Merrick Inn

4.8
1280 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Steakhouse, Continental
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Hours of operation
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.

PLEASE NOTE: RESERVATIONS MADE ARE FOR THE DINING ROOM. WE DO NOT RESERVE PATIO OR BAR TABLES.
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Phone number
(859) 269-5417
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Patrick Jones
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Catering
Pricing is $45, $55 or $65 per person for a three course meal. Please visit our website's private events page to view these menus and spaces available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
New Circle Road exit 18
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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.
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Public transit
None
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Special events & promotions
Wedding Dinners
Rehearsal Dinners
Corporate Events

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1280 People Are Saying
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DG
Louisville
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Love Merrick!

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New York Area
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing meal in a long time. Everything was superb.
Food, Service, and ambiance all you would expect and more.
Will be returning often. A real gem.

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JH
Seattle
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. We had been referred by family who rave about Merrick. We were not disappointed. Food was excellent. Service was impeccable.

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Louisville
3.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was good but I think you could give a little more salad out .I think you should get some better comfortable chairs those are warn out.You should have more parking available .

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W
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Abby was absolutely wonderful. The evening was so nice and the dinners were lovely. We highly recommend Merrick to all foodies like us.

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Louisville
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good southern comfort food with outstanding fried chicken. Top notch service. It was exceptionally noisy the evening we were there.

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GC
Portland
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried chicken outstanding but the height of our experience was Tina our server...wonderful professional, very nice person.

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RD
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was delicious. Our server, Pierre, was very attentive and helpful. It was my mother's birthday and she had a lovely evening.

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SH
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff. Our waitress was great and knew eveything. Food was fantastic. Being there for my first time, would go again. A little noisy when it's busy, but after that, it is cozy and romantic. A must if you have never been

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New England
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Merrick Inn is one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate special occasions like birthdays, our anniversary and to be with friends. The service is outstanding, the food exceptional and the ambience is extra-special. While a tad pricey, the experience is worth every penny!

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Chicago
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absoultly delicious experience ! Service and atmosphere were nothing less than perfect. Love this place!

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EB
Louisville
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IT was nice! Food and service was good. Specials were great!

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Louisville
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great; service was wonderful!!

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BP
Cincinnati
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

food and service was great, my date's first time there and she thought it was amazing.. I will be going there again

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B
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice dinner while we were visiting Lexington. All the food was excellent, especially the prime rib. We were so full that we didn’t have dessert but I am sure they would have been awesome.

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Louisville
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places, Southern charm, good food and service. The items that remain on the menu are there for a reason, you can’t go wrong with them. Lots of good restaurants in Lexington and this one is always top 10!

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JG
Louisville
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, great food, drink and service was excellent!

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MC
Indiana
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great anniversary dinner. We would definitely return when we come back to Lexington.

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Louisville
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food with average service. I treated a girlfriend to dinner on a Monday night. Nathan was our server. I don’t think he smiled the entire evening and was not friendly at all. While informing us of the specials, he failed to mention their Monday wine special (half priced bottles of wine) which is a GREAT special. I got the grouper special which was very good. My baked potato was cold unfortunately but I didn’t want to complain. I was surprised to see that the fish special was $38 when we got the bill. Would have been nice to hear prices of specials prior so no surprises. Wine special was a nice treat. Will definitely return but just hope for nicer server next time, especially at an establishment as nice as Merrick Inn.

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E
Louisville
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful last minute dinner while we were attending college orientation at UK, reservations easily made through OpenTable. Pierre was a wonderful server, very competent and we never had to ask for a thing. The fried green tomatoes were amazing and the grouper was delicious! My son was very happy with the fried chicken. This wasn't our first dining experience at the Merrick Inn, always pleased. The only reason for 4 stars on ambiance was that we felt it was too dark for 5:30 pm inside the restaurant and very dim.

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VI
Louisville
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really good food and service. Prime Rib was some of the best I have ever had.

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MS
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was very nice. The only unfortunate note of the evening was that we were seated next to a large party with loud children. It's understandable that they want to have a nice dinner, but it impacted our ability to enjoy a conversation without yelling over their noise.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Pork Chop was awesome as were the Scallops. Portion was fine for the Pork but for $36 you only were served 3 Scallops. We had the Grouper Fingers which are always terrific.

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TM
Dallas
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merrick was fabulous as always. Excellent atmosphere, food and service! Always our fav!

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JR
Louisville
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the Walleye Pike fried. It's the best fish I've ever had. I'm usually a steak guy but I wanted to try fish that day and it was awesome.

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E. Tennessee
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to celebrate my 25th birthday. Food and service was excellent! My steak was cooked perfectly. Loved the strawberry short cake. Thank you so much!

