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The Branding Iron Restaurant

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640 W. 16th St, Merced, CA 95340
+1 209-722-1822
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has been a true delight to rediscover this local location. The staff treat you as though you are in a 5 star location in San Francisco! The food is truly a treat during the week and on weekends as well! We are looking forward to many more dinners at this location.

Thank RoxanneGrubb
Merced, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like the old time feel in a restaurant where you feel like family and get a hearty steak dinner then this is the place for you!

Thank dmdiliberto
Orange County, CA
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place was a highlight and pleasant surprise in a town we were passing through. Our hotel had a coupon for a free carafe of wine, and the house Chardonnay was pretty decent. The steak came with a small side of frozen raspberry sorbet, which seemed strange but was oddly delicious with the steak. The gazpacho was good enough that... More 

Thank LP_in_OC
Merced, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Had a nice experience at Branding iron for Valentine's dinner. Good food, service too. Very. Ice night.

Thank beaches4t
Atwater, California
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The Branding Iron is our go-to restaurant for special occasions and it's for good reason. First of all, the food. My favorite is the Rancher's Cut Prime Rib (16 ounces!) and my lady loves their Coffee Rubbed Rib Eye. You just can't beat them! The staff is also very attentive and work well together to make your experience memorable. The... More 

Thank John L
Merced, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Locals come here for the Gazpacho and fresh corn chips, and the extensive steak menu. For cheaper deals come at lunch time. There is a large cowboy bar and a big treasure box for the kids to pick out treats like little coloring books. Try the gazpacho, it's the best!

Thank CDingeldein
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Went here on business. Was very nice. Huge shrimp. Best steak ive ever had. And the best place to take a date. Love it

Thank Jovani C
Los Banos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

First time for lunch at the Branding Iron, usually go in for dinners which are very good. Pleasantly surprised by the amount of food for the price. Definitely will be lunching there more often. Food and service were excellent.

Thank Liz H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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?