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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” (36 reviews)
“prime rib” (50 reviews)
“steak” (100 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly
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640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank charles h
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in The Branding Iron Sunday evening after a soccer match for dinner. The staff was helpful and knowledgable. The food not so much. The coffee rubbed rib eye was OK but the prime rib and lobster were a disappointment. Both were rather tough. Not...More

Thank Schrettner
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We are regular visitors to the Branding Iron and the Ambiance keeps us coming back. The food is ALWAYS prepared to our satisfaction. The staff and owner take pride in their accomplishments and make our visits consistently to our liking. I will and do recommend...More

Thank Buster E
Reviewed 12 October 2017

On business here in Merced and was recommended to the Branding Iron and I must say I was not disappointed. Reminded me of some of the old style steak houses and restaurants I went to growing up in NY. Everyone knows everyone and all the...More

Thank Furnman61
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Not the best place for vegetarians! Happy hour at 5pm though if you like a good selection of beer. Also wine & mixed drinks.

Thank FritzConle
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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
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, 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 95340-4721
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced
  • Phone Number: +1 209-722-1822
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