Merrick Inn

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1938 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Southern
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.

The Merrick Inn has been owned and operated by the Murray family for over 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.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of 9 enjoyed Merrick Inn last Friday. The staff makes everyone feel as if their guest’s satisfaction is of utmost importance. Delicious food and welcoming atmosphere.

SD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Merrick Inn is the standard in fine southern dining. Their traditional menu offerings are something my wife and I look forward to each time we travel to Lexington, and their daily are specials will take your breath away. Come hungry and ready to sit back and enjoy. Pierre is all class, and the entire staff always make us feel at home — True Southern Hospitality!

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place for some great local food. I’ll be back.

SA
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazingly fast service. Nice cocktails and classy environment. Only complaint is parking.

BM
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took out of state guests to Merrick Inn since I wanted to give them the local experience. The food and service was outstanding. I have never been disappointed by your restaurant and look forward to many trips back. All our guests said it was one of the nicest meals in their memory.

M
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Two large parties that evening. As a result Service was exceptionally slow. Took approximately two hours to get our food from the time we sat down.

M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impecuble service and great food

JP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

My party of 3 was seated in a room with 2 parties of 10, so the noise level was crazy and the service was not attentive, due to waitress having to deal with large parties. Wifes orders steak well done (is not a problem at any other restaurant). When the waitress brought it out, she would not even serve it because the blood had filled up the plate, Then they took it back (while we all sat around and stared at our food). Returned the steak and it was charred so bad we took a knife and had to scrape it off.

OT
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Good experience, good atmosphere.

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere as always!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time! The 50 for 50 is a great special!

R
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute of it. Food was delicious. Service was beyond excellent.

g
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great traditional KY fare. But main room was overtabled and very loud. Wasn’t able to carry on a conversation with our group of eight until it cleared outcome after about 730pm. Loved the atmosphere except for the noise.

T
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent & food very tasty

JM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT!!!! SUPERB!!!! MEMORABLE!!!!! MY FAVORITE IN LEXINGTON!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and great food.

k
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Waitress smelled like cigarettes she smacked chewing gum in our faces all night

M
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great local cuisine with an extensive wine list and drink menu. Quite noisy when we were seated at 8pm, but got a little quieter later. Dining room was cold when we sat down but warmed up later. Food and service were excellent.

P
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak in years.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed the appetizer -crab cakes with fried green tomatoes - as well as anything on of off the menu that we ordered. Need to have more seafood options on the menu. Service was good, but I had to refill my own wine glass and water glass, and while that may sound picky, it sets this apart from other restaurants where that is not required.

CS
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service.

MS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Merrick Inn. We come back time and again because it is such a special dining experience. Love the food, service and atmosphere. It makes all our special times even better.

TC
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

M
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Nice ambiance for an evening meal but very crowded. A little too much hustle and bustle at times while waiting for our table, however, once we were seated, it became a very enjoyable dining experience. Awesome staff. Crab cakes are delish! The pasta is amazing. Strawberry shortcake a must! A bit pricey but definitely worth it. Complementary valet service welcomed. Highly recommend!

ET
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends and family members have taken a handicapped lady in a very large wheelchair and resides in a nursing home to Merrick Inn to celebrate Christmas the last three years. Other than church services, it's the highlight of the season for her. She used to live in Merrick and loved going to eat at the Inn so it's a trip back to what she used to enjoy so much before she was diagnosed with MS. We were seated in a corner near a fireplace which Penni loved and it was perfect for the server and the wheelchair. We'll be back again next year.

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an annual get together. They LOVED Merrick Inn. I can always count on this restaurant to exceed my guests’ expectations!

PC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for any dining...everyday to special occasion. Superb service and delicious food. Cozy ambiance.

PM
Pittsburgh
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely holiday dinner for three. The staff was very helpful with my mother, who’s in a wheelchair. Our server (sorry I don’t recall her name) was first rate. I started with the rich and creamy seafood bisque. I then had the scallops appetizer as a main course. With three medium size scallops, it was perfect. The apple crisp was an excellent dessert, although the vanilla ice cream was nothing special. The ambiance of Merrick Inn has always been warm and special—like going to the upscale home of a good neighbor for dinner.

OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our son’s commencement from the University of Kentucky, just five days before Christmas...absolute perfection. There is no more representative place to celebrate or just enjoy a terrific meal than Merrick Inn. We enjoyed a fabulous evening and delicious meal. From appetizers and drinks to dessert, this was a magical evening for our family!

R
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am just so impressed with the staff at Merrick Inn. We took our little girl to dinner with us and they treated us like royalty! They spoiled our daughter and were so kind. The food was delicious and the atmosphere so perfect. I am still blown away with our experience and can’t wait to go back. ❤️

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Wait was very disappointing. We had a 7pm reservation and were not seated until 7:30. Then our order wasn’t taken for another 20 min. It was 8:30 when we received our food. Food was good however this makes several times in the past year where service has suffered.

CF
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A party of four enjoyed the Chef's special of Grouper with Lobster Risotto. It was excellent.

KJ
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a perfectly relaxing setting. So very Lexington.

JF
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was old world and the food had outstanding flavor. The menu choices had something for every taste. Their signature fried chicken was crispy on the outside and very moist on the inside. The grouper was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Somewhat pricey but well worth it overall.

TG
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t dined here in ages. Big mistake. Best crab cakes ever atop fried green tomatoes, wedge with “unforgettable” house made blue cheese dressing over crispy cold lettuce, succulent grilled salmon, and a pork tenderloin so good it was featured on Fine Cooking (filmed at table 11 - where we were sitting - right by the fireplace), and award-winning fried chicken (add a piece to any order!), and apple strudel with ice cream. Outstanding service and delisted cocktails. Named by Forbes as one of the top 50 southern restaurants. If you get to Lexington, go. Be sure to pay homage to Merrick the famous race horse buried out front. Won 62 races and finished in the money 152 times. #merrickinn #merrickplace #wednesdayswithfranks @ Merrick Inn Restaurant

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We love Merrick but this was not our best experience.
Will always return ... sometimes things just do not work as well us usual. I will admit I hold Merrick to a high standard based on my experiences through past years.

A
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. Always delicious and constant. The crab and lobster nachos are on point. I always order the fish special- never been disappointed.

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t beat the food and ambience at Merrick Inn. I’ve been eating here for 40 years and have never had a bad meal. Love this place!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good.

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