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Rainbird, Merced, CA

Rainbird

4.5
4.5
231 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (209) 446-4026
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chef Evan Morrison
  • Neighborhood
    Merced
  • Cross street
    Main and M
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Great for brunch

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Innovative

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Healthy

  • Fresno / San Joaquin Valley

    Neighborhood gem

231 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Decided to save up tips so me and my boyfriend could go on a fancy dinner date, and boy was I a fool to think this would be magical. From online reviews I ramped up my expectations hoping to taste the unique dishes they offered with beautiful presentation. The food WAS beautifully presented, but the flavor was not there. We had the ahi tuna crudo, and while I will admit the fish was better quality than I expected, the dish was basically raw fish with a few nuts and veggies tossed on top, and nothing on that plate was harmonious. Next was the duck confit, honestly the crown jewel of the night. The duck was beautifully cooked and crispy, complimenting the sweet rice and savory squash sauce on the side. Aside from the rice being too sweet, nothing bad to say about the duck confit. NOW THE RIBEYE! THE MOST EXPENSIVE ITEM ON THE MENU! I was expecting this to be mouthwatering and juicy and hot. Instead what we received was a large cut of chewy, tough, cold meat with very little seasoning. Further more, a large portion of the steak was some sort of tough connective tissue or fat meaning the actual experience of eating the steak felt like a whole lot of work for a whole lot of nothing. And finally, the bill. For bread, tuna appetizer, duck confit, and a ribeye, the total came out to an astounding $108, roughly $54 per person. This is where my will to find positivity in dining at Rainbird boarded a plane and flew cross country out of my body. If you plan on going to have a nice date, Rainbird might have beautiful brunch options, but as far as dinner goes it was a major letdown and a waste of my saved up tips :(. I wish I was being dramatic or conflating this review because I love seeing unique restaurants in Merced, but this experience was nothing like what I expected it to be like in all the wrong ways.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and we enjoyed the ambiance. The food was a little over salted but other than that it was good. The pork chop and the flan for two were excellent.

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  3. MarcieC

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about this place! We’ll definitely be back!

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  4. JAVIERL

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    “Overall, dining at this restaurant was fabulous. The food is beautifully prepared and it is also delicious! Such ,impeccable service, and charming ambiance made for a memorable experience.” “My experience at this restaurant was nothing short of exceptional.

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  5. MannyT

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nothing (Food) stand out with relatively high price. Service was quite good.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We really enjoyed the dinner we had here last month. Today’s breakfast, however, left a lot to be desired. Service was poor and we had to ask for more coffee. Pancakes were OK, Spanish omelet was overcooked, and French toast was tough.

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  7. triddle

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an enjoyable wedding anniversary dinner at Rainbird. It's so nice to have a pretty and comfortable place to dine here in Merced. Our server Lorenzo was attentive. Our food was good: we ordered bruschetta, which was delicious and almost a meal in itself. My martini tasted a little funky (ordered a Hendricks), but it was acceptable. Hubby had sea bass which he very much enjoyed. I had a burger (with bacon). Very good! Fries were a tad over-fried. All in all, a very pleasant experience.

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  8. merced

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was very good and the server was excellent. Great cocktails. Medicare wine by the glass

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  9. JoyD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Rainbird’s new menu. So glad they’re back open. The only thing that bothered our table a bit - was the fact that service is slow. This is the third time we’ve been there since it re opened. Each time it just seems like it was so slow. Each time we were seated at our table, it took another 10-15 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. Not even water brought. Once service started, it was “okay”. I’ll definitely go back but be aware of the slow service.

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  10. Bro65

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I had dinner with 3 others, waiter forgot to place the order for soup, my salad wasn’t what I ordered and another person got the wrong entree Soup was in the cold side.

    1 person found this helpful

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Rainbird is rated 4.5 stars by 231 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Rainbird

609 W Main St, Merced, CA 95340

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Main and M
  • Neighborhood
    Merced
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Executive chef
    Chef Evan Morrison
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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