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“Great Southern Hospitality and Food”
Review of Merrick Inn

Merrick Inn
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Ranked #2 of 904 Restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: New Circle Road exit 18
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.
Fairfax Station, Virginia
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“Great Southern Hospitality and Food”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

I grew up in Lexington and have fond memories of meals at Merrick Inn. It didn't disappoint this time around.

Located conveniently on Tates Creek Road near New Circle Road, the Merrick Inn offers traditional southern cooking. The restaurant in located in the former manor home of one of Lexington's finest horse farms. The restaurant gets its name from the farm's most successful horse.

You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. They have an extensive wine and cocktail menu and also have several bars with televisions for an after work drink. They have multiple dining rooms including private rooms for special occasions.

I highly recommend getting their sweet tea. A southern favorite and they've got the recipe right.

They make their own dressings so you can't go wrong. The house salad and the wedge salad are my favorites. I ordered the southern fried chicken (white meat) and it was excellent. Perfectly seasoned and fried. The chicken was moist. It was even good the next day - cold! The kids got chicken fingers. These were not your normal frozen chicken fingers. They were freshly prepared and the kids devoured them and the fries. They also had a Georgia peach pork chop that looked great and a pork tenderloin. You can order anything and it will be great.

I would recommend the corn pudding to accompany your meal. They also have many other sides that are excellent.

Don't forget dessert. The bread pudding is excellent. So is Mike's key lime pie. The kids loved the strawberry shortcake.

If you live in Lexington and haven't been you should make a reservation and go. The waits can get long if you just show up. If you are staying in Lexington it is a definite must try.

  • Visited September 2013
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Maysville, Kentucky
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“wonderful experience”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We choose Merrick Inn for our son's rehearsal dinner and were well pleased with that decision. The staff was very helpful when I arranged the dinner, very courteous and professional.The food and service were both excellent. Our server was attentive but not obtrusive. Each delicious entree was cooked to order and everyone seemed pleased with dinner.

  • Visited August 2013
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Glasgow, Kentucky, United States
1 review
“Rehearsal Dinner”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had the rehearsal dinner for our sons's wedding at Merrick Inn. It was perfect! Great service, wonderful food! Can't wait to have dinner there again.

  • Visited August 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
1 review
“Event surpased our expectations”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

In July we hosted an 80th birthday dinner for my father in law. Merrick staff made this effortless. Often no matter how good the food at a restaurant, when you have a large group quality can be compromised. We were thrilled with our dinners. They arrived hot, delicious and timely. The service was also excellent, no skimping on waiters for our group.
We also had a few last minute request which were meet graciously.

  • Visited July 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“Nice outside patio”
Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

I heard a lot about this place. To begging with, the outside patio was great, very relaxing.
The service was ok, nothing special.
The food was ok also, there was nothing special or different.
The mojito was terrible!!!!
I felt the dinner overall was expensive,for the quality of food and service. You can find much better food in Lexington for a less money.
In general, fancy and overrated

  • Visited August 2013
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