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Merrick Inn
Merrick Inn

Merrick Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.themerrickinn.com
  • Email: themerrickinn@gmail.com
  • Phone: (859) 269-5417
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    **KEENELAND IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!**

    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: Southern, Steakhouse, Continental
  • 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 (859) 269-5417

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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Diner Reviews
  • "Came to Lexington for the races. Having lived in Lexington a few years ago and bringing folks new to area with us, we chose the Merrick Inn to show them the best of Kentucky. It did not disappoint. The atmosphere, the service, and the food were all one could ask. Our friends were more than impressed. Until the next time..."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Too much background noise and tables too close together"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Definitely our favorite Lexington restaurant. We have tried many different places in our many trips to town for Keeneland and this is consistently the best. Had their Prime Rib special and the food was top notch. The appetizers were great and we really liked the wine selection the wait staff picked for us. Our server was outstanding and actually remembered us from our fall trip to down. You won't be disappointed with dinner at Merrick!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was the first time my wife and have ever been to the Merrick Inn, and went for our an 26th Anniversary "Treat", we have been wanting to go for along time because of all the good things we have heard over the years and we were not disappointed. Food was excellent and service was as well. I'm just disappointed we waited so long to go."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Great rib eye steak. Cooked perfectly. Great lobster nachos reasonably priced. Excellent appetizer special of chicken livers. Found on Internet looking for a nice dinner option after attend the races at Keeneland. Will definitely go back the next time I am in Lexington Ky.."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great server, super noisy group when we first got there, once they left, the ambience was very pleasant!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This place has great history, with an intimate setting. We had great food with excellent service"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "What a great place. It came highly recommended and is a local favorite so how could you go wrong. Once an old horse farm to offers charm and excellent food. The Pecan crust Pork loin in bourbon chipotle butter was delectable. A must go to when you visit Lexington Ky"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "What a gem this restaurant is tucked away in Lexington just off of Tate's Creek, The service was great - the food was outstanding. The pecan crusted pork with a cream bourbon sauce and apple chutney almost melted in my mouth. Of course I tasted the salmon my husband ordered as well as the filet mignon (with a heavenly béarnaise sauce) my daughter ordered. The food was perfectly prepared and presented. The complimentary valet parking made me feel special as well. I can hardly wait for my next outing."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The best fried chicken I've ever had. Fries crinkle, frozen. Shrimp on Fried Green Tomatoes pretty amazing."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Feel like family while dining in the home of former Lexington Legend named Merrick Wonderful food and even accommodated gluten free meal. Donna's pound cake was tender and delicious making a perfect ending to our pleasant. Cooked to order and brought at a comfortable pace. Enjoyed immensely and will return next time in Lexington!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Dinning out at the Merrick Inn is great for special occasions. The bill was a big chunk of the monthly budget but well worth the dollars spent. We both ordered the rib eye and wow was it delicious. We each ordered different sides, baked potato, soup, and broccoli casserole and all very tasty. Not to be forgotten was the oyster appetizer which was perfect. Dessert was a chocolate bread pudding, shared. We will definitely do it again and hopefully soon. The only drawback was the noise level in the room and honestly this was most likely beyond the control of the restaurant. Sadly another group in the room was loud to the point that all the other tables in the room were making comments among themselves but loud enough for us to hear."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great food, service, & atmosphere! Highly recommend to everyone."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "It has been several years since I have been to the Merrick Inn for dinner. I went about 6 years ago when I first moved to Lexington, but don't remember being that impressed with it for all the things I had heard. We just went back to celebrate my birthday and it was a fabulous experience, great food, perfect service, awesome wine, and just a wonderful night out."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My husband and I were traveling and stopped at this restaurant. After a long drive this was a wonderful respite. Everything we ate was superior. Fried Green Tomatoes special was wonderful. My husband had the fried chicken was excellent. I had the special Chilean bassi it was as good or better of any entree I have had in the Washington Metro area. I think the locals have a real gem in Merrick Inn. I would be a regular if I lived in Lexington Ky. Our waitress Ashley was wonderful would request her each time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We are always looking for a different, unique place to try when we come to Lexington. Merrick's Inn was recommended to us by our daughter. I have to say it was one of the best meals we have ever had! We had our first dinner there last December on our 39th wedding anniversary and when we went back on 3/4 our meal was just as good. A MUST TRY!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We had an excellent time at the Merrick Inn for our double birthday celebration. Three of us went. The service was great, timely, not intrusive, covered all the bases. The food was great too BUT I wouldn't go for the KC steak, it wasn't as tender as I hoped for the money. The eldest member of our party got the pork tenderloin with apple chutney, asparagus with hollandaise, and corn pudding and raved about her food. The hot brown was delicious. The sides to the KC steak were really good; corn pudding and balsamic baby beets. And the bread, yum.The only issue with the steak was that for $35, one would expect it to be more tender. The flavor was spot on great. All in all a great experience. If you go I recommend the grouper finger appetizer."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Love Merrick. Food is always excellent. Overall pleasant place to be for my husband and me when we want a special outing."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We travel for work and like to sample local eateries, so though the price was a little on the high side, decided to give Merrick Inn a try as it was recommended by several people. Had that old time southern genteel feeling. (Mint Julep anyone?) Lovely cozy atmosphere in the dining room with low lighting level (but not so dark you can't see) and fireplace. Good staff and good food. Salad was just okay, but bread outstanding. Pecan crusted pork tenderloin in a sweet sauce with apples and raisins quite tasty. All vegetables well prepared. Would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Been here many times always great food and atmosphere. Great place to dine or hang out."