellent.

Thank Liz H
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

A very popular stop for folks who had visited Yosemite on a bus. Old school bar, ranch look with menu favorites that haven't changed in years. This is one of our special occasion restaurants

Thank Stefani S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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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322 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

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 6 November 2016 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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92 restaurant reviews
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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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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9 restaurant reviews
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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

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