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Proof on Main
Proof on Main
  • Address:
    702 W. Main Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    Downtown Louisville
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Proof on Main Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.proofonmain.com
  • Phone: (502) 217-6360
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 7am - 10am; Saturday and Sunday: 7am -1pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Bar Open Until: 1:00 AM

    Monday - Thursday: 1:00am

    Friday - Saturday: 2:00am

    Sunday: Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is provided by Proof on Main and the culinary team can prepare a menu specifically tailored to fit your needs. The menu works to showcase the agricultural bounty of the Ohio River Valley and celebrates artisanal products and sustainable farming, delivering plates rich with the culinary traditions of Italy and the American South.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties are available for 10 to 150 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Breier or Katie Matthews (502) 217-6300
  • Entertainment: Adjacent to Proof on Main is the 21c Museum, North America's first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art of the 21st century. With over 9000 square feet of exhibition space, 21c Museum hosts dynamic group and solo exhibitions featuring emerging artists alongside acclaimed international artists, such as video artists Bill Viola and Tony Oursler, photographers Andres Serrano, Sam Taylor Wood, and David Leventhal, sculptors Yinka Shonibare and Judy Fox, and multimedia artists Chuck Close, Alfredo Jaar, and Kara Walker.

    The Museum is free and open to the public, 24/7.
  • Special Events & Promotions: With over 5,000 square feet of art-filled event space, 21c Museum Hotel and Proof on Main are the ideal setting for board retreats, executive meetings, cocktail gatherings, reception dinners, charitable events, or any other special occasion. Rooms include one large atrium to accommodate seated groups up to 120 and receptions as large as 450; four private meeting areas to accommodate groups of 10 to 60; one boardroom with audio visual capabilities for up to 12; and, for a truly exceptional event, a private penthouse with soaring river views.

