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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
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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
  • 21
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  • 9
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great meal !!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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San Francisco, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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97 reviews 97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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Incline Village, Nevada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This was a great little discovery, thanks to a discount card from our hotel. We weren't overly hungry and only had French dip sandwiches but they were delish. And the food plates going to other tables led us to promise ourselves we would return on our next trip South. The waitress was friendly even though she was very busy, obviously... More 

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Roseville, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 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

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
30 helpful votes 30 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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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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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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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: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business

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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