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

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (48)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Special Occasion (46)
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Fit for Foodies (45)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Local Ingredients (38)
Romantic (38)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Cozy (33)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Business Meals (25)
Notable Wine List (25)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Authentic (17)
Bar Seating (17)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Casual (13)
Fun (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Tasting Menu (8)
Healthy (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Organic (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

My 60th BD! Coles is Always a favorite❤️

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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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 16, 2017

Excellent as always! Love the ratatouille!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We enjoyed every aspect from our dinner- from appetizer to the dessert, ordering mostly the newly added Fall items! Great service & nice atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Another spectacular experience. The eggplant appetizer was out of this world. Everyone at the table ordered the filet or the strip. I don't think that we looked up because it was so good. The macaroni and cheese is the best and the warm cookies and ice cream too. Highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (Key West)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Wed night, restaurant crowded, VERY noisy to the point you had to speak very loudly to be heard across the table, and we were seated at the side of the restaurant. Plus they tried to play music in the background, which added to the din- couldn’t begin to tell you what kind of music was playing! Out of a special at 700. Varied menu but food while good, not great.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Really good food and service. It was very crowded and the noise level was high which made it difficult to carry on a conversation at times

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent service and food. The noise level was a bit loud-perhaps some acoustic sound shaping would make the environment a warmer atmosphere.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always a nice evening at Cole's. Staff is always nice, service is perfect and never feel rush! Food is excellent! Had a nice evening celebrating my parents 60th wedding anniversary! Only wishing they could have made it more special/celebration for them. But know it's not there job.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had a great time thanks to the staff and the chef. Our food was award winning. I can't remember the name of the fish but oh it was delicious. Everything on the plate was delicious and I wanted to lick the plate but did not think it was appropriate. We still have room for warm cookies and ice cream. We are like a boom-a-rang we just keep coming back. Thanks Coles

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent restaurant. My wife and I went there for our 10th anniversary and it did not disappoint. My wife had the pan roasted duck which she thoroughly enjoyed and I ordered the dry-aged filet which was transcendent. Your wallet won't thank you for going, but your stomach and your soul will.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was great, unfortunately my son had a salad and cut his tongue on what appeared to be a broken piece of plastic. We gave it to the waiter who was very apologetic. He said the manager would come talk with us, but he never stopped. I guess I would have appreciated them at least comping his salad. I'm not that way so we probably wouldn't have accepted but for the 3 college kids, 2from Davidson and one from Centre with me it could have gone a long way in showing them how to do business. That's why I gave a 2 star overall.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

The food and service was excellent. Bradly our server was very friendly and knowledgeable . As always it was very enjoyable .

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Fabulous service and food was delicious .
Patio lovely .

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We go to Cole's on a semi regular basis. It is convenient and tasty. Good ambience, recommend reservations as it is often booked.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

While our appetizer of eggplant bruschetta was delicious, the remainder of the meal was served ice cold. Our server was pleasant, but he was either overwhelmed or oblivious. Another server asked if we needed anything and we requested knives...he walked away. We were literally sitting NEXT to the waiter station.

Additionally, after ordering a bottle of $150 champagne, our server had NO idea how to open the bottle. I blame management for this. If you are going to serve expensive wine and champagne, your servers should be knowledgeable before they attempt. We had to walk him through this.

We were hugely disappointed as we had heard good things about Cole's.

We refrained from addressing it that evening as we were looking for a drama less night out. I would have sent an email, but none was to be found on the website. And when I called, they were not open on Sunday.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Have been here many times, always great food and service

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

I'd been here before and wasn't necessarily "blown away," but a friend advised me to get the filet so I went back. Our server was incredible and the filet and lamb ribs were unbelievable! I'm so happy when a place proves me wrong!!!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Our visit was to celebrate a couple family birthdays. Our party consisted of 4 adults (one on a gluten-free diet and another a pescatarian) and a 10 year old. The menu was diverse enough for everyone to find an item to their liking. We ordered the duck, pork chop, scallops, filet mignon and salmon dishes. Portions were adequate and all the food was delicious. Dessert consisted of carrot cake, chocolate torte, and a creme brûlée - all flavorful. None were overly sweet and portion size was enough to give you that tasty dessert without the guilt of eating a too large serving. Our server was extremely efficient, friendly (without being TOO familiar) and present enough to leave no one in want. Restaurant prices tend toward the pricier end of the scale ($28 and up per meal) so this is not a place the average person would frequent, however for special occasions it knocks it outside of the park. Definitely on my celebratory / special restaurant list. I would most definitely recommend Cole's!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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