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Nagame Japanese Restaurant

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2650 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95348-4356
+1 209-384-1677
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 20:00
Fri 17:00 - 21:00
Sat 17:00 - 20:30
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Atwater, California
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Having been to Japan and eating on the local economy there, I honestly believe this to be the only Japanese restaurant in the area to serve real Japanese food like I had there. The place used to be an old diner back in the 60's and the decor has not changed much but the FOOD is what you go there... More 

Thank jpd43
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

It's hidden, but those who know of Nagame will go back to eat more. I love their food, it is really on spot with how it should taste like. My favorite is the gyoza! I love ordering that. Other food are really good too. I go when I crave Japanese food. No need to go out of town for it.

Thank Princess L
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

I make it a point to stop at Nagame when I travel down 99. Their menu is very basis. However, they do it right. When you taste the teriyaki sauce, you know it did not come from a factory filled bottle. During my recent visit, I ordered the Beef Sukiyaki. OMG! It was delicious. You don't come her for the... More 

Thank Steven K
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

We go to Nagames when we want a good dinner! This is the only restaurant in town that you can consistently have a quality dinner with quality service. The locals seem to all know about it as they never have difficulty finding this hard-to-find place. It's just south off the 16th Street overpass as you enter Merced from the North.... More 

Thank Seniortravelalot
Merced, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Long time restaurant in town with the best food even the grandchildren love this place we go there to celebrate birthdays because its a special place in merced just check there hours of service they close after lunch and reopen for dinner closed Mondays

Thank 242diannag
Merced, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

The food here is great, loved everything we ordered. Our waitress was very friendly and very attentive. I would give more stars if it wasn't so run down. It needs some updating

Thank Tameria67
Merced, California
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

I've passed by Nagame a thousand times while traveling along hwy 99, never stopped. I met an old friend for lunch there this week, now I understand all of the good reviews. Nothing fancy or even super updated here, just good Japanese food. The lunch specials are reasonably priced and well portioned. I plan to return to check out more... More 

Fresno, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2015

I've been eating here since before I was born -- literally! My pregnant mom ate here almost daily since she worked down the street. I've tried almost everything on the menu at some point. My favourite is their tonkatsu. Their complimentary green tea is the best and their miso is simply divine. I've had a ton of birthday parties here.... More 

Thank Megan M
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015 via mobile

I felt really well at this place, very nice people, excellent service, good food with a good price and a Japanese Style that even when it is not super fancy it gives you a nice taste of Japan. If you want to change your routine and get some good food go to this place.

Thank Jose S
Merced, California
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91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

Wife's birthday party, traditional Japanese American fare, hard as hell to find. Worse, it's hard as hell to explain how to get there. Ironically, it is literally right off the 16th St exit of SR99 in Merced. Call them or have them on speed dial before you hunt for it. (Siri doesn't know either) The wife loves their sukiyaki, and... More 

Thank Clyde H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2650 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95348-4356
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-384-1677

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?