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The Branding Iron Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
+1 209-722-1822
Today
5:00 pm - 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
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Los Banos, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

First time for lunch at the Branding Iron, usually go in for dinners which are very good. Pleasantly surprised by the amount of food for the price. Definitely will be lunching there more often. Food and service were excellent.

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Thank Liz H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

A very popular stop for folks who had visited Yosemite on a bus. Old school bar, ranch look with menu favorites that haven't changed in years. This is one of our special occasion restaurants

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Thank Stefani S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

I lived in Merced my whole life, I'm 61 now and had never been to the restaurant due to different reasons. Always wanted to go but never made it until this month when I went to visit my family. There was 8 in our group. My younger brother said he had been here and food was great. Well what a... More 

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Thank Lila M
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

My meal was, as always, delicious. The waitstaff is competent. The atmosphere is so comfortable.....one of the last vestiges of old Merced.

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Thank Marlene V
Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

Visited this restaurant while travelling from yosemite to LA. Exactly the type of food you want after a long road trip. Fantastic steaks available and great,friendly service

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Thank matthewsills
Merced
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

There's a women's meeting that is held monthly here. The food has always been very good. But what makes this special to me is the server that does a tremendous job ALL BY HERSELF. Making sure we have everything we need and more. Boon, you are the most spectacular person there is. You work so hard for every group that's... More 

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Thank VickiG95340
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

My wife and daughter came for dinner the food was excellent and the service was great . I would highly recommend the Branding Iron to anyone who was a good meal with great service!

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Thank Lee P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Good quality, good portion and good treatment in our way to Yosemite valley. Price according to the other options.

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Thank jorginho0_0
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Don't be fooled by the appearance. It's a bit dated, but the service was outstanding and the ribeye was one of the best steaks I've ever had. It was worth every penny.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Merced doesn't have many options for good restaurants but you can't go wrong with branding iron. Of course it is better than most of the restaurants and at the same time more expensive. A little cup of soup, cost 6 dollars, the one that comes with the meal, very expensive for that little,so even when the taste is delicious it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $30
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-722-1822
Description
Our neon sign has been designated an Historical Landmark.

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