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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (54)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Good for a Date (48)
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Fit for Foodies (47)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
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Local Ingredients (37)
Romantic (37)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Notable Wine List (28)
Business Meals (25)
Worth the Drive (23)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Bar Seating (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Authentic (15)
Casual (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Fun (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Hot Spot (10)
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Gluten Free Options (7)
Healthy (7)
Seasonal (7)
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Organic (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
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Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My 60th BD! Coles is Always a favorite❤️

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We always enjoy the food, service and atmosphere.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had a very romantic evening. Coles drinks, the food, the staff and the atmosphere continue to be our favorite. We have never been disappointed. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Been there many times and it is always enjoyable. Food very good, service is excellent will be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

By far the best service I’ve had at Cole’s! Our server was patient and super knowledgeable. My fav spot in Lexington right here!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Brian is an excellent server. Great service great food

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Dine out for a living and had One of the best double cut bone in pork chops ever. Wine list (even glasses) that lean towards food and making the meal better. Not just bold fruit bombs - that aren’t compete with food rather than complementing. Thanks Cole, Chris, Bradley and the Team

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Another wonderful night at Coles with family from out of town. Always my favorite place to take out of town guests. 😊

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

It was very fancy with the presentation of the food. Everything was excellent and they were good to my service dog too

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Coles is always good; it is a little pricy but.......BUT.......you get your monies worth
We only had appetizers and a salad but WOW!
The Tempura Shrimp was outstanding
the Potato/bacon soup out of sight and
the Brussell Sprout salad was so unique (an I hate cooked Brussell Sprouts

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Out-of-state friends requested a return visit when passing through Kentucky again this fall. Loved the Manhattan drinks, the food and the atmosphere. Cole's did not disappoint!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We just love this restaurant! Food is delicious and service is perfect. Such a gem!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

It was déjà vu: same place, same seats, same waiter, same DELICIOUS quality of food!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food is always so good and it is a nice quiet place to eat where you can actually hear what the other people at your table are saying. The service, as always, was excellent. I highly recommend the French dip, Brussel sprouts, and the carrot cake.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Organic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Everything was great but they threw away the food we asked to take home.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was simply amazing. Simple dishes (NY Strip & Ratatouille) but they were flavorful and perfectly prepared. The best plates of food we've had in Lexington (and we've been here for 18 years). Highly recommend Cole's. The photo included is of the eggplant bruschetta. Superb,

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Cole's is our favorite restaurant in Lexington. The food is creative and delicious. At our table we had one filet, said to be the best my friend had ever eaten. The scallops on a kale salad were also outstanding. The bourbon creme brulee was perfect. All in all, no disappointment here. We were here on a very busy night and the service was a bit slower than usual.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 22, 2017

In my opinion, the best steak in Lexington Hands down...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Over two hour wait for food. Shameful

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything on their menu is first-rate. One of the best dining experiences in Lexington.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were in town for Keenland racing. Had a great dinner and service at Coles 735.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The perfect spot to bring friends who have never been to Lexington! Excellent food and service- Southern hospitality at its finest!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Delicious. Everything that we ordered was perfection. Particularly surprised at how much we enjoyed the eggplant bruschetta would highly recommend. Our dinners were wonderful I think everyone at the table had the filet!! I had the Caesar salad also and a side of macaroni & cheese. Needless to say no room for dessert. We all had coffee in the unique cat and dog mugs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great food! We had a party of 7 and everyone thought their dinner was great! Our waiter was excellent and very helpful. The owner chatted with us after our dinner and was very gracious and charming. Highly recommended!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Consistently the best restaurant in Lexington. Cole 735 Main's creative cuisine, wine, bourbon and cocktails, staff and inviting atmosphere continue to make dining there a great experience. The bread basket is incredible too. Thanks Cole.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent as always! Love the ratatouille!

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