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Strings Italian Cafe

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731 E Yosemite Ave Ste A, Merced, CA 95340-8039
+1 209-383-9777
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Los Banos, California
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220 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

myself and 3 friends celebrated a birthday here. We were made to feel welcome as soon as we entered the restaurant. All of us ordered a different entree and we were all pleased with our choices. Also, if you're 62 or over you can receive 15% off of your meal. The restroom was very clean and there was plenty of... More 

Thank Kgaribay
Tucson, Arizona
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250 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2014

There were three of us and all had the same opinion - the food was really boring and not very flavorful. Service was slow and inattentive.

Thank Richard H
Merced, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2014

OK I was asked to meet with several people at strings. I don't know what I was expecting but my expectations elevated the minute I walked in. We were escorted to a room that's off to the side. Since I was given a short notice, I wasn't very hungry. That being said I ordered a plate of Spaghetti. The waiter... More 

1 Thank 5snoooryn
Merced, California
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014

This has been our favorite restaurant for a long time. They have gone through some management changes and things got a bit worse before they got better again. Strings has now returned to their excellent service and fabulous food. The seafood tastes fresh and is cooked just right. The management tries very hard to please customers and will often check... More 

3 Thank PackUpTheFamily&Go
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

The service and food did not reach average expectations. Very disappointing after being recommended by hotel.

Thank Robert H
Merced, California
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014

You can depend on the food being yummy here, and the prices are great. Indoor and outdoor seating but Merced can be hot in the summer. I have had birthdays and anniversaries here. It is a little echo-y and hard to hear if there are a lot of people in the room.

Thank danetta
Merced, California
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184 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

We use this restaurant often for take-out and have had excellent results. Yesterday we each had a Caesar salad (one chicken and one shrimp) and an order od delicious mussels. No waiting and tasty food.

1 Thank Photom299
Chowchilla, California
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

I've had the opportunity to eat at Strings several times, and it's always been top quality food. The outdoor dining is a plus, and the all you can eat nights are even better! Great restaurant!

1 Thank Ixjc7
San Antonio, Texas
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88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

We were on a road trip (Santa Barbara - Merced - Burlingame CA) and had dinner at this restaurant. The restaurant is large,excellent food anf service. However, it is kind of noisy. I had the Shrimp Scampi with angel hair pasta and veggies. It was excellent the pasta was cooked just right and it was perfectly spiced. Worth a comeback....

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

Worst Italian food ever bread was all I order there nice place service ok rush around a lot but ok there food desert terrible cafeteria food be better wasted my money in that restaurant lots better place to go I'm

Thank portugessboy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 731 E Yosemite Ave Ste A, Merced, CA 95340-8039
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-383-9777
Strings opened its doors for the first time in Sacrament in 1987. Now, nearly 30 years later and under the original ownership, Strings is still successfully serving the original area and locations along central and northern California. Strings Italian Cafe Merced prides itself on serving both classic italian dishes such as spaghetti and homemade meatballs and tortellini chianti but also modern and equally unforgettable dishes like salmon balsamic, zesty cioppino and our famous gluten free and vegetarian "zoodles". Whether you have been a beloved customer from the beginning or are looking for a restaurant to call your favorite, we hope you will come in, sit down and enjoy everything we have to offer.

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