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Merrick Inn

4.8
1237 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Steakhouse, Continental
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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.
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Phone number
(859) 269-5417
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Patrick Jones
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Catering
Pricing is $45, $55 or $65 per person for a three course meal. Please visit our website's private events page to view these menus and spaces available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
New Circle Road exit 18
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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.
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Public transit
None
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Special events & promotions
Wedding Dinners
Rehearsal Dinners
Corporate Events

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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
What 1237 People Are Saying
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Our dining experience was perfect. The food was extraordinary and the service was perfect. I doubt I've had a better dinner.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great date spot. Classic dishes done well. Great cocktails.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We were from out of town on our way back from a wedding in North Carolina. We were only staying one night and pulled up some reviews and went. It was great. Service was wonderful and the food was excellent.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I’m just so sad I left my leftovers there. Walked away completely forgetting it. But I was so upset when I realized it.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The atmosphere is very charming and horse country motif very interesting. A bit loud, but not overboard. The main courses were fair for myself and outstanding for my wife. I ordered Prime Rib which was recommended, medium rare, which was tasty and flavorful on the edges but tough and chewy toward the middle. I was not impressed. My wife ordered a pork tenderloin with a pecan crust and a fruit chutney that was very enjoyable. Sides were fair. Good wine list with value. Exceptional Bourbon selection with flights.
My server was exceptional! I feel that the price point for the meal was a bit high for the overall quality, however, I would give the restaurant another go for the vibe itself.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Always a great dining experience. I love the atmosphere and the choice of vegetables.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Amazing service and food!! The weather was perfect for dining on the patio which made it a wonderful evening!!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Went for our anniversary and couldn't be happier with Merrick Inn! The food was mind blowingly good and the service was amazing. Since it was our anniversary they had a bottle of markers mark on table that said happy anniversary and also when our dessert came it said happy anniversary on the plate. Would definitely recommend Merrick Inn!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Family dinner- service & food impeccable! The grouper fingers and makers shrimp excellent service. The walleye is delish as well as prime rib special. In 20 plus years of going to Merrick - I’ve Never had a bad meal.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Everyone at this restaurant is very friendly. They were very helpful and made sure that our dining experience was pleasant. The food was great and was priced right. I didn’t get the fried chicken but I was able to see it and the smell was awesome. I will be back to try that.

My wife and I were celebrating our 40th anniversary and they made it very special for us. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Merrick Inn is amazing. There are multiple dining areas ranging from casual outdoor dining to upscale old victorian mansion. Three bars scattered throughout the premises are each a bit different as far as atmosphere.
As far as I'm concerned, the food and service is always wonderful. We often drive from South Carolina to the Chicago area and purposely overnight in Lexington so we can eat at The Merrick Inn. One seldom sees Walleye Pike on a menu and theirs is outstanding either fried or broiled. Grouper bites for a snack at the bar or appetizer is great. My son-in law especially likes their hot brown. If you don't know what this is, it is a heart attack on a plate.
The wine list has several really good choices that are not marked up so high as some other places. Bartenders specialize in some house special cocktails as well as an extensive Bourbon selection.
Get a reservation, go early and relax at the bar, and then enjoy a great meal.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Good atmospheres, good food, excellent service.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

This was our first time to the Merrick Inn and it won’t be our last! It was my husbands 46th birthday celebration. Our server Kristin( hope i spelled her name right) was spectacular! She was very sweet and was on top of everything at our table!!! The food was amazing delicious! It was the perfect night! Thank you Kristin and Merrick Inn❤️Sheri Younger

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

My other and I were in Lexington for an overnight getaway from Ohio. The theme for our trip was "all things equestrian". While planning I searched for recommended restaurants and found The Merrick Inn. The history of the restaurant and wonderful menu was important in my decision to make a reservation. We were not disappointed. Food, beverages and service were outstanding. We had a great time. Thank you also for family-related restaurant suggestions in Northern Kentucky.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Merrick Inn was a wonderful experience. The food was fabulous and our server was excellent. We will return as soon as we are back in the area.

