About 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.

1074 Merrick Dr
Lexington, KY 40502
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Steakhouse, Continental

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.

Cross Street:
New Circle Road exit 18

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(859) 269-5417

Website:
http://www.themerrickinn.com/

Catering:
Pricing is $40 or $50 per person for a three course meal. Please visit our website's private events page to view these menus and spaces available.

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.

Public Transit:
None

Executive Chef:
Patrick Jones

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Wedding Dinners
Rehearsal Dinners
Corporate Events

Specials

50% Off Select Wines

Mondays from 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Specials

50% Off Select Wines

Mondays from 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Details

50% Off Select Wines. Excludes Tax and Tip. Monday's, enjoy 50% off most bottles of wine with the purchase of two entrees. Special valid Sep 25, 2017 - Jan 22, 2018 on Mondays from 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM.

Merrick Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (64)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
Special Occasion (58)
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Romantic (51)
Worth the Drive (41)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Cozy (38)
Authentic (34)
Good for Groups (30)
Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
Comfort Food (27)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Business Meals (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Casual (20)
Local Ingredients (18)
Fun (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Seasonal (8)
People Watching (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Live Sports (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Scenic View (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Live Music (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 2 days ago

As usual everything was great. The food was very good as well as the service. You his is one of our favorite restaurants inyien

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The patio is wonderful when the weather cooperates. The bar is cozy and lively. The restaurant is lovely with many rooms and interesting equestrian artwork. The host Alex is charming. Would share the name of our favorite waiter but we don't want him to be swamped!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our evening was wonderful. Pierre was an amazing waiter and we look forward to returning with our friends very soon. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Italy)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I was visiting Lexington and Griffin Gate for a two day get away with the wife. After graduating from UK in 1970 I continued to live in Lexington for the next 29 years until moving away in 1999. I have eaten at Merrick Inn for all of those 29 years and never had a meal that was not exceptional- what else can I say! Can't wait to get back for the next get away. I just hope I am lucky enough to sit in front of the fireplace in the bar again on a winter evening. First Class in every way from food to service.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Just a great dining experience a college buddy who owned his own restaurant in Buffalo New York called it a great restaurant with great food and great design

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Fantastic. First date, and could not have been better.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Good experience. Pierre was a great server.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

We were traveling thru Lexington and wanted to dine in a lovely local place featuring local specialities . The Merrill Inn certainly was lovely and the food and drinks certainly fit the bill, but we were so disappointed- and as our dinning experience wore on really irritated , to have been seated next to a table of 12 really loud women celebrating a birthday. Their loudness made it almost impossible for us to talk and enjoy our dinner. I mentioned this to our waiter and the hostess who seated us. Each acknowledged the problem but neither made any effort to improve our experience. I would think a so sorry and a complimentary something would have been called for. Felt even worse for the couple at the next table who had just renewed the marriage vows.....

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Absolutely tremendous!! From the beginning, superior service and attention; wonderfully prepared and tasting food...Monday night is 1/2 price bottles of wine and the crowd refelected it. Reservations a must. Certainly can see why it is TripAdvisor’s #1 restautant in Lexington.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We visited the Merrick Inn as a final evening out after a very enjoyable stay in Lexington. This was a great way to celebrate a very fun stay. The staff at Merrick were exceptional and all very polite. The ambiance was romantic and set the mood for an exceptional meal. The entrees arrived and were beautifully presented, warm/hot and very delicious. The bar area was inviting and the room in which we ate had a fire place and low lighting. I would most definitely go back and recommend anyone visit The Merrick Inn.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Classic setting, historical ambiance, imaginative gourmet preparation with generous portions of dishes we've enjoyed since childhood. Can't recommend the Merrick Inn enough!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Healthy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Our visit to The Merrick Inn was awesome! The reservation through Open Table was so easy! Morgan gave us excellent service and even offered some added area information since we were visiting in Lexington. We were seated next to the fireplace, as requested, which made for great ambiance. Our room held about 5 tables so the noise level was conducive to dinner conversation. Our food was delicious. I had a scallop special appetizer (3 scallops served on a potato cake with creamed spinach) and a Merrick Salad, which was plenty for a meal, leaving room to share a dessert. The scallops were cooked to perfection! The bread pudding of the evening for dessert was outstanding. It had a bourbon (we WERE in Kentucky) caramel pecan sauce to die for. Great value for money, service, ambiance and food. I will return the next time I am in Kentucky and cannot recommend highly enough!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

