Merrick Inn
Merrick Inn

Merrick Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.themerrickinn.com/
  • Phone: 8592695417x
  • Hours of Operation:
    **KEENELAND BEGINS OCTOBER 3, MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY! 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Merrick Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (105)romantic (82)neighborhood gem (60)great for outdoor dining (58)good for groups (51)fit for foodies (50)notable wine list (19)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (17)scenic view (12)late-night find (8)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Top Notch
    nectar14
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was exceptional & the service was of the highest level. It is so rare that I am able to not find a flaw in my dining experience, a downfall of having 9 years experience in the hospitality industry, but it was wonderful in every aspect and I will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • nice evening
    william
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We go to Merrick Inn each time we are in Lexington and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bvmace
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Still raving about the food! We have never had anything but a stellar meal and great service in the 20 years we've had the pleasure of dining here! Love the Big Bar and the outdoor fire pit and fireplace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lexington's most charming place
    charmandatmosphere
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant with great ambiance, food and service. We eat here every time we are in town and love the charm of the place. Service is wonderful with very attractive servers!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LONG Wait but GREAT Food!
    NOVAMom
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I told the host when we arrived that we had a 5th person, but that we would be happy to squeeze her into our 4 person table. He insisted he'd have a table available shortly for 5. He paged us shortly after to notify us that our table was ready, but after making our way thru the crowd waiting for seating, the host noted that he'd made a mistake and the table wasn't ready. After 45 minutes, the mgr sent a cheese plate to acknowledge the long wait. We were seated an hour after our reservation. While I understand that our change in number complicated things, it would have been nice to know how long the wait would be, so we could make other plans. That said, the fried chicken and the pork tenderloin were amazing! Will return to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere and food
    Gigi
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We visited the Merrick Inn this past Saturday night. We are from out of town - so I just found it by googling it before I went and then made a reservation. We were very impressed with the atmosphere and food. This is a great place to go after the horse races and football games. The prices are reasonable and the service and food was fantastic! The outdoor space looks great - they had a fire going, but it was raining so no one was out there, but it looked very inviting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MSP1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First time visit to this venerable Lexington restaurant -- won't be the last. Our group of 10 was impressed by the food, the service, and the overall experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Lexington
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Consistently the best meal in Lexington. Their dishes are well prepared and thought out. Really like their Prime Rib special. My wife got the pork tenderloin and liked the sauce but wasn't as crazy about the meat itself. A bit too done. This is still the best meal you can get in Lexington and we make it our go to restaurant for our Keeneland trips.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • toddie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food outstanding, as usual. Great choices on menu. Host (I believe his name was Alex) was most accommodating. Definitely a restaurant you don't want to miss.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place
    Date4u
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This is a must visit place in Lexington, the food was fabulous but the service even better. Their staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. We had an absolutely fantastic evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • littlemare
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We always go to the Merrick Inn after a day at Keeneland Race Track. Always pleased with the food and service. It is good to have a reservation. I especially like that two side dishes are included with the entrée. I also enjoy the outside dining area. We were not fond of the bread pudding with chocolate chips. I would rather have traditional bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time charm!
    nctravelers
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Been visiting Lexington for the races for over 10 years and never made the Merrick a dining destination. My bad! When the food, service, and ambiance are outstanding, it is almost impossible to find anything bad about an establishment. Even the valet gentlemen were prompt and courteous. Our first visit but hopefully not our last. Planning on being in for the races in April and looking forward to another great dining experience at the Merrick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great Southern dining experience! Pork tenderloin with barbecue sauce and vidallia onions to die for as was shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't miss this one!
    KittyJean
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    definitely worth going to. Good food selection. ambiance excels here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot brown
    rahrah41
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    They made one of the best hot browns I've ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great introduction to KY cuisine
    LivinTheKYDream
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My Oklahoma fiance had not yet had a real KY culinary experience, so our first stop was the Merrick Inn. It's classic Kentucky and a wonderful example of our culture's hospitality. Ordered the hot brown (of course), corn pudding and green beans. And to no self-respecting Kentuckian's surprise, he said "this is the best thing I've ever had in my life." Yes... my dear, welcome to the Bluegrass. Thanks for a wonderful evening and for the fantastic breakfast the next morning - the portions were sizable allowing for a delicious reheated treat the next day!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    william
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Restaurant was very comfortable, the service was outstanding, and the food was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    NickVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I cannot say enough about the pork tenderloin, except thank to the chef. Great ambiance. Will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lexington
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Definitely a city place to dine. Waiter was especially courteous and used proper serving etitique.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • College
    Rose
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great place to eat!! They have the best Fried Chicken
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our experience was so good, we went back on Saturday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit.
    nonikname
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had been given a gift certificate by my son & used it for a 21st wedding anniversary dinner. Great experience & great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Elif
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Nice ambiance. Food was ok but expected much more for this relatively high priced restaurant. I would not recommend it for someone who is looking for excellent food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice atmosphere.
    Wheezy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was very good and the atmosphere was romantic. The only thing that was not good was the parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Susan
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Always outstanding Never miss eating here when I come to town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    Mcmc08
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was outstanding! What a great place!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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