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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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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Our neon sign has been designated an Historical Landmark.

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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 14
    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 steak joint

one of the best steak housing in the area, great steak and a very fine menu of other items. the food is so good and the staff is always so friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
CHRIS L
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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Roseville, California
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

if you like good local beef in an old historic string this is the place! From the original neon sign out front to all the local ranch brands hanging on the walls it screams Cowboys! Beef, beef and more beef is the menu...huge hamburgers on grill to gigantic steaks to fill your plate, the food is good and classic steakhouse... More 

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Merced, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

The Branding Iron (BI) is an institution in Merced and deserves its great reputation! I have lived in Merced over 40 years and BI has been consistently the best restaurant in Merced or nearby areas. The coffee rubbed steak is great and the coconut shrimp is fantastic. Service i great and this is a good family restaurant. There is a... More 

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Stayton OR
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Our motel desk attendant suggested The Branding Iron As a good place for dinner and we were not disappointed. We had the prime rib which was excellent and the prie was reasonable. The atmosphere was pleasant and the staff was friendly and helpful. Overall,it was a very good experience.

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Merced, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Restaurant established in 1952 and has excellent steaks, prime rib, chicken and fish on the menu. Great bar and friendly service.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I lived in Meced for over 30 years. I was also living there in the late 1950' s and early1960's while my Dad was stationed at Castle Air Base. The Branding Iron has always been the best dining experience in Merced !

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

one of the best steak housing in the area, great steak and a very fine menu of other items. the food is so good and the staff is always so friendly.

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Merced, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This place has great quality steaks, super sides, and friendly service. The prime rib and the filet are wonderful, and their loaded baked potatoes are a must have. Don't miss socializing in the lounge before dinner, and check out all the ranchers' brands around the restaurant.

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Merced, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You can't miss the neon sign out front. This restaurant has been around since the fifties, maybe before that. Good food, mostly steaks and stuff. Lunches are a lot more reasonable than the dinners.

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Los Banos, California, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We love the Branding Iron especially when we want a great steak. We like the fact that they know how to cook meat correctly. The staff is always very attentive and we like going here when we want a special night out or even just a regular night away from the craziness of the week. There is a great variety... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The menu offers several sizes of prime rib and several cuts of steak. All of the beef served to our party of four was tasty. The broccoli was barely warm -- we assume from having sat too long at the window -- but it was served with a nice sauce. Serving staff do a good job of helping each other... More 

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

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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