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The Branding Iron Restaurant

640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
+1 209-722-1822
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“gazpacho” (34 reviews)
“prime rib” (48 reviews)
“steak” (99 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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640 W 16th St, Merced, CA 95340-4721
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at the Branding Iron while driving from Yosemite to Monterey. It seems popular with locals but I suspect there aren't many options in town. The food was fine, but certainly nothing special. The gazpacho is quite good, as advertised. I had their 'special'...More

Thank MKstays
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have dined at the Branding Iron for many years; it's an old Merced stand-by. Unfortunately, the quality of food has been declining in recent times -- especially the beef, which is the specialty. The service is usually good, but for what they charge, I...More

Thank T5940NUdavidh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're ever in Merced and want a high class meal with service to match , this is the only 5 star place in our small town. Bring money because it ain't cheap. But it is worth every penny. Dinner for two with drinks will...More

Thank MarkDebbieMarion
Reviewed 5 June 2017

A popular place with the local crowd, although more so as the only place in town than due to good food. Not a bad place, but not particularly good either. Very pedestrian restaurant. Comfortably lounge area. Nice bar. My prime rib was ok, but nothing...More

Thank JPMooney
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Went here after exploring nearby national parks. I had a ribeye and my husband had the honey fried chicken. We both enjoyed what we got. Server was animated and friendly. Did have one issue and that was I ordered baked sweet potato but got sweet...More

Thank Junebug49
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Good service, friendly staff, excellent food. specializes in steaks; did not try any fish. Wide variety of deserts; nice atmosphere.

Thank humphrey b
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Was taken here on a business lunch with local business owners in Merced. The gispacho was outstanding!!! I had a steak sandwich and it was very good, nice place for a business lunch or going to a nice place regardless of occasion. I'll be sure...More

Thank jonnysled
Reviewed 15 May 2017

I have been here many times and have always enjoyed it. Today we had a meeting in the "Crystal" room which is an incredibly beautiful room. We missed our usual server. The one that took her place was good, but I was shocked when a...More

Thank VickiG95340
Reviewed 30 April 2017

I've been a regular for several years. I usually get the 12 oz prime rib dinner cooked RARE. They know how to do that. My wife gets a smaller 8 oz cut. Sometimes we get steaks or the basa (fish) which is quite good, but...More

Thank Henry G
Reviewed 24 April 2017

They know what I want before I even tell them!!! Great Experience ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best Gazpacho I have Ever Had!!!!! It's always good to come back home from Traveling and go the Branding Iron!!!

Thank Tracey G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 9 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, 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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