Coles 735 Main in Lexington, KY

When I thought about fine-dining in Lexington, Kentucky, I envisioned traditional Southern, white tablecloth, fine-dining establishments with dress codes for men and women. But, our experience at Coles 735 Main was nothing like that. Owned by Lexington born Chef Cole Arimes, Coles 735 Main is located in a refinished 1938 historic landmark. It’s a bit like walking into your grandmother’s home with gingham print pillows. While not the most contemporary decor, it is not stuffy, formal or stodgy.

Coles 735 Main Cole Arimes

We sat outside on the charming patio as the fireflies buzzed and lit up around us. The menu offers Southern cuisine with an eclectic global influence and features fresh local ingredients.

Tempura Avocado

Coles 735 Main - Avocado Tempura with Tuna Poke

Baked Brie en croute wrapped in phyllo, apricot and tomato chutney, balsamic drizzle, toast points

Coles 735 Main - Baked Brie en croute


Coles 735 Main - Mac & Cheese

Pork Bruschetta – a special of the night, the tender pork was from a full pig that Coles had been working with.

Coles 735 Main - Pork Bruschetta

Warm Brussel and House Bacon

Coles 735 Main - Warm Brussel and House Bacon

Shrimp & Grits – smoked garlic Weisenberger grits, pickled onions, baby arugula, truffle infused lobster cream, midnight moon goat cheese

Coles 735 Main - Shrimp & Grits

Short Ribs – another special for the night, the short ribs were served over pasta and had an Asian flair

Coles 735 Main - Short Ribs

Wild Mushrooms

Coles 735 Main - Wild Mushrooms

Black Angus Falls NY Strip – all natural beef, smoked Weisenberger grits, house made compound butter

Coles 735 Main - Black Angus Falls NY Strip and Grits Tater Tots

Grit fries

Coles 735 Main - Grit Fries

Bourbon Ball Flourless Chocolate TorteColes 735 Main - Bourbon Ball Flourless Chocolate Torte

Creme Brulee

Coles 735 Main - Creme Brulee

Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies – a perfect end to the night, Chef Cole had stopped by our table on his way out and was taking some of the fresh made cookies to his pregnant wife who was at home.

Coles 735 Main Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you head to Lexington, Kentucky, enjoy an evening at Coles 735 Main.

Coles 735 Main
735 East Main Street, Lexington, KY