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The Branding Iron Restaurant

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640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
209-722-1822
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Our neon sign has been designated an Historical Landmark.

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  • 53
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 10
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  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great ranch style atmosphere

This was always a family favorite for birthdays and other special occasions. The restaurant has changed over the past few years, charging extra for items that came with your meal free for over 30 years. Very disappointed with the quality of steaks and prime rib in this same timeframe also. One... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Traylor2840
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Merced, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

My thought is they believe since they are the only steakhouse in Merced, they can screw over their own community by serving lousy food at extreme prices. It was SO embarrassing taking our visiting family here. Next time it's Sizzler or better yet, Taco Bell.

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Merced, California
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4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was always a family favorite for birthdays and other special occasions. The restaurant has changed over the past few years, charging extra for items that came with your meal free for over 30 years. Very disappointed with the quality of steaks and prime rib in this same timeframe also. One visit everything is perfect and next time it's aweful.

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11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We have been meeting family members here for a couple of years, used to be much better. We met last night, the waiter was awesome, but the food sadly, has really gotten worse. I always get scampi, don't eat red meat, hubby got steak. The scampi used to be really really good. Last night it was overlooked small prawns in... More 

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Central California
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8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We have family in the area and eat at the restaurant a couple of times each year. After reading other reviews I wanted to share our dining experience from last night. The owner greeted us with a big hello when we walked in. The restaurant was very, very busy with several parties going on. The bartender waited on us as... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

My son wanted to come here because he had the tri-tip sandwich at lunch and he really liked it. That's what he ordered and he happily tucked into it. My husband felt the Prime Rib was bland and a bit overcooked. My lobster tail was expensive and overcooked. It came with a grainy baked potato and an ok salad. The... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

After living years in southern California I was told by relatives that this was a good steak house. Since living here we have tried it twice hoping the first experience was a fluke...the steaks were just okay compared to other steak houses but the sides were terrible!! The rice and salad were no better then Sizzle at twice the price.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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32 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Hi gang, After having read various TA reviews, I decided to make up my own mind. I visited around 3 pm and immediately seated. Prompt service, I ordered the 8 oz prime rib ($19.95) which came with a complimentary bread roll (good) and the meal came with 3 asparagus spears properly prepared with a bit of Hollandaise sauce and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It is a steak house but it was more upscale. Wait staff, very professional and pleasant. Wait staff very knowledgeable of the menu, knew all of the specials. Very nice quiet atmosphere, lots of atmosphere, make reservations very popular place. GREAT AMBIANCE!!! Would suggest this establishment to friends. Qudos !!!

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Carson City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I travel for two reasons; Business and Pleasure. On pleasure trips I am always open to new experiences, but when I travel, after many hours on rough roads and congested traffic, I look forward to known, comfortable haunts where I can enjoy an adult beverage to calm my nerves before having a relaxing dinner. For this reason I always look... More 

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Los Banos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We went for Mother's Day the food was delicious and our server was excellent. Great soup and love their salad with dressing mixed in with crisp, fresh lettuce. Had the salmon special it was great. We live out of Merced but make the drive in to dine at the Branding Iron often.

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Additional Information about The Branding Iron Restaurant

Address: 640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
Phone Number: 209-722-1822
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 30
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: 209-722-1822

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients

Description

Our neon sign has been designated an Historical Landmark.
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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