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Our Top 4 Affordable Restaurants in Merced, CA

We list our top 4 affordable restaurants in Merced, CA based on the food quality, price, and service. Remember, eating well doesn’t mean you have to break the bank, considering that almost every neighborhood of this city offers an array of bars and cafes providing delectable but reasonably priced menus.


Bella Luna


In 1995, chef Vinni De Angelo decided to open this Italian restaurant to serve high-quality food sourced from local ingredients in the Central Valley and Peninsula. Today, this town’s favorite food hub offers traditional Italian food, although it has put its own spin on some classic dishes.


The restaurant’s pizza selection remains the crowd’s favorite, especially the Italiano that is made of house-made sausage, roasted peppers, red onions, pepperoni, mushrooms, mozzarella, and olives; the mushroom truffle topped with roasted mushrooms, prosciutto (dry-cured ham), mozzarella, and truffle oil; and Gorgonzola fig topped with prosciutto, balsamic glaze, mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese, asiago (Italian cow’s milk cheese), and fig preserves.


Another must-try is their charcuterie board, an appetizer that includes different cheeses, meats, house-made crostini, crispy breadsticks, and veggies.


Meanwhile, the restaurant recently renovated its facility, adding custom decor and painting to make your intimate parties and banquets feel more extravagant and festive.


Location: 350 W. Main St. Merced, CA 95340
Operating hours: Tuesday – Thursday 4-8 pm / Friday and Saturday 4-9 pm (for dine-in)
Contact:(209) 383-1700


Toni’s Courtyard CafĂ© & Bakery


The cafe and bakery offers freshly baked bread and pastries and Californian/Tuscan cuisine that can satisfy connoisseurs who are into organic and fresh ingredients.


We recommend that you try their “Create Your Own” combo with eggs Benedict, courtyard scrambles, and fluffy pancakes for breakfast. Then, of course, never forget to order a cup of freshly brewed Santa Cruz coffee, latte, or mocha. While for lunch, you can never go wrong with their array of gourmet sandwiches, Mediterranean salads, house-made soups, and tri-trip.


If you want your sandwich or burger gluten-free, the restaurant offers this option. Also, they serve gluten-free brownies, cookies, and quiche, which is a savory tart.


Meanwhile, the restaurant uses Pure Valley Honey to sweeten the drinks, morning oatmeal, bread, and vinaigrette dressing.


Aside from dine-in, they also offer corporate catering services for small and large parties that need breakfast and lunch buffets.


Location: 516 W 18th Street, Merced, CA 95340
Contact: 209-384-25
Operating hours: Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Lunch 10:30 am – 2:30 pm


Paul’s Place


For over 30 years, this restaurant and bakery has been serving all-American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, their extensive menu includes interesting names like the “starving student menu,” which as the name implies, are fit for diners who are on a budget. For instance, they serve a $7.75 worth of breakfast meal that includes two eggs (any style), a choice of ham, bacon or sausage, and a selection of pancakes, French toast, or biscuits.


Additionally, Paul’s Place offers a kid and senior’s menu priced a bit lower than their standard menu.


While they offer an array of mouthwatering appetizers, we recommend Fisherman’s Platter that includes deep-fried Icelandic cod, scallops, shrimps, and clam strips; or if you want something more sinful, why not try Paul’s Appetizer Platter that consists of mozzarella sticks, cheese quesadilla, chicken tenders, cheddar potato skins, and curly fries.


Other must-try meals include half-pound ranch steak, smoked bbq back ribs, and shrimp dinner, which are shrimps lightly breaded and deep-fried.


Aside from dine-in, they also have catering services and a conference room where guests can enjoy a full-service restaurant, making it suitable for corporate events and meetings.


Location: 2991 G St. Merced, CA 95340
Operating hours:
Contact: (209) 723-1339


Bag O’Crab


Since 2010, this seafood restaurant has been serving patrons a delectable array of shrimps, crawfish, and Dungeness crabs that are all prepared and cooked with great care. These ingredients are handpicked every day to ensure that they are of the freshest quality.


But in case you’re not into seafood, the resto also offers an array of meat options like grilled beef short ribs with french fries and Cajun-style chicken wings.


Location: 455 W. Olive Ave. Merced, CA 95348
Operating hours:
Contact: (209) 626-5300


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