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

This was our (husband and i) 2nd visit. We ate inside in one of the dining rooms (not the bar). We had enjoyed our first dinner at the Inn, but this time we were really disappointed and probably won't be back. I had the scallops wrapped in bacon. This dish is way too expensive: $35 or so, for a few scallops; the flavor was just overwhelmingly bacon; couldn't taste the scallops at all, and their texture was milky (which i didn't like). In comparison, the scallop entree at Bella Notte is much tastier and a lot less expensive (about $28 i think): seared scallops on a bed of linguine with a vodka cream sauce. My husband had the fried walleye pike, which was ordinary. This was also fairly expensive and not worth it. The sides were bland/boring (Southern-style green beans; corn pudding; stewed tomatoes; asparagus, which was wilted (not in a good way) and had a sauce which was supposed to be Hollandaise but tasted non-homemade and had an unpleasant texture.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was excellent and so was the staff!!!! :-)
Will definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was for my wife on Mother's Day. It was our first time to eat at your restaurant and we were both very happy we came. The food was great and the server was outstanding!
Thank You,
Carl Hess

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The service was very good. The food was excellent and the valet parking was very good. All in all it was a very good experience.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

EXCELLENT service and delicious food! Never disappointed at Merrick!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Excellent restaurant. Our favorite in Lexington, Kentucky. We have been going to the Merrick Inn for the past 4 years every time we are in town. Our daughter has just graduated from UK Dental School so it may be our last time unless fate or circumstance returns us to Lexington. Thank you Merrick Inn for 4 great years of meals and celebrations!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We've been eating at Merrick Inn for over 30 years. It's our favorite Lexington restaurant. Consistently good, classic food; lovely ambiance; good service.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We had a wonderful evening!
Food was awesome, had great service and love the setting!!!
We will be back!!!!

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

I had your hot brown which was mediocre
I find your prices high
This is the first time I have ever paid $6 for a Yuengling

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Everything was great, I accidentally ordered the wrong fish, they swapped it out no problem. My husband got the frenched pork chops and they were wonderful! Very nice atmosphere

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Amazing food in a great atmosphere. Always our choice for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great food, great service and great ambiance, best place in Lexington for a special night.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

You MUST visit this restaurant. The service was wonderful, the atmosphere was inviting and the food was absolutely decadant. Every morsel of food was delicious.
A truly fabulous experience.
Do yourself a favor and go. You will not regret it.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

One of the best restaurants ever. When you visit Lexington Kentucky be sure to make a reservation to dine here

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food was amazing. Had pecan crusted pork tenderloin that was perfect. Salmon was excellent. Wait staff was friendly and helpful with describing selections. Enjoyed the atmosphere it was graduation weekend so a little noisy but still enjoyable

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The food was great, as well as our service. We will certainly be back again.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service. Arrived and was seated promptly.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The Merrick never disappoints. We come to Lexington to stay for the Derby and always make it a point to have dinner - the fried chicken is wonderful!!.....and so are the bourbons :o)

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

This is an old school restaurant in multiple rooms. The memorabilia is worth the visit. The food is good with large portions. The staff are very knowledgeable and efficient.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Excellent,as always. Our favourite spot for special occasions

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

We went to dinner with friends from Canada. We had beer cheese, banana peppers, fried chicken, and hot browns. Everything was yummy. Our friends were extremely impressed.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Another very special meal shared with out of town guests

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Seated in the old bar room and was a bit noisy and didn't allow for private conversation as I had hoped for. Maybe if music was turned up a little it would have drowned out the loud table of 3 in the room. Excellent service! Delicious food.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Guys weekend dinner. Our group of 5 guys travelled from Utah, Colorado and Maryland for bourbon and horse racing in Lexington. We had a great time at the Merrick Inn. The ambiance is quaint and southern. Reminded me of a small Commander's Palace. Food was all good. We really enjoyed the unusual and delicious ham salad on fried green tomatoes. Fried chicken and hot browns were first rate. Best entree was probably the prime rib. Cocktails were great and a good although not large beer selection. Service was attentive and helpful without being cloying. Would recommend for any night out.

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