First time with just my wife and I dining. Had a really small table. A plus was that the server noticed that I emptied my water glass very quickly, so she put a container of water on our table. This was a celebration of our 54 years of marriage. Crab cake starter was awesome. The rest of the meal did not match enjoyment of the starter. I had a chicken dish and baked potatoe, nothing special except the price. Wife had the fish special with corn pudding and onion casserole. Fish was okay, corn dish was plain, but the onion dish was great. Price was Special too. $36.95. Woops. Forgot my second side. A beef broth, noodle and mushroom soup. Tasted real good. Unless someone gives me $150 I will not be back.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Celebrating my sons birthday, Merrick Inn never disappoints. Our server Pierre was the Best!
The food was delicious and we will return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The Frenched pork chop was awesome. Fried chicken was wonderful. The desserts were excellent!!! Service was very good. Ambiance was very romantic!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I've been to Merrick several times and it never disappoints! The food was spectacular (house salad with champagne vinaigrette and fried chicken!) and the waitress, Amy, was amazing and attentive. We were in to celebrate and she brought us a delicious dessert with a candle. I would highly suggest coming here! One of the best southern cooking in Lexington!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Every time I visit I am constantly impressed with the level of service and the quality of food. Have never had a disappointment of any kind. Excellent

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our first time at Merrick Inn. The ambiance was nice. Food was good, though not especially inventive. Service from our waiter was excellent. Overall, a nice evening out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful meal in unique setting , lobster and crab nachos were great and huge portion would serve at least 6 as would the fried banana peppers which were tasty too. Table favorites were the prime rib and pork tenderloin with corn pudding (green beans were least favorite ) save room for the delicious desserts , all were fabulous! We took Uber which I recommend

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very busy on a Friday night and had to wait about 20 minutes past reservation time with no place to sit down, but staff was friendly and attentive. Very generous sized entrees. Be sure you're hungry if ordering an appetizer. The walleye pike was fresh and cooked perfectly. Champagne chicken pasta was tasty, but pasta a little over done.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky. The food is great and so is the service and atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was amazing! Atmosphere cozy and first class. Such a unique and special place. I found out you can order from bar menu too. Some nights I would like to come but don’t want to spend as much as the regular menu. Being able to use that menu when I make a last minute middle of the week dinner plan will now help me add Merrick to my list of options.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We went to Merrick for dinner and to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary.

This isn't our first time and Merrick is one of a few destinations we go to in the area.

The service was excellent from the time we pulled up to the concierge out front until we left.
Jillian was a superb waitress - on top of everything, especially gluten free options.
The food was fantastic as always and we had a very lovely evening finishing up our meal with a desert embellished with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on the serving dish.

Highly recommend Merrick!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

We thought the food was just o.k. For the money you pay!! It's expensive

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We have dined @ the restaurant for over 30 years, the food is almost always outstanding as is the service. My one gripe being that the restaurant never acknowledges a special occasion with a free dessert for the person or persons celebrating their occasion. Almost every restaurant in their price range does provide a free dessert. Our friend was celebrating her 91st birthday I hardly think a slice of pie or cake or even ice cream would break the restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My compliments to Pierre.... He made us feel welcomed and had great recommendations. Awesome service!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We always enjoy going to Merrick. It is one of our favorite date spots. The frenched pork chop I had was amazing. They also had pumpkin bread pudding that was fabulous.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I love this restaurant for my anniversary because it is near our house and is cozy and comfortable as well as being elegant. The food is always wonderful and delicious.
I would eat there more often if I had a lot more money. The service is always outstanding and we are made to feel special. Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent. Food is great, staff friendly and provide wonderful service. Always take out of town guest to Merrick.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Just a beautiful finish to a beautiful day in Lexington. Don’t miss this on your next visit to Lexington!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Absolute best restaurant we know of. We're from Cincinnati. None better within 100 miles of us.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent food in very pleasant surroundings - small rooms.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Sirs: Merrick Inn is a "go-to" place for dining on all our visits to Lexington. Always a wonderful experience. While you couldn't fulfill our request for an earlier reservation, the staff was attentive and seated us at the much desired "cozy" table in the bar seating area. See you again during our next visit to Lexington!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Healthy, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Live Sports, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

30 years and never a bad anything. The Chef's special appetizer of the tenderloin skewers on 4 cheese grits may have been the best thing I have ever had there. We don't go to Lexington without going to the Merrick Inn.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very accommodating and welcoming staff. Beautiful night so we switched from inside to outside for dinner. No problem at all. Great evening after Keeneland.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent spot in Lexington. Great ambiance. Energetic Bar. Reservations highly recommended. Alex does an excellent job. Fried chicken a house specialty! Outdoor seating weather dependent.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

best restaurant in Lexington. I have been coming here for over 40 years. Perfect fried chicken although they no longer have peaches and cottage cheese.

Kristin is the best server in Lexington

Plan ahead and make a reservation - well worth it

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food. Good service. Despite being very crowded our service was impeccable and the food was delicious! Great southern dishes in a delightful atmosphere.

Only negative is handicap accessibility...that is very poor!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fantastic and historical restaurant. Great service and food with mostly local ingredients.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The lobster and crab nachos were great. We ate outside and the service was very good. I had prime rib - cooked to perfection. My wife had the pecan crusted chicken and liked as well. Nice wine list - very good bourbon list. I recommend for any occasion.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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