Coles 735 Main
Coles 735 Main

Coles 735 Main

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://coles735main.com/
  • Phone: (859) 266-9000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 4pm - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday 4pm - 11pm
    Sunday - CLOSED
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Cole Arimes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Ashland
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Coles 735 Main
Showcasing an inspired mix of eclectic fine dining and familiar Southern consciousness, Coles 735 Main brings a playful sense of variety to Lexington’s dining scene. Lexington Kentucky-born Executive Chef Cole Arimes presents a menu of reinvented American classics, global flavors, and rustic artisan dishes.


Set in a tastefully refinished historic landmark in downtown Lexington, Coles 735 Main offers a warm, relaxing atmosphere – ideal for romantic fine dining or spirited get-togethers at the inviting indoor bar and outdoor gazebo.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Coles 735 Main reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (144)special occasion (135)neighborhood gem (132)romantic (85)notable wine list (63)hot spot (40)good for groups (40)great for outdoor dining (31)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (10)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • dinner review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Bar area is wonderful both for drinks and for dinner. Food was very good and service splendid. Am certainly planning to return. Food prices were reasonable but thought that the drink prices were a bit steep. Have a cocktail before you go!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice service and waitress very knowlegable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The atmosphere was very comfortable yet a bit loud when the room filled up. The food was good with exception of the strip. It was on the tough side and had been recommended to me by a friend who dines there frequently. However they took the charge off of my bill which was very nice and the right thing to do. I would recommend Coles because I know they are serving quality product for the most part. You can't hit a home run every time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We booked our reservation and requested to be in the bar and were granted that request! Our server remembered us from dining over 2 months ago as well as the fact that we had boys. We were so impressed! The food was amazing and our experience was off the charts! We will definitely recommend this restaurant over and over again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my second time
    halesr
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    at Coles and both visits have been wonderful experiences. I intoduced a friend and have recommended it in the past. The food and service are always excellent. I look forward to many more visits. The reservation system was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We tried Cole's because of the positive reviews we saw online. We were not dissapointed. I had the Asian smoked ribs which were excellent. Key lime pie for dessert was a perfect finish. Waiter was attentive without being pushy. I would highly recommend Cole's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love the food here.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We love the food here. I love the Lexingtonian signature drink. The wedge is fabulous. Tonight the beef shoulder with lump crabmeat was outstanding! The Italian creme cake with a candle made my birthday!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Judd
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The Beef Shoulder is my go to meal here. Perfect each time I have had it. Cole is consistent in his food preparation and the presentation is top notch.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friends
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We celebrate our birthdays. We were very please with the food, service and anbiance,.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    LexdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Another fabulous evening at Coles! Such a diverse menu that it is always hard to choose, but we are never disappointed. Note to self...on a Saturday night, you might want to request a table to the side because it can get a little loud in the center of the dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening!
    MAWJVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I chose Coles with no personal recommendations, just from the reviews on Open Table. We were in town for a concert and decided to come early for dinner. We were very pleased with our choice! The food was good, and our server, Haylee, was great. My husband said his bone-in pork chop (a special) was the best he'd ever had, and he's hard to please. He liked the wedge salad too. My butternut squash stew was great, and the roasted beet goat cheese salad I started with was tasty, but sorely lacking in beets. They were not more than a garnish. All in all, a very pleasant dinner. We'll be back I'm sure!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its our "go-to" place to relax and entertain ...
    Chief12345
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We often entertain out of town visiting guests, mix them with our local friends, and have a wonderful evening with lively conversation and fabulous food and drink! Another plus is that you are located in our "neighborhood." We'll keep returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Outstanding
    Su34445
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I have been to Coles many times and will continue to go because it's become my most reliable go-to for food and service. I love it because my favorites are on the menu but there's also always something new and surprising to look forward to trying. We had the mushroom appetizer which was outstanding, the mushrooms were huge! On the server's recommendation I actually tried the tofu entree and was blown away by the flavors and textures. I'm a red meat fan and I absolutely loved this dish. My friend had the chicken and it was equally delightful. As always, we finished with the cookies. I can't help but get them every time. Coles never disappoints!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Selection is great
    kyfoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Entrees, appetizers, salads, and desserts, a great selection for sure. I can't however recommend the entrée my husband ordered, the beef shoulder tender was flavorless and a real disappointment for a beef lover. My chicken breast entrée couldn't have been better, perfectly cooked and seasoned, flavorful and still juicy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family review
    Familyof4
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We dined early (6:00 PM) on a Thursday. They began filling up quickly around 7:00 PM. The food was great, servers where knowledgeable and accommodated a food allergy in our group. The menu was heavy with fish and seafood options. There was a lack of vegetable options. The entree portions where large and very good. We will most likely leave the younger kids at home next time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMBIANCE
    DateNight
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Just a great meal with a great environment. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time still a charm
    Kris
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I truly enjoy this restaurant. The food is consistently superb. I had the walleye special - it should be a keeper on the menu. This time I tried the beet and goat cheese salad - very tasty but I love beets and wished for more. My friend had shrimp and grits - what a presentation! Large shrimp standing up on a square of grits. He said it was great. The service remains attentive. Wait staff work as a team, and a (presumed) manager always stops by to ask how things are.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Coles always gets every detail right! Delicious, imaginative, local whenever possible. My favorite Lexington restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Lexington's best
    Overview
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The variations of the menu; consistently well-prepared; service shines above everyone else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coles 735 Main earns its popularity
    Kris
