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Merrick Inn, Lexington, KY

Merrick Inn

4.7
4.7
3173 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern

If you are attempting to make a reservation with a party size larger than 8, please call the restaurant directly as parties larger than 8 will require a private room and cannot be booked online.
THE RESTAURANT IS MOSTLY ALL RESERVATIONS AT THIS TIME, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE BAR TOP, THERE WILL BE A TWO HOUR TURN ON TABLES. YOUR TABLE WILL BE REBOOKED TWO HOURS FROM YOUR RESERVATION TIME SO PLEASE BE ON TIME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

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Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:45 pm–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (859) 269-5417

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Jones

  • Catering

    Pricing is $65 per person for a three course meal. Please visit our website's private events page to view these menus and spaces available.

  • Private party facilities

    With rooms accommodating as few 10 persons to as many as 36, 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 an all-inclusive menu options for our private events.

  • Private party contact

    Alex Lennon: (859) 269-5417

  • Neighborhood

    Lexington

  • Cross street

    New Circle Road exit 18, inside Tates Creek Rd, on right.

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet is available most evenings under the black awning at our restaurants main entrance. Some self-parking spaces and our handicapped entrance can be found at the rear of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,173 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Lexington

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Lexington

    Outdoor Dining

  • Lexington

    Romantic

  • Lexington

    Most Booked

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  1. DD

    DouglasD

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always enjoy going to Merrick Inn. Excellent food, excellent service. Their patio area is are favorite.

  2. RS

    RachelS

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The petit medallions were delicious and the salmon is my favorite. Always delicious and service is so enjoyable. You can't beat Merrick for a true Lexington experience.

  3. s

    scrwabash

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place! Great food and great service. Highly recommended.

  4. TL

    TreyinLex

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a classic Lexington restaurant that you must try. The Bourbon Slushies are a treat! Fantastic service always

  5. RL

    RobbieL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was awesome. She really took care of us. We were able to sit in the bar room and she did a fantastic job.

  6. b

    bbixer48

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as always. Sure miss Tina

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We were told we needed to give up our table due to another reservation but all tables were not filled. We ended up not having to move but still crazy to say that at a higher end place

  8. RL

    RossL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food! Great service! The patio is awesome!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Father’s Day

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    For 25 years Merrick has been my go to for entertaining out of town guests. It’s always been consistent. I’m sorry to say it’s no longer reliable. Last night the service was horrible. Drink and appetizer orders were said to be lost, no bread was brought to the table, water glasses were not refilled after multiple requests. Our plates sat on the table for 20 minutes after we ate. We were not offered dessert. It’s easy to blame the above on the server, however in our two hour ordeal management never checked on the table. I understand the days of dining in coat and tie are in the past. However allowing a sea of ball caps and sleeveless t shirts replaced the southern charm with the feeling of having lunch at a truck stop. I hope they can turn the ship around.

  11. VO

    VictorO

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    First of all, let me start by saying Merrick Inn is one of our favorite places to eat in Lexington. But this visit will probably be our last. We arrived to a surprise of being placed on the patio. What? We didn’t ask for a patio, but ok. The patio chairs were not design for humans. When we left, my wife’s back was hurting so bad, she had to take ibuprofen. Secondly, there was a dog, yes a dog, on the patio, at one of the tables licking the table. I am not sure how many health codes this violates. Imagine knowing you placed your hands on a table that was licked by a dog. There were multiple people smoking on the patio. How amazing, we are hear with a 2 year old and there are people smoking? I food took soooo long to arrive that it was cold. And eventually we gave up on desert and left. We took our food with us, so I could warm it up at home. Literally my beans came so cold, it felt like the cook took the beans out of the fridge and placed it directly on the plate. We were also very surprised to learn that most of the sides: like mashed potatoes are not prepared at the restaurant but rather in some 3rd party warehouse. For the quality of this restaurant and the prices, this is unacceptable!!!! Finally, the most important thing: I was asking the server about allergies, and she literally started laughing. I had to reiterate several times the fact that I could die if I ingest the food, and she continued laughing. Why is this funny? This sort of service I would expect from Waffle House but not from Merrick In.

  12. CS

    ChristinaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dinner, great service. Great experience. Highly recommend.

  13. G

    Gourmetmom

    Naples

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Merrick Inn is not what it used to be. I realize they have new owners and it shows. It is no longer the top notch restaurant we had grown to love and appreciate. Food good not great, ambiance lacking its elegant and classic southern vibe. Very disappointing!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great dinner!

