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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.
Lexington, KY 40502
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.
New Circle Road exit 18
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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
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Merrick Inn Ratings and Reviews
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
We had a large party gathered. Several folks had never been to Lexington and we wanted to give them the"Southern experience." Service was excellent! Amber was attentive but not intrusive. All of the meals were delivered in a timely manner and there were a lot of clean plates! I had the salmon which was cooked perfectly. Overall, a great experience!
Was down in Nashville for my daughters 19th birthday (student at UK). Could not find a nice place to dine at the last minute.. Called the Merrick Inn and they stated, 9:30pm would be the earliest, but the Bar Seating and Patio are no reservations, and have the same menu. We showed up at 8pm, and indicated that since it was such a lovely evening, we'd like to sit in the patio... Our wait was 15 minutes tops.. we all had a wonderful meal.. food and wine was outstanding.. Our waitress was prompt, friendly, and all the staff was very courteous. This will be one of our main restaurants when visiting in Lexington. Thank you.
My husband and I dined at Merrick Inn for the first time to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. We were both impressed with the setting, the service, the music and the food was amazing! We decided we will be back and make this one of our favorite Lexington restaurants. We live out of state and can't wait to come back here next time we are in town.
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