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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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