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was my second visit and the food is consistently great. Returning next week with an out-of-town guest. Panko fried avocado with crab appetizer is the best. Pairing of ingredients in many dishes is innovative. Our waiter offered a special nonalcoholic drink for our friend recovering from a migraine - it really worked for her! Italian cream cake, nutella cheesecake, and bourbon creme brulee are winners. One main server but several circulated to ask how our dining experience was. Restaurant staff work well as a team. Recommend reservations since the room was packed on both weeknights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Kybizan
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We dined with friends before a concert at the Opera House. We had reservations and were seated on time, water glasses filled and drink orders taken. We tried three of the daily specials - entree, appetizer and soup - all were perfect and left us wanting more. Three of us ordered salads and all looked and tasted great. Coles is a good spot for dinner or drinks and a light meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • every bite a pleasure
    BobbyWhoa
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    My first trip to Coles (had dined in this the location previously). Tastefully redecorated open-room ambience - warm and welcoming - Care given to keep the volume of joyful patrons under control (very loud before!). Waiter was knowledgeable and attentive - allowing the right amount of time to enjoy our meal and conversation. Everything was prepared and presented with class: Crispy and creamy Baked Brie appetizer - incredible Farro Currant salad - Sauteed Chicken Breast and two vegetarian items - hard to find tasty vegetarian items in a meat loving world!) The price of our meal may prevent me from coming back too soon - but for an intimate date, a couples evening, family gathering, or to entertain guests and clients - I'd chose Coles again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly recommended
    xpatsuitcase
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We will certainly return to Cole's. The menu is very interesting, so hard to choose. Luckily we had a waiter who could help with that. I had the brussel sprout salad to start and the tuna for a main. Both were lovely, but the pairing of the pasta with the tuna was not my favorite---would have prefered a more lemony sauce, perhaps. My husband had the fried avocado with crab to start (excellent) and the asian ribs with macaroni and cheese. The latter had an asian chili paste ingredient which added depth, but only a moderate heat to the dish. Inventive! Finally a maple and bourbon creme brulee finished the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss
    intownlunch
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Don't miss Coles 735 Main if you live in, or are visiting, Lexington. Great food, service, and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A KEENELAND MUST !!
    BulldoggyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have been here with friends at least once a week since Keeneland opened for the fall meet. We love it and our friends love it. Highly recommend....Go hungry because you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Mmmmm
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This place was on of the best romantic restaurant in Lexington. And wow was the food good it was crazy good a very talented chef. We had great service and great food. Not to expensive for a really great restaurant. Be back for often to try more stuff on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmm... Shrimp and Grits!
    Paolo
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Beautiful, creative, tasty dishes and attentive (but not intrusive) service. Shrimp and grits really stood out for us; the dessert list is not as interesting as everything else and could be improved, but overall they are doing a very good job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place in Downtown Area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This great place hosts specials, not found on the menu. You'll find food for everyone, steaks, chicken, seafood, and the like. We were there on a Monday evening, and the place was packed. I'd recommend a reservation. They do have a patio, but it was not in use the evening we were there. The food was excellent, as well as the service. We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpectedly Fabulous
    DiningDiva
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Quality & Creativity most unexpected for Lexington. The DR was charming. The service was flawless. The menu was alluring. And my dinner exceeded my expectations for presentation, taste, and freshness. The combinations of ingredients were unusual and really made the dining experience special. I'm still talking about it to friends and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything and more
    Jstperfect
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Perfect experience in every way. Wait staff superb, food the finest. Best salmon I've ever tasted. Wonderful experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love taking our friends here !!
    BulldoggyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere is beyond compare. The filet is hard to resist but then again so is everything on the menu. Love the blueberry streusel cheesecake...made in house as are all the desserts...if you have room after dinner !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    susie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a delightful dinner in a lovely, unique atmosphere near the city center. Gourmet dining at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great First Time
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We're not sure why we hadn't found 735 Main before, given that we've visited Lexington quite frequently in recent years due to UK, EKU, and family connections. However, we were pleasantly surprised by this outstanding dining venue. Both of our entrees, my Bouilabaisse and my wife's fresh trout, were excellent. And the key lime pie was the best we've had outside of Naples, FL!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Large menu selection. Wait staff on the ball. Large wine and bourbon selection . Been 7 times food has great flavor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem in Lex
    aKYgirl
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We dined at Cole's with friends celebrating special occasions. Jordon, our server, was very attentive, knowledgeable and personable. All in our party raved about the entrees, though the trout was slightly over-cooked. The chef uses creativity and skill to create each item on the menu. My husband is fussy about his martini; he praised the bar service. The key lime pie was the best I've ever eaten in a restaurant -- light, yet with full lime flavor. We highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local charm!
    otterladyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This was our first visit to Coles and we were not disappointed! Staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was very good and the Italian Cream Cake alone would make the trip worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • belle1
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We frequent Coles and love the restaurant. We had horrible service on a Wed night. Our waiter is always very good, but he had too many tables. Bottle of wine timely, but wanted glass of Proseco during appetizers….did not arrive until after we finished appetizers. Not up to par! Will stick to Andy at the bar and not invite guests for awhile.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Outstanding food and great service. Make a reservation if you want to eat early. This is a popular spot and fills up even on week nights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Place
    thaQueen
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food and service were top notch! Will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    BJNH
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Whenever we are in Lexington, we have to dine at Coles. We love the relaxed but attentive atmosphere. This time I had the monkfish special and it was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stcfoodies
    stcfoodies
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was wonderful their avacado appetizer is crispy on the outsite, creamy on the inside, over all yummy. I had shrimp and grits which was beautiful in it's presentation and very delicious. My husband had the bone in filet which was a special, I tried it as well and it was melt in your mouth perfect. We had a party of 7 and everyone was happy with their meal. No disappointments here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.