Merrick Inn
Merrick Inn

Merrick Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.themerrickinn.com/
  • Phone: 8592695417x
  • Hours of Operation:
    **PLEASE NOTE: RESERVATIONS MADE ARE FOR THE DINING ROOM. WE DO NOT RESERVE PATIO OR BAR TABLES**

    Dinner Hours: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Bar and patio seating are available starting at 4:00pm for cocktails.
    Appetizers and sandwiches are available by 5:00pm and the full menu by 5:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Steakhouse, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Jones
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: With rooms accommodating as few 10 persons to as many as 98, Merrick Inn has many different private dining rooms sure to impress even the most discriminating of critics. Let our fine cuisine and abundant Southern hospitality make your next private event a great success.

    We offer two all-inclusive menu options for our private events. For either $35 or $45 per person, each of your guests will receive a non-alcoholic beverage, choice of soup or salad, entrée with one of our daily vegetables and a dessert.
  • Private Party Contact: Alex Lennon 8592695417x
  • Entertainment: Live music on the patio every Thursday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: New Circle Road exit 18
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet is available under the black awning at our restaurant's main entrance. Some self-parking spaces and our handicapped entrance can be found at the rear of the restaurant.
A word from Merrick Inn
Built before the Civil War and completely remodeled in 1936 by the Cal Milam family, the Merrick Inn served as the manor house for one of Lexington"s finest horse farms.

It was here at Merrick Place, that Milam and his groom, Mr. Johnson, trained the fabled "Exterminator", Kentucky Derby winner of 1918. Here also, "Tut Tut", Komuraski, Commodore, Brown Wisdom, Miss Joy, Milkmaid, McKee and Dust Flower started on their paths to fame and fortune. None of these, however, gained such widespread fame as Merrick himself. Merrick finished in the money 157 times, winning 62 races.

