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Rainbird, Merced, CA

Rainbird

4.7
4.7
104 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
Located in the heart of one of the most productive agricultural regions globally, chefs at El Capitan prepare artisanal fare and spirits that pay homage to the ranchers, farmers, cheesemakers, bakers, brewers, and winemakers that have re-fashioned Merced into one of California’s best kept epicurean secrets.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

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What 104 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Overall

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Food

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Service

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Fit for Foodies

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Healthy

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Notable Wine List

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Romantic

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Special Occasion

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  1. W

    Wendell

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful venue to share with out of town cousins! Food is certainly surprising and creative with combinations of differing ingredients combined to surprise the taste buds and please
  2. TK

    TimK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    None - we enjoyed the experience very much. Brunch was delicious
  3. b

    becntod

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wine pairings with the food were delicious. Food was excellent, but very small amount of food for the money. Example, I ordered the Rainbird duck and it was one small slice of duck.
  4. s

    suzieg

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent! Waitstaff is outstanding! You need this place!!
  5. JC

    JohnC

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time ,excellent over all experience, the servers very professional ,personable and attentive.
  6. JM

    JoanneM

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We quickly discovered that you don’t go to Rainbird for dinner. You go there for a dining experience! The service was outstanding, from start to finish. The food! Oh my!! The food was extraordinary! Every single bite was delicious beyond words. We were there to celebrate our anniversary and they made us feel like we were the most important people in the dining room. An awesome evening!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my husbands 75 Birthday on Sunday. So glad we choice Rainbird for brunch . Pancakes were delicious, Pork Belly was slamming!!We will be back .
  8. K

    Kathie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Six of us enjoyed a three course brunch and we each enjoyed our choices. The cocktails were a great start and finishing off with Opolo sparkling wine wrapped up the brunch with joy. The wait staff were top notch and could not have been more attentive. This is a special occasion restaurant, give it a try!
  9. G

    Gabrielg

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great dinner last night to celebrate my husband’s birthday! The food was great! I loved the wine pairing! Everyone was so friendly and the atmosphere was gorgeous! Will definitely do again!
  10. CB

    ConeyB

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great just portions were to small. Would still come back 🥂
  11. DV

    DanielV

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Rainbird exceeded our expectations. The ambiance is very welcoming and charming. Amazing cocktails, food and service. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and make great recommendations. Highly recommend and we will continue to visit.
  12. SD

    SymphonyDiva

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our first brunch at the Rainbird. The food was delicious & featured unexpected combinations. It was like a little mini-vacation.
  13. DH

    DanielH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went there on a date with my wife as our first fine dining experience ever. We were nearly giddy at the end of the night due to the adventure the food took us on. This place set the bar for all other fine dining experiences coming up in our future. We already plan on bringing friends and family and returning when the menu changes with the season. Highly recommended.
  14. SA

    SueA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant for the Central Valley. Food and service was amazing. Wine pairing is a must. Will definitely be back. Well done Merced!
  15. L

    Lydia

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was delicious and the service omnipresent but not intrusive. It wasn’t inexpensive, but a great dining experience.
  16. MD

    MikeD

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    All of our food was cold except the steak. Would have sent it back but couldn’t find our wait staff. Had to ask for our drinks and the person bussing tables went and checked for us. Our experience was a definitely a negative experience. Not sure if we will give it a second chance. Not happy
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time at the Rainbird for Brunch
  18. SS

    SherrieS

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious and creative dishes beautifully presented. The wine pairings were excellent.
  19. SH

    SandraH

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Be prepared. This is a high end tasting menu. Love the local sourced ingredients. Food was outstanding as was the attentiveness of the staff. Very expensive but for a special experience, it was worth it.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The rain bird was by far an incredible experience. Everything from the beginning to the end was beautiful. The food presentations are artistic, and the taste of each meal on the tasting menu is admirable . I had the Ora King Salmon for the starter , the Burrough Lamb for the main, and the white chocolate mousse for dessert , and let me tell you. IT WAS AMAZING!! Thank you to the lovely staff !
  21. CJ

    ChristelJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing experience! The new chocolate mousse dessert was so so good!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It was a nice experience. We enjoyed the food and drinks
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The ambiance was excellent, something that Merced sorely needed. While the food was very good, portions were very small. I had to search for the little nugget of cod hidden under some greens. My only real complaint was the wine service. We had ordered a bottle of Chardonnay. We were into the second course and the wine hadn’t arrived. When the sommelier brought the bottle it was room temperature. When I objected, she said she would put it in a bucket of ice. Needless to say it wasn’t chilled until the end of the meal! Had they told me they didn’t have a chilled bottle I would have ordered something that was.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Little overpriced for the quality of food in my opinion. It was a brunch menu but water and coffee were not included. Beautiful presentation - and great service.
  25. EP

    EliP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Standing apart from others, 5 xcellent courses each a handcrafted piece of food art. Great wine parings. Beware your not going home with boxes of leftovers. Custom dining experience.
  26. KS

    KellyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A completely different experience than anything else you will find a Merced. The tasting menu was inventive and new. The staff was all friendly, knowledgeable and well trained. It was a very pampered night and wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary.
  27. LS

    LinoS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT dining experience at The Rainbird restaurant at the El Capitan Hotel!!! Awesome attentive and warm staff, especially Rachel and Jerry, the restaurant manager, who created a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy a delicious and diverse 5 course meal prepared by a jewel of a chef, Quentin Garcia!!! Memorable seasonal meal and cannot wait until our next chance to visit...
  28. RM

    RobertM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, outstanding food and caring hosts and staff
  29. IL

    IgnacioL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The experience was great, the food was good but the service was excellent. Overall we enjoyed it, I think dinner would be great!! See you guys in near future.
  30. MT

    MarieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative, beautiful presentation, so delicious. Charming and helpful staff. Just a wonderful experience.
  31. MD

    MonikaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Brunch was wonderful. The stroopwafel was the only item that was disappointing. Our server was clearly new, did not know the menu well, and was not very interactive. He was nice and polite though. Overall, good experience, we will go again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an amazing restaurant. Every person in our five person party enjoyed everything on their 3-course meal. We tried a variety of dishes, all of them were delicious. Every meal was served elegantly. The restaurant was also clean. The ambience was really great. Overall we had a very positive experience. What took our experience at the restaurant to a whole new level was the service. From the moment I called them to inquire about a health concern that we have, the hostess sought to help us address it and then they went even above and beyond to make our experience great. And they did it all with Joy. They accommodated all our needs and the service was very attentive. Our servers were the best. Everything at this restaurant was on point. I am delighted that we have a restaurant like this in town now. This is one of the best dining experiences I've ever had in Merced. We will definitely be back. Thank you to everyone at the restaurant for the wonderful experience that you make sure we had. You made our Father's Day celebration extra special.
  33. SL

    SheriL

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Way cool. Something completely different. A little pricey but definitely an enjoyable evening
  34. K

    Kate

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    If you're looking for a fine dining experience in Merced, this is where you want to go. Portions are small, which is fine for me but could be an issue for some. Food is unique and decadent; sauces are very rich. If you're a meat and potato type of person, this probably wouldn't be a great experience for you. The bread is to die for! The service was impeccable!!
  35. CC

    ChristinaC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the tasting menu of 5 courses paired with wine. Each course was delicious. I can’t explain how amazing the sourdough bread was with the sunflower butter. We ordered 3 servings of it. Can’t wait to come back one day!
  36. T

    Tori

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Loved the formal dining service and the vibe of the restaurant, but was expecting way more of both our server and the food. No one was able to answer our questions on elements in the dishes, or for recommendations on drinks or dish choices. The food was creative and the display was excellent, but as for taste we liked only two of the five courses presented and the only thing that was outstanding was the bread. Our entrees we’re disappointing, the duck was seared on the outside and raw all the way through. And of course it’s just a tasting menu so portions are small, which I was expecting but good to know going in. It didn’t help that the maitre d’ went to talk to every table in the place except for us and one other couple. We may have just caught this place on a bad night or simply ordered the wrong things, but we won’t be going back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was great, wonderful place to have a new experience.
  38. KP

    KellyP

    Sacramento

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my forth visit. 2 dinners and 2 brunches. I really enjoyed both dinner and brunch. The food is the star and the unexpected pairings are remarkable.
  39. MR

    MelanieR

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem! Excellent service and food. Unique local ingredients. A welcoming staff. An all around excellent meal.
  40. A

    jeffA

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding evening out in Merced. A foodie delight with taste, presentation, and service all hitting the mark.

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Rainbird is rated 4.7 stars by 104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Rainbird

609 W Main St, Merced, CA 95340

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Merced

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

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