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Rainbird, Merced, CA

Rainbird

4.5
4.5
227 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 10 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 227 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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

227 Reviews
  1. MannyT

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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.

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  7. SethP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was god but not as outstanding as it used to be. Service was friendly but distinctly unprofessional. We had to ask to order appetizers. Then wait to order mains. Wine bottle placed on table but not served until we started to serve ourselves. Weren’t asked if we wanted to taste the wine. No follow up on wine pouring. Table bussing was overly enthusiastic, such that they wanted to take plates away before we were done. Disappointing compared to how it used to be.

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  8. AdamB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best risotto I have ever had. Very professional and thoughtful and polite staff. The sourdough bread is stupid good.

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  9. EatingWithJoy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely seasonal food, ambiance aesthetically pleasing. Would come back for lunch meeting for sure!

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  10. MelindaA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything we tried. Can’t wait to go back.

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Rainbird is rated 4.5 stars by 227 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 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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