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The Branding Iron Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
+1 209-722-1822
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank VickiG95340
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!

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.

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 

Thank Jose S
Felton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

We have been coming to Merced on business trips for a few years but had never known about the Branding Iron. What a nice surprise! We enjoyed everything about our dining experience from the decor to the dessert we were very satisfied. The chef's cut prime rib was high quality and served with a fresh summer squash vegetable prepared perfectly.... More 

Thank Mary Jo S

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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
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Kids, Romantic, Large groups
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: +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?