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“Two great places to eat in Merced.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Branding Iron Restaurant

The Branding Iron Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 154 Restaurants in Merced
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Our neon sign has been designated an Historical Landmark.
Merced, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Two great places to eat in Merced.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

I went to the branding iron for dinner one evening, my co-workers and I wanted a good juicy steak..we walked in and it was very nice. Cloth napkins & wine glasses all ready for you. We were in shorts & T-shirts and I told the waitress I felt like we were under dressed..she said we were fine & seated us. The Waiter was great & the food was delicious. The prices were fairly reasonable too.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good Steak, Great Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was a good place for a steak although I've had better prime rib this was a good one. I had the standard fare of salad and house dressing - quite good, then the prime rib cooked just as i like although the seasoning was a little under for me. Again, good solid meal for the business traveler and the wait staff was great and very informative.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Oslo, Norway
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236 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“A great american experience! ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

Our meal at the Branding Iron was generous, filling and served by very friendly and charming staff. The food in itself was average, but the dining room and the atmosphere something many travellers consider very american. Many locals seem to eat there, and there is nothing fake or theatrelike a out the place. The stars are therefore for the service and atmosphere that together makes this a very nice place to have a meal. 

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Champaign, Illinois
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346 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Good old school steakhouse..don't miss the gazpacho”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Stopped through Merced on the way back from Yosemite and came here based on the high reviews received on Trip Advisor and was not disappointed...Service was friendly and professional...Glasses of water was promptly filled when empty...Bread replenished. The steaks we received were tender..gazpacho appetizer extremely good...the tortilla chips a nice touch. Saw some who ordered the coconut shrimp and it looked great as well.. My partner ordered the fried chicken and said it was very goood.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Salinas, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“LG”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is an old time steak house. The food was very good and the complete meal is a LOT of food, too much for the average person. Service is attentive, prices are kind of high for complete meals, but most people would be very well satisfied with the entree and one first course.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Laura G
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