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About 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.

735 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40502
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Fusion / Eclectic, Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 4pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 4pm - 11pm
Sunday - CLOSED

Cross Street:
N. Ashland

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(859) 266-9000

Website:
http://coles735main.com/

Executive Chef:
Cole Arimes

Additional:
Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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Coles 735 Main Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

service

4.8

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4.6

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4.4

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Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (54)
Special Occasion (51)
Good for a Date (49)
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Fit for Foodies (46)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
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Creative Cuisine (38)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Local Ingredients (33)
Notable Wine List (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Business Meals (23)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Bar Seating (20)
Authentic (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Casual (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Fun (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Comfort Food (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 4 days ago

Our server Marilyn was wonderful. The whole staff was professional and food was great! We will be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a typically delightful evening at Coles with great good, great atmosphere, and good service. We have never been disappointed at Coles. A must for those who seek fine dining in a cozy but elegant atmosphere.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Best lamb appetizer I have ever had, perfectly done octopus, perfectly cooked steaks, and delicious cocktails. A MUST in Lexington. The only draw back - the restaurant must work on it's consistency. The food is always good, but not always amazing. That said, my last meal there was the best I've had in town. Great for dates and special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Always a great experience, food is delicious in a cozy environment.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful dinner with my girlfriend. Always pleased

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent as always. Brian is an exceptional seever!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always looking for a quaint little gem like Coles, will definitely be back!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food and excellent service. Had the NY Strip. So good. I couldn’t finish it.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Cole's is our favorite place for a cozy, romantic evening dinner. We celebrated our 8 year anniversary there on January 4th and our Waiter Brian was very attentive and exceptional during our meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 3, 2018

My husband and I have eaten at Cole's several times and we are never disappointed. At every restaurant we enjoy, we try to pair different tasting foods with all of the options the menu and the staff provide. Cole's allows us to be imaginative. The two of us ordered the Brussel sprouts salad, a side of macaroni and cheese and shared a plate of the delicious scallops. Add some red wine.... and Viola! A fantastic meal for a cold winter night. My husband and I continue to talk about it. When in Lexington, enjoy a meal at Cole's you will always remember it as an event!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a great time! Great meal and atmosphere!! Thanks

Tags: Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service, some dishes average, some excellent. Homemade bread sides are awesome. Quite expensive for volume, a la carte salads, etc. so prepare for pricey.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Second time here. Went for a Saturday evening dinner but again fairly last minute reservation so no prime time reservations available on short notice but that was no problem as we don’t mind eating early in the evening. Tried some different choices than we ordered on our first visit. Had the eggplant “bruschetta” and the lobster bisque which we shared. My husband ordered the striped bass special and I had the bone in filet mignon special. All choices were superb. My husband particularly enjoyed his craft cocktail made with bourbon, blood orange liqueur and house made orange bitters. The other craft cocktail menu items were very intriguing as was the white wine aperitif that the young lady at the table next to me ordered. So intriguing that my husband (after his cocktail) asked me to drive us to the local liquor store to pick up some of the unusual ingredients for the other cocktails we’d seen on the menu. No problem since frequent replenishing of my beverage choice, Diet Coke, left me in fine shape to drive home. Another superb and satisfying meal made even more enjoyable by some culinary and beverage discoveries. Yesterday marked our 25th anniversary of moving to Lexington and in our opinion this is the best restaurant in Lexington that we’ve encountered in those 25 years.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food and waitstaff were all very good. Seating is very close and tight. We got seated right next to a party of 18 and couldn’t even talk to each other.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This was my first time to try Cole’s. I am usually disappointed in “fancier” restaurants because their food always sounds so much better than it actually is. This was not the case with Cole’s. I had the wrapped filet special, and almost licked my plate. I will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 21, 2017

One of my favorites!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent cuisine and friendly staff, but a terribly crowded and noisy dining room.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

This was our first experience at Coles. The food was flavorful without being overpowering, really good. There is a balance of American classics with Mediterranean/Greek staples. We were very impressed and will recommend/return.

Tags: Tapas, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My companion and I both had a filet, because it is always perfectly tender and perfectly cooked. The side of cubed deep-fried grits was delicious, crusty outside and smooth inside.

We each had a classic Manhattan made with rye and finished with a cherry that was prepared in-house.

Service, food, and drinks were all up to the level of perfection I expect at Cole’s.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great food and atmosphere! A little on the pricey side, but it is well worth it if you want a great meal!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Everything was awesome!

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

I took my mom and my aunt and everything was great. I had the duck and it was the best I have ever had, my mom had the salmon and she loved it and my aunt had the herb crusted chicken a she said it was delicious. I would highly recommend Coles on Main.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Wonderful Restaurant! The food is awesome and the service is very good!

Tags: Casual, Fun
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Everything about the evening was great. The cocktails were excellent and so was the food. The bread brought out while you wait is delicious. The staff is very friendly as well. However, I was disappointed nothing was done for my dates birthday. I made a note when making the reservation and verbally stated the occasion when we arrived. When going to an establishment to spend over 100 dollars for two people, I’d expect something to be done. But all around it’s great restaurant for food, drinks, staff and atmosphere.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always a good time and good food. Just wish the noise level was a little better for conversation.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We had a great dinner for our anniversary while visiting in Lexington. The homemade rolls are OUTSTANDING and make really good breakfast the next day with leftover filet!! The server was attentive to anticipating our needs without being intrusive at all. We loved our experience here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food, setting and service. All aspects very nicely done. Recommended.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Have always enjoyed Cole's. Consistency is their hallmark. A more varied menu, or at least, some changes every now and then would be nice. They had two specials the night we dined, but they had run out of one. I require GF options, and that limits me greatly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fantastic service, fantastic food and fantastic atmosphere!"

Tags: Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was delicious. A little pricy for every day but great for special occasions. The service was probably the best that I ever had. Attentive when needed but not intrusive. We will definitively be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food and service was very good! It was our first visit and we definitely plan to dine there again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Staff was very friendly and professional. Very impressed with the service and the food, of course.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

One of our FAVORITE restaurants! Food is incredible, service fantastic!! Brian is one of the best servers in Lexington!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Best steak in LEX. Beat’s Tony’s hands down. Great service and attention to detail. Loved the atmosphere and was perfect for a special birthday dinner for my wife. Go!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Best steak in town! Wonderful meal as usual. Our favorite place in Lexington for dinner!

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was fantastic and the staff were prompt and knowledgeable. Loved the free savory bread rolls!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Organic, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Absolutely spectacular as always. The menu is consistent with protein offered, yet the garnishes and sides change with the season. A very neat way to keep the menu fresh. Service is flawless and prompt, food is to die for. Must-haves: bone-in filet, panko fried avocado, truffle-infused lobster bisque. This is what I tell my friends- this is the best restaurant in Lexington and there is no doubt about it. Go there!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent, as always! Server was attentive and kind, food was delicious. Will always recommend to others, and will definitely return.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My 60th BD! Coles is Always a favorite❤️

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