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The Branding Iron Restaurant

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640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
+1 209-722-1822
11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Bel Air, Maryland
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128 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stopped here while traveling from Pinnacles NP to Yosemite. We came early and had no trouble getting a table. The wait staff was very attentive. The prime rib and ribeye were both outstanding.

Thank ssdirotm
Lafayette, Colorado, United States
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the place to come for happy hour and dinner. Great happy hour drink specials with cheese and crackers and something hot set out to nibble on. Staff has always been good and this has become one of our favorite places.

Thank Greg H
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of 5 had an amazing dining experience last Saturday Night. Wonderful food, attentive service. Overall, a great night.

Thank Missi Crow O
Los Banos, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a delicious lunch today at the Branding Iron. Great atmosphere and delicious food. The staff is always friendly and attentive. Just wish we lived closer we would definitely go more often.

Thank Liz H
Yosemite National Park, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When in Merced, I always enjoy having lunch or dinner at the Branding Iron. The food, service and atmosphere are great!

Thank jeffgeldner
Sonora, California
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unplanned dinner of prime rib and trimmings. A sweet hlass of wine, good atmodphere and right behind the venue I was attending.

Thank Mariah4travelMouse
Swansea, Illinois
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577 reviews
395 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In town for an overnight business stay and was looking for something unique and local. This fit the bill. Very cool space. Quiet, cozy, private if that's what you want. Great decoration as well. Menu was steak along with some nightly specials. Meals included vegetable, potato, raspberry sherbet. Salad and soup are nice options. Full bar. Very reasonable pricing too.... More 

Thank David F
Merced, California
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The three of us walked in right at 5 and we were pleasantly seated promptly. My basa is always cook perfect and the prime rib was done to order along with the eight ounce sirloin steak. Baked potatoes always turn out great with the side toppings. The calamari appetizer was a little overdone. Wait staff is generally always nice there.... More 

Thank Andrea K
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice hanger steak and French fries. Jerome at the bar gave great service! Friendly people all around.

Thank Kelly G
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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102 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved this place. The decor is a bit dressed up, as are the tables, but it's nice whether you're in jeans or dressed up! Everything we had was good, and we have no doubt at all that everything else on the menu will be too! Go, and enjoy yourself and the food!

Thank we2luv2travelglobal

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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
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 30
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
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?