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All 143 Merced Restaurants

The Branding Iron Restaurant

640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
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Ranked #4 of 143 Restaurants in Merced
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $30
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Our neon sign has been designated an Historical Landmark.
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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We stopped in after a day at Yosemite. We were starved but had to wait 50 minutes for a table. We waited in the bar and ordered onion rings. After 45 minutes, they had not come, so we cancelled our order. After being seated, we were told they were out of prime rib, their specialty. We did not receive our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The food never disappoints. The menu and staff always aim to please the diners. The owners continue to maintain the flavor and style of the original central California cattle ranchers. The Branding Iron should not be missed.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We stopped here for lunch on our way to Yosemite National Park. It was a very traditional steakhouse serving a great ribeye...try the coffee rub it was very good. The broccoli was cooked perfectly and everything was piping hot. We requested a portion of onion rings which came as an appetiser and because of our British food culture we really... More

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Salton Sea, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We drove around town looking for a decent dinner house and came upon the Branding Iron with a full parking lot and nice western décor so we stopped. The meals were wonderful and service exceptional. My only complaint is the way the owner/manager treated the staff. It is not necessary to be mean and disrespectful to have good service and... More

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129 reviews 129 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I was on business in the area and the Branding Iron was recommended by the hotel. I was not disappointed. This is an older, dated restaurant and they have different cattle brands on boards displayed throughout the dining room. The food was really good. I had the prime rib and gazpacho soup. The soup is one of their specialties and... More

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Carson City, Nevada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I always look forward to my six time a year stops in Merced as I look forward to dinner at the Branding Iron where the food is always excellent and the servers do a great job of following your desires. For example, after a long road trip I always enjoy a before dinner drink to relax, so I tell the... More

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Merced, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A local favorite for decades. Prices are a bit higher for the Merced area but not bad. House Gazpacho soup is great. Fun atmosphere, meeting/party rooms and bar. The splashy cowboy neon sign out front adds to the fun.

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Los Angeles, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The food and service were excellent, but many restaurants can say that. What's unique here is the atmosphere and an intangible that comes from decades of experience. This place does everything right.

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33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My visits to Merced are far less frequent than in the past. As luck would have it, on the night prior to visiting this fine restaurant, I was approving expense reports and came across a charge for the Branding Iron and decided I knew where I was having lunch the next day. Branding Iron didn't disappoint as everything was just... More

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Merced, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

You really feel like you have stepped back in time when entering the Branding Iron -- straights from the 1950s as far as the decor and architecture. Definitely order the gazpacho (comes as an option with most dishes or al la carte). Desserts are good as well. If you are not a big steak eater, they have other options on... More

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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, Seafood, Steakhouse

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