  15. JB

    JenniferB

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, food and atmosphere. Loved the patio dining!!!!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, great service

  17. MP

    MartinP

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was amazing. So hospitable. Our server Sandy was "FIVE STARS". We were celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. Meric Inn made it special. Thanks

  18. DM

    DannyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love it there Merrick Inn. Always come for special events to celebrate in style, with a great atmosphere. Food is superb. Service? None better any where in the State.

  19. M

    Margene

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Hostess in and out were not friendly I had reservations but told to go out and then told no table. Thankfully a long time staff member stepped in and got us a bar table noisy but cool. It was98 degrees. He was wonderful. Then my hot brown was burned . So not my best trip to Merrick I will go back because I usually have a good experience!

  20. j

    jackied

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We’ve been there a couple of times lately bc you HAVE to do Merrick patio in the summer. Service is friendly enough but it has been a little slow and we’ve had to flag down the waiter/waitress to ask for drinks or water. Service problems everywhere I realize but you asked!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    30th Anniversary

  22. L

    Lexingtondiner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our server was attentive and friendly. Food was delicious.

  23. w

    wsutter

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    The ambiance is wonderful. A very beautiful restaurant. The food is just ok. The steak was overdone, the wedge salad was large but lacked in taste. The price was good, however I would have preferred a better meal over cost The restaurant is nice, however I think there are other restaurants in the Lexington area with better food quality.

  24. RI

    RichardI

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Merrick Inn. Everything was perfect. We couldn't have had a better evening. We always enjoy Merrick Inn.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great service from Tina!! We’ll be back and I love open table!!

  26. J

    Jeffh

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An incredible experience on my birthday! Food has gotten real consistent in the last couple years, back to normal! Couldn’t of asked for anything more!

  27. EM

    ErikaM

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the patio!!

  28. J

    Jessica

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic dinner and wonderful service

  29. PG

    PeteG

    Louisville

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We're regulars at Merrick - sat at the outside patio bar. Food was great - they did forget my salad and It was served after my entree. Other than that, really good food on the latio on a perfect evening.

  30. BC

    BorderCollie67

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful dining experience at Merrick Inn! We were apprehensive about the change in ownership, but fear not; they've kept all the best dishes (portions may be a bit smaller), service is just-right (attentive but not intrusive), and the patio is still the perfect summer-evening place for delicious food & drinks. Give it a try; you won't be disappointed!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an amazing time.

  32. JH

    JoeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Food was excellent. Our server, Nathan, was outstanding. Ambience was OK, we were seated right by the door, so lots of traffic passing our table.

  33. L

    Lynnw

    Austin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Love the old charm

  34. LF

    LoveFood

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Was for a birthday dinner. The salad was missing some things. Food was really good overall. Would have just liked more things on the salad that were listed.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Grouper fingers are always a hit. The food is good but I'm not quite sure it's worth the price tag. A lot of locals go there and pay a lot to be seen. It's a decent overall experience but I'm not sure that it's quite worth a $110 per couple bowl with only one drink a piece.

  36. JD

    JackD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual, Merrick Inn didn't disappoint. My California visitors were charmed by the ambiance and outstanding cuisine and service. Merrick Inn is the first place I choose to really impress my friends and visitors.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our meals- walleye, salmon and fried chicken. It was raining so we didn’t go out on the patio area. Will be back soon

  38. SL

    ShirleyL

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and entrees were delicious!

  39. H

    Harold

    Louisville

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Once again wonderful dinner and evening!

  40. GT

    GTownGirl

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Love the valet parking as well!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Merrick Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 269-5417.

Merrick Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 3173 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

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Booked 47 times today
Google Map for Merrick Inn

1074 Merrick Dr Lexington, KY 40502

Additional information

  • Cross street

    New Circle Road exit 18, inside Tates Creek Rd, on right.

  • Neighborhood

    Lexington

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:45 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:45 pm–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet is available most evenings under the black awning at our restaurants main entrance. Some self-parking spaces and our handicapped entrance can be found at the rear of the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Patrick Jones

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (859) 269-5417

  • Catering

    Pricing is $65 per person for a three course meal. Please visit our website's private events page to view these menus and spaces available.

  • Private party facilities

    With rooms accommodating as few 10 persons to as many as 36, 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 an all-inclusive menu options for our private events.

  • Private party contact

    Alex Lennon: (859) 269-5417

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