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The Branding Iron Restaurant

640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
+1 209-722-1822
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good26%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“gazpacho” (37 reviews)
“prime rib” (51 reviews)
“steak” (109 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Going back as often as possible! The prime rib was amazing! Service was great! I suggest you make a reservation though.

Thank Natalie B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was craving a good steak dinner while on business. This place hit the spot. There’s a nice cozy lounge too. My artichoke was so yummy. I had the rib eye which was good, maybe a tad bit chewy but it was cooked perfectly. The...More

Thank JBR888
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was GREAT...service was GREAT...Best Steak in Town (Lobster too)!!! We have been going here for years...still as good as the first time!!!

Thank Kolaka
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a great coffee rubbed ribeye steak, enchiladas, gazpacho and tiramisu dessert. Great service, reasonable prices and pleasant atmosphere. Made sure our wheelchair family member was comfortable and welcomed.

Thank luvintravelMerced
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The grilled lamb is excellent. Good portion size grilled to perfection. Service was great, good wine selection

Thank charles h
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

No good to expensive food not that great service slow and not a great feeling in there do not care to return to the restaurant again

Thank sharonbI9172BY
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

When you want a good steak for dinner their is only one choice in Merced, THE BRANDING IRON. Great food, great service, reasonably priced and an old fashioned western themed dining room. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Cowboydude
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We enjoy eating here every time we come. The staff is very nice and the food is excellent. We will be coming here again.

Thank Judy I
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Great dinner. Gazpacho is fantastic. Rib eye steak is very tender and tasty. Best in town. Restaurant atmosphere is fitting to its name when you look around and see all the brands hanging in the dining room and bar. Most if not all are from...More

Thank Jan B
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

I have been going to the Branding Iron for many year. When I lived in Merced it was the go to restaurant for lunch or a nice dinner. It is a timeless classic. Try their gazpacho soup and the treat yourself to a wonderful steak...More

Thank Jim K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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