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Strings Italian Cafe

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731 E. Yosemite Ave Ste A, Merced, CA 95340
+1 209-383-9777
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sun 11:00 - 21:30
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Modesto, California
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't eat at this restaurant that serves glorified micro-waved food called Italian cuisine. You might get soup from a can, pre-cooked chicken from a bag served with sauce from a can. Place is looking dirty and shabby. Owners need to drop 'strings', hire a real Italian chef and do something different.

Thank El Cien P
Berkeley, California, Usa
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is a very nice restaurant with a very attentive staff. The menu is simple but well balanced. The prices are reasonable and the services are generous. You will not leave hungry.

Thank Bryan B
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Don't expect food like in Italy. What you get are large portions of OK food for reasonable prices. Good family location with lots of menu choices. On the night we ate there it was a kids eat free special & it was a little noisy. The salads were very good and the main meals were just OK.

Thank waddledog
Marlton, New Jersey
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The service was good and to have raisins in an Italian tossed salad was different The entries were very good and would recommend you give this place a chance. Garlic bread is wonderful!!!!

Thank LavernR_13
Merced, California
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

I have eaten at Strings on a number of occasions. Good Italian and seafood. Also good banquet area. Wednesday night all the pasta you can eat special.

Thank JimTheophilus
Merced, United States
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I have never been disappointed at Strings. Friendly front house of the restaurant, great service, super good food. If you have to wait to be seated, it's worth it.

Thank Stephanie H
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

The food is amazing especially the salad, the prices are very reasonable and the portion sizes are good. I have been going here for years, when I am on a date it provides a perfect environment.

Thank warmask95340
Merced, California
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

I went into Strings around 11:20am on a Wed and they just opened and had 2 tables w/customers. I ordered a salmon salad and a water and even that took a while to just place. I was finally given some bread and ate that but waitress didn't come back to fill my water. She paid more attention to the other... More 

Thank xina1976
Oxnard, California
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123 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Strings is located in the closet shopping center to UC Merced. Food is very good Italian with a nice atmosphere. Good place to take family or friends for a meal.

Thank Dan R
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

Love their food! Great menu and prices! Their salad is amazing! We've never had a bad meal there. Also, they have a fantastic patio!

Thank Sondria G

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 731 E. Yosemite Ave Ste A, Merced, CA 95340
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-383-9777
Strings opened its doors for the first time in Sacrament in 1987. Now, nearly 30 years later and under the original ownership, Strings is still successfully serving the original area and locations along central and northern California. Strings Italian Cafe Merced prides itself on serving both classic italian dishes such as spaghetti and homemade meatballs and tortellini chianti but also modern and equally unforgettable dishes like salmon balsamic, zesty cioppino and our famous gluten free and vegetarian "zoodles". Whether you have been a beloved customer from the beginning or are looking for a restaurant to call your favorite, we hope you will come in, sit down and enjoy everything we have to offer.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?