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Merrick Inn

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1074 Merrick Drive, Lexington, KY 40502 (New Circle Road exit 18)
+1 859-269-5417
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5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: For nearly 40 years, the Murray family has owned and operated Merrick Inn...
For nearly 40 years, the Murray family has owned and operated Merrick Inn, located in the immaculately maintained manor house of Merrick Place; for years, one of the finest thoroughbred farms in the Bluegrass region. Merrick Inn is located on Merrick Court,off Tates Creek Road, just inside New Circle Road at the top of the hill in Merrick Place.Visitors to Merrick Inn enjoy superb signature southern cuisine and innovative American dishes, complemented by unparalleled service. Murrays' pride themselves on being the establishment of choice for those in the thoroughbred industry, area residents and visitors to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday at 5:30PM. Enjoy cocktails in our lounge after dinner.As weather permits, enjoy lighter fare and entertainment on weekends on one of the most attractive, comfortable and popular patios in the area.
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Good for:
Fine Dining
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 177
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Atmosphere and Food are Amazing!

This is the best fried chicken I have ever had. This is an old horse farm transformed into a restaurant. There are small seperate rooms, which makes the atmosphere even more cozy. The service, the food and the drinks are top of the line. This is what Lexington is all about. I would say a visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Edwin S
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Chicago, United States
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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242 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chicago, United States
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This is the best fried chicken I have ever had. This is an old horse farm transformed into a restaurant. There are small seperate rooms, which makes the atmosphere even more cozy. The service, the food and the drinks are top of the line. This is what Lexington is all about. I would say a visit to Merrick in is... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I have lived in Lexington, Kentucky, all my life. The Merrick Inn has been and continues to be a constant, consistent and special force (one to be reckoned with!) in our local restaurant industry! The staff (especially, Alex Lennon, Nancy, Morgan and Kristen) are exceptional. The owners are Kentucky proud and pillars of our great community. The Merrick is family... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I have now been to Merrick Inn three times, and every time I have been disappointed in the food and the price. While they are famous for the fried foods including fish and chicken, both times that I have had the fried dishes, they were heavy, overcookd, the oil was likely old, and tough...not quality I would associate with one... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Valentines day disappointment! We have eaten here before and the food was great so I thought Valentines day would be awesome here. I was wrong. For starters it was a set menu which I knew when I booked a month in advance. My big issue with it was the "shared" appetizer and dessert. For $60 bucks we should have either... More 

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Richmond,
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We ate here for my birthday. The food was excellent. Service very good. The atmosphere is charming. It is pricey so I would save this place for special occasions.

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Georgetown, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This has become our anniversary traditional dinner and the food makes it amazing. Great service, drinks, and dessert. This is a no brainer slam dunk. Delightful!!

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North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We entertained guests from China and had to pick a spot for one meal - the Merrick Inn was highly recommended, and our experience did not disappoint. From the process of booking a private room to customizing our menu to seating and service, everything was flawless. Thanks for a memorable night!

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Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Our family hosted a large party (45) for rehearsal dinner at Merrick Inn during the Christmas holidays. Obviously, the evening was special, and the staff and facilities of Merrick allowed us to celebrate without any worries. The room environment was perfect (pictures below), the staff was fully dedicated to our group, and the menu was fabulous. We were initially concerned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

My husband and I hosted a small dinner party with some dear friends. We were very pleased, as were our guests, with the food, service, room and value. Highly recommend their food, service and gracious accommodation of our wishes in planning and hosting this party.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

business diner for three. Food was good. More French then some of The French restaurants i have eaten at. Crispy chicken is some of the best I have seen. Fish with blueberries was a daring but successful combination. In short: if you want to eat something out of the ordinary in a cosy setting, go here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1074 Merrick Drive, Lexington, KY 40502
    (New Circle Road exit 18)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-269-5417

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 36
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating

Description

For nearly 40 years, the Murray family has owned and operated Merrick Inn, located in the immaculately maintained manor house of Merrick Place; for years, one of the finest thoroughbred farms in the Bluegrass region. Merrick Inn is located on Merrick Court,off Tates Creek Road, just inside New Circle Road at the top of the hill in Merrick Place.Visitors to Merrick Inn enjoy superb signature southern cuisine and innovative American dishes, complemented by unparalleled service. Murrays' pride themselves on being the establishment of choice for those in the thoroughbred industry, area residents and visitors to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday at 5:30PM. Enjoy cocktails in our lounge after dinner.As weather permits, enjoy lighter fare and entertainment on weekends on one of the most attractive, comfortable and popular patios in the area.
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?