Merrick Inn

4.8
1430 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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 1430 People Are Saying
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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have customer from
Pittsburgh ... he only wants to eat here ever visit !
We brought customers from Memphis , brought them to Merrick .., coming back in Dec , requested Merrick !

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MS
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought clients and it was delicious and fun! Thank you!

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AM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening. Thanks for the tasty dessert. Keep up the good work.

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k
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lexington landmark, great food and service---on the noisy and congested side for quiet dining

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TG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best, our crew from Woodbe Farm Martha’s Vineyard celebrated our week and success at The Nationals and we topped it all off at The Merrick Inn. Couldn’t have been a better night, thanks to all.

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LF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this place, but we made reservations for 7:45pm but we weren't seated until 8pm. what is the purpose of reservations if you aren't seated at the requested time? The house was very cold, the fireplace wasn't putting out much heat. But the food is great and the waiter was kind. Best filet in Lexington.

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a
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited from Dallas, TX while on a business and fun trip combined.

Requested romantic seating and were seated in a great little room (right of the host/hostess station) with limited seating next to a fireplace. Made for a great date night! Server was very attentive. Ordered a specially prepared steak that was done perfectly. I will be back for sure.

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BF
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Merrick Inn was outstanding! We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary there and they made sure that the greeting to the food and desert were top notch. I would recommend them for any occasion!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Wednesday night fried chicken special.
Everything was Fabulous. First timers and exceeded our expectations. Going back Monday night for the prime rib feed. Don’t miss this place.

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DH
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in Lexington.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Merrick Inn is an old established Lexington tradition but our last visit was not as it should be. For starters, we were seated in one of the small crowded rooms and our server was unable to stand at our table to tell us the specials because of the traffic from the other server walking by repeatedly. Very annoying. Second, my wife's water glass was dirty and had to be replaced. That happens. But my appetizer plate was dirty also, dried food, and had to be replaced. Two dirty dished during one meal..excessive. We both ordered a salad with our meal and blue cheese dressing. The dressing was very, very bland and I do not recommend it. The rest of the entree was OK, it's hard to mess up a baked potato. The wine was also very good. We ordered the chocolate bread pudding for desert . We have ordered bread putting at restaurants for years but have never seen any like that. It appeared to be nothing but warmed brownie dough. Would not recommend it for bread pudding ever. I would not feel comfortable recommending Merrick Inn to any of our out of town guests.

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m
Cincinnati
41 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Merrick Inn many times over the years-it never disappoints. Always great food and excellent service. I would highly recommend!

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KA
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

the special was $39.00. no price was given. and it was not a good piece of fish!

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MP
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Seating for a large party of people was crowded and cramped.

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m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Table was not ready at hour reserved. We were offered tables for 2, for party of three.

Considering that waitress had several years' experience, was not polished.

Valet nowhere to be seen at 10 pm departure.

Very nice venue.

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S
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merrick Inn is the best! It never disappoints, relaxing atmosphere and great food!

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LA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our second anniversary and it was great. It was a little more expensive than I thought it would be but it was delicious. We'll definitely go again in the future.

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MK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband had the Ribeye and said it was delicious! I had the Chicken Margarita with asparagus and Hollandaise sauce - wonderful!! Enjoyable evening!

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JP
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer service and food is always consistent and delicious. Our server Tina made our evening. She was so friendly and attentive.

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AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always top notch. Amy, our server, was fun, professional, and knowledgeable. We look forward to our next visit.

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JT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place to go after a day at Keeneland. Never have been disappointed.

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was great. We highly recommend Merrick Inn for any occasion.

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After just one visit, The Merrick Inn is our new after Keeneland spot. Sorry M*'s.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal and our server was excellent!

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CG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am not a foodie, however, the first time we ate there I actually took pictures and sent them to my family. They were shocked that I was extremely pleased with a meal. We live in Indiana and recently took a trip to Biltmore (Ashville, NC). We actually booked a room in Lexington, KY just so we could eat at the Merrick Inn on our way to NC. This was our second meal there and were equally as happy!!

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j
Western KY
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a perfect place to take out of state visitors for a true KY experience! Loved everything from the appetizers to the delicious corn pudding! A true gem!

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BK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner Great - Service Great

Old bar changed over the years and has too many TVs

Everyone was kind and friendly

The rooms were comfortable

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CB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to the Merrick Inn for about 45 years and have always been enthralled by the ambiance of it. The food has changed over the years but it is still very good and there are always a lot of authentic southern dishes from which to choose. The staff are always accommodating, courteous and efficient. This latest visit was to celebrate a special anniversary and we were served a dessert with a candle on a special plate.

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KH
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food, great service but the noise level was horrible. They need to focus large tables in a single room or two and put tables of 6 or less in rooms together. We were having great conversation until they setup a table for 12 in our room and Im an not sure we had a second of comfortable conversation after the larger table arrived. Very disappointing when we were trying to catch up with our daughter over a nice dinner during a visit to Lexington.

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JJ
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good spot!!! Always make it a point to have a meal here when traveling the area

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 12 in one of the upstairs rooms. We received top notch service from our server, Kristin, the food was excellent, and it was a great southern atmosphere!

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d
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’re glad we attended this restaurant. It was an enjoyable evening. Between the staff and the food it made for an evening we will long remember and we look forward to a return visit in the future.

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TB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Setting, service and food were all great, but the room we were in was extremely noisy. As the restaurant appears to be in a former residence, ther might be smaller rooms where noise is less of an issue, but I don’t recall know. Aside from that everything was first-class.

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d
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit. It was awesome all three times. The food is delicious. Great wine list

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S
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We have eaten here many times over the past years. Sorry to say.....the quality of the food is drastically declining. Service was great however.

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L
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good service, good food-filet was exceptionally tender but was too salty. Southern greens were also very salty.
House Merlot tasted as though the bottle had been opened for several days.
Chef needs to not be so heavy handed with the salt, the food was too good otherwise to be that heavily salted.

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F
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Amazing food and service. Wont blame the restaurant for obnoxious table

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RR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent experience. From our greeting at the front door, our fantastic server Kristin, and a friendly good- bye on our way out Merrick Inn is a must. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was cozy. We will make this one of our routine stops when in Lexington.

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SB
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and selections. Really neat environment!

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