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merrick is always at the top of their game

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Chicago
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amanda was perky and humorous. Food was delightful Decorations are very horsey and quite fun

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Louisville
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue, fantastic service, delicious food!! We love Merrick!

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Louisville
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 31st anniversary early and tried Merrick’s Inn for the first time. First of all, excellent service by Haley! Our cocktails were excellent seasonal picks. Filet was perfect and the fish of the day, Corvina, was amazing. We took our desserts to go, a French silk and a butterscotch bread pudding. All I can say is, ahhhhhh. We will be back!

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SD
Louisville
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night getting reacquainted with the Merrick. Always a great time and always clever with food choices and service. Dined outside which is always fun. Wine and food was great as expected at an uber reasonable price point.

Defiantly a must when visiting Lexington!

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Tampa
2.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Went to dinner to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. Was seated right next a family of at least 15. Could hardly hear each other talk. I’m 6’1 and was seated at a table pretty much against the wall, which was not fun. I ordered the broccoli with hollandaise and she ordered the asparagus casserole as sides. My broccoli hollandaise was definitely heavy on the lemon. It was very tart. Her asparagus casserole was a very small portion and literally had three small pieces of asparagus in it. My steak, what was the aged NY strip was cooked perfectly. Which I was very happy with. She ordered the Merrick Ribeye medium rare which was over cooked except for the very center which was medium rare. They also broke down two tables where the family of 15 people were sitting right in front of us while we were eating. Which was very awkward. Overall was not happy and do not recommend for a quiet special occasion at all.

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Cincinnati
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We had 3 people and wanted to sit on the patio. We made a reservation, but when we arrived were told that only the dining room accepted reservations. There were two open 6 tops outside, but they would not allow us to sit there without 6 people. The wait was 45 minutes and I have a young child. We sat in the bar which was less than ideal with a child but we were underdressed for the dining room. They came after we had ordered our food and offered to let us move to a 6 top. At that point the amount of work to move our appetizers and drinks along with toys etc would have been significant. I will not be back with a group. The food presentation was nice, but it was a frustrating experience when we just wanted to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather. I had a similar experience last year when it was just me. I had decided to give it another try.

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K
Louisville
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. We had a new waiter - she was attentive (not overly), friendly and upbeat (she did forget to deliver a salad, but made up for it). Eating on the patio was really nice, though extremely noisy. My least favorite part of eating here is parking - I've never been able to find an empty spot that isn't labeled as "resident" (the restaurant is nestled in an apartment complex, with narrow streets), so you're forced to use the "complimentary valet service" (valets only work for tips).

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MF
Louisville
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always had a fantastic meal and great service. The special for the evening was prime rib and it was delicious. My wife had the filet mignon as is her usual here. She was delighted with it. The salad is tasty and the dressings made on site are great. Another wonderful birthday celebration!

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J
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have never left a review before, as I have never before been to a restaurant worthy of the effort. Merrick Inn is definitely worth that effort. The food was outstanding and worth every penny. The grouper fingers with mustard sauce was hands down the best appetizer I have ever had. For my main course I ordered the special that night, halibut with a crab and heirloom tomato salsa on top and a shallow layer of lobster bisque underneath. For my sides I got the green beans and house salad with their house dressing. The green beans were as close to my Grandmother's as I've ever had and the house dressing was phenomenal! The fish was perfectly prepared and the flavor profile with the salsa on top and bisque underneath was excellent. My dinner companion got the 14 oz. Ribeye and swears it's better than any steak at Malone's. For dessert we shared the creme brulee. It was very good. There are only two negative things I can think to say, and one is a stretch. First, our waitress strictly took our order and brought our food. There was nothing wrong with her service, it was pretty timely, but all of the tables around us had extraordinary waiters. We ended up listening to the waiter at the table behind us for recommendations, chit chat, and little tidbits about the Merrick Inn. He was great. We both enjoyed listening to him. Like I said, that was a stretch because she was prompt and we wanted for nothing. Second, and definitely inconvenient, was the restroom situation. There is one restroom and it is about the size of a closet that serves one. There is no real room in the narrow hallway to wait on the previous patron to finish, plus it is a little ridiculous that such a seemingly large place has one teeny, tiny restroom for women. I would assume it's the same for the men but I don't know that for a fact. All in all the atmosphere was great, the meal was probably the best I've ever had, and we really enjoyed our evening at the Merrick Inn. I will definitely be back!

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Louisville
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merrick Inn is our favorite! Never disappoints.

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S
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our anniversary. Was a very good experience. A great waiter! Only problem was parking.

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delightful. Great waitress. Food was fabulous

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DS
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had always hear good things about this place. It didn’t disappoint. Everything we ordered was great.

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