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We visited Merrick Inn for my husband's birthday. I noted that upon making the reservation and he was greeted and congratulated by several employees we encountered during our visit. Our waitress Leanne went out of her way to make the experience memorable. The food was unique and delicious (I had the almond crusted chicken). I can't say enough good about this place. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Love the Merrick Inn. A little pricey, but the food was wonderful and the service was quick. Complimentary valet and reservations made our dining experience great. Would go there every week for the delicious entrees if we could afford it."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Merrick Inn has always been our favorite Lexington restaurant (or almost anywhere!) Great food, service & atmosphere. Our 1st choice for special occasions as well as when we just want to reward ourselves with a great meal. Has been our favorite spot for as long as I can remember (30 years +)"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "On a recent business trip to Lexington we tried Merrick Inn, and were pleasantly surprised by how good it is. We are in the process of moving to the Lexington area and have been sampling lots of restaurants in the area and we now add this to our TOP list of great eateries which includes Dudley's on Short and Rodney's on Broadway (in Georgetown, KY). Great ambience in an older home-like setting --- great food and drink. Will definitely go back! Can't go wrong."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Service was impeccable. Atmosphere wonderful. Valet parking is definitely a plus."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Merrick Inn has always been our favorite! The Food is always well prepared. The service is appropriately attentive and the ambiance is unmatched in Lexington. I recommend it to anyone who is looking for someplace "special". The patio is without question the best in the area."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I took my mother to dinner at the Merrick Inn on her 65th birthday. She loved it. The food and service were great."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Out of town guest were thrilled at our choice of resturant. They will be back and so will I."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I have enjoyed coming to Merrick Inn for the past 25 years on special occassions; anniversaries, birthdays. We also get together with friends to celebrate as well. Would recommend it to anyone!!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Merrick Inn is an old house renovated as a restaurant with an upscale feel. Great service and menu options. Two local Lexington brews on tap (West 6th & Country Boy). We had two small children with us so we were a little worried how they would do. The server handled everything very well. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I don't get the opportunity to have very many romantic dates, so I surprised her with a night out on the town. The service and food made us fall in love with the place, and they took care of us like we were family. The server was polite, smiled, and quick and the food was delicious. The appetizer special was the crab cakes, which were delicious and had more crab in them than I had expected, with a delicious pesto. I had the walleye pike, which was probably a three pound fish before it was butchered and fried, and was way more than one person could handle and cooked perfectly. My wife had the chardonnay chicken, which was very tasty. Special occasions will see us returning."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We had a party of 7 adults. We met up in the bar, which was super cozy, found some great leather couches next to the wood burning fireplace - perfect match for some bourbon! Our table was ready as we requested, and service was efficient. My only note about that was the female server tried hard to smile and be pleasant and accommodating, but I had the feeling that she was covering too many tables. Food was excellent, hot to the table and well seasoned - no need for salt or pepper. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We visited for our daughter's 21st bday. The restaurant was lovely. The bar area was very comfy with a big fireplace and leather couches. Our dining room was quaint and our server very good. Everyone loved their food but me. I had stuffed sole, and It did not have a whole lot of flavor, but it wasn't bad, just not great. Overall we loved it and would go back in a heart beat."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My family had a lovely dinner. I felt as if I was being entertained in someone's home. Snowing outside and the beautiful wood fire roaring. One member of our party was gluten free. The chef was happy to accommodate. Ready to go back and maybe save room for dessert this time. Oh the Mojito was perfect!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "You cannot find a a better spot for great food, great service and always a enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "My wife and I love Merrick Inn. We live over 150 miles away, but when we are in Lexington we try to make this restaurant a "must" stop for us. My wife usually gets the fried chicken and says it is the best anywhere. I usually get the walleye and it is great! Where else can you get walleye in a restaurant? Our last visit I got the grouper with a soufflé on top. Wow! It was delicious! I have recommended Merrick Inn to many of my friends and I do not do usually recommend restaurants! By the way, the service is always great! Everyone is cordial and friendly. The ambience is wonderful for a couple. It is also a nice way to spend an evening eating and talking. You are not rushed and can relax and enjoy your meal and fellowship."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Very nice high end restaurant in Lexington. Great service. Nice for special occasions."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My wife and I were in town for a conference and were looking for a nice meal at something other than a chain/franchise restaurant. We came across the Merrick Inn doing a google search and gave it a try. The food was more expensive than a chain steak house, but yet not too pricey. The feeling was elegant yet casual. The staff was very friendly and the food was the best I have had in Lexington. My wife is a picky eater and the menu selection had plenty of options for her liking. Complimentary Valet parking was a nice touch as well. We will definitely be back when we are in town again."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "A great place to take guests for a taste of the Bluegrass. Good wine, good food, and good people are combined for good dining."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our visit at Merrick Inn. We reserved a table for four for a birthday celebration and were seated exactly on time. The Inn has different dining rooms and the place was hopping. The food was delicious. Everyone loved their appetizers, entrees and desserts. The temperature of the food was piping hot. The servers were prompt and pleasant. I will be going again and can't wait til spring and summer to sit on the patio. The only complaint I would have is the level of conversations from nearby tables was very loud and there was no ambient music in the background to soften the conversations going on around us. Great restaurant…everyone was wonderful."
    Dined on 1/18/2014