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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
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Orange County, CA
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was a highlight and pleasant surprise in a town we were passing through. Our hotel had a coupon for a free carafe of wine, and the house Chardonnay was pretty decent. The steak came with a small side of frozen raspberry sorbet, which seemed strange but was oddly delicious with the steak. The gazpacho was good enough that... More 

Thank LP_in_OC
Merced, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a nice experience at Branding iron for Valentine's dinner. Good food, service too. Very. Ice night.

Thank beaches4t
Atwater, California
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The Branding Iron is our go-to restaurant for special occasions and it's for good reason. First of all, the food. My favorite is the Rancher's Cut Prime Rib (16 ounces!) and my lady loves their Coffee Rubbed Rib Eye. You just can't beat them! The staff is also very attentive and work well together to make your experience memorable. The... More 

Thank John L
Merced, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Locals come here for the Gazpacho and fresh corn chips, and the extensive steak menu. For cheaper deals come at lunch time. There is a large cowboy bar and a big treasure box for the kids to pick out treats like little coloring books. Try the gazpacho, it's the best!

Thank CDingeldein
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on business. Was very nice. Huge shrimp. Best steak ive ever had. And the best place to take a date. Love it

Thank Jovani C
Los Banos, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank Liz H
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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

Thank Stefani S
1 review
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 

Thank Lila M
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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44 reviews
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.

Thank Marlene V
Waterford, Ireland
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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

Thank matthewsills

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $30
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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
Our neon sign has been designated an Historical Landmark.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?