Dining

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. 

Mainzer
Eat, drink, play, observe, and listen like nobody’s watching. Mainzer offers comfort food, craft cocktails, a regional beer wall, and entertainment unbounded. Here, you’ll find weekly movies, live bands and plenty of games to whet your competitive spirit.
Hours

Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm
Friday 11:30 am-11:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-11:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm

Double Bubble Brunch on Saturday and Sunday

Rainbird

The rainbird's song brings the promise of rain and a plentiful harvest. Our restaurant celebrates the farms and farmers of its Central Valley home, revels in their bounty, and is inspired by the joy of breaking bread together. Its prix fixe seasonal menu leads guests on a multi-course journey through Chef Quentin Garcia's innovative expressions of local produce and regional fare, paired with artisan cocktails and finely curated wine.

Reservations recommended

Hours

Thursday 4pm-9pm

Friday 4pm-9pm

Saturday 4pm-9pm

Sunday Brunch 9am-1pm

Dress Code
Casual
Dress Code
Casual
Native Son
Native Son Bar
At the intersection of social, university, and business life, locals and travelers cross paths at Native Son to partake in lattés, craft cocktails, artisan bites and spontaneous exchanges that have made this casual eatery a must-stop in Merced’s budding downtown vibe.
Hours

Sunday through Thursday, 6am to 10pm

Friday and Saturday, 6am to 11pm

 

Breakfast: 6am to 11:30am

Lunch: 11:30am to 4pm

Dinner: 4pm to close

EC
Outdoor Dining
A culinary gem in Merced’s dining treasure trove, the EC salutes its Americana roots by doling out adventurous cocktails and sharable bites in a backyard garden setting. The experience alone is worth it.
Hours

Wednesday – Saturday 4PM- 9PM

Dress Code
Casual
Dress Code
Casual
Bobby's
Finely curated food and beverage locally sourced. Grab and Go for your day of adventure. Offers make your own Trail mix
Hours

Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

Courtyard
Courtyard El Capitan Hotel
A culinary gem in Merced’s dining treasure trove, the EC salutes its Americana roots by doling out adventurous cocktails and sharable bites in an outdoor backyard garden setting. The experience alone is worth it