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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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (61)
Special Occasion (60)
Good for a Date (56)
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Neighborhood Gem (43)
Romantic (43)
Cozy (38)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Local Ingredients (28)
Notable Wine List (24)
Business Meals (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Authentic (18)
Casual (18)
Bar Seating (16)
Fun (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Seasonal (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (5)
People Watching (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 3 days ago

Cute and cozy. Not a large selection on the menu. Meal price did not match quality.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

Dinner for 2. We each had a nightly special and both were exceptional. For dessert we each had carrot cake which came with a dollop of cinnamon gelato. The entrees were a masterpiece pleasing to the eye, and equally pleasing to the pallet. Our server was very attentive. This is a great place for special occasions or nightly dining. Our entrees were about $35 each and for the culinary experience well worth it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

We were celebrating my friend’s purchase of a new home, and this was the perfect place! The setting is wonderful and the salmon was delicious- perfectly cooked!

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 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service!!!

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·Dined 6 days ago

I made a reservation for Valentine’s Day. It was all good. Prices indicated was $31 to $50. But when I got there the meal was $75’per person for Valentine’s Day. No options allowed to order off menu. I called couple of times but no one mentioned the menu was Valentine’s Day menu or price. They should have updated on Open Table the change in price as other restaurants had done. A few of them had done this. This could have been embarrassing for someone who was not prepared. Seating was too close to other patrons. I had to ask to be reseated but it was too close. Dessert was awful. Cookies for dessert? The only saving thing was the tenderloin and finger potatoes. Disappointed!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Louisville)·Dined 7 days ago

As always...delicious!! Coming here never lets me down.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and service. We will be back!

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined 7 days ago

Coles never disappoints, wonderful food, service and atmosphere!! My favorite restaurant in Lexington!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Everything was great, the price reflects the exceptional food. Definitely worth it, will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Well prepared upscale food at a reasonable price point and friendly, attentive service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The service at Cole's was impeccable. Every course was beautifully plated and delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Coles 735 Main was spot on for our Valentine Eve dinner. Jacob's service was prompt, but not intrusive. Well done, Jacob. New York strip prepared medium rare was on the money and seasoned just right. One of the best steaks in Lexington. We look forward to our return trip.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Cole's never disappoints! Went for an early Valentine's Day date with my wife. Had a lovely evening, excellent food and pleasant atmosphere. Service was excellent as usual. One of my favorite places to eat in Lexington.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Coles is a solid "Yes" for food and ambiance.
Service is very good.
Food is good.
I wish they had more vegetarian offerings.

The bar area is cozy and offers a great place for a pre-dinner drink.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Everything was great! Never disappoints!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Really enjoyed our first trip to Cole's. Warm, cozy atmosphere. Attentive- but not obtrusive- service. Delicious- but not pretentious- special occasion food. Best flavor in a filet I've ever experienced and the crispy grits were the ideal pairing. The freshly baked chocolate chip cookies were a perfect end to the meal. Thanks Coles. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

My husband and I had the scallops, ny strip, mushrooms, bakes brie appetizer, and the chocolate cookies with ice cream. All were as good as it gets. Would not change a single thing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Coles is one of my favorite restaurants - probably best food in town! We went there for celebration of an anniversary, and we were not disappointed! It was a superb experience - casual but special... Our server (Jared) was very attentive and the food was just AWESOME. The wine list makes your head spin: great wines from all over the world for a reasonable price.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Casual, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. The specials were unique. We really enjoyed our dinner and were able to relax and take our time with our meal.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Best food and service we’ve had for a while!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Coles is always enjoyable with mostly highs and a few lows from time to time. Very good and sometimes inspired fare. The service was excellent by our server Allison, who in addition to movie star looks was also quite attentive and professional. The NY strip steak was good but a little overseasoned with a brown glaze. Better to have been salted and peppered only and let the meat speak for itself. The Bernaise sauce was a little strong on vinegar. The carrot cake was good but sickeningly sweet because the slice was 2/3 frosting 1/3 cake. All in all, still one of the best in Lexington.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Our food was excellent, service was equally as impressive. Thank you for a great experience!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Perfect date spot!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner! My husband had the duck special and he hasn’t stopped talking about it! The filet was amazing as always. The service was great, no one was pushy or rushed us.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We travel from Alabama to Michigan several times a year and choose to go out of our way to overnight in Lexington JUST to have dinner at Coles 735 Main. This place is fabulous and has been so consistently great each visit! The hosts and wait staff are friendly and very well informed about the menu. The specials are amazing as well. Do not pass up an opportunity to visit Coles.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The decor was all over the place, nothing matched, it was just random hodgepodge of stuff, even the silverware wasn't all from the same set, it all felt just thrown together, service was fairly slow, not terribly considering how busy the place was, the only saving grace was the entree I had was cooked absolutely perfectly, a NY strip cooked to a perfect medium rare, and seasoned amazingly.

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

We ate at Coles before heading to the Opera House. We were looking for something new to try and we made a great decision. Everything was delicious. We had Tempura Shrimp, Mediterranean Salad, Pork Chop Meal, Filet (delicious) and for the sides, we selected the Au Gratin Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts! Everything was amazing. How could you not try dessert.... The Carrot Cake was yummy!! Highly recommend Coles for your next nice meal!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Was not what I expected. Service was great. The salad and bread was not very good but the entree made up for it. Alittle too pricey for what you get.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic meal - Fantastic Service. Server made accommodations for dietary restrictions without complaint. Knowledgeable about the menu and so friendly!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Very enjoyable thanks.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The best restaurant in Lexington. The food is over the top delicious and very original. The menu makes no effort to imitate any other restaurant and is entirely unique. The service is very professional, only approaching the table when they can see necessary to refill a drink or take the order for the next course. We go for every birthday, anniversary, etc. It just doesn’t get better than Cole’s.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I had driven past this restaurant for many years and never tried it. I am so glad I did! It is a great place and I will be going back again.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

One of our favorite spots in Lexington for a romantic meal or eating with friends.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had an excellent meal. Service was super. The wine selection was very good. We all had a wonderful time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Amazing food, great service, excellent restaurant. Highly recommend

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food very good
Service especially good.
A fine experience.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Awesome Love the intimacy of the bar

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The restaurant was chilly but the weather was dismal! I was quoted the wrong price for the special. I was quoted $28. but billed $36. Waiter's effort was good. The food was delicious but I might have ordered something else if I had been aware of the correct price of the fish (snapper) special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Outstanding!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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