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135 Jackson St
Thompson, IA 50478 (Map & Directions)
Phone: (641) 584-2912
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Thompson

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Credit Cards Accepted


Good for Kids


Yes - Full Bar


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$$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)


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Mon-Thu: 5:30pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat: 5pm - 10pm, Sun: Closed

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review_stars 04/21/2018 - No
Do not eat here. Nothing but a crookedly managed grease joint that shouldn't even be in business.

review_stars 05/12/2016 - Deb Thor
The Branding Iron of Thompson,IA is our very favorite restaurant. The salad bar is out of this world, fresh and wide variety of choices. The steaks are tender and flavorful. The fish is top of the charts. Nighty specials. Great service. Visit there 1-2 times weekly.

review_stars 02/25/2016 - Barbara
This is the place I love to go for Steak and Lobster... it is the best... no matter the cost their Lobster is great... and the steak is wonderful. The Fillet Migon is to die for... Keep up the great work Branding Iron and I will come back at least once to twice a year for the best meal ever! ( oh Ya... your vegetable soup is awesome too..)Thanks

review_stars 06/13/2015 - Ric the golfer
Heard about this place for the 2 years I've been in southern Minnesota and finally was able to give it the taste test. WoW!! I had the large (16oz.) prime rib and lobster tail along with cheese& onion hash browns and salad bar. Best prime rib I've ever had and I've had it coast to coast and many points in between. If your looking for some high class place to impress someone , this is not that place. However if it's great food and plenty of it at a reasonable price your looking for you'll be hard pressed to find a better place.

review_stars 05/23/2014 - Nancy staloch
The service was horrible! Tina was our waitress and we had reservations-@40 of us, she made us go up to her at bar and order our food after we asked for menus! She never asked us @ drinks we had to go up to bar and order!! Was for my Mom's 80th. Very disappointed ' then she rtacked on 20 percent for doing nothing!!' Nancy Staloch

review_stars 03/08/2014 - Jan Worrell
Food was awesome! Our service was not all that great. Got served at the bar great. Waitress at food table was horrible. Service can ruin the best food

review_stars 06/16/2013 - Pete
My wife and I try to make the 1.5 hour drive to Thompson at least once a year for the best prime rib I've ever had. They start serving for the evening at about 5 so if you are traveling a ways be sure to get there early or call ahead if you want prime rib because they do run out on busy nights. This no frills cafe style restaurant is pretty plain on the inside using rough cut lumber on the inside to create a sort of western theme. It can become quite noisy inside. Dont let that deter you away from going there because what they lack in atmosphere the more than make up in food quality. I would put them up to any ritzy steak place in minneapolis. Also there hand battered jumbo butterfly shrimp are a perfect al a carte to add to any steak. Along with choice of potato and the help yourself salad bar you won't go home hungry!

review_stars 01/18/2013 - Tim Mann
Came down to eat and had to wait 20 mins with 6 to 7 tables open.... Then went to order the prime rib and there out.... Last time here and would not recommend

review_stars 01/04/2013 - Brent Hintz
The best filet you will ever eat. The decor could use an update.

review_stars 08/12/2011 - Francis
Great food every time but this time I came the service seemed a bit slower than it should have been. The food was great when it arrived. Service seems to be slipping. It can still yet be worth waiting for the excellent meal.

review_stars 05/21/2011 - Old Coach
I have never had prime rib so tender and the size was unbelievable.
Well worth the drive.
It is located in north central Iowa yet the night we were there a Corvette club from Minneapolis had driven down just for supper.
Now I know why.

review_stars 04/18/2011 - JAN

review_stars 02/21/2010 - Pam K.
For many years, when we celebrate an occasion, we have gone to the Branding Iron in Thompson, Iowa. Last Thursday night, we ate there, and both my husband and I absolutely thought it was by far the best food ever that we have had there. The Sirloin Steak was just perfect and the lobster, totally fantastic! And their strawberry daiquiri's are the best! It isn't a super fancy restaurant, but the atmosphere and the employees are always very gracious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

review_stars 10/12/2009 - Jim Berka
In my opinion, the Branding Iron has the best Ribeye in the Milky Way Galaxy. I could be wrong. I have not been beyond our own solar system. Seriously, the Ribeye is a bit pricey for Iowa but it is a mouthwatering experience. The restaurant itself is not fancy...not at all, but if you want a steak to die for this is the place for you.

review_stars 10/29/2008 - Carl
Was told that this place was the best for steak. Ordered a Rib Eye Steak to be cooked medium rare. What I got was an overcooked piece of tough prime bib not the Rib Eye. Was told that it depended where the cut of meat was taken form and that is why it is not marbled. Where I come from , a Rib Eye Steak is ALWAYS well marbled. If this was Rbi Eye then it was a Utility grade of meat not even choice let alone prime.

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