Merrick Inn

4.8
1353 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 1353 People Are Saying
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MP
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have frequented Merrick Inn for over 40 years. My first choice for special occasions or treating some out-of-townees. Never an unpleasant experience.

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M
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Staff was wonderful, went above and beyond after our meal to show us around and give us more history of the property and restaurant.

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M
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed with Merrick Inn. The food is delicious and the service is great!

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SA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Favorite Resturant and we are from out of town. Makes you feel like family. Alex is the best!!

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k
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner was very good, especially the fried green tomatoes with country ham salad topping appetizer which proved to be a group favorite. Trust me, we are fried green tomato snobs, and these were great. Service was lovely. Our waiter was attentive and entertaining. The food was very good though I wouldn't say outstanding. The ambiance is worth the visit. Nice wine list as well.

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

Wonderful dinner, great service for our group of 8. They also took special care as it was our Anniversary and they made it very special. Good Food and well prepared and served. Not inexpensive, but not too high for the service, location and atmosphere.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. Everything was fantastic. The only problem was a table for 8 in the same room and they were very loud . Absolutely nothing against Merrick

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every sense. The bourbon selection is amazing.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome! The food was great and the atmosphere was pleasant! Service was superb!

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Merrick Inn has great, friendly service and food that hits the spot. BTW, they have complimentary valet parking which is necessary as parking is difficult to find on a busy evening.

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AR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, we are never let down. Each visit is better than the last! This is our favorite place in Lexington to eat.

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the top to the bottom was great

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

Service was outstanding, the food was great. Will go again soon.

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PI
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hosted some out of town business associates. We had a great time. For us, the noise level was not a factor...and I'm hoping our group of 13 didn't negatively impact someone else's evening! Great food, service and history.

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CT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful way to celebrate 18 yr wedding Anniversary with my terrific husband!!

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BE
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the city and the only one that has endured years and years!

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SL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lived in central Kentucky all my life, and this was my very first visit to the Merrick Inn. I can definitely say it will be our go to from now on for date night, or any special occasion just to get together with family for a great meal and drinks in a terrific atmosphere. Not only was the service wonderful, but the prime rib had to be the absolute best I have ever had. Can’t believe it took us this long to find this gem!

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SK
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It should tell you something and why we love the Merrick Inn patio...it’s our third time in two weeks!! The fish special (last night was halibut and Monday was grouper) we’re prepared superbly!! Love the lobster and crab tacos appetizer. We also love 1/2 price wine night where you can enjoy some small wineries for less than $30/bottle. Love that you carry Orin Swift from Napa!!

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PW
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great southern cuisine! Food is high quality and delicious. Excellent service. Great drinks!

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S
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must go to every time we’re in Lexington. Hard to say enough good about this place. And - Monday is 1/2 wine night Even better!

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EJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Merrick Inn always a treat. Great food and service.

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S
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. Merrick Inn is our special occasion place!

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DA
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT FOOD, Wonderful place, great service, amazing atmosphere and a great overall experience. My wife and I truly enjoyed it. We will come back!!

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D
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Heirloom Tomato & Goat Cheese appetizer ("for two") 4 thin tomato slices.
Prime rib toughish, asparagus w sauce cold
Grouper fishy odor, tasted okay
Tiramisu unlike any I have ever tasted, very sweet
It was an ordinary experience, unlike past special experiences

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CM
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal this weekend. Always enjoy coming to Lexington to eat at Merrick Inn.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Merrick Inn was such a cute and quaint restaurant! Old vibes were on point and so was the food!! Def coming back when I’m in Lexington again!

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RL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Some of the most delicious food in town in a casual setting that feels "up scale." It is a "go to" spot for ordinary or special occasions.

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ES
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved being there. Service great. Decent wine list. Walleye lacked flavor but is usually great. Corn pudding very good. Green beans mushy and lukewarm. We will return of course and recommend. Off nights happen

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GE
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect fit in the patio

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RO
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wife and I attend here frequently for special occasions. Good food and service. Thank you.

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BG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Was very disappointed. After reading so many possitive reviews I was looking forward to our first time at Merrick. Had the Filet and it was nothing special. Salad was not much. Appitizer was ok. Skipped dessert as we didn't see much that we thought worth trying. The atomosphere was old and tired. Don't think we will return.

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EF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there many times and never been disappointed. Possibly the best restaurant in Kentucky definitely the best southern charm. Fried chicken is the best ever. Grouper fingers and fried banana peppers are excellent - try the creamy cucumber salad dressing you could put that on a rock and it would taste good. Everything there is good.

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m
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Merrick Inn often- one of our Lexington favorites for a very long time. Highly recommend for any occasion!

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BD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd recommend it for any occasion. I believe our server was Jason and he was excellent. I had a spinach/strawberry salad which I enjoyed, but it was a tad heavy on the dressing. Just my personal taste.

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SK
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time in many years eating on the Patio. Wow was it fantastic!! We surprised my bff for her 50th birthday. Our waitress was darling and attentive even when I knocked over an entire glass of ice water in my lap!! The food, patio and service were superb. The shrimp/lobster nachos were to die for and so was the heirloom tomato salad. We all had the grouper special. Excellent. My only teeny tiny suggestion would be to start offering a rose wine by the glass. You had a wonderful Rose champagne (Chandon) but having a rose wine by the glass would be perfect!! 🍷

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T
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. The restaurant is a lovely historic home with tasteful antiques. We really enjoyed our evening.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice dinner, good food, friendly service

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SA
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter for her 50th birthday and we were both very pleased. Food was fabulous and we are already planning to return next year to celebrate my 70th.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been going here for over 40 years. ALWAYS great tasting food.

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DB
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alex is the best host! He is always so busy, but never flustered, always friendly. We were there for restaurant week, and it was great! My wall-eye pike was fried just right, and my husband could not stop talking about how wonderful the pork chop was! We truly enjoyed our evening, from the valet parking to dessert!

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