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Proof Restaurant
Proof Restaurant

Proof Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.proofdc.com
  • Email: proof@proofdc.com
  • Phone: (202) 737-7663
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM
    Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Haidar Karoum
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Although we do not have a private space, Proof offers seating for large groups in our dining room with a contract. For parties of 9-20 guests, we offer a 3 course menu beginning at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). For groups of 20 or more, we require a food and beverage minimum, which depends on the date and time you are looking to host the event. A full restaurant buyout is available for groups of 50 or more, where we can offer both a seated dinner, or a passed hors d'oeuvres/cocktail style reception.

    Proof can seat up to 15 guests at one table in the dining room; groups larger than this will be split into tables seated next to each other. We are able to seat 85 guests, with room for 125 standing.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Burke--kim@proofdc.com (202) 737-7663

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th and G
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet ($12) for dinner service only. Street parking and metro accessible.
A word from Proof Restaurant
Proof is a wine-centric restaurant serving Modern American cuisine.

The casual, elegant feel to this Penn Quarter destination is reflected throughout Executive Chef Haidar Karoum’s menu. Proof showcases the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients in clean, beautiful preparations, an extensive international selection of cheese and charcuterie, as well as a wine list containing over 40 by-the-glass selections and 1,000 different bottles.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "My family had a wonderful dinner at Proof. We were greeted and taken to our table where we sampled some of the best food around. Service was impeccable, food outstanding. The wine list was amazing. Had a Clos St. Jean V.V. That blew our minds."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I took my parents to Proof last night to meet my boyfriend for the first time.. it was the best experience and I cannot say enough good things about this place.. from the location to the ambiance, the décor, the service, wine list and most importantly- the FOOD! The pricing is so reasonable too for a restaurant of this high standard. It's very evident that every single person that works there is passionate about what they do and want to make your evening an "experience".... not just "dinner out"... Best of the City- no question... from A to Z. kudos to the entire Proof establishment and employees. Passion is everything and you ALL have it, no question. thank you for a wonderful evening and a very memorable night for all of us!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Had a pretty sub par dinner for a top ten restaurant. Foie gras was served unseasoned on top of a burnt pancake. Duck was tough bland and over a risotto that was dry and flavorless. Am very disappointed but have heard food is very inconsistent."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "everything we had was amazing - including meat & cheese plates, tuna tartare apps and entrees. aside from great food, our waiter was also spot on with the service he provided..made the meal even better!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had the butter lettuce and whipped goat cheese appetizers and scallops and duck breat entrees. The food was excellent. Our server was friendly and well informed and even had the bar create a cocktail to my taste."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We do love this restaurant, the wine list is excellent. The menu is varied and delicious. There is always something for everyone including the vegetarians in your group. The service is friendly and the valet parking is welcome. The only caveat, if your server suggests a certain alcohol for a common drink, ask for the house stuff....it will be as good and cost half the price. Also, make a reservation well in advance or you won't get in."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my first time eating at Proof. The food was excellent, and the menu had a nice wide variety of choices. The service was also very good, although we had wished the waiter could give us more recommendations for wine, since they have such an extensive wine list. Otherwise, I fully enjoyed my experience at Proof, and would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Very friendly and engaging staff. Never waited for service. We left some choices up to the Waiter...he asked some questions about our preferences and then delivered the perfect choice. So many interesting food choices we have to return."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Proof has been my favorite go to restaurant in DC and always will be! When I lived in DC I would try to go at least one a week, and when I go back to visit I always go at least once. Chef Haidar is amazing, and I know I will always leave full and happy!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Food was outstanding particularly the tagliatelle with king trump mushrooms. The tuna tartar was almost a meal unto itself. Outstanding wine list from small vineyards. The service was attentive but snooty. Overall a definite keeper."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Good food good service. No complaints except that when one sits by the little tables that are next to where the wait staff checks in bills/orders, can be slightly annoying."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great service and no rush. Very much appreciated this for a combined meal of business and pleasure."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food has remained consistently good at this restaurant over the years. This time around, in addition to the exceptional full charcuterie board (amazing) we shared a small plate of the seared foie gras with cherries and cocoa nibs that swept us off our feet, and a dish of perfectly cooked sweetbreads prepared like a deconstructed sweetbread pit pie. This was yummy!!! The gnocci fell a bit flat, but the accompanying brussels sprouts and bacon were delicious. We ate at the bar - yet again. Why? Because the tables are lit so dimly you 1) cannot see your food and 2) you need a flashlight for the menu. I still cannot understand why this problem continues year in and year out."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great food, reasonably priced, fast food service, a little slow to remove plates."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Fantastic ambiance, menu, service, wonderful experience across the board!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We dined here many times and never get tiered of it. Creative great tasting food, very professional and attentive service and wonderful vibe. They have great choices for wine lovers as well as for beer lovers. One of the best of DC."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was a great place to go for a pre-Verizon center dinner. The food and service were terrific, and the restaurant valet parking worked great for picking up the car following dinner and an event at Verizon Center."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "From top to bottom Proof is consistently a great food experience. It starts with fantastic service - attentive, knowledge about the courses and wine, to the food itself - wonderfully prepared and a variety of tastes."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food was great, especially the lamb chops. My entire party would agree. That and the hot chocolate with hazelnut cake for dessert. My whole group was swooning over it. I also liked the noise level- it was perfect. We could all hear each other without any strain. And that too, my voice is soft, making it hard for me to be heard, but I had no problems."