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

Merrick Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (66)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Good for a Date (63)
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Romantic (53)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Cozy (41)
Worth the Drive (39)
Authentic (36)
Good for Groups (29)
Great for Outdoor Dining (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Business Meals (25)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Bar Seating (22)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Casual (17)
Fun (17)
Local Ingredients (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Seasonal (10)
Hot Spot (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Live Sports (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Live Music (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a great dining experience! I will continue to go there as the occasion arises!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined 5 days ago

Been our favorite for years Just enjoy the total ambience of the beautiful home
great food and service. When we have friends in from out of state our first
choice to take them.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Authentic
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·Dined 7 days ago

My favorite place to celebrate a special occasion or to entertain

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

A great restaurant for an anniversary celebration. We enjoyed the 2 for $50 special which included a generous appetizer, individual entrees, sides and again, a very generous dessert to share. There was very little waiting between courses. Our server always appeared as soon as we had finished one course and the next was served promptly. We enjoyed our dinner and private conversations without undue interruption. The historic horse farm ambiance of Merrick Inn is a must for visitors and locals in Lexington. I look forward to going again. The valet parking was also another very pleasant greeting upon our arrival and again as we departed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We have been going there for years n enjoy it every time

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

We love the Merrick Inn Monday night 1/2 price wine special. They are having 2 entrees with shared appetizers and desserts for $50 for a limited time now. We had fish and calamari appetizer that were delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Merrick Inn was the perfect choice for our anniversary dinner. The food was excellent, the service outstanding, and the atmosphere was appealing. It was quiet enough to have a conversation, yet active and energetic. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

As always Merr

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious as usual. Can't be beat. Very consistent and excellent cuisine and a fun place to be.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Merrick Inn is one of our favorites when it comes to dining out with friends. The creamy cucumber dressing is always a hit with several in our group.

I have recommended Merrick over the years to several people who are new to the area.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 3, 2018

As always-a great time and meal! The best restaurant in Lexington

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have dined at Merrick Inn for many special occasions. This experience was exceptionally great. Jillian was an amazing server and made the evening outstanding. Food is always good here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food, service, ambiance was outstanding!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Merrick Inn is a Lexington landmark. The dining is always enjoyable and the food is delicious! The restaurant is great for casual dining, business gatherings, romantic dates, celebrating special occasions or enjoying a sporting event with friends in the spacious bar area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fried green tomato appetizer was AMAZING! I am a Kentucky native and wanted to treat my NYC boyfriend to an authentic southern dining experience. He loved it and so did I. We had the fried green tomatoes, he had fried chicken, I had the pork chop and we split the creme brulee. We both enjoyed the bourbon cocktail.. can't remember the name but it was seasonal and to die for. Thank you for the wonderful experience and for helping me share a bit of my home with my love!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Merrick Inn continues to offer quality food in a quaint setting. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. We had drinks to dessert and all of it was so good. Love this place for a special night out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Banana Peppers, crab cakes and salmon absolutely wonderful. Great service. Always have great food and service here. Been coming for years. Great outdoor seating in warmer months.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Others come and go. Merrick Inn is still the best restaurant in Lexington. Amy a great waitress.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Best restaurant in Lexington.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This place is rock solid and dependable. Always very good food and service. Highly recommend in Lexington.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Terrific all around. Love the atmosphere!!
I love to go for special occasions because it puts a special touch on things!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This is my special occasion place to go. This time it was a graduation from University. All of us said our food was delicious. Two of us had steak , one had the fried chicken and the other had the broiled sole; so we all had something from the major entree listings. The server was excellent and was most attentive to providing refills and seeing that we were satisfied without being intrusive. I have to rate down on the ambiance because of the noise level during our meal. The restaurant was unusually busy for a mid week night. It was partly due to the start of the Christmas season. We were seated next to a table of twelve who were quite loud and inconsiderate of other diners. Our server apologized to us in advance saying it that this night was louder than usual. Other than the noise factor it was a pleasant experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Upscale traditional restaurant with good food and good sized portions. Expensive but good quality.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Everything was great. Service outstanding.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Took my wife for our anniversary and was very satisfied. Our waitress was very attentive and the food was great. The atmosphere was great and we will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 17, 2017

One of my favorite restaurant in Lexington, always special.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

It was my husbands birthday and our server Morgan made it special in a discreet way.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The Best! Always Great Food and Service! Cozy and great atmosphere too

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Christmas get together with siblings. Our waiter was EXCELLENT such a great experience as usual.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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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