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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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (67)
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Authentic (31)
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Comfort Food (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Casual (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Fun (12)
Seasonal (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
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Sunday Lunch (5)
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People Watching (3)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined a day ago

OH MY.....WHAT A GREAT EVENING...BECAUSE OF THEIR 50/50 SPECIALS WE WERE ABLE TO DISCOVER MORE FAVORITES!!!!!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

We celebrated my birthday and it was perfect! The food was great and service was too! We had to wait a little longer for our table bc the party in front of us was taking longer but other than that, everything was great!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything, from feeling welcome upon entering, to the charming server, to the value for the best meal I have ever had through Open Table, this was OUTSTANDING!

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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was very good. Food was perfect!!! I’m still upset that my favorite dish almond chicken is off the menu:(
However the pecan crusted tenderloin was spot on.
One of my favorite places to dine.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 4 days ago

Experience was excellent! Jillian was our waitress and was very attentive and food was absolutely incredible. We got the filet and bone-in ribeye. Grouper fingers were awesome and to finish it up the strawberry shortcake and chocolate creme brûlée were fabulous. Great bourbon and wine list. We had suits on but plenty of people in jeans and button downs.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was great along with the atmosphere, service was excellent, look forward to going back

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was absolutely wonderful!! Was a great choice in celebration of our 20th Wedding Anniversary!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

Great evening with great food and service. Always a go to for a nice evening out to relax and have a wonderful meal.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed our time there. Our waitress treated us great, thanks for a superb evening!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Arrived early for our reservation and we were still seated almost immediately, Our server Evan was great especially as we had never been there before. The food was a little pricey but it is a spot I would recommend trying at least once

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

Overrated. For good home cooking Ramsey's is better. The atmosphere is the best thing. Hostess stood at the table beside us for 10 minutes fawning over some regulars but did not acknowledge anyone else in the small dining room. Tables too small food was not great. Bones in fish made it ackward to eat. Chicken my husband ordered was not very good. Used to love going here. Will not be back. For fine dining Dudleys or Malones are much better

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 14, 2018

I’ve heard about this place for 10 years, and just never got around to trying it. While looking for ideas for a date night, a co-worker suggested Merrick. The food was fantastic. They had a 2 for $50 special going on, and it was waaaay more than we could eat. Definitely a great value for the upscale nature of this restaurant. I will, without a doubt, be returning.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We have eaten at Merrick Inn for 20 years. Best food and friendly staff in Lexington.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Our server's name was Ashley. She was very attentive, patient, and friendly. The food was so delicious. I ordered the Merrick ribeye and it was cooked to perfection. We had the calamari for an appetizer and in my opinion it is the best in town.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 12, 2018

My Baby-Boomer classmates enjoy a monthly dinner gathering and we seem to return to Merrick Inn each February because of the "heart" of the place. This time our server, Jason, saw to our every need overwhelmingly, abundantly and happily. It was one of the nicest dinners we've had in a long time!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Went to Merrick Inn for our 19th wedding anniversary. The host and waitress were wonderful. I proposed to my wife at the Merrick Inn 20 years ago. When we arrived my wife wanted to sit at the same table that I proposed to her. The host was more then happy to seat us at that table. The waitress was great, the $50 for 50 meal special was very good and more then we could eat.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was great and big portions of food

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We arrived about 20 mins prior to our reservations and found a seat at one of the bars. Our table was ready before we could finish our drinks. The food was exceptional, the service prompt and the atmosphere relaxed. We weren’t made to feel rushed, but we were in and out in less than an hour. If the menu were a bit more reasonable price wise, we would definitely dine there more often. Our total bill including the tip was around 130 dollars. My wife had 1 glass of Riesling and I had 1 Dewars on the rocks. Unfortunately, the price keeps this restaurant a “special occasion” establishment unless you have money to burn, or eat:)

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was wonderful and the service was top notch. I always look for reservations at the Merrick Inn before I look to any other restaurant. The food is always great and I have had nothing but excellent service every time I visit.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very nice evening with friends.Had a two for 50. Very reasonable

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

A wonderful dining experience. My wife and I really enjoyed the food, prepared to perfection, and served impeccably. We definitely shall return! I will recomend this to all my friends.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent service and the food was wonderful. I will definitely recommend The Merrick Inn to friends.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Romantic
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on February 5, 2018

A lovely early evening dinner- perfect service and meal.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went out to dinner with another couple and tried the “2 can dine for $50”. The appetizers were delicious and so were the entrees!!! Very generous portions. The bread pudding we ordered for dessert was wonderful!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very comfortable relaxed atmosphere with great food choices and drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Always soooo good. The appetizers are great and the halibut special was delicious. The cocktails were good as well!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I found a hidden gem in Louisville. A very cozy, intimate dining experience. The food was fantastic, portions were plentiful. Service was outstanding.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We’ve never been disappointed when we’ve dined at Merrick Inn. We usually frequent for special occasions but anytime is great!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Happy Hour, Healthy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The experience is always great at Merrick. We love this place!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 23, 2018

My husband took me to Merrick Inn to celebrate my birthday and we both agreed that we should go there more often. It is always good local cuisine, prepared perfectly and the setting is cozy and very Kentucky. Our server was so sweet and very knowledgeable about the menu. She was just the right amount of attentive, made sure we had everything we needed and were satisfied but also let us have time to enjoy our meal without annoying interruptions. Merrick Inn is steeped in tradition and is a jewel in the city of Lexington.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Always one of my best places to dine while in Lexington

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We choose the Merrick Inn to celebrate out 13th Wedding Anniversary and was very pleased with everything from the valet parking to the moment we left. First I was glad I made a reservation. It was a Monday night at 6:30 and it was very crowded. The atmosphere and the service was exceptional as was the food. They even had placed a few decorations on the table to acknowledge that it was out Anniversary. The food was outstanding and we left full and happy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

As always, the food was delicious. The server was friendly and knowledgeable. This continues to be my favorite dining experience in Lexington.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Overall our dining experience was fine. My only complaint was that our server was very slow. We were going to have dessert but decided against it because how long it would take to get it. Also, they were out of the entree I ordered and I wasn't informed until the order was placed in the kitchen. We dined here for my birthday and will come back again sometime but I left feeling somewhat disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was a group of 12 friends and the service was excellent. Right now a great promotion of dinner for two for fifty dollars, a wonderful value. the food is great, the wine selection great and they pour a good size glass.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We've enjoyed Merrick Inn for 25+ years. The food is always good.

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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner for my husband!! The food and the server were fantastic! We will definitely be back soon!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Merrick Inn on a cold snowy night never disappoints with its comfort food and blazing fires in the fireplaces.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Food was exquisite and as always Alex is a welcome face who remembers you by name and takes care of your every need. It’s our go to place for celebrations, date nights and everything in between. Fresh, local cuisine with a true southern ambiance!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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