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I took my friend her for her first fine-dining experience. She had the best time and everything was delicious! Fantastic experience!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "It's delicious! Knowledgable staff, excellent service and food."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Varied menu and food was all extremely well-prepared."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My wife and I went here for our 5th wedding anniversary and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We would both highly recommend starting with the chef's charcuterie board. While it is a little pricey, it makes for an excellent lunch the following day. Overall, the service was superb. Our waitress was attentive, unobtrusive and extremely helpful."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. Service was great. Best wine list I have seen in a long time. Any place that is sophisticated enough to carry a 1968 Heitz Martha's Vineyard as well as Diamond Creek is a safe bet to also have delicious food, Proof did not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I took a friend for his birthday dinner. The ambiance and the service were both outstanding. We enjoyed all our dishes....and agree with other reviews the tuna was absolutely amazing!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I really enjoy the menu variety at Proof and always have a good meal. Especially enjoy the fish dishes. My lone comment, and this applies to every recent visit, is that the service is way too slow. I have to ask every time to order and for the check. Proof is near my office -- we go for lunch, which is not intended to be a 2-hour affair but could be at Proof if I did not pester the server. Need to pick up the pace."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Too expensive. Especially wine by the glass. Most restaurants offer $8 glasses of wine."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Although the food was great, when paying the bill I was provided with an itemized bill with a total less than the credit card slip (for signature). Upon asking for clarification, the waiter had difficulty providing an explanation that made any sense. After seeking out the hostess on my own, she wasn't able to properly explain the discrepancy and also didn't offer a sincere apology. The issue left the impression of a scam to over charge customers. I'm not certain if that was the case, but that is the impression the experience left on me. I would dine at Proof again, but closely check my bill."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant. We went on a snowstorm night so the place was not crowded. The noise level was tolerable. Might not have been otherwise. Great, Great, Great wines by the glass. Including premium wines. We had a pate sampler and a cheese sample to start, plus a small salad. Could have stopped there. But we also had entrees and then shared a sticky toffee pudding cake. Wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant. NOTE: the restaurant can be on the dark side. They give you flashlights to read the menu. But they don't give you a flashlight to read the check!!!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Have eaten here before and the menu was even better than in the past. Gumbo was outstanding - rich and subtly flavored. The tofu napoleon (which I had) was nicely constructed but the saucing was too sweet. Needed more bite. That is why my rating is very good rather than outsatnding. Next time I'll query more closely about sweetness in sauces."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Food was good, but nothing special. Wine was excellent. Ambience was perfect for a date."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Came here after a movie and had a delicious dinner paired with wines recommended by our waiter, Christian. Highlights included the whipped goat cheese and flatbread small plate and duck breast main dish (both exquisite), but the real jaw dropper was the toffee cake for dessert. No matter what you have here, save room for that one! Thanks Proof for a delicious and romantic night out."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I were down in DC for the weekend to celebrate his birthday and I booked Proof for dinner after reading all the reviews. This place definitely lived up to the hype. The food was delicious, the staff were incredibly knowledgeable and the atmosphere was lovely. The service was fantastic as well. They knew it was his birthday and that we had recently gotten engaged and surprised us with a complimentary dessert and wine pairing at the end of the meal. Overall a very memorable night!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed the restaurant - good wine and good food. I enjoyed the simplicity of the menu. The wine list is good, better than average - however, expensive. I also don't understand the 2 oz pour option of wine? Still, this is a nice restaurant to keep in mind as a treat, because this is a bit expensive."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "First time diners but, oh, we'll be back (after I win the Lotto). As advertised: the wine list is a knock-out - but entrust yourself (and your wallet) to the wine-steward who knocked it out of the park. Both bottles were great and very different, as requested. Bravissimo. The service (our waiter: Wyle E. Coyote) was charming, efficient and helpful. The foods were wonderfully prepared (Ahi Tuna; (Butter) Chicken; Swordfish. The ambiance: upscale and energetic. Small cheese board was a bit skimpy for two (for the prices, boys, you can be more generous), since we were going to have 2 bottles. We didn't try the desserts. My best DC dining experience yet!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Always wondered why there were so many CAP fans in Proof on hockey night! Now I know. This is my new favorite spot downtown DC. Great for multiple small plates or a full course dinner. Wine list extensive. Service not overbearing, just the right amount of attention! I'll be back again and again."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Very good food. Huge wine list but very expensive. Restaurant is nice and staff is friendly. I would recommend it."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This was wonderful! I must say what blew us away was our server, Tyler. His service was impeccable. The cheeses were over the top good, and a wonderful selection. Home made country pâté, yum! And the wine list was regionally and country based, so plenty to choose from. We chose the glass pours because it was also extensive and we wanted to try different wines. I would absolutely recommend this. French inspired, true gem!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went on a date night and chose Proof after seeing many stellar reviews of the restaurant. Proof provides a stellar menu of charcuterie, "firsts," "seconds," and desserts. We had the tough decision of choosing only a few dishes from this selection. In the end, we ordered the pate/terrine sampler plate as our first dish, the duck and flank steak for the main dish and sticky toffee pudding cake as a dessert. All of these dishes were prepared perfectly. Both of us left that night deciding to come back at some other occasion so we could try some of the other dishes that Proof has to offer. The wine and cocktail lists looked awesome as well, but this time we did not try any. We both highly recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Delicious sandwiches and salads, prompt and courteous service, noise level was very good (quiet enough to talk, noisy enough to have some privacy). The lunch burgers are great. I would do a business lunch there again any time."
    Dined on 2/20/2014