Merrick Inn

4.8
1258 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
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Our meal was very nice. The only unfortunate note of the evening was that we were seated next to a large party with loud children. It's understandable that they want to have a nice dinner, but it impacted our ability to enjoy a conversation without yelling over their noise.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Merrick was fabulous as always. Excellent atmosphere, food and service! Always our fav!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I got the Walleye Pike fried. It's the best fish I've ever had. I'm usually a steak guy but I wanted to try fish that day and it was awesome.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Came to celebrate my 25th birthday. Food and service was excellent! My steak was cooked perfectly. Loved the strawberry short cake. Thank you so much!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Merrick is always at the top of their game

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Amanda was perky and humorous. Food was delightful Decorations are very horsey and quite fun

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Lovely venue, fantastic service, delicious food!! We love Merrick!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We celebrated our 31st anniversary early and tried Merrick’s Inn for the first time. First of all, excellent service by Haley! Our cocktails were excellent seasonal picks. Filet was perfect and the fish of the day, Corvina, was amazing. We took our desserts to go, a French silk and a butterscotch bread pudding. All I can say is, ahhhhhh. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great night getting reacquainted with the Merrick. Always a great time and always clever with food choices and service. Dined outside which is always fun. Wine and food was great as expected at an uber reasonable price point.

Defiantly a must when visiting Lexington!

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2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Went to dinner to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. Was seated right next a family of at least 15. Could hardly hear each other talk. I’m 6’1 and was seated at a table pretty much against the wall, which was not fun. I ordered the broccoli with hollandaise and she ordered the asparagus casserole as sides. My broccoli hollandaise was definitely heavy on the lemon. It was very tart. Her asparagus casserole was a very small portion and literally had three small pieces of asparagus in it. My steak, what was the aged NY strip was cooked perfectly. Which I was very happy with. She ordered the Merrick Ribeye medium rare which was over cooked except for the very center which was medium rare. They also broke down two tables where the family of 15 people were sitting right in front of us while we were eating. Which was very awkward. Overall was not happy and do not recommend for a quiet special occasion at all.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We had 3 people and wanted to sit on the patio. We made a reservation, but when we arrived were told that only the dining room accepted reservations. There were two open 6 tops outside, but they would not allow us to sit there without 6 people. The wait was 45 minutes and I have a young child. We sat in the bar which was less than ideal with a child but we were underdressed for the dining room. They came after we had ordered our food and offered to let us move to a 6 top. At that point the amount of work to move our appetizers and drinks along with toys etc would have been significant. I will not be back with a group. The food presentation was nice, but it was a frustrating experience when we just wanted to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather. I had a similar experience last year when it was just me. I had decided to give it another try.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Food was great. We had a new waiter - she was attentive (not overly), friendly and upbeat (she did forget to deliver a salad, but made up for it). Eating on the patio was really nice, though extremely noisy. My least favorite part of eating here is parking - I've never been able to find an empty spot that isn't labeled as "resident" (the restaurant is nestled in an apartment complex, with narrow streets), so you're forced to use the "complimentary valet service" (valets only work for tips).

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

As always had a fantastic meal and great service. The special for the evening was prime rib and it was delicious. My wife had the filet mignon as is her usual here. She was delighted with it. The salad is tasty and the dressings made on site are great. Another wonderful birthday celebration!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I have never left a review before, as I have never before been to a restaurant worthy of the effort. Merrick Inn is definitely worth that effort. The food was outstanding and worth every penny. The grouper fingers with mustard sauce was hands down the best appetizer I have ever had. For my main course I ordered the special that night, halibut with a crab and heirloom tomato salsa on top and a shallow layer of lobster bisque underneath. For my sides I got the green beans and house salad with their house dressing. The green beans were as close to my Grandmother's as I've ever had and the house dressing was phenomenal! The fish was perfectly prepared and the flavor profile with the salsa on top and bisque underneath was excellent. My dinner companion got the 14 oz. Ribeye and swears it's better than any steak at Malone's. For dessert we shared the creme brulee. It was very good. There are only two negative things I can think to say, and one is a stretch. First, our waitress strictly took our order and brought our food. There was nothing wrong with her service, it was pretty timely, but all of the tables around us had extraordinary waiters. We ended up listening to the waiter at the table behind us for recommendations, chit chat, and little tidbits about the Merrick Inn. He was great. We both enjoyed listening to him. Like I said, that was a stretch because she was prompt and we wanted for nothing. Second, and definitely inconvenient, was the restroom situation. There is one restroom and it is about the size of a closet that serves one. There is no real room in the narrow hallway to wait on the previous patron to finish, plus it is a little ridiculous that such a seemingly large place has one teeny, tiny restroom for women. I would assume it's the same for the men but I don't know that for a fact. All in all the atmosphere was great, the meal was probably the best I've ever had, and we really enjoyed our evening at the Merrick Inn. I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Merrick Inn is our favorite! Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We went to celebrate our anniversary. Was a very good experience. A great waiter! Only problem was parking.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

It was delightful. Great waitress. Food was fabulous

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Had always hear good things about this place. It didn’t disappoint. Everything we ordered was great.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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 on May 26, 2018

The food and service were both excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Classic and still wonderful! Always enjoy the Merrick Inn!!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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 on May 21, 2018

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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