    Our dedicated Event staff will provide professional service, overseeing every detail for your special event. To learn more contact Lori at 502.217.6312 or lmattingly@21cHotel.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Parking begins after 5:30pm and is $6 for valet. There is also garage parking available at 7th and Market.
A word from Proof on Main
The menus focus on supporting the region’s sustainable farmers and producers with a soulful and honest approach showcasing the bounty of the Ohio River Valley. Housed in five historic buildings in downtown Louisville, Proof on Main is part of the award-winning 21c Museum Hotel. The dining room is one of the most striking public spaces in the city, with rotating installations of contemporary art by local and internationally-acclaimed artists alike.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious food, a lively atmosphere, knowledgeable service, and wonderful art...what a great place for a stimulating evening in Louisville!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "One of my favorite spots in Louisville, the formula steak restaurants should take note this place can hold its own with the meat/potato crowd and the foodie!!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience! We were there on a Sunday night and had the pre fixe Sunday supper. It was an outstanding meal. A highlight of the meal was having the chef come out to describe the main dishes to us personally. Recommended the restaurant to friends, and they also had a fabulous experience. Must-go-to restaurant when in Louisville!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "They hit a homerun. Service, personalities, and food were 10/10"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Visiting Louisville for the first time and so pleased to have found this fantastic place. Lively crowd and bar scene inside a cool hotel, delicious locavore fare."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We stopped by for lunch and shared the grilled cheese and BLT with avocado sandwiches. This is fare you can find anywhere but no where is the attention to detail and product nearly as perfect. The ingredients and combination of flavors are a bit different from your dive or diner but not so avant garde that it's pretentious like at a lot of other establishments. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Were hotel guests & had dinner here. We were initially seated in the dining room kitchen-side, which was darker and noisier than the main room. Our hostess was very, very kind to re-seat us in the main room upon our request. Our server was wonderful, as was the food (roasted bones, scallops, hog chop). Of course we'll be back, especially if the service is as good."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "On summer Sunday nights, this restaurant has a fixed price meal composed with local ingredients. Very creative meal - just delicious. The restaurant has interesting artwork because it's located in a museum hotel. A real find in Louisville!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Brunched at Proof Sunday June 30. The spicy Bloody Marys were prepared just right..spicy and delicious. Everyone's entree was as ordered and tasty and delicious. I had the Egg White Frittata. We even ordered the French Toast Casserole as a shared appetizer. Highly recommend this brunch experience!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great food, service, and atmosphere! Our wait person Patty was personable & attentive. The good selection changed the 2 different nights we were there and all of the choices including dessert were fantastic!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This past weekend served as my mother's first trip to the state of Kentucky and I wanted to take her to dinner somewhere nice that not only featured great food and beverage options, but also provided a dining experience that helps showcase a lovely city. Proof did all that and more."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "From the art on the walls to the delicious food, this was a great find. The Octopus sharing plate is a MUST order!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful, delicious late dinner. The food was exquisite. My husband wished his scallops had been twice the size, but that is normal. We will happily go back when visiting Louisville again, which we will be doing next year."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Connected to the ever-changing boutique hotel 21c, Proof is a hidden gem in the west end of downtown. The service is always amazing, and you're treated like you're a rockstar even though you may or may not be, but you may be seated next one! The art in the dining room always seems to be changing which is reflective of its connection to 21C. The real star of the show is the food. The food at Proof is AMAZING! I have been dining at Proof since it opened and have always had amazing meals. Proof is a reflection of the local farming industry providing for menu items such as buffalo or local cheeses. This chef knows how to cook!! Always spot on food temp. Just as the food changes, the cocktail menu changes as well as equally as good."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good place to bring visitors to the Louisville area for fine dining."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was the first time for my wife and me @ Proof. The food was good but overpriced. Value was not there. Service was good but we waited too long for our entrees. We arrived @ 6:30pm and there were few people there at that time. Tables are a bit too close. Young man next to us dining alone almost fell across our table as he left to use the restroom. We were a bit disappointed overall."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The collection of photos in the Restaurant is exciting and interesting. The definite plus its location within the Museum also voted the best Hotel in the South by Travelers and Conde Nast,"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were visiting from out of town and Proof had been recommended to us. Our wait staff was gracious and attentive. However, the noise level of the restaurant was nearly unbearable. The food was average at best. It's obvious they are trying for a NYC edgey menu -- but it was pedestrian at best."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The menu changes frequently, and the food is always great. This time was not exception. We were joined by an out-of-state friend, and it is fun to show off Proof on Main, as well as 21C."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was my second time to Proof on Main, and they didn't disappoint. The food, service and atmosphere is fantastic. This is a must go to restaurant in Louisville."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Consistently unusual and very well-prepared dishes. This time I had the bison tartare, which was both delicious and original in presentation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "When we made the reservation we stated that we were celebrating a birthday and wedding anniversary in our party. There was no recognition on behalf of the restaurant greeter. We were assigned a table in the street window and after much prodding were able to change our table. Food was excellent. Wait staff was helpful but dressed in very casual clothes. Servers in fast food restaurants are more identifiable as to who they work for."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was exciting prepared and interesting with refreshing and creative cocktails. Great service and beautiful ambience, even for a late reservation. Really enjoyed strolling through the galleries at 21c next door late after dinner."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Service was wonderful and the food was even better!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We ate Sunday brunch at Proof before seeing The Book of Mormon and we're very excited to finally be dining at this establishment. We were very impressed with the whole experience and look forward to coming back for lunch and dinner."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Proof on Main offers great food, excellent service and always gets you out the door to your event on time. While other restaurants in the area are backed up, rushed and hit or miss, Proof has always exceeded our expectations with great planning and execution. I would highly recommend this place as your go to before the show and/or for a relaxed dinning get away after the show crowd has departed. Besides you might even see celebrities or politicians at the table next to you!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Being at the museum hotel makes this place really cool. After dinner you can cruise through the museum lobby and lower level to check out the art. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "A wonderful meal, and I appreciate the fact that the staff treats my 9-year-old as a valued customer. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My third visit, but the first for the rest of our group. Service was excellent & we were asked immediately if going to a show (we were) & we had plenty of time to relax, eat and get to our show. Servers had excellent recommendations & answered questions perfectly. The menu is varied with a little bit of everything, which is one of the reason we chose it..another very good meal for all of us! Many 'foodie' options with interesting combinations. I chose the newly added Black Bass, which I had never tried before, a mild fish, but with an interesting 'sauce' with watermelon & coriander. Soft shell crab appetizer was excellent as well. If you have never tried grits, try a sid of them here--great texture & a bit cheesy--very yummy!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Wonderful food, excellent service, accommodating concert reservations! Thanks for another fine meal, expert presentation and enjoyable pre-concert experience. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I always choose Proof when we have a special celebration (Including after my high school graduation!). It has not let me down yet. I typically hate choosing restaurants for my friends and I to eat (what if they don't like it!?) but I never worry about Proof. Everyone always loves it, the food is divine, and they are always surprised by how unpretentious it is. It's the only restaurant that keeps me driving back to louisville after I moved to lexington. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Buffalo burger was as always excellent! Shrimp roll was fair at best & disappointing, we expected more."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Came here w/a group from out of town - wonderful overall experience, and service was excellent, as was he food."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant to visit when in Louisville. Menu is always changing and features fresh, local farm to table ingredients to create unique and flavorful dishes. Staff very friendly and knowledgable of ingredients, food prep and the great wine list. The restaurant was packed, but service didn't suffer."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Ate a fantastic meal there last night. Waiter was very helpful with a party member who is gluten free and made a very good wine recommendation. The place is unique and a must on your list. The only thing that would have made it better is a bit more soundproofing - we had to tell our orders to the waiter- and indication on the menus of what was gluten free. Highly recommend "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Perfectly prepared bison burger and the salmon was fabulous. New manager, Joe greeted everyone and inquired about our experience and our waiter was attentive and friendly. Love the ever-changing art."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food was really great wonderful flavors. Unique and delicious!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Always on my list when in Louisville great food,service and atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a wonderful late night meal on the patio for our anniversary. The octopus appetizer is AMAZING. Butter and garlic! We also had the country ham falafel and it was tasty as well. I had the hog chop and it was great, my husband had the steak and he like it too. The grits for a side are a must! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Foodies would be happy, but vegetarians - it's limited. Nice drink list, too. We had a group of six sitting comfortably at a round-top table. The only "bummer" was that I couldn't hear what my friends sitting across from me was saying - and my hearing is just fine! "
    Dined on 5/29/2014