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The Branding Iron Restaurant

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640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the chicken teriyaki and the non corporate atmosphere, and their conscientious service in helping us with dietary restrictions. Very homey atmosphere.

Thank zzmmm
Los Banos, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice restaurant for very good food, nice atmosphere and good service. Their soup and salad are fresh and delicious as well as the dinner. When we want a special night out, we consistently choose The Branding Iron knowing we won't be disappointed. You always leave full.

Thank Liz H
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for dinner here the other night with family. Both the hostess and our server were lovely, and the food was pretty good (although the burger my brother had was very oily apparently, to the point of making him feel sick). The vegetables were in a strange and wholly unnecessary sauce and a bit on the cool side. I'd have... More 

Thank Beth J
Madison, MS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A local gem. Feels good to support a locally owned establishment. The owner was circulating the room greeting patrons as we dined. Wait staff was prompt, kept glasses filled and cheerfully brought our food quickly. Didn't save room for a full dessert, but the chocolate boots were tasty!Portions very generous.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First off, I don't eat meat so why am I reviewing a steakhouse? So,Y friends are carnivores. I checked out the menu and they had several seafood options. Thought I would order fried scallops because I never had scallops prepared that way before but I noted that the coconut prawns were a specialty of the house. They were amazing and... More 

Thank nippon703
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely family meal friendly staff and reasonably priced. Steak cooked as requested unlike a lot of places. Mine was perfect.

Thank MicknAnnDoncaster
Tampa, Florida
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We flew in from Florida to this small farming town and was directed to this local restaurant from our hotel front desk. We arrived after 2 and the main dining room was closed but we sat at the bar and had the absolute best service ever! They had a limited menu as they close until dinner at 5 but our... More 

Thank Crystal T
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Went to this establishment to meet friends only because we couldn't find another place other than Applebee's for a sit down dinner. Service was average and timely but the food was not very appealing in appearance. Not many vegetarian choices on the menu either.

Thank 265kimh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a classic steakhouse for Merced and it's a favorite for a lot of people. The staff is friendly and the bar is nice. I just don't think you get a great value for the price. The atmosphere is nice and parking is easy.

Thank Jarsteve
Merced, California
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

The Branding Iron is "old School". It's how restaurant's used to be. You can help yourself to cheese and crackers as you enter the restaurant, head into the bar order a drink and help yourself to a veggie tray and appetizer (it changes daily). Both bartenders Mike and Jerome will make you feel at home with their professional and courteous... More 

Thank Towcritter

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $30
American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
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 95340-4721
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: 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?