The Merrick Inn has been owned and operated by the Murray family for nearly 40 years. Offering the finest in traditional southern dining and innovative specials. Times have changed, but we believe the beauty and charm of our inn remain the same.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Merrick Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (90)romantic (66)great for outdoor dining (53)neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (35)good for groups (35)notable wine list (17)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (10)scenic view (9)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • keeneland Getaway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We always look forward to our Keeneland trips and the Merrick is always a pleasure to visit. Many thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointing
    Foodie1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    In the uncertainty of dining out, one can always count in a great meal and warm atmosphere at the Merrick Inn. Fine service-- especially Tina.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed
    Fields
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Enjoyed our evening at Merrick. Food was amazing, bar drinks and service were timely. The dinning room was a little too dark. Had trouble seeing spouse while dinning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • donc
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    None of the five in our group had ever been to the Merrick Inn and all enjoyed themselves and the food was great. Service personnel excellant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fantastic surprise
    Bmccr
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I lived in Lexington for almost my whole life and it's been at least 10 years since I went to this restaurant. I wife and I went there on a whim and everything was fantastic. We both got fish dishes and they were better than we expected and the service was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special birthday dinner
    mollyrebecca10
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My family had a wonderful dinner at Merrick Inn for my father's birthday. The food was excellent, and the atmosphere was certainly fit for this special occasion. I certainly recommend this restaurant for momentous evenings or even for a special date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not disappointing at all!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed the food and the restaurant is very pretty. Only thing was our waitress seemed to hurry us a bit with the meal. Would have enjoyed not getting our entrée so fast. Overall a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bread pudding... Wow!
    lpd1234
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My parents and I had a great experience at Merrick Inn. We shared the grouper fingers, yum. I had the stuffed lemon sole, which was very tasty. But the highlight was the bread pudding of the day, a chocolate pecan bread pudding. Wow! For someone who thought the didn't like bread pudding, I loved it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little place
    ExperiencedDiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was very good, staff very friendly, and just an overall fun experience. Will be going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our server Morgan was great and the food was awesome
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fantastic nachos for appetizer! Dinner was very good, food was slow to arrive, but loved the dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Southerngirl33
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Merrick Inn, is absolutely wonderful. The food was amazing, service was outstanding. The atmosphere is also outstanding. In the many times I've dined here, the good is always great. The staff is super friendly. We made our reservations through Open Table and was seated right away. The complentary valet is a major plus. Parking there isn't always the greatest but with the valet, they take care of that for you. Overall, this place is fabulous and would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KU move in
    Dk13
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent dinner, staff very friendly and our meal was fantastic. The fried chicken was great and the pork tenderloin was just as good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great dinner and look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We always enjoy eating at the Merrick. We know the food will be good. They give you special attention for any celebration you are enjoying.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Merrick, Outstanding
    bbloveswife
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    What a wonderful experience. The Red Snapper was superb and the Chicken Wow. Calamari to start off was magnificent. Waiter was knowledgeable about the food and the history of the Historic Inn. Recommend a must if in Lexington KY.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun spot
    Lovesfood
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Definitely worth the trip. The staff are wonderful and the atmosphere is fun and inviting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great special occasion dining
    Beachy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We made reservation for our family of six to celebrate my Mom's 83rd birthday. Our table was ready when we arrived and the service throughout the meal. this was restaurant week so most of our party ordered from the preset 3-course menu. All entrees were fine as were the appetizers sampled. The definite favorite of the meal was the bread pudding for dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mike
    Mike
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As always one of the best in Lexington. Food and service are the best in town, attentive but not overbearing. Simply just excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week at Merrick Inn
    NYdude
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was a second visit. (The first was in April.) The food, service, decor and ambience were superb (as they were the first time). In particular, I was delighted that there was a special addition to the printed Restaurant Week menu: a delectable pork chop with Jim Beam barbecue sauce, onion rings and a bed of cheese grits. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I know that return visits to the Merrick Inn are in my future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DinnerwinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Restaurant week menu was very good and food is always excellent! Service was friendly but verrrry slow!! It took over an hour to get entrees ..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A symobl of class at reasonable pri
    DonMcNayVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I've see numerous celebrities dine there and there was a time when you had to wait two months to get a reservation. Thank you Open Table for making that easier. It has class and elegance and full of well known horse industry types but the food is southern with elegance. Blows Paula Deen out of the water and you don't have to stand in line for your reservation. Has its own bakery on site and the bread and deserts are incredible. Service is always first rate and the price is very reasonable. I've eaten at Applebees for more than we spent at Merrick. Don McNay-McNayConsulting.com
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasurable Experience
    Tea4TwoVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Charming. Classic. Quaint. Exquisite. Great place for a cozy dinner. You will love the ambiance! Merrick Inn defines Southern charm. The food? Delectable. Delightful. Service? Attentive, without being overbearing. Would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lexington Landmark
    Copperskier
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Tucked away in an apartment complex, this is Lexington's best in my opinion. It is actually the very elegant main house of the original horse farm that was here before the apartments. So many good items on the menu. Try the rock shrimp and artichoke dip to start. I just love the Walleye and this is one of the few places serving that great fish. My daughter always has the almond chicken. My wife prefers the fried chicken. In fact, the fried chicken may be the best fried chicken anywhere. Crispy outside and moist inside---just perfect. You can choose to eat inside in one of the formal parlors, in one of two bars that are more casual, or outdoors on a large covered patio. Service is attentive and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GEM in the neighborhood!
    lightfreespirit
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It's a Gem in the neighborhood and great place to stop by. Great food, service and an overall good place to eat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always wonderful, but...
    yumyumtwins
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As always, the food was absolutely wonderful, but despite having a reservation, our table wasn't ready for almost a half hour after our reservation time. The server was very sweet, but also extremely busy and it was difficult to get her attention occasionally.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly lovely evening
    LGM1
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    When the maitre d was seating us he said he chose a table in a quiet area. It wasn't but about halfway through the evening the noise level did improve. However it was too noisy for conversation at the beginning. Service was excellent aside from the noise issue.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely
    AD10
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Dined at Merrick during Lexington Restaurant Week and thoroughly enjoyed it! The salmon was so delicious and cooked perfectly, the special cocktail of the night (Blood Orange Martini) was fantastic and our service was wonderful. Thanks for a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine Kentucky Dining
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    First of all, they had the elusive Pappy Van Winkle in stock, which was a treat for my out of town guest. The food was delicious. I enjoyed their fried chicken with sides of spinach and corn pudding. Desert was blackberry cobbler with home made ice cream. I highly recommend this combo with an Orin Swift wine. A southerners dream!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food very good; server was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We enjoyed our evening very much. All four of us were very happy with our entrees, and the attention and service we received from Rachel was spectacular. Merrick has always been, and continues to be, a favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Hadn't been there for a while and took fiancé there for part of our vacation. Its a true pleasure. The different rooms make the place comfortable as you usually don't have more than 4-5 tables around you. It bumps up the volume but not excessively. Great, true southern style cooking with some flair. Have the grouper fingers, really! So light. She had stuffed lemon sole. I'm not a fan but my taste was excellent and she loved it. I never eat the filet but I did this time. It was excellent, perfectly prepared and the bacon is real bacon. We loved it and would recommend it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner!
    TravelingMom
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I have traveled to Lexington three times in the past fifteen months and are so glad we heard about the Merrick Inn. It is truly the best place we have eaten in LEX and was exactly what we were looking for: a fine dining restaurant with ambiance that reflected the local culture. We will surely return every time we are in Lexington!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Merrick Inn dinner
    Kyproud
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fantastic service and food! Enjoyed the use of the best locally grown ingredients. Heirloom tomatoes were a real treat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    MerInn
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Merrick Inn has been a favorite for years. It is such a unique setting and tastefully decorated. The staff is always friendly and very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    DaveR
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Superior in every category. We had a guest in from out of town and there was no question where to take them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Food!
    SingingSeamtress
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food is always wonderful at Merrick Inn! I ventured away from my favorite Salmon and tried the Lemon Sole.....PERFECT!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    JohnP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We usually go when we have family visiting from out of town. Everyone really enjoys the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience at Merrick Inn
    Gaglma
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had a party of 3 at our table. My husband ordered the 4 piece fried chicken dinner with fries and green beans. The best part of the meal was the fries. The chicken was dry and the green beans tasted like they were out of a can. I ordered the Angus rib-eye and shared this with my 83 year old mother who doesn't eat much. I was appalled to find out there was a up charge of 5.00 to share even though we got the same amount of sides as if we didn't share. This 33.00 steak was horrible! It had absolutely no taste to it and definitely did not taste like angus
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a favorite
    avy61
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Merrick Inn is always a favorite for special occasions, gatherings with friends, and a place to take out of town guests. Quality is a cut above and consistent; staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinnr
    SpecialOccasion
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The Merrick Inn has long been a restaurant I reserve for special occasions. It is clearly a special place in a special setting with outstanding food. The parking was less than desirable as there were no spaces available other than valet parking (something I rarely use). The feel of the restaurant is formal with interesting décor reminiscent of classic movie scenes for upper scale dining occasions. I was disappointed in the air conditioning as it was a little warmer than I personally prefer though it was not intolerable. The food was among the best I have ever had. However the service was a little slow which may be attributed to the crowd. It remains a favorite for me but the patrons there are aging, myself included.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate