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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 - 9:30 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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: Our neon sign has been designated an Historical Landmark.

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  • 124
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Family Dinner

Loved the environment and food. The service is first class - our family looks forward to dinner here on special events.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
Ray S
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Merced, California
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Merced, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Meat done just right! Service was awesome. Will be going back soon. Good bang for the buck. Bathrooms need a deoderizer!

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Thank Michael T B
Merced, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I continue to rate the Branding Iron Restaurant in Merced, CA, as the very best eatery in the Valley. My wife and I eat there on a regular basis, and have done so for 40 plus years. The owner and the entire staff of this facility are exceptional. The ambiance is perfect, the food is exceptional and we enjoy the... More 

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Thank Buster E
Long Beach
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in the area for the weekend and had heard about their steaks and prime rib. We had emailed ahead of time to make reservations, and they acknowledged that all we needed to do was a call if running late. We actually arrived early and decided to sit in the bar. Jerome and the other bartender could not have... More 

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Thank Pat T
parlevoo, Manager at The Branding Iron Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! Please come back and see us again if you are ever in the area. Thank you, Laci Marshall More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

I was just in Merced for business. I stumbled on branding iron from comparing yelp and travel advisor. I felt at home when the owner was at the bar and he was very genuine going into the bar and pouring his drink Instead of being served. The food was great. They have great beer on tap. I love jager and... More 

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Merced, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Loved the environment and food. The service is first class - our family looks forward to dinner here on special events.

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Thank Ray S
Merced, California
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Most people think about BI for dinner and I like that too. But they have a great lunch spread with entrees, great sandwiches, salads and many other items for around $9-$14. They have a great bar for after work cocktails too.

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Thank Takemeanywhere
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Food excellent. Service a little slow on 12/9. Had a reservation and seated with no wait. No birthday this time, but problems in the past with them remembering the occasion that you told them about.

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Thank 189patp
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115 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

It's an older place but has great cuts of meat and high quality foods for a small town. Prime rib is excellent and huge. It has a upper class feel. A bit costly as would be expected. For Merced, it's either here or travel a hour round trip

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Thank Robert G
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

We loved this restaurant. The burger was to die for and the salads were huge. The server was very responsive and helpful. We ate there in Halloween.

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Thank debover
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Always a good meal with excellent beef. Little changed over the years. Not so creative, but always consistent. Good bar, great happy 2 hours.

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Thank Bob R

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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, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children

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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